Friday, October 30, 2009

Reason #6 that You Have Not Read THE BLANK BOOK

Reason #6... "Before I commit myself to making this purchase, I need to get a feel for the story in a different way. How I wish there was a book video."

Your wish is my command. There is a nifty book video on YouTube, available for your viewing pleasure any time you wish.

I love this video even though I made it. I think my favorite part is when the two girls are gossiping.

Please feel free to scroll down through older posts to read the previous Reasons You Have Not Read The Blank Book.

Congratulations to Carolyn Beck, who won the drawing last night--a print copy of Three Decades of Love: A Ladies of Legend Christmas Anthology, as soon as it is available. The Christmas Pajama Party was such fun!

Happy weekend, everyone!


Thursday, October 29, 2009


It's nice to see the sun this morning. Reminds me of my favorite flower, which always cheers me up--even when it's just a photo.

Tonight is the booksigning and I still having some getting ready to do. Since the store purchased the books--just one title this time, I won't need to take my "Booksigning on Wheels." Nor will I require my lovely long folding table. I'm going to use a card table with a pretty cloth on it.

Another change from the usual set-up... My understanding is that I'll be near the food. There's something else that cheers me up!


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Almost NaNo!

I'm doing it this year.

Doing. It.

Last year I talked about doing it, but got sidetracked. This year I am clearing the decks of other projects and starting out with a fresh page, so to speak, on November 1. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) ends at midnight on November 30, and by then the truly invested participant should have completed the first draft of a 50,000-word novel. So very cool, and such a wonderful feeling.

Lots of camaraderie, silliness, and opportunities for procrastination go along with the event--but when I do NaNo, I tend to keep my head down and actually be productive. There's also a chance to donate money for the literary causes supported by the organization. Check out the website: National Novel Writing Month.

Now back to clearing the decks...


Tuesday, October 27, 2009


This Thursday, October 29, I will be signing at Salem Apothecary on the town square in Salem, Indiana, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. This is the night of the store's annual Christmas Pajama Party, which is always fun. The apothecary people really know how to make you feel welcome, and they also know how to throw a party. Click on the store's name above for details.

Since the 2009 Christmas anthology is not yet available in print form, the store has bought copies of A Legendary Christmas for me to sign. This is such a gorgeous book--love that cover--and if you haven't read it yet, this is a great time. BUT if you already own copies of any of my titles, feel free to bring those along. It is never a hardship to sign a book, lemme tell ya!

I also want to let you know about the Kentucky Romance Writers booksigning at the beautiful Joseph-Beth Booksellers location in Lexington, Kentucky on Saturday, October 31, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.

I won't be there... First I was, then I wasn't, then I was... When I finally figured out Life, etc., sure enough I won't be there. But maybe some of your [other] favorite authors will be! Go to this page on the KYRW site for the list of authors. This event is wonderful each year, and I know you'll enjoy it.


Monday, October 26, 2009

Eye on the prize

What it would be like to focus on one's writing as intently as the average hawk focuses on catching a field mouse? Some days I can do it, but not consistently. (And boy, it makes my eyes and talons sore.)

I never see a hawk goofing around on the internet when he/she needs to be working.

Just a thought...


Friday, October 23, 2009

Reason #7 that you have not read THE BLANK BOOK

Reason #7 is: "The name of the town is weird. It's so weird I can't imagine wanting to read about it. What is Quidnunc anyway? Greek?"

Latin, actually. An exact translation is "What now?"

But its English meaning refers to gossip. A person who is a gossip constantly needs to know the latest goings-on, and that why I chose this for the town's name. Alice Williams has always lived in little Quidnunc, Indiana, and she knows the power of gossip. It can build you up or tear you down. Some people use it to tear others down in an effort to build themselves up.

(Can you tell I live in a small town? Yeah. Gossip is like the worst part of it.)

Gossip is just part of the way of life in Quidnunc, and you ignore it to your peril. At least this is the way Alice looks at it.

Robert's opinion is that people will say what they want, and Alice should simply live her life without worrying about the gossip. Easy for him to say, since he'll just be in Quidnunc long enough to solve the mystery of The Blank Book. Then he will head back to Hollywood. But Alice knows she's stuck in Quidnunc, and she'd better do everything she can to keep her reputation intact, or she'll be stuck with the repercussions for the rest of her life. Alice struggles with the "gossip tree" throughout the book.

If you want to know the previous reasons you haven't read The Blank Book, here they are:


Thursday, October 22, 2009


I recently read this paperback, which was loaned to me and came with a glowing recommendation.

Restless Hearts is an inspirational romance, centered on Romans 8:28 -- "And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose."

