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Write-a-Book Challenge: February Update

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Well February is almost upon us. The coldest, bleakest month in terms of the weather (when you live in Canada). 😦

The good news, winter is a great time to stay indoors and work on several creative projects. Lately, it’s been a bit easier to find writing and reading time. Also I have been working on some new recipes and hope to get back to my knitting and crocheting projects, very soon.

As I mentioned before re my own: Write-a-Book Challenge, I am working on two book projects. One is a Haiku journal. The other is a novel.

My Haiku journal will feature 52 haiku poems and photos, one for each week of the year. I completed 2 for winter and 1 for spring for the journal, during this past month. I also plan to review some of my earlier haiku works that featured my own photos and some of those might be included as well. If you’d like to see some of my earlier Haiku poems and photos, do click on the Haiku Reflections category on my sidebar.

I am so encouraged by the continued wonderful feedback from all my readers, in regards to my newfound interest and love of Haiku poetry. Hopefully I will be able to see this project “come to life” in a year’s journal/daytimer featuring my work. That would be a dream come true.  🙂

My novel to date…well, I can’t say that I have the whole story mapped out at this point but really, is that necessary to start?  What I do have is the beginning of what I hope to be a good solid story to build on.

Here’s a brief summary of what I’ve come up with so far:

Tentative title: The Long Way Home to Me

-set in the 60’s at the height of the folk music scene in Canada and the U.S.

-two famous singers of the era (both married to other people) conceive a “love child” which they then decide to give up for adoption.

-secret of the baby boy’s birth and famous parents  is kept closely guarded.

-adoptive parents treat him well until the husband dies, leaving the wife to start hitting the bottle and searching for the latest lover and plastic surgery fix.

-with his girlfriend by his side, main character finally has had enough. leaving the only home he has ever known behind, he heads out to the streets of Toronto and the clubs of Yorkville and Yonge Street.

-his amazing vocal talents do not go unnoticed.

—–to be continued….

At present, I am reading several books about the 1960’s to immerse myself in that decade, as an adult and not as a young child, which I was when I lived through the “swinging 60’s”. What a time of change and upheaval that decade was. So much happened to forever reshape the world and on so many fronts. I think it will make this an even more interesting project for me, to have this as the era to set the story in.

So, in a nutshell, that’s my progress to date. Do share your thoughts about my story idea so far. All feedback is most welcome, good and bad!

I also found this helpful list of ways to stay motivated when writing a novel. Worth checking out when you are faced with a bad case of  writer’s block.  😦  I’ve printed it out and posted it next to my desk. By far, I know the feedback and encouragement of other writers is key.

On another topic, I am still searching for a poetry contest to enter my recent poem: Fading Memories. Judging by the amazing response I had to this work via comments and emails, I think this poem really hit home for a lot of readers. Any suggestions for a (obviously legit) poetry contest, that accepts poems over 30 lines in length and is open to Canadians, would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance if you can help. This poem was very near and dear to me and on many levels. I hope it can also be shared with a much larger audience of readers in the near future.

I digress, back to the Write-a-Book Challenge: What I am really looking forward to is reading about what you all have been working on?

Please leave a link back to your blog post re: your own Write-a-Book Challenge updates

See you again in March!  🙂

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Author: Geraldine

I am a freelance writer, poet, artisan, avid book/product reviewer and award-winning cookbook author. I recently published the second volume of my new vegetarian cookbook series: -The Groovy Green Kitchen II: Simply, Super, Supper Soups and my fun and inspirational book, all about aging well: -Laughing AT the Grim Reaper! Gems of Wisdom for Aging Well I am also the author of: -The Groovy Green Kitchen: Weeknight Veggie Slow Cooker -Third Chapter, Second Chance (a mid-life romance) -Not Just for Vegetarians: Delicious Homestyle Cooking, the Meatless Way and the poetry collections: -Haiku Reflections:The Four Seasons (Volume i and II) and -My Poetic Path All titles available at Amazon.com, .ca, UK.... When I'm not writing or creating new recipes, I love to knit and crochet; usually with some "help" from feline friend, yarn-loving Mr. Cheddar! I hope you will visit and enjoy all of my blogs.Thanks for stopping by. Wishing You a Happy Week and Namaste! :-)

18 thoughts on “Write-a-Book Challenge: February Update

  1. I’m just gonna watch YOU for now. You’re my inspiration. Some day I have a story that will be told, but until then, I’m gonna enjoy readin’ yours 🙂

  2. I haven’t committed to the write a novel challenge although funnily enough I have been looking back at the novel I started to write, which was to cover fifty years and three generations. I’m currently researching the sixties for a short story.

    Your story has got me hooked! 🙂

  3. i love the novel idea.. oh i cant wait to read it… novels do kind of take on a life of their own.. i have completed one,, and started three others,, and it is work… and the editing is the worst part.. it isn’t done on any portion of any of them…

    good luck in all ventures,, maybe a glimmer of success with the haiku will spur you on to bigger and better things… and maybe,, just maybe ,, you will find out that bigger isn’t always better…….

  4. Your book project grabs my attention. I admire the way you keep yourself busy with your writing.

  5. sounds like you are doing well in both books, I admire you for writing two at the same time, I don’t think I would to able to do that

    anyway, I sort of wrote about what I’m currently doing –
    http://leftover-reveries.blogspot.com/2009/01/novel-2009-update-02.html

    now if only I can be as motivated as you, good luck with your books

  6. Hi Mia, And that was a beautiful baking inspiration that greeted me over at your blog yesterday. I went on a kitchen expedition after that. 😉 I do hope you’ll stop by each month to read the latest updates. Encouragement and feedback are the keys for me, in terms of keeping motivated.

