Life – Extended?

October 4, 2018

One writer’s journey…

Maine Crime Writers

Last June 17 — about fourteen weeks ago — I was dizzy, and visited the emergency room of a local hospital here in Maine. Twenty-four hours later I was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer, metastasized The doctor who gave me the news said I might have a year to live, if I was lucky.

I had no idea I was ill. I’d spent the past several years caring for my husband, who’d died April 9. Since his death I’d updated my legal documents and taken care of my husband’s estate. I’d planned to spend the rest of 2018 catching up with writing deadlines and settling into a new normal.

Now everything had changed.

During the following three weeks I had three biopsies, many blood tests, two MRIs, and my first chemo treatments. When all those results were in, my oncologist told me that my condition was worse than he’d…

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The Plot Thickens.

January 14, 2018

A great find, one new writer’s take of beta readers.

GM Stephenson

Me again! I’ve navigated another uncharted institution like Indiana Jones making his way through the catacombs in The Last Crusade (if you don’t get the reference I’m not sure how we can be friends). My latest adventure has been with beta readers. I’d like to share what I’ve learned.

  1. Finding beta readers isn’t easy. Be persistent. Ask other writers to read your work, but be prepared to reciprocate. Check out beta reader sites on Facebook and Goodreads. Find other writers who might know beta readers who are interested in your genre. Post requests on any sites you belong to that allow it. If you ask, they will come.
  2. When you find beta readers, be nice. These are kind people who are taking the time to read your work and give their opinion. They could be reading anyone else, but they’re reading you. Not only are they reading, they’re processing and…

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A Great bit of writing. Sharing this wonderfulness with you all…
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Leia Organa, the politician and revolutionary who led the defeat of the Galactic Empire, died after a short illness. She was 60 years old. Hers was a life laced with controversy concerning everythi…

Source: Leia Organa: A Critical Obituary

December 3, 2016

December – a month to get going with your writing.
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An excerpt on my latest writing project/meditation on writing & spaces/ building of the 3 Nutshells Tiny House

Yep, this one has a twist, a writing guide-memoir, but it’s also a tiny build project. You can see more about that here


After following them on some TH YouTube videos I contacted Iron Eagle Trailers of Portland Oregon. I was quoted for a basic 18 foot tandem axle trailer with two other custom items in the build, and it came to a tidy amount $700 less than I expected (based on my projected expenses during the “what if…” portion of creating a list of items to research). The great guy at Iron Eagle Trailers, who I contacted on their toll-free number, was more than helpful.

$700 less! Whoa. Success at Step One was very heartening!

Now, I just needed those trailer funds by no later than mid-September.

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Here’s an excerpt from my upcoming New book, Tell Me (How to Write) A Story: Good, Basic Advice for Novices Ready to Write.
It’ll be out mid-October, from Inspired Quill (UK)
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Size is secondary …it’s the day of my Paying it Forward Giveaway drawing. And It’s also my birthday.

So to celebrate I’ve decided all the drawing entries have won!

That means, that

   Camille Ludlow, Ruth Augustine, Heather Marsten,

   Evangeline May, Gabrielle Gibbs, Embry Indelicato,

   and Emily Stewart

can contact me to claim their choice of an hour of 1-on-1 coaching, or an off-line edit  on any 15 pages of first-draft work.

What I love the most about birthdays are the gifts, especially If I can be the one handing them out!

This ‘gift’ is valid up to 60 days from now. So contact me and let’s get things scheduled.

For the 1-on-1 sessions we’ll be using Skype, you’ll need to add me to your list of contacts. the info is to the right here >>>>


Have a great day, I know I will.





Pay It Forward the novel  Recently I got a gift from a writer friend. It was something to be grateful for in my eyes.

That old friends care, grateful that I’m thought of by someone. Grateful for the thought as much as for the gift.


So, I’m paying that gift forward in a way I can. I’m giving my time and efforts to three of you.

Three folks either will get an hour of 1-on-1 coaching, or edits to 15 pages of their Work in Progress.


Tell all the new writers you know about this, or ask for it for yourself. If I haven’t worked with you already, you’re eligible for this giveaway.

Just drop a comment and I’ll be choosing three names at random.

This giveaway will be open for the next 10 days.


My way of thanks.