Friday, December 16, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
So, onward! Not sure yet what to call my publishing business. Some ideas are
Gold Dust Press
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Latest pitch for House of Cuts to take to Gold Rush Conference this weekend:
A flaming red-headed reporter writes stories about grisly dismemberments at a superstore in California’s Central Valley while racing the investigation team--headed up by a detective who's fallen for her--to find the killer and to keep secret her own "crime," then becomes forced to witness another murder in progress, which may lead to her own demise.
Latest first 300 words to take to conf:
October dusk streamed through the high windows and spotlighted the terrific pattern. When I laid out the pieces of Brookfield’s arms, they would form the I Ching K'un Trigram, the season of late summer/early autumn. My message would be clear even to the sheep. And for those who had studied wisdom traditions, the design would pay homage to Mother, as well. I rubbed my hands over the penciled drawing in a sort of blessing, scraped my stool away from the workbench, and skipped to the bulletin board. Humming Rub-a-dub-dub, I thumbtacked the drawing onto the crumbly cork, stained over the years but bearing so much I loved. Keeping my gaze on the pattern, I toe-heeled back to the middle of the room, turned and stretched up to snap on the light bulb. Leaning against the load-bearing post in the center, the length of my body relaxed, and I grinned. Let the lesson begin.
I shut my eyes and summoned her voice again. Thou shalt not kill. It was always the wrong message. I scanned the dim space, listening. Nothing. She of all people should see the difference. Other kills are evil, yes, dripping with blood and gore. But this, it was sacred. Sacred and clean.
Swiveling around, I gazed at the home-canned goods lining the wall, glass quarts glistening, packed with peaches and cherries. The gallon-sized jars of pickles will come in handy but even better are the bungee cords stretched across the front of the shelves, keeping the jars from falling onto the concrete floor. With bungees, there are no knots to untie. I was satisfied with the extra bungees, their thicknesses, color-coded and coiled up neatly on the bottom shelf.
My thumbnail hurt from practicing ripping off duct tape. I brushed my fingers across the bristles of my close-cropped hair, then finger-massaged the scalp, counting out twenty-five strokes.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Okay, just ran through the whole outline/synopsis again, adding and smoothing as a guide for working out the wrinkles in the text of the novel House of Cuts.
Sometimes feel I'll never get there, but I know I will if I keep at it!
Reading Under the Dome by Stephen King and admiring his amazing skills at weaving in so many characters and plot points!!!!!!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Trying to keep secret her own misdeed, a flaming red-headed reporter writes stories about grisly dismemberments at a superstore in California’s Central Valley while racing the investigation team--headed up by a detective who's fallen for her--to find the killer then becomes forced to witness another murder in progress, which may lead to her own demise.
Would you buy this book?
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Facing the challenge to simplify the overall HoCuts scene by scene outline (in order to then put all the actual text into the best order), and lacking wall space to tape a printout of all 50 scenes around the room like a storyboard set, and being too lazy to handwrite them all on 4x6 cards, came up with a new method:
Monday, March 14, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
After working for three hours on HoC, going for a one mile fastwalk to clear my brain--getting the overall synopsis/chapter outline aligned up now with the actual story. Amazing how many ziggidy zags can creep in!!!!
Friday, March 4, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I left the dark groves of Morada and drove out through the cool October morning, radio blasting. “Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again,” wailed the swamp rock singers. This chance to cover introduction of a new home furnishing line by celebrity designer Jacki Jones after she got out of prison was exciting, but I hoped it wouldn’t be a really huge story, nothing to cause anyone to look under the rocks I’d put over my own shame.
Scraping my teeth across the chocolate coating of a biscotti, I hummed along with Credence Clearwater’s Revival. The twangy music was comforting—here I was safe, hiding out in the flat Central Valley, sprawled out like a dusty pancake, where no one really wanted to live.
For now, I was glad to be stuck in flatland Lodi, writing for the small town Express and teaching part-time as faculty advisor for the Lodi college student newspaper. Swigging at my French Roast coffee, I crunched up the last of the biscotti as I drove toward the megastore, located just behind the college out in the boonies of the boonies.
PriceCuts’ boxy shape loomed up off the dusty horizon. The exterior of the immense building was divided into sections every thirty or forty feet by paint in contrasting hues to create the look of a long row of separate small shops.
I parked in the back of the gigantic lot, edged by vineyards and cornfields faded to wrinkled shades of brown this mid-October morning. Ten minutes early for the eight o'clock interview with Steven Brookfield about the plans for Jacki Jones coming to town, I felt flutters in the belly.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Seems never ending this novel polishing process!
Monday, January 17, 2011
Since 1974, the Sacramento Press Club has offered scholarships to students who are preparing for a journalism career. For 2011, they are offering five scholarships totaling $17,500. These continue to be among the largest journalism awards in Northern California and include the $2,500 Jerry Gillam Scholarship plus four others!
Applicants must be college students who will be juniors, seniors or graduate students in the 2011/12 academic year. For details, please see:
See http://junegillam.wordpress.com/ for updates and outcomes.