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    Outline Early and Often, Especially When…

    You’re one person, who has to write seven distinct voices… So what does an outline (a plot tool) has to do with voices? I’ll tell you! Here it goes: AT LEAST you need to know where the dang characters are going before you can concentrate on all the other elements! AT LEAST. You’re plot should be your foundation; it holds the dialog, characterization, setting, style, etc. I’ve actually started practicing a technique I call incremental outlining. Because it’s so easy to get ahead of yourself and outline a full story before it’s fully formed. Listen.. and listen good… A GOOD story slowly takes form on its own timeframe. The characters…

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    Moods Like A Writer

    So they say writers are moody… and I don’t know if it’s true or if it’s because our profession is so mentally and emotionally demanding that we’re aware of what’s happening within…. And let me just say, today, SUCKS… Of course, it’s 60 something degrees in Seattle and no blue sky or direct sunlight. And I’m OK with that. Maybe it’s the moon-phase or something. I do really believe that the natural elements can affect our moods being that we’re made from them. But if I really go back and think about when it all took a dive for me today it would have to be after I discovered that…

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    The Next Confusing Step… Finding the Next Story and POV

    So… I don’t know about other writers but I hate this transitional period. This is the time where you’ve just completed a novel that you’ve spent MONTHS  slaving over and now it’s done. And my mind has been thrashed; it almost blew a gasket and now I have to keep writing… Because I’m not on vacation! (I was thinking 3 nights in Waikiki in August) 4 nights… 5… Anyway… Here’s the problem… I outlined Misty Black, even wrote the first chapter to my satisfaction. And I’m writing and writing but I just can’t push through this…. Whatever THIS is. It’s a wall. I’m slamming right into it. I’m just NOT…

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    Ignite, Parched book 5… Released and Available!

    Great News! So after months of snatching my hair out and looking like the crazy person in the coffee shop who mutters to herself while looking afar off, Ignite (Parched, book 5) is finally now available for purchase at Amazon.com, B&N and Smashwords! I’ll let you know when Apple Itunes gets it. So here’s the Description! There’s still no rest for the Daughters of the House of Benel. The people of Moonridge have been attacked by second-generation vampires and find themselves stuck in a strange coma and covens of first-generation vampires have been wiped out by them too. And now their worst enemy has found a way to cheat death?  …

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    I Saw Gauguin in Seattle…

    So this morning after I woke up I did a few things around the apartment while I ate a cinnamon roll from Macrina Bakery and checked email. I stripped the linens off the bed of my guest room, which is where I now sleep, put them in the wash and got dressed. Although I was casually building my day, I knew I had one place to go first… So, once all the primary chores were done, I put on a sweater, a pair of jeans, my canvas boots, stuffed my Macbook Air and notepads in my bag and headed off to the Seattle Art Museum to see the Gauguin exhibit…