The Exquisite and the Everyday – Fashion in History

The Exquisite and the Everyday – F...

I love, love, love the history of clothing. There’s nothing more fascinating to me than poring over the many reprints of catalogs and “history of X fashions” books I have in my personal library. And to go to a museum or exhibit of that type of thing? Well, you might as well leave me and come back in a few days, when I will no doubt still be standing in front of that dress and trying to imprint every last detail of that lace yoke or that embroidered sleeve detail in my brain. Which is really funny, when you realize that I flunked home ec (yes, that IS...
Tiger Beat Crush of the Week: Colin Ferguson

Tiger Beat Crush of the Week: Colin Ferg...

Okay, so this is more like Tiger Beat Crush of the Six-Month Period, since this is only my second TBCotW post. But I promise, this one is worth waiting for. Meet Colin Ferguson, who will forever be enshrined in my heart as Jack Carter, the hottest (and funniest) sheriff since…well, ever. Colin was the star of Eureka, a delightful, quirky, funny, fantastic show that ran for five (aka nowhere near enough) seasons. It was a show Mr. Bud and I both loved, and one that ranks among our all-time, hall of fame favorite shows. If you’ve read this earlier post, you know...
Need help with editing? Have I got a book for you…

Need help with editing? Have I got a boo...

Any of my Megacube mates would tell you that in my day job as a marketing writer and editor I’m fearless (and bossy) with a red pen in my hand. However, I’m the first to admit that I can’t diagram a sentence to save my life. Yes, to my shame I suck at the mechanics of grammar. Although I know how to use words, I just can’t tell you why I use them. So I’m always up for articles, classes, etc. on editing, so I can back up my bossiness with hard facts. In August, 2012 I took a class through WritersOnlineClasses.com (lots of great classes here,...
Linda’s Casting Couch, Part II (or, This is Where You Find Out the Identities of the Hot Men on the Storyboard)

Linda’s Casting Couch, Part II (or...

So in the last post I discussed my character-casting process (is too a process, albeit a convoluted one). As a reminder, here’s the storyboard I made for the Always characters (and I forgot to say in the last post, I keep this up where I can see it as I write): The Always Storyboard Now here’s a list of the actors and actresses who will bring Always to life once a Hollywood producer snaps up the book (ooh, it’s so pretty here in my fantasy world, isn’t it?), and a few notes on the most important characters and why I chose these particular...
Linda’s Casting Couch, Part I (or, How Those Voices End Up In My Head)

Linda’s Casting Couch, Part I (or,...

Where the magic happens (excuse the mess) Okay, I know the title sounds icky, but just wash that dirty mind of yours out with soap because the story is that I usually cast the characters in my books while I’m sitting on the living room couch with my laptop. Our super-comfortable leather recliner couch (left) is usually where I do my writing these days (and a big reason why my butt’s so big—it’s so comfortable I hate to get up). But I digress (as usual). Back to my character “casting” process…I need to hear the characters’ voices and see...
Inaugural Tiger Beat Crush of the Week: Danny Pino

Inaugural Tiger Beat Crush of the Week: ...

I’m not sure why, but I’m feeling a little depressed today. So maybe this is a good time to start the promised Tiger Beat Crush of the Week feature*. Because hot men make me happy. First, a little background: Since I was a little girl madly in love with David Selby, who played Quentin Collins on Dark Shadows (okay, I just dated myself), and writing really awful fanfiction with him as the hero, I’ve appreciated a good-looking guy. My crushes have been many, because I’m a teenybopper at heart and I always will be. BTW, you can expect a Hall of Fame...
Sweat, Determination, and…Delusion?

Sweat, Determination, and…Delusion...

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” –Colin Powell I’ll admit, the hard work that writing actually is was a bit of a surprise to me when I started writing fiction. But it was work I took to immediately–it’s the first “job” (non-paying at the moment, of course) I’ve ever had where I’m happier the harder I work. I’m like a pig in mud, as they say, when it comes to learning more about the craft of writing, which I’ve done through reading,...
Back to (Blog) Life

Back to (Blog) Life

Wow, I forgot I even had this blog (as you can tell by the five-year gap in posts). But since I need a blog to link to my in-development writer’s site, this one will do just fine. Lots has happened in the five years since I wrote my last post. I started a new job as a marketing writer, and am now also the managing editor of my division’s client magazine, circulation 36,000 (love, love, LOVE that part of the job–I can set my inner control freak free). The jerk of a downstairs neighbor I referred to in my first post moved out a few months ago, so the world...