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: Kindle Full of Books
    by Jilly Wood on November 22, 2020 at 5:00 am

    We don’t have a Thanksgiving holiday in the UK, but I’m delighted to join the 8 Ladies celebration. 2020 has been a shocker of a year (and we still have another month to go) yet despite everything we have much to be thankful for. I’ll gladly take this opportunity to pause, reflect, and take a

  • Jilly: What Codename Would You Choose?
    by Jilly Wood on November 15, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Anyone who ever read a thriller or watched a movie/TV series involving US politicians knows the United States secret service uses codenames for presidents, first ladies, prominent persons and important locations. Originally the names were for security, but today they’re used for brevity, clarity, and tradition, and are often public knowledge. I discovered this week

  • Jilly: Sara Sartagne–Joining the Writing Community
    by Jilly Wood on November 8, 2020 at 5:00 am

    What a week! How are your stress levels? As I described last Sunday, I’ve been boosting my mood with comfort reads. When you can’t control the real world, it’s uplifting to take a break in an imaginary one where you know things will turn out just right. Real-life feelgood stories are even better pick-me-ups than

  • Jilly: Community
    by Jilly Wood on November 1, 2020 at 5:00 am

    How are things with you? At least here we don’t have an election to stress about, but I spent a dismal hour yesterday watching our Prime Minister, flanked by his chief scientific and medical officers, presenting the powerpoint of covid doom 😦 . Later this week we’re heading back into a national lockdown that is

  • Jilly: Same Prince, Different Cover
    by Jilly Wood on October 25, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Almost the end of October, and we’re inching toward the end of the weirdest, suckiest year of my life so far. Really hoping 2021 doesn’t turn out to be more of the same. Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with my character Prince Daire of Caldermor—ostentatious, wealthy, and not half as empty-headed as

  • Jilly: How Big is Your TBR Pile?
    by Jilly Wood on October 18, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Or if you mostly read e-books, how many still-to-be-read titles are sitting on your e-reader? Elizabeth wrote earlier this week that she’s trying to make inroads into the pile of books (physical and electronic) waiting for her attention. It sounds as though she has her work cut out 🙂 . Back in the day, when

  • Jilly: The Urge to Hibernate
    by Jilly Wood on October 11, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Is your productivity affected by the change in season? We’re only a few weeks past the equinox, but to me it feels like winter is here already. The days are dark, gloomy, rainy, and cold. The covid figures are getting worse again. Social media seems to think we’re headed for another bout of heavy restrictions

  • Jilly: English Garden Romance
    by Jilly Wood on October 4, 2020 at 5:00 am

    How’s your weekend so far? Are you glued to the news or ready for a respite from reality? If you’re currently self-medicating with The Great British Bake-Off or English property renovation shows, you might consider checking out The Garden Plot, a thoroughly English contemporary romance by debut author Sara Sartagne. Full disclosure. I’ve known Sara for

  • Jilly: Do You Believe In Love At First Sight?
    by Jilly Wood on September 27, 2020 at 5:00 am

    I finished my draft of The Pulse of Princes, the novella that’s been gobbling up my time for the last few weeks. I sent it off to gobble up my editor’s time instead 😀 . I’m so happy I chose to write this story. It turned out well, and best of all it made me

  • Jilly: Try Before You Buy
    by Jilly Wood on September 20, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Do you sample a book before you buy it? Not so much in-person bookshop browsing, because right now that’s off the menu for most of us. But reading an excerpt on an author’s website, or using the Look Inside feature on the world’s most powerful online bookstore. How often do you think reading a sample