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Happy News and Recent Inspiration

Hello! I'm savoring the moment today! I finished yet another revision of my young adult low fantasy novel, SISTERS OF AGUAMIEL. At 51,678 words, it's a short novel that's taken me a long time. How long? Sometimes it's embarrassing to admit--I've been working on it, on and off, since 1996. I shelved it for several… Continue reading Happy News and Recent Inspiration

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October Writing Challenge

I joined the Writetober 50-word fiction challenge on Instagram! This one is hosted by author Hannah Robinson (@hannahrobinsonauthor). It's been a lot of fun so far and such great practice for concise writing. Today I've hit a wall; the prompt "Cheer" has not clicked with the flow of some others for me. But I've plunged… Continue reading October Writing Challenge

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Take Me to the Willows: September Getaway

This was not a nostalgic read for me-- it was the first time I'd read The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, originally published in 1908. This is my husband's book: a 1980 edition ($1.95, lol!). What a refreshing getaway! Delightful, funny, lovely change of pace. And gripping, in its own quirky way. A… Continue reading Take Me to the Willows: September Getaway

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In Love with Sentences

I'm a spiritual person, but not a religious one. That's why I was surprised by how much I loved this book, The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. The story of Dinah, daughter of Jacob from the Book of Genesis. From page one this book enthralled me. It's not for everyone, as it's quite violent in… Continue reading In Love with Sentences

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The Thrill of a Bite

I sent three queries out the week of July 5th. I found this process took a LOT of energy. Researched many, many agents. Spent a lot of time reading Query Shark and revising before sending. I highly recommend checking out Query Shark's blog: https://queryshark.blogspot.com/2020/ I then got busy working on several interconnected short stories. I… Continue reading The Thrill of a Bite