Marta Stephens's Blog – June 2007 Archive (6)

My first book signing today and a few stories.

Now I know what to do when I want to have fun! :)



Our campus Barnes & Noble hosted my book signing today. Sold 19 books, signed 23 (some people bought their books ahead of time) in 2-1/2 hours ... and not a balloon or candy dish in site. LOL



It hasn't rained in weeks--today it poured, yet the timing was perfect. It's student orientation week and every parent and student had to go to the bookstore and walk past my table which (bless the manager) was…
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Added by Marta Stephens on June 19, 2007 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

I'm so blocked I can't even blog

Nothing like getting stuck on the third chapter with 43 more to go. There's no time for my usual strategy either. Can't walk away from a first draft that's peppered with holes while a six-month deadline looms over my head.

Okay, here's the deal. A third body just washed to shore, I'm in the morgue, and the medical examiner swears he's found some evidence. I can't see it--I've tried but it's not there. Not yet anyway.

I'm too restless--distracted easily by the dumbest things. I…

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Added by Marta Stephens on June 14, 2007 at 3:36pm — 2 Comments

Somewhere between the first novel I wrote (that I never finished because it was the first novel I wrote and I didn't know what the heck I was doing), and the initial writing of my Harper crime myster…

Somewhere between the first novel I wrote (that I never finished because it was the first novel I wrote and I didn't know what the heck I was doing), and the initial writing of my Harper crime mystery series, I wrote several short stories and a few flash fictions. At the time my only purpose for writing them was to use them as a writing exercise to help me focus on developing the plot and to tighten my…

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Added by Marta Stephens on June 14, 2007 at 2:45pm — No Comments

On the Matter of Research

Okay, I know I’m not telling anyone here anything new. But this post was prompted by what happened last night vs. a (rediculous) thread I read a while back (not here) questioning the need to research.

For me, research is an on-going process. I may only need the information for a sentence or two, but it has to be right, right? Some things I know I’ll need to check ahead of time before…

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Added by Marta Stephens on June 10, 2007 at 2:29pm — 2 Comments

A puzzle anyone?

Click here to see if you can find me. :) http://linktiles.com/concentration.php

Added by Marta Stephens on June 4, 2007 at 12:55am — No Comments

"... details that are as vivid as watching a movie."

Several years ago, while sitting in a college magazine writing class, the professor instructed us to “write what you know.” What student/writer hasn’t heard those words? I remember thinking if that were the case, I would never write.
I’ve had a good life; married for nearly three decades,…
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Added by Marta Stephens on June 1, 2007 at 11:42pm — No Comments

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