Writing How-To: Taking Stock of Characters, Pt. 1

I’m currently reading “The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers” (3rd Ed.) by Christopher Vogler. I’ve heard of this book for years and just now finally got it so I could read it. If you aren’t familiar with it, he takes a lot of the work Joseph Campbell did on myth (such as in his … Read More

Another note on e-piracy.

Okay, for those of you who see auctions where the sellers claim to have resell rights to my e-books, listen up: THOSE ARE ILLEGAL AUCTIONS. Period. In fact, most auctions of fiction e-books are ILLEGAL. It doesn’t matter what their excuse is, unless it’s all public domain works (meaning OLD stuff like Charles Dickens, at … Read More

Releases Available on Kindle

For the most up-to-date listing of my Kindle releases, hit my Amazon author pages for my various pen names: Tymber Dalton Lesli Richardson Macy Largo Tessa Monroe

Writing How-To: Who’s In Third? Omnipotent limitations.

The first “official” (meaning not a freebie, one I had to pay money for) purchase I made on our new Kindle was Stephen King’s “Under the Dome.” Now, I cut my writing teeth on SK in high school. He was my first “writing idol,” the one I wanted to be “just like him” when my … Read More

"Fierce Radiance" Coming Monday, Feb. 15th!

Geez, you can tell I’ve been swamped, I totally brain farted and forgot to post my cover and info on “Fierce Radiance!” It’s coming Monday, Feb. 15th from Siren-BookStrand, but it’s already available for pre-order! http://www.bookstrand.com/fierce-radiance Blurb: [Ménage Amour: Erotic Sci-Fi Ménage a Trois Romance, M/M/F, M/M, Dom/sub] Being orphaned twice, tragedy defined starship captain … Read More

Writing How-To: "And then, suddenly…"

Deus ex machina. Literally, “god from the machine.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deus_ex_machina You’ve seen it before. It’s the object that turns up exactly at the perfect time the characters need it to get out of their life-threatening fix. It’s the character who suddenly remembers they studied Morse code in Boy Scouts and translates the message that sends them … Read More

Not "Just" a Card.

Hubby’s birthday is February 18th, so we usually manage to combine Valentine’s Day and his birthday. (Hey, if I get screwed every year because my birthday is close to or ON Mother’s Day, it’s fair as far as I’m concerned.) He gets off easy with me. Um, I didn’t mean like THAT. (Yes, I write … Read More


Sorry, I was too lazy to find my digital camera and take a picture of my actual computer. This is my new red Toshiba Satellite T135 I picked up yesterday. Yes, it’s smaller than my regular Toshi, it’s got a 13.3 screen, but I plan on using it for writing. I am getting far too … Read More

Unsung hero in the piracy war.

Patricia McLinn is my new hero. (Or should I say heroine?) She decided to hit the file pirate sites where it really hurts–in their ad sales revenue. http://www.ninc.com/blog/index.php/archives/a-call-to-protect-copyrights You have to read about how she got AT&T to sit up, take notice, and act responsibly to remove their advertising off a file sharing site allowing … Read More

Sweet addiction.

I found this and their dark chocolate version at Wallyworld in the peanut butter section. I LOOOOOVE this stuff. ilovepeanutbutter.com “They tried to make me go to rehab, and I said no, no, no…” *Asshat FTC blog disclaimer: I paid for this myself, but if they wanted to give me freebies, I’d damn sure take … Read More

Writing How-To: Special Snowflake Follow-Up.

Wow. I’m totally blown away (in a good way) to the response to my “You are Not a Special Snowflake” post. I also had no idea (and I had many private responses besides the ones in the comments) how many people said they’d been afraid to say what I said. And that, to me, begs … Read More

"Safe Harbor" up for book of the week!

*Shameless begging for votes to follow.* My Tymber Dalton book, “Safe Harbor,” is up for book of the week over at Whipped Cream Erotic Romance Reviews. Voting is open until Sunday night, and I would appreciate any and all votes: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/WC/recentrev.htm Also, I have an interview up on Julia Barrett’s blog about writing and writing … Read More

Publishing, Pirate Prattle, and Pay

There is this myth going around the pirate sites that they think published writers are rich, so if they steal files from them, it’s not hurting them, it’s only hurting “fat cat publishers.” Well, here’s another myth about to go up in flames on the sacred cow barbecue. The majority of writers, even writers whose … Read More

Writing How-To: You Are Not a Special Snowflake.

I was having a private email discussion back and forth with another writer who, like me, has found better than average success writing for indie e-publishers. They told me something that so totally resonated with me that yes, I have to share it. They were once given the advice to use multiple pen names and … Read More

A little insurance.

I’m an obsessive backer-upper when it comes to my files. Not every day, which is bad on my part, but redundantly. Two external drives for large quantities of data, plus two thumb drives specifically for works in progress, which fit in holders that go on my keyring and leave the house when I do. I … Read More