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{January 1, 2010}   Happy 2010!!

Howdy!  Happy 2010 to everyone!  It’s a new year already, and it’s time I get back to thinking about writing.  The holiday season always takes me away from my writing schedule.  This year it had a lot of help with some crises.  First, I nearly lost my sister (there’s a post here all about her battle).  She’s regaining her health, but it is taking a long time, which is what she was told to expect.  Second, I have a very dear aunt–my dad’s sister–and she had her own health emergency.  She went in for a routine biopsy and when they took her into the operating room, her heart went bonkers!  Her heart beat decided to accelerate to 180 beats per minute and wouldn’t slow down.  Immediately, they took her down to the cardiac intensive care unit where they literally flatlined her, waited a few seconds, and restarted her heart.  She spent two more days in the hospital and was sent home.  We’re a) very glad she’s still with us and b) hoping the problem can be stabilized with meds instead of a pacemaker.  Lastly, I had my own bout of illness.  A teenie tiny minor bout–just to put it in perspective with everything else.  I got an infection in my jaw.  Who knew that could happen?  Not me.  The entire left side of my face was in pain and I couldn’t eat–not that that’s necessarily a bad thing!–but the sensitivity was not good at all.  Once they cleared up the infection, I went in for the dreaded root canal!  Oh well, I can eat and talk and drink and touch the left side of my face again so all is definitely well!

So there you have it…the holiday season of 2009 was packed with more than just celebrations.  And all of it lent itself to tossing out my writing schedule completely.

I don’t make new year resolutions.  Why make a promise to yourself you know you can’t/won’t keep?  Isn’t that setting yourself up for additional disappointment–this time doled out by yourself to yourself?  No thank you!

I have a writing friend–Jay–who’s put it all in plain words for me.  In a recent email he said–and I quote–“We both know that after the new year you need to get back to it!”  He’s right, of course.  I do need to get back to it.

I have a lot to be thankful for from 2009:

  1. I had 4 releases…two novels and 2 shorts, all of which were released in e-format as well as paperback.

  2. I still have a sister and an aunt.

  3. I have my health.

  4. I have my husband.

  5. I have my family.

  6. I received rave professional reviews on all of my releases.

  7. I received 1 less than stellar, but still positive review on one of my releases.

  8. I took a couple fabulous trips this year, which aided in building wonderful memories.

See?  I have a lot to be thankful for…and I could have listed many more, but I figured mostly you all would be interested in the writing blessings, with a few personal blessings thrown in.  With regards to bullet no. 2, I have my very own personal miracles for which I will be eternally grateful.

Okay, so I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season.  May your Christmas have been blessed with love and great joy.  May 2010 be the best of the best and loaded with blessings of all kinds.

Until next time…

Valerie



{November 16, 2009}   Writing News…

I’ve received fan mail from several readers expressing a strong desire to read more about the United Universe and Spade.  So I am very happy to report that I’ve discussed book two with my publisher, Asylett Press.  As soon as I have run a cursory edit, the sequel will be sent to the publisher for release in 2010.

As I’ve said before, I am quite pleased with the reader reaction to GeeWhiz.  And I’m thrilled with reviewer reaction!

I’m also working on the final edit of book two in the Myerson Mystery series so that I can submit that to BookStrand for a release in 2010.

I’m writing a new book set in St. Ignace, too.  My husband and I visited St. Ignace a couple years ago and I fell in love with the area.  The community just seemed so close-knit.  I loved the live shows at the public marina.  It’s simply stunning, too.  I hope to have it written in 2010 and submitted for release the following year.

Of course, I’m always working on short fiction.

A lot coming up.  A lot to look forward to!



{October 8, 2009}   What to do…

Usually, I’m a voracious reader. I normally go through several books a month, take a trip to the bookstore and load up again, only to read them and hunt for more. Generally, I post reviews on the books I read…especially if I find them to be exceptional reads or terribly boring!

Lately, this has not been the case. Friends have given me books to read for the past several months, and I’ve bought numerous ones that have piqued my interest. They sit on my To Be Read shelf in my personal library. In fact, that shelf has grown to two and has spilled out onto the floor. I cannot get motivated to read!

Now, I have been top heavy with releases this year, which has taken my time away from many other things. However, if I pick up a book to read, I set it back down.

Has this ever happened to you? What do you do about it? Is it a sit and wait kind of thing? I need to snap out of it soon or else stop buying books! 😦

In other news, Eternal Press had a launch day party yesterday. I was unable to attend due to business commitments, but I read all about it and must confess I feel left out! By all accounts, it was an excellent launch!

