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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
  What a week...
Today I send off book seven, Crossroads, to the editor. No matter how well you plan it, how detailed the synopsis, how well you think you know the characters, something always happens to derail your plans. I’ve rewritten the ending three times and I’m still not sure if I’ve got it right. I guess it will take you readers to tell me how I did.

Crossroads comes out August 2011.

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So, it’s been a week of writing and very little else. But there were a couple of things that caught my eye. This, for instance:

University of Hertforshire Conference (This is one of those links that blogger won't take so I guess if you're interested, do a google search- drat)

Open Graves, Open Minds: Vampires and the Undead in Modern Culture

Sounds like fun, though with all those PhD types, this one might become a bit dry. Vampire panels are not supposed to be dry. Bloody, not dry.

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For you writers out there:

The Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers announces the opening of its 27th Annual Colorado Gold Writing Contest for pre-published writers of novel-length fiction.

Entries will be accepted in five categories: Mainstream, Action/Adventure, Mystery, Romance, and Speculative Fiction. RMFW judges will select five finalists in each category. An agent or editor attending the Colorado Gold Writers Conference will choose the winners, who will be announced at the Awards Banquet on September 11, 2010, in Denver. You need not be present to win.

For the Official Rules and Entry Instructions, go to here to enter and pay online.

It’s quick and easy to enter The Colorado Gold Writing Contest. The deadline is June 1, 2010.

I am a presenter at this conference, as is Mario. We usually judge an entry or two, as well.

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I’m off this weekend to Lake Havasu. My sis and daughter and I are spending a girl’s weekend. I’m going to need a little R & R.

In that vein, I will never complain about an airport security guard asking to see my cell phone. Look at this.

There’s a video of the thing firing here but I couldn’t copy it to the blog.

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So, I’m off. But I leave you with a video Derek Tatum shared on Facebook. On the off chance that one or two of you out there are not on Facebook, enjoy. I know I did.

See you on the flip side--

PS Deb Parker from Englewood Library just posted some pics from last Sunday's gala on her Facebook page. Here's one with Rhonda Spellman , me, and Mike Befeler setting up. I'm not sure what Mike is showing us, but it certainly caught our attention!

The video is hysterical.

I hear you on endings. I recently re-wrote the entire ending of one of my manuscripts (among other things) at the request of an agent who ultimately rejected it, but that's just the way it goes, I guess, lol.

Have a super weekend. I'm taking the tot to the Renn Faire (again, lol, but we go nearly every weekend when it's here)
Oh, I have to say that I always get fab feedback from the Rocky Mountain Fiction Contest. The only thing I don't like is that YA doesn't have it's own category. Last year it was a sub-category of general fiction. Since I write genre YA I feel weird entering it as general fiction since it's not and well, how would a judge who's expecting a general fiction story feel about getting steampunk faeries? (I have been tempted to throw it in with the paranormals.) Usually send in an adult story instead.
Have a fab weekend!! You deserve it, chickie!
I want William Shatner to sing at my funeral.
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