Entries by Rose

Book Review: Nick Petrie’s Burning Bright

Book Review Wednesday strikes again! Whether I’m reading a romance, a suspense novel, a mystery or even non-fiction, I’m a sucker for good writing. Which is why this week’s book review is about Nick Petrie’s Burning Bright. I plucked it from the library shelf primarily because I am fond of Blake’s poem, The Tyger, which […]

Perfect. Exactly What You Don’t Want.

Perfect is not the goal. You can learn how to write a perfect first draft by taking college level courses, by hiring a coach, by lots and lots of practice and, my personal favorite by going to a pub. Last week, my husband and I were on the road in Portland, Maine and happened to […]

Energy Currents and the Writing Cycle

Writing with Energy. Yesterday evening, energy flagging, I pulled my car to a stop at a deserted rotary. In the shadow of an overpass, a black sign board crouched. The letters, upper case for seriousness were picked out with yellow bulbs. They glowed in the twilight. Night Work Begins. I wasn’t sure whether the pronouncement […]

Book Review: Good Naked, Reflections on Writing

A book review on a Monday? Normally I do a book review, if I do one at all, on a Wednesday. But this one couldn’t wait. Because even two days without Joni B. Cole’s Good Naked on your shelf is too long. I generally borrow a book from the library and sample it before making […]

Humans. Polite Laughter, Please.

It occurred to me this morning how oddly vulnerable we humans must look to all the other animals. For all intents and purposes we are like turtles with clothes instead of shells. We are not equipped with fur, or scales, or leathery hide to protect us. More to the point, we humans don’t seem to […]

Marigolds and the Dangers of Popularity

Secret Yearnings of Marigolds I planted a raised bed garden this Spring and made sure to include lots of marigolds. You would be surprised just how many articles there are online extolling the virtues of marigolds. Well, maybe you wouldn’t. But I was. Turns out marigolds, in addition to being sturdy and adorable and a […]

Value. Pricing Your Book for Success

Price is not the same as value. This is the second installment in a brief series about marketing for novelists. In the last entry I discussed writer’s resistance to marketing. Now it’s time to talk about putting a value on your work. Choosing a dollar value for each novel, each story, each page, each word […]

Marketing for Romance Writers – Don’t Be Afraid

One of the aspects of writing romance novels I have been dreading is the marketing. I think a lot of writers dread it. The writers I know are people who cringe at the thought of public speaking never mind the incessant interaction with strangers the term marketing implies. We tend to be more comfortable hanging […]

Performance Dreams and Real Nightmares

Interpreting performance dreams. Okay, it’s not that complicated. Performance dreams all share certain characteristics – the absolute knowledge that failure is inevitable, the horror of knowing it is your fault and having little to no control over the outcome. You know the nightmare if you have ever performed anything. Maybe even if you haven’t. You start […]

Avocado Hand – Count Your Fingers

Cooking like an amateur and proud of it. I know you didn’t ask, but…I find Avocado Hand annoying. Or maybe I’m just crabby. I guess if I had actually suffered from Avocado Hand, I would be more crabby. If you haven’t already heard about this “on the rise” and therefore extremely hip emergency room issue, […]