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Archive for March 2007

The Jersey Girl Goes Home

I’m in New Jersey for the week, staying with my sister, and my Internet access is limited, so I won’t be blogging as much as usual. Right now, I’m typing this in the Madison, NJ Opium Den. I’m also working on the WIP while I’m here, writing in my sister’s lovely sunroom with a view of trees and…

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Behind Closed Doors. . .

I was sitting on the porch this afternoon, planning the speech I’m giving tonight (If you’re near Cary, NC–stop by the Page Walker Arts and History Center at 7 pm), which got me thinking about my imagination. It’s overly active and always has been. I wonder if that’s true of all fiction writers? When John and…

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Update on the WIP etc. . .

Would you believe I’ve rewritten the outline for the work-in-progress yet again? Since I’ve made a couple of dramatic changes in the story, I wanted my agent to have the most up-to-date outline as she and her co-agents begin selling the book overseas. I don’t think I’ve ever revised an outline this many times, but the story…

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Writer's Block: Fact or Fiction?

    A definition of Writer’s Block from Wikipedia: Writer’s block is a phenomenon involving temporary loss of ability to continue writing, usually due to lack of inspiration or creativity. I think I had true writer’s block only once. That was in 1991, when my twenty-year marriage came to a sudden, shocking and abrupt halt brought…

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From Publishers' Lunch

Thanks to those of you who sent me the following item from Publishers’ Lunch–the daily online subscription “newsletter” that carries the latest deals made with publishers, among other news of  interest to the professional book community. The title will almost certainly change, but it’s nice to see it in print for now. “Author of THE SECRET…

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Book: Child of the Jungle by Sabine Kuegler

This is non-fiction–not my usual fare–but it was recommended by a friend and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s the spare memoir of a German girl whose family moved to West Papua, New Guinea so her father could study the language and culture of the Fayu tribe. The Fayu was made up of several warring sects,…

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Movie: Stranger Than Fiction

Have you seen this lovely movie? I adored it. As a matter of fact, John and I liked it so much that we watched it two nights in a row.  First, it is neither comedy or drama. I guess the word “dramedy” would best describe it. I don’t want to give too much away, so…

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We Are Not Alone. . .

Sometimes it seems as though there are only 7 or 8 of us visiting my blog, since we’re the chatty ones. I just installed a statistics counter, though, which reported 71 visits to my blog in the last 24 hours! And those 71 people read more than 170 posts between them. So I welcome you quiet ones. Please say “hi”…

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First Draft Woes

Okay, I’m going to be perfectly honest. The book I’m writing is awful. Thank goodness this is the seventeenth book I’ve written or I’d be worried. Having done this sixteen times before, I know that as I’m nearing the end of the first draft, I always feel this way. ALWAYS. As I’ve mentioned before, I…

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Romance and Crime, Oh My!

I had such fun yesterday. I wrote in the morning, then went to a nearby Borders cafe to meet Emilie Rose and Sally. . . yikes! I didn’t get Sally’s last name, but will find out. Even though I don’t write romance per se, I’ve always belonged to Romance Writers of America because the pubbed…

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