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”

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”

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”

Why Historical Fiction Matters (to me)

Cliches. There are so many cliches that come to mind when you’re trying to figure out how to start a blog post about writing (in general). It falls under that “nothing new under the sun” mantra. It’s like comparing every scifi show or book you read to the “Big Three” of the genre – StarContinue reading “Why Historical Fiction Matters (to me)”

Following Twitter Trends

Trends. They can be tricky to wade through if you’re just starting out on the platform or if you’ve never really paid attention to them before. I’ll admit that when I first started getting back into Twitter I was thoroughly confused by them. I used to think that I had to use every single “popular”Continue reading “Following Twitter Trends”