Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Elements of Style, 2000 editionImage via WikipediaAn Occupational Hazard

You know you've been a writer too long when you see a newspaper article lead that says "...autumn brings a bevy of new style guides" and your first thought is, "Wow! Someone's giving CMS and Strunk and White a run for the money?"

You know you're a writer and the caffeine hasn't kicked in yet when your eye scans down the article and you wonder what Lucky magazine's "The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style" and Isaac Mizrahi have to do with writing. Does Isaac favor serial commas? Is Lucky a fan of the possessive "s" with an apostrophe at the end, or an apostrophe "s"?

I didn't find this article on style guides helpful at all. I'm sticking with Strunk and White and the Complete Transitive Vampire.
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Thursday, October 09, 2008

The flag of 18th century pirate Calico Jack.Image via WikipediaDarlene Down Under

I was featured in an article on pirates in the Australian Romance Reader. You can find out more at the link, here.
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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Why is it on some days I catch oodles of typos, while on others they just zip by below my radar? It is a mystery to me.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Rig of topsail schooner Shenandoah without sails.Image via WikipediaOne of my beta readers left a message on my phone this morning saying she's "flying through" A Sea Change and enjoying it very much.

Woo woo! That's what I love to hear!

Sunday, October 05, 2008


What do you do after you write "The End"?

I like to clean off my desk. It's an attractive antique table, but once I start in on a book, I don't see it again until I finish the manuscript. Here's what my desk looked like during revisions of A Sea Change:

I started the clean up by putting my books away. Some of the reference books hadn't gone back on the shelf in a year, so it was good to say goodbye to them, even if they were only moving a few feet away. I took the opportunity to dust my office bookshelves, even giving Pirate Barbie and Ken a swipe of the duster. You can see them in this shot. Notice that in my universe, Barbie wears the captain's hat:

My desk is a leather topped antique, so I wiped the top down with Neet's Foot oil, giving it a chance to really soak in and rehydrate the
leather.




My muse was on hand, sending theta waves of cleanliness and creativity in my direction as she supervised.

Finally, it was done. I polished the wood with pine oil soap, rubbed the Neet's Foot oil into the top and buffed it, cleaned my fountain pens, gave my lucky bamboo a drink so it would continue to be lucky, and wiped down the pirate chest of chocolate coins I take to book signings.

Here's my desk now, cleared for action and ready for me to begin my next historical!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

What? It's October already? Seems like September just got here!

Oh well, at least I'm almost done with these edits.