Summer 2014: Looking Back

August 30th, 2014

Labor day weekend is the official end of summer and has always required a mental adjustment. I must face the fact that 2014 is two-thirds over, fall is on the way (even though the temperatures are still warm), and it is time to prioritize and self-assess. The beginning of fall has always felt like a fresh start to me, almost like a New Year’s Day.

Summer 2014 was a productive one. I’ve been able to spend time writing and  received constructive critique from published authors and critique partners alike. A highlight of the summer was attending Midwest Writers Workshop on the Ball State Campus in Muncie at the end of July. I learned much, networked with many, had the opportunity to pitch my latest mystery novel, and hear some top-notch writers. Most importantly, I felt validated as a writer as a result of attending.Aug 3 event2

Speed City Sisters in Crime met throughout the summer. I value the critique from my fellow sisters and “mister sisters” as well as the opportunity to read their works-in-progress.   August 3, Speed City SinC sponsored a Day of Mystery at the 86th Street Barnes and Noble. We sponsored a crime scene contest and a demonstration by a trainer of cadaver dogs. Members of our chapter rotated through a signing table. I had many interesting conversations with readers of mystery, fellow authors and potential writers.Aug 3 event1

As September approaches, I am putting the finishing touches on a mystery novel that has been on the shelf for a while. It feels good to hold the weight of the printed pages in my hands. A little polishing, and it is ready to send out. I’m also going to self-publish my first writing effort, a novella about a cyber stalker. Stay tuned…I’ll be letting mystery readers know when it is available. Then, it will be time to move on to the next creative project in the “new” year.

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