Updated 12/2/13: Yes, it's that time again! Time to post another update to my writing. Do I really think I should be a writer? I keep making bad judgments about when my work is ready. To those who think I'm hard on self-published authors, it's because of the experience I have with my own work.
Here you'll see yet another edit of the first two chapters of Dinner at Marshall Field's, torn out of me due to not being able to get yet another reader interested in it. I thought Holly was charming, but it appears not enough to keep the reader engaged. See what you think.
Keep on living - because what else is there to do?
See Resume Page
See Writer's CV Page
This is one of the stories that I'm researching and trying to get published. There is definitely a second side to the Winnebago Uprising of 1827 and a reason why Red Bird would be honored this way.
Buy a copy of each of my Bonanza novels and get a third complete novel FREE! "Cartwright Saga" is an 8-story anthology novel free with your purchase of "Mystic Fire" is $10 and "Felling of the Sons" is $10. Permanent price! Or until Amazon raises or lowers them again. To be honest, you'll never know when I decide to change the price again, so get them while they're this low.
I now have Paypal to accept international orders! If you've been waiting to get you autographed copy of either Bonanza novel, contact me today! Postage to Canada and Mexico is $5 and to overseas is $10.25.
ALSO PUBLISHED - A short story of Arabus Drake in Hazardous Press anthology, "Horrific History." See it here. http://www.hazardouspress.com/
DANCING WITH CANNIBALS - RELEASE DATE COMING SOON!
Trade Networks & Cultural Connections - in research
Copper Artifact Resource Manual - museums being contacted and data being entered.
Guarding America in the 1800s: story of the provost guard - in research.
For Heavens Sake, ultimate struggle for dominance of the planet between men, women and their gods and goddesses, the ultimate woman's novel.
Dinner at Marshall Fields, a fiction memoir, 4th draft completed, research continuing.
Passion of the Sons, a free Bonanza novel, nearing completion.
Modern Grimm's Fairy Tales - a collection of short fantasy tales with potential grim outcomes, salvaged only by the human spirit.
If It Rains In Paris, a semi-autobiographical movie script, entered into Bluecat Competition.
Dead Man's Pass, a former Rawhide script now with original characters, on hold.
Awakened, a script based on Vrykolakas Journal. Planning to post at Talentville when I can afford to join.
Graveyard, a script of marital disharmony that leads to murder, on hold.
November 2013: Happy Commercial Christmas begins today! Oh, yes, and Happy Thanksgiving, too. Eat up, you're gonna need the energy. I've posted in 2 Sides to Every Story a Turkey article, so if you get a chance - enjoy!
On the Home page you'll see links to my resume and CV (writer's curriculum vitae). To the 2 Sides page, where you'll see new links to materials I'll be posting, with the perspective essay the only thing on the first page. And to the copper project page, where I'll be adding a new essay from time to time.
For Bonanza fans, I am hard at work at a new Bonanza novel, called "Passion of the Sons." In keeping with the reality of the TV series, where ultimately we lose Adam to the real world, this will be a reflection of Season 7 of the series, where they try to get along without him. I got a copy of Season 7 to watch and utilize where I can, but mostly this is a whole newly created adventure for all four Cartwrights, as Adam goes off with an Indian tribe and his new wife, and Hoss and Joe challenge each other to find wives.
I hope that others can learn from my mistakes when it comes to being employed, or going to college, so please read my recent blog.
The first article on 2 Sides to Every Story is now posted, called "What is Controversial History." Here I try to explain the difference between opinion and the use of attitude in historical events, using Lincoln, Custer and Uncle Sam as examples. Do email me with any questions or concerns.
I had to withdraw from the SAA conference and feel really bad about it, but there's just no funds to do that kind of thing anymore. That's why my copper project either needs a grant, or I need a job. Or getting any of my completed projects published!
As promised I added a blog on my recent foray into the music business - trying to get rights to use lyrics in Dinner at Marshall Fields. Honestly, I never even though about it until I read it at someone's website. Ding! What was I thinking? Hop over to my blog and find out what happens.
If you noted the Guild page is missing, let me explain. I need to re-assess where I fit in the writing world, and am thinking of adding a page devoted to my history research called "Two Sides to Every Story," to utilize my history M.A. a little more efficiently. For some reason I can't find markets for this research, like even today people don't really wanna know. I think that's sad, don't you? So since I never really felt my Guild work had any effect anywhere, I'll just maintain my Facebook page for the time being to free up room here.
UPDATED 8/3/13: The Illinois folk that I've been contacting for the Illinois presentation in September on the North American Copper Artifact Trade Project (NACATP) have been overwhelmingly nice and helpful. I really appreciate you out there! Plus I just got what could be my final piece for my copper bell article. Where do I go with it from here? I'm hoping American Archaeology, because I just queried them.
NACATP? Yes, I need to keep repeating it, because I want this project to claim that acronym. When you search on NACATP, you will discover it is already taken. I 'm told repeating it helps the search engine, so we'll see if this works.
Why change it? I was hoping that someone in Wisconsin would step forward and offer to sponsor or associate with the project, and that hasn't happened, and also, perhaps, it shouldn't happen. If I am going to interest people outside these few states in the Midwest, I need a title they can all relate to.
I just finished going through the Columbus, Ohio database online and it amazed me to see the work involved in this project. Nomenclature is the number one issue as I travel from state to state. We don't all call things the same. For instance, in Ohio what's a rod is in Wisconsin an awl or pike - depending on size. So now I have to size up these 'rods' so I can see if it's a pike or an awl. Yes, it makes a difference, in what that tool was used for, and really, that's what it's all about, right?
NACATP - for good measure.
