A New Granny Needs Title Help Fast!
Caleb Jeremiah arrived just after midnight. 4 lbs and 11 oz. Mom and Dad are happy, but exhausted.
The rest of us are still wrapping our minds around the fact that he’s here and we weren’t expecting him until April 29th. Good thing his parents have the nursery all stocked and ready.
I have decided I like the retro title Granny. We’ll see if Caleb agrees.
However, this puts the book I wanted to write for him on priority one (i.e., I have to do more than take photos and think random thoughts).
When I was out in California, I bought him some little finger puppets (okay, more for me than him for quite a few years), and small stuffed horsie. I took pictures and I’m going to use them as a springboard for characters in the book.
…and that’s as far as I’ve gotten.
To be fair, I thought I had at least two more months (reading to a 2-week old is not all that exciting).
There’s a poll on the sidebar about the title. I’m going with easy and simple. We’ll save the complicated stuff for when he’s ten.… Read the rest
Is Listening Really Reading?
I have a confession to make: I have become an audiobook junkie.
Back in the day, when an audiobook cost $80 dollars and came with a tray of cassette tapes 20 strong, I had to be highly motivated to check one out of the library. Even when my family purchased the last Harry Potter on CD for a long car trip, it was not a lightly made purchase.
But then along came .mp3, digital media, and now I love listening to books when I’m in the car, out walking, or running on the track at the Y.
In the car, I listen to Book Radio on Satellite radio when I can (bits and pieces, but I love it anyway). On our summer trip across the country, my husband and I must have listened to ten books in various genres. Some good, some not so good. All better than most of the choices on FM radio.
I hadn’t considered turning my books into audiobooks, though. It seemed like too much work. Until Audible (an Amazon company) performed its magic and created ACX — a platform that allows authors and narrators to team up to produce and sell audiobooks.… Read the rest
When Is It Time for a Retreat?
The Northeastern winters get tough on me. I’m not fond of trudging through snow. I start to feel housebound. I have tried many things to keep myself in a healthy and creative mindset: going to the Y, curling up with a great book by the wood stove, trying delicious sounding soup and stew recipes.
But sometimes nothing works and I find myself sitting under a blanket wishing I were in Hawaii (I’ve never been, but in my mind, that’s the place where creativity reigns unfettered).
I begin to search online for writer’s retreats, or spas where I might spend two weeks having someone else make my meals, wandering around warm snow-free walking paths, joining a yoga class every morning…and, most of all, having hours of solitary focus on my writing. It always sounds like heaven…expensive heaven.
Running Away on the Cheap
This year, I knew I needed to find a way to get away. I trolled my usual suspects, but there was no way I could afford them. Then I got an email from Virgin America about a sale. I could nab an inexpensive ticket to San Francisco. My daughter, my sister, and my cousin live in San Francisco.… Read the rest
Here it is. I appreciate all the feedback from everyone.
It never fails to amaze me how differently we all react to covers.
I went with my heart (after a somewhat generous addition of blood to give it that mystery edge). It perfectly captures several elements of the book (Molly’s mystery shopping, and the serial killer who is targeting shoppers).
I really love it.… Read the rest
Judge Not, Lest Your Cover Be Judged
I’m getting a little closer to turning Shop and Let Die into a real novel. I just made a revision to the first chapter that I think finally gets that chapter into shape (thanks to Lisa Cron’s Wired for Story). I’m hoping to get the full draft to my critique group next week.
This weekend, I was discussing the mockup cover designs my designer sent me. There will be some tweaks, but just to give you an idea of how things start, these are the three designs on the discussion block:
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Back From the Abyss
You may have noticed I’ve been absent for a while. Or, conversely, you may have forgotten I exist at all.
As co-chair of the 2012 Novelists Inc. conference (held last week in White Plains, NY), I’ve been snowed under with last minute conference details and life has felt a bit like a hurricane for a month or so.
Ironic, eh? The conference (theme: profitable partnerships) went off spectacularly, although news of Frankenstorm managed to penetrate the conference bubble and most of our attendees hastily changed plans and managed to get out of White Plains a little more quickly than had been planned. Good thing, according to the news I’ve been following.
I’m home now, and I still have power, so I’m combing through all the fabulous information I got from the conference to figure out what I’ll be working on for the next year. I’ll share my top three insights:
- It has never been a better time to be a novelist.
- My career is in my own hands.
- Banding together with other authors for support is the best kind of partnership there is.
Can’t wait for next year (Myrtle Beach, SC, October 24-28 again).… Read the rest
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BoA Sold My Account Without a By Your Leave
I feel like occupying Wall Street right now. At the beginning of the year, I decided it was past time for me to get a business account. I went to my local credit union (where I already have several accounts), but the staff person was even less informed about how to open a business account than I was (she slid the paperwork I had earnestly brought with me, in the event that information was needed to open my account, back across the desk to me and informed me I would have to come back after I acquired some information that neither she nor I had any idea how to get — and she didn’t seem to even care that she was letting a business owner walk out the door thinking that particular credit union was not a good fit for my small business).
I ended up at the Bank of America branch a few blocks from my house. The account manager was a dream. She knew her business so well she could explain it to me well enough that I understood what type of account would work for my business.… Read the rest