Here I am again.
I've been pretty much missing in action, with the exception of a prompt round-up post or two, and one measly blog post, for the last couple of weeks. (And, now that I'm here, I've just had an idea for another post–which proves my oft-repeated point that writing breeds more writing. Alas, I don't have time to complete it at the moment. But it shall appear soon.)
But I'm nearing completion of my rewrite of the Bonne Chance Bakery, my next novel, so I thought I'd pop in. I'm learning all kinds of things as I rewrite this novel. And that is why I love writing so much, because there is always something new to learn.
Have I ever told you my favorite story about this? Well, if so, sorry, but you're going to hear it again.
I was at dinner with the parents of a friend of my daughter. They were lovely people, and both had retired from high-powered corporate jobs. Fly all over the world, big responsibility type jobs. The mom asked me what I did and at that time I was in the middle of earning my MFA, so I explained. And then this happened:
"And how long is the MFA program?" she asked.
"Oh." Startled look. "I would have thought you could learn everything about writing in six months."
Yes, she really said that, people. And for once in my life I had the perfect retort, which still pleases me to this day:
"Some people think it takes a lifetime to master the craft of writing."
So, anyway, I'm learning lots. Which is a wonderful thing that I'm sure I'll write blog posts about. But not yet. In the meantime, however, a few things I need to give you a heads up about:
I have another free book on Noise Trade! It's called, Set The Words Free, and it is all about smashing writer's block. It's available in all the usual formats, but since it is a workbook, I think downloading it in a PDF is the best, because then you can print it out. You can download it here.
Next week, my publisher is participating in the 4th Anniversary party of the Romance Reviews website, and on March 20, you can enter to win a copy of Emma Jean! I will remind you next week, as I should be back in action by then, since my rewrite deadline is this Friday, March 13. Urp. I better get back to it.
But before I do, one more thing to put on your calendar.
NEXT FRIDAY, MARCH 20, IS MACARON DAY!! (The subject of the Bonne Chance Bakery is macarons, or more to the point, a woman who bakes them.) In Paris, New York, Portland, and many other cities, you can go to participating bakeries, donate money to a charity (here it is the Meals on Wheels), and get free macarons!
That's all for now. What's going on with you? How is your writing?
Bear photo by omster-com.
Macaron photo by Oregon Live.