Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Random Thoughts

More Random Thoughts
I've been playing with this new blog and have come up with some (what I think of as ) cute additions.  I added a globe that shows where my visitors come from.  But it's not showing those that visited before I added it...sigh.  So it doesn't show those from Russia, Germany, Brazil, or Macedonia...or for that matter the 150+ views from the good ole US of A.  Oh, well, I know they've been here and maybe if they come back then they can be on my globe.  Can't believe people from that far away have found and read my blog.  Mind boggling.  :)

I've also joined a site that will connect me to other writers and I have been very warmly welcomed there.  I love making new friends :)  If you're a writer or a reader, check out  book blogs.

And I've added a spot where you can follow this blog by email.  So you don't have to keep coming back to read any new posts.  You can get them in your email.  A nice addition, I think.  We'll see.

Update On My Neighbor :(
I came home the other day and found tracks in the snow in my front yard that had dug up grass and mud and went right to my neighbor's truck that was parked sideways in his driveway.  Well, not being one to keep my anger to myself, I went next door to point out to him that I didn't want him driving through my yard.  Short version...he didn't do it! Well, tell whoever did to not do it again.  No one else drove his truck and he didn't do it.  Do I look stupid?  The tracks go right to his truck.  As I departed I was once again called a bitch but I didn't reply.  Oh wait...yes I did...right back at ya...so juvenile.  Half hour later he's at my door apologizing but letting me know that those were snowmobile tracks and not tracks from his truck.  Oh, Lord.  He was right.  They were too narrow to be from his truck but he could see how I thought that and he was sorry and I was sorry and we left it at that.  I hate having to apologize to a man I really can't stand being around...but I was wrong.

My Writing Update:
The post I blogged about last Saturday (my thoughts on verbal abuse - Jan. 24th ) was the main reason I started the novel I am now trying to get published.  I dealt with a lot of issues back then and throughout my time getting back to being me, I asked myself a lot of questions.

Do other women feel the same way?  Are there other women out there that will hang on to a bad relationship because they don't want to be alone?  Or will make bad choices for the same reason? 

I took all those random questions and developed 3 women, all nearing retirement, each with different personal problems, but each with the same sad thoughts that they didn't want to grow old alone.

By writing about these 3 women, I was able to get myself to a point where I enjoy being alone.  I like my own company and so very happy with who I am now.  And here, my friends and readers, is my introduction into the lives of 3 remarkable women, who like me (not saying I'm remarkable), found their way back to who they really are.....

The Ironing Board is the emotional story of three friends nearing retirement and trying desperately to hold on to the lives they're familiar with. But circumstances and wrong choices are trying to redefine who they really are.
Myra, an outspoken widow, doesn't mince words when a man she meets online becomes a problem. But when he becomes obsessed, her confidence disappears and for the first time she's really afraid. Kate has always been content to let her life revolve around her husband until he suddenly asks for a divorce after thirty-seven years of marriage. Not knowing who she is without him, she sinks deep into depression. Emily is living with the love of her life, but his recent random verbal attacks are slowly eating away at her self-esteem. When the women find diary pages written in 1948 and one dollar bills hidden under the covers of an old ironing board, what they read shocks their senses. Then they realize that they need to do what the young writer was trying to do and take back their lives, their self-confidence and their futures.

I'm trying to find a home for this story and scouring agents interested in representing women's fiction.  And now the story about Charlie (Jan 9th) is taking up more and more of my time.  He's is such a dear little young guy that I hope readers will fall in love with him.  And actually, his story is going to be the sequel to The Ironing Board and the women in my first story will also be in this one.  So Charlie, here's a toast to us, may we make this journey together and come out winners in the end.

Quotes for the Day

For me, writing is exploration; and most of the time, I'm surprised where the journey takes me.
Jack Dann

Writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted.    Jules Renard

Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.
Gloria Steinem


Tracy said...

Hi Karen! Thought I'd stop by and read your query this afternoon. (The bolded part of this post, right?)

First off, a BIG disclaimer: I am not an expert and have not begun the query process for my own ms, okay?

Just a few first impressions...

From what I have read on blogs like Query Shark (http://queryshark.blogspot.com), I would get rid of descriptive language like "emotional story" and just stick with "story." I'd assume it's going to be very emotional because the women, nearing retirement, are trying to hold onto their pasts. You don't need to tell me. :)

I would include the last names of your characters.

This is compelling: "When the women find diary pages written in 1948 and one dollar bills hidden under the covers of an old ironing board, what they read shocks their senses." However, the sentence that follows doesn't have the same punch: "Then they realize that they need to do what the young writer was trying to do and take back their lives, their self-confidence and their futures."

Have you considered starting your query with the paragraph that begins "Myra, an outspoken widow, doesn't..." and following with "THE IRONING BOARD (XX,XXX words) is ..." at the end?

Like I said, I'm not an expert. But I do think you have an interesting premise and I would love to see updates on how your querying goes. Of course I wish you much success too. :) Keep in touch!

Karen said...

Thank you, Tracy, for your input I can use all the help I can get. And I see how your suggestions can help, so again, thanks. I think I'll check out that Query Shark blog. Sounds like a good one.