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11/24/18 4:49 A

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Doesn't seem so cold this morning. I've forgotten to put on my bodywarmer and have only just noticed. The woodpecker was back on the bird feeder while we had breakfast though, and that's usually a sign of the cold.

I broke 40k words yesterday, so it looks like it's going to happen.

Daughter was doing a sleepover with the Beavers and Cubs last night. Apparently the community centre where it was happening had begged them to use it because if they don't have enough people making use of the facilities they will lose their funding and have to close. It sounds as if many of the local community centres are in the same boat at the moment. So much for austerity being over.

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11/23/18 7:21 P

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I had cooked Thanksgiving meal ever since I was 23 years old. Mom usually brought dessert. Usually, it was just my blended family and Mom and Dad. After the step kids and kids grew up and got married and started having children it really outgrew my house. We had it one year in the country and then I started renting different places. Goble school was my favorite. The grandkids could play in the gym and the kitchen was fabulous, but then the school district sold the building. After that I rented the church and insisted it was potluck. That worked well for years. We even got people off the street and from the church to join us. So many good memories. Then DH fell apart and I chose to honor my health and not support his drug habit and his kids became quite angry at me. I have not hosted Thanksgiving since. We all went to restaurants a couple times and then DIL and Son started hosting. Last year after DH died and some fences were mended Son asked his step siblings to dinner. It was the nicest thing he could have done for me. I had been missing them and the grandsons. Now I have them back.

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11/23/18 4:48 A

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We are usually around 15 for Christmas, our SIL's extended family. It's at our daughter's (they live in half the farmhouse with SIL's parents) and we always offer to supply some of the food and drink but they never need anything. We brought her up to be independent obviously. This year it's goose except for the vegetarian aunt.

I've caught up and got a bit ahead again now. All I have to worry about is my story lasting another 13k words. Last year's didn't and I had to add in a novella with the reformed villain's story to make up the total. I think it works ok though.

It's turned very cold over here, I've added an extra layer over my fleece. Richard dipped the oil tank a few days ago and we aren't ready yet for another delivery, so we're good for heating. When it gets really cold we light up the woodburner stove as well.

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11/23/18 3:16 A

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Wonderful day with family. There were 21 of us. My son has a pretty big house, so it is perfect for these gatherings. Then I escaped before dark, so I wouldn't be driving through the city in the dark and the rain. Came home, walked Buds and then watched Christmas Chronicles on Netflix. It was a totally delightful movie with Kurt Russell as Santa Claus.

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11/22/18 6:15 A

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I managed to get the graph over the line again. Made an early start this morning as tonight is my creative writing group and I'm down to lead it. I'll just print out a blog or something for us to read and discuss. I suggested Soggy Middles and that seemed to get approval.

I've actually got Richard to use the new coffee maker, and he didn't forget to tip out the bit of water from the warm-through, either. He said he didn't want me to think he was like his mother (or mine for that matter) "Ooh, it's too complicated for me!"

Frost this morning, and the bathroom was really cold. Have to turn the heating up.

I gave up watching Harry Potter films a while ago. I liked the early films and books, but I got thei mpression that J K has let fame go to her head, and the later ones seem to be very self-indulgent. Apparently she no longer accepts editing.

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11/22/18 4:06 A

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I can't sleep. Cooked all day and then went to see Crimes of Grindelwald by JK Rowling. I was so disappointed. Dark, rainy, depressing, not much color or beautiful creatures with the exception of the Chinese Dragon. Too fast paced and they introduced so many different characters and sub plots. Then it stopped in the middle of a mystery. I felt like there was no resolution to any of the story lines I hope the next one ties this all up in a neat package. Good news is that Jude Law made a great Dumbledore, The dragon was adorable. I like Newt's brother. Credence is better than ever.

It is 1:02 AM. I should probably go to bed. Thanksgiving is at my son's. I need to get there about 1:30 PM. So I can sleep in a little. Everything is ready to go and I know what I am wearing. So why can't I sleep?

