A Book Party and Publishing News

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We’re going to be having a fantastic Book Party with 15 authors at my library in Corning this coming Saturday. We’ll all be reading aloud, and have books to sign and sell. I can’t wait! There’ll be food and door prizes too!
In personal publishing news, I actually got an email on Saturday that I had a short story accepted into an online literary journal called The Paragon Journal. That makes four pieces, from poetry to a novel, coming out in the next year. It’s amazing to finally be making progress.

The Friday Poem: Marinating My Molars

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Writerly Update: NaNoWriMo in Progress

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I just love the moments of serendipity that come with working on a new story.

It helps me to visualize my characters if I pick someone to play them in my mind. I finally decided on Friday that a guardian angel character was most like Chris Pratt, at least visually. I was clicking through the television stations that night and landed on American Ninja. Strangely enough, Chris Pratt was guest hosting.

Sometimes it’s a matter of creating those moments out of the things that happen to me. The other night my daughter woke me from a sound sleep where I was dreaming about sleeping (very meta I know.) As she patted the blankets near my head to wake me, in my dream it turned into a ghost attacking me. I woke with my heart racing and adrenaline coursing through my body. First I thought, well it’s going to take a while to get back to sleep after THAT. Then I thought, what a great bit for the story I’m working on!

I also recently saw a picture from my local animal shelter of Rottweiler puppies that were up for adoption. A day or two later it occurred to me that I could use a guardian angel manifesting as a Rottweiler to keep a demon away from my main character’s house.

See how it all comes together? THIS is the most FUN part of writing.

I’m running a little behind, around 10,000 words as of Sunday night, but I’ve now written a couple scenes that I really LOVE.

The Friday Poem: Sometimes

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Writing Update: NaNoWriMo Uprising

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I hosted a write-in at my library this past Saturday to kick-off NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month.) We had thirteen people in attendance and lots of writing got done. Prizes were given out for highest word count in a writing sprint, lowest word count, best line written, and worst line written.

Unfortunately, I had to spend my writing time editing, but I got it done! It’s back with the editor now and hopefully we’ll move forward from there.

With limited hours in the day, I’m a bit behind on NaNoWriMo but I made a start on Saturday, getting 600 words in. Another 1200 on Sunday. Though not as many as I had hoped, it is still progress. 

I plan to catch up as time goes on. 2,000 words a day is not an unreasonable goal.

For me, NaNoWriMo is all about getting words on the page. I suppose I’m what they term a NaNo Rebel. I open a new document and EVRYTHING goes into it for the month. It could be a novel I’m working on, a digression into a short story, or even book reviews and blog posts. Every word counts.

Right now I’m filling in the missing bits of my Iwo Jima recon short story. Once that is drafted, I’ll move on to continuing the second novel in my paranormal series. I’m really looking forward to it.

There are quite a few quirky angels and demons in the books. Strangely enough, I just found out that an old family favorite, the Polish cookie Chrusciki, means “angel wings.” I may have to make some for the book release party.

The Friday Poem: Colors I Cannot See

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Writing Update:

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Sometimes you just need to contemplate a really funky geometric bowl of green and purple cauliflower.

Of course, I’m still working on marketing plans and writing a short story while preparing for NaNoWriMo, but I took time off this past week to celebrate another trip around the sun.

If you’ve ever contemplated writing a book, you should check out National Novel Writing Month. (NaNoWriMo dot org) It’s a ton of fun! And you don’t have to write a novel, you can be a NaNo Rebel and write anything your heart desires!

It’s just you making a goal and writing, writing, writing, with the support of a lovely community of people. I’ll be working on my second paranormal romance this year.

Hope you can join us!

The Friday Poem: Meditation for today

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Writing Update: One Chunk at a Time

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Some days, nothing happens. You send poems and short stories out to publishers and they come back.
 
“No thanks.”
 
“Not for us.”
 
“Not what we’re looking for.”
 
And some days the sale of a poetry book pays for the coconut cake or you get an email that your poem has been accepted into an anthology.
 
Or an author whose poem you are giving feedback on asks about your writing, whether you’ve written anything new? You tell her you post a new poem nearly every Friday and she says, “Those are all new? You’re a machine!”
 
It’s the little things, they claim. But they can feel pretty big on any given day.
 
Right now, I’m furiously working on a short story. And by furiously, I mean I open the document every day, sometimes more than once, add whatever new words I can, and rearrange a few. It’s getting there, slooooowly.
 
I so very much want to finish drafting this story so I can set it aside to marinate while I go back to writing the second paranormal book.
 
I’m getting there, one chunk of scene at a time.

 

 

The Friday Poem: How Many Hues?

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