Catching Up with Friends – new and old.

I’ve had a really unusual weekend for me this weekend – I’ve actually been out for dinner on Friday and out for lunch today and neither of them were with family or for a family thing. I was out with friends. It’s not that I don’t get out, but it’s not something that happens a lot and for it to … Read More

Prioritising – how do you know when enough is enough?

I’ve just read this great post on Kristen Lamb’s blog about prioritising. She uses a great a great analogy about reaping and sowing that I won’t repeat here – if you’re interested, check out the brilliance directly here: http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/author-success-the-laws-of-sowing-reaping I know for my own part I often struggle with prioritising. People think I’m so organised, but to use a swimming … Read More

Guest Interview: Elise K. Ackers

I’m really excited to say I have the wonderfully talented and incredibly prolific (Nora Roberts – watch out!) Elise K Ackers as a guest on my blog tonight. Elise and I met earlier on this year as we are both authors with Destiny Romance. I was thrilled to find out that there are quite a few of us based in … Read More

Guest Post for Killing Me Softly with Charissa Stastny

Today I have a guest post on Charissa Stastny’s blog, Joy in the Moments. Check it out here if you’ve got a moment. http://joyinthemoments.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/leisl-leightons-book-launch Charissa is a lovely author I met through another website. She lives all the way over the other side of the world (Las Vegas, Nevada), and has never pulled a slot machine in her life, just … Read More

Stephen Fry and Linguicide

I happened to stumble across a program on ABC last night with the inimitable Stephen Fry. That fascinating man was looking at languages, most particularly the 6000 plus languages in the world that are ‘threatened with linguicide’. I never even knew there was a word such as ‘linguicide’, but what a fascinating word that is. And how sad to think … Read More

Inspiration – where does it come from?

I often ponder this question. Given I’m a writer it seems particularly pertinent to me. But I wonder about it in a general sense too. I often worry about if there is a finite element to it – once you’ve used up your quota of inspiration, will that be it? Or is it an endless thing – that like the … Read More

Perserverence – a word we should get to know

I’ve just read a great blog by one of my favourite bloggers, Kristen Lamb. I always get so much from her blogs, because not only does she give great advice to writers, much of what she says has great pertinance for life in general. The latest one is a case in point. Check it out here: http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/doubt-fear-false-alarms-giving-birth-to-our-dreams What she says … Read More

Guest Post at Defending the Pen.

I’m the guest blogger over on Defending the Pen today. Please go and check it out. http://www.yolandarenee.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/killing-me-softly.html      

Why Entering Contests Could Help You

I have recently become the Contest Co-Ordinator for Romance Writers of Australia and I’ve had many people ask me what’s so important about entering contests in the journey of a writer. I get the reticence, particularly from writers who are working by themselves and haven’t had much experience with getting their work critiqued by a critique partner or don’t belong … Read More

Destiny said yes to Dark Moon.

I’ve had some lovely news that I’ve been sitting on for a few weeks, but now I feel free to tell the world – Dark Moon is going to be published by Destiny. I’m so excited. It was a nail biting time waiting to hear back from them (the usual worries of would they like it were added to by … Read More