On Your Mark

“This is my favorite week of the year, Little Sharks. As you reflect on the year past. don’t forget to plan (not WISH) for the year to come.” — Kelley Sue DeConnick Almost there. In less than 24 hours, 2015 will be done and dusted. Yesterday was about looking back.... read more

Taking Stock

One of the rituals at the end of the December is lists. Lists of things we did, things we didn’t do, weight we lost (or gained). We make lists for the coming year — goals, resolutions, where we’ve been, where we want to go. What we want to achieve. What we never want... read more

After the UnWrapping is Done

Happy post-Christmas haze, everyone! I hope your day was merry and bright. Mine? A little crazy, enough so that not one, but two Christmas-themed blog posts which were supposed to go up last week are lingering three-quarters finished on my hard drive. (I’m not late;... read more

Caro Kinkead

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing something or the other and finished my first “novel” at the age of eight (five pages, which my mother still has and threatens to sell to the National Enquirer when I make the NYT bestseller list). I have the usual collection of adolescent bad poetry and purple prose, much of which has thankfully disappeared — though I recently unearthed the first romance novel I completed. :: shudders ::

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What I Write

These days, I’m focused on a contemporary romance series set in the fictional town of Henry’s Mills, close enough to New York and Boston to enjoy their amenities — but far enough away that urbanites wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle can deem it “rural.” The residents have cannily embraced this designation for tourism purposes.

The first book is in editing, while the second was drafted during NaNoWriMo 2015. With luck, both will be published in 2016. Of course, that’s not to say something shiny and new won’t come along to catch my attention at any moment…

What You'll Find Here

At this point, I’m sharing my thoughts, knitting projects, general geekiness, and whatever else might fall out of my brain. Current media obsessions are The Flash, Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Blindspot, and comics in general and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in particular.

NaNoWriMo Inspiration: Day 30

“Victory belongs to the most persevering.” — Napoleon Bonaparte Word counts are due to the NaNo site tonight by 11:59 PM your time zone. Do yourself a favor and get them posted early because the site will see some heavy traffic as midnight starts to... read more

NaNoWrimo Inspiration: Day 29

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead Two days left. Come Tuesday morning, NaNoWriMo 2015 will be behind us, win or lose. Today, though, we write.... read more

NaNoWriMo Inspiration: Day 28

“You can have it all. You just can’t have it all at once.” — Oprah Winfrey

Funny, I keep telling my characters that. At this point, they’re not particularly interested in listening. But they’re in the middle of the book, so they do not know the pain which lies ahead of them. My hero, especially. He has no understanding how out of his depth he is. Naturally this is going to cause considerable pain, especially to the heroine, who is falling for him despite her logical instints that tell her otherwise. ::cackles evilly::

Character torture. Gotta love it.

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NaNoWriMo Inspiration: Day 27

“Decisions are made by those who show up.” — Aaron Sorkin So we’re now facing the last four days of November and the frantic race for the finish line of NaNoWriMo. Whether yesterday was a good writing day for you or things went by the wayside due to family commitments, that doesn’t matter. Today is a new day and it’s time to get back to work and show up at the page. Behind or ahead, today is the day to recommit to what you’re trying to achieve.

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NaNoWriMo Inspiration: Day 26

“Who does not thank for little will not thank for much.” — Author Unknown Here in the US, it’s Thanksgiving, a day to overeat, watch too much football, make bets on what family grievances will be aired and try not to strangle your relatives and... read more

NaNoWriMo Inspiration: Day 25

Ink on paper is as beautiful to me as flowers on the mountains; God composes, why shouldn’t we? — Audra Foveo-Alba I love words on the page. What’s more, I love words on the page that I’ve put there. I like watching the letters form on the screen,... read more

NaNoWriMo Inspiration: Day 24

If you don’t allow yourself the possibility of writing something very, very bad, it would be hard to write something very good. — Steven Galloway I’ve won NaNoWriMo most of the years I’ve sat down to do the madness. I love much of what I’ve... read more

NaNoWriMo Inspiration: Day 23

I’m very proud of my flops, as much as of my successes. — Francis Ford Coppola I’m going to be writing a lot about failure this week because we are staring down the end of NaNo, and I know there are some folks at this point who are struggling mightily. I... read more

NaNoInspiration: Day 22

Writing a book is a adventure. To begin with it is a toy and amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him... read more

NaNoWriMo Inspiration: Day 21

If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative. — Woody Allen It’s easy to play it safe, and that’s one of the struggles I often find I have to overcome when I’m trying to write. I... read more

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