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Yay! Here's another one!

At least there is a good reason why I haven't posted on here in a (l o o o ng) while. I've written the second in the Mackenzie Wilder/Classic Boat mystery series. SWEET CORN, FIELD, FOREVER is available in several ebook formats at Smashwords.com or via my Purchase Page.   …

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Added by Robin Minnick on July 10, 2013 at 3:54am — No Comments

A Quick Note: a New Book

I've a new ebook out. Check out my latest site for more about Where the Bodies Lie Buried. And see my Sunoasis pagefor the full announcement, too.     

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Added by Robin Minnick on January 12, 2012 at 4:05am — No Comments

It's NaNo Time Again!

Just stopping in with a quick note to say I'm doing NaNoWriMo again this year. After 2009, I joined up for 2010 and wrote a Christmas novel. Right now I am revising it in preparation for marketing and publication. I am also revising the completed manuscript I did for 2009 (it was longer than the Christmas one). So, here I am again this year, despite working on other projects as well. This time I am going back to the mainstream novel. I…

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Added by Robin Minnick on October 17, 2011 at 8:11pm — No Comments

Return of the Queen





In a brief respite from the Internet world, our heroine has been spending her time involved in such pursuits as humongous writing projects that refused to free her from their clutches, squirreling away a prodigious amount of Christmas decorations, counseling the next generation, arresting and jailing the various forms of forms sneaking about the house determined to snare her in the consequences of an absent-minded mistake, all while working in her mundane jobs (mundane as in… Continue

Added by Robin Minnick on March 2, 2010 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Post-NaNo Blog

It can be said that intense activity is the theft of time, or at least our awareness of its passing. No better proof of this for me than what happened on December 3rd. I woke up that morning, rubbing my fuzzy head, and thinking (I am not, as Dave Barry would say, making this up) “Wow, November already, where did October go?” only to feel like I’d been hit over the head as I realized that November was also already gone, given over to my baptism into the craziness known as… Continue

Added by Robin Minnick on December 6, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

NaNo #5

I haven’t had time to blog much this month. While my NaNoWriMo count looks fine, I’m not quite on target for what I wanted. On the other hand, if I don’t make 90,000 words, it won’t be that bad. I’ll still have a great start on this book.



It’s curious. It still seems like one long dialogue, or maybe conversation, amongst the main characters. And it keeps stretching. I don’t know if it’s because I write in small doses broken up by leaving my desk for a drink of tea, petting the cat,… Continue

Added by Robin Minnick on November 18, 2009 at 8:44pm — No Comments

NaNo #4

Aahhh. It is officially Day #7 in NaNoWriMo-land. I haven’t written on Nano yet today, but that time is coming later this afternoon. I did promise to post about it, so that’s what I’m here for.



On most of my blogs, you can find a little blue icon that will show you my updated word count. For those of you who don’t want to search it out, the count stands at 21,345 words. I am officially on-target for my unofficial goal of 90,000, and I’m way ahead of where I need to be to meet the… Continue

Added by Robin Minnick on November 8, 2009 at 7:29am — No Comments

NaNo #3

I swear, this is true. I’m not just stringing random words together. These actually make a story. And I am at:

10,021 words!!

I can’t believe it either.

Will this pace last? Stay tuned.

Added by Robin Minnick on November 2, 2009 at 7:55pm — No Comments

NaNo #2

Nov 1 – Well, it’s 9:00 EST, and I’ve made it through the day. Besides taking my son to investigate the Society of Creative Anachronisms, I’ve written 4 chapters for 5562 words. At this rate my book will be even bigger than the 90,000 I anticipate. I know I’m getting plot down, and character, but I’ve a feeling I’ll be doing some backfilling on place and description. We’ll see.



I’m having to use whatever time I get to the fullest, as I don’t know when other things will interfere. But… Continue

Added by Robin Minnick on November 1, 2009 at 6:14pm — No Comments

NaNo #1

Hello Facebookers, Twitterers, and Readers of My Blogs:

As noted, you’re all getting the same updates, at least for now. Maybe I’ll rotate them thru the week as I go.

Oct 31 – final countdown. At 12:01 am on Nov 1 (remember, we don’t officially change clocks until 2am) I will begin writing. I plan to go until 2:00 am, just because I can. Then bed and back to writing in the a.m. I’m excited about this… and I’ll let you know how it all goes tomorrow.

