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NaNo Excerpt #3 “Letters of a Lifetime”

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It’s been a few months since I shared the last excerpt of my NaNoWriMo novel “Letters of a Lifetime.”  I recently reengaged in the editing process and am excited to continue working on my novel.  Click here to read Part 1, and here to read Part 2. 
 
We pick up where Anne just finished reading a shocking letter indicating her recently deceased mother was an unwed mother in the 1940’s. 
 

Anne shook her head in disbelief.  Who was Jack, and what became of his parents? Did they know about the baby? Did Ruth give the baby up for adoption, or did she keep it? Anne’s hunger for answers and truth intensified as she reread the letter.

She sank a little further into the couch, letting her mind wander a bit before diving into the next letter.

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NaNo Excerpt #2 “Letters of a Lifetime”

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Anne has been a bit nervous to share what’s happening next in her journey through our NaNoWriMo novel draft “Letters of a Lifetime”.  She’s felt very vulnerable and has resisted me posting it.  However, after careful consideration, she’s decided to be brave and take the plunge.  We hope you enjoy it.

If you’d like to know what happened with Anne in Excerpt #1, please click here.

The three-hour drive home from Ruth’s house in Lexington was uneventful, so Anne’s mind had time to drift.  She absent-mindedly admired the heavily blossomed apple and cherry trees, and they reminded her of the cycle of life.  It was odd knowing someone somewhere was rejoicing at new life with the birth of a baby, while she was grieving loss at the death of her mother. 

Her weary mind eventually wandered to the peculiar phone conversation she’d had with Ruth’s favorite hospice nurse earlier.  June had called and said “I have something for you.  It’s a note; something your mom asked me to write down for you.  She wanted you to read it yourself, and I promised her I wouldn’t just tell you.”  June had taken down Anne’s address and promised to drop it in the mail promptly.

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Forget Resolutions! I Have a Bucket List!

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Happy New Year, Everyone!!!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

The New Year is here, fireworks have faded, and partygoers have headed home.  The next common tradition is to write out those resolutions intended to improve our lives in the coming year.  

Well, New Year’s Resolutions always left me feeling like a failure; the emotion amplified as year-end approached and my resolutions remained just words on a paper.  The flab stayed (or grew), the exercise routine never started, the clothes in my closet didn’t get replaced…you get the idea.  So, I stopped making resolutions years ago without any regrets!

Instead, I developed a list in my head of Things To Do in my lifetime.  It wasn’t until I watched “The Bucket List”,

Bucket List -The Movie

Bucket List -The Movie

I realized that was exactly what I had.  A Bucket List!  I just never had a fancy name for my ‘wish list’.  In lieu of a New Year’s resolution blog, I thought I’d share my evolving Bucket List with you in the hopes you’ll share yours, too.

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NaNo 2012 Excerpt #1

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Those of you who have been supporting and encouraging me know that I’ve been on a NaNoWriMo detour the last several weeks. I crossed the finish line with an official word count of 50,049 words, and it’s taken me this long to come up for air! Thanks to everyone who supported me through emails, blog comments, etc.! You are all wonderful! I even had two people tell about their own “letter stories” in their comments.

Several people have mentioned wanting to read about Anne’s adventures from this year’s novel, so I am sharing an excerpt below. It is longer than my typical posts; I hope you don’t mind. Your comments and feedback are always appreciated!

One last thing…I was advised to mention a reminder this text is subject to my copyright (see notice on home page.) Thank you!

Letters of a Lifetime”-A Raw & Rough Excerpt

Anne sighed deeply after the last person left the house.  Friends, family, and neighbors had gone out of their way to stop by after the funeral.  It had been an amazing show of love for her mom, and she appreciated it.  Still, it was mentally draining to cope with everyone’s sorrow and awkward comments while deep in grief herself. More

NaNo Update…And a Lesson Learned in Vulnerability

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What happened to the month of November?

I’ve neglected my blog and many of those I follow.  My emails are piling up and my husband has picked up many of the household chores while NaNoWriMo has been consuming much of my time.  November:  Writing, Thanksgiving, Writing.  Well, you get the picture.

My novel, Letters of a Lifetime,

Letters in a Trunk
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Smitten by NaNoWriMo!

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Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo!  My husband has agreed to become a writer’s widower for 30 days while I live and breathe writing!

My novel is tentatively titled “Letters”.   It’s going to be about More

Book Giveaway & NaNoWriMo

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Three Autographed Books to Give Away!

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) begins in less than two weeks!  This will be my third year participating in NaNoWriMo.  It’s an international writing event that continues to grow with over 250,000 people participating in 2011.  Write a novel in 30 days?  Sara Gruen started her book “Water for Elephants” during NaNo!  It’s free and open to anyone, any age!  See what all the fuss is about out www.nanowrimo.org

Three friends have been published this fall, and with NaNoWriMo on the horizon, it seemed a fitting time to say kudos to them all!  They’ve each agreed to give an autographed copy away, so continue reading to see how to enter!  (10/28/12 -Update: winners listed at the end of the post) More

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