Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Back Home at Last

As many of you know, I attended the American Christian Fiction Writer's Conference in Minneapolis, Minn from 18-21 Sept. Fantastic experience. I want to go next year, too.

When that was over, I drove due north for about 6 hrs until I reached my mom's house in Thunder Bay, Ontario and visited with her for a week.

Yesterday am, I left Thunder Bay and drove all day and into the evening. By the time I stopped for the night in Brandon, Manitoba, it was 11:30 pm and I was only 3 hrs from home. I pulled into a rest area and slept for a couple hours. Then I was back on the road.

At 03:30, I was getting real tired again when the Lord provided me with another rest area. I pulled in, shut the van down and covered up again. I slept until 06:30.

by 0745, I was pulling into our yard, 1200 km/800 mls since leaving Thunder Bay. The boys were down at the barn but dropped their buckets and golf clubs (???) when they saw me. I had a chance for hugs and kisses with them and my daughter before the school bus came.

Now that I'm back online and have checked email, I'm getting tired again, so I'll hunker down and nap once more.

Well...until hubby gets my text that I'm back since I know he's bombing around in his truck around here somewhere...

I had such a fantastic time and met so many beautiful people on the inside as well as the outside.

Oh, but I'm thankful I'm home....

Saturday, September 27, 2008

ACFW conference Photos

I'm still visiting my mom in Thunder Bay, Ontario (6 hrs north of Minneapolis), and I'm at the library since Mom doesn't have internet service, so I haven't much time to do this, but here are my pics from the ACFW conference in Minneapolis.

I have to admit I probably could've snapped pics of my favourite authors everytime I saw them but I only took my camera out when one of them did as well.

Why? Well, as I told my hubby - I wanted to be a friend and not a groupie.

So, I apologize for the quality, but I like them.

In this first photo, I'm with Margaret Daley.

Left to right:

Love Inspired Susense authors:

Lynette Eason (River of Secrets)

Margaret Daley (Forsaken Canyon)

Ginny Aikens (Danger in a Small Town)

and eHarlequin.com Steeple Hill host:
Dream aka Danica Favorite

Here's Margaret Daley teaching the WRITING INSPIRATIONAL ROMANCES 101 class.

It was great!

Here's a pic of some of the Steeple Hill crowd after the Sat night awards ceremony:

The library is closing now so I gotta go...bye.

Friday, September 26, 2008

2008 ACFW conference

Bet you’ve been wondering where I”ve been, eh? Well, I left my home and family last Tues, Sept 16th, and travelled down to Minneapolis, MN to attend the 2008 American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) conference.

And what a conference!

One of the smartest things I did was divide the driving into 2 days which left about 6 hrs of driving each day. My travel odometer read 1250 km (800 mls) by the time I hit the Sheraton Hotel in Minneapolis South - the location of this year’s conference.

Wed night found me sitting in the Sheraton lobby, trying to keep my right palm dry in case someone I recognized came along. My feelings bounced from anxiety and fear to disbelief that I had actually arrived. (Hello, Kristine and Christina)

My first attempt at writing this blog entry mentioned names of people who became friends over the course of the conference. But after the first dozen names, I quit. There were just too many. Instead, I’m going to tell you where I originally found these people and then you can meet them as well.

On Thursday, I found the Steeple Hill authors. A wonderful group of graceful, down-to-earth women who wrapped me in their arms and treated me as a friend – as if they’d met me many times before. I had considered them my friends from our on-line contact, but this was our first 'live' mtg.

These special Steeple Hill authors include Cheryl Wyatt and Margaret Daley who took me 'under their wing' and allowed me to 'chum' with them for most of the weekend. The conference wouldn't have been the same without you two.

You can find Steeple Hill authors at the following sites (or check my blog list one the right):

- the Steeple Hill boards at www.eharlequin.com

- the Love Inspired author blog at www.loveinspiredauthors.blogspot.com

- the Love Inspired Suspense author blog at www.ladiesofsuspense.blogspot.com

Then there were the wonderful writers from www.seekerville.blogspot.com This is another one of my daily blog stops as they always have such interesting educational help for pre-pubbed writers like me. I wouldn’t have entered a single contest if it hadn’t been for this exciting group which overlaps the Love Inspired authors somewhat.

Back to the conference, I spent one hour on Friday as a volunteer in the on-site bookstore. No one really needed my help, but it was a chance to meet more authors and study the array of Christian fiction books on the market.

A part of the conference I will always remember is the daily worship and devotion sessions and the optional Harp and Bowl. I started crying somewhere during the Friday night Harp and Bowl and didn’t stop until sometime Sunday afternoon.

This made for interesting appointments because most writers cry after the meeting, but I was already bawling by the time I sat down. Despite my tears, I truly appreciate the patience of the editors and agent I met with since I might as well have plastered ‘NEWBIE’ in neon letters across my forehead.

Some of my memories from the conference include:
- the delectable desserts
- the anxiety of picking meal companions
- receiving hugs from strangers while walking down the hall
- being prayed over by strangers in the hall
- the awesome music of the worship band
- meeting my favorite authors
- the reverence of the prayer room
- the excitement of the 126-author book signing

My attendance at this conference wouldn’t have been possible if not for the support of my husband and family who believe I will be published someday.

