Pick one up….

If you are in the Fayetteville NC area, be sure to pick up a free copy of ARRAY – it’s a magazine about the gems of Fayetteville, the well-known and not-so-well-known things to do and places of interest, including FOOD places. We also write about non-profits and small businesses, just so you can learn more about this city. [the fact that you might find a story or two in there involving a member of my family has nothing to do with this post]

Seriously, take a look at our magazine, you’ll enjoy it. Check the civic buildings, the Arts Council, and the libraries.

And, here’s a sample:  arraync.com    


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Planner or Pantser – say what?

Okay. Every time I think people will know what a planner vs a pantser is, I get a chorus of blank looks from my audience. Loud ones.  So first I will define the terms.

A Planner is exactly that; a writer who meticulously plans out everything in their book before sitting down to write. This is a person who likes whiteboards, legal-size paper, outlining programs and 3×5 cards.

A Pantser is someone more casual-seeming, who prefers their writing to be by the ‘seat of their pants’ and who will saunter over to a keyboard and drop three thousand words while eating apples, listening to jazz – or whatever music suits the backdrop of their writing –  sipping tea or wine and calling out to the kids to do their homework and bring in the cat.

These are of course, the two extremes. Reality and experience demonstrates that most writers operate on a spectrum between these two.

With July’s Camp NaNoWriMo in full swing and November’s NaNoWriMo on the horizon, I thought this was a good time to bring up the question.

There’s a lot to be said for each approach, and I find that what my book project is and what point I’m at in it pretty much dictates my approach. I’ve been known to start as a Pantser, particularly during WriMo seasons. As I get into the story and plotlines and characters build up, I turn into more of a planner (although I make Notes, not Outlines) so that I can work out the kinks in ways that make sense.

So that’s me. What about you? Planner or Pantser?


Things keep changin’….

As life progresses, things change.

Currently FINDING SHELLEY’S SHOES is out with beta readers, who will – I hope – lovingly give me feedback about what I need to keep, change, or throw out.

While they are reading, I’m working at getting my Mackenzie Wilder/Classic Boat series books 1 and 2 into print. This involves combing through one more time for any revisions or errors I missed with the ebook publishing, and formatting for print, as well as finding new covers. Book #1 WHERE THE BODIES LIE BURIED is done, TA DA! and can be found here , as well as at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.  Ebook versions appear at barnesandnoble.com and smashwords.com.

I am blessed and lucky enough to have a photographer husband who took the background photos for the cover. I was also lucky to find a classic boat owner who allowed us to use his boat for the cover image as well.

Currently I am checking out some brick-and-mortar locations to carry the book – local bookstores as well as the gift shops associated with boats, especially vintage boats.

Work progresses on getting Book #2 SWEET CORN. FIELDS, FOREVER into print.

We’re hoping on making it to the Antique Boat Show in Clayton, New York to see more boats, take more pictures, and sell more books.

And then I go to work on revising book #3 FLYING PURPLE PEOPLE SEATER and getting it out as both an ebook and paperbook.

Which brings me to this blog. It is still about finding my story, although now it has shifted to where to find and where I find all my stories. Feel free to ask questions about the process, about what I’m doing, about where I’m headed. Tell me about your writing, too –  or just your reading. Writers and readers are all in this together.

Before I forget, I want to thank the Arts Council of Fayetteville once more for providing me with the Regional Artists Project Grant money to begin this project, and for their personal support as well. There’s nothing more precious to an artist (including literary ones) than to know their work is appreciated.