"BEWARE the ides of March."
So sayeth the soothsayer in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. When I first started this newsletter, I planned to release it on the ides of each month, figuring the "ides" would be an easy date to remember and a funny literary allusion. Turns out I was mistaken.
What's an ides? According to Dictionary.com, the ides is a day in the Roman calendar marking the approximate middle of the month. For March, May, July, and October it falls on the 15th. For other months it falls on the 13th. Don't worry, though, I'll stick with the 15th for publishing these tidbits. No need for everyone to be confused!
If you missed author Carol Bellhouse's presentation last month, you may still order her work Estate and Legacy along with her other publications on Amazon. Check her out here: http://www.amazon.com/Estate-Legacy-Carol-Bellhouse/dp/1507819633
- Check out the Chaffee County Writers Exchange for more details on upcoming workshops and consider becoming a member! Their workshops are great fun. http://ccwritersexchange.org/FifthMonday.html
- I will be the guest author on April 22nd--Earth Day! It will be the perfect day to share my new novel WATERWIGHT and discuss my writing process! Come with questions and an appetite for free pizza and drinks! Follow me on my Leadville Laurel Facebook page for (way-more-frequent) updates!
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARIES!
(that's an order)
Here are some exciting new authors/bloggers! Check them out!
Jennifer Sweete, the current CCWE president, has a gorgeous new blog. Check it out for a "sweete" dose of inspiration! http://jennifersweete.com/
Debbie (DJ) Davis is a Colorado girl who can't imagine living anywhere else! The rugged high country sets the scene for her stories. When she's not writing, she's hiking with her dogs, photographing the wildlife, or camping with her husband. A Great Dane runs her life.
A portion of each sale of her novel Courageous Cain is donated to Big Bones Canine Rescue in Windsor, Colorado. Her second novel, Summer Star, is due for release by Champagne Books on April 4. Check out the cover on her site. http://djdavisauthor.com/
I met Molly Kate Brown at a CIPA conference last month (consider joining this growing organization) and read her novel Learning to Walk in India. Amazing. Exquisitely written. You will BE in India with her. Here's the link:
and her website is: www.mollykatebrown.com
Cara Sue Achterberg's new novel Girl's Weekend is available at a $3.99 pre-release price until its May 3rd release! Check her out here:
. . . and I just met these 3 local authors at Next Page Book Store in Frisco on March 12th:
Heather Sappenfield, author of
LIFE AT THE SPEED OF US
and other award-winning books!
(I just started reading it and I can see why
she wins awards!)
Her site: http://www.heathersappenfield.com/
Lauren Dittle, author and artist for a gorgeous new children's book called
APPRECIATE (Life is Great)!
Her site: http://www.laurendittle.com/
Wayne Turner, author of
Family and the Great Outdoors
His link: https://www.crcpress.com/Family-and-The-Great-Outdoors/PhD/9781498763042
And, by the way, Next Page Books & Nosh is a fun, friendly place! Please support your local book stores!
Author Ann Parker may not be new, but I've made her an honorary "Leadvillain"! Check out her beautiful website and dig into her Silver Rush Mystery Series!
(see photo below of her last research visit to Leadville!)
And now, your prompts for the next 30ish days:
1. Using the words "cashew" (noun), "screeched" (verb), turquoise (adjective), and lovingly (adverb), write a narrative, a poem, or whatever comes from your fingertips.
And don't ask why those words came to me!
Well, actually, I'd love it if someone would ask (because then I'd know you were reading this!)
2. I got this next prompt from the Chaffee County Writers Exchange Workshop I attended on 3/7/16:
Think back to an early childhood incident. You might want to make a list of discreet memories first, and then pick one. Now, from a 1st person present tense perspective, tell me about it. You'll be using your young memory, youthful words and syntax. Spend no more than 10 minutes on this.
Then, look back on that same incident and write about it from a 1st person past tense perspective from the age you are now. Again, no more than 10 minutes.
If you'd like to see how I wrote from these very different perspectives, here's my blog post about an incident I so clearly remember. I was quite the little hussy at the age of five. http://leadvillelaurel.com/five-year-old-siren-song/
I wonder where Andy is now . . .