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A Rose by Any Other Name, Etc.

02.16.2014
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In the last few months, though, I’ve started to feel a little discomfort. Writing is highly personal. I’m not saying I act out the risque scenes in my novels at all, but I do fill every sentence with a bit of my soul. And that, for me, is far more personal. Do I really want to deal with people being able to climb inside my head that way? Not people, reader people or other writers–they get it. But, say, those I come in contact with at work or who attend church with me.

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Commercials and Christmas Ornaments

12.07.2013

What do the things in the title have in common? Me, getting sentimental. And overusing Kleenexes. Over at Heart-Shaped Glasses today, I’m blogging about (reflecting on, actually, since that’s our theme this month) the tradition I started for my girls when they were little nearly nineteen years ago. Of course, I got sappy. Because, hello? […]

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A Romance Novel By Any Other Name…

02.11.2010
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Writer’s Digest is studying the romance novel today (and giving you a bit of a glimpse into the book I’m currently reading, On Writing Romance: How to Craft a Novel That Sells by Leigh Michaels). I say: If you’re not a beginner, the first 85 pages are full of info you’ve heard before.  But then, […]

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Best. Character. Name. Finder. Ever.

09.19.2009

’tis be, as described, th’ best character name finder ever. Let’s spy wit’ ye eye, ye can pick which letters it can’t or must start wit’ or end wit’, th’ length ‘n number ‘o syllables, even what letter sequence it contain. Then thar’s style preferences, like: Traditional, Contemporary/Invented, Passin’ Fashion ‘o th’ Past, etc. Then […]

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Names Matter

01.03.2009

Which is why I took this quiz… Your Mafia Name Is Rosa “The Rabbit” Anastasio Leave the gun. Take the cannoli. What’s Your Mafia Name? and why I will absolutely never use this name, even for a mafia mama. Also, was that tagline used in Agnes & The Hitman?  Because that’s uncool.

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My Goth Name

04.13.2008

My middle daughter loves the idea of being “different”, as middle children tend to do. In honor of her, I offer you my Goth Name. Black lipstick, optional. Your Goth Name is: Orchid Omega What’s Your Goth Name?

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Essential Reading for Writers

11.14.2014
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I’ve been writing – not reading much – for the last week, which is both awesome and awful (because I got the new Anne Rice Prince Lestat book AND Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Heroes Are My Weakness). Unfortunately, this means no Dating Advice from Romance Novels. Instead, I decided to write about writing. When I first […]

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DAfRN: Sweet Nothings

09.26.2014
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So, I was thinking in the car today about what sort of advice I’m totally NOT qualified to give (conclusion: all the advice). However, I then decided, okay, fine… what advice am I really not qualified to give? Dating advice. Oh, so many reasons why. Exhibit A: I’ve been married so long, I’m not entirely […]

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“Vanina”

06.20.2014
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So, my 17-year-old, C., and I love Flipping Out with Jeff Lewis. Today, we’re watching an episode from season 5 where he is screening interns. Me: Vanina. Vanina. Like who does that? Why would you name your kid that? C: I think it’s pretty. Me: I mean, come on. Do you want them to get […]

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Road Trip in WV, Part 1

06.06.2014
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This is where we go–Capitol Market. So named for it’s closeness to the state capitol building. And it’s a market. But, ohmygosh you guys. They have fresh veggies, fresh meat and fish (I buy so much. so much). They also sell local and awesome wine and chocolate. And other stuff I’m forgetting because that’s what I do. Check out the website I linked in the name.

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