Showing posts from January, 2012

A Novice's Writing History

Blood & Tears Tattoos tops the charts as number one. It was my first attempt at writing a novel. In the fall of 2008, since both my children were now in school, I decided to get the stories out of my head. All of my ideas sprout from "epic" dreams but that is another blog topic. I typed and typed. I had no format to follow only a basic outline I scratched out first. This 80K word manuscript would have been completed in six weeks but hurricane Ike (yes, we had a hurricane in OHIO!) extended that to eight weeks. My home lost power for nine days.

It was a successful endeavor. I feel I created realistic characters worth falling in love with. Natalie Goode is the heroine who overcomes adversity with a positive attitude, strong work ethic and great friends. Did I mention she visits 6 years in the future?

Here is one comment from the Authonomy page:

Dear Rochelle, I love your idea of going 6 years into the future & tried to picture myself doing this - what a concept - I l…

New Nano Novel Completed

Elaine McCollum is truly my biggest fan. At 95 years old, and an avid reader, she tears up when I hand her my latest manuscript, In Triplicate. What an ego boost! She hasn't even opened the binder and looked at the title page.
I started In Triplicate on November 1st. On November 30, 2011 I had written 52K words. This novel was nowhere near completed yet my goal was to finish it before Christmas. My Grandmother's gift this year was a new book. I persevered and by December 22nd I concluded the work with a simple yet somewhat cheesy line:
With Walden Beckenbauer still at large, life held uncertainties, but one thing was for certain, as she clung to her new husband, she knew that no one could clone their love. I have never given myself a deadline before and was surprised that when I put my fingers to work the words flowed like water when you turn on a faucet. The completed novel is 75k+ words. I printed the 140 or so pages and handed them to my grandmother unedited.

She told me …