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NaNoWriMo Participants

Nano over a typewriterNaNoWriMo Participants aim to write a 50,000 word novel in November. As the last week of NaNo approaches, how are you all doing? Have you gone to write-ins? Have you gone to the forums on-line? I look forward to the writing frenzy every year.

I missed a couple of years, but the five years I made it to the goal, I wrote five rough drafts. I’m a pantser so it was easy for me to type every day and meet the 50,000 word goal. But then comes the rewriting, turning the drafts into publishable novels. I’ve worked six years on one, Hada’s Fog. I have to put it away for a while. I found I wasn’t writing anything new and as much as I like revising (really, I do), I wanted to write something fresh.

This year I took one of the NaNo drafts, Norman in the Painting, used the four beginning pages, and most of the same characters, but I changed the antagonist and the whole plot. I’m happier with it and it’s great to be writing a new story, instead of the same scenes over and over to make them perfect.

Let me know your progress, I’ll cheer you on.


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What Are You Reading?

Open book on top of three closedSince October is National Reading Group Month, are you in a reading group?

I’m not. But if I were, I’d request the group members read The Gravity of Birds, by Tracy Guzeman.

Here in the East Bay of San Francisco, the forecast is rain tomorrow, which we need for our drought. It was cloudy and windy today. I was happy to curl up with Guzeman’s book. Her settings put me right with the characters and I found myself hanging out with people I probably wouldn’t in real life. But they are my friends now and I can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen next. TheGravityofBirds-158x240I should have been writing the last half of the next chapter in my novel, but the artist and the men who acquisition art in Guzeman’s book tore me away from the computer. It’s not just an excuse not to write, it was a special treat for me since I don’t schedule enough reading time.

What are you reading? Or what book have you finished lately?


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Mysteries at Opera Plaza Event for October National Reading Group Month

WNBA SYMBOL BADGEMysteries at Opera Plaza held in San Francisco on October 11th was a huge success. There were 70 attendees at Books, Inc. The three mystery writers, Katie Crouch author of Abroad, Alice LaPlante, author of Circle of Wives, and Sophie Littlefield author of The Missing Place discussed their books. Tracy Guzeman, author of The Gravity of Birds, moderated the panel. She asked how isolation and betrayal played in their novels. The authors had interesting and surprising stories about the research they did for their stories.

Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter and Litquake Festival 2014 sponsored the event for this October National Reading Group Month. Kate Farrell, president of WNBA, with the help of member volunteers, organized Mysteries at Open Plaza. We had a free raffle of each of the four authors’ books and snacks catered by Max’s Opera Cafe. Briah, the event coordinator of Books, Inc. provided everything we needed and moved several book shelves on wheels so we had seating for the attendees.

I am a new member of WNBA and also secretary. We have events every few months and this was the first one I’ve attended. I’m very impressed with the high quality, well organized, and inspiring result of this group’s efforts. Here is their mission statement:

The Women’s National Book Association is a non-profit organization of women and men who work with and value books. WNBA exists to promote reading and to support the role of women in the community of the book. WNBA was established in 1917, before women in America had the right to vote. There are chapters in ten cities with approximately 800 members across the country.  If you’d like to join us, let me know.

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National Reading Group Month Event Saturday in S.F.

Three mystery writers at WNBA eventNational Reading Group Month event called Mysteries at Opera Plaza! TheThrill of Shared Reading. October 11, 2014, Saturday, 2:00 to 4:00. Books, Inc., Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco.

Come meet this year’s award-winning mystery authors as they discuss their new novels over wine and hors d’oeuvres catered by Max’s Opera Cafe. Free and open to the public. Giveaway raffle of all books presented, paperbacks, brochures, bookmarks, and more…

Co-sponsored by Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter and Litquake.

Abroad A Novel by Katie Crouch

The New York Times bestselling author Katie Crouch will discuss her book, Abroad: A Novel, a gripping thriller inspired by the horrifying details of the Amanda Knox trial.

Alice LaPlante Circle of WivesAlice LaPlante’s novel, A Circle of Wives, is a thought-provoking tale of love and marriage with four female protagonists. Detective Samantha Adams is on a high-profile murder case involving Dr. John Taylor who had three wives in three separate cities who show up for his funeral.

MissingPlace by Sophie LittlefieldSophie Littlefield’s book is The Missing Place: A Novel. Set against the backdrop of North Dakota’s oil boom, this darker take on women’s fiction follows two very different mothers as they form an uneasy alliance to find their missing sons who have vanished from an oil rig.

Tracy Guzeman, author of The Gravity of Birds: A Novel will be the moderator of this event. Her book is about two  sisters who vanish and their world-renowned artist friend decades later will sell a painting of the three of them only if the sisters are found.

TheGravityofBirds-158x240Come to the event to meet these authors and enjoy a Saturday afternoon among readers and writers.

WNBA SYMBOL BADGESee you there, I’ll be at the raffle booth.

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National Reading Group Month Event October 11, 2014

BOOK STORE FOR NTL READING GROUP MONTHA National Reading Group Month event is on October 11, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Books, Inc., Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. It’s co-sponsored by Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter, and Litquake.

Three award-winning authors will discuss their new novels over wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Katie Crouch discusses Abroad: A Novel. http://www.katiecrouch.net/

Alice LaPlante, Circle of Wives. http://www.alicelaplante.com/

Sophie Littlefield, The Missing Place (out this October) http://www.sophielittlefield.com/

There will be a free raffle of all books presented along with other free items for book clubs.

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