Research Fun

Nerd Alert! Hi, my name is Janis and I'm a sucker for researching interesting tidbits to add to my historical fiction work in progress (WIP). In fact, I enjoy it so much, I can get lost for hours if I allow myself into the rabbit hole of research. This past week I revisited Part I…

#NaNoWriMo – It’s a Thing

Come forth from behind the curtain of the internet and reveal yourself. Today, on November 3rd, I am calling out the sadist who came up with the idea November is National Novel Writing Month, #NaNoWriMo. No wonder there are so many more self-published authors today* when there's an online support group for you to write…

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

With my busy fall schedule for work travel, I always try to make sure I'm in the area to attend my book club's October meeting. Lucky for us, one of our members loves to decorate and dress up for Halloween and volunteers to host our meeting. This year's selection, Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts, lent…

My Name in Print

Okay, granted it was only in the program book for a local library event, but it's a start. Last night, I joined five other members of my Cape-based writing group and eight other writers for the Brewster Cultural Council's Literary Night. I chose the graduation scene from my work in progress to read as I…

Christmas in October

October may be a great month to celebrate the fall holidays from Columbus Day/Indigenous People's Day to some years, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, to Halloween. But for me this year, Christmas came early, on October 19th when I received the gift of family. #amwriting     #amediting     #writinglife     #amresearching     #historicalfiction #geneology  …

What’s in a Name?

While William Shakespeare and Juliet Capulet may disagree with me, I think many challenges hinge on one's name. We cannot ignore the history, and connotations, which arise from given names. Nor are they easily thrown off as Juliet begs of Romeo. Choosing names for the characters in a novel can draw readers into a story…

Bookmarked: Reviews Q3 2019

You would have thought with many days in July, August and some of September spent on the beach, I would have gotten through more than nine books these past three months. I'll chalk up my meager stack to the fact the tenth book I read took a lot of my time. "Eliza's Story" involved close…

I Need a Sam-I-Am

Where is Sam-I-Am when you need him? Someone with a gentle, yet persistent force to push you into doing something which challenges you. As September hit, I've faced the crush of work responsibilities. The majority of my clients are on annual contracts. Between September and November I need to meet with each one to recap…

Time Period Influence

Who else is hyped with anticipation over the Downton Abbey movie opening this coming weekend? Yaaassss!! While I didn't start the series until a few years after it's debut on PBS, thanks to the power of binge watching, I caught up quickly and came to love not only all the characters but the time period…

Follow, Like, Comment

Confession #1: I jumped on the bandwagon. I am now set up with "Author/Writer" accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and even have a writing ideas "board" on Pinterest and have posted some writing-related updates on LinkedIn. Luckily for all my family and friends, I'm not on Snapface, as one worldly NFL coach of few…