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: Sunday Short Story–Claws and Effect
    by Jilly Wood on January 26, 2020 at 5:00 am

    It’s a treat to be back in discovery mode, trying to get to some traction on a new story. I’m not there yet, but I think I’m getting close. In an attempt to maintain my creative momentum, here’s a short story based on the prompts from Elizabeth’s Friday writing sprints, in which the main character

  • Jilly: Booksweeps!
    by Jilly Wood on January 19, 2020 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. Since then I’ve heard good things about them, so when I saw they were running an Epic Sword & Sorcery Fantasy sweep I knew it was my turn. Here’s

  • Jilly: Sunday Short Story–Early Resolution
    by Jilly Wood on January 12, 2020 at 5:00 am

    It’s been an…interesting…start to 2020. I spent most of my time this week on a couple of real life challenges, with periodic breaks to catch up with RWA’s implosion. All of which left me feeling grumpy and sad, with zero new words on the page. So in an attempt to cheer up my Girls and

  • Jilly: 2020 In A Word
    by Jilly Wood on January 5, 2020 at 5:00 am

    It’s a new year, the beginning of a new decade, the perfect moment to take stock. In recent years I’ve chosen a watchword to epitomize my approach to the coming twelve months. I’ve decided to continue the practice for 2020. I like the idea of a watchword. It’s less prescriptive than a set of resolutions.

  • Jilly: Christmas Story–A Gift Fit for a Queen
    by Jilly Wood on December 29, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Here’s my contribution to our 2019 short story challenge. I think I got all the prompts 🙂 Happy Holidays, all! A Gift Fit for a Queen “Careful with those crocks, lad.” Ben Wildridge watched hawk-eyed as his apprentice unpacked straw-filled crates containing the finest bee nectar in the northern borderlands. Maybe in the entire kingdom.

  • Jilly: Wonderful Wintersnight
    by Jilly Wood on December 22, 2019 at 5:00 am

    I haven’t forgotten about the Annual Christmas Week Short Story Challenge. My holiday offering needs another 48 hours to marinade followed by a few days in the slow cooker. It should be ready by next Sunday. Hopefully it will be worth the wait 🙂 . Today, instead, I’d like to celebrate my favorite day of

  • Jilly: Free Books for Honest Reviewers
    by Jilly Wood on December 15, 2019 at 5:00 am

    If you’re a regular visitor to 8LW, chances are you’re an avid reader. Would you like to get your hands on the latest releases, for free, before they hit the market? If you’re willing to write an honest review of the book on Amazon, Goodreads or a similar platform, chances are you could do just

  • Jilly: $0.99 pre-order for The Seeds of Power
    by Jilly Wood on December 8, 2019 at 5:00 am

    The Seeds of Power is live on Amazon! Whoo! I was beginning to think I’d never get there. It was a super-exciting moment to get the email, and even better that I was Skyping with fellow 8 Lady Jeanne at the time. The ebook will go on sale next Saturday for $3.99 but I wanted to

  • Jilly–The 10,000-hour rule
    by Jilly Wood on December 1, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Have you heard of the 10,000-hour rule? In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell’s 2008 best-selling non-fiction book, he examines the factors that contribute to high levels of success. One idea that recurs throughout the book is the 10,000-hour rule. In essence, he argues that the key to achieving a world-class expertise in any skill is mostly a

  • Jilly: Impressed and Inspired
    by Jilly Wood on November 24, 2019 at 5:00 am

    This week I read the opening pages of a terrific story by a new-to-me author. Sadly I can’t offer you a recommendation because the pages were a contest entry. I don’t even know the author’s name yet, though I’ll be checking the contest website when the finalists are announced. I try to judge at least