Sunday, January 29, 2012

Congratulations to Ann Best!

Ann won a copy of my book from Kimberly over at Meetings with My Muse.

Thank you, Kimberly, for your generous support!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Revising the little stuff takes so much time. I spent about five hours at the computer today going line by line through six chapters checking spelling, word usage, and tweaking things just so. My mind is exhausted and I have seventeen chapters to go. A non-writer friend called and I took a much needed break. She asked me what revision I was doing now because I had already done the plot points and meatier changes. I compared it to a teacher grading a paper.

"So then you'll be done and can submit it?"

"Not yet," I told her. "When I think it's perfect, I'll print it up a second time and read it out loud. That way I can find words I left out, sentences that need to be written better, and just anything at all that needs changing."

"That's too hard, I think you should just leave it up to one of those editors. Wait until you hear..."

Works for me. I wonder why I just don't do that?

Friday, January 20, 2012

OOPS, I had no idea I was doing that!

I'm in the middle of revising a 55,000 word teen suspense novel. A writing buddy was reading something else I had written and called me. "Do you know how much you love the word smile?"
"What?" I asked.
"Every character is constantly smiling at another character."
After a lengthy conversation I pulled up the teen novel. In the navigation bar I searched for smile. Yikes! 97 and most of them were used in the exact same phrase. This meant that I needed to search another word in that phrase. Look. OMIGOSH! I must love that word!
218 look ups, looked ats, look over, look ad nauseum, over and over!
The last two days I have spent changing, replacing, or getting rid of the sentences completely. Pleased with myself for my creativity, I called my writer buddy.

"I left about 14 of each of those words."

"Good," she said. Now look up the word only and don't forget to smile."

64 matches including 11 If only sentences...(groaning in frustration)

Do you have any favorite overused words?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Over at Meetings with My Muse you'll find an interview of me and a book giveaway by Kimberly, a fellow writer and blogger. It's a first for both of us!

Thank you, Kimberly!

Monday, January 9, 2012

It's a beautiful January morning, still fall where I live. It is cloudy and misting with temperatures that will remain in the fifties.  The rest of my red oak leaves are falling and hopefully they will be all down by the end of this week.
Today, I was finally able to see the owl that had been "hooting" at night for months. He stayed put while I grabbed my not-so-professional camera and snapped this pic. He turned and looked at me while the camera flashed a few more times. He seemed more annoyed than concerned. I guess I should get a really good camera with a good zoom if I'm going to keep trying to snap bird pics.

Monday, January 2, 2012

This morning I hurriedly got on the computer and Hooray! Tough Luck is now available at the Wings e-Press site! Excited doesn't begin to describe my feelings. Thank you, everyone, for all your support and encouragement here and other places. Another big thank you to everyone at Wings for accepting one of my manuscripts and working hard to make this happen.
Annie’s roommate becomes the target of a stalker and when a teacher is overheard blaming her, “Attacker Annie” must prove her innocence by saving Mindy.

Now available at Amazon and at Barnes&Noble.