Words and pictures from the author of the Elizabeth Goodweather Appalachian Mysteries
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Old Dog Learning New Tricks
My brain hurts!
Recently I bought a new digital camera -- one with increased zoom so that I can, with any luck, get better bird pictures (especially that heron at the river.) The camera's been sitting in the box it came in for almost a week now, so today I have been forcing myself to slog through the directions and try to figure out all the New and Improved functions available in this amazing little silver rectangle. Though embarassingly resistant to change, as well as being pretty backward with technology, I've been assured by Cory, my photographer friend, that this device is suited to my limited abilities.
It takes a nice closeup of an unfolding amaryllis bloom.
A standard shot of our front porch -- no problem. Now I have to go in search of a subject for my zoom. Ah, yes, I feel my brain muscles flexing!
June 1o - Speaking at a luncheon at Montreat College Library
June 25-July 1 -- John C. Campbell Folk School. I'll be teaching A Practical Guide to Writing Popular Fiction. Your novel starts here with this intense, week-long class. We will focus on writing realistic dialogue and creating characters that move through and interact with a fully realized setting. We will discuss different approaches to plotting, tricks for building suspense, means of ensuring continuity, and the avoidance of info dumps. We'll also talk about forming or joining critique groups, the ins and outs of self editing, agents and how to query them, as well as the various publishing alternatives available today. All levels welcome. Link to JCC HERE.
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I'm the author of The Elizabeth Goodweather Full Circle Farm Appalachian Mysteries from Bantam Dell. The series includes SIGNS IN THE BLOOD (LA MONTAGNE DES SECRETS in France), ART'S BLOOD, (LE SECRET DES APPALACHES in France,) OLD WOUNDS,IN A DARK SEASON (Anthony Nominee, Best PBO), and UNDER THE SKIN. There's also THE DAY OF SMALL THINGS (a spinoff/standalone)chronicling the unexpected life story of Miss Birdie, one of Elizabeth's neighbors.
Currently I have just completed a historical novel, dealing with a massacre in my county during the Civil War.
I came to this weird business late (my first novel was published in 2005) and am still trying to figure it out.
As my novels are set in a place much like my real life home, I thought I'd use this blog to share pictures of our farm and county. I've been blogging for nearly nine years now, on an almost daily basis, and the topics have ranged from writing, chickens, food, books, quilts, flora and fauna of all sorts, to the occasional tiny rant. There's no plan, but there are lots of pictures.
There's more information about me and my books on my web site: http://vickilanemysteries.com/