Chapter by Chapter

It’s official. It’s Summer!

Cookout time!

Beach time!

 

Rain?

Snow? – Really now? Wrong season, but it’s been so cold lately. Yesterday I was expecting to see flakes falling from the sky.

With all the rain we’ve had recently the grass should be knee high. Mike is out cutting it as I write this. I know the chickens will be feasting on a green dandelion salad when he is through.



Photo courtesy of Linda Nelson’s personal collection

 

ROW 80 check In:

It has been a while since I last checked in for ROW80. I’ve been suffering for the past four months with a writers’ block, and the block has finally broken.

I’m not sure if the NEC Conference or the Deb Dixon Workshop had anything to do with it. Maybe it was the fact that I had an ah ha moment today with Scrivener. I can now work the split screen function on my own.

You say big deal. I say for the simple minded it is a big deal. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been stumbling around with that complex program.

It might be complex, but I do love every bit of it.

Now I am relearning accountability on my part. It was something I had done way back when I was on MySpace. That seems so, so long ago, almost a century ago. It was back before Facebook became the thing it is today.

So where am I doing this accountability?

Why, I’ve been visiting Wattpad of course. It has been around for a few years. I just never knew how to use it until now. Kind of the way I have been learning to use the Scrivener Program.

I’m on Chapter 3 of Sleeping on the Beach. Please feel free to follow along. It is a work I am panstering. Note: Usually, I’m a plotter.

That’s 900 words for the week. It is better than nothing.

See the link for my Wattpad story in my right hand sidebar, if you are interested in following along.

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My Month of Conferences and Workshops

Finally, a gorgeous weekend, though, I’m not saying that the past few weekends haven’t been nice. The sun has broken through the clouds melting all the snow. Winter is over, and we are about to skip spring. This happens every year in New England. Spring seems to last only a week or two and then – bam – its summer.

Don’t get me wrong. I love summer. I just wish that spring time temperatures of 70 +/- would last more than a week or two.

My last two weekends have been busy – busy – busy. First I went to the NEC Conference for RWA. It was my first Conference, and I loved it. I learned a lot too. I am looking forward to going back again next year. I’m hoping to make it an annual event.

Last weekend was my NHRWA Chapter’s Deb Dixon Workshop. We had a terrific turnout, more than was expected. Talk about a pack load of info. Now I want to go and buy her book GMC – Goal, Motivation and Conflict.

I can’t wait for our next Chapter event, whatever that may be. I will keep you all posted if I hear mention of anymore events.

Between the Conference and the Workshop, I was able to find the motivation to get my butt back behind the keyboard and start pumping out the word count. I successfully hit 3k words today. It has been quite a while since I was able to do that kind of word count. I know all I actually needed to do was to give in and just write. Drop all my censorship, create a world, and let the story to write itself. The story has been there all along. It’s the fear of telling/showing how the world needs to be perceived to the reader. I need to remember to let go of any world rules one would think belongs in a world of fantasy, and only focus on how the world will be explained by my own rules to the reader.

It’s not a historical. It’s just a fantasy. All the world rules are up to me to create. The freedom to create world rules is what has always drawn me to fantasy. The escapism and freedom to do what I will with my characters and the world they live in.

I have three works in progress going at this time. I don’t know which one I will finish first. Probably the one where the characters scream for attention the most, just as long as the story can flow.

So, if you ever get the chance to attend a Deb Dixon Workshop – do it. You won’t regret it. I hear she only does a couple of workshops a year.

 

 


Our Deb Dixon Workshop – Write a Book in a Day

Photos Courtesy of Kathy Hills


My NHRWA Chapter, Photo Courtesy of Kathy Hills