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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…

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    Reclaim the Artist Before You Write Another Word of Misty Black, Rogue Kill…

    What in the world is she talking about, you ask??? Well… Once I blogged about shedding the structuralist in order to tap into the artist within me. This is how I was able to write Parched book 2, and even book 3 through 5. It was easy because I stayed in the same POV (that is point of view,  which was the first person “I” POV) and tense, which was present tense. I was able to grab on to both literary tools and construct until the end of book 5. BUT… Now, I’ve just finished outlining Misty Black, Rogue Kill (book #1), the first book in the trilogy. Today, I…

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    A Film that Lingers…

    I just finished watching My Week with Marilyn… I did not expect it to be what it was. When the film began it was all moving so fast and then it just kept building until suddenly Marilyn Monroe became this three dimensional PERSON. You know, I never really been into Marilyn Monroe. I mean, I used to watch some of her films on Saturday afternoons years ago when I was a kid. That’s when all those movies from the 50’s and the 60’s use to play for us in the 70’s on Saturday afternoons. I didn’t know she was like “Marilyn Monroe” back then, on the contrary, I just found…