Friday, December 15, 2017

Will You Write for Christmas?

Every year around this time, as I frantically bake cookies and wrap presents for the family, I vow that I'll give myself the gift of writing time. Sometimes, it's overwhelmingly difficult to tear myself away from the kids and the fun to pound out those words. I want to be all things to all people. I want everyone else's holiday to be perfect, which means doing an epic amount of 'mom-ing.' So, will it happen this year? Will I start my usual New Year's resolution in advance? Will you?

Here's hoping!

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Sunday, December 3, 2017


First Page or One-Page Synopsis Interactive Workshop 
Free & Open to the Public
SATURDAY,  December 9, 2017, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Road NE, Woodinville, WA

Join Second Saturdays favorites Sara Nickerson and Holly Cupala for an interactive workshop. BRING YOUR ONE-PAGE SYNOPSIS OR FIRST MANUSCRIPT PAGE to submit (anonymously) to the group. You’ll hear it read aloud and receive constructive feedback for polishing your piece.

This workshop will be FRIENDLY, POSITIVE, ANONYMOUS (for submitting writers) and CONSTRUCTIVE. Please consider taking advantage of this exciting FREE opportunity which is usually only available within expensive writing retreats and conferences. BE BRAVE!

Below are some guidelines to help you prepare. If you have additional questions, feel free to email me at stasiakehoe (at) msn (dot) com.

  • ONE (1) copy of your the first page of your manuscript OR your one-page book synopsis (approx. 250-400 words) formatted as follows:
  • Text should be double-spaced
  • 12 point, legible font such as Times New Roman or Courier
  • FOR FIRST MANUSCRIPT PAGE: DO NOT include name, book title or genre on the page
  • FOR ONE PAGE PLOT SYNOPSIS: DO NOT include name; DO NOTE genre and estimated completed ms length
  • When you arrive at the library, a number will be attached to your page and you will be given the corresponding number on a form designed to help you keep note of the feedback you receive.
  • Each page will be read aloud by one of the panelists
  • This will be followed by professional feedback identifying the Best Sentence on the submitted page; the most enticing element of the plot, sense of characterizations, clarity of genre, and (if applicable) thoughts on an element which perhaps feels confusing or distracting to your goal of preparing this material to submit to editors or agents.
We will try to get through as many pages as possible. If time allows, the workshop will conclude with some general discussion of the way agents and editors read submission. If you submit, you are GUARANTEED to leave this workshop excited to revise and empowered by what may be your first experience sharing your work with the professional writing world.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

New Steed, NaNoWriMo, Darkness & Light

It's been a whirlwind fall, which is my best pathetic excuse for the lack of posts. Okay, here's a better one: NaNoWriMo. I've 'won' NaNo before - completing 50k words in thirty short days with the yield of an utterly un-publishable manuscript but a heartily beefed-up writing muscle.

This time, my goal is more moderate. The plan is to simply write a little every day and to be kind to myself with the understanding that, for me, for right now, life is a balancing act of parenting, partnering, working, exercising, socializing and, of course, getting those letters on the page. At my current unspeakable age, I have learned that all of these are important and the trick is to pay a little attention to each in turn.

Behold, my October in pictures. Top right is my last outdoor ride before the rains began, at Seattle's Gasworks Park with my awesome new bicycle. On the left is a piece of the Berlin Wall on display at the Newseum in Washington, DC. Definitely worth the trip for both the incredible artifacts and the revelations betrayed by their curation. Case in point, this warning sign, reading, 'DO NOT TOUCH. Please help us preserve the condition of the Berlin Wall.' Might I add, Western graffiti and all, since the other (Eastern) side is cruelly pristine - a chilling reminder of the dark experiences of those trapped within.

And finally, because smiling, too, feels essential these days, a snap of me at the Tabard Inn on Capitol Hill, sharing a hug with a resident furry ambassador.

Sending warm writing wishes as the season grows cold!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Ah, Stephen Crane, we need you now...

A man said to the universe:
   "Sir, I exist!"
"However," replied the universe,
"The fact has not created in me
"A sense of obligation."

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Chill-Weather Reads

                   One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns) by [Blake, Kendare]

This fall, my reading list is lush with worlds to which I can fly only via words and it feels so right to visit them while my cellular self snuggles by a cozy fire.

Where will pages take you this season?