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Apr. 13th, 2016

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"Flying Without a Net" to Be Published in November 2016

So, I haven't posted here in for-freaking-ever, but I have a Very Good Excuse: I was busy turning Dani and Avi into a novel. That novel, Flying Without a Net, will be published in November by Interlude Press.

More details to follow...
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Apr. 2nd, 2009

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Sorry for the Long Radio Silence...

...but between moving house in late December and some recent medical issues (all is well, just been exhausting from the multiple appointments and all), I have been spending all my spare time trying to figure out this story I've been banging my head against.

But finally I've shaken free from the writing-related miasma. What did I do? Gave into the inevitable and put the story into first person. I'd been struggling to write in third person, but my natural writing style seems to be first, and once I let myself write in first person, the words began to flow again.

So I guess the rule is, give up on third person, at least for now. Go with what feels most natural, most comfortable, and just let the character drive.

Dec. 18th, 2008

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For the Glowing Chanukah Lights Contest!

The Glowing Lights of Chanukah will soon be here and there are Gifts waiting for you!
Beginning Wednesday, December 17th join Ten authors who have gathered romance stories with Jewish heroes and heroines from all walks of life: >From the days of the Maccabees to Regency England to modern day America to parallel worlds; from sweet to spicy hot. Tell us the names of their heroes and heroines and send them to borntowrite@writeme.com to be entered in a drawing of Gifts for the Season. The winner will be drawn December 22nd, the first day of Chanukah!


My story contribution to this contest is Voices of Joy and Gladness, of the Groom and the... Groom. An excerpt can be found here.

Check out my story for the names of my heroes, and then head to Samantha Kane's blog tomorrow for the next clue!

Dec. 16th, 2008

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Glowing Chanukah Lights Contest

The Glowing Lights of Chanukah will soon be here and there are gifts waiting for you.  Beginning Wednesday, December 17th join ten authors who have gathered romance stories with Jewish heroes and heroines from all walks of life, from the days of the Maccabees to Regency England to modern day America, from sweet to spicy hot. Tell us the names of their heroes and heroines and send them to borntowrite @ writeme.com (remember to remove spaces) to be entered in a drawing for gifts for the season.

The winner will be drawn December 22nd, the first day of Chanukah!

Start the celebration with authors:

WEDNESDAY
1. Keira Andrews -- BLOG: http://slash-and-burn.blogspot.com/2008/12/new-novel-daybreak.html  BOOK: "Daybreak" ("Eight Nights")
2. Astrid Amara -- BLOG: http://astridamara.livejournal.com/ BOOK: "Holiday Outing"
3. Cheryl Dragon -- BLOG: www.myspace.com/cheryldragon BOOK: "Bad Brad"
THURSDAY
4. Melissa Glisan  -- BLOG: dogwild.blogspot.com  BOOK: "Festival of Lights"
5. Jeanne Barrack  -- BLOG: http://thesweetflagmenlove.blogspot.com/ BOOK: "The Game"
6. EM Ben Shaul -- BLOG: http://embenshaul.livejournal.com/ BOOK: "Voices of Joy and Gladness, of the Groom and the... Groom"
 
FRIDAY
7. Samantha Kane -- BLOG: http://www.kissandtellgirls.blogspot.com BOOK: "The Courage to Love"
8. Eva Gordon -- BLOGhttp://evagordon.blogspot.com/ BOOK: "The Stone of the Tenth Realm"

SUNDAY
9. KZ Snow -- BLOG: http://kzsnow.blogspot.com BOOK/S: "Plagued"; "Obsessed"
10. James Buchanan  -- BLOG: http://eroticjames.livejournal.com/  BOOKS: The series is “Taking the Odds”
 

Nov. 10th, 2008

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Ha! I Think I Have a Title

I have a new story in the works (see early mumbling about characters), but I didn't have any clue of a title. I think I've now come up with the title of the story:

Standing On One Foot

It may change (my titles are almost never set in stone until the final draft), but I think this one has sticking power.

Nov. 4th, 2008

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Developing New Characters

I have some new characters (in Dani and Avi's universe) whom I need to develop, and so I need to do what I always do -- "interview" them. A number of years ago, a friend pointed me to a compendium of questions that one can ask one's characters, and that's how I tend to do new character development. It sounds odd, sure, but it works for me. :-)

But that made me wonder how other people do character development. Do you just write and see where the character takes you? Free writing with a focus on the character (if that can be called true free writing)? Something else entirely?

Sep. 23rd, 2008

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A Very Nice Review for "Voices of Joy and Gladness..."

louisaclark very kindly reviewed all of the Wedding Sips. And her review of "Voices of Joy and Gladness, of the Groom and the...Groom" is lovely:

Avi is a bundle of nerves as his anxiety tried to get the best of him. Dani is such a loving and supportive partner, his quiet assurance an anchor for Avi, Dani knowing exactly what to say and do to calm the stressed Avi. Dani’s characterization was my favorite part of the story, as it said so much concerning his love for Avi. Which in turn reflected Avi’s love for Dani. Two pieces of a whole.


Read the whole review here.

Sep. 22nd, 2008

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Unintended Double Meaning in Radio Ad

The radio station I listen to runs a lot of PSAs for various government programs. One they started running last week contains the following (approximately):

"*Ding*! That's the sound of your ex-boyfriend sending that picture of you in your underwear to all of your friends. *Ding!* And now to your coach. *Ding!* And, worst of all, to your father."

It is an ad trying to teach (I presume) teenagers to think before posting things online, with the message that it'll be seen by people they didn't even think would ever see it.

But I heard another message -- either it's pro-women's-sports (the photo is being sent to "your coach"), or it's in favor of gay guys dating (it's being sent by "your ex-boyfriend").

Either way, it works for me. But I doubt the US government intended that message.

Sep. 16th, 2008

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Welcome, New Folks!

Hi to the new people who have started reading here since the publication of my Torquere Press Wedding Sip, Voices of Joy and Gladness, of the Groom and the... Groom.

Avi and Dani were my first pair of original characters, and they're still the muses closest to my heart. I've got a bunch of stuff written about them, some of which will likely be posted here over the next little while.

Thank you for reading me, and I hope you'll enjoy what you read here.

Sep. 10th, 2008

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Lying in the Bed I Made

I volunteered to participate in the snippet day that Kiernan so kindly offered to the writers of Wedding Sips, but now I have to figure out what to use as a snippet. It's a longish story (about 8K words), but I have no idea what to snip -- a beginning bit? The middle-ish, where the wedding planning is in full swing? Near the end, where they're actually having the wedding?

I'd snip a sex scene, as that always brings the readers ;-), but this is told from Avi's POV, so there's no actual sex in this story.

I have until some time tomorrow to figure this out, I guess.

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