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Archive for April 2007

Write-to-Publish: the Power of a Group

I’m a joiner, and every once in a while, I’m reminded why I love groups so much. Last night was one of those times. I spoke to the Raleigh Write to Publish Group, where everyone had a chance to talk about their current project, whether that was a novel, a poem, a childrens’ book idea, or a work of serious…

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My Latest Haul (and some thoughts on books)

First, I have to confess I bought the following books at a chain bookstore. I try to support the independent bookstores whenever possible, but I was in Borders with a friend and there were all these books I wanted and . . . you know how it goes. So here’s what I bought: Cormac McCarthy’s…

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Mary Alice is Coming!

I’m excited! Mary Alice Monroe will be speaking at a nearby Borders Monday night, April 30th and of course she’ll be staying at my house. It’s been too long since I’ve seen her. I know many of you love her books, so I’ll see if I can get her to stop by to say “hi.”

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WIP: Getting to the Meta-Emotion

A few years ago, I took a writing workshop with songwriter Carrie Newcomer. She gave us a “prompt” to start us writing, with the instruction to “be brave, detailed and don’t stop to think or censor.” The prompt was “I’ve kept it all these years.” Here is an abridged version of what I wrote: I…

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Readers all over the Universe

My books have been translated into more than 10 languages. I’ve been lucky enough to meet some of my readers from the Czech Republic, France, Norway, Italy and Japan. But this was a first! At a dinner party the other night, I met a reader claiming to be from Mars! I thought he was just…

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Mom, Dad and Don Ho

Well, this has nothing to do with writing, unless you count the fact that my parents were always bragging about me (as well as about my other siblings), but I can’t let Don Ho’s passing go without a little tribute to him and the joy he brought into my parents’ lives. After retiring, Mom and…

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Home From Topsail

Sorry about being so quiet the past few days. I’m having some blog snags that I hope will be cleared up soon. Meanwhile, my friend Cher and I had a great trip to Topsail Island. Here are pictures of us in our respective rooms at another friend’s adorable little cottage, just footsteps from the beach.    I’m getting…

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Off to Topsail Island

My long-time friend, Cher, is visiting from San Diego, and she’s going to accompany me on another research trip to Topsail Island tomorrow. We’re staying in a generous friend’s cottage until Wednesday. Yippee! Can’t wait. I just hope the weather warms up a little. Brr. I hope to have some internet access there so I…

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WIP: Lori Morphs Again, or the Value of a Critique Group

Well, if you’ve been following my blog for a number of months, you know the various problems I’ve had with the character Lori, formerly known as Sue Ellen, right after she was known as Joanna. 🙂 (An aside here: John says “never let them see you sweat” when it comes to protecting one’s professional image.…

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