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Happy New Year! Okay, we’re well into January, and as much as I promise myself I’ll update this page more regularly, it kind of doesn’t happen, does it? My apologies. Mea culpa.
As for “What’s new,” well…last October (one of my favorite months), I broke my wrist. My first broken bone, and it was just a fracture, very clean and not displaced. Still, it interrupted my entire life. Do you know how hard it is to pull your pants on with one hand? (TMI?) Typing was enormously difficult, because your hand actually sits at an angle–something I learned when I tried it.
After the wrist broke, I went on holiday to London with my hubby (I love the way the Brits call vacations “holidays” or “hols”–sounds more festive) for almost 3 weeks. I planned to try to limp my way through some writing, but in the end, that stupid wrist defeated me.
Only one battle, though, and not the war. It may be mid-January, but I am back to writing in all its forms. I kept my column going through most of it, pecking one-handedly and half-heartedly, but everything else dropped from my radar.
So what have I got planned for this year?
Priority #1: Finish TWO books. I have about five running loose in my head, but one in massive re-editing, and one in first-draft mode. I can do this.
Priority #2: Meet my commitments already on the calendar, and be open to any others that may pop up. What’s on my calendar?
FEBRUARY: I’ll be teaching in San Diego at the Southern California Writers Conference, happening over Presidents’ Day weekend. If you are a writer and can afford this conference, DO IT! There are agents, there are editors, there are writers like me (and better than!), and we are all waiting to talk to you, to exchange information, to mentor, to learn, to teach, to befriend you as a writer and encourage your success. Here’s the link (sorry about this massive chunk of words, but I can’t seem to make the link just show the link):
MARCH: I’ve JUST been invited to speak at the Moreno Valley Writers Launchpad on March 10th. I’m super-excited to be invited and will definitely bring my A-game. More details to follow.
I’m sure there will be more, but this is what I’ve got at the moment.
I did star in a commercial.
It’s about writers, for writers, advertising the Southern California Writers Conference. We have three conferences, San Diego in February, Irvine in September, and a new, intensive mini-conference in SunRiver, Oregon (I’ve been to this place–it’s fabulous). Let this motivate you to check out the conference–I’ll be there, teaching a workshop or two!
WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING?
Works-in-Progress My newest manuscript, aka The Girl Pirate Fantasy, aka BLOOD DRAGON RISING (official working title), didn’t get a bite from any agent, but they did give me some sparkling feedback, which I am taking to heart. It means massive edits, but I know the work will be stronger. Because that’s what writers do–we toughen our tender but-my-baby hearts, listen to critique, and step up to becoming better writers.
In the meantime, I’ve also started the fifth Peri Minneopa mystery. It’s in its infancy, so patience, please.
What’s BLOOD DRAGON RISING about?
Lisette de Lille dreams of dragons. This is not normal for a young noblewoman. Neither are her dreams for high adventure and true love. Yet some dreams come true, even if they mean being a victim to a political coup, sold to pirates, subjected to a blood curse, guided by goddesses, embroiled in a fight to the death with a lover, or turning into a deadly dragon at night. Blood Dragon Rising is the first installment of The Blood Dragon fantasy series.
Tune in next time to find out more.
JANUARY 28: Another Sunday, another month, means another OC Sisters in Crime. I am relieved to say I am no longer president of our chapter. I had a great time, but four years is a loooooong time to be at the helm, unless you’re a pirate. I’m REALLY excited about this month’s speaker–SCWC director, author, law enforcement guy Wes Albers is going to be our guest speaker, talking about his day job. Wes is a fabulous speaker, and I can’t wait to hear him tell us, as both writers and consumers of crime fiction, what the real scoop is when a situation occurs and you need to negotiate with a criminal.
Join us! For more information, http://www.ocsistersincrime.org.
ORDER IT NOW!
So go here (http://gaylecarline.com/a-more-deadly-union/) to find out more about the book, and…
Go HERE to buy (this link will take you to your choice of Kindle or Paperback) - https://www.amazon.com/More-Deadly-Union-Minneopa-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B01D3MMZ9K
The launch party was a blast! (Photo by Garrett Miller)
Life is good, folks!
That’s all for now, but check back when you can.
BTW, if you want to listen to me ramble aimlessly about writing, I’ve been privileged to be a guest on two shows. You can check them out here:
• Garrett Miller’s Blogtalk Radio show, RatedGRadio. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/garrettmiller/2013/09/13/rated-g-radio
• Jason Matthews’ Google+ Show, Indie Authors. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yOT9ZY4TnA
The mysteries and humor are all still available and selling as ebooks and paperbacks. Take a tour of my author page on Amazon, pick out your favorite, and start reading immediately. Why wait?
WHERE WILL I BE NEXT?
Stay tuned… I’ll post more as I book ‘em.
In the meantime,
Keep reading, Peeps!