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11/20/18 6:35 A

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Well the emergency happened. Had a bad stomach over the weekend. I still managed a few hundred words each day, so all I need to do now is a bit over the 1667 words and I'm back on track. Also spent most of yesterday waiting downstairs for a parcel (computer is upstairs) while Richard went back to retrieve some bits for a wet-and-dry vacuum cleaner he bought at Saturday's auction. Then working out how to operate the new bean-to-cup coffee machine. Lovely coffee, and supposedly it takes a while for it to get into the swing of coffee making so will get even better! This was in the Amazon Black Friday sale - I have Prime, so I got early access. That's my Christmas sorted. Then had to finalise the grocery order for today's delivery. It takes most of a day going through the special offers, so only got to the writing at 9 pm. Today is clear apart from the grocery delivery, thank goodness.
And I've worked out a bit more plot to fill in the gap that's opened up. Coffee inspiration! Though I can't drink too much or I get jittery and can't sleep. It's now supposed to be good for you though.

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11/19/18 11:54 A

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Losing words is so frustrating. Although sometimes the rewrites are better. We will try to keep a positive spin.

I am two days behind now. Been having too much fun. Unfortunately, my body is protesting too. I need a couple down days to recuperate. But I have to kidsit the GKs today, I am debating whether to cancel TOPS tonight or not. I don't want to expose those ladies to my cold or maybe I am just making excuses because I don't want to weigh in. I am on the edge of a CFS crash, so maybe resting would be legitimate.

Whining done...I have had so much fun. Paint Party Thursday, Book Club followed by Write In on Friday, Writer's group meeting and lunch out on Saturday, combined with driving GD and her friend all over Portland. Live theater production of Music Man on Sunday and then out to dinner. I had the good sense to order salad for that. And today I kidsit and have TOPS (maybe). With any luck, I will sit down and write all this for the memoir today.

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11/16/18 4:49 A

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I don't write sex scenes for a similar reason - my daughter is my proofreader. She's a trained professional. She's also 35 and the mother of two, but I still can't do it. For myself I hate autocorrect, and always turn it off. My spelling and grammar are better than the computer's.

I'm still managing to plug along at a bit over 1667 wpd. I've got 2 days' worth of words in hand now in case of emergencies.

Did you find out what the problem was with the computer, was it just the update? It can be very worrying. I still haven't rewritten the 12k words I lost when my NaNo novel from a while back failed to back up. I thought I had it set to back up to Dropbox, but when some time later the computer died and I lost the file I found that it hadn't backed up for some while. I knew how many words I'd declared, and yes, 12k missing. I do at least have the outline still.

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11/15/18 7:56 P

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I wouldn't be above rewriting the scene and leaving both versions for now. Just highlight one and make notes in your nano document that one of them has to go.

Loving the Flux book. Lots of auto correct errors, but her writing is solid. Everything has a purpose with plenty of foreshadowing. This book is better than the first. Wonder if she will let me mark up her first book too. She won't let her dad read it. Too many sex scenes, but they all have a purpose and drive the story forward. Not just thrown in gratuitously.

She has one of her characters reading the book her father self published. That was fun to see glimpses of that book too. Dad's book needs a lot of editing, and he has some grammar problems. She does not. Both are exceptional story tellers. I love this opportunity to be part of this.

Plugging along dutifully again with the memoir. The write in was a bust word wise. I got there and my computer crashed. I thought it was the battery, so drove home to retrieve the cord. Came back and it spent the next twenty minutes booting and updating. Windows said that Chrome crashed. and wanted to know if I wanted to save my work. Why yes, I would hate to lose any of my NaNo document. Everything did save and so I didn't have to rewrite that 1000 words I did get in before it decided to shut down on me. Came home and got the other thousand written, so I am ahead of the curve again.

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11/15/18 7:44 A

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Apparently losing words isn't particularly sinister, not a symptom of Alzheimer's or anything, just a sign that your internal dictionary is filling up and getting difficult to access everything.

I had a bit of a shock yesterday. I looked at the next scene I have to write, and realised that I'd already included the material in a previous chapter. I don't want to move it out again because of pacing, so I've got to amend my game plan a bit. I've put in an extra twist or two to the plot which uses up some of the emplty space, and I was going to come in over the 50k by my reckoning anyway, so probably not serious, but it's jolted me out of my groove. I did manage to pass the 1667 words, but I need a bit of a jolt to start me off again.

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11/13/18 7:43 P

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Memory is such a strange thing. I am repeating that because I had so much fun yesterday, I completely forgot to write. Not that I procrastinated or didn't have anything to write, I just plain forgot and lost my chance for the 30 day streak badge.

