An Hour with Vicki and Sojourner McConnell. Fun with Yvonne Mason

I was so honored to be asked by Yvonne Mason to be on her online radio program. She is a mystery/thriller writer in her own right, and I was excited to say yes.  I am starting her book The Mad Hatter this evening and I can’t wait.

The hour-long event was so fun. Once I put my nerves aside. I am not the most outgoing person, but I am in line for the most talkative award.  The interview was about my writing as Sojourner McConnell and I was able to share the story behind The Path of the Child. I was also able to discuss Mystery Thriller Week and my WIPs .

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Day Three of NaNoWriMo Ends

Three days of writing, thinking, planning, and adjusting preconceived notions, have provided me with 6425 words, loosely four chapters and a pretty good idea of where this story is heading.  The mystery is afoot, one clue is in hand. The key to the clue is missing. The meeting of minds is commencing. The inane doxology of ice cream has been spoken.

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Did you know that post it notes were invented in 1980? There was no valid use for the weak glue until four years later when the 3M inventor’s friend decided to use it to hold his pen in place on his choir book.  Yes, that’s the holy grail of this researcher’s treasure hunt.

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I have not quite gotten to the one little blurb I presented myself with last month for inclusion into the book.  Yet, it is only three days in. what did I expect?  After a flying start, an overwhelming night, and a night of sleep, things started to get on an even keel today. Since it was a day scheduled to spend some time with the editor on the Shepherds book, I didn’t even approach NaNoWriMo writing until 8:00 pm.

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Is that a real word or a southern phrase?

Still working on the plans for #MysteryThrillerWeek.  I am loving the ideas for the event, just need  more bloggers and authors involved.  Make this event helper happy, sign up and let us see that interest. You can find us at mysterythrillerweek.com, at Goodreads.com, and at Facebook.com . come join the fun. Get your name out in the public eye, have reviews provided, meet your fellow authors, meet publicists. This event is for and about you.

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Good Morning NaNoWriMo November!

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Woke up throughout the night with visions of manuscripts in my head. Finally decided enough was enough and hauled out of the warm comfy bed at 3:37. Here it is 6:35am  and I’m only 460 words away from the daily goal.

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I wanted Melanie to talk to me and so far she and Robert have been quite chatty.  I found them in the car during a little November Alabama rain storm, heading to the family home. Off to a stellar start on this early November 1st morning.  Keep talking to me, guys!  We have a long road ahead of us.

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I hope your NaNoing is going well and you are enjoying your coffee, tea or other morning ritual and are happily writing away.  1667 words a day, oh yeah! We’ve got this!

 

 

NaNoWriMo Official Banner, Personal Invitation, and Buddy Request!

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Preparing for NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo begins in a little over 15 days and I am scrambling to get my reviews posted. The slowest part is getting all the fabulous books I have scheduled read. I read pretty fast, but I still am struggling.  Of course, if you know me by now, you know that when I struggle to complete a project, I blog.  Not the most productive way to handle a deadline, but it is how I roll.

So my calendar is packed with books and review dates when I catch a cold that settles in my head. Oh yes, I am talking about a massive eye pressing sinus  headache for 5 days.  5 days without reading a book.  As you can imagine, that puts me way behind schedule.  So I have been scurrying about with a book on the computer, one of the Kindle, and a paperback in my hand.   I am catching up so I have not lost faith in my trusty calendar.

Yet I am rolling around several ideas as to how I want to NaNo this year. I have begun the sequel to The Path of the Child. I am 3 chapters in. I guess less than 10,000 words. So I can set those to one side and concentrate on adding an additional 50,000 words through the course of November.

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Another potential plan is to write 2 smaller books that are my secret projects I mentioned recently.  I am only afraid there are not 50,000 words between them.

Idea three. Start fresh with no plan, like I have done with the past 3 NaNoWriNo years.

I am not sure if I work on all three project, will I become unfocused? Will I miss my goal? If I start something new, what will happen to That Path to the Past?

All relevant questions that I am asking myself.  Of course, I know I will still have reading time, but I will not have a calendar packed with a review or two a day like October and September were.

I am curious as to your ideas, input, and thoughts, on my dilemma. I know I will be participating, I will be striving for 50,000 words. I am just not sure what to work on. Any feedback will be listened to and appreciated. I

Any and all  feedback will be listened to and appreciated. Help a girl out?

Write ideas, comments, and feedback below.   If you play along and help this girl out, I would be so appreciative. Wanna be a buddy? I am on NaNoWriMo site as Vicki Goodwin.

August Wrap Up: Spreadsheets, Excuses, Ideas, and Missteps

September 1, 2016:

Autumn is in sight and great things are on the horizon. Today is my sister’s birthday! Happy birthday, Cheryl – Anne!

But today, to get September started with a bang,  I’m going to celebrate several August events. The final tally for word count in August was  68,381. that is about 15,000  off of July’s word count.
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Recap for the Month of July

Upon awaking this morning, a bit surprised at how fast July had gone, and how much I  got accomplished.  Deciding to  participate in Camp NanoWriMo, I made a quick goal list. I love Camp Nano more every time I participate. It spurs me into action and allows me to challenge myself.
Decided on some simple projects for the month of July , rewrite and edit The Path of the Child, begin The Path to the Past and hopefully tweak The Shepherds of Donaldson Park.  Hoping that  I could dredge up 50,000 words in 30 days. Happily able to surpass my goal, and  validating on the 22nd.

