The girls and I haven’t written in a long time. And there has been no comments when we have written. The only two people who regularly responded here have passed away.
I can’t seem to quite give up on our little blog that no one reads.
There is so much good stuff in the back pages.
From this point on I’ll write as though this is a writing journal. If someone reads, cool. If not, well, no big deal.
So here goes.
After years of nurturing a little orange tree grown from a 6-inch twig, I HAVE orange blossoms. The lemon has yielded fruit and the lime tree has 6 or 7 limes. But the orange trees (I have three of them) have been so slow-growing.
And now this!
The blossoms are beautiful, with a stripe of pink on the fragile petals. And in Florida, back in the day, you could drive past huge groves, all in blossom, and the smell was out of this world.
I had a friend who couldn’t smell at all (I think it was because of abuse). One day when she was stoned, she rode on the back of a motorcycle down a dirt road in town. She was hit by . . . what? What was happening? Wave after wave of a taste in the air. As the two made a turn she saw the groves, acres of orange trees, all in bloom. She realized then she was experiencing her first (and last) smell ever.
I love that.
Those kinds of descriptions, those kinds of incidents, help readers know where they are, physically in your novel.
What smell do you remember? What something changed the way you look orange trees or pizzas or fresh almonds?
My newest novel, NEVER THAT FAR, is published and released TODAY by Shadow Mountain. a huge thank you to Jennifer De Chiara and Steve Fraser who represented me for this deal. And a big thank you to the amazing Lisa Mangum, my editor at Shadow Mountain.
A normal person could post a pic. I cannot. But, dagnabit, I will by end of today. So until then, imagine a pretty cover
Now! Here’s the contest! If you go to FB, you can add your goals under this post there.
I’m getting ready for a sing off! And I’m challenging Trent Reedy. And Claudia Mills, too! Yes! Where? At WIFYR this June!
We’re getting the ball rolling a little early with Getting Ready for WIFYR Writing Contest where you might win a book or two. My newest novel NEVER THAT FAR is one of the prizes. So is Trent Reedy’s book DIVIDED WE FALL.
Here’s how it works:
Say what your writing goal is for April AND May (I’ll reveal my goals tomorrow). And the most amazing Stephanie Moore will keep track of things for us.
You get to put your name in our virtual drawing if you sign up to play, if you complete your writing weekly goals, meet your goal, and every check-in on our Friday FB post. Invite all your friends! Got friends on Twitter? Instagram? Invite them, too!
The writing goals can be whatever you want them to be: 50 words a day, 5000 words a day or anything in between. They can be editing goals, if you like. Anything to help you get ready for our week-long writing conference this June.
The winner will be randomly drawn and notified on June 1, 2018.
Then we’ll pop the prize in the mail (US residents only), signed to you.
But that’s not all.
Trent and I will have a sing off at WIFYR. Or we’ll sing a duet. Or something.
And Claudia Mills? That will be a flannel shirt wear-off contest .
Oh my gosh, this just keeps on giving.
So join us for our Getting Ready for WIFYR Writing Contest.
(You DO NOT have to attend WIFYR to play. But if you want to register, go here: http://www.wifyr.com. There are a few spaces open, but many of the classes are almost closed.)
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