A Class of Muses

At 53,433 words for NaNoWriMo 2012, we have a rough draft for our class anthology. As in all the post NaNo years, editing and polishing are next on the agenda. The goal is to have it published by February. Since I crammed for five and a half hours, I probably need another NaNo pressure to bring the book out of the computer and into our hands.

It’s 10:30 p.m. November 30th. Congratulations to all the other NaNo winners. See you next year.

The Next Big Thing

This post is a chain blog called “The Next Big Thing”. In a series of blogs, writers answer a set of ten questions about the stories they’re writing (Works in Progress or WIPs). Next week five writers will follow me and answer the questions at their blog sites. The writers listed below have taken part in the chain so far. After you enter the answers to the ten questions on your blog, add my link to those below and the five people following you.

Questions and Answers:

What is the working title of your book? Hada’s Fog

Where did the idea come from for the book? Someone told me about some family members and I wrapped a plot around them.

What genre does your book fall under? Women’s fiction

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Hada – Carol Kane

Lev -Scott Glenn

Samuel – Dan Futterman

Abe – David Schiwimmer

Bira – Patricia Arquette

Lilli – Dakota Fanning

Esther – Ariel Winter

Judi – Maggie Elizabeth Jones

Lawrence – Alan Arkin

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? In her seventh decade, Hada Zimmerman questions her traditional family role and is shocked into a life-changing decision when a teenage girl reveals a secret.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? An agency would be nice but if traditional publishing doesn’t happen, I’ll self-publish.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?  One month with NaNoWriMo.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?  The characters.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? It takes place in Berkeley, the characters are unusual, and there are several surprises from the middle to the end.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I have no idea.

Marlene Dotterer started us on this Next Big Thing:  http://marlenedotterer.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/the-next-big-thing/

Jordan Bernal: Jordan writes fantasy about dragons and Ireland. www.1dragonwriter.wordpress.com

Shannon Brown: Shannon writes young adult, has a great sense of YA humor, thinking, and dialogue. http://lockerseventeen.wordpress.com

W. Blake Heitzman: writes science fiction http://shamangene.com/BLOG/

Carl Gamez: Carl is a seeker of truth and a writer of satire, mainly religious satire. His writing is smooth and hilarious, but deep down it’s about finding the kernel of truth in religion.

Sarah Bromley is a horror and Gothic novelist represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency. She loves YA and all things creepy and weird. http://sarah-bromley.com/

Lily Crussell is a Young Adult fiction author. She writes fantasy and paranormal romance in the ‘Shadow of The Nephilim’ series.

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.