Apr 012015
 

You may or may not have read this example about three hairs, but I wanted to share it here in hopes you can use it when you hit a roadblock in your work-in-progress, or agent search, or can’t make the timeline fit the plot…whatever stops your creativity. As far as I know, the author is unknown. I’ve seen several variations. Continue reading »

Mar 042015
 

March always makes me think of all things Irish. In fact, I’ll be traveling to Ireland in May to learn a little more about my Irish roots. And though I’ve never actually seen a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, I believe there is one. Not an actual pot filled with real gold coins and guarded by a little man in a green pointed hat, but a treasure, nonetheless. The treasure depends on how you perceive the little things in life. Continue reading »

Feb 042015
 

“What does coconut have to do with writing?” Well, I’m here to answer your question.

You see, I have a serious dislike for coconut in any shape or form. It’s just not something I want in my mouth. There’s something about the texture that reminds me of chewing string. But that’s just me. I know scads of people who enjoy coconut cake, coconut cream pie, coconut in cookies and candy. Just like reading, it’s a matter of taste. And isn’t it great that our preferences don’t have to be the same as everyone else’s? We don’t need to apologize just because our tastes in pies are different. Same advice goes for what we write and what we read. Different tastes are fine. So, don’t let that keep you from writing – or reading – what you love. Eating pie and reading a book should both give you pleasure.

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Jan 072015
 

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If Wishes Were Horses My Barn Would Be Full

Happy New Year, y’all.  Seems it’s that time of year again. You know, the time for making those lists of resolutions you are positive you will keep. Uh-huh, sure you will. Hey, I’m not saying your intentions aren’t good ones, but are they realistic? Did you keep all your resolutions from last year?

Know what? It’s taken me a long time, but I finally realized all the lists in the world won’t accomplish my resolutions for me. Nope! That’s up to me. Today on Facebook I read a post that opened my eyes to what I really need to help me stay on track. Instead of a list of resolutions on a piece of paper that’ll end up buried under a pile of unfiled folders and sticky notes full of research scribbles, what I need is a Finish It list. Thank you, Facebook Friend Danielle, for this awesome suggestion.

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Dec 032014
 

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There’s nothing like waiting for a brand new book to be released to make me think about chasing dreams and facing fears. No matter if it’s the first book or fourth, I always worry whether or not readers will like it. Will they even buy it? Will it be received with kudos or thumbs down reviews? There are lots of reasons I’m fearful about writing, but one in particular has bird-dogged me since I sold my first book—the fear of aging too fast to finish all the books I want to write. I’d been chasing my dream for a mighty long time before it finally became a reality. Was I too old now to continue the chase? Continue reading »

Nov 052014
 

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Did y’all get an extra hour of sleep when we turned our clocks back Saturday night? Really? I guess my body didn’t get the memo, ‘cause I woke up same as always, only it was an hour earlier. Go figure. I tried staying in bed with my eyes shut, hoping I could sleep that extra hour, but no luck. I’m pretty sure I wrote an entire novel in my mind while I lay there. Couldn’t remember a word of it when I finally rolled out of bed, though. Gone. Pffft! What was probably my only chance for a NYT best-seller disappeared faster than dandelion fluff in a windstorm. Yep. Gone with the wind.

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Oct 012014
 

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Being a Gemini Can Be Double Trouble

geminiSince this is the first post on my Joyful Noise blog page and also the first one as Lora Lee on the Insecure Writers Support Group blog hop, I guess introductions are in order. I’m thrilled to be here today and look forward to seeing you here again.

As Lora Lee, I write a fun, warm cozy mystery series, Joyful Noise, for Bell Bridge Books. The first book, Bringing in the Thieves, is set in the world of choirs, glee clubs and the gentle shenanigans of a close-knit church community and is a mid-November release. Cover reveal coming soon.

As Loralee Lillibridge, my other, more romantic persona, I write contemporary romances set in the Texas Hill Country. My first one was Accidental Hero, a Special Edition for Harlequin, followed by All That Matters and Hill Country Man for Tell-Tale Publishers.

So how do I deal with two sides to my Gemini writing personality? Not easily, I assure you. There are days when I ask myself, “Why am I doing this?” The fact that I’m in my “Golden Years” adds yet another side to my identity as a writer – my writing speed is much slower than it used to be. My brain functions a little slower too. Jumping from writing romantic, deeply passionate love scenes to solving a whodunit filled with quirky characters requires a huge leap of faith and a giant stretch of imagination. Talk about a work-out! Continue reading »

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