Great Beginnings Thursday, Jul 24 2008 

Auntie M is working on the content for a writers workshop she’ll run in Cambridge (oh, that it would be the UK one!), Mass with two other writers.  We’ll focus on Great Beginnings of manuscripts.  Attendees will send in the first page of their works, everyone attending will get them emailed to read and critique before the event, and then we’ll meet for a long weekend session.  After intro’s and ice breakers, we’ll have a session on what hooks readers and keeps them reading.  The all-day Saturday session will focus on their work and how to strengthen it–that evening the A’s will read more to us, either from that piece or another.  We’ll probably chip in for that, too.  We’ll also hit cliches` and how to avoid them during the workshop.  And play some games. And maybe drink a tiny bit o’wine in the evenings.

I enjoy these workshops because they let me have contact with writers whom would never otherwise cross my path.  I like the interaction, the discussions, and especially the huge range of writings out there.  It reminds me how many talented people there are in this world, if they would only give themselves permission to let it out.

For anyone in the Cambridge-Somerville area, the weekend is October 17-19.  Let me know if you wish details.  Two lunches included.  But for the rest of you, don’t let the thought of a blank page keep you from creating, if you wish to.  It all happens one word, or one keystroke, at a time.

Writing Wednesday, Apr 30 2008 

Followup to Procrastination from Saturday:  It’s Wednesday in sunny NC–no snow flurries like Green Girl in Wisconsin–and I have worked on the porch part of each day, revising and adding new bits, trying to plump up character’s personalities and add details that make this a fun read.

But after dinner out to celebrate a friend’s positive chemo progress, Sunday’s Wire in the Blood, dog training and grooming, floors, cooking, wash,  trying to make two outfits Grand 2 requested for her upcoming birthday (she’s into history and the era of the month is 1776), cooking, wash, out yesterday to buy fresh eggs at the egg farm (hey, they’re right from the hen,  only $1.05 a dozen, delicious flavor, only you have to buy 15 dozen at a time, ) then we had to deliver some to neighbors who were sharing our 1/2 crate, wash, check emails, send out notices for the next Writers Read, cook, have lunch with Mom in town and have hair trimmed, then set up her new birthday TV with Doc, read and answer a few blogs, get Christening gift for this Sunday, make out and mail May’ birthday/anniversary cards, dally in the hot tub briefly with son and his wife, make dinner for same, a new recipe to die for, etc. etc. etc.—I’m only up to page 54 on my manuscript!    I did not take Hen’s advice and have a vodkatini, YET~

But I’m seriously thinking about it.  Will it help me writer faster/better/quicker? No.

But will I care?  Probably not. . .
after all, I only have about 220 pages left to go~

Writing on the River Sunday, Mar 9 2008 

I have to admit I’m very fortunate.  Each day that’s nice enough, I can drag my laptop onto our screened porch and sit and watch river life whilst writing.  The weather is just starting to turn enough here that I can do that soon, the bulbs coming up and the trees budding.  Fred and Ethel, our pair of mallards, visit the dock and swim along the bulkheading.  If they’re seen by our dogs, Murray and Radar take off down the dock, barking their respective heads off, saying in doggie language: “SCRAM! This is our dock!”

While I try to look up frequently, my eyes are usually cast down to the computer screen.  Now that the manuscript for our Screw Iowa book is in good shape, I can get back to my own writing.  Right now that means revision, where P. D. James told me ‘the real writing gets done.’  I’m trying something new, changing to first person POV, and with that comes the challenge of my main character having to be present in every scene, or the action can’t happen.

And in between that revising, I’ll be working on my bits for our Screw Iowa website, finding pieces to revise to send out to other publications hoping to garner another publication credit, querying the editor at the magazine send articles to with my latest idea, and working on dividing our Screw Iowa concept into five coherent small ‘talks’ as we prepare to publicize our project with panel discussions.

And you thought a writer’s life was just sitting there having fun, right?

Yee-Haaaa! Friday, Feb 29 2008 

Hello fellow readers and writers.  I’ve returned from Texas which was a hoot: borrowed a cowboy hat, imbibed too many tequila drinks to mention, ate tons of Mexican food & Texas BBQ, and hardly slept.  Heard some great music, esp. Albert & Gage, whose CD’s I would recommend. She is 1/2 French and has a lovely voice and does some songs in Eng/Fr, including my wedding song, “La Vie en Rose” so I’m a fan.  Learned to two-step, saw the countryside, the downtown and the UT campus, all thanks to my good friend and Shakespeare scholar, Susan.  This is one neat place, stuck in the 60’s and swinging on all counts.  And Susan’s kids helped to make our stay a great one, taking us on drives, entertaining us at home, joining us for music and food.   A fun time.

But now back to work and revisions have commenced on the newest novel, featuring RN Trudy Genova, who works as a medical consultant for a movie studio and is usually found helping out at soap operas filmed in the Big Apple.  Behind-the-scenes stuff at soaps mingles with her helping to solve the murder of actor Griff Kennedy, who may or may not deserve his fate, depending on your point of view.   Lead detective Ned O’Malley would rather she left the sleuthing to him, but our Trudy knows better, she thinks.

On the reading front, and since I’m revising Trudy in first person, I’ve kept reading Margaret Duffy’s series featuring novelist Ingrid Langley and Army Capt. Patrick Gillard, as they are written in first person and also highly engaging.  Duffy has a host of stand-alones, too, but this series is identified as having some kind of bird in the title: A Murder of Crows, Death of a Raven, Brass Eagle, etc.  They take place in the UK and I enjoy her description of the male-female relationship as much as the action.

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