Tonight is the write in at the library, so packing up in a bit to head there. I also get the beta book to mark up. So exciting.

Yes, losing words is a bit scary. I didn't talk till I was three and now that I am losing words even when calm and rested it makes me a bit nervous. I will probably be one of those little old ladies who nods politely at everyone. LOL

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11/12/18 11:17 A

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Memory is indeed strange. I've got to the age when I find it difficult to call up some words - apparently it's a sign of having a lot to remember! But things that happened in my childhood are still there.

I had to see to our grocery delivery order today - got to get it finalised by midnight tonight for delivery tomorrow - so I've only just started writing. I was nearly 2 days ahead though, so if I don't get the full 1667 words down it won't be a tragedy. While I was concentrating on that I realised how I could introduce my hero to a rather rackety bunch of young bucks who will lead him off the strait and narrow in the next chapter but one, so it wasn't all wasted time. Marvellous how that works.

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11/11/18 9:31 P

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22417 total words on the memoir

Memory is such a strange thing. I remember that I used to know something in detail and now find it hard to withdraw. Glad I am doing this before it is all gone. I have also recalled things I hadn't thought about in years and had a couple epiphanies.


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11/11/18 9:28 P

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I am big on changing font, text size and color. I also highlight stuff to know which goes with what. I don't know how to do a strike through. I have seen them. Guess I could google it. Would you lose your word count with a strike through?

Just finished the first FLUX book for the second time. I remember why I like it. She is a good story teller and ties up her plot quite neatly. Everything that happened had a purpose. No wandering around with characters just because she likes them nor was there gratuitous sex. It was a bit Harlequinish and old style crime drama but everything had a purpose so it didn't bug me. However, I found about 20 or more spell check errors, double words, etc. Don't know if I should say anything. Probably won't till after I have marked up her new book for her. If she likes what I do, then maybe I will suggest fixing a few of the first book errors.

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11/8/18 4:45 A

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Still going well, and I'm still ahead. Realised I had set the dance in the drawing room originally and then said it was in the ballroom. I'm not going to delete anything but I might do strikethrough and then add in what I should have put in the first place. All the words count after all. I'm now at just under 13k words before I start today's stint.

I have my creative writing group meeting this evening. One of the members has sent a poem around for critique but I haven't looked at it yet. She's doing an Open University course with a creative writing module which is why she joined us. I presume the poem is part of that.

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I read her first book because her dad encouraged me. I did enjoy it. She is actually a stronger writer than her dad. I get the beta copy on Tuesday. I will know more when I meet with her.

Her and her mother run a riding stable. Which was a happy coincidence since GD has quite a bit of horse riding lesson money saved up and wants to start riding again. It is located kind of between my house and DS and DIL's house and closer to them than the last two places. Hoping DIL will check them out. Or maybe I can get DS to do it. Anyway, I am thrilled about getting to visit a barn again.

So much of my memoir is focused on the horses and the blessings of riding trails in the country.

14000 words. I am sticking with my 2000 words a day goal and I am not fretting about what I am writing and I am not editing. Just whatever is in the head is coming out my fingers. This is the easiest NaNo ever.

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11/7/18 4:46 A

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Matthew's Landrover doesn't go very far these days. In fact when he got it, it had no driver's seat and I believe had been used to house chickens. So I suppose if it goes at all it's pretty good.

Richard wanted to go to town yesterday because it was the last day of the special offer on tins of chocolates. I told him it was just the end of the Halloween offer and there would be another one before Christmas, but he had to go. We've still got one tin we got just after last Christmas, still unopened. And being diabetic I should be careful how much carb I eat. Sugar is the least essential so I tend to avoid it. I still got writing done, and I'm still ahead, but not quite so much as I was - I had over 1667 in had. But I also have realised some things I should have included in previous chapters. It's not editing, honestly. I'm still pleased with the way it's developing. All the time I've been making mistakes I think I've been learning from them. And the courses I've been on, too.

Beta reading is fun if it's someone whose work you enjoy. It can be all sorts of things rather than looking for grammar and spelling. Plot holes, character inconsistencies, and I do a lot of historical mistakes for my authors. The two I do regularly are people whose books I go out and buy afterwards.