For my efforts, I received a groovy certificate and this new badge of honor. ~~> CNW_Winner_200

Don’t y’all just love it when a plan comes together?

This is a graph of July’s writing, editing, and rewriting. The grand total for the month ~~>  89,029.

Can anyone else tell when the hyperactivity and hyper focus kicked in?  Looking at this, it would be even more colorful and funky, if it were able to account for all the deleted words and the revision of the revision. But let’s not count every step. 🙂

Speaking of counting every step, have you ever had an efficiency expert come to the workplace in order to document negative patterns and teach the employees  to be more efficient? Back in 1985,  the bank had just such an expert come into the office and she literally counted our steps from the vault to the copy machine. That might have been thirty years ago, but I believe she taught me a love of graphs and charts.  That was even before Excel made it so attractive and color coded.

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The number of book reviews completed ~~> 25. Looking back, it seems as if  the majority of the books read last month earned a high rating. Even reading my first horror and finding it not as scary as I feared. When in the zone writing, I failed to read on a daily basis. Nevertheless, now that there will be fewer irons in the fire, it will get back to normal.

Except, there is  this little deadline staring me in the face concerning Friday, August 5, 2016. This is not the time to lose the hyper focus.

Let me know how your July fared! I am curious. Have fun in August, I know I will, I already have my itinerary and production plan  and  written down  for the month. That’s a completely different chart.midis_crazy1

 

First Reveal: Three Projects Out in the Open!

As you know I love to read and I love to write. I don’t know which I love more I also love to combine the two loves with writing reviews. That is not going to change in the least.

Nine days ago I mentioned a secret project. The truth of the matter is there are two super secret projects and one addendum on a project.

For the last nine days I have been burning the candles on both ends to see if my secret projects held any possibility. After nine days, I can absolutely say, Yes, yes they can.

I am here to reveal my projects. Assuring that they have my full backing and support. If I announce it, it will come true. This isn’t a wish, it is am ongoing project. See what I did there?

 


 

Behind Curtain Number 1 we have Project one, behold!



Project one:

The modification and reissue of the Path of the Child. My first book and I admit it was quite a leap for me.  Now I see the mistakes I made with that first publication and I have been working on the re-writing and editing. I have always been proud of my first book and I still am.  I just believed it needed a little do-over. The goal is to get those pesky errors out and a new cover on.

I am extremely thrilled to get rid of my newb cover and get a real cover on there.

The name is going to be the same and the story line is the same. The main difference, more fleshing out the characters and more actual action,  less narration.  I have known there were errors and shortcomings, that’s why I give it out instead of linking to the purchase site.  Now, I have made that decision and it felt the time was perfect. that being said, my heart and head were in the right place to correct my first baby.

Six thousand new words, deleted about three thousand words. The result?  It appears to flow smoother and draw a more vivid picture. The cover is almost ready to reveal. I can not wait to see (and share) the final version. It is so close to ready, I can’t stand it!

If you have picked up the Path of the Child, wait until the reissue in about two weeks to read it. you will be much happier with the new product.


 

Next we step over to the large cardboard box spectacularly decked out in last year’s Christmas paper:  Tada!

 


 

Project Two:

I am currently working on the sequel to The Path of the Child. I am currently writing this and it is going well. It will be part of the Path Series. While I was doing the re-write on The Path of the child, two new characters came to me, auditioned for a part in the new book and voila we have a new direction that I was not exactly expecting.  That is the part of writing I love the most, The moment  an unknown  character (or two)  taps at my mind’s window and begs for a spot in the story.

These two people have not only begged for an audition, they brought their own story along with them. All I have to do is type it for them. These are two active characters that will bring a new life to the story.  I have flipflopping on whether or not to share the title. I think I want to. I love the title.Did I not mention I can not keep things quiet?

The Title is: The Path to the Past.

It will pick up at the end of the first book and follow Melanie as she adjusts to her new life.  The places my outline is taking me is amazing. I am so enthused about this new story line.  I already have some chapters completed and I am committed to this sequel. Most of the reviews I have on Amazon say they wish there was a sequel. Now they get what they wanted. Oh the places Melanie will go!


 

I hope no one is expecting a brand new car. Behind the sliding door, bedazzled to a fair the well ,  we have:  Hold your applause please!

 


 

Project Three:

The Shepherds of Donaldson Park has been completed. As far as the first draft goes.  I am knee deep into the re-writing editing portion. I got a little discouraged when my little pup died. She and her brother were the muse of the book. They were who two of the shepherds in the book were based on. Sometimes they were not just based on them, there were anecdotal stories that actually happened, mixed in with a little fiction. They each put a paw print on a little contract I drew up that said I could use their antics in the book.

Needless to say, when my little girl, Arrow got sick and passed over, I was missing one of my muses. Now that some time has passed I can look at the manuscript and not get sick to my stomach. A vast improvement by the way. I couldn’t say that two weeks ago.

I am back to the re-writing and editing portion of book three. Everyone on this blogosphere has been so kind and so sweet and that helped so much. I am now in a place where I can create and enhance all three books.

This officially outs my secret and I hope you will join me in the writing, editing and publishing process over the next few months. This is an exciting journey, one I am ready to take.


 

I sincerely hope you will travel this path with me.

 



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