Sunday, December 30, 2012

Ending 2012 on a positive note

A lifetime ago, I was a blog junkie.  I was particularly addicted to publishing industry blogs (some of which you can see on my blog lists and some of which have sadly discontinued).  But...I'd broken the habit. I'd gotten the monkey off my back. My Google Reader crept into the 1000+ unread posts, and I laughed and ignored it. 

I blame historical romance novelist Cecilia Grant for sucking me back in with her "Ten Blog Posts I Loved in 2012."

I've added a separate blog list here to share the goodness, and, heaven help me, my Google Reader is alive and kicking again.  Really, though, Grant's top ten list provides much food for thought and a great deal of laughter.  And, as way goes on to way, reading her list led me to two blog posts in particular that are exactly what I needed as I look ahead to 2013. I've ruminated a great deal on what romance means to me, why I write it, why it's valuable as a genre, and why it seems to get such short shrift in the literary world, and these two separate blog posts reach me on different levels:

Intellectual: "Courting Responsibility" at Dear Author
  • This "letter of opinion" touches on many of the frustrations I feel as a romance author. Romance so frequently gets denigrated as inferior formulaic writing..."It's not real writing." Grrrrrr. While the post addresses recent changes in the RWA's contest requirements, the bigger picture deals with issues of literary excellence and romance's marginalization.
Visceral: "And still we will fall in love" by Cecilia Grant in a guest post at Anna Cowan's Diary of a(n Accidental) Housewife blog
  • I declare this post a must-read. It is passionate and direct and touches on exactly why, after resisting for so long, I became a romance novelist myself.  And, after reading it, I immediately purchased Grant's A Gentleman Undone. I look forward to seeing that articulate emotion translated into her fiction.
With my own first novel coming out from eKensington this spring, I am all aflutter about the approach of 2013. And these posts affirm what I value and appreciate; they bolster my commitment to writing what I love, regardless of genre, and to growing as a writer and as a reader. I don't usually make New Year's resolutions, mainly because I've failed disastrously whenever I've articulated them.  But I plan to this year...because 2013 will be grand and wonderful. I can feel it. And I wish you the best year yet.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Happy holidays!

So...we survived yet another doomsday prediction.  I have yet to see if I'll survive this last round of grading for the semester--piles of portfolios everywhere. At times like this, I'm extremely jealous of my officemates, who are both Math professors.  Their grading stacks are so much smaller and go so much more quickly than mine. (Not to mention, my parents probably would have been happier and more reassured if I'd gone into a STEM career...job security and all.)

Anyway...

When I can scrape together the time, I'm working sort of diligently on Book 2 and noting ideas for a Book 3 and possibly Book 4.  I'm hoping to make some solid progress during my college's winter break.  Onward and upward!

In the interest of family togetherness, this blog will go quiet for a couple of weeks.  I know, I know...who'll notice a difference?  One of my New Year's resolutions will be to blog more regularly.  (Ha! We all know how well New Year's resolutions work...)

ANYWAY...

Thanks for reading and following.  Happy holidays to you and yours and best wishes for 2013! I think it's going to be a great year!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Come join the BookEnds Babes Holiday Write-In!



Two of my BookEnds agency siblings, Melissa Cutler and Sharla Lovelace, are hosting what promises to be a fabulous Facebook event for readers and writers on December 16:

BookEnds Babes Holiday Write-In!

Yes, I'm participating, and, yes, I think you should too! 

Confession: I'm working on Book 2 but am mired in student papers and portfolios. Add in the chaos of the holidays, and I become a swirling, twirling, unfocused, incoherent...oh, look, a chicken!

So I desperately need this Write-In day to make some significant progress.

If you're a writer, join us as we commit to doing three two-hour writing sprints. Increase your word count with a built-in cheering section (or discipline committee, if that's what you're into)!

If you're a reader, come see what we're up to, ask those burning questions you've always wanted to ask writers, and just plain have fun. 

At the writing breaks, the BookEnds Babes will be giving away stocking stuffers! So, if for no other reason, join us for the chance to win free stuff.

So go to the FB page for the BookEnds Babes Holiday Write-In today and click on the Join button to, you know, join the fun!

And please do spread the word! The more, the merrier!

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