62 Things I’ve Decluttered or Stopped Buying

YouTube. That place where it’s so easy to go from one topic video to another. Until it’s 2:00 AM and you wonder how you landed on the last video you clicked. Several months ago, during a 2 AM stint on that social media site, I stumbled into the world of zero waste, low waste, declutteringContinue reading “62 Things I’ve Decluttered or Stopped Buying”

Seven Grammar Terms I’ve Definitely Forgotten

Written words and spoken words are two very different beasts, especially if you’re a historical adventure writer like I am. The trickiest bit has been figuring out how authentic I want to be with sentence structure, word choice and so on. You’d think that, as a writer, I’d enjoy learning all the technical terms thatContinue reading “Seven Grammar Terms I’ve Definitely Forgotten”

The Bulletin | Newsletter Announcement

Naming things has always been a difficult task for me. If I’m ever blessed with children I suspect I’ll have difficulty naming them as well. So I decided to go with something classic and viola! The Bulletin is born. “But, Leigh,” you say. “You’re not even published. How can we trust any advice from you?”Continue reading “The Bulletin | Newsletter Announcement”

Books, Blogging, and Believing

About a month ago I changed up the banner on this website, switching it up from simply saying “Another Hartman Author” or my name, Leigh A. Hartman. I know websites, particularly authoring websites, are “supposed” to have the writer’s name highlighted. However, I’ve always felt, for myself anyway, that having my full name be atContinue reading “Books, Blogging, and Believing”

How To Have Fun Editing

One of my favorite lessons from grade school was when we learned the proof reading symbols for fixing our sentences. I love looking back through the process, marking things up, moving bits around (just like I’m doing now as I write this post). Yes, I’m that dork. Others hate editing. They’d rather write and letContinue reading “How To Have Fun Editing”

Music That Drives My Writing

Does your writing reflect what you listen to? Does it match your story’s tone, pace, and action? Or is it so far removed that your eclectic choices surprise your die hard readers? While I do enjoy some bands like Faun, Loreena McKennitt and Enya, I mostly rock out to film scores, musical numbers and KoreanContinue reading “Music That Drives My Writing”

The Writer Tag | Take Two

The Writer Tag has been around for a long time. In fact, I already did one this February, which is why this is The Writer Tag Take Two. So I thought, on this day off of work, I’d revisit it and answer ten questions instead of twenty. Do you socialize with other writers? Mostly onContinue reading “The Writer Tag | Take Two”

Punctuation I Never Knew Had Names

Semicolon. Colon. Dash. Period. Question mark. Those are the common ones, right? They’re the ones tech companies put on our QWERTY keyboards because everyone uses them. But did you know that everything has a name? Like ꞏ, *, and § ? I wasn’t sure how to section off that last bit with all the punctuation!Continue reading “Punctuation I Never Knew Had Names”

All The Tropes I Want to Use But Won’t

When I first looked up writing tips, the word “trope” popped up everywhere – on YouTube, on Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest. Enter in a whole new world of terms to sift through. Let’s begin discussing tropes. To be unequivocally cliche here, Webster’s Dictionary defines a TROPE as: “a word or expression used in aContinue reading “All The Tropes I Want to Use But Won’t”

Back to the Basics

Many months ago I bought books. Lots of books. So many books that I’ve forgotten which ones I’ve read. That’s just my poor memory kicking in. During my book buying binge, (say that five times fast), I picked up a few grammar ones as well, including this one by Pamela Rice Hahn. The title doesContinue reading “Back to the Basics”