Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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Multiple Projects Can Get Out Of Hand


I’m a Type A personality, always busy, never bored.  A writing friend calls me Nutzoid when I take on another project. She’s right.  A cliche says “proof is in the pudding”, for me “proof is in the projects on my plate right now”  (yes, another cliche and one in the title).  Sometimes it’s fun to break the cliche rule.


My writing projects:

  • Blogging a completed novel, Hada’s Fog, chapter-by-chapter about once a week.
  • A multidimensional novel, Norman in the Painting,  half written
  • A YA novel, Lilli. with only chapter one done
  • An anthology, Choices, needs polishing
  • Newest book, Spotlight Stories, in planning stage

Part-time jobs:

  • Two days a week help my husband in one of his offices
  • Two days a week, one hour each, work with a dear SMH student
  • One half day a week teach a writing class 45 minutes away
  • One half day every other month supervise a student intern working on a teaching credential
  • One afternoon a month volunteer leading a social media group
  • Write when I can
  • Daily interact in multiple social media sites
  • Promote my anthology, Written Across the Genres

Here is the real Nutzoid part:

I have enrolled in 5 high-end, year-long, on-line programs with homework involved.

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I have faith that everything will get done at the right time because I love doing all that I do.



Are you a Type A? What are your projects?


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of Hada’s Fog

Look For The Promise In A Story

Promise keep itIn my writing class today, we talked about the story’s promise. A few members brought in novels and read the promise on the first page, often in the first paragraph. I asked if the author followed up with the promise to the end. They assured me the authors did. The examples were across genres, a mystery, a family in danger, an historical novel, and another  historical novel mixed with fantasy.

Yesterday I wrote that the Tri-Valley Branch of the California Writers Club will have a book launch for their anthology tomorrow. I searched for the promise in some of the stories in Voices of the Valley: Word for Word. 

Jordan Bernal’s A Faerie in the Glen, has this first sentence: “The Faerie Glen on Scotland’s Isle of Skye was reputed to hold secrets…and more.”

Gary Lea’s promise in “Too Small” is in the third paragraph, “Why the shirt, I wondered, why just this one shirt? There were a lot of things that would have reminded me of Dad.”

Anne Koch’s “Christmas Lost and Found” has the promise in the title as well in the first paragraph, first line: “I lost Christmas. How in the world did that happen? I knew it wasn’t all at once. It was more like the slow fading of a black and white photograph.”

My essay titled “Life Support” starts with “My visit to Shelly in the hospital became a routine before I entered her ward.”

The above examples give story promises of secrets, a specific shirt, a lost Christmas, and a hospital visit.

The promises were kept.

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Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of Hada’s Fog

Book Launch Party For Voices of the Valley: Word for Word

TVW Word for Word AnthologyCalifornia Writers Club, Tri-Valley Branch hosts a launch party for their anthology, Voices of the Valley: Word for Word, in Pleasanton, CA on Tuesday, March 1, 2016,  7:00 – 9:00 p.m.   Several writers will read excerpts from their prose or  poem.

Refreshments will be served, and copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.

I’m pleased to say my essay “Life Support” is included.

We thank Towne Center Books for providing space to have our party.

I hope to see you there.



Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Editor of Written Across the Genres

Author of soon to be released Hada’s Fog

Historical Fiction Sample in Written Across the Genres

Rice fields in water ponds PhillipinesReme Pick is writing a book called The Yoke.  It’s a true story set in the Philippines. The excerpt in my anthology, Written Across the Genres is about Reme running from the Japanese planes with  her newborn son, Charlie, her mother and younger sister, Alice. They left their nipa house and headed for a boat that would be leaving in 45 minutes for Manila. They had to wade through four rice fields during the night for a safer escape. Here are a few paragraphs.

“Reme, I hear a plane,” Alice said, “what should we do?”

We have the bilaos on our heads, so from above, they will think we are rice women. Just keep moving. We are safer in the rice fields than out in the open. It may just be a reconnaissance plane, but from which side, we will not know.”

They had almost reached the end of the fourth rice field when Reme said, “Mom, I am so itchy. I want to scratch, but I can’t move with the baby on top. We are coming to the opening; can you take the baby so I can scratch?”

Alice screamed when she saw Reme out of the water. Black leeches covered Reme’s back and armpits. Alice had them all over her legs and body and Aida had a few on her back and legs.

“Wait until I light my cigarette. That is the only thing that will make these creatures let go,” Aida said. She struck a match and lit the brown cigarette. Aida and Alice had removed the basket with the baby and the statue of the Virgin Mary.

“Hurry, Mother, it is so itchy,” Reme said.  trying to pull the long wormy parasite from under her arm.

Aida yelled, “Don’t do that. You will pull your whole arm off before these bloodsuckers will let go.”

The leeches fell off as soon as Aida touched them with the brown cigarette’s lighted end. Reme scratched the bitten parts of her skin. She shivered in the cold air of the early morning.


This excerpt is one of many tension-filled experiences Reme describes in The Yoke.





The Free “Time To Write And Color Mini Book” Is Available Now

tools for arleenes storysign up sign on gearThe sign up is ready. Paula fixed the glitch while she was traveling. She’s the best. People who have signed up for this blog years, weeks, days, hours or possibly minutes ago will still need to sign up to receive the mini book and alerts to my new posts.

Plus, the first person who comments the correct answer to what author the man in the mini coloring book is reading will receive a free copy of my anthology, Written Across the Genres.


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