I've joined a writer's group in Madison, and they can be pretty tough. That said, I did glean a few thoughts out of a rugged review, and you'll see the new five pages posted here. I'll try and get the whole new chapter up soon.
Update 5/20/15: This working full-time really cuts a huge gaping hole into my day. I try to reserve what's left around the edges for writing, and gathering copper, of course. I'm now thinking that maybe I need a commerce website and just post my CAMD there; people can buy whatever chunks of it they want. More on that as I explore that option. It's so hard to tell a publisher how long this book might be. I hope that at least I'm making some progress on some things. Boone will never need another edit, by me anyway, and I've at least settled on the way the Journal of an Undead must be--it's still being considered by a very interested publisher. Boone needs a home, and I wish -- I hope -- that won't be impossible to find for a project like that.
But my real urgent need is to finish the two endings to "Passion of the Sons;" readers will get a choice of which one they want. A reminder -- you can't get a copy of this third Bonanza novel if you don't like my other two. So get out there and buy your copies today!
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JOURNAL OF AN UNDEAD: Romance - this is a return to the old format that I had the most luck with before an agent got hold of it. Watch in the future for this revision.
SAVING BOONE: Legend of a Half-Breed, now in submissions; see chapter one newly updated on snippets page.
DINNER AT MARSHALL FIELDS, a fiction memoir, in edit. See new intro in "Unpublished Snippets."
Trade Networks & Cultural Connections - in research
Six Barrels Loaded - a fiction anthology following the historical use of a Colt 45. And I'm proud to announce that all six barrels are once again loaded!
Copper Artifact Resource Manual - museums being contacted and data being entered. Over 49,000 artifacts in CAMD so far, and grant applied for to continue the work, and start getting articles out there.
Grimms Macabre - a collection of short fantasy tales with potential grim outcomes, in edit - formerly "Modern Grimms Fairy Tales". Query being considered by Write Words Inc.
If It Rains In Paris, a semi-autobiographical movie script, posted at winningscripts.com and with a new edit, entered into contest for women over 40.
Awakened, a script based on Vrykolakas Journal, posted at winningscripts.com - and with rewrites based on the new Journal, entered into two contests.
DANCING WITH CANNIBALS: Finished another edit and querying continues.
UPDATE 4/16/15: Still excited about my huge royalty check this quarter, finding out that many copies were ordered by a college in the UK. This is the SECOND college to make "Felling of the Sons" required reading. This is a fascinating trend! See why in my new blog that starts above.
San Francisco was an interesting experience. I had several responses on Henry's story of Custer that indicates that this is truth that people need to hear. But HERA as an organization is for college professors, so once again, I was on the outside. And no, my presentation wasn't as attended as I had made copies for. Darn.
UPDATE 3/31/15: "Saving Boone" is a historical novel of a boy's coming of age at a time when his parents' families are at conflict in the U.S., so he's growing up torn in half as a "half-breed." What makes this story unique is the use of Shakespeare quotes that demonstrate that we really all are human inside, and experiences are common throughout time. And I even get to play on the name "Shakes Spear." Hopefully I'll find a publisher for it, but until then, please take a look in the unpublished snippets page.
3/9/15: Copper artifacts, copper artifacts, copper artifacts! Sorry, discovered today that my website does not come up when you search on copper artifacts.
Along with posting the new edit of "Saving Boone," I have put my new Henry presentation on why Custer died at "2 Sides to Every Story." I will be presenting this as Henry in San Francisco at the HERA conference on April 9th, and have high hopes for gaining someone's attention for the book. Well, you just never know. Feedback on this is welcome! Does it leave you with any questions?
UPDATE 2/23/15: Updated note on the tree-chopping we did with a copper axe. John noted that I had the wrong tree identified! Sorry, John.
Please see it in my latest blog for more pages in "Buried in Soil & Soul." It's about a collector of artifacts who seems to get these visions of a past life in Native America, versus her friend who's an archaeologist. I won't be posting any more of this here. It's gotta get written! I thank everyone for the positive feedback I've been receiving. OKAY - had to fix a clutch on that blog - try it again!
2/4/15: Now living in my own apartment. This has been a dream of mine, to live and work in a city where things are within biking distance, and believe it or not, I did find an apartment only a mile from work. Now if only the weather would warm up. What better way to stay in shape than to use legs for transportation? Not that the adjustment has been easy. Of course not. It's been incredibly difficult, even while things fell into place to make it easy. I miss the house I helped my husband build more than I can say, along with having him to chat to every day and my cats to cuddle. No, this is very lonely here, and I'll hope for the day when I can have that companionship again.
But I did post a blog that I wrote of my first night alone. It might be helpful for others contemplating this same idea. Just remember - nothing worth doing is ever easy. I think this was the right move for me.
Thanks for visiting and take a look around. You just never know what you'll find. I promise to try and make more updates soon. Right now I'm waiting to find out if I can afford internet for the apartment.
Update 12/23: New ACN sample is posted, along with some interesting tidbits. I never heard back from Muse It Up regarding changes to the contract. Beware of small presses, because they can be worse for you than self-publishing. Always read the fine print, always look for complaints, always check www.pred-ed.com. A German publisher contacted me about Henry's book, which made sense to me, since it's basically a German story. But now I'm finding problems with them. It means I'll need to again be extra cautious with the contract. You know, I'm starting to think that's the way of it now, and it's because so many self-publish that publishers think they can take advantage of ALL of us. I am getting my Arndt article published in Voyageur, though, and that's been a long time coming. More on that later.
UPDATED 11/6/14: Yay, I'm back and before a month is up! I want to announce a new career plan - professional researcher. This idea has been stewing for sometime but got going good last weekend when I did the research to answer a question my daughter had, just for fun. Here's her response:
The Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 36 Monsters! (24 Jan. 1986)
When I was a kid, there was a short scene from a TV show that freaked me so completely out. For years I tried to find it again to no luck. This weekend it took my mom all of five minutes to find it - I tip my hat to her!
It is a scene from this episode where after midnight parents turn into monster in front of a TV. Burned into my memory those few seconds were....
So here's my offer: For only $10 prepaid, submit your research question. If I can find the answer in under an hour (and for my pride, that's my goal), you won't owe anything further. If it takes longer, it's only an additional $10 an hour, so it depends on what you want to know. Best thing is to ask just one question at a time and not throw a whole slew of them at me at once.
Best thing is if you can pay by paypal, but I'll take a check, and not cash it until it's answered to your satisfaction - money back guaranteed! Any question! But I don't start the research until that $10 is paid. Where can you find a better offer?
11/1/14: Another month, and time to update! I've got a new article at "2 Sides to Every Story," on the subsidiary page I call "Forewarned," based on an old column idea I once had. This one talks about a couple of controversial issues that I researched while writing Henry's book on the Civil & Indian Wars, so check it out, and comment, if you have time.
I got a publisher who expressed interest in my Vrykolakas novel (see unpublished snippets) but when I questioned certain elements of the contract, and asked for some clarification, I got silence. I guess that's another to move on from. I don't like contracts that demand money if we don't like their editing and want out.
My work is controversial - I get that. I get that's why publishers don't want to take a chance. But I can't compromise my vision just to be published. There's more to life than that. They don't like the Islam references, then don't offer the contract. It is that simple.
6/11/14: Conclusions - I hope - on my adventures in Cave Creek, Arizona - "Of Chickens & Copper". There's a new photo page, too, with related photos, but I'll update that when I get home.