Friday, April 26, 2013

Spring Fever

Spring time is a good excuse for my absence, right? No?
Seeing as I have no valid excuse for abandoning my Blog post here since last Autumn, I guess Spring Fever can't take all the blame.
I haven't forgotten this blogspot, nor my followers. However, I have failed miserably in letting you all know that I have not left the planet.
Since setting up my new website where I can run multiple blogs at once, Blogspot has suffered. Also, much of my time is taken up with my day job to support the addiction to writing. Five grandsons and another one on the way is awesome, by the way.
LATEST NEWS: (writing news) I have finished another novel and soon will be uploading it on Amazon and Nook. This one will soon be followed by the second and third books in the Encore series.
Encore is now on Nook for all you B&N fans.
Not much other news except that I have been playing around in Twitter a little. FB suffers worse than my Blogspot here, and LinkedIn has some great writing groups that I follow.
Keep writing...and let me know how your progress is coming along.
Drop by over at my website: and browse around, drop a message or two. I receive email alerts when you comment, so I won't be so long in hollering back.
Love Luci

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Turtle Bugs

Every once in a while, we get lazy and trust those we know are trustworthy forgetting that in cyberspace, no one is to be completely trusted.

It is not our trusted friend's fault. It is that individual with too much time on their hands and evil thoughts in their pea-sized brains. Maybe they have elephant-sized brains, but they only use a pea-sized portion of it.

For two days, I have restored my computer and changed many of my passwords because of some pesky Corina Little Turtle in Twitter.

Not to be discouraged, I woke up this morning with full intentions of spending my one day off writing. Then autumn allergies attacked my eyes. Writing and reading are painful, but I am not going to let that stop me. I added a little to my website (a free sample page to my latest novel - Encore) and painted some walls.

If any of my followers here are interested in building a fast and easy website...please go to and check them out. They make it easy and dummy friendly. You don't have to have a degree in graphic designing, html coding, or any other techie stuff. All you need is your creativity (and I know all of us writers have creativity) and determination to build your cyber house with all the rooms you want in it.

Sorry for not being over here on a regular basis, but I really like the blog I have going over at along with two other blog pages where readers can post comments.

Have a wonderful day


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Good Morning,

Having a summer home (Blogspot) and a mansion ( to clean, dust and move stuff around has taken its toll on my writing time. Here at Blogspot, I have to run outside each time to see where things are, move them again and run back outside. Over there at Weebly, I click on the image and it asks me where I want it moved or donate it to cyberspace goodwill. That place is such a joy to play around in. You should check them out: and set up your own FREE website that is actually dummy friendly. I told one lady about it and she set one up in a hurry...even though she hasn't a clue how to build a website (professionally looking at that).

So, for anyone who is still following me here at Blogspot, I am sorry, but my time is mostly spent writing the sequel to Encore and setting up permanent residence over at Soon, I hope to shut this one down and move my summer home to Wordpress (very impressed with it).

Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer and staying cool while writing your masterpieces.

Love Luci

Monday, July 9, 2012

Sometimes, learning to write, like any of the arts, feels like walking through a thick woods without a compass or map.

Everywhere we look, someone has "expert" advice, a list of tips of what to do and what not to do, or suggestions on how to market our books once we reach that stage of our writing careers.

The old expression about not being able to see the forest for the trees is so true. When we are so deep within the woods, whether it is our writing, our marriages, our jobs, or whatever situation overwhelms us or takes up so much of our time that we feel lost, many tend to give up.

For the past ten years, I have been writing poetry, short stories, notes on the backs of receipts or napkins, and novels. I keep notebooks everywhere (along with a collection of reading glasses now so I don't waste time searching for them when a brilliant idea strikes me), in the bathroom, on my nightstand next to my bed, in my purse, and in my car.

During this period of time, many hours have been spent in editing, revising, and studying, reading, and searching for all those "expert" advice tidbits. There are so many out there. Where does one begin? We begin with one tree at a time. After a while, we learn how to identify the different trees and determine their worth in our unique journey. We learn how to sort through and decide which trees are valuable to our genre, our personal quest in writing, or how we measure success.

In contemplating the forest, I reflected on my earlier writing while editing my very first completed novel (which is now a four-book series: The Corundum Empire) and realized that in all the learning, reading "on-writing" books by the greats such as King and Morrell, and getting my very own leather-bound copy of Strunk & White Elements of Style, I have learned how NOT to write.

By that, I mean - I have learned more over the past decade on how NOT to write than how to write:

Don't write in passive voice.
Don't repeat phrases or words.
Don't mix tense.
Don't tell, show.
Don't head hop with point of view.

At first, I had no clue what passive voice meant. After discovering that MS Office Word has a setting to identify our passive voice sentences, I began learning just what they were and my writing improved. Same as with all the other "don't's," I began avoiding them so the revisions wouldn't be as big of a job. My writing has changed dramatically since that first novel was drafted. I printed it out in my vanity, thinking I was a real author. The current edition of The Corrundum Empire is not the same book, and I am not the same writer.

I think one of the biggest things I learned in all the DON'T's of writing is this...


