Dishing with Di: Snow Days!

Depending on your age, station in life, and where you live, a snowy day means different things. FUN times--and not a care in the world! As a kid, seeing those fat fluffy flakes falling to earth means snow angels, snow balls, snowmen.  For some it could be a sled, a toboggan, skiing.  Possibly, a day …

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Return of the VORTEX: Make all your characters work for you!

The Basics never change! Who? What? Where? When? Why? And how? The writer’s life, more than most, orbits these six mysteries. Chief among them is who. Characters are the backbone of storytelling. Somebody must want something, fight for something, and need it badly enough— no whims— for readers to engage. The reader himself is a …

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Celebration Exodus: Move it on out, girl!

OMG - maybe that was Bruce Willis manhandling boxes in my room? It came. The new chair! And a desk actually intended for an adult. Squeee. Check out the Grinch doing what grinches do—at least in my house. Mattresses aren't their only fetish. Apparently, there's something primal about schlepping two ton boxes and "building" desks. …

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Dishing with Di: Bygone Days

So much is missing! History wasn’t my favorite subject in school.  All those dry dates of battles and events.  Bleh!  These days I’m not sure true history is even taught.  During my teens my favorite books to read were those romances set in the south, ala: GONE WITH THE WIND.  Personally, I thought Scarlett a …

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Dishing with Di: Home is where you hang your heart!

Follow that flank steak! America is a mobile nation.  We're a people of wanderlust.  The reasons why vary.  Some are sound, some forced on us, often as a matter of survival.  Many tribes of the first people of America roamed along with the game they needed to feed themselves.  The Pilgrims braved an ocean voyage …

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Want a long life? Avoid Men!

Yes, I still write romance. I’ll be making an announcement soon about contracts and other lovelies. But this tidbit from Healthy Food House—an oldie but a goodie—is too choice to pass. (Not like men ;^) Come to mama! Seriously, though. When you want something, it’s typically a good idea to ask those who’ve already got—how …

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Dishing with Di: Could this be Spring?

December 21st marked the "official" opening of winter, yet spring has been teasing us in Maine.  Rain and wind has cleared the snow and ice off the roofs, melting much of the white stuff off the ground.  This is winter? The officials must be wrong. Considering we got snow two days before Halloween, what’s a …

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Dishing with Di: Multi-published author Diana Tobin reveals the roots of inspiration in time for Christmas.

Diana Tobin--perfect for the holidays! Hey, Guys. Christmas is coming on like a freight train. My mind is reeling with things to do--and memories of Christmas past. I'm scheduled for a mini-family reunion in December, too. Las Vegas here I come. Bright lights, big city as the saying goes. So much to plan. And the …

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Tomb Raider—Egyptian style

Think Laura Croft has tagged all the tombs? Think again, and don’t kid yourself. My history freak is absolutely blog worthy. Even for an inspy suspense/romance writer. Hidden bones, exotic lands, and ancient civilizations are the stuff of stories—contemporary and historical. Welcome to the tomb of Wahtye! And this is a doozie. An archeological expedition, …

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Ancient History: The perfect premise for a contemporary novel!

This is now history! I write contemporary inspy romantic suspense, but I LOVE history. My first writing attempts—discounting my eight year old horror retelling of The Blob—were historical. Medieval, Puritan, Colonial American. You name it. I’ve tried it. And I still dig those eras and will absolutely use the source material crammed in my front …

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