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: New Story, New Cover
    by Jilly Wood on August 2, 2020 at 5:00 am

    It’s August already, and the end of this pandemic is starting to feel very far away. Here’s hoping at least one of those vaccines turns out to be a magic bullet. I expected to be in California now, drinking cocktails, eating ice cream and hanging out with Eight Lady Kay. Instead I’m about to start

  • Jilly: Searching for Niol
    by Jilly Wood on July 26, 2020 at 5:00 am

    I don’t know about you, but I’m digging in for the long haul. It would be lovely to think the world was starting to return to normal, but I’m not making any plans that involve spending significant time in the wider world. Fingers crossed for next year. Luckily I have a new writing project to

  • Jilly: Picking Your Brains
    by Jilly Wood on July 19, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Is anyone up for a spot of brainstorming? I’m finishing up my developmental edits of The Seeds of Exile, also known as Daire’s novella. There’s a small, impromptu wedding in the book (not Daire’s). In addition to the bride and groom there are a scattering of witnesses, one matron of honor and one groomsman. The

  • Jilly: Cast of Thousands
    by Jilly Wood on July 12, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Do you read series? What do you expect from the final book? This week I happened to read the last book in two different long-running bestselling series, one urban fantasy and one straight-up fantasy. In each case the series ran to ten or more books, plus novellas and other related stories in a complex world

  • Jilly: Independence Daze
    by Jilly Wood on July 5, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Happy Fourth of July to the other Ladies, and to all American readers of 8LW. It’s been a year like no other, but I hope you found a suitable way to celebrate. Here in Merrie England we’re also enjoying a very special weekend. The Prime Minister announced an easing of covid-19 lockdown measures, beginning yesterday,

  • Jilly: The Murderbot Dilemma
    by Jilly Wood on June 28, 2020 at 5:00 am

    How much would you pay for an ebook? Or a series? I’ve been trying to decide whether to invest in Martha Wells’ Murderbot books. I don’t usually dither over book purchases, but this series has me hovering over the buy button. The community on Argh Ink (Jenny Crusie’s blog) loves Murderbot. Jenny loves and re-reads

  • Jilly: Behind the Scenes
    by Jilly Wood on June 21, 2020 at 5:00 am

    I enjoyed Michaeline’s post yesterday, about her love of secret passages and rooms, trap doors, hidden compartments and all kinds of mystery architecture. She loves them as a reader, so she likes to incorporate them into her own stories. She set me thinking. Mystery architecture is a wonderful tool for storytellers. There are so many

  • Jilly: Ryder
    by Jilly Wood on June 14, 2020 at 5:00 am

    I’ve been reading a lot lately and I’ve never been so grateful for the ability to escape reality for a while in favor of a world where you know the toughest challenges will be overcome and the good guys will prevail. I’ve read new releases by authors whose work I like a lot, well reviewed

  • Jilly: Fix It With Gold
    by Jilly Wood on June 7, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Just when you think 2020 might be getting a little better, it gets a whole lot worse. Elizabeth captured the zeitgeist perfectly in her Wednesday post, Living the Conflict Box. That’s exactly how the world feels to me every time I check out the news. I spent much of yesterday staring at my laptop, trying

  • Jilly: A True Story, Brilliantly Told
    by Jilly Wood on May 31, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Have you ever watched a great musician play? Wondered at the way they seem to be one with their instrument, physically and emotionally? If you wanted to express the intensity of that connection through the medium of dance, wouldn’t it be inspired to use two dancers, one for the musician and one for the instrument?