My Poetic Path

My journey…shared in poems, prose and photos.

Write-a-Book Challenge: March update


First of all, can someone tell me where February went? This past month flew by so quickly for me. I’m just amazed it’s already almost mid-March. And high time that I posted another Write-a-Book update.

In case you are just “tuning in” 😉 you might want to give the first update a read here  which was at the beginning of February. I had mentioned then that I was continuing with my haiku poems/photos for one of my WAB projects. I was also reading several books about the 60’s as research for my novel project. This is what I’ve continued to do, to date. If you’d like to check out  some of my recent haiku poems, please see the Haiku Reflections category in my sidebar.

One book in particular has been absolutely fascinating and I believe will be so helpful in my attempt to write a novel based during this time in modern history that truly changed the world forever. The Sixties”  by Arthur Marwick, is a very extensive and comprehensive guide. Marwick has so succinctly described  about this decade, that there has been :

“…nothing quite like it and nothing quite the same,ever again”.

The Sixties: Cultural Transformation in Britain, France, Italy and the United States, c. 1958 - c. 1974

At over 800 pages in length, it’s been a daunting task to finish this book, the last in the stack of 60’s related titles I’ve been reading before beginning my own novel. I’m now nearing the end though and it has been a worthwhile read. What a journey back in time to an era I  remember only faintly as a young child. 


And now, to be faced/challenged by the blank page/screen. I sincerely hope that I can make this project and dream a reality. It’s full speed ahead now, sink or swim…no more research.

And in the meantime, how have your own Write-a-Book projects been progressing? I do hope that several of you have links to share, so that we can all enjoy your stories to date.  I look forward to reading your updates and I hope plan to have the beginning of my own novel ready for your consideration/feedback, at the beginning of April.

Until then, happy writing and do remember to leave a link to your own Write-a-Book project. Can’t wait!  😉


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, .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! :-) You can also visit me at my new author's site:

6 thoughts on “Write-a-Book Challenge: March update

  1. The research is usually fun and then comes the hard part – that daunting blank screen. I know you will come up with something amazing, Geraldine. Cheering you on from the sidelines. YAY!

  2. I’m sure you’ll do well, not sure I would read a 800-page book for research but you’ll probably get more out of it than I will, good luck with your writing

    I didn’t really do much writing but I posted an excerpt:

  3. I think it’s a good idea that you took the time to read these books. This gave you an opportunity, more than just to gather data, to immerse yourself in the atmosphere. Good luck, Geraldine! Happy writing!

  4. Hi Sel, I hear ya Selma…I am actually afraid to begin. I feel like this is a good story that I could really get involved in. But starting….wow, that’s tough. I’m going to try though.

    Hi Lissa, I think you have a wonderful start for a book. I want to read more and soon…

    Hi Vesper, That’s how I felt, as I finished reading “The Sixties” . I really did feel immersed in that era. Thanks for your encouragement.

    I hope that some of the other participants still find the time and inspiration to continue with their own Book Challenges. See you next month, G

  5. That looks to be quite the read; really interesting G. I haven’t heard of that book so thanks for the tip. so glad your haiku is coming along too. I know I always enjoy your offerings of haiga.

    I did have a poem to share for this month’s book challenge, but then was not happy with it. ( I ended up totally rewriting it for the OSI prompt two weeks ago.) I am basically working on another so it will be ready by next time we check in. i hope! They can pesky, those poems.

  6. Ugh – I’m so slow. Can I tell you what’s been going on?

    I struggled all month with what direction to go in. I have pretty much my storyline, but I just couldn’t motivated to write it. Then my husband went out with some friends about 3 wks ago. Six of us sitting around the table, and one of my married friends turns to me and asks me a question. I basically told him the story that Charity is alluding to in the end of the excerpt I’m sharing with you. When I got finished, my friends were speechless. Finally, the one who asked the question said to me,

    “Tex, THAT is the book you have to write. The world NEEDS that book.”

    And I thought, “Oh come on – it’s just a conversation. It’s not a book.”

    But my friends have been all over me the past three weeks. I tossed it around in my head, trying to see where I could make a story out of it. Then I was reading over some of my past prompt writings and the 11 yr old girl diaries, and I realized I was writing it the whole time, I just didn’t have my focus before. Now I knew what the story was about.

    So I started writing, fitting pieces together, and I think I’ve got a real winner on my hands. So anyway, if you want to read the excerpt, here it is:

    It’s more of the middle/end of the book, but at least it gives you a clue to what it’s about. See ya later – I’m so relieved and excited to finally “GET” it. 🙂

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