Book #10 in the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series by Joanna Campbell Slan Chapter 1 People think that being pregnant is all about your growing belly, but the truth is, it also messes with your head. It's like for every inch my waistband expands, I lose ten points of my IQ. Maybe it's because I don't get much sleep anymore. My skin itches, the baby pokes me with his feet, and the indigestion causes a … [Read more...] about Excerpt from Handmade, Holiday, Homicide
A special Father's Day post by Jax, the Havanese puppy. Being adorable is hard work. Time for a nap! Even if that male human wasn't entirely sold on getting a new dog--and a puppy at that--you can change his mind. Here's how: 1. When you first meet, leap into your new human Dad's arms and lick his face. Over and over. 2. Nibble on his ears while you wiggle with joy. 3. When you are in the car on that long ride home, refuse to sit on your new … [Read more...] about How to Make Your New Dad Love You
Twice a year, my friends at RWA put together an experience that they call "BIAW." That's short for Book In A Week. Last time I participated, I wrote more than 22,000 words that week. My friend Beverly Bateman was the word-wrangler, and bless her heart, she kept cheering me on. After the first day, she emailed me to say, "Can you keep up this pace?" I sure did. We're all different. Our goals vary. We're motivated by different needs. I love … [Read more...] about Writing a Book In A Week–Can It Be Done?
Last night I posted 15 essays on writing at www.youpublish.com/joannaslanThese were originally monthly columns for an online magazine called "Graceful Bee," but I'm now making them available for a short time for anyone who needs a gentle boost to get writing. Although written for scrapbookers, the ideas and concepts could inspire any writer. Often, when I'm working on a book, I dig through my personal bag of experiences to find raw materials. I … [Read more...] about Tools for Overcoming Writer's Block