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Archive for February 2010

We're at the Breeze Inn!

Yup, I’m with my writing buds for a week of brainstorming and writing. We’re at Mary Kay Andrews’ fabulous Breeze Inn on Tybee Island. So far it’s me, Sarah Shaber, Margaret Maron and Mary Kay. Alex Sokoloff will be joining us tomorrow or Tuesday. I’ll keep you posted on our progress. Mary Kay has done…

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My Sloppy First Drafts

Plant. I’m nearly done with the first complete draft of my work-in-progress, currently titled The Midwife’s Confession, and if you were to check it for the most often used word (after “the” and “and” and character names), I bet it would be “plant.” Even though I’ve outlined ad nauseum, the characters and story change as…

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The Reveal

 Time for the reveal! We’ve had so much fun working with our friend Elizabeth as we remodeled our Topsail Island condo. The before and after pics don’t match up perfectly–this isn’t HGTV after all!–but you get the idea. To start with, we painted the unit a buttery yellow, replaced the sofa and loveseat, painted the…

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Writer's Block: the Tough Love Approach

Writers spend hours and hours talking about writer’s block and in my opinion, there’s no greater waste of time.  Workshops at conferences are devoted to the topic, and writing magazines often run articles offering tips on coping with that paralytic state. For those of you who are readers instead of writers,  writer’s block is a panic-inducing feeling that you can’t…

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Art, Sky and Snowboard Cross

I’m a sucker for the Olympics. So much youth, energy, skill and heart . . .and too often, heartbreak.  Behind every athlete a story, and you know how much I love a good story. I should be working, but I’m watching.   We leave Topsail tomorrow. We’ve accomplished so much in the condo. The best part…

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Shelf Paper Sunday

Well, Sunday is usually one of the days I update my blog, but this evening I have no time. You can see what I’m doing here: cleaning out my newly refaced cabinets at our Topsail Island condo, as well as many other household-y tasks. We just have two days here because snow, a rarity on the North…

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Where I'm At

As I get closer to the final form my novel will take, I like to use this Three-Act chart, based on my friend Alexandra Sokoloff’s book, Screenwriting Tips for Authors. The top picture was taken as I neared the end of writing my upcoming June book, The Lies We Told. Notice how neat and organized and peaceful…

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My Desk, Three Months Before Deadline

 Even the dog bed is askew. Pictures of my characters. Manuscript pages everywhere. Almonds to snack on. Hand lotion for my weary fingers. My singing stuffed warbler, sent to me by a reader, sits in front of my printer. I can squeeze him whenever I need a bit of June in the midst of February. Thich Nhat…

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New Contest, Unusual Prize

I was cleaning out a cupboard the other day and came across a stack of cover flats. Do you know what a cover flat is? Before a book is released the cover–a flat rectangle showing both front, spine and back of the book–is sent to the accounts that will ultimately decide to carry–or not carry–the…

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