That Taste of Orange launches November 7th and with it being a Saturday, I will most definitely clear the calendar so I can attend as long as possible and tell folks about my new release. I hope you’ll join me and the other marvelous EP writers!

Bookstrand releases books weekly, and some of them sound like superb reads! Honor Thy Neighbor was released September 15th, and I’m anxiously awaiting reviews! Hope they come flying in soon.

A writer friend of mine is planning on submitting his first manuscript. I’m so excited! He’s primarily a writer of non-fiction–and he’s a cancer survivor. Why am I telling you the last part? Because the book he’s getting ready to submit is a personal journal about his experience from start to surviving!

I always get so excited when a writer friend tells me s/he has reached the point of submitting their work. Don’t you remember your first submission…and the ensuing crushing weight of that first rejection letter? Regardless, embarking on a new beginning is always a great time in your life. I wish my friend much success, and have offered to help in any way I can. I look forward to announcing his acceptance right here on The Write Time & Place and even featuring his book on the Cover Corner!

Welp, leave me a comment or drop me a line and tell me how you kick the reading doldrums! I’m counting on you! 😛

Until next time…happy writing!

Valerie



{September 17, 2009}   On Changes…

Being from southwestern Pennsylvania has its advantages.  We have four–count ’em FOUR–very distinct seasons.  As an author, my creativity is stimulated by each changing season.  I love the beauty of nature no matter the time of year.  Here, my surroundings are preparing for that fabulous burst of color known as Autumn.

We have a screened in living space in which I spend a lot of time from late spring to early fall.  I have a fabulous swing that I usually put a writing table in front of, load up my laptop and a beverage of choice, and sit there and write.  Many times, I just sit and look around me.  A range of large hills–slightly too small to be called mountains–is directly across from me in a distance, but close enough to see the foliage changing color.  It’s spectacular in the Autumn, incredible in the winter during and directly after a snow fall, and breathtaking in the spring.  During the summer it’s…well…green.  A set of train tracks runs through it.  The whole setting is far enough away that when the train chugs by, it always looks like a miniature train set.

Currently, I notice that our cool evenings and hot, humid days are beginning to cause that chemical change in the trees and leaves are starting to show signs of color change.  I’m excited about that because I’ve been needing a creative charge.  I have the next book in the Myerson Mystery series written, but I need to get motivated to edit it and submit.  Thankfully, my friend Jay–also a writer–has graciously offered to help me with that.  But in order to begin sending him chapters, I need to go through them, make one more pass through and revise where necessary.  Then he’ll go through, add his comments and edit suggestions, and pass it back.

I was very fortunate to have his help with Honor Thy Neighbor.  And I greatly appreciate that.  Thanks, Jay!

I’m looking forward to Autumn so that I can get creatively recharged and get cracking on this manuscript.  Otherwise, readers might cool on the series and I can’t allow that to happen!

What’s your favorite time of the year?

Have a great Thursday!



{August 23, 2009}   Honor Thy Neighbor News!

I’m so excited.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I turned in my edit for Honor Thy Neighbor last week, and now I just have to wait to hear back from the book editor.  I’m not a patient waiter.  I get antsy and can’t sit still.  So today, I stopped by the BookStrand website to take a look around.  I frequently do this just to stay abreast of the new releases and updates to the site.  So, this evening, I clicked on my name and guess what?  My web page on the site has been created and is there for folks to see!  I don’t know when it went active, but I saw it tonight and wanted people to know…and to see it.  So if you’ve got the time and inclination, click on the link Valerie J. Patterson and take a look around.  There’s information about the book, a small and large picture of the cover, and even an interview!  There’s even a button to pre-order the book.  Did I mention I was excited about this release?  I can’t wait for readers to discover Ashylnn and Sean Myerson!  Also, I’m just looking forward to being an author with BookStrand.  I always look forward to a new beginning.  A new pathway to walk down.

I’m a very blessed individual.  God has led me down some wonderful paths.  Asylett Press, Eternal Press, and BookStrand have opened doors of opportunity for me.  I’m enjoying success with each one, and I’m looking toward the future with all three.

I’ll post a new Cover Corner on Tuesday.  On Thursday, I hope to have a blurb for Honor Thy Neighbor and possibly an excerpt.  Thanks for continuing to read!  😛



Well, my husband surprised me with a lovely trip to Delaware.  We were all over that state!  I loved every minute of it.  The beaches are simply wonderful.  We spent the most time at Rehoboth Beach, which is huge.  We also went to Lewes Beach and Slaughter Beach (yes, that’s the real–and scary–name of the beach).  We found out AFTER we were there that a swimmer at Slaughter Beach was bitten by a shark on July 3, 2009.  And, so, that explained why we were the only people on the beach the day we visited!  I really enjoyed my time in Delaware.  So much to see and do!  Such warm and friendly people, too.  We took a coastal highway route home and crossed the massive Bay Bridge.  Lovely scenery across that bridge.  As awesome as the Bay Bridge is, my absolute favorite bridge is the Mighty Mack, which goes to Saint Ignace.