The story is set in the little town of Crossroads, Pennsylvania. The hero (a policeman) and heroine (a midwife) are not Amish, but many of the other characters are. If you haven't read an inspirational romance in a few years, you may be surprised to learn that they are much less "preachy" than they used to be.

Go to this page on Marta Perry's website to read an excerpt. (Click on the book's cover in the sidebar.) The publication date is 2008, so I can't find the paperback at eHarlequin. They do have the ebook there, though. Barnes and Noble has both the paperback and ebook.

Remember, I don't do reviews, but I like to tell you about books I've particularly enjoyed.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I'd better watch out!

It always surprises me to learn that someone has listened to what I've said, or read what I've written online. (Or--gasp!--read and enjoyed one of my books!) I'm sure that seems silly, but I'm not accustomed to people paying attention to me. I've spent most of my life being very, very quiet, and staying in the background.

Because of my innate shyness, blogging and commenting on other people's blogs, and goofing around on Facebook involve stepping out of my previously small and cozy comfort zone--and stepping out in long strides.

Well, Saturday I received a birthday gift from my friend Jonell. She had ordered it specially made--she told me this a while ago. I was tickled that it arrived late, because that means my birthday was still ongoing (it began on September 22, but I think it's over now.)

Inside the gift bag was a lovely mug! On one side is a big "M" and "Magdalena." On the other side it says, "Hope, Dream, Believe... And if necessary, Reinvent." Just like at the top of this blog!

Also in the gift bag was a box of Earl Grey tea. Jonell knew from a recent Facebook comment that I was low on Earl Grey.

What a lovely gift--and once again, a reminder that someone may actually be reading what I write, so I'd better watch it. :)


P.S. I apologize for my inability to take a good picture of the mug. Hope you don't mind the clip art instead.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Writing workshop this Saturday!

"The Stories of Your Life," a one-day workshop sponsored by KYOWA Writers 180, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Best Western at Russell. The event will help writers incorporate what they've seen, heard and experienced in their own lives into fiction and non-fiction work.

"Whether you're penning a family history, writing your memoirs or crafting a novel or short story, this workshop will help you draw on your own life for inspiration and creativity," said Mary Shortridge, president of KYOWA Writers.

Among the presenters are novelists Jennifer Johnson and Cammie Eicher, local genealogist Helen Hunt, Dr. James Gifford of the Jesse Stuart Foundation and other experienced writers and historians.

Topics to be discussed include how to use life experiences and family history in writing, preparing a manuscript for publication and how to choose a publisher or ways to self-publish your work.

The workshop will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue to 4:30 p.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with coffee and doughnuts. The cost is $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Pre-registration is not required but requested by e-mailing mizcathie @


I copied the above from a press release. If you are in the area of Russell, Kentucky, I'm sure this workshop will be worth the drive! The Progeny will be visiting us this weekend, so I'll be hanging out with him/driving him crazy/making him wonder why he came home for the weekend. Those important Mom things--you know.

Therefore, no writing workshop for me. But if you go, I'd love to hear a report!


Monday, October 19, 2009

Style show!

Interested in ereaders? Time has a lovely picture show of some of the options. Go here for the slides, and here for the article.

I love looking at the photos of these beautiful devices, but iPAQ still suits my needs best--based on flexibility, portability, and that all-important cuteness factor.


Friday, October 16, 2009

You think this is BAD news!?! This is GREAT news!

On the morning of my 50th birthday I had an eye exam.

When it was completed, the eye doctor gently asked, "Have you considered the possibility that you might need bifocals?"

She was afraid she would hurt my feelings, and was trying to ease me into this thought process...

What I thought silently to myself at her question was, "Heck yes! I've been telling everybody I will walk out of here with a prescription for bifocals! I said it to the lady at the BMV last week when I finished squinting at the letters in the Special BMV Viewmaster Thingie. I've been hoping and praying for bifocals!"

And I really had been hoping and praying for them. Because if I didn't need bifocals, that meant something was seriously wrong with my eyes. I've been having trouble with them for a while, and was worried.

So I'm thrilled to have a prescription for bifocals! I went to work and high-fived people with the news!

Gonna find some real jazzy frames with fake diamonds in the corners if I can. I'm celebrating the miracle of vision correction!

Happy weekend, everybody!


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thank you!

This birthday seems like a big one, and not just because it's a big number.

I find myself filled with gratitude for the wonderful things that have happened since the last time my birthday rolled around. I won't trouble you with a list, because chances are you've been a part of some or all of those.

I'm not sure how much reinvention of me has been accomplished, but if Magdalenaville is sometimes a journey (as it says at the top of the page), I think it's been a great trip so far. Thank you for coming along, and I hope you'll stick around. I have an idea there may be even more adventures ahead!


