Journeys of the Heart

An author's journey

Blog Block

rt 2008 redu (2)Ever hear of writer’s block—that painful syndrome when an author for some reason simply can’t find the words?  Most writers have probably had at least a passing acquaintance with the problem.  Well, now there is also Blog Block—the equally painful syndrome of having to write something scintillating on a daily or weekly basis.  With thousands of other bloggers to compete against for the public’s attention, it’s difficult to find something new and fresh to say. 

One solution I’ve read for breaking writer’s block (I’m assuming it also works for blog block) is to simply sit down and write.  Write anything—a list of to do’s, odd character names, e-mails, a letter to a friend.  You get the idea.  Supposedly the mere process of writing jiggles something in the creative side of the brain and helps you break through.  Since I’m struggling with blog block at this very moment, I’m going to put myself out there as a guinea pig and give it a try.

For months I’ve been hearing about Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series.  Some people seem to love the series.  Others that I know hate it.  So, I decided to make up my own mind.  After reading all four books, I can’t say I’m an avid fan, but the books engaged me and were very readable.  While I found the final conflict resolution in Breaking Dawn to be problematic, I definitely understand the allure of the series to the adolescent market. 

I followed up my reading by renting the movie which I thought remained fairly faithful in tone, character and important plot points to the book.  A bigger success than completing the entire series in less than two weeks was the fact that I conquered the DVD player, a fact that sent my husband into rapture since he’d been nagging me for years to learn how to operate the gadget. 

As for writing news, I’ve finished the first draft of my fourth book, an erotic futuristic romance, Palace of Dreams.  I’m well into revision hell at this point, but moving ahead.  Since this is my first foray into writing women’s erotica, I want to do it right, so I’m taking my time.  Another first is coming up soon.  I’ll be on the Researching and Writing panel at the Romanticon Conference in October.  I’ll be meeting my editor, for the first time as well, which just makes the entire event that much more fulfilling. 

Just a reminder, my newsletter, Helpless Romantic, can be found at groups.yahoo.com/group/Hopelessromanticnewsletter/  I’d love for you to take a look. 

Okay, all finished now.  The guinea pig survived the experiment.  Guess the trick really is to just keep writing.

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September 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Hopeless Romantic Arrives

rt 2008 redu (2)The autumn equinox arrived today.  It’s officially fall, my second favorite time of the year.  To celebrate the change of season, I’m launching my quarterly e-newsletter, Hopeless Romantic.  In addition to book information and news there will be short articles of interest on a variety of topics, a sort of potpourri of everything romantic.  Each issue will also contain a tasty recipe.  Issues will be timed to arrive at the winter solstice, spring equinox, summer solstice and autumn equinox.  Do you sense a pattern here?  To subscribe to my newsletter, go to:

 groups.yahoo.com/group/Hopelessromanticnewsletter/ 

In honor of my new adventure, I’ve decided to hold my first contest.  It’s simple and fun. The winner will receive an autographed copy of my medieval romance, Threads of Love and a lovely tapestry pillow made by moi.  Full details about the contest are in the newsletter.

 Pillow

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 My life seems to be full of new adventures lately.  I will be a presenter at the Romanticon Conference in Ohio in October. (Another first and another reason to celebrate.)  Three other historical romance authors and I will be presenting a session on Researching and Writing Historical Fiction.  The days will be growing shorter after today, but like the night, my list of writing goals gets longer.  Life is good!

September 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Here Comes the Bride: Part 2

rt 2008 redu (2)The rain came—torrents of rain that turned my niece’s planned outdoor wedding site into a quagmire.  So, on to plan B (always have a plan B).  The rain continued, but it did little to dampen our spirits.  Tears were shed, but they were outweighed by the laugher.  The bride was beautiful.  The groom was handsome.  The ceremony was touching and joyous.  More tears.  More laughter.  Scrumptious food followed along with the usual dancing, cake-cutting, garter and bridal bouquet tossing traditions.  Before we knew it, the new couple was stepping into the limo that would whisk them off into their new life—a life far away from all of us.  One chapter has closed. A new one is about to begin.  In celebration, here’s a recipe you might enjoy at your next joyous occasion.

 Raspberry Champagne Punch

 2  pkg’s. frozen red raspberries in syrup, thawed

1/3 cup lemon juice from concentrate

½ cup sugar

1 bottle (750 ml) red or rose wine, chilled

1 qt. raspberry sherbet

1 bottle (750 ml) Champagne, chilled 

In a blender puree raspberries.  In a large punch bowl, combine

Puree, lemon juice, sugar and wine.   Stir until sugar dissolves.  Just before serving, scoop sherbet into punch bowl, add Champagne and stir gently. 

Pour into glass and lift high.  Here’s to endings and beginnings!

September 16, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sunrise-Sunset

rt 2008 redu (2)Where did summer go?  Labor Day is here and I swear I just set up our deck for our big Memorial Day cookout.  I don’t seem to be the only one dismayed by summer’s sudden evaporation.  From the news caster on our local channel to the hosts on the Today show to almost everyone I’ve spoken to recently, they’re all asking the same question.  And then there’s my niece who’s getting married in a week.  I look at her and wonder where did all those years go?  When did the child become a woman?  As the song from Fiddler on the Roof goes: “Sun rise, sunset, swiftly flow the years.”  Time moves on, and like it or not, we get carried along for the ride.

As an author I need to show the passage of time during the course of my story.  There are several easy ways to convey these time shifts to the reader.  One way is to use words or phrases that denote movement in time such as, later that morning, the next day, as the weeks passed.  Another is to show the change of seasons as the story progresses or to follow the sun or the moon to indicate the course of a day or a month.  A cool website, http://www.timeanddate.com, allows authors to easily figure out sunrise or moonrise.After visiting the Star Trek exhibit at the Franklin Institute, I was pleased to discover that time travel is not actually prohibited by Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.  Maybe one day some savvy scientist will find a way to allow us to get back some of those swiftly flowing years.  Here’s hoping.

September 7, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment