A Little Bit of TLC
Tammy Lyn Carbol - Writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted
A Little Bit of TLC

2020...and the year that changed things

I put forth a challenge to my ARWA members to update their websites/blogs and share with the rest of the membership before the end of September 2020, only to realize I myself have not updated my website or blog in almost 2 years.

I think it was a great challenge as I feel quite a lot of us tend to forget the online aspect of our lives, especially since mid-March of this year, when our world was quite literally, changed. Covid-19 changed the way the world did things. We still cannot meet in person yet as our building is still closed to outside meetings.

'Tis Spring and the Universe is changing...

Well, February was a bit of a rough month. Needless to say it felt like I lost a month and a half of being productive as I had to rest and heal. That being said, I'm feeling better and things are looking up! WOOT! 

February and the beginning of March were also what we were calling "Snowmaggedon" around here, and our Saturday February workshop by MJ Colette on Writing Erotica (to go with our Valentine Social) actually had to be cancelled because of the weather and roads. The ARWA board doesn't take those decisions lightly, but we felt it was best for our members.

2018 Is Looking Fantastic!

Have been getting quite a bit done lately - and I'm fairly pleased with myself! During our ARWA Saturday workshop this month, we had Dwayne Clayden in to speak with us about Poisons.  It was incredibly interesting! The best was he had to say "so if you are looking to poison someone...IN YOUR WRITING"...<snicker>

We looked at poison through the ages and it was truly very interesting with what and how they would poison folks. He was an entertaining speaker and we left with a LOT of information.

Wow, didn't I drop the ball?

So wow...almost a year since I was "going to write all the time" in my blog. Well, that didn't happen (obviously). It's been a year of flux and changing my entire life around.

In March we had to make the decision for me to become a full-time-stay-at-home mom. I hadn't been able to obtain employment - an average of an interview a month, but no job. EI was running out, and daycare was $1400/month so we talked about it and decided I'd stay at home.  So notice was given to the daycare and as of May 1st of this year I've been at home.

January - What a Month!

What a fantastic month for learning the craft of writing and forward movement January has been!

I DID get my new business cards...feeling all swanky...LOL

Attended a Saturday ARWA workshop given by Swati Chavda (www.swatichavda.com) on Writing Immersive Fiction. She gave the information in such a fresh perspective and view, the whole room was hooked in about 3 minutes. Haven't been to a workshop where we were all that quiet in a very long time - we were soaking it all in. Seriously fantastic.

I couldn't believe the amount of information given and notes I took.

2017. Let's Get 'Er Done



Looking at my blog I note I haven't blogged since Dad passed, and that was far to long ago. I honestly had no heart to do it, and my writing was not up to par either.


Time to change. New website design, new writer business cards, new determination to finish the few stories I DO have on the go right now. 

Seriously, the last few years I have not been writing nearly as much as I wanted to be. Call it writers block, call it laziness, I just had no desire. 

Although I have had a fantastic time both sitting on panels at When Words Collide here in Calgary and attending the fabulous workshops both at WWC and at our monthly ARWA meetings and Saturday workshops, I just couldn't get motivated to write.

Change...and moving onward

Well...I have had both a craptastic, and sometimes good, last few months.  The biggest thing affecting my life was the sudden passing of my father in May.  It has hit both myself and my twin sister hard and I struggle daily to move forward.  I know dad would have wanted that and would be pissed if he knew how bummed it makes me sometimes, and for the most part, I'm pretty good.  I still just have moments where I think of him or see his picture and my eyes well up - but then I try to suck it up and move on.

When Words Collide!!! WOOT!!!

Sooo tremendously excited!!! My fabulous husband has agreed to watch our little monkey the entire weekend so I can attend When Words Collide, here in Calgary August 8, 9 and 10, 2014 at the Carriage House Inn!
If you don't know, WWC is a Readercon!!! It's a festival for readers, writers, artists and publishers of commercial and literary fiction, including genre, YA, Childrens books, and Poetry.
Special Guests are:

Climaxes and Words....Colliding...

Well phew!!! I did it!!! I gave my "Building That Climax, Well Before the Climax" workshop on Sexual Tension to the ARWA ladies on Saturday, February 8, 2014.  From what they said to me, they liked it! YAY!!! I'm happy some things I said helped some of them with their writing in regard to sexual tension.

Here are some of the key points I used - oh, and did I mention my presentation was peppered with pictures of Antonio Banderos (from Zorro), the newer version of Pride & Prejudice and that FABULOUS scene with Louis and Armand from Interview With The Vampire?

Secret Societies and Breathless Press...Oh My!

Well now, it HAS been quite a week this past 7 days or so!!! Mind you, it has been quite a Fall/Winter season, and being the lazy ass that I am, I haven't updated my blog OR my website (with current information and pictures!).   I will now remedy that.
Well, after the talk we had from Justin Perry at Breathless Press last Thursday night(breathlesspress.com) at our Alberta Romance Writers meeting - I believe I finally got the kick in my ass to start doing some writing AND some "marketing" of myself.
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