Penny Watson's Blog

May 2, 2018

(Stuff I'm writing...)


The Happy Camperwith Bobbi Ruggiero

(Where I'm going...)

Cambridge School of WestonWeston, MA

3 Rivers Romance WritersPittsburgh, PA

Northern Hearts ConferenceToronto, Canada

Moonlight and Magnolias ConferenceAtlanta, GA

What I'm doing...

What are you doing? How is your garden? Travel plans?Writing plans?
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Published on May 02, 2018 08:51 • 8 views

April 19, 2018

I guess it's never too late for an old dog to learn some new tricks.

Case in point: Slow and steady wins the race.

Any other inane proverbs for this post? Let's wait and see!

Here's my 2010, I had a heart attack.

Following the heart attack, I lost about 50 pounds.

How did I do this?


I was freakin' scared out of my mind.

There is nothing quite like the fear of death to motivate you for a diet.

I worked out 2-4 hours/day. I hardly ate a thing. I was totally exhausted. I lost all of that...
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Published on April 19, 2018 06:31 • 11 views

April 13, 2018

Lucy the Wonder Weenie
Story Time
Tribe includes humans, animals, insects

Today I'm going to propose something radical.

A different way of looking at a writing/publishing career. 

Instead of focusing on SELLING BOOKS, how about focusing on BUILDING A COMMUNITY?

Over the past few years, the focus in romance publishing has become very business-focused. I see cheat sheets for how to make a best-seller list. I see a frenzied sense of urgency about how often to publish, how much to spend on adverti...
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Published on April 13, 2018 06:51 • 7 views

April 9, 2018

Recently, one of my friends asked--on Facebook--if it were possible to promote a book without social media.

This led to a lively discussion about promotion and how readers find out about books.

I pointed out that the majority of my friends--who are all big readers--do not even have a Facebook account. They don't use Twitter or Instagram. Nothing. They are too busy living their real lives and/or not interested in social media interactions.

But they read a lot. How do they find their books?

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Published on April 09, 2018 06:31 • 9 views

March 31, 2018


1. Block Print Art Class

I am taking an art class for the first time in 30 years. Or maybe longer! It's a block print class, and I already went to our local art store and bought tools and ink and paper so I can work on some projects at home, too.

PASSIFLORA is above.

Below is KINGFISHER...

The class has a nice bunch of ladies chatting about our kids and birds and life and stuff.

Woo hoo!

2. I am trying a totally new process for writing...juggling more than one proj...
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Published on March 31, 2018 09:22 • 9 views

March 26, 2018

How often does this happen to you?

You're running around, getting stuff done, and all of a sudden you's 5 pm and you have no clue what you're having for dinner?

It happens practically every night at my house. Every once in a while I get on a super organized kick and try to plan out my meals for a week.

And then the next week, I'm back to panic mode at 5 pm.

With that in mind, I have a great dinner option for those of you who need quick, easy, and versatile!

Chicken Saté with Peanut Sa...
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Published on March 26, 2018 05:40 • 2 views

March 18, 2018

I've been thinking a lot lately about age. And women. And what we can do, when we can do it.

And really...who can stop us?

Maybe you need a bit of inspiration. Or a reminder that not only does life not end at fifty, but maybe it starts again at 51.

Last year I turned into a hermit.


I didn't write. I didn't travel. I didn't participate. I was tired. I was overwhelmed. I was discouraged.

But I made it through that year. And I watched my kids--both of my adorable kids--make the transition into...
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Published on March 18, 2018 14:29 • 13 views

March 11, 2018

Betrayal, lies, deceit, theft, false identities, professional jealousy, backstabbing, manipulation.

Sounds like a TV movie? A suspense thriller?

It could be.

But it could also be practically any week of the year in the romance publishing world.

Why does this matter?

Because someone, somehow, thought it would be a good idea to promote the concept that the romance world is filled with wonderful people who are always supportive and kind and trustworthy and have your back.

It's the rainbows-and-unicorn...
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Published on March 11, 2018 14:04 • 17 views

February 28, 2018

As you all know, I love quirky stuff. Including movies!

The weirder it is, the better.

I especially respect film makers who are willing to take a risk and break out of the generic mold...even if it means the movie won't experience huge blockbuster status.

Here are some of my favorite quirky films, including some horror/sci fi in the honorable mention category.

This 1992 Baz Luhrmann film has all of my favorite things wrapped up with a bow. Quirky kooky Australian humor, wacky cha...
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Published on February 28, 2018 07:51 • 4 views

February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!
I hope all of you have a wonderful day. I just bought myself some chocolate. 
Some 2018 updates...I have workshops coming up!
See my 2018 Calendar.
April: Southwest Florida Romance Writers WorkshopTitle: THE CARE AND FEEDING OF A ONE-OF-A-KIND WRITING CAREER
May: Cambridge School of WestonTitle: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A ROMANCE WRITER
June: Three Rivers Romance Writers WorkshopTitle: TIPS FOR SIMPLE LIVING
September: Toronto Romance Writers Northern Hearts Conf...
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Published on February 14, 2018 08:10 • 7 views