So, I brought home a bottle of sand from the beaches as is my custom when visiting the beach.  I also accumulated a variety of sea shells to put in/on the sand when I display it on the buffet in my home.  I have sand from all over:  Nova Scotia, Saint Ignace, Mackinac Island, and Africa just to name a few.

Aside from the beaches, we visited Wilmington, Dover, Harrington, Lewes, Rehoboth, Milford, and a few more cities/towns.  Spent lots of time at the Dover Air Force Base’s museum, too.  Wow!  Those planes are humongous!

It was a lovely trip and we built some great memories and have some fantastic photos to fondly look back on.

In other news, I finished my edit for Honor Thy Neighbor, which is a huge load off my plate and my shoulders.  I went through the edit several times to make sure it was as I wanted it, and that I’d made all the necessary changes/revisions/deletions.  I’m so excited about the release.  I love these characters  and I can’t wait to gain some reader feedback on them!

Her Last continues to hold it’s own in sales, which I pray just continues deep into September so that when Honor Thy Neighbor is released in September, it can gain some momentum from readers of Her Last.  Every little boost helps!

My sister called today to tell me she’s been reading my other new release from 2009–GeeWhiz Meets SHAFT.  Nothing but rave reviews!  She said she was sitting on a bench on campus today laughing out loud, which just had me beaming and grinning ear-to-ear.

I got the first round of edits for my November release–That Taste of Orange–my holiday short fiction.  I’m so excited about that release, too.  This will be the final release of 2009 for me, which closes out the year with 4–two full-length novels and two short fiction pieces.  While the joy never seems to end, neither does the work involved in 4 releases in 1 year.  I told Steve last night, I didn’t think I wanted to do that again!  But who knows, eh?  If the opportunity presents itself…

Okay, there’s a storm loudly making its presence known outside, so I better end this and get it posted.  Thank you for reading my blog, and especially for visiting the days when I showcase a new author on Cover Corner.  😛



{July 30, 2009}   This n That

Remember the edit hurdle I wrote about a few days ago?  Well, I did it!  I pulled that memory to the surface and wrote the scene, making it the subject of the beginning of the book.  It wasn’t difficult.  I just needed to think it through.  Ninety percent of the time, when an editor suggests a change, points out a problem, or writes a comment about a scene or a chapter, they’re right.  Some editing is subjective, meaning that if you were to ask two editors, they might disagree.  However, a fresh set of eyes on your work is rarely a bad thing, which is why I try to always be a professional and accept that perhaps my work is not as perfect as I think it is.  ‘nuf said!

Anyway, changed the beginning, and I gotta admit that it works better than I thought it would.  Plus it gives me a chance to introduce a character while he’s alive rather than after his demise, which is how it was.  That’s always a plus.  Easier to flesh out a living character than a dead one.

My friend JT finished his exhaustive edit of his first novel, which I have very much enjoyed reading.  I’m dismayed, though because now I don’t have anything from him to read.  I read the final chapter on Tuesday.  *sigh*  JT’s story is a very good one set in a real time period disguised as a fake one in the future.  His hero is a young man barely out of high school who’s forced to grow up in a scant amount of time.  It’s an excellent coming-of-age story, war story, love story, and story of personal victory all rolled into one.  Well done, JT!

I want to thank everyone who came to the blog and reviewed Cover Corner.  The traffic here over the past 2 days has been tremendous, and I sincerely hope it garners Mark some new fans and many sales.  So…thanks again!

Okay, gotta run, the office beckons whether I want it to or not!



{July 25, 2009}   ARGGGGG!

Okay, I’ve been working on the edit for Honor Thy Neighbor and it’s just pulling me down.  The editor isn’t completely sold on my beginning.  She wants me to take a memory and make it the beginning of the book.  I’m not against this idea, but it is giving me fits.  It’s just that I’m having a difficult time wrapping my head around pulling this reverie out of the background and bringing it to the foreground.  Because I’m having trouble, I don’t want to work on the edit.  I know if I just get past this bump in the road, the rest of the edit will be a breeze.

I’ve been getting rave reviews on the new cover for this book as well.  It’s just a fantastic cover and everyone who sees it, just loves it!  I can’t wait for the book’s release, but in order for that to happen, I need to get through the edit!

Argh!



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