Read and Critique

Read and Critique

I have the privilege of being part of a read and critique group once a week. Each Wednesday I spend a couple of hours with other writers sharing our work and giving feedback to each other. My group is led by the fabulous T. Greenwood (book review of her latest novel to come soon). Procedures We take turns submitting pages from our works in progress. Usually, we submit over the weekend. Each week we review three or four pieces of…

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Trying to revise

Trying to revise

Back from the wonderful week on the cruise ship, and back to real life  …. or what I like to refer to as “that which pays my mortgage” I am now officially halfway through the revision of my manuscript, at the 40,000 word mark (or so). But, I find myself hesitating before jumping into the next section of the revision.  You see, I have to kill someone.  Literarily that is, not literally. Characters I get so attached to my characters,…

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Final day…

Final day…

Well, the last day is here. It’s hard to believe an entire seven-day cruise has come to an end so quickly. Weather on the California Coast has been absolutely beautiful, partly cloudy skies and gentle breezes all the way. Today we are in Ensenada, Mexico and from my cabin I can hear the gulls crying and the sea lions barking. Nothing seems real; that other life I have seems so far away right now. Why a Cruise? I began talking…

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Santa Barbara, queen of the California Coast

Santa Barbara, queen of the California Coast

Santa Barbara, beauty everywhere. I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Santa Barbara, but if you haven’t … put it on a list of places to visit. It is one of those rare places that feels like a small town, yet isn’t. Beautiful Spanish architecture draws you along the quaint streets, reminding you of California’s colonial past. The Mission Up on the hillside, overlooking a sunlit bay is the Mission Santa Barbara. Aptly named, it is indeed the queen…

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San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco, Open your golden gate … How much do I love the city by the bay? What a beautiful day today. The sun is shining, the air is crisp. Every time I have the opportunity to be in San Francisco I try and do something new. There are too many experiences here to be able to fit them all in on one visit. Today was a shopping/food/shopping/food kind of day. It started with a meander through Union Square, in…

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Lost at Sea

Lost at Sea

Lost at Sea . . . Okay, so we aren’t really lost, but we are cruising off the coast of California, location to be determined … Sea Days I am a big fan of sea days. Big fan. There is nothing to do other than relax and take time. Normally, as I’ve said before, I try hard to do as little as possible. However, once in a while travel does help you experience things you wouldn’t normally have the opportunity…

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Packing Day has Arrived

Packing Day has Arrived

It’s Packing Day! At my house packing day is almost as exciting as Christmas. For two travelaholics, who have waited months for a trip to come into range, the reappearance of the suitcases feels exactly like waiting for Santa. Different Travelers/Different Styles I know people who throw together their clothes in a late night frenzy of laundry activity. Running the washing machine, scouring bathroom cabinets, and finally putting a giant pile of rumpled clothing in a case too small to…

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Coming out of the Closet … as a Writer

Coming out of the Closet … as a Writer

Until two years I ago I was a closet writer. Poems, short stories, articles. I started writing twelve different books … I wrote fan fiction (Yay Dragonriders of Pern!), I journaled. The only common theme in all these random pieces of text was the covert nature of their creation. I would spend furtive hours scribbling in my journal, giving voice to my feelings or events of the day. But, I never contemplated sharing my writing … it was only for…

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Cruiseship Vacations

Cruiseship Vacations

Since this is a writing/travel/food blog today’s post is about my upcoming trip.  Saturday we leave for our next cruise, sailing up the California coast on Ruby Princess. My friends ask me all the time why I go on so many cruises.  The simple answer — because it’s the most relaxing vacation available.  If you have a hectic life, as I do … and really who doesn’t have a hectic life these days, then a cruise is nothing short of…

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San Diego Writer’s Ink

San Diego Writer’s Ink

I am slowly adding to the Writing Page.  Links to sites and organizations I have found to be helpful will be provided.  Out of respect, I added San Diego Writer’s Ink first.  I can honestly say that this marvelous group of people have given me far more than I can ever repay.  Over a twelve month period I completed the Advanced Novel Writing Certificate. Walking into the room the first day, I was terrified.  Afraid that I wasn’t smart enough,…

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