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The written word…without Word

You’re probably intimately familiar with some sort of word processing software, especially if you’re a writer. But, while Microsoft Word and similar programs are great for formatting a finished manuscript, business letters, and other documents, they may not be the best software for writing a story. There are several programs out there for writers, and there’s

An idea whose time has come

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing, but in the midst of living.  ~Anais Nin People often ask writers where their ideas come from. I even find myself wondering the same thing after I read a great book. The answers? Everywhere, nowhere, hard work. We get them from things we see in our

Harlequin: Surely, you jest

Harlequin Enterprises, one of the most well-known and respected names in romance publishing, caused quite a furor a few days ago with its announcement of a self-publishing venture, Harlequin Horizons. This has authors and agents ranting about predatory practices toward uninformed wannabes, and tarnishing the Harlequin brand for its paid authors. For great level-headed coverage

Writing Pageantry

My baby, Counting on You, is finally on its way to Texas to be judged against everyone else’s baby in the most prestigious pageant for unpublished romance authors, The Golden Heart. (Insert huge sigh of relief here.) Frankly, my chances of making it to the finals are slim. Almost 1000 writers entered last year, and

One No closer to Yes

I got my first rejection letter–well, email–today. The worst kind: a form letter with no personalization at all. Well, now I’ve lived through that. As the positive thinking experts would say, “I’m one ‘no’ closer to ‘yes’.” I actually thought I’d be more upset, but I think my many months of conditioning through reading RWA

So You Think You Can Dan…er, Write

This post is also available at romancemagicians.blogspot.com today… I was watching So You Think You Can Dance last night (yes, I can’t live without my DVR–I never watch live TV anymore), and something the judges kept saying caught my attention. The gist was that if the dancers got “into character” and put the appropriate emotion in

Dog Days

After I quit working full-time, we bought an adorable golden retriever puppy that we named Zoe. I envisioned the sweet bond forming between boys and dog, sitting at my desk with her curled up at my feet while the boys were at school, and a furry running partner. The reality has been a little less