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Retro Cocktail Recipe of the Month

Writing The In Crowd has had me immersed in midcentury culture, and nothing epitomized the 50s and early 60s like the classic cocktail.  Since I love a good cocktail as much as the next person, I thought that each month, … Continue reading

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Recommended Read: Shoulder Season by Christina Clancy

There’s something train wrecks. You see the damage, and you want to turn away, but you can’t. The scene won’t let you. That’s how I felt reading Shoulder Season by Christina Clancy.  Not that the book is a train wreck. … Continue reading

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Losing the Safety Net

I cut ties with a lot of things during 2020. RWA, my local writing chapter, my publisher and my agent are all in my rearview mirror. As a result, I find myself approaching 2021 like a bird with brand new … Continue reading

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Summer Time Blues (Pandemic Version)

It’s July 7th.  Normally, around this time I am shopping and gearing up for the RWA Annual Conference, a  week-long party an industry business and networking event for romance writers.  I love this week because it’s often my only chance to … Continue reading

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Thinking About Quality

We talk a lot about quality in the writing world.  That is, we talk about putting out quality books.   Seth Godin, the marketing guru, has gone on record saying that “If you can reliably, and without drama, deliver precisely what … Continue reading

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Busy, busy, busy!

  This is my to-do list for the next four months, minus my day job schedule or holiday prep.   Color-coded because I want to keep the projects organized. You’ll notice that September doesn’t look that bad.  Until you realize … Continue reading

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NYC! My adventures at the RWA National Conference (with photos!)

Plus a Preview of One Night in Provence Happy Hump Day!  I’ve finally recovered from the RWA Conference in New York City.  What a week! For those of you who aren’t familiar, every year the Romance Writers of America hosts … Continue reading

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TBT: Peyton Place – The original Suburbs Have Secrets

“Fifty years ago, Peyton Place helped create the contemporary notion of “buzz,” indicted 1950s morality, and recast the concept of the soap opera, all in one big, purple-prosed book. It would spawn a sequel, a smash film nominated for nine … Continue reading

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Ecosystems

Last night, Penny Watson and I had a long talk about cultivating our personal ecosystems — a term I stole from author Susan K. Quinn. We decided we liked the word far better than community, partly because Penny is a … Continue reading

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When Life and Goals Collide

This is the white board in the office I share with the Captain outlining my to-do list for the summer. I’m behind. I had such plans for the year. If you read my last blog, you know my ambition has … Continue reading

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