Monthly Archives: July 2014

July 28th, 2014 | Filed under: News, On Writing

Motivator #3–Writing Conferences

As the big one has kicked off this past week in San Antonio, Texas  I have to reveal the truth. I’m jealous. I’m not proud of it, but I’m admitting it. I’ve had to refrain from Twitter. I’ve paused before hitting “Like” at the many pics being posted by my WisRWA writer colleagues on Facebook. For romance writers of all kinds, this conference is the Cadillac of conferences. It’s work and fun and a whole lot of it.  You have the opportunity to come face to face with authors and go all fan girl. It’s exciting when you meet writers that …read more…

July 21st, 2014 | Filed under: News

Motivator #2–Jumping out of Your Head

I’m always on the hunt for ways to stay motivated. The writer in me has to work hard to come out every day and get the words on paper. But there are always distractions and interruptions. They take me away from my sure-to-be next great sentence. I’m pretty certain that if it weren’t for those “dang kids” I would  have written that one sentence of pure genius or hilarity. The one that my readers would “ooh” and “aah” over…for years to come. Thankfully most of those brilliant, but broody thoughts don’t make it on the page. Instead of going on …read more…

July 14th, 2014 | Filed under: Musings

Wild Raspberries and Fluffy Pink Stuff

Sadie’s memories of her mom, Kate Maxon, are crystallized in her head. Especially one–eating the simplest of desserts with fresh raspberries and watching reruns of I Love Lucy. Kate Maxon adored Lucille Ball. Sadie couldn’t help but wonder if it was because of Lucy’s humor, strength or the red hair. All of which resonated in her mother. Sadie can claim the Maxon resemblance with the mop of ginger hair–but the strength and humor–the jury’s still out. Their cottage farmhouse in Lake Geneva, the south side, supported a leafy wall of wild raspberry bushes.  As a kid, Sadie and her mom …read more…

July 11th, 2014 | Filed under: Musings

Just Desserts

July 4th It’s the height of the summer tourist season in Lake Geneva. The town is celebrating the 4th and vacationers are taking in all of its offerings. Sadie’s busy. She’s baking in the kitchen and serving in the diner. There’s not much time to notice the patrons, but then there’s Quinn. He’s eaten lunch at Ms. Katie’s pretty often. Since the summer started? His smile, there’s something about it. She remembers it. But it’s the holiday and Sadie has to finish baking the last of her strawberry-rhubarb pies…

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