I’m sorry that I didn’t get this blog out yesterday but I had a doctor’s appointment and time just got away from me. We have so much to be thankful for. I always thank God for letting me live in a country where I am free to blog on whatever I choose and I can worship when and where I want. We know that God determines where we live even though we might think the choice was ours. In this wonderful country we can choose our careers and be as successful as we are willing to work hard. I saw a billboard the other day that said “The distance between your dream and reality is call action.” I fully agree.
The garden is coming along just fine as you can see from the peppers above. I am so proud of them. This is the first year that I’ve had such a large beautiful bounty. My eight year old grandson had a sleepover with me this past weekend and he was excited to pick them. He chomped right in to one like someone might eat an apple. I’m glad he likes vegetables.
He was thrilled when he gathered the eggs and found nine in one nest. The young hens have started to lay so now we are getting plenty of eggs. Granted they are small but will get bigger as the girls mature. He took the photo of this one on her nest. The older girls are still molting so right now they aren’t earning their keep but that’s all right with me.
I sent in a query letter to see if I can get my novel “Defiance of Destiny” republished. Hopefully this time by a publisher who will give more help with the promotion. I’m almost finished with the suspense novel “Forethought” and soon will be sending it to get a copyright. Once that is done I have to finish the women’s drama novel “Tomorrow’s Memories.” As you can see I have plenty to keep me busy and out of trouble. Maybe I’ll include and excerpt from one with one of my blogs. Please let me know if you would like that?
Thanks for stopping by; have a blessed Thanksgiving and keep writing and gardening.
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Good Monday to all. This past week fairly flew by so here we are again. My garden is looking beautiful to me and it brings me so much joy; not to mention good food. It is exciting to see the tiny carrot and beet sprouts peeping out of the ground. While they are not as fast growers as the greens it is still wonderful to have them.
I wish you were all close enough to share in the bounty.
Several of you have asked whether I am writing a new novel or not so I’m happy to reply “yes.” I am in the process of doing rewrites to my suspense manuscript “Forethought.” Please don’t hold steadfast to that title because an agent or publisher might decide to change it. If they do it will be all right with me. I’m not hard to live with though my husband might beg to differ. I also have another women’s manuscript on the burner.
I love writing because I know what is going to happen next. While writing is fun it is also hard work getting what I see in my head down on the blank page so my readers can also see it. I think my love for writing is a gift from God and I try to be the best I can be at this task.
Many of you know I am also an avid reader. I will say now as I have probably said a thousand times and will most likely say another thousand that you don’t have to be an author to be an avid reader but I feel you must be an avid reader to be a great writer.
Now I need to get back to the manuscript or I will never get it completed. Yeah, I might squeeze in an afternoon nap as well. Thank you for stopping by and if you are a writer keep writing and enjoy it and if you are a reader keep reading.
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Have you ever heard the saying “Stubborn as a mule?” Maybe it is just heard in the south but I’ve heard it a million times and mostly describing me. So this week I will show you some of my stubbornness with this post. Yeah…yeah I know it is supposed to be about a favorite photo from this year. Well I simply can not find a favorite. I pretty much like all of my pictures. If I don’t like them it is so easy to hit the delete button. So yes, I guess I am stubborn. I think you sort of have to be if you are an author. If you want to publish novels you must have enough faith in your work to stick with it no matter what. Right?
I have too many interest I guess and I have neglected my writing for time spent in my garden. Of course I love both and I also love photography and taking walks. So, like I said maybe too many interest.
I have two novels waiting for me to finish and what’s sad I know the finish if I would just sit my butt down and work at the computer. I should be digging in the dirt of my manuscripts instead of outside digging in the dirt literally. They are screaming to be finished and for me to move on to others. Yes there are others…well other ideas that are stewing on the back burner.
Have you decided to make a new years resolution? I will do my usual lose weight, eat healthier and get more exercise. These are three that a lot of people make every year and like me they start off strong but a nice piece of cake or chocolate temps and all the good intentions are blown away like dust in a wind storm. This year I will also add “finish the novels I have started and start sending them to publishers.” Yes, I will most definitely have to be as stubborn as a mule to do it but I plan to give it the all American try.
Please let me know if you make resolutions and if you succeed. I will keep you posted on mine. Some way I will try to incorporate all of my hobbies as well as succeed as an author.
Thank you for stopping by. Happy New Year!!
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I have not been doing the Daily Post but for the last few weeks I have tired the Weekly Post. Why? I’ve been busy working in my yard and vegetable garden. But having a life is no excuse for not writing. Everyone has a life, right? I have two manuscripts that I have also been working on sometimes… once in a while… almost never.
You can’t get published if you don’t finish the manuscript! I tell myself this all the time but most of the time myself doesn’t listen. If I ever go out in the yard and walk around I am usually hooked and will be out there for hours. There is always some work needed in my yard and/or garden. I love that work but I also tell myself that I love to write but I am lazy. But I don think lazy is the right word; maybe procrastinator works better because I have good intentions about writing. But you know what they say about good intentions, right?
I am optimistic that I am going to do better and finish those two novels because I have a lot more stories in my head. I just need to stay in the house and work… work… work. I can work in the garden during certain days and save the evenings for writing. I say certain days because housework (I hate it) must also be done.
Thanks for stopping by and please come back soon. Hopefully I will do another post tomorrow. God bless.
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If you have ever taken a class on writing then you have heard “You must show not tell your story.” So you think Piece of cake I can easily do that. What are you writing if you think showing is a cake walk?
If we want to have a dream of a chance for our novels to make a best-selling list we have to do more than just show. The audiences today and probably yesterday as well, demand more. They want to be in the moment! They want to feel the laughter and pain. So how do we put them there you ask.
We use all of their senses. They not only want to see, they also want to feel, touch and smell. First we have to learn how to do this. I suggest that you get several best sellers in the genre the same or close to your manuscript (checking them out of the local library will save you money) then not only read them but study them. Look at how they move from scene and how they capture the reader; how they encourage them to turn the page. Now you will have a better understanding of what you are trying to accomplish.
We put our audiences in the scenes. We bring in the smells, the sounds and the taste. We let them hear the white noises that we hear and see every day. But we must do this without our reader being aware of the white noise just like we usually don’t notice them but the noise is still there. They want to smell the exhaust from a bus without it hitting them over the head.
Yes, of course we must show not tell but we have to do more than that. As we develop our skills we will write best sellers and enjoy the trip as well.
Thanks for stopping by. Until next time take a few minutes and make yourself aware of the white noises around you; the hum or a refrigerator, whir of a ceiling fan, a dog barking in the distance. They’re there and we must include them in our scenes if we want our scenes to be real. God bless.