Retail Therapy, Writer's Life, Writing Motivation

Writing Motivation

These shoes gave me a needed inspirational boost during my annual, mid-winter February Doldrums.


I live on an island. I like this island. But sometimes the need to get off this island becomes a burning, thrumming compulsion. Plus, I wanted a shoe fix and when I opened the door to Fluevog Shoes in Victoria, BC, I was…I was…I was overcome. Luckily, my husband and youngest son were there to grab hold of my elbows. Mr. Moss had a successful trip to MEC and a bakery, and Youngest Son had purchased a fresh pair of Chuck Taylor’s next door.

Secret #1 to shopping with my guys: Leave them to their own devices, or see to their needs first. Then, revel in the ‘me, me, me’ time. And no, I’m not always this self-centered. I was in the middle of a prolonged Retail Therapy drought and they were all too well aware of my Vitamin S* deficiency.

Kathleen, the Fluevog salesperson, read me right away. I wanted color, I wanted *ALL* the color. Me, whose usual shoe-color choice is black, black, or black. And it happened that she and the store manager had just unpacked a new shipment. And in that new shipment were These. Beauties. In green, my favorite color.

I tried them on, pranced around, fell in love. I tried on other shoes (as did Youngest Son, who whimpered when he found *his* Perfect Boot, but I digress…). These yummy green ‘Pledge Prepare’ will have to wait to adorn my feet. But I did walk out with a pair of coral and black slingbacks…

(*Shoes. Shopping. Y’know, the ‘S’ words.)



Return of A Little Help From My Romance Reading Friends: The Lazily-titled Sequel

I LOVE writing ‘seasoned’ heroines. Looks to me like more and more readers–and writers–are looking for them, too!

Sandra Antonelli

It’s coming up on two years since I put out my plea for your help.  Back in February of 2016, I penned a post titled A Little Help From My Romance Reading Friends. Once again,  I come to you, Dear Reader, you with your finger on the pulse of romance, your eyes on the words and covers and spines of books of paper, screen, and audio. I come to you asking for your help, asking you to tell me about the Romance novels you have read where the heroine is aged OVER 40. That is, the heroine is 40, 50, 60 and beyond.  It’s time to update my list and I need YOU to do this because I am only one tiny woman with a TBR pile and books to edit and books to write so I can add to this list of mine.

I’m very specific here. I…

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Writer's Life

A writer’s little helpers

In 2017, I participated in #RevPit, a Twitter contest run by a group of independent editors. I didn’t *win* one of the offered prizes. Instead, I won a group of fellow romance writer/author cohorts.

We’re in daily contact via group chats. We beta and CP for each other. We know each other’s pets’ names, kids’ names, partners’ names. We know if we’re tea drinkers, coffee addicts, or teetotallers. We check in if too many days go by without at least a quick drop-in.

A few of us are planning to meet in Denver at the RWA’s annual conference. The photo below is from my first-ever RWA conference, in San Diego in 2016. I roomed with two other women, and we were supposed to have a roll-away bed for me but it took up *all* the available floor space. Lily and I looked at each other and said, “Share a bed?”

Sure, why not? Besides, writers’ conferences aren’t designed to maximize sleeping. They’re designed to educate and offer opportunities to connect in person. And I cannot wait to meet the gals in RChat!