A2Z Meme: Spectacular Falls

Wow! This blogging through the alphabet is winding down. I’ve had fun with this, and today the letter is “S.” I thought today I’d share a little about my WIP, my fiction work in progress, SPECTACULAR Falls. It’s a contemporary romance based on the real SPECULATOR, New York, in the Adirondack Mountains. I’m still working on many facets of the STORY–from editing the manuscript to polishing what is called the…

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COTT: Carol Moncado Shares Where Character Ideas Come From

This week, COTT is featuring a Clash of Leading Ladies. But just how are interesting characters born? Here’s one author’s experience. Welcome Carol Moncado. Do you ever wonder how authors come up with their characters? I’ve heard of authors who fashion their main characters after a barista at their favorite coffee shop or some guy on the bus who looked interesting. The further I get into my writing journey, the…

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My 12 in 12 Update

I missed updating my 12 in 12 list for March, so let’s do this. Here are the things I’m hoping to accomplish in 2012.   1. Finish my first manuscript. Oh, I’m getting there. 2. Start the agent process. I need to complete #1, but it remains a prayer. 3. Attend a writer’s conference. There’s actually progress here. I didn’t travel to one, but there was an online conference through…

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My 12 in 12: An Update

Well February is flying by and I thought it’s a good time to check in and see how I’m doing with the 12 in 12 I posted last month. This comes from Patty Wysong. 1. Finish my first manuscript. Well, I’m working on it. I took time off for vacation, but I’m back editing. I want so much to master showing and conquer telling. Pray with me, won’t you? 2.…

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Letting Go of the Good Stuff

My tagline is “Surrendering the good, the bad, and—maybe one day—the chocolate”. It’s easy to understand surrendering the bad stuff. Fear, anger, addictions, etc…those are unhealthy things that only imprison us if we keep them around. The chocolate? Although few encourage me to surrender it, everyone understands that at the levels I once consumed it, it wasn’t good for me. But surrendering the good? Why? Who would do that? Well…

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Delia Latham Takes Crown in Latest Staff Clash of the Titles (COTT)

Congratulations to Delia Latham for taking the crown in last week’s Staff Clash. Two anonymous COTT staffers went into the ring and readers had another hard choice to make. Some said: “This was a cruel choice!! LOL! They were both excellent.”  (About Delia’s excerpt): “Beautiful words expressing emotion and making the reader want more.”  “Intense emotions on both excerpts! Great job!”  “Terrific excerpts!” (About Katie’s excerpt): “I need to know…

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