New and Future Happenings

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Hello out there! Long time no share. I do apologize but have been busy. Let me share some recent events.

First, I am pleased to announce that I was included in a wonderful anthology entitled Mirrored Voices: Best Contemporary Poetry, compiled by poet/author Paul Morabito. The anthology was ranked #1 on Amazon’s best new poetry anthologies. I’m pleased to be included with some of these quite extraordinary poets. If you are looking for a small compilation of current poets, you might consider this one. I do not get anything for this anthology (it all goes to the editor) but it is a good kindle present! Click here.

In case you missed it on Facebook, I’m delighted to announce that By Light Betrayed received a 5 Star Review from Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards AND I was named a Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards. So, my vampires are happy.

Next, I’m delighted to announce that I have finished Midnight Assassin, the novella that was promised in the back of By Light Betrayed. Expect a release in 60 days or less! I’ll keep you posted.

While I work the publishing (and promotions and all that good stuff), I’m busy finishing some other works (a memoir, a fairy story, a vampire novel/series).

And of course, a part of me is thinking ahead to National Novel Writing Month because I am one of two Municipal Liaisons for the Charlotte region in North Carolina and it’s time to start planning for this month of hell. Seriously. Month of HELL. What to write? What novel can I get 75% finished in November? Oh the pain.

Finally, looking forward, I am going to appear on The Ron Shaw radio show on Oct 26 (more on that as we get closer) and then next year I am already planning on two author signings (on in NC and one in FL).

Whew!

Lots to keep up with and I promise you’ll be in the know going forward! Also, I’ll be publicizing some of my friends’ releases and I hope you’ll join me in helping them launch some terrific books.

If we haven’t connected on Facebook or Twitter, please lets do. I’m more often there than here for personal stuff but this is where the key events are happening.

Thank you for hanging in there. I’ll be back in a day or so to talk about more serious things.
Now, go back to your writing!

Yours Between the Lines,
Sherry

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Vanity? Thy name is NOT “Writer”

Today was the beginning of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! That means for the next 30 days I will pursue, with single-mindedness, a goal of 50,000 words and the completion of a book. Or something passing for a book, anyway.

Now, to achieve this, some sacrifices will be made. Friends and family will understand if I don’t chat as much, text as much, email, call or otherwise am seen beyond the library and coffee houses or wherever my computer and I happen to plant ourselves.

But mostly, I have to tell you, I’ve discovered a little known fact about NaNoWriMo and the writers – the WriMos. We are not vain. Nope, there’s not a whit of vanity hovering about us. Know how I know?

Take a look at the writer in the coffeehouse. Massed over the hair is a pair of headphones. Music and noise cancelling are more important than the latest coiffure. If no headphones, then a headband to hold the hair back so the earphones are unobstructed. And in many cases, the writer sports a ball cap. Oh not to go all Greta Garbo (we wish we had such fame)! No, this is to shade our eyes from the ugly florescent lights so that we might focus on the shiny computer screen or, in some cases, to take the glare off the writing tablet (you know the one with paper, right?).

So here we have the headphones and ball cap — Voila! Hat hair. Maybe that hat is also hiding something else…the dry skin from either the dry air of the coffee shops or the air conditioner or the heat. Writers invest heavily in moisturizers because, well, we need them! But it doesn’t diminish the fact that we have “computer skin.” That’s why we try to write outside when we can but there again is the hat, ball cap, or we end up in the shade…ah, moisturizer.

Next, let’s examine what else the writer must sacrifice for the craft. How about the cold fingers or arms. Yes those busy fingers must be kept warm and those lower arms must not suffer in the drafts. So you’ll see fingerless gloves and arm warmers. Not the most attractive things but ask the writer who feels relief if he or she cares?? The arm warmers are a lot like leg warmers of the 70’s. Oh, wait…those pesky leg warmers ARE BACK! You’ll see writers wearing those too. Even ugly UGGs. Yup, a writer will place comfort and warmth above all sense of style.

Finally, the writer who finds a comfortable corner at home in front of the fireplace will most likely be in sweats or jammies, and the fuzziest of slippers or mules or socks. Yes, comfort. The long hours in early mornings or late nights require that thinking of cold or uncomfortable body part not be a distraction. Terrycloth robes, ratty sweaters, all are included in the “I’m too comfortable for my shoes” writer.

