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: Free Novella – The Pulse of Princes
    by Jilly Wood on January 24, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Another year, another Elan Intrigues novella, except this one’s a freebie 😀 You may remember I changed my plan for The Seeds of Exile, the novella I published last month. It’s a sibling rivalry story about Prince Daire of Caldermor and his brother, Prince Warrick. It can be read as a standalone quick read, but

  • Jilly: Sound Effects
    by Jilly Wood on January 17, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Do you prefer background noise when you work, or are you a work-in-silence type? In the past I’ve created playlists for individual books, finding songs or pieces of music that I associated with particular characters, places or themes. If I played them often enough, they became so familiar that my ears tuned them out and

  • Jilly: Booksweeps Sword & Sorcery Fantasy
    by Jilly Wood on January 11, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Do you know about Booksweeps? I discovered them last year, when Jeanne included one of her Touched By A Demon books in a paranormal romance sweep. I joined an Epic, Sword & Sorcery Fantasy collection, and it went so well I decided to do it again this year. Here’s the graphic for this year’s sweep:

  • Jilly: 2021 In A Word
    by Jilly Wood on January 10, 2021 at 5:00 am

    It’s 2021, at last! In recent years, I’ve formed the habit of choosing a watchword to epitomize my approach to the coming twelve months. It’s less prescriptive than a set of resolutions. I see it as a theme. An idea that recurs and pervades. My recent selections have been: 2017: PUBLISH 2018: TRIMMINGS 2019: CONCENTRATE

  • Jilly: Incubating in Caldermor
    by Jilly Wood on January 3, 2021 at 5:00 am

    Happy New Year, all! I had plans for my first post of 2021, but my brain seems to be off on a frolic of its own. Whether I’m asleep, cooking, tapping at my laptop, or walking around Hampstead Heath, my gray matter is in Caldermor, mulling over Annis, Daire, and my new WIP. Not working

  • Jilly: Lighter Days Are Coming
    by Jilly Wood on December 27, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Are you enjoying the holidays? It’s been a year like no other, but hopefully you’re managing to find a silver lining under all that cloud. Over the last few days I’ve started to feel really energized. It’s not Christmas (bah, humbug!). It’s partly the prospect of a new year—I’m all in favor of putting 2020

  • Jilly: George and the Dragon
    by Jilly Wood on December 20, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Here’s my contribution to the 2020 8 Ladies Christmas Short Story Challenge. I think I got all the prompt words! George and the Dragon The winter sun was low in the sky as Georgina Albion moored her sailboat at Stack Aerie’s small dock and picked her way along the slippery wooden boards, ignoring the freshly

  • Jilly: Book Birthday–The Seeds of Exile
    by Jilly Wood on December 13, 2020 at 5:00 am

    The Seeds of Exile is live now on Amazon and other e-book retailers! For a dollar and change you can pre-order Daire’s novella today, or download it tomorrow (Monday). This makes me so happy 😀 ! It’s such a satisfying way to end a depressing year, and leaves me feeling energized and inspired to dive

  • Jilly: Christmas in Caterwaul Creek
    by Jilly Wood on December 6, 2020 at 5:00 am

    The holidays are almost upon us. Fancy a quick, cozy, upbeat but gloriously non-saccharine Christmas read? And this year, when travel and convivial family gatherings are not an option for most people, fancy a story about a multi-day road trip shared by complete strangers, ending in a large, happy, informal celebration? Why not try Eight

  • Jilly: Practical Gifts
    by Jilly Wood on November 29, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Can you believe it’s the end of November already? The holidays are here, and I also have a landmark birthday to celebrate before the end of 2020. I’m pretty sure Mr. Wood and I will have a nice party for two, but it’s a shame we won’t be able to share the occasion with our