I first hosted today’s guest Skylar Kade during last July’s birthday bash. When I went back to see what Skylar had written then, I discovered this little tidbit (in answer to what she loved listening to):
Skylar: I love listening to ….Chris Young.
Leah here … I’d not heard of Chris Young before, so I did a little Googling. What a niiiice looking man – I foresee a cowboy showing up in one of my stories soon…
Back to present day: Now at the time I added that note, I’d not started writing Texas Tangle; I didn’t start writing TT until early September 2009, though I knew I’d wanted to do another story separate from the Hauberk series. And now I look at this picture, this is exactly how I picture Dillon right down to his black hat!
So, Skylar, thanks for blogging for me last year–without either of us realizing it, turns out you inspired Texas Tangle!
My first novella, Maison Domine, is out in print today in the Binding Ties anthology by Samhain. I’ve been squeeing in joy for the past year, and groping my copies of the book for weeks, but its also made me examine my writerly life.
Writing is not my day job. By all accounts, this should not be a good thing; it is, after all, what I wish my career to be. I do not have hours on end to write, I don’t pop stories out in a handful of months, and I certainly don’t make enough from writing to live on. Thank God, because that means its still something I enjoy doing.
I’ve seen, all too often, people who have a passion—until it becomes their day job. I have no idea whether this would apply to me and my writing, but I’d rather not find out at this point. As it stands, writing is my escape from the day job; it’s the thing that propels me through the day. It is still my creative outlet, my de-stressor. And I have few obligations to it, which means that sometimes, it falls to the wayside. I’ll spend time with family, knit, crochet, or hell, just watch TV—and I love it just the way it is.
Knowing me, even if it becomes something I do full-time, I’ll be doing a mix of non-fiction freelance work (copywriting, anyone?) and various fiction projects. That is my dream, being surrounded by the written word in its various forms. I don’t want to drown in storytelling, but I do want to write.
So, to help me and any other bored-too-easily writers, here’s the beginning of my “Things I Can Do as a Writer That Give Me Money” list (catchy title, huh?). It encompasses many of the skills we have to learn as both writers and promoters of our works, and looking at the list, I think we sometimes underestimate just how many non-writing skills we acquire.
1. commercial copywriting
2. business social networking: facebook, twitter, etc
3. blog about a non-writing passion
4. work for a site like examiner, allvoices, or Suite101
5. freelance articles for magazines and newspapers
6. editorial work
7. small-business newsletters
8. teach creative writing at community college
9. be a writing tutor—talk about a good hourly rate!
10. mentor budding writers (unpaid, but fulfilling! And if they’re the next Nora, well, you helped to get them started)
Any other brilliant ideas? Please share!
Organic chemist Lara Brunner is at loose ends. Since childhood, her life has been focused on work and achieving success in her field. Only now, weeks away from her tenure review, she realizes she’s pushed herself too far. Casting about for a way to release her stress-crazed body from career tension, she visits a BDSM retreat, hoping a weekend of sexual submission will do the trick.
Inducting her into the lifestyle is her at-work nemesis—Jaxon Greene. But the sinful intent she encounters in Jaxon’s sexy eyes makes her heart race with desire…and fear. Gorgeous men like him don’t go for zaftig academics like her. Once the fantasy weekend is over and real life returns, he’ll forget all about her.
Jaxon is blindsided by his intense attraction to Lara. The more time he spends with her, the stronger their invisible bonds become. Bonds that are stronger and more permanent than any knot he can tie. He’s not normally into converting vanilla women to his lifestyle, but something makes him want to cast his inhibitions aside and claim her for his own.
First, though, he has to free her from preconceived notions of proper sex…and love.Warning: This book contains bondage and whips and sexy professors—oh my!
Oh my, indeed! MAISON DOMINE is available both in ebook or in print as part of the print anthology BINDING TIES from Samhain’s My Bookstore and More, Amazon.com, and All Romance eBooks. Leah here: For my international readers, or even for those of you in the US, don’t forget you can also buy the print copy from the Book Depository (they don’t charge shipping to over 90 countries no matter how small (or big) your order.)