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The pirate and the pack rat

Today’s blog is also showing at: http://romancemagicians.blogspot.com/2009/12/pirate-and-pack-rat.html. In my non-writing life, I’m not a pack rat, I’m a purger. I have a Goodwill donations bag going at all times, and I relentlessly thin the morass on a regular basis. I will admit that moving frequently helps. No place for that thingamabob in the new house?

Off the hook

A writer’s life is filled with hooks. The first scene, page, paragraph–heck, the first sentence–must grab the reader/editor if you want them to keep reading. But, don’t forget the hook at the end of each chapter or scene, the hook in your query letter, synopsis, website blurb, back cover copy… Well, I’m apparently hook-challenged. (I