Friday, January 22, 2021

Writing Goals for 2021

         

Now that January is practically history, what are my writing goals for 20 21? 

 1)  Finish my Mennonite mystery set in south central Kansas.  Too long, too long, I've been hammering away at it.  This has never happened before, that it's taken so many years to finish a book. I've got about eight scenes left in 1953 and some scenes in 2019.  (Notice I am avoiding the Pandemic.)  It is really hard to write about nice people, although not everyone in the book is nice, but most are. You need conflict.  This is like pulling teeth.  

The story is about a thirty-nine year old Mennonite widow who practically trips over a body as she leaves a cafe in her small  hamlet. She is so outraged about this crime, that she gets involved in the solution, so we have an unusual amateur sleuth. 

I took a research trip to Kansas a few years ago,  It was wonderful and so many ideas presented themselves.  Developing all the ideas has not been easy.   

The photo above is why my grandparents lived in this tiny town Kansas.  I have given my main character, Lizzie Bender Ledoux, a small Sears Roebuck house.  It has been so much fun to fix the interior as Lizzy would do it.

2) Once "Lizzie" is done, I need to finish my short story "The Powwow," set in  1956 at the time of a terrible plane crash over the Grand Canyon.  Shelly, the protagonist has traveled to Flagstaff with her father who is looking for a new business.  Shelly is looking to get away from small town life in the summer. The problem with this story (unfinished for  years and years) is that it is based on a real trip I took with my Dad, which had, in retrospect some odd and worrisome aspects.  Now, I need to create an event that never actually happened, which  I am squeamish about.  No one knows that this is almost a true story except you folks reading this post.  I have to finish, but it will be hard.

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A Douglas DC-7 similar to one of those that crashed. 

3) What's next?  To do concurrently, beaucoup PR is needed  for my recently published mystery, Murder In the North Woods

Murder in the North Woods is an amateur sleuth mystery.

 She’s into high tech. He’s into homicide. The North Woods rock and roll when a savvy cyber-sleuth teams up with a hunky homicide cop to route corporate miscreants and to solve a murder.

 When she arrives in Wisconsin’s North Woods, Laura Goode discovers her only contact is now a corpse. The information officer at Great Northern Shoe Company was a local Lothario whose killer could be anyone from an enraged husband to a bitter factory worker whose job is heading overseas            

 Working undercover, Laura digs in, but office politics thwart her mission to determine who is g subverting the project. Adding more complications to her life, boyfriend Jack, a homicide cop visits unexpectedly, and makes friends with the local cops. Her soon-to-be ex-husband also makes an appearance. Laura welcomes Jack’s help, but he’s also a distraction as she segues from boardroom to bar room, trolls for bass, hunts hackers, and tries to rescue her kidnapped cat, all while getting closer to the murderer.  The raft trip from hell provide a bizarre but thrilling climax.

  It's hard to write and to publish during the Pandemic.  

Here are some excellent writers who will have their own thoughts on writing in 2021.  

Skye Taylor http://www.skye-writer.com/blogging_by_the_sea
Victoria Chatham http://www.victoriachatham.com
Beverley Bateman http://beverleybateman.blogspot.ca/
Connie Vines http://mizging.blogspot.com/
Dr. Bob Rich https://wp.me/p3Xihq-2bY
Anne Stenhouse  http://annestenhousenovelist.wordpress.com/
Diane Bator http://dbator.blogspot.ca/
Fiona McGier http://www.fionamcgier.com/
Judith Copek http://lynx-sis.blogspot.com/
Rhobin L Courtright http://www.rhobincourtright.com





 

I hate, hate, hate this  new version of blogger.  This post took 3 times as long as it should have.  The help was hardly any help.  Grrrr.



12 comments:

  1. From murder in Mennonite territory to a North Woods murder is a big stretch! Both sound interesting. Short stories based on real events are often tricky to write, good luck!!

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  2. I’ve had long projects like that, too. Oh, wait! Most of my projects are long. LOL I’m glad you don’t suffer from the same thing, and, hopefully, this is the year you’ll finish your Mennonite mystery. One of my ex boyfriends was a secular Mennonite. He even went to a private Mennonite high school. It’s kind of odd to think there is one in California. You see a lot of Catholic schools, but Mennonite ones.

    Hopefully, my comment posts. Just in case Google eats it, I’m going to copy before I hit publish.

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  3. I’ve had long projects like that, too. Oh, wait! Most of my projects are long. LOL I’m glad you don’t suffer from the same thing, and, hopefully, this is the year you’ll finish your Mennonite mystery. One of my ex boyfriends was a secular Mennonite. He even went to a private Mennonite high school. It’s kind of odd to think there is one in California. You see a lot of Catholic schools, but Mennonite ones.

    Hopefully, my comment posts. Just in case Google eats it, I’m going to copy before I hit publish.

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  4. I’ve had long projects like that, too. Oh, wait! Most of my projects are long. LOL I’m glad you don’t suffer from the same thing, and, hopefully, this is the year you’ll finish your Mennonite mystery. One of my ex boyfriends was a secular Mennonite. He even went to a private Mennonite high school. It’s kind of odd to think there is one in California. You see a lot of Catholic schools, but Mennonite ones.

    Hopefully, my comment posts. Just in case Google eats it, I’m going to copy before I hit publish. And if it publishes multiple times, that is why.

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  5. I’ve had long projects like that, too. Oh, wait! Most of my projects are long. LOL I’m glad you don’t suffer from the same thing, and, hopefully, this is the year you’ll finish your Mennonite mystery. One of my ex boyfriends was a secular Mennonite. He even went to a private Mennonite high school. It’s kind of odd to think there is one in California. You see a lot of Catholic schools, but Mennonite ones.

    Hopefully, my comment posts. Just in case Google eats it, I’m going to copy before I hit publish. And if it publishes multiple times, that is why.

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  6. Judith, I hear you on Blogger. I haven't found it particularly user friendly either. Your stories sound fascinating and I knew nothing about the Grand Canyon Plane Crash. Must look into that to satisfy my curiousity!

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  7. I just finished a short story for an anthology FWA puts out every year. It began as fiction but the further into it, the more it became reality. Instead of a fictional pooch, it was my pooch. Maybe being rooted in a true story makes it stronger - I hope so. And I'm sure your plane crash story will be stronger for the passion beneath.

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  8. I always HATE when sites we use all of the time update things to "improve" them. I NEVER find it better--and like you said, it presents another learning curve that, depending on your tech-acumen (which is less than a thimble-full in my case) can take forever!

    But sounds like you have lots of writing goals. May you achieve them all!

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  9. You are so right when you say it's hard to write and publish during the Pandemic. It's amazing how many writers have found that. Your Mennonite mystery sounds very different and interesting.

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  10. Hi victoria, I'm currently writing about real characters and events, too, although they're not personal. well, they're set in 1869 and I'm not that old. I find it challenging to find that inner tension awriter needs to make their story interesting when you already know what happened. This time, it's been fun. Good luck - and with Blogger. I have to do a title in wordpress, save that and then select classic Editor. Being eldely in computerland is often miserable. anne

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  11. It sounds like you have a busy time ahead. Relearning Blogger!! I totally understand that misery. Writing and publishing during the pandemic has not been easy. I have found some fantastic online writing groups though that have been very encouraging! Happy writing!

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  12. Since Dr. Bob told me to "click on the pencil' so I was no longer in HTML land, Blogger and I are getting along splendidly :-). What I'm finding difficult is the lack of interacting with people and people-watching. I believe observation and the energy from interacting with people is a sort of 'life-force' with harness to create our characters.

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