Archives for March 2012

The Importance of Important Things

Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what’s actually important.
That hardly seems fair. You’d think you’d know if something was important, wouldn’t you? But not everything that seems important actually is. Some things are given importance because they are considered to be urgent, either by you or by somebody else. However, when you take a moment and think about them, you realize that they have no real importance at all.
A few years ago, I attended a seminar based on one of the Stephen Covey books. To help prioritize the obligations in our lives, we were told to categorize them based on whether we thought they were:
1. Both important and urgent

A Post About The Book(s)

This is just a quick post to keep you updated on the ebb and flow of my book life.

First of all, I  have to mention that my romantic suspense novel, HOLD ME, is STILL available for sale at Carina Press,  AmazonBarnes and Noble or pretty much anywhere you can buy e-books. It’s also available as an audio book from Audible. Just in case you were wondering.  No…no reason…


I’m very glad that you’ve joined me here at the blog today because I have a few things I want to get off my chest. Why don’t you sit down for a moment and we’ll chat. *gestures towards comfortable and attractive seating area*


Okay. Here’s the deal. As you know, there are a lot of voices out in the world these days. They’re all telling you what you should do and who you should be. Most of the voices are telling you that you’re not good enough, that you’re not special enough, that you just aren’t ENOUGH, if you get my meaning. And I’m tired of it. I’m tired of hearing the messages, and I’m tired of believing them. So I have some things I’d like to say to you.

Keeping It Real

I was talking to a friend the other day, complaining about a fact I needed to check for my WIP and trying to decide how to dig out the information. She said, “Why do you care? Why don’t you just make it up?”

I said something about fiction needing to be grounded in reality, but after she left I started to really think about it. Why can’t I just make stuff up? I know that good fiction needs to be based on reality, but why? Why do we say “it just wasn’t real to me” when we read a fiction book we don’t like? Why can a wrong fact push the reader right out of the story? In other words, why does fiction have to be real?

The Muse Bulks Up




Wow, it’s really dark and empty in here. *Betsy looks around her brain*


*scitter, scatter*


*jumps* What’s that?!?!?! Oh!  Oh, it’s the video game I just finished. Whew. *Betsy walks a little further into her brain* *footsteps echo* Boy. This is kind of creepy. I should probably go read something.


*clang* *huff* *clang*


Hey, that sounds like…excercise equipment? *Betsy walks forward* *Peers cautiously around some serotonin* What the… Muse? Muse, is that you?


*clang* *huff* *clang*   Yo.   *clang*

Reading A Lot

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.

Stephen King, On Writing

As always, I bow to Mr. King’s expert advice in his book On Writing. And I think he is absolutely right. If you want to be a writer, you must read a lot and write a lot.