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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Why Write

Imagine standing in front of a classroom full of students and the name of the course is, “Creative Writing.”

Ask the question, “Why did you take this class?”

Now imagine some of the answers they would give to that question.

“For fun,” one student may say while shrugging their shoulders as if they have no idea why they signed up for the class.

That answer is one that we must agree with, but there are times that it isn’t so much fun, right? How about all those re-writes and editing, only to realize that your work and effort do not measure up. There are times when writing is not always fun and games. However, the rewards are cause for great rejoicing.

“It’s easy,” another student says while slouching down with a cell phone hidden under his desk. “It’s an easy English credit.”

Here you remind the student that there is nothing easy about writing, if done correctly. None of the arts, dancing, singing, painting, or writing is easy. They all require practice, drive, setting goals, practice, study, practice, re-working, practice, dedication, and did I mention practice? All successful artists of any sort have dedication, determination and spend years perfecting their craft.

A singer on stage didn’t hop up there from the audience unpracticed. A painter did not one day grab a paintbrush and create a masterpiece without first learning the craft. Dancers do not move with the music as if a part of it without first spending long hours practicing the steps. A successful writer does not one day decide to sit down at a typewriter and create a NY Best Seller without any knowledge of the craft, the industry, or the audience.

“I like to write,” a shy student on the front row of the classroom answers.

Now, there is a student with a valid reason for signing up for the class. They like to write. Write the answer on the chalkboard (oh, that’s right…today it is a dry erase board, or computer screen projector, or some other “board” in front of the class. Chalk is so dated).

I like to write.

Then you edit it: I love to write.
Then you edit it again: I enjoy writing.
Then you rewrite it: I have a passion for writing.
Then you rewrite it again: My passion for writing has become an obsession.
Then you get crazy: Writing drives me crazy and I must write!
Finally, you write with calm and deliberate ease on the board: I like to write.

That is creative writing. Writing stories takes us down many avenues and many different routes to get to the same basic thing: putting into words our passions, our feelings, our fears, and our ideas. There are many ways to say the same thing, but sometimes we have to get more creative.

King Solomon once said, “There is nothing new under the sun.” So, we must get creative in HOW we write it. That is why love stories and detective mysteries will never go out of style. People love them. Vampires? Exactly! Same old Dracula movies for years until…brand new sparkling vampires that we can love rather than fear. Vampires are as old as dirt, pardon the pun, but take an old idea and twist a new concept around it. Get creative.

So, why do you write? Why did you embark upon this journey down a road filled with detours, side roads, potholes, and road construction?

(I deliberately avoided the answer, "To make money" because that is not a wise reason for writing novels. As a member of the Starving Artist's Society, I know that writing for the money is merely a pipedream, a "winning the lotto" frame of mind.)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

What Makes a Writer Tick?

What makes us tick? Maybe it is the "tock" part that sounds the loudest.

Somedays, we tick by writing according to our inner schedule - some write on a schedule, others fly...I mean the seat of their pants. We get lost in our stories whether they are non-fiction, fiction, or a mixture of both.

Giving our woes to our fiction characters helps us weather the storms and forget the pain while creating credible stories and characters. For some, writing fills gaps. We all have gaps and everyone fills them in different ways: a writer fills them by creating fantastic worlds where characters are chased up trees and have to find a way back down again.

Those are the ticks...but the tocks, wow, those are awesome! They sneak up on a writer in the wee hours of the night, in the middle of eating dinner, or at the stop light. Even driving to work, brushing our teeth, or waiting in line at the bank are all times when we hear the "tock" in writing.

Those unexpected moments are when we discover things - important things such as who our character really is, why our character refuses to come down out of the tree, what happens next, or another great idea for another great story even before we finish the WIP we are working on at the time.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

New Website Home

For all of those who read my blog and for those who don't...

I have built a new website way over yonder at

After trying to rebuild my blogspot (limited freedom) as my website, I realized I wanted a more creative and free site where I can do what I want to do and when I want to do it.

Weebly is made for us dummies, or for those of us who do not have the time for all that html building from scratch(ing our heads). It is drag and drop, upload, click and move, and it has its own photo editing (though limited) and formatting text. It was so easy that I managed to build my site in less than three days. I will add more later as time goes on.

One of the features I loved most is that it has NO TIME OUT. I hated it when I would be deep in building and writing html and uploading pictures etc, then linking to them, blah blah...only to have the file manager time out and I lose an hour of editing in a nanosecond.

Take a look at my new website and give me some feedback. Plus, check out if you are looking for an easy and fast way to build a site for all your hard work at writing. It even has a free blog - just drag and drop it from the tool bar to your page and have a blog YOU control without flopping back and forth between your dashboard and the trunk. No seatbelts needed for! <--check my new cyber home out.

I will still come here from time to time to post some thoughts about writing, but my wild and insane musings and ramblings will be playing around over at my new blog:

Thanks for being patient while I wonder off into the wonderful land of Indie Publishing where there are no fiery hoops, no games, and no attitudes of superiority merely because someone won the Agent Lotto by going around on the Query-go-round. I am old and tired...and I like life as simple as I can get it with fewer games to have to compete in.

warm regards Luci