First impressions can be significant. That first meeting with someone, your first taste of Brussels sprouts or reading the first line of a book–we get an instant, often lasting, impression. “A man’s look is the work of years; it is stamped on his countenance by the events of his whole life, nay, more, by the hand of nature, and it is not to be got rid of easily.”  —William Hazlitt I guess it’s kind of like the imprinting phenomenon for the… Read more »

Last week I got a Tweet telling me I won another book, which brought my book winning total in the last couple of months to seven. My husband told me it was time for me to play the lottery, because apparently I was experiencing a lucky streak. “Luck affects everything; let your hook always be cast; in the stream where you least expect it, there will be a fish.” -Ovid So, luck is success born out of chance, not just… Read more »

This week Juliana Brandt touches on the difficulties of being a writer.  Turns out dealing with writer’s block, bad critiques and rejections is excellent practice for making our main characters miserable. Yup. Miserable. Because writer’s need to throw obstacles at their characters. Think about it.  What if Edward didn’t mind turning Bella into a vampire?  What if Jacob had no heroic urge to rescue klutzy Bella?  What if Bella and Edward were married by page nine? Boring. Because like William… Read more »