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”

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”

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”

A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Graphics in Seven Easy Steps

I’d like to preface this post by stating that I didn’t go to school for graphic design, but it’s something I’ve enjoyed doing for years. In college I wrote fan fiction for the television show, Supernatural, and I made banners and images to go along with them. Sadly, none of my early graphics survived myContinue reading “A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Graphics in Seven Easy Steps”

Writing and Life Updates

Happy Monday, all! Here we are with the start of Summer and change is most certainly in the air. The world feels like such a heavy place, doesn’t it? That’s why I try to keep things like politics, drama and the like, off my blog and my social media. What does this change mean forContinue reading “Writing and Life Updates”

My Top Ten Victorian Slang Words

Writing historical fiction isn’t easy. There are so many decisions I have to make to prevent myself from overdoing it with language and writing style. Do I try to match it with the time period? Do I use modern slang? How far into 1800s etymology do I really want to go? Research has been keyContinue reading “My Top Ten Victorian Slang Words”

Three Books I Read Again and Again

I cannot remember a time when I didn’t have a book in my hands. As an eighth grader in my small Christian elementary school I was voted as such with those superlative things. At halfway to age 34, not much has changed. If you’ve found your way here I’m sure you’ve been told the sameContinue reading “Three Books I Read Again and Again”

From Fan Fiction to Novels

There seems to be this stigma that comes with writing fan fiction. A stigma of, “Those people are dorks who spend way too much time involved in a fandom for something that isn’t real.” That’s only partially true. And the same can be said for novel writers. The other truth is that those who writeContinue reading “From Fan Fiction to Novels”