Why revise? When starting new isn’t the right answer…

Last week, I wrote about revising an old, retired manuscript… Except this isn’t just revision. This is full-on rewriting. At this point, I don’t know how much of the original text and story will remain. I have a suspicion. Quite a bit of the bad guy will be hanging around. He’s sexy and scary, and…

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Resurrecting an old project: AKA revision hell

Shelving a project you love is never fun, but… My first PitchWars was (mumble, grumble, looks at calendar, gives up) more than a few years ago. I entered my then barely completed (and nowhere near ready) MS that I inexpertly described as an edgy romantic suspense. I didn’t get in, but gained so much from…

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Groceries and the City

It’s been just over a year since we bid farewell to Relay Foods, and grocery shopping in the city hasn’t gotten any easier. Despite the availability of other delivery services (Peapod, Instacart, and others, including Amazon), I still haven’t found anything that meets our needs and desires on quality, selection, and price. Even Door to…

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Damned if you do…

Anytime there is a protest that includes even the slightest hint of violence (or more than a hint of it in some cases), a cry goes up wondering why “these people” can’t just protest peacefully… why, we’d all listen to them then! Ahem. Really? Because we’re all doing such a fucking amazing job listening to…

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Denim Dilemma: A Shopping Experience

After my failure to find jeans when I went shopping for summer clothes, I psyched myself up to spend a day doing nothing but denim shopping. I knew it would be frustrating, and could possibly end in failure. This is why I psyched myself up for it. To read the results of that trip, check…

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Denim Dilemma: Finding Jeans that Fit

  Jeans… A word that can strike fear and trepidation in the hearts of women. Second only to “swimsuit season”, the very idea of jeans shopping is something few look forward to*. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you likely have seen my recent posts about shopping for both jeans and swimsuits. Surprisingly,…

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A writer’s work…

… is never done. Let’s skip all the “how did you get here” fun… because to be honest it wasn’t fun. Though it was kinda cool. After many misadventures and a few side trips, I finally landed a literary agent. Yay! One step closer to my goal of traditional publishing. Writing the book is the…

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Farewell Relay…

After over 2 1/2 years, it’s a sad farewell… I discovered RelayFoods just over 2 1/2 years ago. My first few orders were experimental – I felt a little odd getting my groceries delivered after all – but their amazing quality and service won me over and I’ve been a loyal shopper ever since. I…

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Pick a starting point…

It’s a question that plagues most writers at some point – where do I start this story? Don’t start with waking up. Start in the middle of the action. Don’t start with an info dump or backstory. Open with a hook. Do this. Don’t do that. The advice on how to craft the opening scenes of…

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