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Oct.30.2008
....write a novel, yes or no? Well, I'm considering it. I became aware of NaNoWriMo a year and a half ago,  in connection with reading about novel outline tools. At the time, I had started to think about writing a mystery/suspense novel.  Partly, it was on a whim.  Partly, it grew out of...
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Oct.24.2008
In New York, it appears conspicuous reading of ARCs and bound galleys is a status symbol, and even a flirtation device.   (Carrying an advance review copy suggests you are a publishing insider--or at least friends with an author.)   One  woman admits that sure, she'd be drawn to a cute guy reading...
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Oct.21.2008
You don't even have to like Cajun and zydeco music to love this! Captures the wonderful mixing of all kinds of people Louisiana French music creates.  Put together by people I  know in Louisiana A CA  expat and friend who moved there provided the setting, a number of the musicians have been my...
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Oct.19.2008
"How long did it take to write your book?"  I never know how to answer.  When, exactly, did I start writing Accordion Dreams?  I could say it began when I enrolled in my first creative writing class.  Not that I had any grand plan to write a book—or any suspicion that my instructor at...
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Sep.17.2008
"So, what should we call you?   The First Dude? The First Gentleman?" Greta Van Susteren was doing an in-depth profile of Todd Palin.  Possibly the next vice presidential spouse.  Which means: a heartbeat away from presidential spousedom.  The affable dude thought about it.  "Todd.  ...
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Sep.11.2008
This is never a good week for me.   It's the anniversary of two events that cracked the world apart.   One, on September 12, was personal.   On that date in 1991, my father died unexpectedly.  He was taken by a sudden and devastating illness that not even the CDC could  identify. September 11 was...
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Sep.01.2008
I've succumbed.  I discovered Goodreads on Friday.  I'm shocked at how quickly I've become addicted. I had to face it on Saturday morning, when the site went down for maintenance.  Supposed to be for just an hour, but it turned into three!    What nerve!  I was beside myself. I had books to catalog...
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Aug.22.2008
There is such relief in getting back to writing again. Not correcting page proofs, or worrying about the book launch for my upcoming music memoir in January, or even blogging.  But actual writing.  Getting immersed again in that joyous process, not knowing where it will lead.  Stealing moments: on...
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Aug.18.2008
I seem to have lost momentum,  after the big push to get the corrected page proofs for Accordion Dreams back to my publisher last month.  Or maybe it was the week long vacation  that followed.  Late July is not the time for a trip to Florida, but we were overdue for a visit with both sets of in-...
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Jul.21.2008
Well, maybe it wouldn't be accurate to say this song changed my life. But it was one of those songs that slipped into my consciousness and wouldn't let go.  A rock song that kept coming back to me, after I'd heard it for the first time.  Lyrics, too.  First, just a few lines.  Then more, as I kept...
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Jul.19.2008
So, now that the page proofs for Accordion Dreams are safely in the hands of my publisher, I've been breaking in the new shredder. I've been going through my writing files--eight years worth.  I had saved everything, going back to my first creative nonfiction class, when I decided to take my music...
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Jul.11.2008
It's been an intense week-and-a-half. I ended up working on two fronts simultaneously: the page proofs for "Accordion Dreams" and my new author site. Friday deadline for both. The new site went live a couple of days ago and the corrected page proofs are now safely on their way to...
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Jun.30.2008
I can't believe tomorrow is July 1st!   I got some exciting news today from my publisher: the date of my first book launch event is already set.  It will be in late January at an independent bookstore in SF.  (I'll share details a little later.)  Tomorrow the page proofs should arrive, so I know...
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Jun.28.2008
I just posted an audio clip of Sauce Piquante under the "media" section on my author page. This was in response to the kind request of  a member who commented on my last blog post.  Actually, the request was for a video.  We must have one, right?  Well, no.  At least not yet.  Someone did...
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Jun.24.2008
What a surprise to get a lovely message yesterday from a Red Room administrator telling me I am this week's "Rising Star"! (Thanks, Huntington!)  I feel so fortunate to be part of this wonderful community of writers and readers!   Red Room came along at just the right time for me, too, as...
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