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Waking to an email from G last night. What a treasure. The rest of my kids meet together later tonight in the South. Our old stompin grounds.
That means that all grandkids will be able to see each other. Pandemic 2020 is ruining any fun. But, they will figure something out. They are creative and smart.
I've read my daily reading, checked in with my Writing Friends and now am entering RR&BC dailies.
After that I want to tackle ABCs of Divorce. I'll post when it is ready for consumption. I've never self-published so this is a total adventure.
My Q had a hard night up with doggies last night. Oh the things we will do for those we love. Yesterday was our engagement anniversary. Memorial Day 2015. Can it really be five years?
This is a rambling post. I will possibly replace it with other thoughts later today. But for now. I need structure, and I want this in my dailies, so I begin. It will morph to a more thoughtful blog in the future. Right now. Get the rhythm down.
Blue Moon in 2017
I think our cardinals were eaten by crows yesterday. :(
We also have a nest of Robin's right beside our deck. I hope being close to the sliding door will prevent them from being hurt.
2003 The Netherlands. What fun we had. A tea, a few breakfasts Having a blast in ice cream parlors, riding our bicycles everywhere. Going to the shore. Enjoying Queen's Day. Oh memories are the fodder of every novelist. Hopefully, not in a negative light! But then again, someone has to be the villain.
This morning I will edit a book of poems I wrote while going through divorce. It was during the late 80s and early 90s (yes, I am old). I didn't want to publish anything until my children were older and would understand. Selling the PDF ebook form on our webpage.
I desire to give hope to those going through divorce. I don't wish that pain on anyone. It was a difficult time for me with three children, on my own. But, oh how grateful I am that I experienced it. I don't encourage it. It was HARD! But I like the person I have become.
Now what is this going to look like? I've never self-published an ebook.
My Q is walking around upstairs. Ebenezer stirs in front of me and the heat goes on? What is that about it was in the 70s yesterday.
My Q comes with Coffee and a Kiss
Nellie Jane Romance©
We are living in a world of fear. Today our governor in Maryland opens the doors for a few businesses and some other things. Now we have to trust each other to practicing Social Distancing and remember to wash our hands all of the time.
Please be careful out there.
I myself am at high risk. I have enough physically wrong with me to write a medical text book, suffice it to say, I'm remaining in shelter mode.
My sweet Q goes out regularly for groceries and to run errands of bills and letters and such as that. I hold my breath every-time he leaves, sending prayers for protection.
This morning I begin a new journey.
Due to differing ethics viewpoints I removed myself from an organization I'd been a member of for about four years. That sent me into removing myself from a critique group that was a life-line and really wonderful support group for me. I am now beginning a new journey.
One of the positives. I am broadening my genre. I will SOON be publishing my own work on our web business page RR&BC,LLC (Reading, Reflection&Bible Community).
As for my new novel. I'm sticking to it. I haven't introduced it here. 'Letty and Genny'
I'll give a heads up on that in my 'What Am I Writing section.'
My children are all scattered around the USA. My girls that I mentor are scattered all over the world. I've been connecting a lot on WhatsApp and other medias, but I miss them.
My heart wants to go have a coffee over some homemade cookies. Give a hug, say it's going to be Okay and pray together for strength. But our world prohibits such intimacy.
So, now I will begin a new thing. This is my public morning pages. You won't get all of the thoughts that roam in my head. But you will get a lot. :-)
Join me in writing your thoughts out somewhere. It can be on a napkin, a journal, a notebook, your computer. It is a healing process.
Your morning pages don't have to make sense to anyone else. They just have to make sense to you.
... My sweet Q just brought me my morning cup of coffee with a kiss.
-I will finish up some daily work of scripture writing on RR&BC website as he begins making our healthy delicious breakfast.
Forever Love. It happens!
Nellie Jane Romance©
Monday, October 22, 2018
Snoring Puppies surround me. Morning sunshine bursts into our den at BlueMoon.
Q's last text letting me know he's safe has not yet been responded to.
Just a minute, must do that before moving forward here...
Leaving for part-time job later today. I am enjoying this subbing gig.
Who would have thought that I would ever be back in the classroom in the USA. Not me.
Subbing has its positives and negatives.
Positives — not a daily job, no work to take home, not responsible for children's learning for the year, the good feeling I get when helping out the school system that needs subs so badly.
Negatives — not a daily job, I don't get to make the rules in the classroom I am overseeing for the day, no real relationship with the students (and that age old truth resounds — 'Rules without Relationship Creates Rebellion) so some of the days can be difficult, and most frustrating so many faces: that I try to put names to. I would love to know them and be investing in their lives.
Now to the real news.
I attended the New Jersey Romance Writers Conference 2018 this past weekend.
Leaving on Thursday was a good idea. I got in and settled before the rush of Friday. (One more positive for subbing - I don't have to ask for days off.)
Getting off later than expected put me in a dismal mood, but my Revisionaries' (name of our Writing Critique Group) friend and I got checked in and she drug me to dinner. I will be indebted to her for her encouragement and care.
Both of us are dealing with unpleasant family issues. She, a cousin in the hospital. Me, my mother passing away on September 12th in Texas. And yet we found cheer in throwing ourselves into this conference. Granted, I was a bit more sour than she, but I was excited. I simply could not show it.
Friday began with registration and a wonderful seminar on Romantic Suspense, followed by several presentations by authors of RWA sharing their wealth of knowledge generously.
Gatherings throughout the hotel in cubbyholes and around tables created an environment of camaraderie among us. We are all writers of Romance. Some writing sweet romance, some writing about shapeshifters and some writing suspense. But all of us are writing.
Saturday began with a keynote speaker and breakfast. Raffle tickets were drawn and I was gifted with not one, but two baskets of coffee, chocolate, wine, wine glasses, Ereaders, swag and books and books and books! Signed by the authors. Now, how fun is that!
One was so heavy I was unable to carry it. Thankfully a new friend captured a suitcase dolly and I wheeled them out of the banquet hall. And with all the hubbub my friend Kristie Wolf (find her here:
As if this excitement wasn't enough, my friend and I both prepared for pitches! was followed by our opportunity to pitch our manuscripts to editors and publishers.
I pitched Sisters—Finding Love in a Broken World.
Three publishers requested synopsis and first three chapters. And Harlequin offered an email contact of an editor more suited for my story. So, if there is a fit that comes out of this — won't that be a new adventure!
It's Monday, I began the day at 4:30am preparing for subbing, sprinting on Slack with Revisionaries and drinking coffee listening to doggies snoring. (find Mary here: maryktilghmanwrites.com/ )
The rest of my day includes RR&BC, LLC responsibilities, subbing and then emailing all the wonderful people I had the opportunity to meet and get to know over this weekend.
Tomorrow synopsis of Sisters continues. + Subbing and... and... and...
Have a wonderful day.
We are all in this world together. Let's find some love and laughter and pass it on.
Nellie Jane Romance©
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