Monthly Archives: February 2010

Blockage? What Blockage?

Lovely and immensely talented author Lucy Coats blogged about overcoming and doing battle with the dastardly writer’s block recently. You can read it and all the useful comments here. Someone raised the question: do fantastically successful writers like JK Rowling … Continue reading

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PIE

Pie Sometimes its good to do something different with your hands.I made this:Its an almond-crust apple pie. Its very good with vanilla ice cream.I am going to let my husband and kids eat most of it, because Im a martyr … Continue reading

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Editorial Input

When I first got my agent, and spent days gushing about him, a writer friend told me that wonderful though an agent is, the relationship a writer has with her editor is equally (or more) important. She confided that she … Continue reading

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Place Settings

aka researching….digging… Before I start writing, I amuse myself (for days and days) by surfing the web and printing pictures which I then pin up above my desk. At the mo’ there is a map of the Vegas strip, a … Continue reading

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Leggo my Ego!!!!

I’m sure all my readers are too young to remember this tv commercial. I can— barely…But basically it was for an Eggo brand waffle- which was in a toaster and when it popped up, two people grabbed for the same … Continue reading

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IMP (Inert Mental Preparation)

Isn’t it amazing how quickly guilt sets in after finishing a book? The guilt of not immediately jumping into the next one, I mean? I’m talking about writing books here, not reading them. There is NO GUILT involved in reading … Continue reading

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Teens love Dystopian YA- Publisher’s weekly link

Dystopian YA- the new Vampire??? http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6719039.html (note: my dystopian YA, LUCKY, will be out fall 2011 through Scholastic. )

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The Thesaurus Dinosaurus (Extinct?)

My other job (not including super mom in tights) is writing resumes for various professional types. I asked for entertainment industry or publishing job seekers because that is my background, but so far I’ve had everything from industrial engineers to … Continue reading

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the ‘Good’ Nervousness

I’ve heard back from three out of four of my beta readers. I’ve made some suggested revisions. The last reader is my most formidable (plus she’s my mother). I am nervous. I am nervous because the YA I just completed … Continue reading

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Write What is True

Often the advice “write what you know” is bandied about. I always took this to mean that you must draw from your own experiences when you write. This is obviously good advice but not much use if you’re writing about … Continue reading

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