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Don't LandRovers go everywhere? Much prefer painted flames. DS's jeep was in a parade once. I towed the church kids on the jet skis behind it. The kids were so cute, but the jeep got more attention. I was surprised how many jeep fans there were out there.

12012 words. Of course memoir is easy. I don't have to worry about plot or character development. I just have to write.

It was warm enough to walk Buds without a coat today.

Oh and I get to beta read for one of our published authors. Met her at the kick off party and told her how much I enjoyed the book and she said she needed one more beta. I kind of panicked because I can't really correct grammar and plot problems, but she said she was looking for someone to fine the spellcheck errors, double words, partially changed sentences, etc. That I can do. It will be fun.

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11/4/18 5:35 A

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France has lots of woodburners, it's got about the same population as the UK but three times the area, so plenty of woodland. But we'd have to open up the chimney upstairs, and there's the same problem of buying in advance and storing fuel. We're not likely to go over in the depths of winter, so though electricity is expensive it's probably not worth while doing anything else.

Cooking on gas is much better - so much more controllable - we have no choice in Wales either as there's no mains gas in the village and gas in a tank is incredibly expensive. All the cookery shows on tv have gas hobs. My daughter's in-laws cook on a wood-fired range though. They can get a licence to take fallen timber from the Forestry Commission land behind the house, and can get enough to last the winter through and then some. They sometimes give us a load for out woodburner here. It's only top-up heat for us though.

The month in France was incredibly. Richard sat outside in shorts on several occasions. The rest of the time he sat outside in jeans and fleece, but it was sunny enough to be pleasant. Even the journey back on November 1 was in sunshine.

My SIL has a Landrover project. On one occasion the flames down the side were real - the wiring had caught fire. I don't think he gets to use it much but he spends hours pottering.

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I am glad you are still excited about writing. That is what makes for good stories.

Tuesday night is our NaNo kick off party at the library. That is always fun.

We have a lot of brush and trees in our part of Oregon, so most people with cabins have wood stoves for heat. I think a pellet stove might be a good choice too, but don't know what France has available. Frankly, I like how clean electric heat is. Our little house/cottage has gas heat. Luckily the furnace is outside, because I would never be able to smell a gas leak. One of the things that makes me hesitant to invest in an RV.

I do love cooking on gas heat. My DIL has a gas stove and that thing is incredible. It is like driving a Cadillac.

We had a deluge of rain today and then the sun came out and we had thunder. I had to move my son's Jeep from the garage so GD's BF could get the couch. I only called DS once to get instructions on firing up the Dragon. I think he needs to paint flames down the sides. He put a 400+ motor in it. Once it roars to life it about puts your ears out. The floor boards are higher than my backside. I was actually able to swing my foot up and in and pull myself up using the steering wheel. Of course I fell back out. No jumping gracefully for me. Very proud that he trusted me and that I pulled it out and put it back without destroying anything.

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We decided not to bother having central heating here in France. We haven't got mains gas, so it would have had to be Calor gas in a tank. The house originally had oil central heating but the boiler was an antique and we could never get it to fire up, and then the oil in the tank deteriorated. We've got electric radiators in various rooms, of course they are a bit expensive, but not as expensive as gas in a tank bought in advance. At the moment I'm using a portable gas heater on low, it's very good and the gas bottle lasts about five days on the lowest setting. We get the bottles from the supermarket in Falaise, so no problem. We also have a gas cooker, and the bottle for that comes from the bar in the village, so if we run out we can get another very easily and quickly. It's a bit hodge podge, but it works for us. Cooking and just living warms the place, too.

Yes, that global warming. The effect in Wales, at least while we still have the Gulf Stream, will be for the weather to get wetter. If that's possible. We did have a long hot spell in the early summer, but the winter was definitely a lot wetter.

I'm looking forward to being able to start the writing. It's encouraging that I can still be that excited about being able to write.

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Nice. You are kind of like our Snow Birds only in reverse. A lot of people my age head to Arizona (a couple states south) for the Winter to stay warmer. Considering global warming and all, I think we are going to be living in the banana belt in ten more years. Probably why everyone is flocking to the NW. USA.

