A new season

Vacations come to an end and with September new seasons begin–school, fall festivals, art galleries, the theatre, the opera–new seasons open!

maple-leaves-690233_1920So you’re back in the swing of things!   So are we.   We’re planning some book signings and you’ll start seeing Make No Assumptions in some book stores and shops in Richmond, Virginia.

Chop Suey Book Store – 2913 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221

The Book People  – 536 Granite Ave # A, Richmond, VA 23226

Art Works Gallery – 320 Hull Street, Richmond, VA 23224

And of course there’s always, Amazon where you can get a copy of our book.

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Chop Suey Books

Chop Suey Books is now carrying Make No Assumptions.  Stop in at 2913 West Cary Street in Richmond today and pick up a copy.  While you are there take some time to browse.  They have a fascinating collection of new and used books!

Fairy-tales and Hero Stories

To end your day with “once upon a time”.   Doesn’t it make you sit up and listen, when the point of being read to at night is to lay down and sleep?

Today I’m working on a fairy-tale–a magical place in my mind.

bear-838688_1920There are no fairy-tales in our book “Make No Assumptions”  but you’ll find its close relative:  hero stories.   In my (Glenda’s) story,  “About Jack” unlike Jack from the beanstalk,   my Jack has a friend in the wilderness in which he finds himself–an usual sort of companion,  Great Bear.

In Janie’s “Alberto” hero story,  a young man grows up in a foreign land and but for the help of a solitary friend would disappear in the city jungle madness.

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Fascinating Places

An island that defies Earthly rules of behavior, and a house that lures one to the edges of a past life–Chapter Two of Make No Assumptions will challenge your imagination.  Click here to buy it today.

Make No Assumptions Cover

Make No Assumptions Available on Amazon

Make No Assumptions CoverSo you can get Make No Assumptions in paperback or for Kindle on line from Amazon.

Here’s the link: Make No Assumptions

Here is our first comment from a reader: I love it, haven’t stopped reading it. I bought it on   Kindle but will have to buy a hardcopy.  I am at my alter reading your book, beautiful!  For me, I think you achieve what I love for books to do…alter my perspective, mindset.

Part Four: We Got a Lot O’ Learning’ to Do

erraserThough we miss our friend Emily, Glenda and I are getting so excited about our manuscript. We keep writing every Wednesday, and now we are deep into our research too. How are we going to get this thing published? How do we write a decent query? And for that matter, who do we query first—editor, agent, publisher? Does anybody out there want an anthology of poetry, short story and memoir anyway?

All the while we rework our manuscript—fixing those messy sentences, spacing challenges, missing words and awkward phrasings. We ask our mentor, Joan Garrabrant to edit what has now become a 14-chapter anthology. Graciously, she accepts—what a gift!

We edit some more (there is a lot of editing involved in this business) and come to the conclusion that the best way to get our stories read is to do it ourselves. Now, we are on the verge of publishing Make No Assumptions.

Stay tuned for a sneak peak…

 

Part Three: Then There Were Four

As lives and worlds change two of us have to move on to other things. So we become four women, and we write more poems, create blogs of our own. In my case http://www.gratefullyyourstoday.com , in Glenda’s http://www.glendakotchish.com

Then there are three, and we start writing short shorts, and memoir and more. At our Wednesday night sessions we choose a random topic like fences, or lets do lunch, or something like that. Then all three of us write about it for twenty minutes. We end up with the beginnings of some really interesting stuff.

This goes on for another year or so, until we decide to head off for another retreat at Glenda’s beach house. We want to see if we have anything worthwhile in all of these spontaneous first drafts.

There at the beach we scribble, correct, read to each other. We revise some more and plot and plan until we come up with a format and a rough draft. A manuscript is beginning to reveal itself to us. It is so very exciting, and a bit daunting.

We are coming to understand the commitment that lies ahead of us—researching editors, agents and publishers—revising, rewriting our own, then each other’s stories—formatting and so fretting over detail after detail. We make research assignments and set deadlines. It is an ambitious endeavor.

Fall sets in and our dear fellow writer, Emily heads back to her middle school teaching responsibilities. It doesn’t take long for her to realize that her current life is just not going to let her continue our Wednesday night gatherings, and the plans we’ve made.

Then there are just us two.

Stay tuned for Part Four: We Got a Lot o’ Learnin’ to Do…