LOVED your message. It was so colorful! Sorry about your loss. I try not to dwell on stuff like that. I'll start crying. It brings back too many sad memories.
Anyway, back to our original conversation.
I had a wonderful 4th. And also, about me mailing you a copy of the magazine with my short story in it: The editor gave me a box of 50 magazines. AlI have to pay for is the postage to mail them out to whomever. It costs me a couple of dollars. I'd love to mail you a copy.
Thank you for the beautiful picture of the horses, which I love and write about in my new historical novel. I'd love your comments of my new blogsite: http://westernhistoricalhappenings.blogspot.com/ It's the first one I've put together and could use your suggestions.
I hope whoever is retrieving material from your laptop is able to access your manuscript. I can't think a worse thing happening to a writer.
Cynde, I'm so sorry about both your computer and your uncle. I hope you had a printout of your book. I think every writer fears losing a book. It's happened to me as well. BUT the rewrite almost always comes out better than the original version. I know that's small compensation, but think positive! You're in my prayers.
Whoa! How in the world did THAT happen? Come to think of it though...I did have a hard drive fail completely at work a couple of years back. The IT department tried, but they got zilch back. Sorry to hear about this, Cynde. This is why I back all of my writing stuff up, religiously!
Cynde,Thanks for the "Congrats." You're a wonderful "Crimespace" friend. Send me your address via my email, and I'll mail you a copy of the magazine at no cost. Gotta get my name out there! You gotta spend money to make money.
Best of luck with "SummerWrite" Challenge, Cynde. That's a lotta words! :-) And thank you for the lovely equine picture. I love horses and celebrated our anniversary yesterday at our small mountain ranch. No horses yet, but plan to have some when we move up there on a permanent basis.
Cynde: I fixed the broken link. Looks like the publisher made an upgrade to the "Browse before you buy" feature and I wasn't aware of it, as I am not in the habit of reading excerpts from my book online. If you go to my website and click on "Read an Excerpt" it will now take you to the book. Thanks again for bringing this to my attention.
Cynde: Nice to meet you, and thanks so much for letting me know about the broken link to the "Book Excerpt" on my website. I know that the excerpt originally came from the publisher's website, and they may have taken it down. I will check into it and if they have removed it, I'll put my own excerpt up.
Read your last two emails to me (Finally). I don't always get on the internet every day (I try to spend at least 30 minutes on writing), so I might go a week without correspondening. It is so wonderful "talking" to you. Thanks for compliments. But I am very nervous standing in front of a crowd. But people tell me they don't see it. Since I joined Toastmasters, I'm getting more comfortable with it.
I'm so excited right now! I sold a mystery short story to a magazine, and it just hit the racks. I don't know how I feel about it, though, even though I've been trying to do it for about three years. I'd just like to write, and let someone else take the bows (Of course, I like the money. I'LL take that) I like to keep a low profile. But, as a published writer, that can't happen if I expect to get exposure and make a name for myself. I've learned (a horrible realization) that when you become "published," people expect things from you. I've been countless times," When is your next book coming out? I'm waiting." They just don't realize that, as a struggling writer, I still have a day job, and can't work full-time on my writing career like I want to. So, consequently, it takes me longer to write a novel. But I'm plugging along.
Sorry if I'm a bit chatty today. I don't talk often.
I agree, we do have a lot in common. To answer your question, yes I am using an outline. However I do need to confess I tend to change things as I go along. I have found that the further I get into my book the more I seem to identify with my characters, which sometimes results in me sitting in front of the laptop muttering so and so would not do that, no way. Which can be frustrating as I then need to change the scene to suit my character. Have you found this happens to you as well? I also tend to get excited about another chapter or scene so sometimes find it easier to get it out and go back to where I was rather than wait until I get there. But overall I like having an outline as I find it helps to know where I am going next. Hope all is going well with your book and I wish you every success and happiness in your writing. Look forward to talking again soon
Beautiful drawing you are extremely talented, the best drawing I've ever done was in grade one, and unfortunately the talent hasn't ever developed from there. Fingers crossed my writing follows a different path : ) I love your positive outlook towards life.
My first husband was also a cotton pickin' abuser, so we do have quite a lot in common. I'll be happy to share info and photos when I finish my current book and get my summer planting finished (I'm also a gardner, etc.
Of course, I understand about the underlining. I'm also having computer problems, including leaving blank comment boxes wherever I post. I still don't know what I'm doing wrong. :) By the way, I would be very interested in any Hammond genealogy you come up with. I'll be happy to share my research with you. You can email me at Seniorsleuth@aol.com.