February 2013 Blog Posts (414)

What sub-genre is your thriller?

I'd like to take a moment to call your attention to the blog post labels on the left hand side of this page.  I try to categorize blog posts in ways that make sense so that readers can find the ones that interest them.  You'll recognize some of these labels in the little dictionary I've written here.…


Added by Kristen Elise on February 28, 2013 at 6:07pm — 2 Comments

Being Both: The Book Cover

I am posting a sneak peek at the gorgeous cover of my book, Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family, which will be published by…


Added by Susan Katz Miller on February 28, 2013 at 5:54pm — No Comments

7 Ways to "Flesh Out" a Scene


            You've finally found a reading "pal," a person you trust who answers all the burning questions you have about your manuscript, a person who has also published a little or a lot, who takes the kind of consideration with your manuscript that it needs to be "polished." You've given her your…


Added by Elisabeth Kinsey on February 28, 2013 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Book Signings

Lucky me - last night I did a book signing event at Gatsby books in Long Beach, CA. On my way there, I began panicking thinking how no one would be there and the store owner would have gone to all this trouble for me to no avail. Happily about 10 people (and one cat) showed up, and politely allowed me to blabber on about my book. I sold several books (yay) but the money didn't give me the same satisfaction as the incredible validation of having people I'd never met before come out to support…


Added by Niki Smart on February 28, 2013 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Where Does Inspiration Come From? A Writing Study

You always hear people talk about the spark. Following the spark.

I suppose you could call it inspiration, as well. Either way, the results are similar. But where does this elusive spark come from? Some people believe it can come from the instruments we use, like having the best laptops or best pen and pad. Others believe it can't be found, that it can only find…


Added by Genevieve Coates on February 28, 2013 at 1:17pm — No Comments

A writer on maternity leave from my other work

Scribbled notes, bits of paper by the bed, all over the table, in handbags. Voice recordings taken in the rain when trying to soothe. Assorted computer files. Snatched moments never typed up, never crafted, edited, finished. 

Deadlines draw near and then fly past. Another competition submission chance gone. I'll try again next year, I say before remembering I said that last year and back then my distractions were different ones. 

Cabin fever, pacing, falling over playmats and…


Added by Sue Barsby on February 28, 2013 at 10:22am — No Comments

Mystery/Adventure/Sweet Romance Book Giveaway

Book Giveaway Feb 25 – March 7: To win one of the mystery books from The Adventures of John and Julia Evans series, leave a comment with your e-mail at http://lindaweaverclarke.blogspot.com



“One thing I admire about Linda Weaver Clarke’s writing is that she desires to put the reader right there with her characters by describing the setting so well that…


Added by Linda Weaver Clarke on February 28, 2013 at 7:40am — No Comments

That Night

It will always be ‘That Night’.

The night my friends and I learned first-hand that drinking and driving don’t go together.
It could have been so much worse . . .
Lethbridge, Alberta is a city of about 50,000. Forty-nine miles north of Milk River.
For the kids of my home town, it was the ‘big city’.
The place for movies and fun on the…

Added by Diane Stringam Tolley on February 28, 2013 at 7:33am — No Comments

Bill Moyers Interviews Louise Erdrich

I've posted an excellent Bill Moyers interview with award-winning writer Louise Erdrich. Be sure to give yourself a half-hour to enjoy the interview.


Added by Maureen E. Doallas on February 28, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Up early, working on new novel ...

Hi everyone. I'm up early, working on new novel. Haven't even had my coffee yet; characters are talking to me.

Check out Latest Release:…


Added by Cassandra Black on February 28, 2013 at 4:00am — No Comments

Countdown to Publication—20 days

Dear She Writers,

I can't believe that in about 3 weeks Oleander Girl will hit the bookstores!

Sometimes I'm elated when I think this; at other times I'm overwhelmed.

My brain is a constant flurry of trying to remember the million things that must be done before starting book tour--guest blog posts written, email interview questions answered, facebook entries made, friends in different cities informed of my events, flights and hotels booked, publicity questions handled,…


Added by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni on February 27, 2013 at 10:30pm — 16 Comments

How not to be Stupid in a Relationship

I'm reading Psychology Today and this article is hitting the nail on the head. I'll quote the psychologist David Snarch who has a great name and who has counseled a gazillion couples and knows exactly how to keep love passionate. He says, "When we start shading what we say to keep our relationship calm, we destroy intimacy and desire and diminish our sense of security and self-worth." God, how many people have I known who have pussy-footed around big issues when everything is awful? I don't… Continue

Added by Phoebe Wilcox on February 27, 2013 at 4:55pm — No Comments

Wake Me When I'm Done

A re-post for a busy day . . .


My Dad was big on responsibility . . .

Like lots of dads.
And he tried to teach it to…

Added by Diane Stringam Tolley on February 27, 2013 at 2:14pm — No Comments

The Stranger (Part 3)

He entered behind me shutting the door once he was in and I heard the locks engage.

My breathing stopped. What was I thinking? Locked in a car not only with a strange man in the backseat, but his rather large driver as well. He could take me anywhere. The two of them could easily overpower me.

My heart thumped in my chest and I tried not to look as frightened as I was feeling. I swallowed down the lump in my throat and took a deep breath. No one knew where I was, who I was…


Added by Amanda Davis on February 27, 2013 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Building a Brighter Future

(source: http://www.wanttoknow.info/brighterfuture)

Building a Brighter Future 

All the darkness of the world cannot put out the light of a single…


Added by Julie Henderson on February 27, 2013 at 11:40am — No Comments

Check out the Picture Phiction Group for the latest post

Hello fellow writers.  In this group you are encouraged to write your own individual ideas either off the cuff or well thought out descriptions, adventures, stories, or whatever you like about the photo that has been provided.  I will add a weekly photo and new themes are encouraged.…


Added by Rheanna Raynes on February 27, 2013 at 11:27am — No Comments

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On the Eve of a Book Launch or What a Difference A Year Can Make

Next week is book launch for Even in Darkness and before that it's Passover and preparing a seder for 14 people.  So what else would I be doing at 11:00 at night but hopelessly trying to…See More
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