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Archive for August 2007

As Promised: Weymouth Pictures

It was hard to tear ourselves away this morning, but it’s good to be home with my boys: John, Keeper and Jet. There are distractions  all over my desk, though. Ugh. Here are some of the pictures from our productive trip. This poster  hung directly above my desk. How could I not be inspired to…

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At the Weymouth House

Well, we are having a FANTASTIC and incredibly productive time here at the mansion! The only difficult thing is not being able to get online easily, since the old computer in the writers’ study is dial up, but we’re grateful to be able to check our email at all. I can’t upload the pictures I’ve been…

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Returning to the Mansion

If you’ve followed my blog for awhile, you might remember my solo trip last year to the Weymouth House, where I was a writer-in-residence for nearly a week. It was fantastic to have that writing time to myself, though I did get a little antsy with the solitude toward the end. (On the Myers-Briggs personality…

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How My Writing's Changed

I finished reading SECRET LIVES about one am this morning. As I mentioned a few posts ago, SECRET LIVES was my third book and the first where I felt I was truly hitting my stride. It’s been more than fifteen years since I read that book and it was full of surprises for me–not in the…

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Hurricane Roberto

I’ve learned to pay attention to my dreams ever since my early writing days when I realized how closely they reflected my feelings about my work. Last night I dreamt that I was on Topsail Island, caught in Hurricane Roberto. (Very weird side note! I just Googled Hurricane Roberto and discovered it was a category 5 hurricane…

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%&#*&^$!

Yup, I’m talking about those four letter words. And maybe a few with more than four letters. What’s a writer to do? I know I’ve discussed this before, but it’s time to revisit the topic. Last week, I received an email from a woman who was enjoying THE BAY AT MIDNIGHT until she got to page…

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Speaking of Suspense. . .

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking on a panel at Cameron Village Library in Raleigh. The topic was on writing suspense and I was joined by Suzanne Adair who writes young adult historicals, PM Terrell, who writes thrillers featuring female computer programmers (really!) and Virginia Kantra, who writes romantic suspense. It was a very…

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An Oldie but Goodie: Rereading Myself

A writing friend is working on a book with a rural mountain setting. As she told me about her story, I was reminded of the Shenandoah Valley setting for my third book SECRET LIVES, so I suggested she take a look at SL for the atmosphere. Not, I hasten to add, that my friend needs…

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The Wire

All I need to do to feel inadequate as a writer is to watch an episode of The Wire.   I resisted this HBO series for years. John would turn it on and I’d disappear into my office. He’d watch the reruns repeatedly. In the spirit of partnership, I tried to watch with him a couple of…

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