Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Online Workshop: Conflict Featuring Bob Mayer



Dunes & Dreams RWA Chapter 215 (from Eastern Long Island) present their February 2010 Online Workshop.

Cost: $10 D&D members, $20 all others. Payable in US funds only.
*February 1 AND February 4: The Original Idea—The Core of Writing and

Selling Your Book and Conflict-The Fuel of Your Story with Bob Mayer

*Blurb:* Can you say what your book is about in 25 words of less? This is essential to both writing a tight book and then selling it. We’ll discuss ways to find and state your original idea so that you stay on course while writing the book and with which you can excite those you tell it to when trying to sell it. *After the formal presentation, participants will get the opportunity to present their idea down and have it discussed*. We’ll find out what you really meant to write and the level of interest it generates. All will profit, not just the person whose idea is discussed, as this workshop will show you how to focus your creative energies.

Conflict drives your story. Not only must conflict escalate throughout the entire novel, every single scene must have conflict in it. The Conflict Box is an effective technique for focusing your story on the protagonist,
antagonist, their goals and finding out if you have the necessary conflict lock.

*This is a two-day workshop*.

*Bio:* NY Times bestselling author Bob Mayer has 40 books published. He has over three million books in print and is in demand as a Team-building, Life-change, and Leadership speaker and consultant for his *Who Dares Wins: The Green Beret Way* concept which he translates into Warrior Writer: a holistic program teaching writers how to be authors*.*

*DATE*: February 1 AND February 4
Registration deadline is January 29th.

*PLACE*: Dunes & Dreams RWA Forum

Registrants will receive a login password to the workshop forum by January 30th to allow ample time to become familiar with the forum.

*COST*: $10 Dunes & Dreams RWA Members/ $20 all others (US funds only – paypal or checks)

*CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY*: No registration fees will be refunded. All payments for a workshop must be received by the registration cut off date. Payments received after the cut-off date can be applied to a future workshop of the applicant's choosing.

If a workshop is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances, such as instructor inability to teach class, registration fees will be applied to a future workshop of the applicant's choosing.

Hope to see you in class!

Registration form and more information:


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Let the Race for the RITA Begin!

Came home from my usual round of errands yesterday to find a fairly large UPS box with a return address of RWA in Texas. Hmmm...

Oh, right! I signed up to judge the RITAs this year! These were my entries. And in my precious box? Six category romances, one paperback historical, and one hardcover romantic suspense. It figures. I'm halfway through one book on CD at work and a quarter of the way through a Nora paperback at home. So, naturally, I have eight new books (with a reading deadline!) staring up at me from my dining room table. Sorry, Nora. I'll have to postpone finding out what happens at Vows while I find a winner or two in my new pile.

Friday, January 15, 2010

The Great Nail Polish Study--Day 12

It's been twelve days. How's the manicure doing? Not bad. A few chips, but they're minimal. Here's a photo taken a few minutes ago:

Note the itty bit of "white space" on my index finger. 

What does this mean for my manicurist? Nothing really. I still consider this a successful product. The abuse I give my nails wouldn't allow a standard polish to last this long with such minimal damage. Even better, though, no breakage! So if you're looking for a great way to keep your nails strong and get your color to last longer, you might want to consider the gel polish. It costs about twice as much as your standard manicure, but should last twice as long.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled program...

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Great Nail Polish Study--Day 7

It's officially been a week since I had my "gel polish" manicure, and I gotta say. I'm impressed. A little of the gloss has faded, but there isn't a spot of white anywhere on my nails. I could put a coat of clear polish over them to gain back the shine and I'm good to go as if I just had them done. I'll definitely be looking at doing this type of manicure whenever I plan on being away for a week or so--like for RWA National this coming July. (Nashville, TN at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, July 28-31). Is it cost-effective? Another week will have to go by to confirm that. But I'm betting it will be.
Today in my neck of the woods, it's 20 degrees and I really want nothing more than to stay in my fluffy robe and awesome bootie slippers all day with a fire roaring at my back while I sit and write. But of course, the boy has lacrosse (indoor, thank God!) and the dh will want to do some shopping, so I'll be braving the elements. Maybe I could fake sick and send the boys out on their own...
Whatever you're doing, have a great day!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Have You Dreamed of Writing a Book?

Do you have a great story inside you? Let a group of multi-published authors from Dunes & Dreams Romance Writers help you turn your idea into a novel and point you toward publication!

Join us for any or all sessions of a four-part series at Huntington Public Library, 338 Main Street, Huntington. Advance registration required. All classes run from 10 am to 12 pm.

January 30, 2010 Session I: Brainstorming Your Plot

This session will include tips and advice on plotting, characterization, your opening hook, and using a good balance of dialogue and narrative to move your story forward.

February 27, 2010 Session II: Whipping Your Sagging Middle Into Shape

Don’t let your story lose momentum and sink. Learn how to maintain the passion with your prose throughout those middle pages and keep your readers enthralled.

March 27, 2010 Session III: Reaching the Finish Line

A good story ties up all loose ends and completes the emotional journey between author and reader. This session will cover the need for a crisis moment and the subsequent satisfactory conclusion necessary for all fiction works.

April 24, 2010 Session IV: Releasing Your Story Into the Wild

The publishing business is filled with pitfalls where even the best and brightest can become hopelessly lost. Learn how to navigate the treacherous waters of print and digital publishing and the different aspects of each. Discover which venue is best for you and your work.



Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Great Nail Polish Test: Day 3

Yup, it's Day Three and my nail polish is still going strong. No chips, no cracks, not even that little crescent white space at the tips that usually appears. Could this be the miracle product my manicurist claimed? Only time will tell...

Check out the photos below:

Bear in mind, I'm only showing one hand to protect the squeamish. In a moment of terrific stupidity on New Years Day, I suffered third degree burns to my right hand, which are still currently healing.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Great Nail Polish Study

Despite the snow, this afternoon, the Girl and I went for manicure/pedicures. And our favorite manicurist couldn't wait to share a new product with me. Seems she's got "gel polish." It goes on like gel nails and is rumored to last two to three times longer than traditional nail polish. Who better to test this product than moi--a woman who generally chips her polish on her way to the car from the nail salon? Add all the time I spend on a keyboard get the idea. I jumped at the chance to test this miracle product. Over the next two to three weeks, I'll be keeping track of my polish. So far, it's still glossy and whole and I'm loving the color.

Stay tuned for further developments!