Friday, April 22, 2011

Moving right along with Family Secrets

Wrote Chapter 11 yesterday and 1320 words of Chapter 12 today. Chapter 10 was a long -- long chapter. It was the one where I introduced GOFTS (Golden Oaks Family Ties Society) and their members. That took 3 days of writing over a 10 day period.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Correction: GOFTS

Correction:  The acronym for the name of the local group in the make-believe central California city of Golden Oaks, home of Jennie Graves and her family, has been changed to GOFTS. That is because this acronym now stands for Golden Oaks Family Ties Society.

No, this change does not make the acronym for the club's name easier to remember or pronounce. If anything, it is more awkward. However, I decided I liked the revised long version of the club/society name better. It is more descriptive of the objective of the group of women who meet once a month to share presentations on a multitude of disciplines, give advice and moral support to each other in order to -- yes, you guessed it -- strengthen family ties.

Whether it is GOFFS or GOFTS, their families teasingly give them the nickname of goofs or goofy ladies.

Every family needs at least one goofy lady like the women in GOFTS.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

No More Dilemma

I was writing two books side-by-side because I was debating if I should make Armitage a stand-alone historical novel or if I should make it part of the Jennie Graves series. I added the chapters to make it fit as the novel to follow Family Secret.

The dilemma is over.

After getting about eight chapters into both of them, I have decided that  Armitage is going to be a Jennie Graves novel. Now I am focusing on finishing Family Secret to introduce the series.

I want to write about "Carp" and his memories of Viet Nam. (Thanks, Hubby, for letting me pull heavily from your stories. Unlike many men, including "Carp", who would not or could not discuss their war experiences with anyone, my husband was able to get past his by talking them out.) As much as I want to tackle this block-buster chapter now, I first need to finish the two preceding chapters that will lead up to it.