Archive for October, 2004

Monday, October 18th, 2004
Career Planning…It’s never too early to start.

I was thinking about a talk I attended at the Romance Writer’s of America conference. Stephanie Bond talked about career planning. This woman is amazing. She has broken her career into well thought out steps, gradually building it up layer by layer. The things she told us to consider ranged from pen names (pick something that can’t be taken away in a divorce) to font matching for your book covers (branding). Nothing was left to chance.

The design of your website should enhance your product (you) and build rather than detract, along with what you choose to write.

Everything, and I mean everything, counted when it came to marketing yourself as a writer. My head is still spinning from all the wonderful information. Check out her writer’s pages. You won’t be disappointed.

Friday, October 15th, 2004
Great News!

I know I’ve talked about Donald Maass’s books on this list and his seminars. I received some great news today. I’m going to be able to attend his upcoming weekend seminar in New Mexico. I’m thrilled beyond belief. I’m working on my absorbing skills as we speak, so that I’m able to soak up every last detail like a sponge. 😉

Thursday, October 14th, 2004
Is Killing People Wrong, if they deserve it?

LOL! The reason I ask is I have two maintenance guys in my house right now, one of which has been fixing my master bath for two months now. Oh, let me preface this by saying, he told me he’d be back the next day…that was a month and a half ago. Unbelievable! Mozart isn’t even working today. I think I need one of those stress dolls. You know the kind you can strangle to reduce tension. Grr…

Tuesday, October 12th, 2004
Kicking Butt and Taking Notes…

Okay, not literally. I have been cruising along with the vampire regency as of late. Did a little research on Scotland last night and dug up some really cool info that can be added to the story. I’m also making notes for my contemporary. My dh helped me brainstorm and came up with two different versions of the same story. Now I don’t know which one to choose. Seems like it’s a simple enough thing to do when one story is similar to the style of my other contemporary work, while the other is darker. But it’s not. I’m still drawn to the murder adventure/darker story. I just don’t know if I can pull it off…yet. What to do? What to do?

Monday, October 11th, 2004

Today is Columbus Day, or as it’s known for everyone who doesn’t have a government job, a regular work day.;-)

Sad news on the entertainment front. Superman died. Christopher Reeve did a lot of wonderful work in the last years of his life, leaving a legacy of hope for victims of paralysis. May his good deeds continue. And may he finally be at peace. Goodbye Superman.

I plan to get back to writing today after taking the weekend off. My vampire is calling me. Hope everyone is having a good day. Hug your loved ones tight. Until next time…

Sunday, October 10th, 2004
Happy Birthday B!

Today is a dear friend’s 40th birthday. I’m sending out long distance greetings and hoping the big day was full of joy, love, and much happiness. May that wish come true tenfold. Birthday Hugs!

Friday, October 8th, 2004
Missed Opportunities

I was visiting Wendy Woo’s site earlier and she brought up an interesting question. Does one wrong choice in your writing career destroy your chances of achieving success?

I personally don’t think so. I do believe it can delay success, but I think the choices we make are right for each of us at the time the decisions are made. I refuse to believe that we cannot change our circumstances.

As an example, I debated whether to go straight to the NY publishers when I first started writing. While continuing to write and ponder the above quandary, I found a ‘little’ epublisher that sounded like a good place to get my writing feet wet. I had no intention of abandoning NY. I just wanted to see if I could get published. It took me a year and a half to decide whether I’d submit to the epublisher. In 2002, I took the leap and ended up at Ellora’s Cave. They were still building a name for themselves and hadn’t become RWA recognized or a paperback publisher. Little did I know that the company would become a springboard into the NY market.

I guess my point is you never know what direction your career will go in. Even if you made EVERY decision correctly, it doesn’t guarantee success.