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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Dictation works.

I am definitely back in the saddle for writing. I have written more this week than I had in quite some time. It is a nice feeling. I hope I am out of the funk that had me down for a few months. With pain, surgery and recovery, it did hamper my creativity. I am hitting it off with dictating my book. It is helping me get down that draft so I can move on into revisions, which is the fun part. I hate the first draft stage. Revisions seem easier to me.

I am getting a jump on some revisions now. I had my manuscript (so far) printed up for me to start going over when I am not dictating the draft. I have to go get it at Staples (cheaper than printing myself and wasting an ink cartridge.) I have to get a few other supplies too like a binder, red pen, clear sheet protectors, etc. Ahhh I do like shopping office supplies. It's fun. 

So, yes, I am going to get this damn book done. I had to move my first draft deadline to July though. But, I am determined to finish this book. Once done I am going to submit to Harlequin Historical in addition to querying a few agents. 

I have toyed with writing a contemporary women's fiction based on my own life (loosely). At least the main character will go through similar trials as I had over the last ten years. Trouble is I am still waiting on one final portion to be settled. I've waited 2 years to see the abuser pay for his crimes. I hope it was worth my wait. 

Saturday, June 11, 2022


 I just got back from a lovely vacation for a few days in Panama City Beach. I took my adult children with me, to give them a pleasant memory to remember me by. For the past 10 years I had been so busy with working and providing for them, I never had a chance to take them anywhere. So I hope the trip made up for some of that. 

I hadn't worked on my book, but I am getting back to it. I'm also taking a class on writing the Cozy Mystery via the Kiss of Death chapter of the RWA. So far, it is very good. I am planning on this to be a side project in the future. 

In going over to the RWA website, I see many chapters broke away from them. Even the First Coast Romance Writers broke away to be independent. I'm in the middle of the road about that. I totally understand why, but it isn't repairing the organization. But then again I wonder if the membership went down in general due to the scandal years ago. I hate to see the RWA die away. It helped me through my career with the companionship of other writers. 

Yes, I know why RWA started falling apart. I had quit back then as well. I wasn't a fan of who was voted president either. So I stayed away. I did eventually rejoin last year. New board of directors was key. I'm hoping more equality in the RWA as well as in publishing becomes more every day rather than a fluke. I saw Kimani go away and I still don't understand why. Yes, they integrated those stories into all the lines, but as a result there are by less books offered for the brown skinned community on a monthly basis. (I hadn't read Presents in a long time, but I saw they are getting more mixed couples than the Italian and Greek billionaires, so I may have to give them a try again.) 

In my attempt to get connected to other writers, I joined the Florida Writers Association. Hopefully I can find others writing, no matter the genre, no matter the color of skin. 

Link to purchase The Princess He Must Marry