NaNoWriMo 2017

NaNoWriMo 2017: Week 1 Progress

We are a little under a week into NaNoWriMo and so far, I have been doing much better than I expected.  Today, I’m going to talk about what has been going on with the projects this year. So, if you have been paying attention to this blog, you know I’ve been struggling with the entireRead more

Getting to Know Phi Alpha Pi

Getting to Know Phi Alpha Pi: Meet Mrs. C

Mrs. C (Mrs. Collins) is a difficult character. In the book she was originally Mrs. Bennet, the mother of the Bennet sisters.  Since this book was centered around a sorority, she didn’t have to be anyone’s biological mother, but it made sense for her to be Colin’s mother.  She isn’t a villain.  She has importantRead more

BCof1 Monthly Book Club: Emma (part 2)

I didn’t finish reading Emma. WHAT? I KNOW, RIGHT! Here’s what’s going on with that… Okay, I didn’t finish reading Emma.  I basically stopped caring about the original book.  So, when I didn’t get the audiobook back all that quickly, I decided to not fight it.  I decided to focus on what I wanted toRead more

Toastmasters

You Are Such A Good Speaker! When did that happen?

I am writing this post while in Vermont, but you are probably reading this post when I am in Miami. This is because things are crazy again. I have been doing a lot of speaking over the past year. I have been, obviously, speaking to groups about Modern Persuasion. I had a virtual book clubRead more

BCof1 Monthly Book Club: Radium Girls

The first book we are discussing this October is The Radium Girls by Kate Moore, a non fiction book about the women who painted watch dials with radium paint in the early part of the 20th century. I want to start by telling you how much I love this book.  I can’t do that becauseRead more

Getting to Know Phi Alpha Pi

Getting to Know Phi Alpha Pi: Meet Ginny

In the original Pride and Prejudice Mr. Darcy’s sister is a minor character, but her history is critical to the plot.  Austen named her Georgiana, but I had a difficult time using the name.  When a name works for me, I don’t have a problem re-using it, but I often take my own direction withRead more

Pinterest Board of the Month

Pinterest Board of the Month: Phi Alpha Pi Inspiration

It’s that time of month when I share one of my Pinterest Boards.  This month we are beginning to step into the world of Phi Alpha Pi.  Recently my friends and family got to help pick symbols to represent the sorority at the center of the story.  To help me and my cover designer, IRead more

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Not A Blog Tour: The Rotary Club in Lowell

It’s always fascinating to see the web of my world come to life.  Yes, I didn’t grow up in Massachusetts, but my mother did and my parents lived here for quite a while before we moved to Miami.  Even now, after 15 years, I have connections where I least expect it.  One of those connectionsRead more

NaNoWriMo 2017

Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo: Flying By the Seat of My Pants

Back in November 2014, just a few months after I wrote Modern Persuasion, I decided to take on my first mystery story.  For the first time I had a completely original idea.  I wasn’t basing it on fan fiction and I wasn’t using Jane Austen as my model.  I had my own, original characters.  IRead more

Getting to Know Phi Alpha Pi

Getting to Know Phi Alpha Pi: Meet Caroline

Caroline Bingley is the woman we all love to hate.  She is Elizabeth Bennet’s chief rival and is set up to be the only female villain in the original Pride and Prejudice.  I found her fascinating and I hope you do too!  Here are five things you won’t know about Caroline from reading Phi AlphaRead more