3 Things Jane Austen Taught Me About Fear

Jane Austen was the master of characterization. She knew people inside and out, foibles, propensities to do good or ill, and emotions. One of those emotions she was familiar with and wrote about is fear. Fear? What did anyone have to fear? They didn't have terrorists. The characters lived comfortable, privileged lives, with servants to…

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Stay Warm!

There's some serious snow-age in the east coast. I have a very useful link for you: How to stay warm when the power goes out <-- Click me. A reminder to those whose weather is growing colder: Do NOT put down salt while it's raining, even if the rain will soon turn to ice and…

Aspiring Authors

Aspiring authors (and those who may already have some work out there), I'm trying an experiment for a month. For five writers, I will put together a daily email of encouragement/motivation/ideas/prompts/etc. I will also individually cheer-lead these writers and review/revisit/revise goals with those five at the end of each week. This will be starting in February.…

The Hemingway Way

It's none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way. - Ernest Hemingway Do you take Hemingway's approach to writing? Zipped lip? Or do you share your struggles? I'm somewhere in the middle. I share some of my struggles, but I won't post the how-to books…

Say Something Funny, Beth

O_O ^ How I felt inside every time a certain relative asked me to "Say something funny, Beth." Apparently, as a child, I was a comedian. NOT. Did you know that it's hard to be funny, I mean LAUGH OUT LOUD funny under pressure when you're ten and only know booger and knock-knock jokes? And puns.…

The Buddy System

Music: Mixed tape (cool stuff, from the Poldark soundtrack to the Galavant soundtrack) In the mug: Blueberry energy tea Tea bag saying: Love is an elevated self (whatever that means) #AmReading: All the Light We Cannot See (though I haven't read much of it lately) Yesterday was Writer Wednesday...for me, at least. It's the day…

Novel Teas and Fiction Flings

I kid you not, this was going to be a party-planning book from a person who has thrown precious few parties. I've thrown a Saint Patrick's Day party, a bridal shower, a baby shower, and a book launch party. That's it. But this book of party ideas was going to be different and special and…

A Watched Pot BURNS!

Okay, that title is a little melodramatic, yes? Yes. But what in the name of Asgard am I talking about? Glad you asked... I have mentioned that I hate waiting. I hate waiting for the mail-carrier to come in the afternoon or early morning or late evening or WHENEVER SHE FREAKING DECIDES TO SHOW UP…