Saturday, February 26, 2011

I had high hopes for a productive week of writing but was sidetracked first by my little dog having to be hospitalized unexpectedly for dehydration (very frightening, but he is fine now) and then somehow twisting my back and finding myself unable to move without excruciating pain. Fortunately, I know a good chiropractor who is within hobbling distance and after a couple of quick spinal manipulations and a lot of ice, I am now back on my feet and pain-free. What a relief!

A couple of fun things coming up:
The Bellevue Library is featuring local mystery authors today at "Get a Clue at Your Library."
The Rose City Romance Writers (Portland, OR) are opening their Spring Intensive 2011 Conference (April 22-24) to all RWA members beginning tomorrow.
"Write On, Vancouver" is hosting an intensive conference for fiction and screen writers May 13-15, 2011 in Richmond, BC. It looks like a great line-up of workshops. I'm especially interested in Michael Hauge's in-depth analysis of "Notting Hill," one of my all-time favorite scripts and films!

My plan for the coming week is to put the drama of the last week behind me and get back on my writing schedule.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

What a busy week! I submitted my entry to the PNWA literary contest. Condensing my synopsis to one page was especially challenging but I think I managed to pack everything important into that one page (double spaced even!).

I was thrilled to hear that one of my favorite writers, Cara Black, will be stopping at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop and the Alliance Francaise Seattle next month (March 23rd) on tour for her latest book in the Aimee Leduc series, "Murder in Passy."

My local RWA chapter hosted an all-day workshop with Jessica Page Morrell, author of "Bullies, Bastards and Bitches." I left with lots of great inspiration for fleshing out my baddies.

Is anyone else suffering from "Downton Abbey" withdrawal? So glad to hear that they are shooting the next season!