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 […]

Sunday Muses . . .

On board with TWITTER. I needed to join in order to keep up with the kiddo at Texas A & M. Not specifically her, but the campus as a whole. After the Virginia Tech incident, A & M launched their Code Maroon alert program. Students, staff, employees and parents, who had emails on file, were notified of any emergency situation through text and email messages. This year A & M changed to TWITTER. Students still gets the emergency text, but parents must follow TWITTER. So as I’m on TWITTER, if you want to follow me, just search my name, and then send a TWITTER alert to me. If you’re already Tweeting, then watch for LoneStarMeander […]

Moving to the end . . .

Over the top and goofy excited because I’ve actually finished a workable ending to Trickle of Lies. I’ve written several endings, but none have rang true . . . or more importantly, tied up every loose thread with a bow. I’ve invested too much time and effort at this point to not be totally in love with the end. I’ve read, and I know you have as well, far too many books where it seemed the author just threw an ending on page. Okay, so it answered all the plot questions, but it was far from satisfying. How many of us started because we read a story, fell in love with the characters, and then […]

Monday Madness . . .

Another Grammar article — Dealing with the Comma — picked up by Wahoo, for me. My written word floating around the web is always a good thing. Besides, I’m a little partial to getting the use of the comma corrected. Too many extraneous commas — missing ones for that matter — in basic writing today. A good grammar book should be a must for all. Not, just writers! I can think of few careers into today’s job market where a certain amount of writing is not required. Yet, folks by the hordes throw words at a page and assume they’ll stick in the proper, punctuated order. Not hardly. So, writing grammar tips on the […]

What you know and how to write it in an article . . .

Article writing 101 . . . actually, it’s more like pre-101, however, it’s been tremendous fun sharing a number of the writing lessons I’ve learned. Good writing is important for everyone — a point I’m constantly making to my kids. Whatever the career, whatever the emphasis, everyone needs to know how to communicate, and communicating through written word is crucial. Apparently, EZine magazine thinks it’s important, too, because they’ve accepted several of my articles regarding writing. They sent this link: ezinearticles for my Clear and Concise Writing. For those of you who don’t think you could write an article, consider all the things that you know how to do — there will be a lot! […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hooking the reader . . .

Slowing the pace or resolving the conflict – any conflict, even a little one – at the end of the chapter or scene gives your reader an opportunity to put your book down and turn off the light. Bad news for any author aspiring who has designs on the New York Times Best Seller list. Make your readers hang around and hang on, forcing them to read through what would be a natural place to break. How to? Use strong hooks. As writers, we want to finish the thought and build to the end always pushing the conflict up the next notch. So resolution is the last thing that needs to happen at the end […]

Coloring Your Way to Better Writing

Several months ago, I delivered a short blog about COLORS and what they mean to a writer and a reader. A more fleshed article was submitted to my local RWA chapter and has since been picked up by the additional publications: Great Vancouver Chapter, WisRWA, Diamond State Romance Authors Craft Loop, Chicago-North Loop RWA, and MERWA eloop. Since so many have enjoyed the elongated article, it’s now here for your perusal. Hope you find something worth use to enhance your writing and move you toward that goal of being a better writer. The first box of Crayons was released in 1903 and sold for a nickel a box. All right, cool trivia tidbit, but is […]