Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Yosemite Romance Writers February Meeting


Just an FYI to all of my Fresno/Clovis and California friends and writers.
Scott Eagan of Greyhaus Literary Agency will be our February 12th speaker. Please visit Yosemite Romance Writers for details and to RSVP for the meeting. Scott is coming in from Washington to speak, and listen to pitches. So get those manuscripts ready,,,



Thursday, December 16, 2010

Joan Swan

Hello friends,

Author Joan Swan www.joanswan.com has agreed to be the speaker at "Yosemite Romance Writers" September 2011 Meeting.
If you are local to Fresno, feel free to join in. Check out our web-site at www.yosemiteromancewriters.com

Also, make sure to check out my current books at www.dianesstorys.com or www.whiskeycreekpress.com Books make awesome Christmas gifts that last a lifetime.

Happy holidays,


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Happy Saturday

Happy "Foggy" Saturday friends. Hope all is well, and you're enjoying the day.

Saturday -- Saturn's day

Middle English saterday

Old English sæter(nes)dæg "Saturn's day"

Latin dies Saturni "day of Saturn"

Ancient Greek hemera Khronu "day of Cronus"

Saturn is the Roman and Italic god of agriculture and the consort of Ops. He is believed to have ruled the earth during an age of happiness and virtue.
Cronus (Kronos, Cronos) is the Greek god (Titan) who ruled the universe until dethroned by his son Zeus.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Descriptive Writing

Trying to find new ways to describe your books hero or heroin?
I read an article recently about descriptive writing that I found useful.

Definition of Descriptive Writing:

A rhetorical strategy using sensory details to portray a person, place, or thing. One of the progymnasmata and one of the traditional modes of discourse.

Doesn't seem so hard, does it? But for some reason some of us find our wrists frozen in ice when we actually try it.

So here's a suggestion. Make a list of several items, such as 'left over food in your fridge' or 'a restroom in a train station'. Then sit down and write a two or three paragraph description. Practice doing this over and over, and when you feel up to it, start describing your hero's.

It works, and it's a great exercise.

Have a great night!