Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall
Hadrian's Wall at sunset

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

2 Year Anniversary

September will mark the two year anniversary of this blog.

It doesn't seem possible that two years has gone by!

Many blogs reveal their stats on anniversaries, so I'm going to take a moment away from my furious writing, re-writing, and editing to share a few numbers with you.

All Time Page Views:  10,513

Last Month's Page Views: 1,040

Most popular blog post has been the post on Wax Tablets & Writing Instruments: 1,022 All Time Page Views

Second Most Popular was Woad: 751 Page Views

I've had visitors from all over the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, Russia, the Netherlands, India, China, and Italy.

It's been fun. I guess I need to graduate to Twitter now!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

New Critique Partner

I have a new critique partner!

Her name is Stephanie Thornton. She writes historical fiction. Like me. And her settings are ancient history, too, like mine. So we have a lot in common. She would time-travel to ancient Egypt if she could and I'd be right there with her!

Her first manuscript is about Hatshepsut, the first and only female Pharaoh of ancient Egypt. She is currently hard at work on manuscript #2, and the main character is Theodora. A one time prostitute and actress who reaffirmed her Christianity and became Empress of the Byzantine Empire. This is the manuscript I will be critiquing for her. It sounds amazing!

Stephanie is also a high school history teacher, lives in Alaska, and had a recent encounter with a bear.

Check out her website and blog at www.stephanie-thornton.com.

BTW, Stephanie has 347 followers on her website. I'm definitely going to ask her how in the world she did that!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Time is running out!

Only seven weeks left until I go to St. Louis for the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) Conference!

Seven weeks to finish the revising, rewriting, and perfecting of this manuscript that finaled in the Historical category of the Genesis Contest for unpublished writers.

My crit partner Melissa and I have been feverishly trying to get through the remaining chapters of our manuscripts. There will be literary agents, editors, and publishing houses at the conference and we want to be ready! Just in case we get the coveted request for the "completed manuscript".

I am one of three finalists in my category. I haven't quite allowed myself to dream that I could actually win. I feel as if I've already won because the agents and publishers will have all the finalist's names. It's my chance to stand out from the crowd.

So housework has gone to the dogs. Forget about my favorite TV programs. Sleep? Who needs it? I'm eating, drinking, and breathing the 5th Century. All my brain synapses are alert. The neurons are firing. All systems go!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Reconnecting with an old friend

 Two days ago I received an email from my sister. My best friend from childhood had contacted her and asked for my email. Adele and I grew up in Tonawanda, NY, a suburb of Buffalo. Some of my earliest childhood memories revolve around Adele.

She was tall and beautiful and we were very good friends, up until her family moved to New City, NY. That was about 1963. We wrote letters a few times and then, as so often happens, we lost touch.

But I never forgot Adele. I always wondered how her life turned out and what she was doing.

Reconnecting with her on Sunday was the coolest thing ever. She sent me these two photos. In the photo above, we are Christmas caroling on our street, Findlay Avenue. That's Adele in the back on the right. That's me on the left.

Here we are in all our Easter Sunday finery - hats, gloves, purses and even flowers on our lapels. I remember going to Woolworth's with my Mom and picking out a new hat for Easter. That's me on the far left and Adele is in the red coat. Roberta, Deanna, my sister Bernadine, and Nancy Elardo make up the rest of our little group.

Here is Adele as she looks today. I  did a search on Facebook and pulled up about eight possible ladies. As soon as I saw this photo I knew it was Adele. Still absolutely beautiful with that dynamite smile! We are hoping that we can plan a reunion sometime in the future.

Isn't it funny when a blast from the past knocks on your door?