It's Sarah MacAlpin's birthday! It's also the day before the start of NaNoWriMo. Here's a vlog about my plans for the month of November.
If you've read The River Maiden, you know that the Halloween celebration in Chapel Hill figures very highly in the story. So, I thought I would also share a video of last year's Halloween to give you an idea of what it's actually like. Enjoy.
Veterinarian Ava Martinez, is the niece of one of the South's biggest crime lords. She is determined not to get sucked into the underworld that has left her father in prison and her mother missing. One night she happens across an unconscious man in the trunk of a car outside one of her uncle's fronts. Risking her own life to do the right thing she helps him escape and delivers him to the emergency room. She hopes that's the last anyone knows or the event. Imagine her surprise a few days later when he shows up at her clinic with a stray dog that he is adopting and he turns out to be an Assistant District Attorney. The very persistent prosecutor, Jordan Wellington, is smitten at first sight and pursues Dr. Martinez doggedly (pun intended) though not knowing that she is the person who saved his life. He has no memory of the night that he was attacked.
Last weekend I attended the James River Writers Conference. I feel so lucky to have a conference where I can soak up wisdom from the likes of Lee Smith and Barbara Kingsolver practically in my own back yard. I came a way feeling energized and great about the professional path that I'm on. Then of course I ran into a post on a writers forum I belong to about how self-published authors aren't true authors. When I was done seething, I started reflecting on how most of the industry professionals that I had met over the weekend had NOT had that same attitude.
Saturday afternoon, sitting in a rather stuffy basement room in downtown Richmond, as people were filing in to hear Hugh Howey talk about "Self-publishing and the Changing Climate for Writers and Readers" I witnessed something that not a lot of people get to see, a bestselling author shifting around chairs to make sure that everyone got the best seat possible. It was a good thing he did too. By the end of the hour, people were standing in the back of the room. I can only hope that the other folks left there feeling as empowered as I did.
Just back from the excitement of the James River Writers Conference. There were a ton of terrific speakers and I learned a lot. I came away with a huge to do list. One of those things is putting myself out in the world in more than just print.
In a perfect world, we introverts would just do terrific work and people would flock to it because it's terrific. That's not really how the world works. We/I have step outside our little bubble and actually tell people what we're doing. With that in mind, I recorded this video on Friday. Unfortunately, due to the vagaries of hotel WIFI, I wasn't able to upload it until I got home. So, it's a couple of days old, but still just as relevant.
Are you an Outlander fan? Have you worn out your copies of the books through rereading them? Did you loan them to a friend never to see them again? Did you fall in love with the show and now want to read the books during the crazy long midseason break? Well, now you can win the whole series!
This week I tackled The Angry Woman Suite. In this rich complex story three different characters give three perspectives on the dysfunction within the Grayson family that spans generations. When Francis is a little boy he lives with his mother and aunts in the family home. But all is not well. The house is full of tension between the women living there that Francis as a little boy has trouble understanding. As he grows up he attracts the attention of his teacher and local historian Aidan, who helps Francis find freedom and comfort in music. Francis escapes his family through music building a career travelling and playing until he meets and marries the mother of Elyse. This little girl gives the final view on the Grayson family troubles and resolution, of as close to it as they're likely to get.