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Crime Bake 2018

On November 9th I went to N E Crime Bake 2018. I had a great time, met some wonderful authors and took some interesting Master Classes. Each year I come home so enthused about my writing and determined to get things accomplished. Toward that end I am currently reading “Write Smart Write Happy” by Cheryl St John and I think it will help me. I’m learning some great techniques to get organized and set goals. I am determined to get published within the next 12 months!

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2017 Al Blanchard Award Honorable Mention

I was a finalist for the 2017 Al Blanchard Award for my story, “The Case of the Lethal Liqueur” and was awarded an Honorable Mention at Crimebake this past weekend. Here are some pictures.

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Crime Bake 2016

William Kent Kreuger and me. Went to his Master Class on setting and was inspired.

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Submission

I just submitted “Light of the Sun” to another anthology. Wish me luck!

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Signed up for a writing class

When I went to Crimebake I heard about an intensive one day writing course provided by Mystery Writers of America-MWA University 2.0-that will be held in Boston on February 14. I immediately searched for it but it wasn’t open for registration.

Well, I was able to register on 12/30, so I am good to go! I’m really looking forward to it. I love these types of events, not only for the educational meat of the classes and panels, but for the chance to network with other writers.

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I’ve been slacking

I’ve been slacking. Though I hadn’t realized just how bad until I looked at the date of my last post-4/14/14-Yikes!

I have done some writing in that time, but to be honest, not a lot. I have let my time get taken up by other things. Things like (in order): gum surgery (never want to do that again!), a new grandson and all that entails (baby shower, birth, baby sitting, learning how to feed a baby again, etc), which I would do again in a heartbeat, and wrist surgery (both wrists) which I wouldn’t want to do again, but am definitely glad I did do it-no more wrist pain!

Now that I don’t have the excuse of wrist pain, I have to get going again and get my story written. I have some great things in mind for the story and I have actually gotten my characters on the literal road. I also have one or two ideas bouncing around in my head that I want to get written – a horror short story that I have recently found a publishing possibility for (so now I have to write it) and a supernatural/romance/mystery that I have had in the back of my mind for a couple years.

So no more slacking!

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