Christmas Warning . . .

Hello friends and loved ones. Sorry to have been so distant over the last two months. Holidays always get in the way of my good intentions. However, this is a quick update on a computer viruses. I know you’re thinking . . . what no Christmas Cheer, no Well Wishes for the holidays, but those should be implied by sending this virus alert. There are multiple Trojans running around, but I just had a taste of one that snuck in from a very familiar email, no attachment, but a web address to click on in the body of the email. This was the 2nd email I’d received from this particular address. Oddly, enough the first […]

Kowboys for Kids . . . in Fort Worth, Texas

Christmas in November? Yep, it could happen. Especially, if you’re a Cowboy. Upcoming this Sunday, November 29th, 2009, Kowboys for Kids will host their 20th Annual Christmas bash to raise toys and donations for the quickly-approaching holiday season. Kowboys For Kids This year the event will be held at Pearl’s Dance Hall & Saloon, located at 302 West Exchange Street, in the Stockyards area of Fort Worth, Texas. The Live Music event will feature:Carl Vaughn & Texas CountryHill City BandDurwood StrubeLandon DoddKelly SpinksCountry Night LiveThe CoachmenRandy BrownRiverwood BandJim SniderBob PrichardKristi KaylinDanny EdwardsJerry WebbAnd, many other great entertainers!Quite a list of extraordinary musicians who are donating their time and talent for a great event for children. […]

Quotes . . . follow the train track!

I like quotes. Concise, straight-forward (well, sometimes) nuggets of truth. But whose truth? Um . . . good question. Comes down to perception, doesn’t it? Quotes: “If you ask a professional for advice, be smart enough to take it.” Any doctor you’ve ever been to see. “People don’t always know what we think they know.” Ken Roberts, multi-million dollar investor. “Better to write for yourself and lose the public than write for the public and lose yourself.” Cyril Connolly, journalist. Have I had too much caffeine? Too little sleep? Been out in the Texas sun too long? Because surely those three quotes can’t be related. Consider again. Follow my choo-choo, if you will. Writers, published […]

Writing . . . Margie Lawson . . . agent appointments

Wow! It’s been a busy time. For the past few weeks, I’ve been rushing to get projects completed for a local writing event. North Texas Romance Writers hosted their first Two-Step Conference. Margie Lawson was the guest speaker, along with Cori Devoe from 3 Seas Literary Agency and Melissa Jeglinski from The Knight Agency, who took a full-day worth of agent appointments. Simply said, “Two-Stepping was great!” Many of the conference attendees were experienced. Me . . . I was a virgin in the ways of Margie Lawson. Believe me, it’s a total immersion in writing. The woman is high-energy and she drags her student into the thick of learning with a smile. I understand […]

Helpful tips for October . . .

Some are short . . . some are lengthy, but all have a little merit to a lot or a lot of merit to a few. Enjoy the tips and stop by again. More will be posted. Financial learning starts early: *The road to fiscal grooming begins by setting the household standard. If certain chores must be completed by the child, or certain grades are expected on report cards, then be specific. Communicate those expectations. The choice to pay an allowance for these household requirements is every family’s personal decision. But it is important for parents to contemplate ‘bonus’ payments. Surpassing normal expectations may feel wonderful, but getting rewarded for those outstanding successes is doubly […]

I’m finished . . . I’m finished . . . doing that happy dance!

This weekend, I typed The End on my 92,000 romantic suspense. This baby has been awhile in birthing — frankly, if I’d carried kids as long as it took me to finish this book, there would have only been one bouncing baby in my house. That said, this manuscript has seen me through a tough loss: my father’s year-long illness and passing, which seriously made me question whether I could ever finish this book. Then came my evolving literary skills: the dawn of my true Texas voice and the huge learning curve for any serious suspense plotter — as in I bit off more intrigue than I knew how to write at the time. Months […]

All Things English . . .

I’m not ignoring all my blog friends, but writing to the end. Long days, and some fairly long nights have dragged (yep, that’s the verb I want) my current work in progress (WIP) across the threshold of writerly ‘hold’ and into the close-to-finished stage. Presently, Trickle of Lies is sitting at 84K on the word count, showing a 397 on page count — lots of dialogue in this manuscript. So, I’m close, really close. The way to finish is not go on the Internet, so I’ve banned myself from the fun stuff I love. However, that said, the following “English Rules” was sent to me in an email — yep, even those are far behind […]

First page

NTRWA is hosting a conference in a few months. As one of the early entrants, I’ve been given the opportunity to submit my first page — for review — to the great Maggie Lawson. She’ll analyze — probably to pieces — the writing, then offer suggestions for making it better. Okay, I’m a little nervous to have Maggie Lawson read anything I’ve penned to paper. I’m posting it. Tell me what you think. What works . . . what doesn’t. This is actually the prologue tugged and tucked into one type-written page, so I may have deleted so much, it doesn’t make sense. Let me know, please, before I’m read in front of a room […]

Texas A & M Ring Day . . . .

Texas A & M is a school known for tradition . . . lots and lots of them. My daughter, a current Ag, loves this aspect of her school. This weekend, her father and I experienced another of these traditions with her. As she is entering the final stretch towards graduation, she qualifies for her Aggie ring. Understand, this isn’t just any ring. Only one manufacturer; all rings are alike (there are a few variations, but anyone who wears the ring will recognize a fellow ring-wearer); before any student can purchase a ring, the university completes a ‘Ring Audit’, meaning the student must qualify; rings are only presented at specific ceremonies; and there is a […]

Another article up at Ezine Articles . . .

How fun! Another article — Creating Extraordinary Writing from Ordinary Phrases has been accepted by Ezine Articles. Hubby is hard at work pushing my articles out and about, so I’m really clueless as to where all my articles have spidered (technical Google term) at this point. It’s possible to see my by-line on any number of Internet sites as a result of his marketing tenacity. The article writing is part of my self-promotion plan — building a readership from all spectrums. For those interested in submitting to Ezine just click on that link. As an article author, you are required to open an account with Ezine. No, it doesn’t cost anything. Word of warning, they […]