No, I haven't been away from writing since Labor Day, I haven't even been away from the writing of RN2 since Monday, but university tasks have kept me away from blogging for a brief time. Yesterday, for example, I was going to take 15 minutes to finalize a grant application (I've already written about the … Continue reading I Return
It's Labor Day -- which I happily have off, in the sense that my university is closed today. However, I teach tomorrow and must prep my lecture and some notes for meetings. This means I'm going to set aside RN2 -- perhaps not for the full day, but until I have my ducks in a … Continue reading I Digress
I'm preparing to settle down with my WIP now after doing some pre-writing, and I'm plugging into some music to help me focus. Regardless of what I'm writing, I choose (without exception) music without lyrics. The latter are too distracting for me. Unless we're talking opera or something, in which case they're not a problem. … Continue reading Music to Write By
How many times do I have to learn this lesson? If I can wait out the sheer discomfort of facing a blank page (or, in my case, screen: I no longer write by hand) and keep my butt in the chair, eventually words will start to come. It may take minutes. It may take hours. … Continue reading Butt in Chair
I'm sitting here with a glass of iced coffee (in my neck of the woods, it was 106°F yesterday, and it's supposed to be hotter today), contemplating the holiday weekend and what I'd like to accomplish. (Mind you, when temps are hot, I feel like a slug. My husband feels the heat far more keenly … Continue reading Saturday Musings
via Eleanor Hibbert, Novelist Known As Victoria Holt and Jean Plaidy - NYTimes.com I cut my teeth on Victoria Holt's Gothic romance novels when I was about 12. They were the closest contemporary thing I could find to Jane Eyre, and they were -- and are -- wonderful, though I haven't picked one up in … Continue reading Eleanor Hibbert, Novelist Known As Victoria Holt and Jean Plaidy – NYTimes.com
September 1, 2017 TODAY: In 1906, prolific author Eleanor Hibbert, who used different pen names depending on the genre (Jean Plaidy for historical fiction, Victoria Holt for gothic romance), is born.