reading

Looks like I won’t be participating in next Friday’s reading after all. The venue isn’t quite right. GROWING CHOCOLATE deals with the death of child, cutting and other serious themes not suitable for family night at a Y! There will be other opportunities.

Brings up the question of when to say ‘yes’ to readings. Not all venues are suitable. You have to think about your target audience – who are your readers? Sometimes you have to turn things down.

Amazon

Thanks for the great reviews! For those I’ve heard from who have had problems, don’t forget to log in to your Amazon account first. Today’s a great day and I’m off to be in the studio audience for Dancing with the Stars. Please vote for my friend, Gilles Marini. We’ve been so blessed by our friendship with him and his family.

Quarterfinals!

I made it to the quarterfinals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest! They winnowed it down from 10,000 to 500. Please help me out by posting a positive review here. The ones with the greatest number of positive reviews move on to be reviewed by Penguin Books. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it. Thanks for all of your support. Here’s the address:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001UG3CRQ.

Thank you!

Cinematic

Been catching up on movies this week. A friend is having an Oscar party so I may as well be prepared. Started the week with THE WRESTLER – good film, hard to watch for a few reasons. Yesterday, saw DOUBT and THE READER, both written by playwrights so it was interesting to see them on the same day. You could see the play in DOUBT. Both good, well acted. Today, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD (book was better, which is usually the case). Once I catch up, I’m hitting the art museums to hopefully fill up enough to propel me to finish the novel (my 4th!). I have been waking up with ideas, better ways to tie elements together – so grateful when that happens.

Haven’t had the time to finish Carl Hiassen’s novel, LUCKY YOU, but he’s teaching me to push the envelope. He makes unlikely situations believable.

Rec’d chapters back from my mentor with comments. Never fails to amaze me that I can overuse a word in two paragraphs and not see it. For me, editing fiction is much like learning to listen to different instruments in a piece of music. I have to go over it and look at different elements each time.