It’s Here!

My first published piece. Now available in the Spring issue of Jersey Shore magazine

Spring 2017

Jersey Shore Magazine

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Short Story Success

I can’t believe it has been a couple months since my last post. My art muse and the holidays took their tolls on my writing time but I am back making a concerted effort to carve out the time needed to start the rewrites for my novel.

In the meantime, all was not lost. A short story I sent off to an editor a few months ago resulted in a wonderful surprise email this past week.

A local magazine is going to publish my story, uncut, and I will be collecting my first professional writing fee. It’s not much money, but then it isn’t about the money. It is about validation from someone other than your significant other, your mother, your best friend.

I am still on cloud nine because this means that someone, a stranger, one who deals with words for a living, has determined that I have something worthwhile to say. Even though I tell myself that I already was a writer, receiving this affirmation makes it irrefutable.

So I celebrate today, and tomorrow it is back to the word processor. 🙂



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Happy Thanksgiving!

Just want to wish all of you a very happy, safe, and fun Thanksgiving holiday! I haven’t been at the easel much lately. My inner crafter kicks in as Christmas approaches so I have been busy w…

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Carving out the Time to Write

It’s not always easy to find time to write. Often there is this nagging voice inside your brain that says, you should be writing. Most of the time it is far too easy to ignore this voice but when NaNoWriMo comes around that tiny whisper morphs into a 90-decibel screech, YOU SHOULD BE WRITING!

So here I sit, in front of the laptop, basically wasting all kinds of time by checking email, browsing FB, and blog writing instead of adding to my Word Count. All the while that annoying metal on metal scraping sound, little girls screaming, fingernails on blackboard-take your pick-is there in the background, telling me what I already know, and I can’t ignore it for long. That is the whole point of doing NaNoWriMo. For this one month of the year, you have stepped up your commitment to make your writing happen. To hell with the housework, the usual TV fodder (that’s was recorders are for), the everyday diversions. This month you need to thrust the trivial and not so trivial things aside and put the writing first. So clear your home screen and open up Scrivener or Word or whatever else you are using and start typing. Get lost in your world. Get to know your MC. Create some problems and find your way out of them. At the end of the month you may or may not have a book, but you will have a habit of making writing a priority that, I hope, you don’t lose. You will have more of a book than you would have if you hadn’t tackled the self-torture known as NaNoWriMo. So enough procrastination. It’s time to get writing!




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Tips for NaNoWriMo

I got a call from a reporter a few days back with questions for NaNoWriMo newbies. While there were some misquotes (I am revising my first NaNoWriMo book but not as part of this year’s contest) I was thrilled the contest got some press exposure. Anything that helps bring along a new crop of writers is a plus in my book. Here is the article, for what it is worth…

Atlantic City Press article

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Day One results

Well, in spite of my woeful lack of preparation, I got off to a terrific start with about 4300 words on opening day. The kick-off write-in at Tuckerton Seaport had a total of two, yes 2, writers but that did not dampen our enthusiasm and both of us exceeded our goals for the night.

Today I wound up catering to my art muse (she was feeling neglected) and developed a whopper of a headache so I need to put in extra time tomorrow. My goal is to have 10K by Sunday evening, 12K would be better. I will keep you posted.

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Kick Off Day!


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