Category Archives: The String Quartet Novel

My Writing Process blog tour

Before I finish the yellowjacket saga, I’ve been tagged by Loriendil, blog-reader and fellow writer, for the “My Writing Process” blog tour. I think I’ve also been tagged by Normandie Fischer (whose Sailing out of Darkness just got listed as … Continue reading

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The Lucky 7 Game!

The Lucky 7 game has the following rules: 1. Go to page 77 of your current MS 2. Go to line 7 3. Copy down the next seven lines as they’re written–no cheating! Sounds good to me. Here’s my contribution, … Continue reading

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role models

It’s swim lesson time again! Once again we’re back at the pool two mornings a week while two Kiddos attempt to learn enough not to drown and one Kiddo asks me why he can’t have his lesson now. (Because his … Continue reading

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you light up my brain

A while ago, CricketB asked in the comments whether I liked writing, and it turned out there were many parts I didn’t like. Well, this is the part I like: the revised string quartet novel is finished (in draft form) … Continue reading

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Speaking of broken hearts

Perhaps you remember my literary roadblock, where I couldn’t move forward and subconsciously knew something was wrong with my string quartet novel. I’d stewed it for over a week at that point and no solution had presented itself, putting it … Continue reading

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The Literary Roadblock

Remember when I told you about the literary pause? Well, last week I hit a literary roadblock on my string quartet novel, and it’s still quite blocked. I’ve narrowed down the problem to this: my main character (Joey) changed a … Continue reading

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Reporting back from the FictionFest

I ended up at a the Connecticut FictionFest this weekend despite myself. I wanted to go last year but couldn’t because it conflicted with Kiddo#2’s First Holy Communion (I joked at first “I’ll miss you, honey!”) and this year I … Continue reading

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Titles

“The New Novel,” which is not so new any longer, has already cycled through two titles and is on its third. Last week, two literary agents blogged about having an effective, grabbing title (here and here) and I realized my … Continue reading

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The anatomy of a novel

I’m in process with revisions to Honest And For True, the novel about the mechanic who can see her guardian angel. If you’ve hung around here for a while, you remember how much fun that novel is. Since then, I’ve … Continue reading

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Pitching, querying, dusting off

I’d forgotten how obnoxious it is to have to stuff a 100,000 word novel into a couple hundred words for a query letter.  I beat ♥My Book♥ to death last week, came up with a pitch I thought might work … Continue reading

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