Blogging from a smart phone

Is not fun, so I’ll ask you what are you’re most frustrating writing or blogging moments?

Rewrite Anguish

Okay, so I’ve rewritten this book so many times I’ve lost track of draft numbers. The opening alone has been through more work than anything else I’ve written and I’m now on yet another rewrite.

In fact, the new opening is why I recently had asked yet another Beta Reader to look at it. She’s someone whose book is under consideration by a publishing house and she told that one of my book’s favorite characters is introduced wrong. Just so we’re clear, this is one of EVERYONE ELSE’s favorite characters. (I don’t know if I have a favorite.) This Beta reader has told me that not having his goal stated up front leaves the reader confused and unable to settle into the fictive dream. This is the first time anyone’s complained about this character’s lack of goal, which is his character flaw. It is purposeful. This character is someone who submits to everyone else’s will until he realizes he’s in a no-win scenario because of his lack of direction. It’s not that I disagree with what she’s saying, because I’ve read books whose characters would have benefited from this treatment. The problem is, I don’t think I can make this change without changing the character, which would in turn change the book and lessen its impact, so I’m not going to do it. At least not without editorial input!
However, I wanted to ask you, is this something you have to have in the introduction of characters? Do you need to know where they’re headed from the beginning?

Due to Technical Difficulties…

This blog will be quiet on Monday. 🙁 My computer is buggy in every sense and it shall now be overhauled and happily, meet Windows Seven. I hope to be up and running again by Wednesday.

Grateful For So Much

I have so much to be thankful for, not the least of which are my followers. To all of you, whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, may you have a wonderful, family-blessed day.

Contests, Conferences and More!

Springfield Writers’ Guild contest

Jim Stone Grand Prize Memorial Awards
#1 Poetry any subject, any form Limit: 1 page, single spaced
#2 Fiction any subject Limit: 1,500 words
#3 Non-Fiction any subject Limit: 1,500 words
Awards for categories #1 – #3: 1st place – $100 and certificate. Two Honorable Mentions and certificate
($3 per entry for categories 1-3)
For more information:
Please email Dr. Jerry Wible at or Mandy Barke at

The Kansas Author’s Club Convention

It’s not too late to register for the Kansas Author’s Club convention the first weekend in October. Christine Taylor-Butler will be speaking Saturday morning on Cultural diversity in children’s literature. If you’ve never heard her, Christine is a dynamic speaker and she knows her market. There will also be other speakers and a roundtable discussion on critique groups. You can register here.

Everyone Has a Moment. What’s yours?

Through brief essays, letters sent and received, Twitter feeds and status updates, illustrations and short comic treatments, The Moment will capture the major turning points in the varied and unpredictable story arcs in our lives. Everyone has a moment—what’s yours? Submit here to be considered for The Moment book, coming from Harper Perennial in Fall 2011.

Words of Women

Invites You to Join Writers from around the World in an International Essay Contest. Write a 500 Word, or Less, Essay.
If mailed, each essay must be typed, double spaced, and one sided On each page of your essay, place your name, address, phone number, email address
Select and Include an Age Category: Youth, Maiden, Mother, WiseWoman
Email your essay to wordsofwomen
Send $5 Registration* to P O Box 180777 Dallas, Texas 75218 Or Mail Your Essay and a $5 Registration to Words of Women Box 180777 Dallas, Texas 75218 We may create a pay pal account for on line registration. They will notify you when that has been done.

* Registration covers the cost of mailing materials including Essay Certificates. Registration Can Be Waived.

Mystery Writers Conference.

And last but not least, for all ye mystery writers out there, check out It sounds like a great place for mystery writers to learn wonderful things about the trade.