I love Regency Romances

I have a secret passion that I’ve only told a few people about.

I love to read Regency Romances.

Did you just say, “Huh??” with a puzzled look on your face? Yep, this serious-minded woman loves a good escapist novel.

Don’t know what a Regency Romance is? Think Jane Austen, the best-known author in the genre. If you have read her books or seen the movies based on them: Sense and Sensibilities, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion and Lady Susan, you have experienced the Regency era.

So, what was the Regency Era?

King George III was the British king that colonial Americans fought in the American Revolution. He’s the king that raised the taxes on tea imported from Great Britain so high, that the people of Boston threw the shipment into Boston Harbor creating the first “Tea Party.” … Read more

What method do you use to write a novel?

fountainpenI recently read this question “What method do you use to write a novel?” on Quora and thought I would share my answer with those of you who might be interested.

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Do you create an outline and then fill it in until a novel takes shape? Do you sit down and write organically? Also please include some things you like and dislike about your method.

When I’m writing a novel, I use a mixture of organic writing (or free writing) – just letting the story unfold as I type away – and outlining. My outlines are not detailed but I use it to figure out where a scene will work the most effectively. I use specific outlines when I’m writing non-fiction.

The biggest change I’ve made – and it has made a huge difference – is I bought the … Read more

Are you an introvert?

I was reading some of the web pages I’ve saved in Evernote and came across this article. I thought I would share it with you. Artists, writers, scientists, and musicians are often introverts. I am very much an introvert and especially relate to Myth #9.

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Let me tell you about introverts.  This is a genetic characteristic of a small percentage (15%) of the population and an absolutely essential one to moving the human race forward.  Besides, there are some important differences between the brains of introverts and extroverts.  You can’t change.

All about Introverts

1. We choose our words carefully so others don’t have to wade through a river of words to understand what we are saying.

2. We have imagination and rich inner worlds.

3. We are more likely to access our innermost thoughts and creative ideas because we embrace solitude.

4. We are capable of great focus, which comes in handy when completing pretty much any task … Read more

Be vigilant to avoid PayPal fraud

I recently received an email from “PayPal” asking me to verify my account. It had the PayPal logo and looked like it was from a special division that handled that sort of thing. We have just moved so I thought the email might be in response to that.

I started to fill out the form. The first page wanted my name and address; no warning bells went off since this is public information anyone can access. Then I came to a page that wanted my social security number! That set off all kinds of bells – police sirens, church bells, car horns, etc. and I stopped right there.

I got out of that email and opened up my PayPal account. There was nothing about having to verify anything or anything else, for that matter. I sent an email to them and this was their reply. I thought you might be interested. Staying … Read more