Finished editing “On The Up Side” and have started on a new novel which is temporarily titled, “One In A Million.” It’s the story of a 16-year-old barrel racer whose passion and goals coincide. Her world is turned up-side-down when she is stricken with a terrible disease that leaves her paralyzed from the waist down. Her dreams of entering the best equestrian college in the nation and competing in the national barrel racing competition vanish in an instant and she is forced to find out what she is really made of.
Diving in with both barrels and writing/riding like the wind. Can’t wait to see where this one goes!!!!! Until next time…peace and joy and if you don’t know what the word equestrian means…go look it up!!!
Ahhhh the frigid cold rain. If one must endure it, no better place to do it than New York City. I will be on my way to NYC tomorrow for the scbwi annual conference. I am utterly excited and anxious to be surrounded by all those authors filled with enthusiasm and imginative aura!!! Although I am not a newbie, as I went last year, I still feel like i am in many ways. Hoping to listen, learn and fill up my tank with lots of inventive petrol!!! Bring on the Big Apple and its 40 degree weather.
It’s official folks. I have finally finished my first YA novel. I call it “On The Up Side.” Who knows what a publisher will want to call it. Lots of editing going on, and a lot of changes to get it where I want it to be. I am now hunting for a publisher and so the difficult and time consuming part of writing begins. Writing the novel is genuinely the most appealing part and by far the most fun. I learned many new facts about the Phoenix and Flagstaff areas of Arizona and when you read my novel, I hope these facts come to life for all of you.
I am enjoying the smell of grapes as harvest is quickly approaching here in Northwestern, PA. Soon, the roads will be taken over by tractors, grape pickers, and semi trucks filled with grape bins. What a lovely sight to behold as the colors of fall begin to emerge. Revel in the festivities of fall. If you don’t know what the words revel and emerge mean…look it up.
Until next time, peace and grins!!!
Book signing went well at Barnes and Noble was able to sell out the books they ordered. But even more enjoyable was that I had the opportunity to meet several other local authors. I had the opportunity to meet a very successful writer who had me laughing the entire four hours! Thanks Holly Jacobs. She writes romance novels for Harlequin and Amazon. She is quite the comedian. Thanks to all my supporters who drove out to see me and those who purchased my book. Ahhhh the smell of baseball in the air. Okay, maybe not in the air but certainly every time I grill a hotdog! Check out my blog page for a glimpse at the new novel I am working on. Until the sunrises again…peace and joy!
Yeeeeeee Haaaaaa! I finally made it to the big Barnes and Noble. Will be signing copies of “Diamond Hero” tomorrow, April 27, 2013 from 1-5 at the Barnes and Noble in Erie, PA on Peach St. Looking forward to signing books and talking with the kids. Can’t wait to hear their baseball stories. And it’s even okay for the adults to tell me their favorite baseball stories!! Can hardly wait for baseball, hot dogs, and wearing my glove; just in case one flies my way!!!! Here’s to the Major League ball caught many years ago when my son was only 9 or 10 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. It was hit by Kenny Loften. Bring on the fly balls!!!!
Glorious days ahead. Spring is finally here and with those popping tulips, daffodils and lilacs comes opportunity for new things. I will be heading to the Author Fair at the Barnes and Noble in Erie, PA. Can’t wait to meet all the book reading, imaginative young folks. Looking forward to talking with them and signing books and checking out new books to dive into this spring.
Still working on my story about sisters who discover secrets about their grandmother and end up on an amazing, rocky, scary, excitement filled adventure of discovery near the Superstition Mountain, outside of Phoenix, Arizona.
YOU CAN CHECK OUT AN EXCERPT ON MY BLOG BLAST PAGE…LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK.
So there I was, ready for a white winter freeze. I’ve got my ski pants out and all my winter wear ready for the blizzard blast we received right after Christmas. Bring on the hot chocolate, the snow angels, the snow turtles, sled riding and snow forts. I have a pair of gloves that would melt the snowy hands of Jack Frost himself. Thanks to my neighbor, I didn’t have to plow my driveway, however I still had to shovel snow from my steps. My mind is all psyched to encounter another Lake Erie winter. Yesterday, we hit an all time warmth record. 65 degrees and raining. I was out playing in the rain in my shorts–the one pair I saved from the bottom of the summer clothes bin. It was glorious…until today. What a bizarre weather pattern for the end of January;65 degrees to 18 degrees in less than twelve hours. It is now blowing and snowing and in just a few hours I will be on my way to Buffalo for my first Writers Conference in New York City. YEEEEE HAAAAAA! Let’s hope mother nature takes a coffee break until I land at JFK.
My book signing at Penn Shore Winery was a great success . HUGE thanks to Jeff and Cheryl Ore, the owners who let my imagination fly. We had close to 50 people and everyone enjoyed themselves. I can’t wait for the next signing which will be in Dunkirk, NY at the Book Nook on June 23, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Hope to see some of you there!!
My daughter just got back from Phoenix, Arizona with lots of prospecting, horseback riding, and ghost town stories. She was also kind enough to take lots of photos and gather information for my novel. Thanks Jessey!!! The Superstition Mountains have many stories behind them mostly revolving around the “Lost Dutchman’s Mine.” My story is coming along really well and I hope, all of you will be reading, it in the future.
My son, who ended up in a wheelchair when he was 16, because of a rare disease (Transverse Myelitis) that damaged his spinal cord, is back in Baltimore for Intensive (if you don’t know what intensive means…go look it up!) therapy and he is training in swimming to try out for the U.S. Paralympics Swim Team in June. Good luck John and work hard! Just goes to show all of you that if you set your mind to something and you have a dream, it is up to you to GO GET IT!
Check out the U.S. Paralympic website for information. www.paralympic.org