More Books Sold

The first half of this year has zoomed by. I can barely remember taking a deep breath from New Year’s until now. Partial because of the amount of work I’m doing outside the home, and partly because of the ‘life’ stuff that seems to show up on a day-to-day basis. The writing schedule doesn’t hold up as well as I’d like and following up on my previously released book seems too distant to comptemplate. That said . . . It was a lovely surprise to get my numbers in from The Wild Rose Press, my publisher, and see that my book, Harm’s Way, is still selling. Both digital and hard copies are being purchased. From […]

Phones in Churches . . .

Several of you have probably seen this one, but it sums up the attitude I love about being a-born-and-bred Texan, so I hope you enjoy the read. A man in Topeka, Kansas decided to write a book about churches around the country. He started by flying to San Francisco and started working east from there. Going to a very large church, he began taking photographs and making notes. He spotted a golden telephone on the vestibule wall and was intrigued with a sign, which read “Calls: $10,000 a minute.” Seeking out the pastor he asked about the phone and the sign. The pastor answered that this golden phone was, in fact, a direct line to […]

Characterization . . . should be this real!

As writers, all our characters should be this alive: She’s addicting, isn’t she? We watched this video over and over in my office. Whether the viewers had kids or not, found her annoying or adorable, or even liked chatter or not; everyone was mesmerized. When characters hit the page, writers often flatten them out — cardboard imitations. Watch the video again. Note each movement. Notice how she attempts to engage those around her. Take in the reaction of her father, and the voice in the background that I assume is mom. This little girl’s chatter should be burned into your mind. This is true 3-D, and as authors, each writer has the job of bring […]

Upcoming Speaking Engagement

Saturday, June 20th at 10:30am, I’ll be speaking at the June meeting for NTRWA (North Texas Romance Writers Association). The meeting is held at the La Hacinda in Grapevine. This is blurb I sent for the newsletter: I will discuss how and where to expend promotional money and effort. In addition, I will explore advertising areas from branding to blogging; from websites to words (keywords for web advertising, that is); from signings to speaking engagements and how to make the moments away from the writing add up to the most successful promotion possible. Several months ago I discovered in talking to new members of this group that the whole concept of promotion seemed overwhelming. The […]

Cliches

As writers we’re cautioned again and again to avoid cliches in our work. Something close to the kiss of death, the publishing community warns. So, I try to ignore those tasty little tidbits, and come up with my own more creative twists when a catchy phrase is needed. However . . . In a recent Reader’s Digest issue the subject of TIME was raised, and a number of cliches were listed. My critique partner, LA Mitchell, writes fascinating stories about bending of time, slipping through time . . . well, you get the jest. So, I studied the cliches closer, thinking to send them to LA and allow her convoluted mind to ponder them. What […]

Sniffing our way to good writing . . .

A few days ago, hubby dear and I were strolling the dog when the scent of potent Tar, from a nearby road project, filled the air. Tar — is not a good smell to me; it’s normally one that makes me want to hold my nose. Okay, if it’s strong enough, I will hold my nose. Stinky Tar became our conversation focal point. We walk a long way, all right? My hubby shared that he loved that smell, quite a shock to me for in the 20+ years we’ve been enjoying wedded bliss, I was none the wiser that Tar could make him yearn. When hubby was a youngster, dear old dad worked in the […]

Oxymorons

“We are a people who spend money we don’t have on things we don’t want to impress people we don’t like.” Okay, that is a seriously great line . . . especially with the ring of truism in it. I’d like to take credit, goodness knows, I like good writing; however, this piece of wisdom belongs to the man who wrote Why is God laughing?. Sorry, folks didn’t catch his name in his interview on Good Morning, America. The gentleman who did remind me quite a bit of Mahatma Gandhi, sans the big nose, spoke eloquently about the oxymorons in our lives. My husband, smart guy that he is, related another just a few days […]

Teaching and stuff

YES, I’ve been MIA . . . for several months now. Long story, and perhaps at some point I’ll share it. However, I’m back. As I’m teaching (no this is not a story that one of my students wrote), I decided this should be a warning to all parents about taking serious interest in your kiddo’s homework before it leaves the house. Schedules are busy, time is tight, but read this lovely 3rd graders story and you’ll see that as a parent, we simply can’t be too busy for a little proofread. Hope this makes you smile.Stop by the porch again. I’m waiting for the ice to melt and a bit warmer breeze.Until later~Sandra