Not sure why I am being driven to write again. Other than documenting memories, I have no stories running in my head like several of my writer friends. However, on the way home from the bone scan yesterday, I saw three license plates that made me think of names for characters. Nothing like using license plates as name generators. KZL became Kayzel. I think it is a girl's name and ...Oh shoot. I hate auto correct. It wrote the name out as Elicit. and that was not it. Teach me to play on the phone at stop lights. I tried to memorize the third one and it has escaped me too. Dang. Next time I will just look up Oregon Licence letters on line and type the names directly onto my notes pages. I thought maybe the names were for Dragons. LOL. .....Just managed to access the boy name in my brain. ELW became Elowen. I think.......

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Halloween story starter? There speaks a writer.

My daughter has sent out her story for beta reading. I like it a lot, but I think it needs a few tweaks before she submits it to the competition. She's got a great imagination, but she hasn't been able to work on the writing because of life. I'm glad she's writing again though.

We've got a week left here in France, and finally the weather is turning colder. I'm looking forward to getting back to central heating at last.

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I wrote a response to your post yesterday and see it has disappeared. Not sure if it is operator error or the site.

I have read some of Save the Cat as we used part of it in our writing workshop.

I keep hearing banging out back. Checked twice and can't see anything. Halloween Story Starter?

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I keep my wishlist on Amazon. Every day I go through and check whether any of the books have been reduced by a decent amount, and if they have I buy them. That's one of the reasons my TBR shelf is so long!

I've almost given up on one of the books I've been reading. I just don't like the hero! I know he's got reasons for feeling the way he does, but all the same it's made him not a nice person. Even when my heroes are being idiots I try not to make them completely disagreeable. This November's hero is a bit of an idiot so I'm considering having him save the cat - literally. I can see some comic scenes arising.

The weather here is really great - morning mist followed by bright sunshine. Richard has been out in the garden in shorts, though he did have to come in and put warmer clothes on late in the afternoon. I love sunny crisp autumn weather. Back in the UK of course it's been rather wetter.

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LOL... I don't quite have 40 pages of TBR, but I do have an extensive wish list and I have over a thousand books on my two kindles and that does not count the ones I checked out on Unlimited and Library2go.

Still plugging away with Neil Armstrong Biography. The author writes a bit like a newspaper columnist. However, I am enjoying the story. I loved sci fi and the whole space race and the hype and excitement of the moon landing so will keep reading and then go see the movie.

Another beautiful Saturday and our downtown is hopping with Halloweentown folks.

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I did a course in writing memoir as part of my Certificate in Creative Writing. I've often thought I'd like to do a proper life story. I've seen and done a lot of things and a lot of changes in my lifetime. On the other hand I've still got half a dozen novels to finish off.

Would dictation software be of use to you? I understand it takes a bit of getting used to, and getting it used to you as well, but there's a bit of time left.

I love my Kindle(s). I've acquired a lot of books simply because they were free and then found they were really good and I've gone on to buy everything the author has written. Trouble is I've now got too many must-buy authors and a TBR list running to 40 pages.

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Amazon is what all our beginning writers are using too. Nice to get it out in an affordable format so you can see what you might do different next time. Besides I am an avid Kindle reader. I have discovered many truly great authors that are only self published.

So, I am going to do NaNo this year despite the bad shoulder. Everything keeps pushing me that direction. Just going to write letters to my kids about all the things I can remember. Need to find a good memoir prompt book. Might also dig out the old journals and rewrite a few of those stories. Nothing publishable, but hopefully something a grandkid might enjoy when they are older.

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Thanks, Doreen,

Sometimes THEY (kids/grandkids) listen and sometimes they don't.

I really enjoy the site you mentioned. Kristine Kathryn Rusch's - she has a lot of good advice.

I also found 3 free ebooks on Amazon by Mark Coker on formatting and marketing books for Smashwords.

I have 3 books there but did NO marketing. I think as my GD works on hers, I will work on mine.

I'm doing NANOWRIMO again this year. Their note said I've been a member for 6 years. I love writing a novel in a month.

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Hi Lindainalabama. Please try and discourage your daughter from spending money with those scam artists. If she has a few dollars to spend then she should spend them on editing, proofreading, or a cover, depending on how much she has and what she can do for herself. Honestly, preparing the text for publication isn't difficult. The instructions on the Amazon author central are good enough to get you through. The Smashwords Style Guide is free on Kindle and walks you through the process too, that's what I used. Remember that money should flow from the publisher to the author, not vice versa. If they want a lot of money there's something wrong with them. I also recommend Kristine Kathryn Rusch's blog for information on the publishing industry.

