Sunday, August 30, 2009

Got quite a bit accomplished today. I am going to let my medical story percolate for a bit and then go back and look at it again. Then off to my "editor".

I transfered all the memior stuff to a single flash drive. Now I will try to sew it together and see where I am headed.

Bed is calling me.
Didn't get anything accomplished yesterday. I found a disc (one of those floopy ones) that has a large chunk of memoir on it. I have pages of paper, several other discs, and some hastily scribbled notes. It is not much to work from. I think I need to get it all organized and in one place (I love flash dives) before much more can be accomplished.

I did find my Bertha T story that I want to send to a professional journal. I may work on that first. The contest dealine is Oct 31.

Then there is another short story contest for Writer's Digest with a Dec 1st deadline.

Anyway, I think I will spend the day putting all the memior stuff together in one place. Remembering the sage advice of someone who is published--Start something, finish something. It is hard to finish a memior. My life isn't over.

Saturday, August 29, 2009


I have worked the crossword puzzle and had my first cup of coffee. I am sitting down to clear my internet mailboxes and compose myself for writing. I have a couple of projects I want to work on. None of it is firm in my mind yet. A couple of short stories, a memior I have picked at for years (it keeps changing its focus), and my next novel.
It is a romantic suspense set in London. It is about half finished. I wrote it during one of those 50K words in 30 day challanges. I like the characters. I don't know enough about law enforcement in the UK to know if it is accurate. The ending is fabulous! It is the middle that is giving me grief.
I want to go back to London. I love the city.
Just rambling--clearning out the cobwebs.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Today I am sending out four queries. Two go to an editor and agent I met at the PWNA Conference this year. One goes out to an agent I met last year who suggested I make some changes and send it on when I was done. The fourth goes to an agent I previously queried, who turned me down flat, but I have such a cosmic kind of connection to his agency, that I hope he will look at it again now that I have reworked it.

Off to sign some papers, go to my counseling appointment, and buy some groceries. My new cell phone came and I have no time to get it up and running. Will battle technology later. The mundane chores of life take precendence over greatness.

Teddy Kennedy's death

It is a sad morning indeed. I was only 8 when JFK was assasinated, but it remains one of those hinge points in life. I had lost my hero, and while Ted Kennedy sat in the Senate, I was assured that Camlot would never truely die. Last night I pulled out my battered old guitar and played Abraham, Martin and John. I thought of John Jr and how he died before he really had an opportunity to achieve his potential. So much power and so many talents in the Kennedy family, and so much personal loss. Passing along the song for those who have never heard it.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Essay is sent out. Going to work on another one tomorrow and send out a couple of queries.

Monday, August 24, 2009

My friend has edited my synopsis and my essay. Now all I have to do is send them out. Pushing the send button is the scariest thing in the world. It is like walking out of your apartment nude.

Saturday, August 22, 2009


Didn't get anything accomplished today. BUT my daughter did come over for the day and I got a lot of errands done. It was good to see her. Tomorrow I really have to write.

Friday, August 21, 2009


I found an essay contest in Real Simple magazine. The topic is "When did you become an adult". I am inspired. Wrote most of it today. Have to submit by Sept 7, so have a goal oriented weekend.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


I just got an email from a woman who saw my add at Yahoo and is interested in my book. I need to make a list of these people so if I am forced to self-publish I have a handy list of buyers.


I just got an email from my friend who is a romance writer. She just finished reading the first third of my novel. She LOVES it. I am so happy I am crying. Now I just have to find an agent who LOVES it. Anyone know anyone?

Sunday, August 16, 2009

How to Write a Synopsis of a Novel |

How to Write a Synopsis of a Novel |

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And one more for good measure. Off to write!

How to Write a Good Book Synopsis |

How to Write a Good Book Synopsis |

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Here is a related article. I think I did that by going back and naming the chapters. >.< Still don't know how to condense it but will keep typing for now.

How to Format a Synopsis |

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Found this on the internet today. There are a couple of other short articles. Still don't know how to condense a 110K word novel into 2 pages single spaced, but I am at least typing.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Today I am feeling quite frustrated. I worked on my book for the past three years. I have worked on my pitch and query letter for the past year. Everything I have read up until now has told me that a query letter and sample chapters is all that is needed and NOW everyone wants a 1-2 page synopsis. I don't even like synopses. And now I have a huge case of writer's block. I think I need a cookie.