Ooooh, Look! I’m Nominated For The Shine On Award!

Deanna from the wonderful blog: BookLover’s Attic has nominated me for the Shine On Award! So my first order of business is to thank her for her support.  Her blog is awesome. Check it out here:

Here are the rules of the award:

1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.


2. Acknowledge that blogger on your blog, and link back.

3. Share seven random, interesting things about yourself.

Here we go:

1. I’m one-quarter Blackfoot Indian and one-quarter German.

2. I love old fashioned men who open doors for me and pull out my chair at the table.

3. I love organic gardening and canning my own veggies.

4. If I had a million dollars, I’d be broke in a week. I love helping others and find it makes me richer than having money.

5. I’m not political in any sense of the word. Ever.

6. I have what almost all the world would call strange religious beliefs.

7. I was once walking in the park, talking to a friend about how to plot a wedding in a book I was writing. I told her the only way we could get the girl married was to kill her dad. My husband was walking behind us a few feet and when strangers heard us talking about ‘killing him,’ my husband looked at the strangers and said, “I’m not with them.”
4. Nominate up to 15 bloggers for the Shine On Award, provide a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.

Now it’s time to reveal my picks for the Shine On Award.  I think this is a great way to acknowledge fellow bloggers and give them more exposure to people who may not have had the pleasure of discovering them yet. So here they are:

Kristen Lamb at

Chirstine Fairchild at

Babette James at

Zetta Brown at

Mark Jackman at

Jack Remick and Robert J. Ray at

Robert Stanek at

Terry Odell at

Nancy Lauzon at

Christine Fairchild’s Upcoming Class

One of the best teachers in the art of writing well is at it again. Christine Fairchild will be teaching her class:  Nail Your First 50. Christine is a great teacher. I’ve taken a few of her classes and know a lot of her other students. Everyone loves her. She is generous with information, patient, and thorough.  You might want to check out her blog at, where you’ll find lots of articles, as well as details about this upcoming class, but below is just enough info to get you interested.

WHEN: Sept 30-Nov 11, 2011 (6 weeks)
COST: $165 (includes class materials and critique)
WHERE: Online via Yahoo Groups


Ms. Fairchild is teaching another class. This time it’s Eleven Edits You Must Make To Look Like A Pro. This is a two week class from November 1, to November 15.

Further details are available at or at

I’ve taken two classes from Ms. Fairchild and they were both packed with excellent information. She spends time with students, reviewing your work and making suggestions.

I’ll return for another article later, but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share this vital information for all writers.


I’ve been chasing my tail since the 12th of this month and really feel like I’m neglecting the blog.

The Holy Days have taken a good part of my time. And I’m now registered in three classes–fortunately they are all yahoo group classes so I’m not required to do anything if I don’t want to. I’ve found that this is the best–maybe the only–way for me to take a class, since I don’t have to travel, or be anywhere at a certain time. And I’m not required to participate, though I try to, for my own benefit. I save all the emails from students and teacher alike, so I can review.

I have also neglected my REVISION for at least a week and feel a need to get back to it. And now I have even more revising to do because the two new classes are teaching more about what makes for good writing.

There is a lesson in this for all of us. I may have been able to keep up with the blog and the revision had a planned a little better.  Creating time to write, and improve your writing, and still have a life is vital to our well being. There are times when we just have to do deal with what is in front of us, and then return to the plan, but I would rather have looked ahead, and planned ahead, so I didn’t have to feel guilty for doing the right thing.

So I’m going to grab a calendar and make sure everything is on the schedule. Then I can add in writing time around those high priority life events.  Because no matter how important writing is, it can’t take priority over our beliefs, our lives and our health. What good is finishing the book if you’ve wrecked your health, alienated family and friends and neglected your G-d?

So I’ll be back shortly with updates on my REVISION and on Researching The Writing Styles of Published Authors.


After taking a class from Christine Fairchild, I can highly recommend other classes she teaches. The following class starts soon. I’ll be there and hope many of you will be too.

Sensational Scenes
Learn how to edit your scenes for tighter language, engaging action, compelling dialogue, and character development your readers will love. You’ll get an editor’s perspective on issues of language, structure, and content.
On-line class via Yahoo! groups Sept 22-28 $30.00
For Questions, email