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...
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...
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,...

Why Would Anyone Want to Read This?

So at last I’ve joined the ranks of the bloggers. After all this time wondering why people want to read the random musings of other people, why did I make the jump? Because it’s late night on the 4th of July (actually, now it’s the 5th) and I was bored, but I don’t really feel like going to bed yet, so I thought I’d try this out. So do I have any idea what in my life is worth writing about? Not the vaguest. I lead the most average existence you could possibly imagine, hence the “Mundane Musings” title of this blog. I guess I could...