Jan 032018

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined ~ Henry David Thoreau

Through the magic of my current work in progress I actually happen to be doing that. The first part at least, the dreaming side of it. My characters are the ones living the lives I’ve imagined.

As a true pantser, I have no outline to speak of. I’m simply putting my characters together to learn about each other as I discover surprising things about them. And, I am on a roll. That’s because I’m in what I affectionately term, “the stream of consciousness phase.” Writing the anything goes, no matter how bad it sounds first draft.

In other words, I’m in Pantser Paradise.

This much I know for sure. He’s a police officer moonlighting as a movie star, she’s a twice widowed mother of two who doesn’t know it yet, but she’s pregnant. Add a villain masquerading as a good guy, and the fun begins.

As for the confidence and direction, I have that too. Sort of.

Unusual for me, I’m deviating some from my pantser roots, because I know exactly how this one ends.

Can’t wait to see what happens in the middle.


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time. 

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

IWSG awesome co-hosts for the December 6th posting of the IWSG will be Julie Flanders, Shannon Lawrence, Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner

Aug 022017

Welcome to the second installment of Anatomy of a First Book. The initial post titled The Value of a Second Opinion began the chronicle of my, rather my editor Kathy and my journey to the publication of, as the title suggests, my first book.

Ever notice how we writers always seem to speak in the possessive? But, I digress.

Honorable Intentions is a contemporary romance which can best be described as Anna and The King sail to Alaska with his out of wedlock, teenaged daughter complicated by Father Knows Best meets The Nanny.

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Jun 072017

Ever wonder what the world would be like if you were never born? In the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey got to see the impact he had on the lives of others. For the rest of us, we’ll just have to calculate our own worth.

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Nov 052014


Where does the time go?

It seems like we just brought the summer clothes out of storage and it’s already time to put them away in favor of winter wear. Then we need to figure out the menu and other details for Thanksgiving, prepare the gift lists and then shop for Christmas. Not to mention dispose of the jack-o-lanterns and leftover candy.

Because Halloween is over. A cold, windy and snow strewn Halloween for us this year.

That’s one thing about living up here in the North Country. We have an advantage of sorts. A distinct change in the weather, rather temperature that alerts us to the arrival of the next season be that spring, summer, fall or winter.

Which brings me to the topic for this week – pacing. Continue reading »

Sep 032014


It’s no secret writing is a solitary business. Not only that, it’s a business that by its nature, brings with it rejection and disappointment more often than acceptance and success.

Being the daughter of a writer, I learned all of this at a young age. There were so many conversations in our living room about agents, proposals, submissions, sales, edits and – yes – rejection. Continue reading »

May 072014

This current post illustrates my thinking when I titled this Blog. As I decided originally,“Some of what I share will have to do with the craft and business of writing; others will be my take and/or experiences on life in general.”

The following qualifies as the latter. It’s an essay I wrote, based on a true incident in my life. Some of you may even identify with the event.

A Belief in Peaceful Coexistence:
Its Place In The Animal World

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That Summer Saturday began innocently enough. The clear, pleasant morning gave no indication of what was to follow. Putting housework on hold, I took a cup of coffee out onto our back deck for a few moments of quiet reflection. Continue reading »

Mar 132014

03-11-14 Blog Post

A few weeks ago, I typed a figurative THE END on my latest WIP (work in progress) In writer jargon, that transformed the WIP to a CM (completed manuscript).

Thanks to some input from my colleagues at Mid-Michigan Romance Writers of America, I have a tag line:

A parolee hides her past from a bounty hunter set on revenge

Thanks to some input from my talented critique partner Jannine Gallant, I have a blurb: Continue reading »

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