Update 7/29/15: Picked up a couple new projects, and that's not necessarily a good thing, because I'm already a little nuts. Doing a read-aloud on two novels for interested publishers, getting ready to present copper in August and making my documentary videos for a proposal, too. Who's going to edit them? Me - no, I don't know how! But I met this great guy who totally agreed with my Henry view on the Little Bighorn--he's studied the topic for years and has tons of books on the topic. He's going to be my consultant, just so I don't get too off track. I got an updated version of Final Draft and have started the screenplay. See 2 Sides of the Story page here for how the movie script will go.
I also started a new children's picture book, related to the one I've had no luck selling. I put it in my blog, and I'd love feedback! No illustrations, but I wrote what the illustration should be. I got inspired hearing last night how popular Dr. Seuss still is, and decided to try one in rhyme.
Also added new edit to Adventures in Death & Romance (being considered by Strigidae) and a new completed anthology sample, "Grimm Macabre," (being considered by Write Words, Inc.)
Hope you're having a wonderful summer!
Update 6/22/15: So what's new with you? My Voyageur article on Arndt's sawmill comes out this month, so check it out. I'm submitting Awakened, the script, as a TV pilot potential, so fingers crossed there. A few publishers interested in both Grimm Macabre and Journal of an Undead, so that's fun. True West wants to see me get Saving Boone published because I pitched them an article on "Half Breeds in history" so would sure love some activity there. But working full-time limits me, as far as getting copper down, making trips, etc. I am planning one to see my granddaughters in August, don't know yet if I can afford it. Honestly, I'm just taking things a day at a time right now.
Nothing new posted here, but I will be adding new material soon. I have created a new "Bonanza book," this time a nonfiction with my particular slant on the TV episodes. I have, I think, a valuable perspective, as I have been an actress, writer, director, as well as being authorized and having chatted with David Dortort personally. As soon as it's ready, I'll let you know how to get a copy. It'll be free!
Also back to work on "For Heaven's Sake," with a new slant. That's what it was missing, a new slant or definitive theme. Now to get it ready for a market that only accepts queries until July 31.
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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.
DINNER AT MARSHALL FIELDS, a fiction memoir, in edit. See new intro in "Unpublished Snippets." Need to get first chapter done and then see if I got it right.
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". 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: Historical novel, co-written with Dicho Disashi. Finished another edit and querying continues.
FOR HEAVENS SAKE: Start a new edit, haven't looked at this in years. This is as close as I'll get to writing 'erotica.'
SAVING BOONE: Trying to get a publisher interested in this completed historical novel about a "half-breed." Completed and ready for publication.
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.