Tuesday, April 16, 2019

3T Writing Tidbit

Show, don't tell. Sick of it yet?

I just have a little real-life illustration I thought I'd share.

Yesterday as I write this, a guy from our neighborhood knocked at our door. My husband answered.

"Hi," the guy said. "I'm a member of Your Local Church. Great news. We just opened a daycare and preschool! We take children from three months old to 3K, and--"

"I'm going to interrupt you right there," my husband said. "You see that big car in the driveway?"

"Y-es?" said the guy.

"That belongs to my younger son."

A beat. "Oh. Have a nice day!" The guy left.

Published since 2009, over the years I've accumulated various items of writing wisdom. The Third Tuesday Writing Tidbit showcases these items in no particular order. Click here to see all 3T Tidbits.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

2T Repeat Performance

In December 2016, the lovely Magical Musings crew decided it was time to close down their blogging shop. I had three wonderful years with them. This is another of those posts.

photo credit: victory shake via photopin (license)
What's your major? And other first-meet questions--originally posted October 14, 2015.

Ask any author what the hardest thing is about the business of telling and selling stories. They'll tell you...


All right, maybe not all authors. Maybe it's 4 out of 5 dentists and the gum they like.... But for me, talking about myself is as much fun as getting a root canal with a pile driver.

I'd rather hear about you than talk about me.

Probably odd, given that half the authoring job is getting the news out about my stories. But it is handy when it comes to developing characters.

Remember the questions we used to ask when meeting new people at school? What's your major, how's so-and-so for econ? Starting my career I learned to substitute "Where do you work?" and "What do you do for a living?"

Then I cut back to consulting to be available for the kids. Now my go-to questions changed. I met more people working as full-time caregivers or homemakers. One of the best conversation starters I learned was from the son of our pastor--what do you do with your free time? That question led to a lot of fascinating stories and interests.

It's one of the reasons I enjoy Amy R's So Many Questions posts so much. I get to meet all sorts of new people.

I think that's actually the reason I'm an author. I'm always interested in other people, and I love the stories they tell.

What are your go-to questions meeting a new person? What do you do with your free time?

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

April 1T Status Update

Happy April! A lot going on this month (but frankly, when isn't there? lol).

Night's Kiss is coming! #4 Biting Me Softly (hot!) Golden, deadly vampire meets a St.-Pauli-Girl-Next-Door. Books to Read universal link | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Amazon CA 
  • Night's Kiss second round edits turned in!
  • First draft of Chicago's Chosen is done.
  • Cover requirements for April Fools For Love 2020 happens this month.
  • Orchestra started again, concert in May.
  • Big presentation for Systems Analysis today (plus a test plus a requirements document due).