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Running through time

I remember. I remember the television room (yes, one room in the whole university) late at night. We flipped through channels, turning the nob because there were not remote controls or cable television even. On a good night, with a few clouds hanging in the dark sky, we would find the PBS station located in the large city miles and miles away. And if we were lucky – very lucky – we would find The Doctor (and sorry – it’s The Doctor like it’s The Batman).

After I was married and we bought our first VCR, my husband and I would search my mother’s TV Guide for any listings of Doctor Who. We refined the art of scheduling recordings onto tape and captured episodes that could be watched and rewatched until the tape wore out. For years, we carried the trunk of precious recordings from one apartment to another. We never lost it.

Next came along the Internet, file-sharing and the ability to burn episodes to DVD discs. We could never wear them out.

When the show relaunched and a new cable channel blipped onto the radar, we were DVRing the episodes to watch and watch again, over-dosing like kids with Saturday morning cartoons and sugary cereal. And now, in a simulcast broadcast around the world, I will watch the 50th Anniversary special of the show I’ve been chasing over half my life: Doctor Who.

Doctor Who. I can’t wait.


Aug. 4th, 2013

Welcome to day 43 – one day after the end of the Clarion Write-a-Thon. I can say I finished my novel after 42 days of writing and a 25,685 word count. I met my goal and raised money for a worthy cause.

Thank you to everyone who donated and pledged. I am touched beyond words. I love you.

Thank you to everyone who supported me while I did the Write-a-Thon. You are Rock Gods. I wouldn’t have made it without you. I love you.

Now, I am going to tuck the novel away for a month, read about book on self-editing, and start another draft of my favorite short story – AFTER relaxing for a day. A day is all right. Right?

Clarion Write-a-thon Update

19,305 words written
30 day written

I am over 3/4 the way done. I have two more weeks of writing. Tomorrow night is the big climax/death scene and then it's all down hill from there.

Thank you, again, for everyone who has pledged, donated and helped. I am lucky to have the support system I have. I am truly blessed.

And it's not too late to donate or pledge. You can visit http://www.theclarionfoundation.org/faq.htm for more information. You can donate and pledge through my writer's page at http://clarionwriteathon.org/members/profile.php?writerid=348301.
Thanks to your donations, I was able to join a Team again for the Clarion Write-a-Thon. It is such a nice, extra bonus to be able to talk to other writers while supporting a great cause. Thank you to everyone who has supported me!

Thank you to Jim Shea for very nice send up!


Happy Friday!

It’s the weekend and the first day of summer! Why no celebrate by pledging to support a local writer in the Clarion 2013 Write-a-Thon!


You can read more about the Write-a-Thon at http://clarionwriteathon.org/.

I promise weekly video updates and daily writing samples – along with the promise to complete my first novel. For everyone who donates or pledges for me, I will send you a chapter from my novel as a thank you.

Enjoy your weekend and thank you for your time!


Only 5 Days Away

Only 5 Days Away: the butterflies in my stomach tell me I don’t have much time before the Clarion Write-a-Thon starts. My goals for this year: to write 600 words a day for 42 days (for a total of 25,200 words) to finish my first novel. Please sponsor my first novel and other, future excellent writers by pledging anything you can spare at http://clarionwriteathon.org/members/profile.php?writerid=348301. You can read more about the Write-a-Thon at http://clarionwriteathon.org/.

Plus, if you’re wondering if you should sign-up for the Write-a-Thon, I promise to be your own personal cheerleader if you do. And have you seen my pom-poms?

2013 Clarion Write-a-Thon

It’s that time of year again. What is a write-a-thon, anyway? It's just like a walk-a-thon. But instead of walking, we're writing, and instead of making pledges per mile, we're making pledges per word, chapter, or story. Writers get support, encouragement and motivation, and the option of joining or creating a team of other writers. Those who care about the writers in their life get a way to show their support. And money is raised for a literally fantastic cause -- the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers' Workshop. For further details, go to http://clarionwriteathon.org

2013 Goal: 600 words a day

Writing Goals: Since I started my novel shortly before the 2012 Clarion Write-a-thon, I thought I would have my first novel finished by the time it came around the follow year. Needless to say, I have not. Instead of wallowing in self-pity (as is my wont), I calculated the word count needed to complete my novel for the 2013 Clarion Write-a-thon. This year, I have to write 600 words a day to finish my first novel. I have a new (first) office and a new desk. It's time to put some mileage on both and finish this book!

Fundraising Goal: Any money I can raise for the Clarion Workshop, a wonderful cause, will bring me and some other writer whom it helps joy.

Where you can pledge: http://clarionwriteathon.org/members/profile.php?writerid=348301

Do you have something you want to write? Why not earn money for the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Workshop and receive support while you do it? Sign up for the Clarion Write-a-Thon at http://clarionwriteathon.org.

The Write-a-Thon starts June 23, 2013. Check back for updates!

Thank you.


Hi, Lise:

Would you feel comfortable sharing your e-mail address with me? I would like to say thank you. Please feel free to e-mail me at my old address. It never changes.

Thank you.



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