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Approach with care

If you approach my sitting room and the door is closed, you will see the little navy blue pillow that hangs on the knob. If it's backward you just see a navy blue square. But if I'm writing, it's flipped around so you can read this message:

"Quiet please. Novel in progress."

And if you put your ear to the door and hear any song from Norah Jones' album, Come Away with Me, just pass on by.

Serious work in progress.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Beginning to look like Christmas!

Not outside, at least not here. Outside it looks like autumn, my absolute favorite season.

But inside, it's beginning to look like Christmas, because the Legend Christmas novella ebooks are available on more "digital shelves"--and better yet, they're currently selling at a discount.

Resplendence Publishing is celebrating its 2nd birthday by offering 20% off all titles written by launch authors during the month of October. And guess who the launch authors were... No, you don't have to guess. You can go to the Resplendence home page, scroll down below the birthday cake, and see a list of the launch authors. If you put ebooks into your shopping cart, be sure to use the discount code Birthday20 at checkout. All the info is on the Resplendence home page page. Links for the novellas at Resplendence:

The Christmas Heart (1944), by Janet Eaves;
A Groovy Christmas (1969), by Jan Scarbrough;
Under the Mistletoe (1975), by Magdalena Scott.

Plus! The three Christmas novellas released yesterday at Fictionwise. They are 15% off there through Sunday. Links for the novellas at Fictionwise:

The Christmas Heart (1944), by Janet Eaves;
A Groovy Christmas (1969), by Jan Scarbrough;
Under the Mistletoe (1975), by Magdalena Scott.



Monday, October 12, 2009

Another hole in my head

I chose to have an additional hole in my head, a la an ear piercing--to celebrate my impending birthday. I got my earlobes done a long time ago. This new one is up high on one ear.

I was surprised that it HURT when she did it. Everyone had told me it would hurt to have the cartilage pierced, and it did! (Yet this surprised me. Go figure.) But it didn't hurt long, and I have hopes of avoiding infection, too. There's a plan, huh?

Why did I pay to have another hole put in my head? I decided I wanted to do something that said, "I may be turning fifty, but I'm not done yet."

Or something like that... Sometimes even I roll my eyes at me. But don't worry. This is just a clip art picture. I do not have an outfit like this. Maybe when I turn sixty, though...



Friday, October 9, 2009

Reason #8 that you have not read THE BLANK BOOK

Are you ready for it? Or do you want to go back and review Reason #10 first, and Reason #9?

All righty then. Here is Reason #8:

"The excerpt sounds as if the book may be written in first person. First person is yucky and hard to read."

Yucky, sayest thou? Oh, but please give First Person a chance. In fact, I had to make myself give First Person a chance... I wrote probably one-third of the book before realizing it needed to be in First Person. So I went back and started over. Writing the story this way puts the reader right into Alice's shoes, so to speak, and basically this story is all about Alice. Robert is just some very nice window dressing.

Here's the excerpt again... read with an open mind. :)


To read the blurb and (scroll down) excerpt, go here. I tried posting it, but Blogger and I aren't getting along.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Now what?!?

Monday I finished reading The Lost Symbol before I went to work--barely. As in, I went walking, sat down and read until I finished the book, then barely had time to shower, dress, and do something with my face before going to work at noon. Whew!

That book was a wild ride! Yesterday after work I began to wonder what in the world I can read next. I started a new book but am not really into it.

What do you read next when you've just finished something that held you spellbound? I'll gladly entertain suggestions.


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

One Lane Bridge

A snippet of countryside from "Legend, Tennessee."

Watch your manners as you approach the one lane bridge. You may need to wait for the oncoming vehicle to cross first.


Monday, October 5, 2009

This writing life

I definitely prefer a productive writing day to a non-productive internet surfing day, but there are times you'd think the opposite is true.

Sunday afternoon I sat myself down, shut off the internet, and wrote. Managed 2,619 words in three hours, which is really good for me. And I finally used a snippet of conversation I'd been saving for months. It's a conversation between Greg Andrews and Chloe McClain.

The reason I had to save it, was because when I heard Greg and Chloe having this conversation (in my head), I was in the middle of writing a different story--Where Her Heart Is. I had a deadline. Greg and Chloe had to wait.

But now I'm working on their story, Home Sweet Legend, which is due to release in March 2010. It was cool to see that scene finally play out.

Greg and Chloe really don't get along. They strike sparks off each other all the time, no matter who's around. It's going to be such fun to get them together...


Friday, October 2, 2009

October! Yay!

In case you hadn't noticed, the best month of all arrived yesterday. Not that I'm partial or anything.

I wrote a couple of really good scenes yesterday. I think I'm most productive when sitting in front of a crackling fireplace. And it doesn't hurt that the story takes place in autumn.

Happy weekend, everybody!