A note from your sponsor (AKA, me)
- The publisher and her editor have the manuscript for Eulalie and Washerwoman, the sequel to Conjure Woman’s Cat. It came out 10,000 words longer than the first book, but that’s okay. Meanwhile, I’ve been talking to the artist about cover ideas. With a little luck, the novel will be available before Thanksgiving.
A writer friend of mine who hasn’t written anything for a while is writing again. Best news I’ve heard lately. I really like her books and feel that my life isn’t quite as sparkly and wonderful when I don’t have a new one to read. She tells me she’s having fun with the novel. That’s a good sign.
- When I lived in a close-in Atlanta suburb 25 years ago, I was a member of an eclectic writing group that met at a bluesy cafe that specialized in tasty craft beers. When I moved away from the Atlanta metro area, I lost track of the other members. A few days ago, I discovered that one of them died five years ago. Had I known at the time, it would have been a shock. Finding out after the fact is horrid, I think. Making it worse was the fact that the page on her former employer’s website that had the announcement included a link for more information. The link didn’t work.
- If you’re interested in writing magical realism, here are a few ideas in a post on my other blog: Writing magical realism: step-by-step suggestions.
- Writing teachers have told us for years, “show, don’t tell.” That’s probably good advice even though most of a novel can’t be showing our it would be so long people would be scared to buy it. Is the best form of storytelling really the painting of a word picture? This author suggests that it may not be: IS “SHOW DON’T TELL” A UNIVERSAL TRUTH OR A COLONIAL RELIC?
- Somehow, I’ve gotten hooked into the Dark Heavens series of novels by Kylie Chan. As usual, I’m late discovering these since I’m cheap and seldom read books in hard cover. They’re set in Hong Kong, a place I enjoyed visiting when I was in the navy, and feature Chinese gods, martial arts, a lot of humor, and intrigue. I’m currently reading Red Phoenix.
- Looking at the news, it appears that the Chinese space station is going to fall to Earth late next year. I’m not taking any precautions because I believe that if one’s number isn’t up, everything will be fine. If you have other beliefs, you might want to see if the basement of your house is stable because it’s going to fall somewhere. One of my Facebook friends suggests that there’s a novel in that story, but that’s not my kind of stuff. I might read it if one of you writes it! Also, I’m superstitious. That means the darned thing will fall on my house if I started writing about it.
- Surprisingly, the winner of the Kindle Fire Tablet from my publisher’s newsletter subscription drive never claimed her prize. If she doesn’t, you have another shot at at it.
- If you haven’t visited my website, here’s the link. Yes, I know, I should update it more often, but you know how it is.