Conversing with the Competition

Conversing with the Competition

Very early in my landscape career I was taught to valuable lessons I’ve never forgotten and that I often fall back on. The first one is simple give back to your community when you’re able to. The second one is a bit more tongue-in-cheek, and if you’re not confident, it can be a little overwhelming. And that is get to know your competition. Start out in a social setting and before long you’re sharing laughs and notes about the industry.


I recently found out that the writing Community is loving loyal and giving. They’re more than willing to share their thoughts ideas and experiences with New writers. They’re almost eager to help out. And for a writer it’s wonderful to have somebody to bounce ideas off, get help on editing critique covers and blurbs, and overall just hold each other’s hand as we work our way through this craziness of writing. I find myself eager to go to the different online forums to talk with other writers. Unless you are a writer, you can’t really understand all we go through and sometimes that leaves you feeling a bit lonely and isolated. What a blessing to have other writers to talk to. What’s even more funny is that some of the writers I correspond with aren’t even from this country. I’m meeting people and finding out things from all over the world without even leaving my desk. How exciting.

Another piece of exciting news; book # 5 in the Citrus Beach mystery series is now available on Amazon for purchase.

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And I have to tell you this one was fun to write, because I bounced ideas off of other writers, learned a few tricks from other writers, and got plenty of encouragement along the way. So thank you to all of you who helped me, you know who you are! Looking forward to working again with you on the next book.


Secrets in your History

What does your search history say about you as an author?

 Almost every author has some degree of research that they had to do. The research is what gives body and life to your story.


It makes it more interesting and unusual facts with detailed descriptions can captive your reader. You can only get these facts from either physically being at the site of your book, or researching it. And since most of us are tied to one location, research is our best alternative.

I think it’s safe to say most authors tend to write it at odd hours. Often our work or family puts the writing on the back burner which can make the stolen moments we do find to work on our manuscript occur at the oddest hours. This means we may find ourselves working when going to the library  isn’t feasible.

 Thank God for the internet!

We can stay up until two or three in the morning, researching to our hearts content. We can easily wander off into different tangents, from one fact to another, as we researched deeper and deeper into a subject.

But all that research leaves a trail.   There’s been discussion among authors I know about this very subject.  If anybody ever looked into an author’s (especially a mystery writer) line of research, and the sites  we visit, and the questions we ask… well, many of us would be considered dangerous  element.

Search for idea
Search for idea

How would somebody who isn’t aware you’re an author react to your research history? Would you cringe when they search your computer’s history? Are you taking in them down a dark tunnel your normal personality would never go? If you’re a mild-mannered person who is looking up all sorts of deadly and evil ways to kill off your characters, will your friends look at you differently? Could you be looking into government espionage and ways to corrupt a government official could bring some unwanted attention from ‘big brother’? Maybe you’re looking into buried Treasures in history of your area and ways to claim it for yourself.

Do you see what I mean? Your research history can land you in a lot of trouble if the wrong person looks at it. But that’s what being an author is all about! We take all our research and off we go. It’s our job to weave a spell and create a story good enough to captivate our readers and have them turning the page.


Open book and idea text
Open book and idea text

 So before you judge the history of any author’s computer research, you really ought to read their books. You never know how we might twist facts to work with our plots.