Last Friday I attended the annual Literary Harvest hosted by the Central Oregon Writers Guild. I helped some with the event — helped revamp the score sheets to insure the writers receive constructive feedback, and I was in the group that added up the score sheets returned by the judges to determine the ten winners.
I entered the contest in 2009 with Beacons and was one of the winners. It’s a really early piece. I put it up on the website here if you’re at all interested in reading my early lameness.
At any rate, I met up with friends — Mike Rettig, Amanda Rose, Paty Jager, Lindy Jacobs, and others for an evening that celebrates the written word and Central Oregon writers. For a sparsely populated region, we have a lot of writers. The Guild has close to 90 members, and many writers I’ve met around here are not members.
I came up with a display for the author’s table where I gave away business cards printed up to look like a free gift. Well, it is. The Backworlds is free.
I was also the photographer. It was a fun evening of hanging with friends and meeting new writers. So even though I’m no longer their blog director, I still support the group and help out where I can.
Libby Heily – Revealed the cover for Tough Girl this week. Awesome.
Ellie Garratt is organizing a blog tour and cover reveal for her release in early January. Pop over and sign up if you’re inclined to help her out.
Cherie Reich is also organizing a cover reveal and tour for her next release. If you’d like to help her spread the word, go on over and sign up.
Nancy Thompson ‘s The Mistaken became available this week. Most awesome I can’t wait to read it.
I’m Thankful for My Readers Bloghop – November 5-8. Hosted by Tara Tyler and Vikki.
I added to the grand prize for the jousting tournament. Besides uber special home baked brownies prettily decorated and packaged by moi, the winning knight will receive a free ebook of The Renaissance of Hetty Locklear on a 8GB flashdrive complete with carrying case, and a handstamped medal [made by the Husband Unit] declaring you the champion.
Those cheering the knights will have a chance to win a free ebook as well [via email]. I’ll be giving away five.
To sign up to help promote the launch, GO HERE. I’ll send you everything you’ll need — book info, contest info, links. If you’d like to compete as a knight, type KNIGHT after your name on the sign up page. That page also explains how the joust will work.
So I spent most of the end of last week getting Hetty ready for launch, including thinking up how the heck to hold a jousting tournament on my blog. She’s all formatted and ready.
I was able to get back to writing Boomtown Craze this week. Decided to add in a few chapters from Dactyl’s and Talos’s POVs. I outlined their character arcs and how to make them relevant to the plot in this book [and the next one]. Then it took a few days of writing as Dactyl to find his voice. Then a few days as Talos to find his. Just writing, beyond what I needed so that I could find their thoughts and shift out of Craze’s head. I’m not sure he liked that much.