Wake Up from Your Turkey Nap–the Next Sydney Brennan Book is Here! (Almost…)

I don’t know about y’all (we had proper cornbread yesterday, so I’m allowed to drop a y’all), but I’m hiding at home right now. Black Friday (the shopping orgy the day after Thanksgiving, for the non-Americans or those who just woke up from 1960) frightens me. The only thing that might entice me to a retail establishment is the need to buy milk for my coffee, and even that probably won’t do it. Which is saying a lot, because Coffee is Life. I’ll keep this brief, in case you did leave the house at some point today or you’re clicking Read more…

Book Editing Brain Teasers

I hadn’t intended to do a Blog Post today, but honestly this little snippet got unwieldy for Facebook, so I thought I’d paste it here instead… I’ve been using my Kobo Reader to edit a rough draft of the latest Sydney Brennan book (Newsletter folks, watch your Inbox for the cover reveal this weekend!). I love my ereader and it is so easy on my eyes and my brain… yes, there is an impending but… BUT holy frijoles they need to work on the touch technology! (I’m not singling out Kobo–this is true of every ereader I’ve tried.) Highlighting bits Read more…

Guess Who I’ve Been Writing About… Getting Reacquainted with my Protagonist, Sydney Brennan

Yes, the blog post is late today (unless you live in Hawaii like me), but for good reason. Not just because I ran off this morning to get my hair cut—that’s not a good reason for you (although you’d think it was if you had to stare at the random high humidity curl in my bangs every morning). Nope, the good reason it’s late is that instead of staying up last night into the wee hours writing my blog post, I stayed up last night into the wee-ish hours (the hours when you most have to go to the bathroom?) Read more…

Return of the Lunatic (Post-It) Fringe: More Writer’s Notes to Self

A few nights ago, we were heading to bed when my husband said, “I like your laptop.” Yeah, seemed like a non sequitur to me, too. Then he added, “It’s like you smashed something in there, and all the ideas are squishing out.” Ahh… Not a total non sequitur after all. He’d just evicted the cat from our dog Fritz’s crate (Ninja loves Fritz’s new bed, and the pit bull is too much of a wuss to kick him out), and the crate is directly behind my desk where rests my frilly laptop. I’ve previously confessed my love of/unhealthy addiction Read more…

Book Release News, and More Compound Words for Dummies (Like Me)

Things have been a little crazy-making lately here at the Writer’s Desk. Good crazy-making, but crazy-making nonetheless, causing great difficulties for said desk to fulfill its designated purpose. In other words, there’s not been so much of the story writing. 😛 I’ll share some juicy details about the best of the crazy-making another day, but today I have some news (news that will not be “new” if you’ve subscribed to my Newsletter—hint, hint). First off, the identity of the manuscript that various non-writing tasks have been keeping me from… Founder, Book Two of the Dead Hollow trilogy, is currently with Read more…