    Hi Carole, I am SO enjoying my exploration of the 60’s. Just finishing Pierre Burtons: 1967, The Last Good Year. It was a fascinating read.

    Hi Paisley, I am sure that you could write an amazing novel Paisley. Your writing talents seem limitless. It would be great if you could join in on the Write A Book Challenge…there’s still time!

    Hi Sandy, I’m glad it does Sandy. Stay tuned for updates.

    Hi Lissa, I LOVE your story idea so far. I am looking forward to your next installment. You go Lissa!

    Thanks for stopping by. Happy Writing, G 🙂

  7. I’m glad you’ve been so inspired to keep up with both books. Your novel idea sounds like it is going to be very interesting! 🙂

  8. Well, I know the haiku book will be fabulous. I am excited about that for you. I am also very interested in your 60s novel, particularly if you present the 60s from a Canadian perspective. Sounds like you’re going to be busy!!

  9. It sounds like a novel I’d love to read!

    G! You have to come back today – it’s Silent Poetry Day. I’d’ve warned you earlier but I completely spaced it myself.

  10. Ok, Miz Slavedriver–

    Here’s the situation–
    I’m thinking of some work

    There is a book, perhaps a very spiritual journey waiting to be documented or perhaps it is a collection of essays which are simply experiences or observations of how I am in the world–the fabric of life. This would include deep observations of others on their path, of course.

    There’s another book, an anthology of observations about topics such as ‘mountains, rocks, fireflies’ who knows what, from different aged people that will take a long time to birth. But it seems like I have juice for it–it’s the observer in me that loves listening to others’ stories and wisdom, like mentioned, from all ages.

    I may have a collaborator on the first venture…

    So that’s all I’ve done so far. It’s not much, but it’s something!!

    Love and hugs to you!!

  11. Hi there. Geraldine, I have so enjoyed your haiku offerings. It will be a beautiful project for you to work on this year and I am delighted that we get to peek over your shoulder! And, I am looking forward to hearing more about your novel. I am fascinated by that process.

    For my part, I am working on a new poem which is giving me fits. I’ve been tinkering with it now for more than two weeks; which is really not a long time considering. I’m not sure I will be happy enough with it this week to post for the Challenge, but we will see. I have slowly been working on a book of poetry now for ca. 3 years. I have nearly enough material but then there is the editing stage to consider. I will include here a link to a poem I wrote some time ago which launched me into this project of a book. I wanted to share it with you:

    http://quietpaths.com/?p=143

    I am having a hard time figuring out who is involved with the Book Challenge? I want to be a support to you all so please help! Thanks G. for all you are doing to help us on the road.

  12. Your novel sounds interesting, Geraldine. I love the research period, when you’re trying to get not only the information but also into the atmosphere.

    Unfortunately, I don’t have much to say for me. It’s probably this winter taking its toll… my writing’s tottering…

  13. Hi Ruinwen, I really want to complete both projects. With support from other writers, I think this is a definite possibility. Feedback and support make all the difference!

    Hi Selma, I am trying to get a “feel” for the atmosphere of the 60’s in both the US and Canada. I do hope you will be joining in and sharing your excellent work too.

    Hi Carrie, I did, I did. 😉

    Hi Beth, Your ideas sound amazing Beth, you goooooo girl!!! Such talent to share. And I do hope I am not coming across as a Slave Driver! Not my intention. I want this to be a positive experience for all of us.

    Hi Christine, I LOVED your poem. I do hope you will continue this work, I think you have a wonderful start. I do hope that my other readers will stop by to enjoy your poem too.

    Hi Vesper, I am so enjoying the research too but I know the time is drawing near when I must face the blank screen and start to TYPE! Thanks V. Join in when you can. I’d love you to be with us for the Challenge.

    Hugs and thanks so much for stopping in, G

  14. Geraldine, you are very kind I’m glad you enjoyed it. I think that once a month is very reasonable and I would not be resistant to checking in more often. This is a very gentle deadline but it certainly helped me get going. Thank you.

  15. Dear Geraldine–
    I am just joking about the ‘slavedriver’ thing–I need and respect and honor the role you are playing with us. I know that it helps you as well.
    Thank you–

    I’m looking forward to the next installment!

  16. Hi Christine, I loved your latest work over at Quiet Paths. I have also added you to my blogroll(thanks for returning the favor). I hope once a month is a realistic goal. I need some structure with any project to keep myself on track and moving forward. And I am very excited about both of my book ideas. I am also so pleased to have such talented people up for the Challenge!

    Hi Beth, I know dear Beth, I know. 😉 I hope that I do help in my small way by inspiring other writers to go for it! Writing a novel (and finishing it this time) would be a dream come true. I am really hoping this is the year to make this happen.

    Hugs, G

  17. You go G! I think that’s a FABULOUS start. 🙂

    I have finally taken time to write out my thoughts and post an excerpt. Here is the link:

    http://texasblurummagesale.blogspot.com/2009/02/write-book-challenge-excerpt-1.html

    I’ll check back later! 🙂

  18. Well done Texas! What an intriguing idea for a book. I will look forward to your next update (hopefully in March?) I’ll be posting an update the first week of next month. I’ve got to get moving on my own book, still researching at this point but the blank screen is a calling….

    Hugs, G

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