And then let’s consider nails. Now, I’m not going to tell you that all writers have short nails because they don’t. But I will tell you that serious typists keep their nails short and don’t’ worry about whether or not their polish is the trending shade. Not for next 30 days anyway. Nope, those nails are going to be short so the fingers (in the fingerless gloves) can hit those typewriter keys with wild abandon! Long nails make me miss the keys and are a blooming nuisance!

Let us not forget diet. Ah WriMos have to have their inspiration. Chocolate, cookies, chips, gum, chocolate (did I say that?), coffee, coffee, coffee. Tea, water, coffee. You get the idea. Things that taste good, are quick and easy and some thing that we can reach for in the drawer. And then there is wine, and some prefer that glass of whiskey or scotch and we know what alcohol does to you (why moisturizer is important!). WriMos have to have their snacks. These sustain us in the tense word count moments. Not good nutrition but who’s worried about that right now?

Hair, skin, warmth, comfort, nails. clothes…all are sacrificed for the goal of 50,000 in 30 days.

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Here’s to Armani, Valentino, Donna Karen, Louis Louboutin, Bob Mackie and all the other famous designers dressing people around the world who do care about how they look and how tight their Spanx are. Bravo to them all. Just remember, none of them are doing 50,000 words.

And if they are doing it in designer duds, then they probably don’t care if they complete the goal or not. They can afford to be vain. And hey, after all that who gives a crap what you look like?? You’ve written a book!

But we writers on the street….let’s see…that’s 688 words and counting…pass the hot coffee and the blankie, on your way out, won’t you? I need to heat my mac and cheese and then I’ve got a chapter to finish.

Oh and hey, I’m not saying that the NaNoWriMo writers don’t care about being presentable.

Just don’t bother them – me – with such trivia for the next 29 days. Pass the chocolate.

February over already??

Okay, I’ve been bad and I haven’t been posting.  I do apologize but that doesn’t mean I’ve been lazy, just absent. I apologize. I have been busy and I’d like to share that with you.

Reading is a passion. I’ve consumed books like good chocolate.  While I was at it, I decided I should join up on GoodReads. Of course there’s no sense in being on that website unless you are willing to invest in your profile including what books you’ve read (and oh my I’ve read so many). I’ve only managed to list 470 so far and there are many more yet to name but its a good start. Plus trying to connect with others and share like books. It does take time. Also, I’ve been invited to a few book releases there as a result of joining which is very fun and cool!  You can find me there as Sherry Rentschler. Let’s connect and share books!

Then there’s Pinterest. I heard from so many about their “guilty pleasures” and “pinning.” I’ll admit I was curious but until someone asked me if I were there because if were she said, “I would so follow you because you have the most fun stuff.” I think she meant like the Crime Scene scarf I like to wear (you can see it “pinned” on one of my boards).  As a result, I joined up and I have to limit my time out there because seriously, you can get hooked on pictures! I’m Sherry Rentschler there too. Let’s connect!

Don’t forget you can always find me about twice a day on Twitter (poetphoenix).  I’m on in the morning to do my #DailyTwitamin and I also check my stream in the evenings. Say hi, won’t you?

And yes, I’ve written. I’ve been working on a short story (about 5,000 words now) about a character that is in my vampire novel (this character is mortal) but it is how he comes to meet my vampire. “Back story” is what it’s called. I got the idea from reading Kim Harrison’s Into the Woods, a collection of her short stories about her characters and interactions, events that take place between her novels. Such a cool concept that I thought I’d try it. Anyway, working on mine and about halfway through it.  I’ve also outlined a series of faerie stories in a four-part saga (part one completed some time ago and I just need to get on with the rest of it).  And I’ve continued work on the murder mystery novel that I wrote during NaNoWriMo and work is progressing very nicely there.

Also, I hope to have some big news soon that has consumed my time. No hints yet but will be exciting, I promise!

Now, don’t think because I’ve been quiet that I’ve forgotten about my Guest Bloggers. I hope to have our next victim, er, writer, in about two weeks. Those are always worth a look.

