My D in Typing


I was looking through my early notes on AFTER THE STORM to see if there were things I’d forgotten. I thought I’d share with you a small example of what my early notes look like. My favorite word in the mess below is “heargroken.” For those of you who don’t speak diane-type, that’s “heartbroken” in English. 🙂
Sara at the memorial service in Raleigh. Felt needed to go. Talks with Jennifer. Heargroken for her. Then af4riad for her. As much as sara hasn’t comet ot eterms with fire , jen is worsee. nnot syure what she wil do. or is cavapble of doing.

 I really did get a D in typing in junior high. I type extremely fast, but I’ve never mastered hitting the right keys. Imagine how many more books I could turn out if I actually learned to do that!




  1. Liz on March 12, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Oh no! Where is the bikini typist? She didn’t last long. I kinda like the comet ot eterms. Did you get your plot line straightened out?

  2. Margo on March 12, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    LOL, these are great notes Diane! As long as they make sense to you thats all that counts. (-:

  3. Ann on March 12, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    I have NO trouble reading your typing – it is very much like mine!!! I am really looking forward to reading Before the Storm. It has been a long time since I have read a new book of yours. Read and enjoyed some old ones for the second time.
    Is the publication date sometime in June?

  4. Gina on March 13, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    I, too, am excited about the new book. Can’t wait.

  5. Diane Chamberlain on March 13, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Well, I have the plot line straightened out enough for now. I’ve had loads of help from friends in-the-know. Still don’t have the perfect solution, but I’m getting closer, and my characters may guide me the rest of the way. I’m counting on them.

  6. Brenda on March 14, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    When I get home in the evenings, I visit with you guys. Right now overwhelmed with papers…but I do enjoy reading your replies. I have a question: Diane, what ON EARTH are you going to do when these two books are finished??? Need I ask?????
    Liz, enjoy your trip.
    Krysia, hang in there…I lost 20 pounds each pregnancy and never gained them back. Had two babies at size 8…I was in the hospital and bedrest 9 months-no food-just intravenous, Coca Cola, and occ. toast…no kidding…I vomited and bled the entire preg. We were told our kids could have something wrong with them because of the meds I had to take to carry them. Krysia, guess what? They were valedictorians of their classes…they were big babies for my size too…8 plus the boy and 7 plus the girl…So you will do fine-the baby gets what he/she needs…was great to have to gain weight after the pregnancies and eat real food.
    Your life is beginning.
    Margo-what are you painting.
    Gina-good to hear your comments.
    You ladies are sustaining me now when I have no time to go and do anything-especially now in my life.

  7. brenda on March 15, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    I have a question for you girls. I noticed last time I used “you guys”-that comes from living in Ohio for l0 years…anyway…do you like American Idol? I can’t stand reality shows (Have probably written this before…) However, I watched the “GREASE” reality show because one of the contenders-Eric–or Derrick-almost won and he graduated from the high school where I now teach…anyway…this season I have tried to watch A. I. with my students…So far, two who have left were not my favorites…Julie-I noticed on your BLOG that you like A.I. and Brooke-she is great. This season they have done some of my favorite songs from the 60’s and now are doing Beatles….What about the rest of you???? My favorites are the little 17 year old boy…the Irish girl minus the tatoo…D. Cook minus the hairdo…(picky aren’t we???) I must admit to Julie that Brooke was awesome last week. I like several of them…

  8. Diane Chamberlain on March 15, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    brenda, i haven’t watched AI since the first season, not because i didn’t enjoy it but because we almost always watch movies in the evening, so i have no idea who’s in the running.
    as for “you guys,” i find myself about split between that and “ya’ll” these days. I guess that’s what happens when a jersey girl moves to the south, with two decades of california in the middle.

  9. Gina on March 16, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    LOL Diane! I’m the same way. I’m a jersey girl too and saying “you guys” is just in my blood. However, I live in Texas now,and “ya’ll” does come out of my mouth just as equally.

  10. Diane Chamberlain on March 16, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    gina, at least we don’t say “youse guys”, right?

  11. brenda on March 16, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Growing up in WV, we said Ya’ll. Ohio-you guys…South Carolina, ya’ll…so you can imagine…I grew up in WV (and have returned after 30 plus years) where we do not have that twang…

  12. Gina on March 16, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    Hahahahahaha Diane – no, “youse guys” is definitely not in my vocabulary. LOL!

  13. Margo on March 17, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Hi Brenda…trying to meet a deadline for end of next month of 3 canvas’s that are each 54×54. Each painting is of an outdoor cafe scene from a specific country. Thanks for asking…it’s basically consuming my whole life right now along with caring for my father who is very ill.

  14. Diane Chamberlain on March 17, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Margo, I’m sorry to hear about your father. I know it doesn’t help to have that creative work due at the same time you’re dealing with family troubles. Take care of YOU, please.

  15. Margo on March 17, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    I will…thank you Diane. I don’t know what I’d do without my Gary…he is retired and helping my parents endlessly. My man is a true blessing.

  16. Julie on March 19, 2008 at 1:03 am

    Didn’t notice the newer comments until tonight. I only admit to selected people that I watch AI. That means you guys (hehe!) and, um, the rest of the world who reads my blog. LOL
    I haven’t watched it every year, mainly the first because of course it was new and Kelly Clarkson came from just down the road from here and we know people who actually know her, which was fun. Skipped a few years, then the last few I have been glued to it, along with my husband, mom, and youngest daughter. I don’t know why, really. I get very frustrated with the judges’ silly bickering.
    Hmm….this sounds like a good blog topic. I might have to think about this some more! I think mainly, I just love to watch the excitement of the contestants when they finally get a chance to go after something they have dreamed of for so long. I guess there’s a relationship to writing in there somewhere, huh? And, I’m a music junkie, so that explains more.
    FYI, I was born in Kentucky, got the y’all beat out of me growing up in Colorado, and claimed it once more when I ended up in Texas. In recent years, it’s disappearing from my vocab again, though, I’ve noticed. People around here don’t even say it much anymore, probably because of tv.

  17. Diane Chamberlain on March 19, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Although I don’t seem to find the time to watch AI, I DO watch Project Runway and Design Star when they’re on. There is something captivating about watching real, talented, people compete.

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