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Archive for February 2009

They're the Same Book!

I’m very concerned! In the last few days, I’ve heard from several readers who are upset because they ordered two different books written by me. . . or so they thought. They’d each read Before the Storm and The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes and they loved them so much they wanted more. So they ordered…

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Anyone for Crumb Cake?

I’m occasionally invited to local bookclubs when they’re discussing one of my books, and I always go if I can fit it into my schedule. I love meeting new readers and it’s fun hearing what they think about a book I’ve written. Every once in a while, though, a visit to a book club comes with…

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Searching for Soundtracks

When I was on my writing retreat week before last, I wrote at least eight hours a day. I listened to soundtracks on my iPod the whole time, and while I have quite a few, I grew tired of listening to the same tracks over and over again. I would love some suggestions for new writing music. I…

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If You Still Have a Mom. . .

I’m working on my next novel at Starbucks, sitting in a comfy chair, typing my manuscript as I sip my latte. Sharing the leather sofa across from me are three women, and I can’t take my eyes off them. My best guess is that they’re two middle-aged daughters sitting on either side of their elderly mother. They’re speaking…

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While I Was Away

Okay, this has nothing whatsoever to do with writing, unless you count the fact that I was away on a writing retreat when this picture was taken. This is just pure grandma indulgence. While I was gone, John invited my stepdaughter and her two little boys over for a photo shoot. I love this picture…

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It's Five O'Clock Somewhere. . .

Actually, it’s five o’clock here and I’m quitting for the day. I worked on my Alphasmart at Starbucks today and haven’t transferred the file to my desktop yet, so I’m not sure how many pages I wrote today, but it’s just plain going to be enough. I’m a teeny tiny bit burned out! The week…

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The Last Day

                    Today is our last full day, and although we’re all still working hard, we’re ready to go home to our families. It’s been a very productive week, although we all agree we ate entirely too much–particularly too many M&M peanuts (and in Margaret’s case, Cheetos).…

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13,160 Words

Here I am, happily meeting my goal on day four at Weymouth. This has been an absolutely amazing retreat and we have two and a half days left. I’ve written 13,160 words (approximately 53 pages). Granted, they are sloppy, disorganized pages, but I’m thrilled with them. My characters are surprising me at every turn. The…

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First Full Day at the Mansion

We all arrived at the Weymouth Center for the Arts for our writers’ retreat yesterday and immediately got to work, followed by dinner (Sarah made yummy quiches), lots of M and M peanuts, and a rousing game of Apples to Apples. This morning, we had our goal-setting meeting for the day. Mary Kay Andrews, as always,…

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Good Things Come in Threes

No, I didn’t just become the lucky owner of three Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (aren’t they adorable?), but I did just sign a new three-book contract with my publisher. I knew it was coming and have been at work on Book One for quite a while, but it doesn’t feel real until I actually sign…

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