Hope you are doing well. I can’t believe February has come to an end but you can see that while I’ve been away I have been busy. The good news is with March we have much to look forward to including Ides of March, St Patty’s Day and – would you believe it? – my birthday is on Good Friday!  So put a refill in those pens or dip it in the inkwell. We’re going to have some great discussions and some fun.

Stop in and let me know what you’ve been up to. Your emails are great but I enjoy seeing your comments here, too (and we can share the discussions with others).  More tomorrow! Cya!

I’ve been interviewed!

It has been a very, VERY long time since I was “in the news” but the most exciting thing has happened:

I’ve been interviewed! Please check out Anna Mittower’s blog Writer’s Nook (link in the blog list) and see the interview here.

PLEASE leave Anna some comments (and come back and tell me if I was too much of a dork?)

Thank you Anna. I am proud and so honored!

Happy New Year! Upcoming…

Happy New Year to everyone! I’m happy to report the Mayans got it wrong, the drought has eased with lots of cold rain, the doctors are busy treating people like my husband and I for their snotty, sneezy, hacking crud, and we count ourselves blessed to have so much including our red noses.

I hope your holidays brimmed with fun, food and sleep. My sister visited from California and we enjoyed going to the movies to see Skyfall, eating lots of “bad” but yummy things and sharing loads of laughs.

I’m pleased to say that I was interviewed by a lovely writer from NaNoWriMo, Anne Mittower. Anne interviews people regularly and enjoyed contacting writers at the end of NaNoWriMo for impressions/lessons. I feel very honored she included me. I believe my interview will be live on Jan 9; meanwhile, I’ve added her blog to my list of places. Do check out her Writer’s Nook for other interviews this month. I think you’ll find Anne as interesting and fun as I do (not to mention how motivating she is! She was a significant amount of encouragement during NaNoWriMo).

I’ll have some pictures to share with you after I get them developed this week. I’ll be happy to check any of yours if you comment and leave a link.  Happy New Nibs for 2013!

TGIF (and a hint!)

Happy Friday everyone! It was rainy and cool where I live and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Managed to do some laundry, pay bills, get some reading and writing done with a nap on the side. What a delightful day! However, I must note that being glad for the end of the week only matters if it is indeed the end of your week. Some, like my husband, find themselves working on occasional Saturdays. So, for you folks, an early TGIS!

Twitter, thanks for growing in readership. I’m meeting so many new folks and hope to interact with those who like coffee or tea, write, photograph, read the same authors I do, actually ARE one of the authors I read, drink wine…you get the picture. It is nice to connect around the globe. You will find I like trivia because of my #DailyTwitamin, but I also enjoy laughing and sharing. (Why do I sound like an ad for online dating? HA!)

My writing goal this morning was 3000. I pushed myself because I wanted to give myself permission to write less this weekend (or not at all). I broke 3200! This proves that NaNoWriMo really does help condition you to writing more!

And now your hint about the guest blogger coming on Dec 10:

The short story she wrote was titled, STRONG COFFEE. It was about a 12-year-old boy. Why is that, someone once asked? Because she felt like a 12-year-old boy inside….

Don’t forget to leave a comment when you stop by so we can know each other better!  Thanks!

Ah hints.

She likes horses, dogs, big skies but she’s a North Carolina author.  Far West Magazine, 30 years ago. Long after Lone Ranger but….just as good.  Make sure you come by on Dec 10 to ask questions of the Guest Blogger.

Meanwhile, back at my ranch…

Had lunch today with a friend from NaNoWriMo. Discovery is so much fun. And I like hearing about new ideas. When was the last time you met a new person? It makes me smile, and anxious and nervous. Ha!

19 days until Christmas. Time to do the annual letter and cards. Yes, I believe in REAL cards. I like to make Christmas personal. Try it. Spend the price of a real tactile card and a real stamp on your family and friends. Put the Post Office to work, make Hallmark happy, remember how to write your name, discover your address book, take the time to say something special to every person. Lick, stamp, hold with pride. I tell you it beats email, ecards, typed words. Be personal. It is what Christmas is all about, after all!

19 days. You can do it!

And come back tomorrow for more hints.