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: Short Story–Challenge Accepted
    by Jilly Wood on October 13, 2019 at 5:00 am

    The MacHugh saga continues 🙂 . Last week I wrote a short story about Jordy MacHugh, the Canadian music teacher who inherits a derelict estate in the Scottish Highlands and decides to build an outdoor opera house by the sea. Elizabeth continued the story and raised the stakes by introducing Jenny, a tourist from Kansas,

  • Jilly: Short Story–The Laird’s Legacy
    by Jilly Wood on October 6, 2019 at 5:00 am

    I loved Elizabeth’s short story Hands Off! using last week’s Writing Sprint prompt words. That excellent tale inspired me to try a Highland-based short story offering a nod to Jeanne’s recent trip to Nova Scotia and using this Friday’s prompts: a character who found something unexpected, incorporating the words basket, symbol, siren, bottle, freewill, baby,

  • Jilly: Short Story–The Naked Truth
    by Jilly Wood on September 29, 2019 at 5:00 am

    I had so much fun playing with Elizabeth’s Friday writing sprint words last week that I decided to do it all over again. So here’s a warm, sunny short story about a character who was featured in a newspaper, using the prompt words bikini, flirtation, blowtorch, confidential, parcel, baptism, excuse, dishonest, lump, warning, needle, heavenly,

  • Jilly: Short Story–The Great Escape
    by Jilly Wood on September 22, 2019 at 5:00 am

    I was too busy to play along with Elizabeth’s writing sprints last Friday, but I was in the mood for something upbeat and I really liked the prompt words. So…here’s a short story featuring a character who lost something important, including the words proud, plaid, thief, viper, whisper, drawer, crazy, disguised, deceit, fictional, ideal, sibling, insecure,

  • Jilly: Tell Me More!
    by Jilly Wood on September 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Do you like your romance novels to be tightly focused, or do you prefer a wider, more complete view of the main characters and their lives? I read a book last weekend that was passed to me by a friend of a friend. It was a romance, by an author I hadn’t read before, in

  • Jilly: Hits of Happy–Atlas Obscura
    by Jilly Wood on September 8, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Do you have a favorite website or other go-to place that’s not strictly useful but makes your world a little bit better or richer? Most of the newsletters I subscribe to are from favorite authors or are somehow related to writing and publishing—practical, useful subjects like aspects of craft, or marketing, or developments in the

  • Jilly: One More Day, One More Book
    by Jilly Wood on September 1, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Can you believe it’s September already? Me neither. Michaeline said yesterday that she plans to linger in summer for a few more weeks.  I’m allowing myself one more day. Today 😉 Tomorrow I need to get back to work. Forget Halloween, I’ve been counting the days to Christmas as I need to put together a

  • Jilly: Napoleon’s Novella
    by Jilly Wood on August 18, 2019 at 5:00 am

    A couple of days ago I found a surprising addition to my reading retreat list. I was planning to write a post about this weekend’s 250th birthday celebration in honor of Napoleon Bonaparte, who was born in Ajaccio, Corsica, on 15 August, 1769. Visitors to the showpiece event at Waterloo, in Belgium, can enjoy presentations about

  • Jilly: Reading Week
    by Jilly Wood on August 4, 2019 at 5:00 am

    I’m scouting for book recommendations. I got back from New York last Sunday. Usually seven days would be plenty long enough to recharge my batteries, but not this time. I’m still sleeping 12 hours a night, and when I am awake I’m mostly lolling on the sofa, gulping coffee. RWA was fun. It was wonderful

  • Jilly: Too Many Dogs
    by Jilly Wood on July 21, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Do your favorite authors have signature metaphors? Do you? I’ve just finished working through my developmental edit on The Seeds of Power (yay!). Among many other smart observations and suggestions from my editor, Karen Dale Harris, I was surprised to find this comment: You use metaphors with dogs a lot. Do a search for “dog”