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The Blood-Red Pencil · 21h ago

Love Month and More

February is Love Month on The Blood Red Pencil. Of course, it’s Valentine’s Day month. I have to admit I’m not the mushy type. I don’t leave little hearts or xoxo on my notes, never did. I d...
The Blood-Red Pencil · 3d ago

#Friday Reads - One Perfect Love

To me there is something rejuvenating that happens in February. January is cold and dreary and dismal here in East Texas, and I always feel a letdown after the the Holidays that were filled ...
The Blood-Red Pencil · 5d ago

To My Valentine, the Deadline

My dearest darling Deadline,you keep my focus clearby pestering my conscience assubmission...
The Blood-Red Pencil · 1w ago

For Love or Money?

The past three years were challenging to say the least. From a pileup of rare autoimmune diseases, to a cancer scare, then nearly dying from an emergency operation, my body was under siege. ...
The Blood-Red Pencil · 1W ago

Lowcountry Crime - #FridayReads

I was pleased when Jim Jackson asked me to contribute to an anthology titled Lowcountry Crime. Each story involves a crime north of cozy, south of noir, and take place in the lowcountry. For those of you who don’t know what the lowcountry is, the are...
The Blood-Red Pencil · 1W ago

No One Loves Writer's Block

Photo by Abi Skipp, via FlickrEach of us knows the pain. We sit at our desk/dining table/l...
The Blood-Red Pencil · 2W ago

Love 'Em or Love to Hate 'Em — How Do You Feel About Your Characters?

When writing my first book, A Brother Betrayed, I included several lovable characters. They were imperfect as we all are but good of heart and motive—like friends and family. Then I came fac...
The Blood-Red Pencil · 2W ago

The Foundation that Holds Us Together

Looking outside my window I see a lovely field, sundappled and windblown. The goats are br...
The Blood-Red Pencil · 2W ago

Where is the Love?

In past years, talking about love has been fairly straightforward here at the Blood-Red Pe...
The Blood-Red Pencil · 3W ago

New, New, New, Newsletters

Newsletters seem to be gaining popularity as a marketing tool for authors, as well as musicians and other artists. I have subscribed to a few newsletters from authors that I enjoy such as Le...