I think you've probably entered the same contests I have. I've heard nothing yet of course, at least one of them will be communicating some time in December so I've really just put it out of my mind for the time being.

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Hey Dorene,

Could you send me more info about this? (see below) My GD has just finished a 26 chapter werewolf type book and is looking at the Vanity Presses that charge thousands of dollars. She could afford $30. Thanks. Linda

I've also entered the beginning portion in three competitions for unpublished authors, all of which offer critiques to all entrants. That will be interesting. They all cost around the $30 mark to enter, and at least one was advertising for more entries to RWA members. We shall see what we shall see.


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If I'm going to watch the film and read the book I would watch the film first, because of all the cuts that have to be made - I usually find the film disappointing. We've been watching some old Miss Marple tv episodes while we've been here in France, They're the same length as a film would be, but made for tv. They have truly mangled a lot of the plots. The best Miss Marple series was the Joan Hickson one. She is the standard I judge the other Marples. But usually I don't read the book and watch the film anyway. One of the best adaptations I've ever seen was the 1980 BBC mini-series of Pride and Prejudice, but then it was written by Fay Weldon.

I've been blocking out scenes for November. I've got 27 so far, and they do tend to multiply as I write, so I'm fairly happy for this stage.

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It sounds fun. Love the location and the idea of a congregation and all the personalities involved in a congregation.

Just finished a Maddie Dawson book about Family. I liked it. For book club we are reading First Man a biography about Neil Armstrong who was the first man to step foot on the moon. The movie came out today. Some of our readers plan to watch the movie instead. I want to read the book before seeing the movie.

I watched Crazy Rich Asians at the theater, enjoyed it and bought the book. I just can't get into the book. Not sure if it is the writing or the fact I saw the movie first. Feel the same way about Wizard of Oz. Loved the movie, disappointed in the book. Should have read the book first.

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The doctor gave Fee a couple of possible causes for her problems, a virus of some sort, or possibly her new birth control pill, but we don't really know what it was. Which is a bit worrying because we just have to hope it never comes back again. She's happy again now, posted a picture of herself in her "uniform" - sitting in her bed with her proofreading printed out, wearing a onesie with a pair of googly eyes on the hood, like something from Sesame Street. I hope she gets her story written - it has to be something about a portal, so she's imagined a portal to the underworld which has accidentally opened in a church hall, and all the problems that causes. It sounds like a good scenario to me.

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Wow, that is exciting, so close to publishing for you.

Fee sounds so busy. No wonder she has been exhausted. Raising kids is a priority.

Well, I will wait patiently for your next stories and in the meantime reread what I do have.

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I've not got anything more published at the moment, and Fee has had a basin full of other things to do recently. She went through a still-unexplained period of bad health, sleeping in the daytime and unable to work much. Luckily it was in the school holidays as she's taken on the playgroup leadership and the Beaver leadership on top of working for her living and looking after her boys. She's better now, back to normal, and she's working on a short story for a competition, in the same universe as her published works. It sounds like fun.

My first novel is getting close to publishing. I've had beta readers go through it and am working on their comments at the moment. I'm about half-way through now and it's up to 90k words. When I've finished it's going to Fee for proofreading and editing lite, and then I'll push the button on it. I have to stop fiddling with the details now or it will never be published. I've also entered the beginning portion in three competitions for unpublished authors, all of which offer critiques to all entrants. That will be interesting. They all cost around the $30 mark to enter, and at least one was advertising for more entries to RWA members. We shall see what we shall see.

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PS: I much prefer Kindle due to the big print too. Been giving all my books to the library. They seem appreciative.

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Hey Doreen, Good to see you again. I did not get notification on the February post. Not sure why.

Do you or your daughter have any more books on Amazon?

I want to do NaNo, but I blew out my shoulder a couple years ago during NaNo and it gets inflamed really easily now. I have been doing the camps at about 5000 words of edit since, but not doing NaNo as I don't want to mess up the stats for our St. Helens community. We have really good standing. I think we placed 8th in the world or something like that last time I participated.

