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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Getting there

A few minutes ago I finished the edits suggested by my beta (test) reader, Lauri. With her help (and I actually cut more than she suggested), I've slashed the word count from 288,000 down to....drum roll please....217,600 words!!!!That's a grand total of over 70,000...

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Word Loss Update

I'm down to 225,500 words (from 288,000 and change). I've cut out what nearly amounts to a novel, in some genres. It's a little like someone losing enough body weight to equal another person. I don't know whether to be proud of this... or embarrassed.Once I finish...

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Hard Work? Yeah, I suppose so….

Recently my grandmother, Margaret, who reads my blog (Hi Grandma!), wrote to me and mentioned that she never realized how much work it is to write a book. Writing is hard work, but I'm pretty sure I chose one of the harder types of books to write--a historical based...

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Meeting and Word Count and Goals

Had another great meeting with fellow Southern Oregon ACFW members Beth, Lynn, Anne, Bonnie, and Lorena, yesterday, Saturday the 7th of June, at the lovely Heaven On Earth restaurant and bakery. We talked about our careers, the biz, our WIPs, some disappointments and...

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Re-attachment surgery

Some while back I made a decision about Kindred that didn't make me very happy, but one I thought might be necessary in order for the book to fall anywhere remotely near an acceptable publishable length, for a CBA historical (100,000 to about 150,000 words, in case...

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Word…

... count update.246,000Long way to go still. But nice to be on the good side of 250,000.A friend commented to me that just like much of film making happens in post production, much of novel making happens in the post first draft edits. Never so much for me as with...

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