Saturday, November 14, 2015

Another Crime Bake Under My Belt

Well, another Crime Bake has come and gone and once again, a good time was had by all. 

It began on Friday, November sixth. My first Master class was on Revision, with Barbara Ross as the speaker and I doubt if anyone could have done it better. She's one smart and lovely person. I got so much from her class and I glad I chose it.

The fabulous Elizabeth George was our speaker and she was just wonderful. She's quite shy, but she really put herself out there and announced that we could approach her with our questions any time at all. I thought that was so generous of her. Actually, all the panelists were approachable in that way.
 I got to meet old friends and new ones, got to chat with my favorite death investigator, Michelle Clarke, the cute little blonde on the right. Yup, whenever there's a crime in the state of Connecticut, Michelle is on it!

I didn't win Flashwords, but my girlfriend, Margo (at right in the cowboy hat), did!! Her story, "Sweet Thing" was a hit. 

And last, but not least, the wonderfully funny, sassy, amazing Arlene Kay critiqued the first fifteen pages of my WIP, "Cruising to a Murder." She liked my protagonist and the premise. She said the dialogue was good and she said she really sees my being able to sell this. EEEEEEEk!!!! She spent a whole hour with me - so happy I was her last one.

I could go on about the music and dancing and shenanigans, but there's not enough room or time.

So, I had a blast and can't wait to go back next year.

~ Write on

Monday, November 2, 2015

It's NaNo time!!!

     Woo hoo!!! It's NaNo time!! So far, I'm 3500 words in and happy-as-a-clam! I'm getting it down for "A Murder in the Neighborhood." That way book two will be ready when "Cruising to a Murder" goes to print. Ha ha ha ha ha…  The laughing is a joke. I do expect to sell it in the next year, so I have to be ready when I do. I've had "Rosie" in my back pocket for a while now and she's dying to make her public debut.

     So, NaNoWriMo is all about writing your novel in thirty days, or, at least 50,000 words. Now that I'm retired I have no excuse. My mornings belong to me, as Kenny goes for coffee every day until eleven o'clock. When he gets home we go out for lunch, maybe a bike ride or we walk the mall. I could write again after dinner, but I usually make some art, watch television, or aggravate Kenny. Ha ha…  Anyway, those three to four hours I have in the mornings are more than enough. Next Monday night I'll be meeting other writers at Panera Bread in Vinnin Square and we'll all write together. So much fun! I even made a calendar for myself, which I'll post a picture of the next time I write a blog post. Hopefully, it won't be next year!