I believe we are already friends on NaNo which is really nice. Whether or not I write, I am still a reading junkie and want to support all my NaNo friends.

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Anybody still out there? Because I'm in the UK I don't get notifications any more, but I'm signed up for this year again, in spite of still having six drafts at various stages of development. If anyone wants to contact me on the NaNo website my user name is the same as on here and everywhere else - well it's easier to remember that way. Everybody welcome.

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I've not been feeling well for a couple of days. Every so often my stomach seems to get inflamed and sends signals to my brain saying it is overfull, even when I haven't eaten anything. Only thing to do then is relax and not eat much. Good for the diet though!

I will still have time to finish the beta read, which I started at the beginning of the week. I've got about 20 pages still to go.

I'm on to the next Outlander book, but I got it in the library sale, a hardback. It's enormous. Now I really know why I like ebooks so much. It's quite small print, as well, so I have to hold it up close to my eyes. It's heavy to hold and quite inconvenient, but I'm not going to pay out for an ebook when I already own the dead tree version. Unless it's reduced of course. For the late evening when Richard has gone to sleep I'm reading Alexander Kent's Bolitho series in ebook - backlit on the Kindle Fire. Like Hornblower, which I also like. Especially Ioann Gruffudd.

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Another gorgeous sunny day here. This is not typical February weather, but we have had it before. I remember wearing shorts in February in the 1970s.

Anything will be better than current cover. The detective in shadow on the new one he is proposing gives it the detective story vibe that he uses. The space ship does say sci fi and they do go to Mars, so maybe. I do prefer the title on top and authors name on the bottom, but that cover won't lend itself to that.

So, I may have gotten myself in over my head. While painting rocks I thought, wouldn't it be a good idea if our local town painted Halloween Rocks for the Halloweentown events and someone start a Facebook page for posting the rocks that are hid and found. I shot the idea off to Spirit of Halloweentown FB page and was invited to meet with Tina Curry. This intimidates me big time. Her husband is Michael Curry. He makes puppets for the Olympic Opening Ceremonies and Lion King on stage. michaelcurrydesign.com/?page_id=29

Argghh... Terribly excited too, though. I think I need to start taking notes so I don't come to the city hall meeting empty handed. Unfortunately my rocks still look like a child painted them. LOL Still it is about the fun to be had. We get over 10,000 visitors, mostly children during the October events. Finding free rocks would be just another different and fun side project. AND....we have lots of them. We are sitting on volcanic rock. Also with one of the largest rivers in the USA seven blocks from my house it is easy to find round river rock. Excellent for painting.



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I've had another look at the cover as shown on Amazon, and I agree it's not good. It's too crowded, with the people behind the top layer of planet and sky. I'm all for simplicity myself.

As for not having a spaceship in the actual story, I'm used to covers being completely inappropriate to the story, especially in historical fiction. Heroines shown as blonde instead of dark, "Prom dress" clothes, men wearing the wrong sort of shirt, or more usually half-wearing it. These days I take little notice of covers. Meh, spaceship at least tells you it's science fiction.

Looks like the snowy period is over, today it's pouring with rain. At least we don't have to go out.

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Thank you. I felt like I didn't get into it till about page four either. Wasn't sure why. I will look with a closer eye now.

He is getting too much advice about the cover on FB. People are looking at it with different eyes rather than marketing eyes. Also, I think the cover needs to tell the story of what a person will be reading rather than just being appealing.

The latest incarnation has a spaceship. The story does not involve a space ship as much as it does the AI. It has been kind of fun. Not only is this a learning curve for the author, it is for his writing circle too. Half the group is published, but nothing big. Our author that has went international moved to the city and he never did have time for anything but supporting NaNoWriMo which we were all grateful for.

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My first impressions were: a bit too much show and not enough tell: they say never start with a dream (although I wouldn't necessarily believe that); lots of rather short sentences, maybe a bit more variation would help.

But marketing is very important. These are the things I've thought of for myself:
Find FB interest groups. I've joined a lot of the ones in the Regency/Historical area. Make sure of their policy on self-promotion though.
Get to know other authors in the genre (see above). Do favours for them like beta reading. They may have blogs or the like. I would still do the beta reading regardless, but I hope I might at least get a quote from one of them for the jacket.
Find out about reviewers. They have blogs or regular newsletters where you might get a mention.
On Amazon, think hard about the categories you put yourself in. There's guidance in one of the Smashwords Guides I think.

