Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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Jordan, Jennifer, and Julie

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Book Launch at Pacific Grove November 10th

A Miracle Under the Christmas Tree, Harlequin’s 2012 anthology has my story, “Enough Time for Christmas” in it.
Jennifer Basye Sander, the editor/author gathered the contributors to celebrate at The Works Book Store. Jordan Bernal, The Keepers of Eire, and Julie Royce, Pilz, joined me in the two and a half hour drive there and back. The book signing kept my pen busy, and we enjoyed meeting the other writers whose stories were in the anthology. Most of us read excerpts of our writings with the aroma of fresh coffee, lattes, and teas that filled the room.
Thank you to Jennifer for creating the anthology and for our celebration. Thank you to Jordan and Julie for great company.

Dangling Modifiers

Monica Wood in The Pocket Muse, gives examples of sentences with dangling  modifiers that show amusing results.

“Mary admired the dress I bought for her in a department store with puffed sleeves.” The store had puffed sleeves?

“Sidetracked by the phone call, the stew boiled over and Ella blamed her chatty mother.”  The phone call sidetracked the stew?

People in my writing classes, here’s some more homework. Rewrite the above examples without the dangling modifiers. Hand them in on November 26th and 27th.

National Novel Writing Month

My NaNoWriMo project this year is not a novel. It’s an anthology called A Class of Muses, and my ID on nanowrimo.org is JMK. I’ve written first drafts of four novels during past Novembers. My third novel, Hada’s Fog, is in its sixth and final draft.

Monday and Tuesday writing class members have submitted stories, poems, essays, blogs, and a group tag story to A Class of Muses. Writing tips will be included and some art work too.

The book probably won’t be 50,000 words, but I will use the time it takes me to write around 2000 words a day to organize the many files into a first draft. I’d like to publish it before the San Francisco Writers Conference in February.

Vistaprint Fun

Since Hada’s Fog is in its final draft, I have ordered promotional items to saturate readers’ minds with the title. Then they will recognize the published form and buy it, right?  That’s what presenters tell us at the promotional workshops I’ve attended.

Somewhere along my internet sign ups, Vistaprint offered me 100 free business cards. I liked their design choices and couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Of course, they have specials right now so I bought post cards, labels, a pen, and a bag that have Hada’s Fog on them. Some items where there was enough room, I added my blurb. Great fun and psychologically, it will make the intention for publication happen. Again, that’s what the promotional presenters tell us.

If you aren’t sure about your title yet, get a pen with your title-in-progress on it, and your muse will enjoy helping you write new possibilities with it.

Here is the link: http://www.vistaprint.com