A Good Day

Yesterday was a good writing day. One of those rare days when more than I expected got written, and I liked it, it did what I wanted it to do, and more so. All sorts of foreshadowing of the book's ending popped up in the dialogue between several sets of characters. I...

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Goals and stuff

A few days after I learned I'd placed third in the ACFW Genesis contest, the judges score sheets showed up in my email, compliments of Camy Tang, the contest coordinator (thank you, Camy, for answering about a dozen questions from me over past few months, and all your...

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ACFW Genesis Contest Winners!

Whoo-hooooo! I'm jazzed that Kindred placed third in the Historical category of the 2008 ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Genesis Contest. Winners were announced last night at a banquet in Minneapolis, during the annual conference. Wish I could've been there,...

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Say What?

Or better yet... Say How?I've had a lot of fun, and spent a lot of time and sweat, rendering various dialect and accents for my characters in Kindred, including Scottish, French, German, English, Irish, Quaker plain speech, early backwoods American, and the dialects...

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The One Liner

I've long meant to work up a one line pitch (or hook) for Kindred. Not an easy thing to do, capsulizing a Very Long Novel into one sentence, without making it run on via endless clauses for a solid paragraph.So why bother? Editors and agents like them, for one. They...

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The Best Laid Schemes…

The best laid schemes o' mice an' men/Gang aft agley.Or so says Robert Burns. Proverbs puts it, "The mind of a man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps."I meant to focus on writing this summer (more so than usual, that is), in hopes of finishing the last...

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Da List

This is really an addendum to my last post. It's the full list of all the finalists in the ACFW Genesis Contest, for 2008. I'm honored (and pretty stoked) to be among this group!Chick lit/mom lit/lady lit Annalisa DaughetyTiffany KinersonSara RichardsonLynda...

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Genesis contest finalist

Time to announce that back in mid April I was notified that the first 15 pages of Kindred, which I entered in the ACFW Genesis contest (under a different title to preserve anonymity), is a finalist in the Historical category. I had to wait until July 15th, to the best...

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10 Things

A writer acquaintance from the Compuserve Books and Writers Forum developed this fun meme some months back. Ten Things About Me as a Writer 1. Your genre(s)? Historical at present, although I've written contemporary, fantasy, and one children's book. 2. How many books...

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In Memoriam

We said farewell to our beloved boy, Hiero, yesterday, July 2 at 6:30pm. He was diagnosed with advanced and spreading cancer, was in constant need of pain medication and fluids to combat a sudden high fever. He was no longer eating or drinking on his own, so we were...

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