Added by Robin Minnick on October 31, 2009 at 4:26pm — No Comments

Some Thoughts...

Just trying to get in a few coherent thoughts before NaNoWriMo starts up. I probably won't be blogging much, although I've now committed to posting some updates on my progress on all my blogs and FB and Twitter. Chances are they'll be identical updates, but people will have to check to see.



I'd love to know if anyone on this site has done or is doing NaNoWriMo. If you did, how did it work out for you? I've heard some amazing stories. I've heard that some of the novels written have… Continue

Added by Robin Minnick on October 28, 2009 at 7:23pm — No Comments

Challenging the Muse 50,000 words at a Time

The title of today's post is taken from my current email signature. It's followed by this badge and url:





http://www.nanowrimo.org



Many of you probably already know about the animal called NaNoWriMo.



For those who do not, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. Each year writers sign up to spend the month of November trying to write a 50,000 word novel. It is no… Continue

Added by Robin Minnick on October 17, 2009 at 4:50pm — No Comments

Satisfaction Takes a Step Forward

A couple of posts ago I wrote about a book I'd written that turned up on the Google Book project just as I was finishing a major re-write in hopes of publishing it in a more traditional fashion (When Is a Book Not a Book?).



Agent Jessica Faust of BookEnds, LLC -- A Literary Agency expressed concern that I was focusing on… Continue

Added by Robin Minnick on August 18, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

A Piece of Ceiling from the Sky and other strange words

This piece also appears on my Blackwater Tales blog





A piece of ceiling from the sky….



I thought it was a nonsensical phrase when it entered my head, but I liked it. I sat here, trying to think of a way to use it. It actually didn’t take long.



Falling sky. Chicken Little. A piece of ceiling from the sky looks like a piece of plaster dropping like a… Continue

Added by Robin Minnick on July 8, 2009 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

The Company We Keep

Remember how when you were younger, your parents would quiz you about who you were spending time with? You had friends they objected to but couldn't tell you why. These were always the friends who were doing things you knew better than to do, but hey, they were fun to be with. Inevitably your parents would say something about how it would look for you to hang out with these kids. When you shrugged and protested and asked "What's the problem?" your parents would lecture you about how you were… Continue

Added by Robin Minnick on May 2, 2009 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

When is a Book Not a Book? A Question for Agents, Editors, Publishers… and anyone else who wants to register an opinion

A writer sits down and writes a book. Then the writer shops the manuscript around to agents, picks up an agent who markets the manuscript, and in the best of all possible worlds, sells it to a publisher for a reasonable sum of money. The writer is now an acknowledged professional earning her keep and working on her next book.



Well, I said the ‘best of all possible worlds’, didn’t I?



Okay, so we all know life isn’t like this. There are a lot of digressions and… Continue

Added by Robin Minnick on April 19, 2009 at 6:55pm — 4 Comments

A Writer's Work is Never Done, but ....

I'm actually working hard this weekend spitting and polishing, so while I have my next post in mind, I'm saving it for now.

Instead, I'll direct you to Meanderings and Muses where Kaye Barley graciously requested I 'guestblog'. Check out my post there and read some of the other guests' posts as well as those Kaye wrote.

Enjoy yourselves, and I'll have my new post here soon.

Added by Robin Minnick on March 29, 2009 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Working, working, working....

I had a problem with a manuscript this weekend. I was revising a mainstream novel I'm working on when I realized that one character was speaking in a style that was, well, uncharacteristic.



You see, I wanted him to be concise, but not terse. He is a man of few words, but not because he doesn't want to talk with people, he is just naturally quiet. And he has an inner peace. Now, this is similar to but NOT the same as his friend, whose very philosophy is that of being in balance within… Continue

Added by Robin Minnick on March 11, 2009 at 7:40pm — No Comments

Tell me about your comfort books....

I posted a new entry to my Blackwater Tales blog about our 'comfort books', those books we love or enjoy enough to read them more than once. Read it and come back and tell me about your own 'comfort books'.

Added by Robin Minnick on February 22, 2009 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Book Review: Malice in Miniature by Margaret Grace

I've posted a review of Malice in Miniature by Margaret Grace at Bookstove.

Bookstove: Review: Malice in Miniature

Enjoy the review; enjoy the book!

Added by Robin Minnick on February 18, 2009 at 5:52pm — No Comments

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