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Catching up

I'm still playing catch-up. My last post was in August. I just don't know where the time goes. I keep telling myself that I will spend more time updating my blog and website, but for some reason, I run out of day before I can get to it.
It has been a busy three months. I had planned to speak at a conference in Louisville not long after my previous post, but had to cancel due to my mother's declining health. Since then, I have stayed close to home. I have had a few book-signings. Most recently  a local authors book festival at the Latzer Memorial Library in Highland on November 3rd. There were ten local authors who spoke about their writing and read brief exerts from works as well as autographed copies of their books purchased by visitors. I spoke at the Carlinville Write Away on November 7th with the topic of Editing...Do I need a professional editor.
I am currently working on the first potential novel that I may complete. I think I have found my way of overcoming my fear of writing beyond a long short story. I have combined three stories that span over 700 years (yes, there are vampires and werewolves). I wrote the stories in my typical form, leaving much to the imagination of my readers. I am now filling in details, fleshing out characters and providing vivid details of the actions of heroes and monsters. Of course, it isn't the romance novel my mother has desired for years ... perhaps next time.
My concept would not work for everyone, but it has gotten me to the point that I am only 8,000 words short of a Novella. For those having problems working their way into a novel, I suggest you give this idea a try.
I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, just incase I 'm not able to update before January.

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