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July, 2012

“I’m a cut you” and other hits.

I’ve got pretty odd taste in music. It’s eclectic. You can intuit that just a bit from the references I make in my stories. I’ve got a novel floating around where the protagonist mentions a song by a fictional character named Bon Qui Qui called “I’m a cut you.” That’s a real song recorded by Read more of this post »

Readers’ Crown Award winner Helen Hardt on Lessons of the Heart

Hi, folks! Author Helen Hardt, a winner *and* double Readers’ Crown finalist at this summer’s RomCon for her contemporary Western romances, has re-released her historical romances set in the Old West! She’s visiting today to talk about the series and if you leave a comment you can win an e-copy of the second book. -Holl Read more of this post »

Rocky Mountain High

My in-laws are in town for a long weekend, so the past few days have been all about exploration. Yesterday we took the cog railway up to Pikes Peak just outside Colorado Springs. Elevation: 14,115 feet above sea level. Yeah. Brought home a nice little headache from that little jaunt up the mountain. From now Read more of this post »

The worst job I’ve ever had.

Real-life experiences regularly inform my fiction writing. They’re why I set my stories in real places. They’re why I’m always watching and observing rather than talking. I’ve integrated some of my past jobs into my stories, but there’s one I doubt I’ll ever use as a basis of inspiration. About five years ago, I started Read more of this post »


The title of this post, or rather the lack of title, will make sense in a moment. I started getting serious about pursuing a career as a writer after being sucked into the chick-lit trend of the late ’90s/early ’00s. I appreciated the smart humor, the imperfect heroines, and upon reading “the end” feeling quite Read more of this post »

One should really Google things.

Today I spent $20 on a book that’s available for free in full text online. If I had Googled the title I would have known this as well as how long the book is (suffice it to say the answer to the latter is “not very”). I stumbled onto the little book on Amazon where Read more of this post »

One-Draft Wonder

You know, when I was in college pursuing an English degree I had to write a lot of papers. I wasn’t even a creative writing student–just straight-up Language & Literature. All the papers I wrote were critical explications of classic and modern literary texts (Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, on up to Morrison, Flagg, etc.). Useful skill, Read more of this post »