Monthly Archives: February 2016

The Owl & the Pussycat: Redneckedness. Because love stories don’t always turn out the way you think they will

WHEN MY EX-REDNECK, Fluf (Fat Lazy Ugly F*cker) *Note: He wasn’t fat, or lazy, but could, in fact, be a f*cker came by the newspaper one day to get the keys to my truck to do some unauthorized modifications, the … Continue reading

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How to write when you don’t have time to write

A SIMPLE TRUTH *for me, anyway* is the more time you have, the more you waste. Which drives me insane, because snippets of dialogue, surprise character motivation and great quotes keep me awake at night. The worst thing about writing … Continue reading

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Yes. We really do talk that way–Bless your heart

MY DARLIN’ YANKEE editor objects to several of the conversations my characters have–well, bless your heart, Sweetie. We do tease our hair ’til it cries, and folks do in fact, sweat like a whore in church. Time for a little … Continue reading

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Need a Do Over? Here’s how . . . (how to be a Grown Ass Woman)

SO, SEVERAL OF Y’ALL have written to ask me how I’m doing with the Starting Over Thang (some days better than others, but at least I have a plan and as my daddy used to say, *Press On*–which means move … Continue reading

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First Drafts suck. And a pep talk from a rooster.

THIS MORNING, ERIK the Red (my favorite rooster) was bugling so loud it sounded like he standing on my headboard yelling at me to Get Up Already! I sat up, rubbed my eyes and focused. and there he was, standing in … Continue reading

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‘Til The Cows Come Home: Writing when you can’t write. And cows.

SO ONE OF MY rancher-neighbors (a 92-year-old man who just broke his collarbone while baling hay) asked me to temporarily take care of three of his bulls. So I tried not to sigh when I said, “I’d be happy too” … Continue reading

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Screenwriter’s guide to novel writing . . . the Story Board

WHAT DO  CARTOONS, handcuffs and Kate Hudson in a bathtub have to do with novel writing? Well, for starters, they’re part of my StoryBoard for Morgue File. So, what is a Storyboard you say? Glad you asked ~ it’s a … Continue reading

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