April 7, 2011

Plotting in the Shared World

In January, Sapphire Blue Publishing released the first shared world anthology that I participated in. Seven Souls a Leaping focused on the story of siblings Duncan and Sam and their cousin Tara. The idea for a shared world anthology began batting around between Lisa Pietsch, K.F. Zuzulo and I. We knew a handful of items when we got started: We knew our main protagonists were related We knew they were all psychically gifted (or cursed) We knew they were based out of Boston We knew they’d share a villain, one growing progressively more evil We knew they’d meet a soul […]
January 1, 2010

Happy New Year: Resolve to Recycle

A new year means mean new ideas, projects, aspirations, and resolutions. Or not. Personally, I dislike resolutions. A resolution is a reminder of what I haven’t been doing, or of those things that I haven’t been doing sufficiently. I prefer to focus on what I do well. I’m really good at recycling foil. That’s right, aluminum foil. Perfectly good foil can be used again and again—providing coverage and support until those little crinkled fissures crease and tear away. So, I found myself, in the final days of 2009, smoothing out with reversed fingertips, a mercury-colored sateen sheet of foil to […]
September 27, 2009

Story Matters

Author K.F. Zuzulo kicks off my anniversary week with her great blog on story and why it matters. Enjoy a wonderful week of wonderful guest bloggers, blogs and more. Story does matter. It always has. But I’ve recently and repeatedly been reminded of this fact by the familiar tagline for the AMC (American Movie Classics) network—Story Matters. The ads are most frequently linked to promos for Mad Men and its award-winning combination of acting, characters, dialogue, and story. How does story distinguish itself from all those other elements of storytelling, such as description, narrative, grammar, characterization. Isn’t it all those […]
August 28, 2009

Guest Blog: How Hot Is Hot?

As the summer winds down, an issue that seems to keep erupting for me in weather and reading choices is How hot is hot? First of all, the overall romance market is hot. The area of romance fiction generated $1.375 billion in U.S. sales in 2007, a five percent increase over 2006, making it the biggest fiction publishing category for that year, according to Business of Consumer Book Publishing. A recent article in The New York Times reported that Harlequin Enterprises had fourth-quarter earnings in 2008 that were up 32 percent over the same period a year ago. That’s hot! […]