I received this book from a wonderfully sweet friend, so I’m just getting started.  I’ve had it on my wishlist for a long time, because I think that it’s important to be masters of body language.  I guess this comes easily to some. I am not one of those people. For one thing, it’ll keep your character from nodding 180 times in 400 pages, just to have some sort of action.  If you can call nodding action; that’s debatable, I think. I’ll be glad to add a review when I finish, but for now:Read More →

I made reference recently to the acronym B.I.C.H.O.K. (Butt In Chair, Hands on Keyboard). As I mentioned, it’s not always my thing, although I do get that self-discipline is crucial. From Ninth Moon*, a site that’s a virtual goody bag for writers, they have a B.I.C.H.O.K. charm, and that’s my offering today: *Edit 4.14.16: This item is no longer available from Ninth Moon. This site now offers designs for promotional items for authors.Read More →

I know, I suck.  Monday is dance day (not for me, for my daughter, although it’s proven inspirational, so yay!)–anyway, I’m late.  Sorry.  Really. Here’s what I want.  I think it describes the writing process perfectly.  And, I drink coffee, especially when I’m writing, like I breathe air.Read More →

More necklaces from Etsy that declare that you love love, and you’re proud to admit it.Read More →

Wear it on a necklace.  Give men an excuse a reason when their eyes do that obvious dart to your chest. From Etsy.  The awesomest site.  Ever.Read More →

I found myself without a material girl post for today, so I decided to go to my Amazon wishlist. Too much time spent on Halloween costumes and planning for Christmas, I suppose, has left the spotlight, and the finances, decidedly off of me. But, my trusty wishlist didn’t let me down. Behold, the external hard drive. USB connection (means it’s easy to hook up), requires no external power source (powered by your computer, one less plug for you to have to find a spot for), Google software for searching the files (who doesn’t love Google?), good for Mac or PC. If you have ever lostRead More →

I don’t think I can actually describe how much I love these.  I wish I could.  Books.  Books.  That float.  On my wall.  Just waiting for me.  Pinch me. I’m so getting some of these.  Seriously, time me.Read More →

Since I’ve had to move from sitting anywhere I like on my beloved, yet broken, Mac, I’ve created a, well, creative space on my sun porch for writing.  I’m a little superstitious about the writing mojo.  If by little, it could refer to bordering on paranoia.  Anyway, I’ve tried to… not pretty up, but make it more me.  I’m not the crafty type, ordinarily, but I bought a cheap lamp, hot glued some fancy fringe and beads around it, and viola: I have a writing lamp.  I’ll try to take a picture and post it. Maybe. Anyway, since this is the material girl category, IRead More →

I bought this book when it first came out because I loved Stephen King and I’d always thought about writing in a wistful sort of way.    King packs in a lot of practical advice and truth about writing in this book.  For instance, if you don’t read, forget being a writer.  Which, yes, makes sense but even so.  I wonder how many people want to write a book, be a published author, who really don’t consider diving into a book one of the true pleasures in life? I do disagree with his assessment that if you have to plan, outline–whatever, that you’re not doing itRead More →

I don’t care who you are, there’s some perverse pride in writing in a notebook like this. It says, loud and proud, though without actually speaking, “Yeah. I’m probably writing dirty sex scenes. You gotta problem with that?” Or something like that. Maybe that’s just me, your mileage my vary.Read More →