Have Query- Next project

Story Teller coverSo I am in the process of Querying my narrative non-fiction Novel The Angels Within, long process and learning tons. I find sites like Query Shark, Query Tracker, and Writers Digest invaluable.

But the best thing is I can concentrate on writing fiction now. I have interest in my Dystopian romance trilogy so need to lock down the first draft. I started working seriously on this during NANOWRMO last November.  I am at 90,000 plus words and Chapter Twenty Three so far.

My critique group is very encouraging and I think helpful in catching all my little mistakes. Along with the curious questions about each character, they are a tremendous resource to keep me on track. I love hearing what about this person or that  person as if they were real.  To think this entire story was the result of a dream is amazing. I can see the whole think in my mind playing like a movie. I hope it will be done in the style of Divergent.

Set in 2250 in the dome covering what used to be NYC Shall is the official Historian of York Circle. Newton the Second wants Shall to help with a project, right after her childhood hero has been executed. She has to put her misgivings aside and work with the man who signed Milton’s death sentence to save the city as they know it.

And I have two more planets to consider and their stories. I’m pulling out old documents and reworking the entire story arch. Just goes to show you when you write THE END on one piece It should only start Chapter One of the next!

Write On, Diana

 

 

 

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More

There is always more. More to write, more to learn and more to focus on. Last night I was woke with a dream. I had been contemplating a story line in a futuristic novel I am writing and I couldn’t get it out of my head. So at 3:45 am I took a pen and scribbled some of the things I could remember from the dream.

In the dystopian society  of 2250, it all came into place. Library’s, knowledge and communication as we know it is a thing of the past. Because survival took front stage after the devastation of the planet. Obesity and disease were gone, only the strong could survive.  But how did the world recoup from the Wars?

I have an idea a what if… an inkling of how and who was paramount to the remapping and renewing of the society.

Now to get it all down, that is the struggle. I had to record it somewhere, Trey Rockefeller ancestor of the family in old NYC could work. But the twist? There are several Dome city’s across the globe and he was involved in raising them all. Why? That is another twist to be revealed in a future book in the series of the world I am creating.

Book one I believe will be called the History Tellers.

Writers in NYC this week

 

DSC_0820  Jill Shavis I started  reading after joining my first book club.  The Lucky Harbor series was a fun read and each book can stand alone, but we met a community of wonderfully sweet romantic stories.

DSC_0824Carla Cassidy is a Harlequin novelist. She has written well over 150 books in various groups for them. I enjoyed the suspenseful romances the best. The Scene of the Crime series felt like mini movies I could pickup anytime and enjoy. I think her best work to date as the book called LEVEL FIVE, even my DAD loved it.DSC_0822Last, but far from least is NORA ROBERTS. My spouse even loves her because she writes S-Fi series as J.D Robb.

I got signed copies of books to read for months. Thursday through Saturday I will be attending conference workshops and events with the RWA (Romance Writers of America) where each of these authors started with years ago… Who knew I was in such good company?

My byline…

I have always considered Peter Pan my hero. “I don’t want to grow up”- I heard him sing as a child and still hum it to this day. Yesterday I changed the picture at the top of the blog to a more current one. NYC home is in Spanish Harlem and today we are going to the movies. YES my family gets me… We are going to see the minions.  Yipee! and with any luck we can have hotdogs for supper too.

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I’m Here!

Made it to NYC okay. It’s in the 70’s which is soooo much nicer than the upper 90’s we have had in K.C. lately. Probably just relax a couple of days go to a movie with my family, dinner and scout out a Cronut if I can. Met a wonderfully nice lady Michelle on the plane and for the first time in my life admitted out loud that I am a writer. (to someone other than family or friends). Conference is next week, I am nervous. Excited and eager I will learn and improve, the first step is being consistent. Hence a new blog post. See you soon. Di

One year

This month is the anniversary of this blog. I haven’t had many views but I still want to attempt to continue. After joining a writers group I was asked if I had a blog and so I will continue my feeble efforts.

Writing is not as easy as I thought,98e1f-_dsc3633 it is possibly the hardest thing I have ever done. The craft of writing takes into count pace, motivation and conflict. GMC- as I have learned is the most important thing to remember.

G= goal . does every character have one, is your story goal oriented? A character can have inner goals, or life changing ones. but he or she must have a reason for the reader to be interested.

M= motivation. What motivates your protagonist or antagonist? Is there something in there present or past that draws the reader in? This is important but don’t info dump too much set up, begin with action! Prologues are amateurish. Show don’t tell how a person comes to terms with their past and goes on with their future. Sprinkle in tid-bits of background creatively throughout the storyline.

C= conflict. Conflict is something that makes a reader want to know what is next. It is not a simple quarrel or discussion that gets heated.When a fire burns down the house and a once rich kid becomes homeless that’s conflict. When a proposal is ignored and feelings of doubt come to the romantic hero that’s conflict. When someone struggles with what they are to do with their life you have conflict. So in that aspect- I guess I am full of it.

As a writer I face conflict, motivation and goals every day. Writing about them in ways that matter will only help me become a better writer and person. And perhaps one day  the world will read my work and think, Wow she can really put onto paper a great tale. I wonder why no one has ever done this before?

Write on!- Diny

Seasons Greetings from AdmireD

The times they are a changin’, for country and neighborhood.

Let’s strive to see each other and to help be understood.

With Thanksgiving starts a season that’s a fitting way to be.

For each of us choose to create beliefs and history.

Christ is in my Christmas, as well as in my heart.

And with hope and in that spirit, I pause here to impart.

Release the smug injustice, just try and take a while,

Listen to other stories, learn the lessons, share a smile.

The miracles of Hanukkah, when lamps near empty lay,

a menorah celebrates the time it burned for eight more days

A child’s game, the Driedel comes from Jewish days of old.

Hiding devout from danger, distracting twirls the past unfolds.

Kwanzaa we must not forget, though religious it is not

With groups of sevens it entails much wisdom to be taught.

The principles and symbols celebrated in this time

Should be practiced by everyone in spite of culture binds!

Winter Solstice is celebrated, in so many varied ways,

From as far back as we began staring at the stars ablaze.

Reminding all, as seasons change and each year comes to end,

To warmly celebrate when gathering with family and friends.

No matter what you may believe, or how you choose to live.

It’s not about what you might take, but what your heart can give!

So whatever be your reason, that you celebrate this year,

Find this heartfelt greeting, of your Holiday, sincere!

If I caused you to wonder, at anything you find,

Cherish each and every person, in this Season, so sublime.