Saturday, August 20, 2011

I'm writing again...

along with all the editing though

Too bad a writer couldn't spend all their free time writing and give the editing job to someone else. I know the work I'm doing now on that first novel will pay off by making that story a better one than it was, so on with the work.

I've added a short course on How to Write a Series, too, because when I finished the first draft of that first novel I had a couple other books in mind for the other characters in the first book. It's going to be a long hard road ahead, but the end will probably come when I least expect it.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I'm moving along steady...

Started lesson 5 but haven't went very far. So many things happening each day are distracting. But...I'll get finished soon.

Since my last post, I've had 2 stories accepted for the anthology that AR Affiliated Authors are putting together. I'll leave you a link as soon as it gets published. You'll be able to purchase print or ebook.

Back to work.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Howdy, friends

I've finished lesson 4 of Holly Lisle's How To Revise Your Novel course to the best of my ability. Recognizing errors in my own writing is tough, but her courses are helping me big time.

Onward-to Lesson 5

Good luck to me, yippee kai yea

hey, friends, here's a shorty i hope you like

For all you authors and aspiring writers out there, this week's Sassy Sunday Story Starter was brought to you by someone who wishes to remain anonymous. If you're interested in participating go to http://www.alterative-read.com and join our group. There are many perks for writer and reader alike. This is just a first draft. Hope you enjoy it.

Charlie slammed down the phone and stared at it with a horrified look upon her face.

"What's wrong? " Her best friend asked with a frown. "What's the matter, Chaz? You're scaring me. What did he say?"
"He said he's coming for me."
"Call the cops. Now!"
"And what do I tell them, eh? I don't even know what this guy looks like or where he is right now, for that matter," Charlie said. Then she added, "I'll call that cop I met last night. Maybe he has a suggestion."
While Charlie dug into her huge purse for the business card of the man she'd met at Kelly's Diner last night, her friend sneaked over to the window, drew the curtain back just a tiny crack and peered out.
Charlie found the card and looked up. "You know, if he's out there, he'll see you."
Her friend jerked back from the window, hitting her head on the wall as she twirled around. Charlie went to the phone and dialed the number on the card.
"This is Charlie," she said to the man who answered. She heard him yawn. "Sorry, I woke you up, John, but I need some advice."
"No problem," he said, "Tell me."
Ah, a man of few words. Charlie told him about the man who called earlier with the threat. "This is the third time he's called," she told John. "but this is the first time he's threatened me outright."
"Where are you now?" John asked.
"I'm at home. Are you coming over tonight?" Charlie's gaze swung to the clock above the mantle. Midnight! "It's kind of late."
"No, but it won't hurt to ask the patrolling officer to pass in front of your place and have a look-see."
"Thank you."
Charlie and her friend went to bed after checking all the locks on windows and doors and for good measure Charlie locked the door of her bedroom leading off into the hall.
Next morning, Charlie rose and prepared for her day at work. As she was about to sit down with her first cup of coffee, someone knocked on the front door. She peered through the side window and recognizing John, the cop, she opened the door and invited him in to share a cup of coffee.
She handed him a cup and sat across from him at the kitchen table. "I haven't heard any more from that man," she said.
"When you called for help, I made it my business to come over last night." He took a sip from the cup. "Umm. Good coffee. As I was saying, I came over and parked about a block away and sneaked around a bit. I saw the guy watching the place, but before I could reach him, he'd fled."
"Chaz, I'm...Oh, sorry..."
"Oh, Julia, this is John, the policeman I called last night," Charlie said turning to face her friend. "He came over and saw the guy who'd threatened me, but couldn't catch him." Charlie turned back toward John. "What can we do to stop this madness? I am scared to leave the house. And staying here isn't much better."
"I'll come around from time to time," John promised as he set down his empty cup. "If not me, then I'll get one of the other guys to make a pass. It's only a matter of time before we catch him."
"Thanks, John," Julia said, "I have to go to work. It's comforting to know someone is watching out for us."
"Care for a second cup?" Charlie asked, reluctant to see him leave. She stood and reached for his cup, listening to the sound of Julia's car as she spun the tires leaving the driveway. She turned toward the stove.
Suddenly a large hand clamped over Charlie's mouth and nose, and her body froze, cup and coffee pot slipping from her hands. At the same time, a strong arm surrounded her waist effectively cutting off any hope of escape. As darkness overcame her, one name sounded in her mind's ear, "John."

Friday, May 13, 2011

Yippee!

I finished Lesson 3 of Holly Lisle's HTRYN on Friday, 13th of May. This lesson is really good because it helped me to see areas in my story that need much revision or else deleting. But can't do that yet.

I'm about to begin Lesson 4 which will kind of zero in a little deeper with the concepts of lesson 3. The published writers may not need these lessons, but if you're a new writer, you need them. go to www.hollylisle.com

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Writing/Editing

I'm working on Holly Lisle's HTRYN course and still making my scene cards. This is the greatest task I've ever done. Feeling great about it and working even harder to do this. Check out Holly's offerings at www.hollylisle.com You'll be glad you did.

I am about to use what I'm learning to revise my short stories to produce a self published anthology of all my mystery shorts. I want the public to read my stories because I think they will like them, esp. if they like mysteries. I've written in other genres as well and my first self published anthology is a good example of how and what I write. You can find it here: http://www.lulu.com/content/135434

Monday, April 4, 2011

Ideas

Had a couple of ideas on personality types today and didn't write them down. Now I can't share them with you all.

Still working, believe it or not, on Lesson 2 of Holly Lisle's editing course. I am so slow, I'll reach a hundred years old before I finish. Huh! But I'm not a quitter. No matter how monotonous re-reading my novel becomes, because I really want to learn all Holly can teach me about editing.

Too much going on around here.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

My Editing Progress

Not going well at all. If I don't stay off the roads, traveling here and there to doctors, grocery stores, and pharmacies, I'll never finish. Well, back to work.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Editing a Novel

Not long ago I joined Holly Lisle's course HTRYN [How to Revise Your Novel]. Boy, this is a lot of work!!

I finally made it through Lesson 1. Read the entire novel again. Lost count on how many times down through the years that I've read it.

Now, I begun Lesson 2 and have started reading it again. This time around I'm beginning to wonder Why am I doing this? The answer comes back: Because I want to learn to write the best I possibly can and entertain others with my writing.

It's a slow go, but I'll finish this if it's the last thing I do.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

It's a new year, a new beginning...

Yep, a new beginning in my writing life as well. Well, Nanowrimo is over, and I have over 40k words written in a series novel that ties in with the one I've been editing the last couple of months. Okay, so perhaps Dean Koontz and other famous authors will immediately tell me that if I was a serious writer it wouldn't take me this long to do an editing session. I can't argue with them because they've become the professional writers they envisioned and I haven't.

Well, I'm at it again and determined this year to finish this series of three books I've dreamed up or die trying.

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