Career alternatives

on January 28, 2016

Pootling through the archives, I found this post on a potential alternate career as a courtesan if I’d lived a few centuries ago… So it occurred to me that, in a different time and place, the job of courtesan might have been a rather good career choice for me. Well, aside from the inherent unpleasantness…

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What I do well

on January 26, 2016

So when I talk about writing, I mention perseverance as being key to my success. I wrote for 14 years before I was published, and by that I mean, I WROTE. I wrote full novels; I tried to get them pubbed. (This was before the advent of self-publishing, and I’m not sure what my voyage…

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Creativity now!

on January 21, 2016

Since I’ve been wittering on about process a bit this month, this post deserves a rerun. It’s very easy to get stuck in the midwinter doldrums if you live in the northern hemisphere. It’s grey, it’s gloomy, we don’t want to do anything but binge-watch DVDs and hibernate with cheese. Everything feels slow, like walking…

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I turned in A PERILOUS UNDERTAKING!

on January 19, 2016

I hope. I’m actually writing these posts earlier in the month so I can clear my desk for the final push to the end of the manuscript and at this point, I can only pray I made my deadline. In light of that deadline and the earlier post I wrote on impostor syndrome, I thought…

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So you wanted to know about process

on January 14, 2016

Okay, maybe not YOU, but a writer pal asked in December if I would write a post about my research process, and I said SURE. Here’s the most important thing to remember: I AM ALWAYS RESEARCHING. Everything I read, everything I watch on TV or film, everything I take in is fodder for work. Sometimes…

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Chatting about impostor syndrome

on January 12, 2016

A few weeks ago, a Twitter chat started up in my mentions around the subject of impostor syndrome. I made the comment that I was very familiar with it, which interested–and quite possibly horrified–a writer who is newly-published. He believed that the feeling of not being good enough, that publishers are going to “find you…

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Extra post!

on January 7, 2016

Just a quick bonus post to note that SILENT IN THE GRAVE is a Kindle Daily Deal–snap it up for 99 cents!

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More on fresh starts

on January 7, 2016

When I finished off Tuesday’s post, I was nattering on about the fresh start of a new year. I don’t do resolutions, ever. SO MUCH PRESSURE. But I do take the beginning of a new year to do a casual evaluation of what’s going on in my life and what changes I can make to…

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Happy 2016!

on January 5, 2016

Hey, readers, I hope your holiday season was stupendous! I’m back to live-blogging…sort of. The major revision of A PERILOUS UNDERTAKING is due January 15, and the proposal for the third Veronica book is due two weeks later. No pressure! (hollow laugh) Actually,  I woke up January 2 with the plot for the proposal pretty…

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