Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Happy St. Patrick’s Day.
I have a confession to make. Despite being of (mostly) Irish heritage, I’ve never willingly eaten corned beef and cabbage. You can be sure it won’t be served at my house tonight.
I got sentimental today and went in search of some old, old, old photos. They were taken 3/17/1977 in Plattsburgh, NY. It was my last semester of college at SUNY Plattsburgh. A girlfriend and I who were in a photography class together decided to grab our cameras and chronicle the craziness that was St. Patrick’s Day.
The first photo is one my friend took. If you look on the left-hand side you'll see me with my camera.
Believe it or not, I still own that denim jacket I was wearing. I bought it when I was in high school.
The next photo is the one I was taking. That's a lot of happy people. Of course the alcohol could have had something to do with their disposition.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Here’s a sample:
It snowed last night, not enough to impact traffic, but just enough to leave a pretty dusting over my corner of the world.
Why do the clocks change on Saturday nights when we switch back and forth from daylight savings time? Everyone seems tired today. Wouldn’t it make more sense to change the time early Saturday morning instead of Sunday?
This is my view from my desk many times during the day.
If a bunny or a dog or a kid on a skateboard dares to go by my house, I’m the second to know.
Why does the sound of a ticking clock have two opposite effects depending on the mood of the hearer? Some days the tick, tick, tick is comforting—cozy even. Of course other days when deadlines rule it reminds me that time is slipping away like snowmelt through the gutter that sits alongside my office window, which also tick, tick, ticks—but not in such an orderly fashion.
So, what’s going through your mind today?
Friday, March 12, 2010
Dying to see your book on a bookstore shelf? Now’s the time to polish both your idea and craft by entering our Spring 2010 non-fiction contest.
Submit Back Cover Copy and a related Query Letter for the book idea you’ve long pondered. Your back cover copy should be no more than 175 words, and should be on a separate sheet from your query letter. And your query letter—one page, 12 pt. Times New Roman—should be addressed to a publisher who may be interested in your material. So you have a little research to do.
The cool thing about this contest? You’ll be prepared to use your entry after the contest to submit to agents and editors.
The contest is open to writers in the Denver, CO area and The Woodlands, TX area.
First Place from each region will receive a $50 Amazon gift certificate. Second Place will each receive a copy of Polishing the Pugs, by Kathy Ide. Third Place will each receive $10 gift certificates to enjoy Starbucks.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Like most authors, bits and pieces of my reality find their way into my fiction. Today I’m going to share a beautiful asset of my neighborhood, the Cherry Creek Trail. This past Sunday I took my first walk of the year on the trail (it’s been cold, okay?).
This photo is of the Cherry Creek Trail that is the setting for Linda’s walk on page 290 of Searching for Spice. The creek is on the right, beside the brush shrubs/trees.
The Cherry Creek Trail runs alongside the Cherry Creek (duh) which flows north for 64 miles until it reaches the South Platte River in downtown Denver.
The next photo is of the view from the trail, not very far from where the first photo was taken.Can you see Linda and Belle walking out there in God's beautiful nature?
Sunday, March 07, 2010
I’m applying to participate in the Sharp Writer Boot Camp with editor Shannon Marchese while I'm attending the CCWC this May, and one of the application questions has me a bit stumped. If you've read my books I'd appreciate any help you can give me. I need your advice.The question is, “List two published authors, either general or Christian market, that you believe compare to your writing style or content in some way.” The answer is supposed to be phrased similar to, “I believe my novels will appeal to readers of XX because . . .”
Anyone want to toss out a novelist’s name whose work compares to my novels? Anyone, anyone . . . Bueller?
If you're a writer, or want to be one, are you going to writers conferences? I think attending conferences are incredibly helpful in your writing journey. I know it's a hit to your budget, but if you consider it a business expense it softens the blow.
I've enjoyed going to the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) yearly conference, the Colorado Christian Writers Conference (CCWC), and will return this summer to the Writers' Workshop at Glen Eyrie. Last weekend I attended a great one-day conference in Colorado Springs.
The information, encouragement, and friendships you get from conferences are worth the cost. If you're serious about your commitment to writing you should figure out a way to add the cost of attending a writers conference to your budget. Most conferences have scholarships or you can offer to work at some conferences in exchange for tuition assistance.
In a few months I'll be off to the CCWC, May 12-15 in beautiful Estes Park. Are you going?
CCWC was the first writers conference I attended. It was a big step for me, acknowledging that I was indeed pursuing publishing and making the efforts necessary to learn about the craft and the industry. That was in 2001.
I’m excited to share that I’m also teaching an Early Bird Workshop at CCWC on Creating Convincing Characters. CCWC is a great conference with workshops, clinics, continuing sessions, panels, and valuable time spent with authors, literary agents, and editors.
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Once in a Blue Moon had several of the elements I enjoy in a good book: a quirky, flawed character, a romantic interest, and an intriguing story.
Bryn Seymour was nine years old when her mother died--the same day that the Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Continue reading my review. . .