Starting out on a romantic vacation, or treading water hoping someone will notice?

People ask me where I get my ideas for stories I write.

When they ask that, I’m kind and gentle, and tell them that I see something and it just gives me an idea. I say that because if they knew what was really going on in my head at any given moment when I’m working on plots or scenes, they’d probably run, screaming, as fast and as far away as they could. My stories always have a little romance (or a lot), because I’m a romantic at heart. I did have some co-workers who read An Unsinkable Love who said they could no longer look at me the same way they did before. Hmmmm. I’m not sure how to take that. I also have to have history in my stories, because I really, really like history. I think we should pay a lot more attention to it so we could quit

Fired Up

I just got back from Colorado Gold, the annual Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer's conference in Denver. I've been going for several years, and I get a lot out of it each time. This year, in addition to a bunch of workshops, I had a critique roundtable with and agent, and a pitch appointment with an editor. The roundtable also included several other writers. We all sent in 10 pages and a short synopsis, and then each of us critiqued the others, and the agent critiqued them all as well. We ended up Skyping with the agent due to a last minute injury, but it was still like having her right there. I was really happy with the comments from the other writers, and ecstatic with the comments from the a

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