Gift Ideas for the Writer in Your Life by Rebecca Heflin

from the very talented Rebecca Heflin! Enjoy these gift ideas for the writer in your life…

Untitled designIt’s the holidays once again! I don’t know about you, but I have no idea where 2018 went. Seems like I had just put the Christmas decorations away when it was time to take them out again. With four days left for Hanukkah, and with Christmas right around the corner, we’re all frantically searching for gifts for those special someones in our lives. If you have a writerly special someone in your life, here are my top 5 gift suggestions. And if you’re the writer in your life, treat yourself (or drop some hints to your loved ones).

  1. Craft or Reference Books

I’m of a mind no one can have too many craft or reference books. Check your writer’s bookshelf for these indispensable books I swear by:

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. In fact, all of their thesauruses are a…

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Gift Ideas for the Writer in Your Life by Rebecca Heflin

from the very talented Rebecca Heflin! Enjoy these gift ideas for the writer in your life…

Untitled designIt’s the holidays once again! I don’t know about you, but I have no idea where 2018 went. Seems like I had just put the Christmas decorations away when it was time to take them out again. With four days left for Hanukkah, and with Christmas right around the corner, we’re all frantically searching for gifts for those special someones in our lives. If you have a writerly special someone in your life, here are my top 5 gift suggestions. And if you’re the writer in your life, treat yourself (or drop some hints to your loved ones).

  1. Craft or Reference Books

I’m of a mind no one can have too many craft or reference books. Check your writer’s bookshelf for these indispensable books I swear by:

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. In fact, all of their thesauruses are a…

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By the End of the Year, I Will…

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What’s your goal? What do you wish to accomplish by the end of 2018? Let’s hear your voice!

As for me, I’ve been healing from my collarbone injury (thank you to my LCRW peeps for the “well wishes” and the gift card. It cheered me). Sooooo…my goals were placed on hold. I’m only just starting to bounce back and have been going through my savings faster than a fox on the tail of a rabbit. But believe it or not, my main goal is not “making money.” It’s “becoming healthy” both in mind, body, and spirit. Taking care of those elements will motivate me to get back to writing books. I’ve been exercising daily, attending Physical Therapy sessions, and seeing a psychotherapist to help me deal with the relationship abuse I’ve endured over the years. If you want to read about my journey, please visit http://www.followkimsdream.com. So, by the end of the year, I will be more physically fit, work on a plan for myself (writing and editing), and prepare to launch my writing business (including getting an LLC and creating business contracts).

What about you? Let’s hear what you want to squeeze in before 2018 closes its doors.

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Guest Post: The Dark Side of the Ivory Tower by C. T. Collier (and a new Professor Lyssa Pennington mystery!)

My guest post on mystery site Island Confidential.

Mystery Author Frankie Bow

After a rough semester, Professor Lyssa Pennington just wants to post her grades and join her husband, Kyle, in Cornwall for Christmas. First, though, she’s expected to host an elegant dinner for Emile Duval, the soon-to-be Chair of Languages at Tompkins College.

Too bad no one told Lyssa murder is on the menu. And, by the way, Emile Duval is an imposter. Who is he really? And who wanted him dead? Without those answers, the Penningtons can kiss Christmas in Cornwall goodbye.

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The Dark Side of the Ivory Tower
by C. T. Collier

For decades, authors have written murder mysteries set on university campuses, but how believable is that? Do highly educated people, such as professors and college presidents, really get hot enough under the collar to kill? Or dastardly enough to be killed? Surely not. After all, such people are the crème…

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Handling a controversial subject in a mystery by C.T. Collier

Here’s a warm-up for the June 23 LCRW meeting: Sex Talk with author Katrina Kissinger (aka Kim Gore)

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After All Those Years, the Truth

Being a woman of a certain age, I’ve witnessed decades of changing mores about sexual orientation. When I was in my teens, few people talked openly about sexual orientation. In my family of origin, since several close relatives were nuns or priests, a conversation might touch on celibacy but rarely on lesbian or gay lifestyles. Times have changed.

As I approached the writing of the third book in my mystery series The Penningtons Investigate, I needed to do some serious research if I expected the central issue to be the consequences of a woman’s realization, after years of alcoholic drinking, that her sexual orientation was lesbian.

My research began with informal conversations with more than a dozen people who had experienced similar life-changing realizations about themselves or a loved one. Sometimes the awareness was precipitated by sobriety; sometimes it was more gradual. In most…

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Roundtable Topic March 2018

Which do you prefer? Traditional publishing with the “Big Houses,” small press publishing, or self-publishing? What have you done in the past? What are the pros and cons of these choices, in your opinion. Inquiring minds want to hear from YOU!

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Roundtable Topic February 2018

Hi everyone, hope you’re all having a blast keeping up all those New Year’s Resolutions! Mine has been to read part of a fiction novel for at least half hour a day. My latest read has been HIDDEN BODIES by Caroline Kepnes. It’s the sequel to her book YOU, which was such a page turner I had a tough time putting it down so I could sleep, eat…or do anything, really.

What I like about these two books is that the protagonist is a stalker and a murderer. Yep. That’s right. I like that. Why? Because somehow this author was able to make this killer likeable. He had redeeming qualities. And as a writer and author myself, I know how difficult that is to pull off! Although I felt her first book was better than the second, as often happens with sequels, both gave me a little more insight into creative characterization, especially regarding people who would be considered in society as abhorrent.

So my question to you, my fellow writers and authors, have you read a good book lately? And did you learn something that you could take back to your own work-in-progress? Let’s hear it!

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Roundtable Topic January 2018

Happy New Year, friends. A new year, new beginnings, new endings, and everything in between when it comes to writing. This year I plan to devote more attention to my “pet projects.” My “pets” are named: Movie Groovy, Kiddie Concepts, Teen Troubles, and Ooh La La. Which means I’m going to put my heart into writing TV movies (a new genre I’ve come to adore), self-publish two middle grade series (one for girls, one for boys), get my Young Adult novels out into the hands of readers, and the Ooh La La? Make more of my erotica short stories available on Amazon.

Here is my question for our first Roundtable Topic of the year:

What are your “pet projects” for 2018? Let’s hear them whether they are writing-related or otherwise!

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Roundtable Topic #2

Hello fellow writers! This month’s topic is:

How long does it usually take to write the first draft of your novel? How long does the revision/editing process take and who do you go to for “another pair of eyes” on your work? Do you use a beta reader, editor, proofreader? What is your process from start to finish?

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Roundtable Topic #1

Hi everyone! Today is the first of many roundtable discussions I hope to have involving writing. Consider it a virtual meeting of the minds. I thought it would be nice to start out with a simple topic to discuss. So…let’s begin:

How do you make time to write? When do you do your best writing?

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