RB: Sorry, what did you say…

I don’t know how many times I’ve said that to my family these past two weeks. I’ve been working hard to get the second set of edits completed for Callie’s Story and the first draft of Lucas’s Story finished. Even when I’m not in front of my computer they vie for attention.

Lucas said he was patient when I put him aside to finish Callie’s Story, so it’s his turn now. We all know this isn’t true: blog post June 18, 2013, You’re an a$$hole, Lucas.

And Callie is rolling her eyes, stomping her feet, getting ready for a full blown tantrum because she believe the story is more than ready to be read by a “real” audience (because apparently as the author I’m not “real” enough for her).

Ugh. Continue reading

RB and Ella: The Come On! Interview

Hey guys, it’s Ella here. When RB told me she’d finished the first draft of her new book, after I picked my jaw up off of the floor (and finished my tantrum) I asked her if she would do a post about how she works. Since I had specific questions she let me interview her, which was awesome, but the post got really long so we broke it up into three separate posts. Here’s the first part of the interview. We’ll put up the next tomorrow and the third the day after. Enjoy! Continue reading

RB: Plotting, it’s not just for murderers

As a writer, sometimes it’s hard to sit back and enjoy a movie or a television show. I’m constantly looking for ways to improve my craft. I examine and then break apart plot, character arcs, themes, and setting. I’ve watched two shows this past month that had me examining the plot lines in own WIPs. Continue reading

RB: No, Uh-uh, Sorry, Can’t Do It

READING: Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

LISTENING: Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardian Series Book 1) by Dianne Duvall

(**Warning: If you’re waiting until the television series of A Game of Thrones is complete before watching it or waiting until George R.R. Martin’s novel series of A Song of Ice and Fire is written before you read it, you may want to avoid this post.)

In my quest to be a better author, I’ve come across a few articles that list the dos and don’ts of writing. One big don’t: Being too nice to your characters. Continue reading

RB: You’re an a$$hole, Lucas

Okay, maybe that’s a bit harsh. But if you read my previous post, you’ll know that I’ve decided to concentrate solely on Callie’s story. Lucas was very kind about it last week. Helping me let go of the guilt from putting him on hold. Reassuring me that he didn’t mind waiting until I finished with Callie’s young adult story. (Patience and teenagers are a destructive, incompatible combination.)

Lucas is a liar. Continue reading

RB: Pinterest, anyone?

I’ve been thinking about joining Pinterest. To me, it would be like an online collage. Yeah! I’m a visual writer. I enjoyed putting together a collage for Callie’s story. I spent waaay more time than necessary at craft stores and too much money on several different types of glue, but it was worth it in the end. Whenever I’m stuck on plot or character, I look at my collage and instantly become immersed in her world. I thought readers might get a kick out of seeing what I see when I write. So, when the Pinterest idea hit, I Googled the ins and outs of it and found one hitch: copyright protected photos. The pics I used for Callie’s collage are filled with images that I could not legally pin without getting approval. Google did steer me toward copy free image sites and that might work for future novels, but not so much for the current ones.

I’m now faced with the dilemma Continue reading