Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2019

YOU are loved!

Hump Day Kick Start – Writing Prompt #45

February 13, 2019

Writing prompts to kick-start your muse.

This could either be good or very bad. Which do you think? Had she found out what he had been doing? If so, what was the outcome? Does she hate him and never wants to speak to him again, especially after losing the man she was deeply in love with? Does he beg for forgiveness, broken and desperate? Or is she strangely flattered, realizing he is her best friend and soul mate and had been “the one” all along? Could it be that today, with each step she takes to the Wedding March, his heart breaks? Or perhaps he had fallen in love with someone else.

Share your ideas and/or post your creations, even if it’s just a line or two. I’d love to hear them.

Link of the Week – Reedsy & ME!

February 12, 2019

Many of you know that I am a freelance editor. I’ve been at it for 6+ years. I have worked with authors at every stage of their careers, including USA Today and NY Times best sellers. I specialize in line and developmental editing. Romance is my passion, especially the subgenres paranormal, urban fantasy, historical, erotic, and suspense. I have been known to work with mystery and sci-fi authors, as well.

Today’s link of the week is my profile with Reedsy. Reedsy is a place which “connects authors and publishers with the world’s best editors, designers, and marketers to create high-quality books”. Boom!


Hump Day Kick Start – Trespassing Edition

February 6, 2019

Hump Day Kick Start – for your muse, a writing picture prompt, or just a visual treat.


Been there, done that.

What going on in today’s prompt? Why is she climbing the fence? Is she an environmentalist about to create havoc that will shut down the factory? Does she plan to steal a serum that will stop the epidemic that is spreading on the outside of the facility? Is it safer from zombies on the other side? Could that be a test facility and she’s on a mission to rescue her sister/best friend/boyfriend/pirate captain?

What’s your take? Tell me a tale or caption the pic. I’d love to hear from you.

Link of the Week – Search Engines and Databases

February 5, 2019

Authors do a TON of research on any given topic. I, myself, will research even the smallest, insignificant detail just to make sure my writing is authentic. I’ve been known to haunt libraries and used bookstores for information. These days it is so much easier to utilize the internet. Scour, really. There are countless rabbit holes to fall down. But sometimes, you want a more refined search.

You may have heard of Google Scholar, a search engine that allows you to search literature.

Here are some other online databases that might be helpful.

  • Google Books Ngrams Viewer – a graph showing how words/phrases have occurred in a corpus of books over the selected years.
  • IMDb – Internet Movie Database – movies, television, and video game
  • Encyclopedia Mythica – mythology, folklore, and religion
  • Omniglot – encyclopedia focused on languages and writing systems
  • AnC – American National Corpus –
  • Worldcat – a network of library content
  • Encyclopedia Astronautica  –  a reference web site on space travel
  • Acronym Finder – searchable dictionary and database of abbreviations (acronyms, initialisms, and others) and their meanings.
  • AllMusic – music albums, artists and songs; reviews and biographies
  • Animal Diversity Web – database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology
  • Web Gallery of Art – virtual art gallery website

Wikipedia offers a list of academic databases and search engines that are ” useful in an academic setting for finding and accessing articles in academic journals, institutional repositories, archives, or other collections of scientific and other articles.”


Hump Day Kick Start – Writing Prompt #44

January 30, 2019

Writing prompts to kick-start your muse.

What could be inside the bag? And what would it change? Is it a birth or death certificate? A pistol? A stack of D.B. Cooper’s cash? Undeveloped rolls of film? The code to a launch sequence? A really good bbq brisket sandwich?

Share your ideas and/or post your creations, even if it’s just a line or two. I’d love to hear them.



Link of the Week – Swedish Torch

January 29, 2019

Very cool information from The Art of Manliness for both the outdoorsy types and for authors of all genres. A Swedish torch lasts for hours. It gives warmth, light, and be used for cooking, all from one chunk of wood. A must read, here.