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Do You Slump When You Work, or Proper Posture at Your Computer

By on Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011 | 0 comments

Do you spend hours every day sitting down at the screen typing away?  Ask yourself these questions to see if you're stressing your body by not doing it properly!Do your ears line up with your shoulders and hips (like they should if you are sitting up straight)?Is the top of your screen at forehead level?  (hard to [...]

Life is Like a Box of Chocolates…

By on Friday, Mar 25, 2011 | 2 comments

"...you never know what you're gonna get."  Forrest Gump was right.  And it looks like this year, I didn't get a Golden Heart final, nor did some of my very talented friends. But for those who did, Congratulations!   You were recognized for your talent and determination, and you earned it!The GH lists are not quite complete, [...]

It’s Golden Heart Week

By on Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 | 0 comments

It's the week we've all been waiting for!  Doesn't last November, when we cautiously and optimistically FedEx'd our bulging packages full of manuscript copies and binder clips goodbye on the crisp autumn breeze, seem SO long ago?On Friday, the calls go out from RWA to the winners of the Golden Heart Contest for unpublished writers.  I'm [...]

Brain Fatigue and Maturing Your Manuscript

By on Thursday, Mar 17, 2011 | 2 comments

I really hate brain fatigue.  The kind that prevents you from seeing mistakes.  When you work on a manuscript day in and day out, you are bound to get it.  Here are the top three annoying mistakes I often make and then catch only after I've had a rest from a manuscript:--I use the same [...]

The Ethics of Coordinating a Contest

By on Friday, Mar 11, 2011 | 0 comments

A little while ago I did a post on the difficulties of judging the GH.  Today I have some comments on being a category coordinator for my local RWA chapter contest.  Judging the GH was a piece of cake compared to this job!I have a new appreciation for the ethical dilemmas of contest coordinators.  For new [...]

What Leslie Dow Learned from Lori Wilde–a post from Savvy Authors

By on Tuesday, Mar 8, 2011 | 0 comments

Aspiring autrhor Leslie Dow did a post on Savvy Authors today about being savvy in the business of writing called "What I Learned from Lori Wilde." Lori offers a write-a-novel-in-six-months class through Savvy U.that Leslie took and enjoyed a lot.You can read Leslie's full post at Savvy Authors here.Pearls from this post follow.  Lori says, "Your writing is neither [...]

SEP’s Character Description–Why I Think It Works

By on Saturday, Mar 5, 2011 | 0 comments

The reason I think this description (see post from earlier today) is so fantastic is that SEP describes our hero not by looks alone but by his looks as they relate to his personality.--The heroine assumes there is something about him that proclaims he was not born into blue blood--but had a rough past.--His hair color [...]

How to Describe Your Hero (the Susan Elizabeth Phillips Way)

By on Friday, Mar 4, 2011 | 0 comments

I've been doing a lot of judging lately--for the GH, for my local chapter contest.  And a lot of editing on my own manuscript.  Here's what I'm noticing:  a lot of writers, myself included, prefer dark haired heros with dark eyes.After a while, how sick can you get of describing ebony, black as night, jet black, [...]

Top Ten Stories Announced in Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest

By on Tuesday, Mar 1, 2011 | 5 comments

The top ten stories selected by popular vote in the Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest have just been posted by editor Laurel Ann Nattress--AND MINE IS ONE OF THEM!!!THANK YOU TO ALL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHOM I TORMENTED MERCILESSLY OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS TO VOTE FOR ME.  AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO [...]

Release Day for Tamara Hogan’s Taste Me

By on Tuesday, Mar 1, 2011 | 2 comments

A hero who experiences the world through TASTE?  Who is also an incubus.  And a heroine named Scarlett in a rock band called Scarlett's Web who is a siren, able to amplify emotional energy with her voice.WOW.Put these two together in a dangerous underworld and you've got 2009 GH Finalist Tamara Hogan's sizzling new debut novel, TASTE [...]