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    Accidentally Relevant…

    …Might just be the name of my new imaginary band. On New Year’s Day this year, sipping a glass of bubbly and chatting with my husband was commemorated with this tweet: Um…I may be plotting a fly fishing romance with my fly fisherman husband. #sendhelp — Adele Buck 📚🇳🇴 (@_AdeleBuck) January 2, 2017 I thought about it a lot, I plotted (in my head-I’m not much of a “real” plotter), I created an academic librarian hero and a fly fishing guide heroine. I settled on the title, Slow Drift. I didn’t start writing it until a few days before my first…

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    Those two little words

    So, I wrote those magic two little words enamored of romance writers everywhere on my current work-in-progress today. No, not “Love you,” but: “THE END” It was a remarkably productive day, especially considering I have some sort of sinus thing or a cold and I’m hopped up on cold meds. So the 3,500 words I cranked out today might be…utter rubbish. But, as Nora Roberts says, “You can fix a bad page. You can’t fix a blank one.” For now, I’m going to rest and read and get (hopefully, sinuses willing) a good night’s sleep. Tomorrow I start a fast…

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    Teeny Tiny Romance contest – congratulations to Suleikha!

    The winner of Love Notes from Purgatory’s “Teeny Tiny Romance Contest” was announced today – and it’s my friend Suleikha Snyder! I’m celebrating your win so hard, my dear! Now that the winner has been announced, I’m free to post the story I entered on my own site, so if you haven’t read it yet, please enjoy My Lady’s Duchess: Clarissa squeezed Duchess’s reins, the mare coming to an obedient stop at the slight pressure. Stroking the horse’s glossy chestnut neck, Clarissa crooned low into the furry ears that swiveled back to catch her words. “Precious darling. Clever girl. You’re learning…

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    Teeny Tiny Romance Contest

    Back in June, I entered Cara McKenna’s Love Notes from Purgatory contest. The challenge was to write a convincing love story in less than 2,000 words. Yup. Two thousand. That’s not a lot of words. My first reaction was, “Eeep. Good luck, people who enter. That sounds IMPOSSIBLE.” Then I had an idea. I wrote the idea up, hounded some of my critique partners for feedback and entered the contest. All the entries are now posted and mine is here. I didn’t final, but a couple of my friends did – congratulations to Suleikha Snyder and Mica Kennedy for their…

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    Follow the bouncing ball

    “Are you published yet?” This may be the writer’s least-favorite question from non-writing friends. Or perhaps it comes in second to, “How long does it take you to write a book?” Wow, does that depend on so many factors. The question writers are more likely to ask each other is, “How do you cope with the waiting?” Because so much in publishing is about waiting. Waiting on feedback from beta readers and critique partners. Waiting on responses to agent queries. Then waiting on editorial feedback from your agent. Then waiting on editor’s responses to submissions. Then… You get the idea.…

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    #Scrivathon16 – The Home Stretch (Raffles!)

    Hello lovely visitor – we’re in the home stretch leading up to Scrivathon 2016. Scrivathon is basically a fun-run for fingers. A group of us are pledging to have butt-in-chair, fingers-on-keyboard the day of November 12. You can support us by pledging money (all funds go to Syria Relief), and if you’re a writer-person and would like to enter raffles for nifty things like page critiques or edits, Scrivener software, and other fantastic items and services. More information on the raffles and how to enter are on our lovely hostess’ blog. And if you want to donate to my campaign…

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    Scrivathon 16

    Hey there – just a brief post to boost my page for Scrivathon 16, a charity fundraiser that is the brainchild of my friend A.Y. Chao. Basically, it’s like couch to 5k meets charity fun run: where the writers stay on the couch and pump out words instead of miles in the pursuit of sponsorship and glory. I’m totally un-funded at the moment, and would love any and all donations!

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    NaNoWriMo

    Well, November is here and I’m NaNo-ing. Getting things off to a bang, because my in-laws will be arriving this evening for three days. That’s sure to be fantastic for productivity. At any rate, I’m being a NaNo “rebel” this year. Instead of embarking on a fresh, new idea, I’m doing that top-to-bottom rewrite of Persuading Anna that I talked about here. Is two months enough time to have mulled it over? I don’t know–we shall see! I gave it a new title and even created a cover for NaNo: Let’s do this. Doing NaNo and want to be buddies? I’m…

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    Shelving Anna

    Persuading Anna was my first completed fiction manuscript. It started life as an attempt at “Literary Women’s Fiction.” “Wait – doesn’t your bio say you write comic romance?” Yes, reader, it does. Thank you for allowing me to put words in your mouth just this once. I promise I won’t do it again. I had a lot of ideas about what I might want to be if I became a writer. I went to a prep school that cranks out amazing writers like Susan Minot, Sebastian Junger, and Matt Taibbi. As such, I was terrified of doing anything that wasn’t…