Category Archives: The Writing Life

New Cover!

This is the new cover for Fortune’s Pride! So beautiful! Thank you so much, Jennette Marie Powell for designing this cover for me.

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Support your local writer: Dani Collins

This post came about after a discussion on a writing loop about support or lack thereof. Specifically the word ‘porn’ was tossed around and many authors weighed in on whether their husbands read their work or supported them in general. … Continue reading

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Support your local writer

Remember the old James Garner movie, Support Your Local Sheriff? On one of the writers loops I am on we were discussing whether or not we had the support of family and friends for our writing. The answers varied widely … Continue reading

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Playing well with others

I have been playing piano for church for about eight years. I’m not very good at it, but it’s a small church and they were desperate. Recently, we got a new member and it quickly came out that she could … Continue reading

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Learn it, then forget it

Nathan Goldstein once said that you are truly an artist once you learn something and then forget it. I think we could say the same thing about writing, and as you know, I compare just about everything to writing! You … Continue reading

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A Handful of Stars

I wrote earlier about forcing myself to face the computer screen for two hours or two pages, whichever came first, in order to get my book written. But when we are good, and do our jobs, we expect a reward. … Continue reading

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Writer in training

Did you have parents who said you had to sit at the table until you cleaned your plate? I did. Sigh. Mom was a great cook. But sometimes she made things I just didn’t like. Creamed corn (shudder). Liver (barf). … Continue reading

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Do you really need an editor?

A lot of writers complain about their edits. I’ve certainly complained about some of mine! Most of us have our “war stories” about editors and the terrible things they want to do to “our babies.” Sometimes they are funny. One … Continue reading

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A Pirate’s Tale

A Pirate’s Tale is now available from Smashwords:  http://tinyurl.com/9mh5ldz and from Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/9emohg3. I tried something different with this story. I have posted before about breaking the “rules of writing” and the rule I broke with this story is a big … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

Characters’ names Remember Rhett Butler? When I was a teen and read GWTW for the first time, I wondered why he had such a strange name. As I learned some history, it became obvious. In the book, Rhett is not … Continue reading

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