NaNoWriMo Inspiration: Day 16

“To err is human. To blame it on somebody else is even more human.” — Arthur Bloch Yeah, I’m blaming the salesman for our contractor for the problems meeting my word count yesterday. We did the final paperwork on our bathroom remodel and there have... read more

NaNoWriMo Inspiration: Day 15

“You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give.” – Eleanor Roosevelt Welcome to Week Three. Believe it or not, we’re halfway there. You should (hopefully) be hitting 25,000 words by... read more

NaNoWriMo Inspiration: Day 14

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” — Mister Rogers What happened in Paris last night is still an ongoing story as this is written... 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 ::


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.

What Glorious Feeling

The plot is not just simple but simplistic, the “black moment” lasts all of 15 seconds, there is no deep characterization or expertly layered subplots. There is, however, a street, a song, a rainstorm and Gene Kelly in one of Hollywood’s most iconic... read more

There Are Many Roads to Oz

I highly recommend popping over to Routines for Writers today and reading Kitty Bucholtz’s post on “When Shouldn’t I Write?” Funny, but she’s talking about some of the same things I wrote about yesterday. Kitty also takes on one thing... read more

Refilling the Well

The writing’s been going well this week, but Saturday morning found me oddly out of sorts. Got up late and when I settled down to write, the mind wouldn’t focus and I found myself staring at the blinking cursor, my mind a complete bank. Part of it was the... read more

I Have Screwdriver. I Am All-Powerful.

Our blu-ray player gave up the ghost Monday night. Froze on start-up to the point we had to simply unplug it and, worse, the husband had left one of his discs in the player and now we couldn’t get it out. Naturally, this was a terribly frustrating situation... read more

A Shimmering Star in the Cinema Fir-ma-ment

When I was thirteen, my mother took me to see a great star of the silent screen who was signing a coffee table book she’d done about the films of her and her sister. When we reached the front of the line, I couldn’t help myself and gushed, “Oh, Miss... read more

Five Things I Learned From the London 2012 Olympics

1) Dressage is very zen. Seriously. Those beautiful animals go through their paces can be a form of meditation. 2) Watching the Olympics is itself a marathon. Far too many hours of coverage conflicting with work, writing, knitting and small items such as eating and... read more


For the past seventeen days, I’ve been watching the Olympics, mostly on time delay because the sports I enjoy most don’t usually hit prime time. The joy of this that I can fast forward through the commercials, including NBC’s promos for its new fall... read more


I came back from the RWA conference in Anaheim with a much needed jolt to the creative batteries and my usual need to make lists. (I also over-indulged a little at Paper Source, but that’s another story.) I always always make lists after conference; I’m... read more

I Moved From Texas to Get Away From This

The weather is cooling down at last here in Southern California, though I’d be surprised if we didn’t have one more round of high temperatures and hot winds off the desert. One thing that is unusual is the high humidity we’ve been experiencing for... read more

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