Sunday, May 22, 2011

Of Retreats, Book Signings, New Contracts, and Many Things

The Second Annual Wild Rose Press Retreat was a resounding success! Four days at the Lutheridge Retreat Center near Asheville NC...a green, wooded area...afternoons rocking on the porch while writing or visiting and watching the activities...useful information...and most important, meeting/getting to know fellow writers...another four days would have been great!

Except for the car I rented at the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, a brand-new Ford Focus with more bells and whistles than I'd ever seen before, it was smooth sailing/traveling all the way. I liken the car, however, to the Millenium Falcon (for those of you old enough to be familiar with Star Wars) minus the expertise of Han Solo and Chewbacca to fly/drive it! I want four wheels, four gears, a gas gauge, a speedometer--and, oh, yes, a car that doesn't talk back!

Had a day to catch up on Tuesday before beginning the MWF routine with small person again. Thursday's book signing was successful. Hope the one this Thursday does as well! My youngest granddaughter's first birthday, a graduation BBQ, and programs at the library in conjunction with the sesquicentennial of the Civil War have kept this week full. Hopefully, things are going to slow down a bit.

The big news is that I received a contract for Dancing with Velvet, the story set in my West Texas hometown during World War II. I need to make a few changes, per my editor, before we get started on edits.

Then, too, I'm trying to update all my sites, a never-ending chore! A writer's work is never done (tongue-in cheek)! And, I'm waiting on a book I'll be reviewing for Romancing the Book, a relatively new review site worth checking out.

At the end of the day, I'm gratified to be part of a wonderful writing community!

Next week: More Resources for Writers!

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Fellowship of the Pen

On Thursday I'm heading to Asheville NC for the second annual Wild Rose Press Retreat. I'm looking forward to seeing editor-in-chief Rhonda Penders again (I met her in October at the Ozark Creative Writers Conference in Eureka Springs AR where she was a keynote speaker) and also meeting Nan Swanson for the first time. Nan was my editor for Where Is Papa's Shining Star? and Finding Papa's Shining Star. And, of course, I'm looking forward to meeting my fellow authors and participating in the terrific workshops planned for Friday.

Writers are a breed unto themselves in some ways. Only another writer understands the need to put down words for the purpose of telling a story or informing about/explaining something. Only another writer speaks the language of rewrite, revise, edit, query, submit, format, promote, reviews, market--and on and on. Writers need to get together just to find out there are other beings like them!

I have a fantastic crit partner and other wonderful friends (online and in person) who are writers. I can share thoughts, feelings, and ideas with them that I can't share with anyone else. We encourage each other. We rejoice together in a contract/acceptance--and commiserate together in a rejection. Because of other writers, we pick ourselves up and try again. We keep on keeping on.

I don't know if there's a National Writer's Day--or a Writer's Week--but if there isn't, there should be. We writers need to celebrate who we are and what we do. We need to stand up and say, "I write"--not mumble it and wait for the raised eyebrow or quizzical look and standard reply, "Oh."

So--Writers of the World unite! The power of words is unfathomable. The value of a good story cannot be measured. Share your knowledge and imagination with the world!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Thank You!

Thanks to all of you who participated in the Last Rose of Summer Blog Event here at the Word Place. I hope you enjoyed being here as much as I enjoyed having you.

While you all were busy here, I was on a Virtual Blog Tour arranged by Goddess Fish Promotions for my new release The Showboat Affair. I really enjoyed writing the guest blogs--each one of them unique--and plan to re-post them here at The Word Place over the next two weeks. (It's called getting the last bit of frosting out of the bowl!)

Meanwhile, I'm re-posting all the book covers shared by you, my guest bloggers, over the past two weeks. May new contracts be forthcoming and your book sales be many!






A special 'thank you' to Last Rose of Summer editor Aly Ottomeier, who graciously introduced this event at The Word Place and who is also responsible for The Showboat Affair.