Hello! My apologies for not writing for so very long....life, on multiple levels, has a way of commanding precedence over maintaining this blog.
First, I'd like to say that I now have an official title for my cookbook: The Cracker Book: Artisanal Crackers for Every Occasion. I got a chance to proofread the manuscript a couple of weeks ago and the thrilling part was seeing my Library of Congress information on the inside page. The book is scheduled to come out in early November, but if that should change, I will let you know.
I attended a workshop on writing children's books put on by the Maine Publishers and Writers Alliance. The instructor was the the Pulitzer prize winner, Barbara Walsh. The two-day event was very helpful and I received great feedback on the first two chapters and synopsis of the YA novel I am working on. So much positive information came back that I now am working on a two book project, instead of one--I had way too much good stuff to squeeze into one book!
I have just been hired as an editor/proofreader for Strategic Book Publishing--no work has come across my desk yet, but the people seem nice and it will be a nice change to do work related to my interests rather than the computer job I have been doing.
More book reviews keep coming out; check out my Published Works page for new links to places like Shelf Awareness, The Christian Science Monitor and High Country News.
I am also editing and proofreading a woman's work-in progress which is going extremely well. It's amazing how having a new set of eyes look at a piece can reinspire an author to begin writing again.
My middle son moved to Hawaii in mid-May to work with my oldest son, who owns a construction company in Kailua on the island of Oahu. Guess where I will be spending more vacations! I went out in early May and fell in love with the place, so with two sons out there, it's a no brainer that I will be travelling to the islands a lot more.
My youngest son graduated from high school in June; I can't believe that phase of my life is officialy over. What a relief!
My husband and I are in the planning and purchasing materials stage of building him a woodworking workshop. Needless to say, that will take up quite a bit of time this summer, but it will be a good break for
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