Monday, October 15, 2012


It's Flashwords time again??  Wow, a year goes by pretty fast.  I'll be scribbling like crazy for the next few days trying to write a whole story in 150 words.  I'll have to use 10 out of a list of words from the titles of books written by Joseph Finder, our guest speaker.  Flashwords is something I look forward to every year at CrimeBake.  I love the challenge.  The top three stories will be read at the conference.  The prospect of having a story read in front of all those people is so exciting.

CrimeBake is coming up very soon.  November 9 - 11.  It's a nice opportunity to meet new people and to get together with old friends.  My friend, Karen, will be there and it's always such a pleasure to see her.  We met in an online writing class about six years ago and have managed a meeting about once a year since then.  Looking forward to it.  I'll drive up with my friend, Margo.  We met a little over a year ago when we signed on to go to Seascape, a writing retreat in CT, and have also been friends ever since.

Life is Good.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Kenny and I ran over to Barnes & Noble yesterday to see Hank Phillippi Ryan at her book signing for "The Other Woman."  I'd heard great things about it and couldn't wait to pick it up.  Of course, she was her usual lovely self, and, upon learning of my Guppy status, gave me a big hug.  I have to say that when Hank is talking with you, she has that knack for making you feel as though you're the only person in the room.  I've met her several times and have always come away with that feeling.  Thanks, Hank!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Success on the Cape

Thank God we had a rainy week end on Cape Cod, because the grounds were so beautiful we may not have gotten anything done otherwise.  We had a terrific room with two bedrooms, two televisions, a fridge, ironing board, and breakfast with gorgeous views.  The bathroom was huge, immaculate and had a great shower.  Mmm mmm! 

I'm pretty sure we accomplished what we set out to, at least I did.  I learned how to use a flash-drive (Thanks, Margo) and I also learned that I know nothing!  We completed a class from a writing magazine and applied what we learned to each of our manuscripts, point-by-point.  That was very beneficial, so glad we did that.  I'd like to go back, but I'd set aside one day to enjoy the resort. 

When I got home, I submitted "Listen And You Shall Hear" for critique at Crime Bake.  I'd like to start sending it out, so I thought that was the smartest thing to do.

This picture cracks me up! Lol!