Monthly Archives: June 2016

The Year is Half Over

Here we are coming upon the 4th of July which means that 6 months of the year have passed and I think back to what I have accomplished besides getting a new right knee which is a BIG thing don’t get me wrong.  But my productivity  has suffered so now I must step up my game.  I have five stories started and the one that I am most compelled to write is Sophie’s War – title subject to change.  I have 10,000 words plus and I get bogged down with the historical details.  My spouse has reminded me to get back to the story and the details I can insert later but that is not how I operate.  As a historian, MA in History from Cal State LA, I am detail driven!  So I need to keep reminding myself to just write and worry about the details later. I have received the same advice from fellow writers.  So as the saying goes – Write On!  I need to be more goal oriented and set goals that I can adhere to.  Of course the chapters of the Romance Writers of America have helped somewhat with their Book in a Year contests which kept me going last year.  I love the recognition of having written a 40K+ book in a year.  This doesn’t seem hard to do and in some respects it isn’t especially if I focused on straight romance or even mystery which I have thought about doing. So maybe I will???? But for now busy tying up loose ends on my Cache Under the Stacks and will be pitching it at the annual conference in San Diego next month.  What I need is an assistant????? How great would that be!! Have to figure out how to put my Maltese on my book cover.  The Maltese in the book is actually my own sweet Minnie! Actually putting her to work.



Write On

May flew by in a flurry and it is now June 2nd.  Next month is the RWA Conference 2016 in San Diego.  This will be my first REALLY BIG conferences.  RWA has a national conference once a year and they alternate it on opposite sides of the U.S. each year.  For anyone living in California or Arizona – it would be a waste not to go.  I am all set – rooming with my good friend Kathleen Rowland and have my ticket for the Pacific Surfliner leaving out of Union Station – looking forward to riding the train – no traffic, no worries or cost of parking at the conference hotel.  YEAH!!

Since my last post I have been feeling better and better.  Almost a year since my first knee surgery and nearly six months since my last one (glad I don’t have anymore legs!).  The last couple of weeks I have really felt more like my old self.  Back to writing almost every day and new ideas keep popping into my head for stories.  Someday I am going to try a short story but until then, happy with what I am doing.

My first completed manuscript, Cache Under the Stacks, a romantic suspense tome, I am trying to fine tune, meaning editing, is coming along.  At the suggestion from a couple of people in my critique group and a writing instructor, I am in the process of changing verb tenses from present to past.  Initially, it was based on a personal experience I had so hence the present tense but overall it sounds better in the past tense.  It is quite a task but worth it in the long run.  Every day I aim to move through the manuscript until I am at the end.  Reading it to my critique group has helped a lot.  Good to have comments that are for the most part, ones I have taken to heart.

I have another manuscript which is a historical fiction, Sophie’s War, which is giving me pause to think about writing historicals.  More about Sophie later. They take more time, the research is intense and writing a romance or suspense novel would be easier and faster.  BUT, being the operative word, I love history and research so I am going to keep plugging along. I am reading in my genre which is helpful as I pick up lots of key information.  Right now I about to finish The Lilac Girls which has been, at times a tough read but so well written.  It evolves around three women affected by the occurrences at Ravensbruck, a concentration camp for women, that was set up for experimentations.  The book is a riveting read and the author, Martha Hall Kelly, has captured the essence of the period and the horrific treatment by the Nazi regime. Five stars for this one!

Until next time – keep reading and enjoy your summer.