UPDATE 7/31/13: Back from my Madison and Illinois research trips, with lots of fun things to talk about. Hopefully I can dedicate August to getting some articles put together and submitted to journals and magazines. That's probably the best way to get validity and authority for this research. But I'm also thinking of doing a PhD, if I can't find a job.
I added my thesis advisor as reference to both my historical nonfiction research pages. He graciously has agreed to reference me. The problem with being independent is that people, especially in museums, don't seem to want to trust me.
But I can honestly say that you can't find anyone more honest or able to do the right thing with this research. I challenge anyone to find anything wrong with my procedure.
7/14/13: I just completed my first edited newsletter for the Wisconsin Writers Association and hope that they like my work enough to keep me around. Time will tell on this! I have an interview on Thursday for research assistant, and with fingers crossed, hope finally I can make my master's in history work for me.
And please do take a look at the NEW first chapter of Vrykolakas Journal posted at "Arabus Drake-Vrykolakas" - I'm really excited about how this reads.
7/2/13 - I read an article in Atlantic Weekly about analyzing the Civil War and that encouraged me to write my own. See my new blog posting - "CIVIL WAR INEVITABLE"
Spartan has given me permission to finish my edit of Dancing, and I'm hopeful that will lead to a galley proof. At least I cancelled my trip to Ohio and that frees up my time, but I'm also hoping to get a job, so stay tuned and we'll see how this works out.
Still getting rejections on the Civil War book. I don't know what more I can do on it but keep my fingers crossed. If only that would get published - I could forget about the need to get a job, I think.
6/27/13 - With any luck I've gotten passed all the disagreements we were having on Dancing with Cannibals, and a publication date will be announced in the near future. It is my hope that this unusual novel will be worth waiting for.
I have two readers for Dinner at Marshall Field's. I'm nervous, as always, about how a new novel is affecting readers and worry, too, that why I like is not what others will like. I've had that problem with Mystic Fire. I held a give-away here, not too long ago, where the winner was required to post a review. Well, that hasn't happened, so I guess I was taken for a ride there.
No one said being a writer would be easy!
I've now taken over the newsletter for Wisconsin Writers Association and hope I can pull it off. It will depend on how well I can communicate with the needs of the membership, I guess.
I just added a blog on historical research, and the work I'm doing on Red Bird's War. The new edit of my Civil and Indian wars book is being read.
3/6/13 - LOTS going on! I'm busy compiling the biggest ever copper artifact database, and are there ever a lot of 'em! Please do contact me if you want your piece(s) to be included. This is destined to make an enormous snapshot of what this industry and these cultures were like in this continent's distant past.
I was told that there's an error in Hopewell timeline, that I have noted they are to 1,000 CE, instead of to 500 CE. I can't find this notation but please be advised it is the only place I'll ever make this goof.
I have posted my most controversial piece ever. It's more for those who are on the fence about abortion. I know I will never sway some and advise them to watch their blood pressure and not even read. Or do--it is for you, too.
Dancing with Cannibals may be available in April - fingers crossed!
1/20/12 - CONTEST ENDED! Jo Scott, congratulations on your entry and being awarded a free copy of Mystic Fire!
Closer to publication on Dancing with Cannibals - my publisher says just a couple more issues to address.
I promised a while ago to post an article on Celebrating Saturnalia, so you'll find that here in my blog as well. And I have to work on keeping the copper page more updated, so please visit there for some exciting updates.
Changes are in store once again for the Guild, as I assess whether or not I think it has a future. The February meeting will include new printouts for the Writers Bible and discussion of our April event, but I will need to see some new people showing up or I will become discouraged.
12-15-12: We are all reeling from the news out of Connecticut where children were killed at school, and once again I implore our country to regulate the most dangerous thing in this country meant for only one thing - killing. People compare them to cars - please. Cars have a job that isn't primarily killing.
But I have to admit here that I know I give my Henry presentations because I enjoy doing it (maybe not the preparation so much but I am an actress at heart), but that didn't diminish of the disappointment of giving my first presentation in Green Bay and for the first time not selling a single book. I think what I must learn is that bookstores are not the place to sell POD novels, and for that reason, getting a traditional publisher has long been my goal. Just one I've been unable to realize.
This Christmas season, spend a few more bucks - as I have - and buy your book gifts at a local bookstore. Readers Loft still has three copies of my novels there, and after Christmas I will be forced to buy them back. I know people are reading and enjoying my books. Why don't you become one of them?
On this trip I've made some updates to the Civil & Indian Wars page, home to my research on Henry Bertrand's orders.
12-4-12: First, note the new cover for Dancing with Cannibals! I'm very excited about it, and will add a note about the cover to put into the book so you can find out why this is the perfect cover. Until you get your copy, you can make guesses, and in fact, the person who guesses closest to why this is the perfect cover will receive a free autographed copy from me! Please do take a look at the page here for the book, and you'll get some hints.
NOW - for GUILD members - as I promised, go to the Reading Writers Guild Page the first of every month to get your copies of what we're including in the Writers Bible for the Guild. These are compilations of all the great advice I've found over the years on how to write, market and promote your work. These will only be up for the month that they are handed out in our group sessions, so don't delay. You can copy and paste, if printing doesn't work for you.
But remember - just because I'm allowing this does not mean these are free for you to use for your own projects without proper indication of original source. Either my name, as author, or someone else's will be on each of these. They are the source of the material and should be treated as such. Don't try to make money off of someone else's material.
7/16/12 - I am honored to present an interview of my work by fellow historical author Elizabeth Caulfield Felt - you can read the interview at http://elizabethcaulfieldfelt.wordpress.com/2012/07/15/interview-with-monette-bebow-reinhard/