Eight Ladies Writing

Jilly blogs about reading, writing and life in general every other Sunday over at Eight Ladies Writing.

8LW is a group blog written by eight friends who met online in 2012 as students in the inaugural Romance Writing Program at McDaniel College. Some of the Ladies are published. Some are still striving towards that goal. They’ve been blogging together since 2013 and they’re still going strong.

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  • Jilly: Planning for the Zombie Apocalypse
    by Jilly Wood on April 5, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Have you been reading (or watching) much fiction over the last few weeks? What kind of stories did you choose? I spent the first week of my enforced homestay on the sofa, re-reading Jenny Crusie. I picked Agnes and the Hitman, followed by Fast Women. Angry heroines, laconic heroes with just the right skill-set, a

  • Jilly: Silver Linings Saturday
    by Jilly Wood on April 4, 2020 at 5:00 am

    While Michaeline’s away dealing with family matters (check out this post for more information), I’m borrowing her Saturday slot to ask: what good experiences did you find to alleviate the grimdark this week? Whatever your circumstances, if you found joy in a burst of birdsong, or the spring sunshine, or an unexpected message… if you

  • Jilly: Silver Linings
    by Jilly Wood on March 29, 2020 at 5:00 am

    So how was your week? According to the news briefings, London is the coronavirus hotspot of the UK, but so far, touch wood, we’ve been fine chez Jilly. We’re doing as instructed, staying quietly home, washing our hands, waving to the neighbors from a safe distance, watching the news, and checking up on friends and

  • Jilly: Life, But Not As We Know It
    by Jilly Wood on March 22, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Yesterday Michaeline reported that Hokkaido is no longer in a state of emergency, so she and her family are free to socialize and celebrate the spring equinox. Yay, Hokkaido! In my corner of London things are…strange. In true British fashion we’re not ordered to stay home, just strongly requested to do so. Pubs, clubs and

  • Jilly: Sibling Rivalry–A Snippet
    by Jilly Wood on March 15, 2020 at 5:00 am

    I had a list of possible topics for today’s post, but somehow none of them felt right. Instead I decided to offer a micro-distraction from our current real-world grimdark. The snippet below is from Daire’s upcoming novella. I should have more information to share soon, including a title and a cover. The excerpt is a

  • Jilly: Mind Candy–The Witterlist
    by Jilly Wood on March 8, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Sadly it looks as though things are going to get worse before they get better in the world at large, and chances are many people will be spending more time at home over the coming weeks and months. If that means you’re likely to spend quality time with Netflix, or if you’re just interested in

  • Jilly: It’s Grim, But It’s Not All Bad
    by Jilly Wood on March 1, 2020 at 5:00 am

      Yesterday Michaeline shared the events of her week in rural Hokkaido, which began with a birthday celebration and ended with the coronavirus-related closure of schools, the declaration of a state of emergency, and a strong request that people should stay home. Here in London the Sword of Damocles is still suspended, but probably not

  • Jilly: Seizing the Day
    by Jilly Wood on February 23, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Time flies when you’re having fun 😀 I won’t be doing much writing or blogging this weekend, because I’ll be helping my husband celebrate his 60thbirthday. This will be the fifth Big Birthday I’ve celebrated with him, and we’re both wondering where the time went. On his 20thbirthday we were at university. I made him

  • Jilly: Self-Isolation Past and Present
    by Jilly Wood on February 16, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Yesterday Michaeline shared a fascinating Reddit post about how a foreign resident in China is dealing with food and cooking during the lockdown imposed by the authorities in an attempt to contain the outbreak of coronavirus/covid-19. In the UK we only have 9 confirmed cases of the virus, but Sir Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of

  • Jilly: The Big Step
    by Jilly Wood on February 9, 2020 at 5:00 am

    It’s been months since I worked on a new story. I’d almost forgotten how it feels 😉 I had a solid draft of The Seeds of Power finished by summer last year. Then I spent the rest of 2019 dealing with edits, more edits, proofreading, formatting, and uploading the book. Not to mention setting up