Down Days

I got up this morning not wanting to do anything but stare at the walls.  I didn’t feel much different yesterday, so I spent 5 hours sorting through CDs, wrote yesterday’s blog post and spent the evening at critique group with nothing to read.  So far this morning my biggest accomplishments has been working on a quilt for Quilts for Kids and adding movies to our Netflix and library queues. I think I really wore … Read more

Finding Barry’s Voice

I did it! I finally found Barry’s narration voice. Only took a year and a half. Why did it take so long for his voice to come to me? I got Margery and Vern almost immediately. Nina was also pretty easy. I even got Pete, who you’ll meet at the end of book 1 and he’s a major character in book 2 and 3, right away. By the way, the picture to the right makes … Read more

What a Mess!

I was getting ready to write a blog post on finding your character’s voice and I happened to notice a post that I forgot to publish. Oops. Anyway, I thought it might be interesting to read if you find yourself unorganized in the middle of writer’s block. I have a private Google website I use for all my novel planning.  R.J. and I also have one for Bloodleggers.  In the past, these websites have been … Read more

Nearly 10 More Weeks Until 2011…Oh My!

I’m taking a short break from editing to say hello and catch my breath after realizing the end of 2010 is just around the corner. And we haven’t had any snow here at the house yet. Did notice lots of new snow on Longs Peak while walking the beagles this weekend though. That’s always a welcome sight. In my last post I complained about how time consuming maintaining The Courier Novel’s blog has become, and … Read more

The State of My Blogs…Again

Heavy sigh…  So I’m on my blog soapbox again…and I’ve had wine.  Uh oh! Drinking Rutherford Ranch’s 2007 Sauvignon Blanc.  It’s ok for a white from California.  Still haven’t looked up the reason, but they’ve been producing some really bad whites for the last few years. Back to blogging.  Besides writing about NaNoWriMo over on The Courier novel’s blog, I’ve been publishing more of the story for the past week or so, and I’m SOOOOO … Read more

3-Day Novel Contest Entry Received

Just wanted to mention that I received notification today that the 3-Day Novel Contest has Warrant for Damnation.  Got email notification five minutes after I made a mental inquiry, wondering if they’d received it yet.  Does that make me psychic?  Anyways, they sent me the badge to the left that I survived.  Now they spend the next two months reading the entries. Still don’t expect to place in the contest, but I’ll let you know … Read more

Manuscript Mailed…Bottle of Wine Opened

YAY!!  I just got back from the post office about 30 minutes ago.  My manuscript is off to Canada, and I’m breathing a few sighs of relief. I underestimated how long it would take me to type in the hand written stuff, so I finished typing up the longhand around 1:30 P.M. today.  Won’t be doing that again.  Now I wait for confirmation the 3-day Novel Contest has received the manuscript and a certificate I … Read more


I finished Warrant for Damnation in the 3-Day Monday night with one hour to spare.  WHOO HOO!  If I had the energy yet, it’d be time to celebrate.  I still have to mail off the manuscript, so maybe then. I was going to write this blog post yesterday, but I was in a vegetative state.  Have to say that today is like waking up from a comma.   But other than that, as the title states, … Read more

Top 10 Lessons Learned Day 1 of 3-Day

As a first time writer in the 3-Day Novel contest, I had a few challenges today I thought I’d share with you all.  Here are the top 10 lessons I’ve learned on my first day: 1.  Make the brownies the day before even though you’re sure you can stay disciplined and eat right.  I ended up making them half way through the day anyways. 2.  Name as many of your characters as you can ahead … Read more

Countdown to the 3-Day Novel Contest

This is a repost from The Courier’s website. Just wanted to quickly note that I’ve officially entered the 3-Day Novel Contest and am finalizing the outline today and tomorrow for the second book in The Courier Series.   I’ve been thinking about posting how the contest is going on The Courier’s website once or twice a day, but haven’t made up my mind.  If I need to vent, I figure posting there is as good as … Read more

Okay, I’m Blocked…Now What?

If you read Tuesday’s post, I complained that another year has passed and I’m not happy with my publishing progress, like I complain most years around my birthday.  By the way, it was an amazing birthday.  Thanks you so much to everyone who sent me happy birthday wishes.  You’re all wonderful!!  Anyways, it turned out to be the best birthday gift I could have given myself, being critical that is.  It finally got me to … Read more

What the *bleep* is up with The Courier?

I know, I know. On Monday I mentioned I’d talk about the new project with R.J. Robyn today. Well, we won’t be ready for our official announcement until next Friday, so you’ll have to wait until then.  If you don’t want to wait, you can peek in on us at  We finished a short pitch so you can get a general idea of what the story is about. So instead I thought I’d provide … Read more

The Courier is a Co-WINNNER

WHOO HOO!!! The Courier is a co-winner in the Textnovel Online Fiction Contest with Catherine Mambretti, author of Chalk Ghost, about “a ghost trying to unravel the mystery of her own death, which also turns out to be the only way she can save a young, deaf Chippewa mother named Lily Whitehorse and her infant son who now occupy the same apartment where the ghost died.” Congratulations to Takatsu as well for winning Readers’ Choice … Read more