May 222011

The first draft of Joe the ghost’s story is done. Yay!!! I’m going to take the rest of this beautiful day off to walk the dogs for the second time today, and tonight I’ll finish reading Fierce Dawn by Amber Scott. I read the first half, and it was hard to pull myself away to work on my book.

I would have finished yesterday, but I was on a tour of the UWM-Milwaukee library with other writers from my local chapter. It was interesting. In their special collections, they have one of the few replicas of the Book of Kells, plus gorgeous illuminated books from the 1500’s. They also have a fun collection of nurse romances.

The illuminated books reminded me of Michelle Diener’s Tudor book that will be out in August, In A Treacherous Court. The heroine, Susanna Horenbout, was a real artist for King Henry VIII. The hero, John Parker, was a real figure, too. But the page-turning, breathtaking and brilliant story came from Michelle’s mind.

That was my weekend. What are you reading now?

  12 Responses to “1st draft done!”

  1. Edie,

    I’m reading a novella of Susan Wiggs, The Goodbye Quilt in anticipation of the WisRWA conference in less than 2 weeks. Finished The Lincoln Lawyer yesterday while watching my son before the Preakness. That’s why I wasn’t with the group yesterday, Mom duty trumps interesting day at library.

    • MJ, I adore Susan Wiggs’ books. It’s the first I heard of that book. I’ll have to read that.

      You’re right. Mom duty comes first. I hope I’ll see you at the conference. Less than two weeks away now!

  2. I finally got around to purchasing the last two books of Amanda Hocking’s Trylle trilogy and Sarra Cannon’s Peachville High Demons series. Of course, my netbook, which is what I usually use to read ebooks on, is acting up, so I need to figure out what it’s problem is and soon. My fingers are itching to start diving back into both of those series.

  3. YAY, Edie!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Finishing a first draft is ALWAYS a huge accomplishment!!! GO, you!!
    I love Susan Wiggs’ books, too, and The Goodbye Quilt is on my list. Right now I’m in the middle of Rebecca Rasmussen’s debut novel The Bird Sisters, which is excellent ;).

    • Marilyn, finishing this book was a huge accomplishment. Each one seems to be harder than the previous one. I think it’s because I know so much more now. It’s harder to just write.

      I’ve heard so much about The Bird Sisters. I need to read it.

  4. Yay, Edie! Feels good, doesn’t it? 🙂

    I’m envious of your tour. I’ve just finished reading several books (two different series) by Karen Marie Moning and the Book of Kells was mentioned.

    Currently, I’m reading several books from the library and others on the Kindle for PC. A little of each every day – hard time focusing right now. lol

    Up right now: Beyond Seduction by Stephanie Laurens, Dark Seduction by Brenda Joyce, Bound by Blood by Cynthia Eden, and The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli (just carrying on the blood and seduction theme in a different era, lol).

  5. Thank you, Edie! I would have loved to see those manuscripts. I’m going to try make it to the Cloister Museum when I’m there for the RWA National conference. It sounds like they have an extensive illuminated manuscript collection.

    And huge congrats on finishing Joe’s story. I can’t WAIT to read it.

    • Michelle, you wouldn’t want to read it until I polished it. lol But I do think the short story I’m working on is pretty good. I’m just hoping the end won’t be obvious.

      Enjoy the mss. in NY. If you ever come to Wis. to visit me and Liz, we could take you to the UW-Milwaukee library.

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