These are all free avenues. There are also paid ones but I'd be leery of many. FB ads seem to be the best at the moment, though they've changed their algorithm recently so that may change. At least they can be fairly cheap.

There is a lot of guidance out there in blogs and the like, if you look for it.

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Two paragraphs is fine. Is it too stiff? His style is a bit like the old fashion detective stories, like the Maltese Falcon.

He has found a better design for the cover, but I would guess that his biggest problem is getting the word out. He is very much an introvert. I wonder if he shouldn't be studying marketing strategies.

He does have a blog and has several story starters on it, but nothing truly complete yet.

I am actually glad he is going back to Afterlives. It had a lot of editing errors in it the first time I read it. I don't know if he cleaned them up.

I am reading a wonderfully uplifting dog story at the moment, then I think I will reread Afterlives. I am a sci fi nerd, so I did like it. Maybe he needs to hire an editor if he is serious about this.

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I juiced today. Had a bunch of farmer market organic carrots. I forgot how good those tasted. Yum. Naturally, I was snacking on them while juicing.

GD heads to Nicaragua on Tuesday. I am starting to feel a little pre-lonely. I was fine until today. This is such a wonderful opportunity for her. So, I will continue to think positive thoughts.


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I've had a quick look at the first paragraphs, will take a longer look when I have more time - I've got two beta reads on at the moment, one of which has to be done by the end of next week. I can always send a Sparkmail Message rather than put my comments out here on the thread.

How much marketing is your friend doing? That may be the key, rather than the actual book. I have to confess it's not something I'm looking forward to myself. I was brought up in the "don't show off" era.

I've been told to eat seedy bread because of the diabetes. It seems that even wholemeal bread these days is made from flour so finely ground that it digests almost as quickly as white bread. I have a breadmaker which makes excellent bread, but I have to admit I usually buy bread these days. Only so many hours in the day. I've made a number of Spark recipes and they do seem to turn out well. I may have made the same black bean one you did. Luckily we can get nearly all the same ingredients here as in the US, even if we use different names for them.

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Adding this link because Keith is a friend from Writer's Guild and writing class.

He thinks his cover is bad. I agree. He has posted another cover he is looking at on Facebook. I haven't reread this story yet to see if he still has editing errors. He doesn't understand why it isn't being bought. I enjoy his stories, but may have friendship bias. Could you read the first first few pages and tell me what you think.

Like you his daughter is also an author. She had what I felt was a really good story which was part of a series and then she started having babies. They are the center of her life now.

Anyway, if you have some insight on how he can market this better let me know. Thanks.

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Chuckled about the crust/ends of bread. Used to be my favorite treat. I loved toasting them up and lathering on butter and jelly. However, like you when they no longer became my friend, I started drying them in brown bags for the geese. Now I buy fancy expensive whole grain organic bread. I keep it in the fridge and savor every last bite. Of course it has to be toasted too, but nothing is wasted or waisted. I try to dole it out to myself conservatively.

I don't cook a lot. I think I tried three new recipes this year. One of them was the Spark People black bean soup recipe. That turned out to be excellent. I have served it for both book club and my tea group.

The chef at Rose Valley Assisted Living (I was concierge) made the best bread pudding I ever tasted. It was frequently requested. I gained fifteen pounds the two years I worked there. It was a nice retirement job though. I sometimes miss it. But I like having weekends with the grandchildren now they are both in school.

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I got a book in the post this morning. Unusual for me I know. It is a cookbook based on the Aubrey/Maturin books by Patrick O'Brian, set during the Peninsular War time, but all about the Navy. It has taken the meals described at various key events in the books and found out the recipes for them, plus what the ordinary seamen would have eaten and so on. I love cooking, and I enjoyed the books as far as I read, so it seems aimed right at me. Some of Richard's cozy mysteries, and some of my historical books too, have recipes in them but a lot of them are for things like cupcakes. I can bake, but carbohydrates are not my friends so I usually only do it to take things down to my sons. Andy is particularly fond of banoffee pie, but also made a request for bread pudding. That used to be our standby when we were hard up, made from the crusts of loaves that nobody except me would eat.

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