Six years ago today, I wrote my very first blog post. Those sentiments are still true today, but they’re not so important anymore. This site has morphed into something I never expected and so have I.
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I’m “Thunderstruck.” Are you? 😀
Some things just don’t make sense. But I don’t care. I may be a lover of all things historical and romantic, but it isn’t the only thing I love. Scifi has always been one of my favorite TV and film genres. I grew up in a family full of Trekkies and Star Wars freaks. Saturday nights with homemade pizza and Space 1999 is one of my favorite memories. Continue reading
UPDATE: I just found out there will be no Season 4. 😦 I’m off to go find a corner in which to cry. 😦 😦 😦
If only I’d known Continue reading
I love Pinterest. Now I have a place to save all those wonderful images I find and want to keep for future reference. Bookmarking/Favorites doesn’t give me the necessary visual for why I bookmarked something and storing them in a folder on my hard drive doesn’t give me the ability to click the picture and be taken straight to the Internet site where I found the image. Most of all, I love seeing what those I’m following are finding on the world wide web that may inspire my writing worlds. That’s how I discovered Downton Abbey. Continue reading
Research! It leads me down paths I never expected to travel. In Sweet Liberation, Lady Joanna spends a great deal of time on the earl of Sener’s frigate. I needed to know the layout of the ship in order to accurately portray how the couple and crew would live and interact with each other in their floating castle. This image, while a bit difficult to decipher at first, helped me tremendously, along with Ship’s Miscellany: A Guide to the Royal Navy of Jack Aubrey by Michael O’Mara Books Limited.
This image of the HMS Surprise was the inspiration for Sweet Liberation.
Sometimes, when I struggle to find the right words to convey what I’m seeing in my mind, I resort to searching Wikimedia Commons or Morgue File for pictures that give my creativity a boost. Here are a few that helped me in the telling of Alex and Desiree’s story. Continue reading
When an author creates a protagonist who’s TSTL (too stupid to live) it’s beyond irritating. The only characters keeping me in the story now are… Continue reading
I’m beginning to think I’d be a lot further along in the game of publishing had I taken this route 2 years ago. Hmmm…what do you think? Amanda Hocking did it quite successfully, and now Barry Eisler’s about to switch gears and self-publish.
Here are some links to peruse and contemplate. I’d love to know if you’d give a self-published romance novel a read even though there’s a certain stigma of inferiority attached to such literary works.
Nathan Bransford says: “Thanks to Barry’s [Eisler] wonderfully transparent conversation with Joe Konrath, we know he was offered $500,000 for two books, turned it down, and currently plans to (I believe) self-publish his e-books on Amazon with a price around $4.99, or via Smashwords.”
Self-publishing a book: 25 things you need to know by David Carnoy
Mr. Carnoy explains in great detail–easily readable–25 points for those considering the self-publishing route. Definitely some good food for thought.
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Lis’Anne ~ 🙂