Diane's Writing Life

Writing as D. Dominik Wickles

Has it been a whole month already? Time goes by so fast…

Insecure Writers Support Group

That means it’s time for the IWSG 1st Wednesday of the Month blog post. April’s question is:

If you could use a wish to help you write just one scene or chapter of your book – what would it be? 

In my second book, there is a fight scene near the end of the book. My wish would be to talk to martial artist/movie producer, Jackie Chan.  Jackie Chan

He has years of experience in martial arts and movie choreography. Jackie is one of my favorite martial artists/actors! He could help me choreography my fight scene between the hero & heroine against the antagonist/stalker.

Of course then after finishing my fight scene we would discuss over dinner (Chinese?) his wish to make my book into a movie.  So I’d travel to Hong Kong for brain storming cessions over the movie and pick out who will play what character. I’d get to spend months with Jackie and his crew filming the movie, experiencing another culture and country…

Well, a girl can hope, can’t she? 🙂

What would your wish be?


Whose Prospective Is More Fun To Write? Hero or Villain?

It’s that time again – 1st Wednesday #IWSG Question Post. (If you haven’t discovered this valuable group yet, check their site off here.) March’s question is…

Whose prospective do you like to write from best, the hero or villain? And why?

I write romance so the hero and heroine are pretty much my bread and butter.

Romantic couple


There’s nothing more satisfying than creating a romantic journey for two people who deserve to find true love. I really enjoy writing the flirting and banter scenes and then the resulting sex scenes.

red lips

Of course my romances also include a little danger and mystery. The best romantic journey is one that is made extra special because of almost losing each other. Be it a jealous co-worker or an unstable, revenge-seeking stalker, I enjoy writing the villainous scenes, too.


I guess that means I love writing from any prospective 🙂 What about you?





My Other Creative Outlets…#IWSG

Here we are at the first Wednesday of the month again, which means another Insecure Writers Support Group (IWSG) question. If you don’t know about IWSG yet, check out my previous post here.

monthly calendar

The February question is: Besides writing what other creative outlets do you have?

When I have spare time between writing, working and serving our 2 felines I will be doing one of these things:

Jigsaw Puzzles – Good for the brain and eye-to-hand coordination, not to mention it’s a great stress-releaser 🙂

I have to use a puzzle mat because of the two felines I mentioned earlier, they think they are helping me put it together or else that it’s time for belly rubs – right on top of my puzzle.

jigsaw puzzle

Dollhouse Miniatures – I love mini worlds – maybe because they are the only things that can make me feel large.  Currently, I have two houses and a woodland scene finished and working on a beach house and boat house with a writer’s retreat project still in the box.

Victorian cottage


mini woodland scene


house boat project


Coloring – As a child I always loved to color. As a mother I loved to color with my boys. I still love to color as an adult. It’s soothing, creative and very therapeutic. In case you’re wondering, I do color within the lines. In my writing I can think outside the box but in most other aspects of my life – I like things neat and orderly.


(My son even gave me a jigsaw puzzle that you color!)

So I’m excited to see what creative outlets everyone else enjoys. Be sure to tell me in the comments. Thanks and have a great, creative day!


Authors, Have You Discovered IWSG Yet?

IWSG stands for Insecure Writers Support Group. This is where all writers can find support, encouragement, advice, etc., because as we all know – a writer’s life is often full of doubt, fear, loneliness and discouragement. You can’t do it alone. Fortunately, we don’t have to.

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I have recently joined and look forward to making friends and colleagues. Check out their website here.

Every 1st Wednesday of the month is the official Insecure Writer’s Support Group Day.

Posting Question this month:

“What is your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?”

Favorite questions:

  • Where can I buy your book?
  • Would you be able to do a reading at our event?
  • How do you get your ideas for your books?
  • Do you write everyday?

You can see why these are some of my favorite questions – they will lead to sales or a conversation about writing which I enjoy. These are positive aspects of a writer’s career.

book release party

Least favorite questions:

  • When’s your next book coming out?
  • Why does it take so long to write a book?
  • How much do you make on your books?
  • Aren’t you a little old to be starting a writing career now?

These questions are where the doubt, discouragement and frustration comes in because unless you’ve actually put pen to paper you really don’t understand the days, months and even years that go into the book that someone will read in a week’s time (sometimes even less).  But we do it because, at least in my case, I can’t not do it. I have these stories in my head that are demanding to be released for others to enjoy.

cat on laptop

So check out the writers in IWSG and pass on some motivation, inspiration and praise. You may find your next favorite, new author!



Is December The Month To Dump Someone?

Driving home the other day, I heard on the radio that December is the month most often chosen to end a relationship. I was dumbfounded. I’d always considered December to be a very romantic month. You know, the Christmas lights and decorations, the gift-giving thrill…


romantic candles

But the reasoning they gave on the radio was that if people didn’t break up early in December it would be too hard to do it at Christmas time. Cosmopolitan says December 11th is the most popular day of the year to breakup. The holidays involve “meeting the family” which declares your relationship as serious. Some people can’t handle that.

broken heart

So, did you know this about the month of December?

Did you, yourself get dumped in December?


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The Great American Read Results Are In!

The results are in!  newspaper

Americans voted To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee as the #1 Best Loved Novel.

I’m glad. I really love this book. If you’ve never read it, I highly recommend it.

Did you participate in the Great American Read? What was your favorite?

To see which books I read, check out my October 10th blog post.

To see all the results, check out Great American Read Results.

Happy Reading!

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Shopaholic and Sister: Review

Shopaholic and Sister (Shopaholic, #4)Shopaholic and Sister by Sophie Kinsella
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoy this series by Sophie Kinsella. It’s funny, sweet and addicting. In this book, Becky Bloomwood discovers she has a half-sister she never knew existed. Great! Becky imagines shopping trips, trading clothes and long sisterly talks, but something is wrong. Her sister seems to be Becky’s polar opposite.

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Increasing Abundance with Feng Shui

Feeling in a rut? Nothing good happening in your life at the moment? Try these Feng Shui tips.

Feng Shui that Makes Sense by Cathleen McCandless

How to Bring “More” into Your Life
    I am often asked to consult with clients in their homes and businesses to help bring more abundance in their lives. While feng shui can assist with energy flow and stress reduction, it (unfortunately) can’t make us instant millionaires,  solve all our problems or undo poor decision making. That said, there are ways to increase the positive energy in your home or business that can help boost your life improvement efforts.
Here some things you can do to help align your surroundings for greater abundance.

1. De-clutter
We all know the feeling of lightness and joy that de-cluttering can bring. In order to free up the energy in your space, get rid of anything that you don’t want, love, need, or use. Objects that no longer hold positive meaning or uses need to be discarded in order to allow energy to flow. Remember, clutter=stagnation.
2. Activate…

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Book Review: The Big Book of Jack the Ripper

The Big Book of Jack the RipperThe Big Book of Jack the Ripper by Otto Penzler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you’re a fan of Jack the Ripper stories, this book is for you! Besides the fact of the actual case, there are stories and theories of just who really was Jack the Ripper. Enjoy.

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I think it would be better to forever wonder just who was Jack the Ripper, than for the mystery to be solved. What do you think?

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Book Review: Miss Julia Takes Over

Miss Julia Takes Over (Miss Julia, #2)Miss Julia Takes Over by Ann B. Ross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m really enjoying this series with the no-nonsense, out-spoken Miss Julia. There’s also the added bonus of being set in my home state of North Carolina. On to book #3.

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