Sunday Morning Coffee

Added a tiny sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, and ginger (basically homemade pumpkin pie spice) to the basket of the coffee maker this morning. There have been a few mornings in the past week that felt like fall. I’m ready for the cooler weather to make its way here.

Things I’m Enjoying:

  • Dominion House Lit published a piece of my fiction. It’s called Kindling.

    My tomatoes were burned up. There wasn’t any amount of watering that would bring them back. I pulled them up and set aside the last fruits for canning. It was too hot, but they needed to be put up in jars.

  • Shared this playlist last night. The idea for this writing project came to me when I was trying to meet a deadline for actual work (of course)rom com playlist writing project
  • This web series–Kissing in the Rain. Yeah, so what if I was looking for Anne and Gilbert fan vids. I had to pause what I was doing and watch the whole thing. It’s sweet. This is episode 2 and it doesn’t make any difference if you watch it first, but if you like it you should go back and watch it all. (And yes, I know, she’s in the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Everyone and their great-aunt Gertrude have told me to watch it. Maybe I’ll get around to it someday.)
  • 10 Tech Tools for Writers
  • I’ve started looking for a good online screenwriting course and found this–10 universities offering free writing courses online.
  • From Marisa10 Ways to Be a Better Blogger

Listening Lately: Writing Edition

All I’ve been doing lately is writing. I need to sit down and tell you all about it and I will, soon, but for now I thought I’d share the music I listen to when I write. A lot of it has been curated from various Songza playlists or things I’ve stumbled upon on Youtube.

My playlist is usually instrumental because that’s what I find easiest to write to, but if there are lyrics they have to be the sort that don’t distract.

What do you write to?


Leo Kalyan – Fingertips

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Book Research + Girls’ Weekend

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What you need in your life is the sort of friend you can call up and say, “Hey, I’m writing a romance novel and I’ve set it in a city for reasons and I’ve never been there and I am just wondering, would you be willing to accompany me on this book research trip that doubles as an excuse for a girls’ weekend?” and then they agree to it without missing a beat and before you know it you’ve booked a swanky hotel and are researching all the brunch options. There’s a brunch scene in this book, so brunch is serious business.

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It was the best long weekend I’ve had in a long time and I’m so glad Jolene agreed to meet up with me in Minneapolis. What a great city. I could have handled spending more time there and made a sincere effort to extend my stay through the end of this week for the AWP Conference, but things came up. Actually, there wasn’t a decent affordable hotel room available close to the city center by the time I started looking. That ended up being a good thing for me as I lost a large contract about a week later (I still need to write about that).



Anyway, we had a marvelous time and the trip gave me renewed energy to get this book done. We saw a lot of the city, ate delicious food (had foie gras for the first time), strolled through a museum, stumbled into a flower show, snuck into the hotel where I planned to set a big scene, and enjoyed music late into the night near our hotel. It was another new thing for me, but what struck me about this trip was the realization that I had no fear of it. I know that’s not a big deal for everyone, but (like I’ve talked about before) travel anxiety is a real thing and I’ve only recently overcome most of mine.

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About the book. Most of the major plotting is completed and I made some breakthroughs this week. I’ve got a lot of work to do with one of the main characters, but I’m hoping to get some serious work done on that by the end of next week. Writing a semi-mysterious man isn’t the easiest thing I’ve ever done. Figuring out why he’s mysterious has been a challenge, but I made it past that hurdle yesterday.

Now I’m sitting here watching the #AWP15 hashtag on Twitter, feeling ever so envious of folks who are there in Minneapolis. I’m starting my AWP 2016 fund right now.