Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Weekly Quote Wednesday Ann Patchett and Meredith Duran

Weekly Quote Wednesday
Writing quote

“Writing is a job, a talent, but it's also the place to go in your head. It is the imaginary friend you drink your tea with in the afternoon.”
― Ann Patchett, Truth and Beauty

Historical romance quote

“Manners come down to a single principle, talk of nothing that might actually prove interesting.”
― Meredith Duran, A Lady's Lesson in Scandal 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Weekend Quotes - Abigail Adams and Stephanie Laurens

Weekend Quotes
Writing quote

“My bursting heart must find vent at my pen.”
― Abigail Adams

Historical romance quote

"Love wasn't a happening one decided on--to indulge or not, to partake or not. To feel or not. When it came, when it struck, the only decision left to make was how to respond--whether you embraced it, took it in, and made it a part of you, or whether you turned your back and let it die.”
― Stephanie Laurens, The Truth About Love 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Is your computer dirty? (Hey, stop thinking naughty thoughts.)

Learn how to clean your laptop and keyboard. Really, it will extend the life of your computer by quite a bit.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Weekend Quotes Harper Lee and Lisa DiPasqua

Weekend Quotes
Writing quote

“Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself...It's a self-exploratory operation that is endless. An exorcism of not necessarily his demon, but of his divine discontent.”
― Harper Lee

Historical romance quote

 "Don't let it swell your arrogant head. I was young. And I erred in the name. I shouldn't have called you "the Dark Prince.' 'The Prince of Darkness' suits you better."
 ―Lisa DiPasqua, A Midnight Dance

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Breaking for RWA Nationals 2013

I won't be blogging or vlogging this week because of the convention. I'll see you this weekend with a new set of quotes and next week with blogs and vlogs. Until then, happy writing and reading.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Weekend Quotes Eudora Welty and Gaelen Foley

Weekend Quotes
Writing quote

"...writing comes out of a superior devotion to reading.”
― Eudora Welty, On Writing

Historical romance quote

(Max) "...Do me a favor, if the constable comes knocking, tell him I was here all morning, will you?"
(Dodsley)"Killed someone again, did we?"
(Max) "Never before luncheon, Dodsley. It's still early yet.”
― Gaelen Foley, My Wicked Marquess 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Weekend Quotes - C.S. Lewis and Maya Rodale

Weekend Quotes
Writing quote

"I never exactly made a book. It's rather like taking dictation. I was given things to say. ”
― C.S. Lewis

Historical romance quote

"I take it back. You're not stupid. But damn, you are insane.”
― Maya Rodale, Seducing Mr. Knightly

Monday, July 1, 2013

A Villain for Every Story - Mr. Wickham

I've spoken about some of the heroes, now let's discuss what I love about some of the Austin villains and how they have inspired my writing. Mr. Wickham is a pretty clear cut villain, but realistic as well.

Why Mr. Wickham is on my list of great villains?

He is a reasonable, attractive, and charming man who knows he must marry to better himself. Still, the methods he is willing to use make him a perfect villain. He breaks the heart of one young girl because he won't get her money. He tries to impress the women around him, but when he isn't able to quickly draw in a woman with money, he moves to seducing a young and innocent girl with a flirtatious nature. It's a despicable thing to do. Even more despicable is, he refuses to marry her (which will ruin the entire family) unless he receives money. Now that is a villain.

My villains are a little like Mr. Wickham. They are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their ends--even when that is beyond the realm of decency. One of my villains in particular is progressively more villainous as the story goes along. This is how I imagine Wickham would have been, had they not paid him to marry Lydia. He would have continued to do worse and worse things until he degenerated into a criminal. That is what greed can do.

Who is your favorite villain and why?