In fact, although I’m still visiting my mom in Thunder Bay, Ontario, my hubby has emailed to say that since some of my material was requested, they’ll let me hide out in the RV when I get home so I get some quality writing time. :-)

Hey honey...can I go next year? Pretty please...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Book Review: A Soldier's Family

A Soldier's Family (Wings of Refuge) by Cheryl Wyatt Love Inspired #438 - Mar 08

I like this book just as much as the first one in the series - A Soldier's Promise. It's also going to my Top 10 list. Yeah, I know, this will make it 12, but what else can I do? This was a totally satisfying book. I can't wait for Book 3
Cheryl Wyatt brings the characters to life with all the human frailties, emotions and temptations you would find in everyday life. I laughed and cried with them as if they we my friends.
The heroine, Celia Munoz, is still struggling to carry on with life for herself and her teenage son even after five years of widowhood. Her husband died violently and the last thing she wants is to fall into a relationship with another man who works a dangerous job.
Manny Pena recognized Celia's...attributes...the first time he saw her. That fateful encounter happened while he was drunk. It wasn't until after she gave him a fat lip he realized he'd treated her with disrespect. It was the last drink he took. But, the effect on Celia is long-lasting.
Celia's problem is, although rightfully justified, she had been attracted to Manny until he propositioned her. Now, as Manny recuperates, Celia gets to see another side of him. As well as the respect and attention, Manny is giving to her son, Celia can't help feeling feminine when Manny directs his dark expressive eyes her way.

Heat Level: Affectionate (kissing and hand holding but nothing more)

My Rating: Excellent - 5 stars (one to re-read; definitely a keeper)


Wings of Refuge series:

Book 1 - A Soldier's Promise - Joel and Amber

Book 2 - A Soldier's Family - Manny and Celia

2008 Harlequin 100,000 Book Challenge:

Total books Read: 93 Harlequin Imprint: 88 Others: 5

Friday, September 12, 2008

Me? A Golden Gateway finalist?

Okay, so I'm doing a happy dance all over the house...

And I know this is probably waaaaay too much info for you, but just in case there are others who are thinking of entering the contests....

As some of you know, I started entering contests this year for the feedback and to get my stuff in front of the editors b/c the slush pile didn't seem to be working.

But, I garnered enough courage to try my hand via the contest route after a daily douse of the Seeker blog at http://seekerville.blogspot.com/

Back in the spring, I subbed 2 entries in ACFW's Genesis contest and then blogged about the results here. Then, I took the critiques I rec'd from those 3 judges, revised my 2 ms's, and sent them off to my CP's.

When they came back, I revised some more then submitted the 2 entries into the ‘From the Heart' Romance Writers Golden Gateway contest. This was back in July.

I know they didn't get as many entries as they wanted b/c they even extended the deadline to draw more in.

While waiting, I subbed 3 entries between 5 contests, targeting the final judges that I most wanted to work with.

While reading the contest alert loop, I know that the finalists are phoned with the good news. But nobody phoned me.

The contest results were due to be announced on or around Sep 10th. No phone call. But late that night around midnight, I rec'd an email. I thought it was like the Genesis one informing me that I wasn't a finalist but thanking me for entering.

Which was cool with me b/c I really wanted the judges critiques so that I can fix up the ms that I'll be pitching at the ACFW conference next weekend in Minn.

Well, wasn't I surprised however when I slowed down to actually read the email and it congratulated me on being a finalist. Wow.

Then the email advised me to take the judges critiques, revise my entry and re-submit by Monday. Monday? Yikes.

I know I should already have my one-sheets photocopied for the conf, but am I ever glad I held off, b/c now I have something else to add...something that actually shows I can write...



Thursday, September 11, 2008

Book Review: A Soldier's Promise

A Soldier’s Promise (Wings of Refuge) by Cheryl Wyatt Love Inspired #430 – Jan 08

I held off reading this book for months. Why? Because it’s Cheryl Wyatt’s debut novel and although I only know Cheryl over the internet so far, I do enter her monthly prompt contest and try to publicize it as well. But I’d never actually read anything of hers – blog posts excluded. I’d heard and read so much about A Soldier’s Promise that I wanted to love it to. And I did.

So much that it’s #11 on my Top 10 list for 2008. Okay, I'll worry a bout my math at the end of the year.

You know how readers always say a book was so good they couldn’t put it down? Well, not only was it like that, but I also wanted to prolong it b/c I didn’t want it to end. So I took longer to finish it than I usually do. And I still loved it when I was done. A totally satisfying book.

This book is about a young cancer orphan who wants to meet a real Special Forces soldier almost as much as he wants a family of his own. Pararescue jumper Joel Montgomery parachutes down and makes the young patient’s dream come true.

But not only does Joel jump into Refuge, Illinois, he takes a lateral jump into the heart of Amber Stanton while he’s at it. I loved watching Joel and Amber fall in love. The glances, the increased heart rates, the longing to touch. Of course there was conflict – two major road blocks actually – but the story was well thought out and the conflict was believable.

I loved Cheryl’s voice. It’s fresh and unique. I’ve already started the sequel to this book and I’m enjoying it every bit as this one although it’s very, very different.


Level: Affectionate (kissing and hand holding but nothing more)

My Rating: Excellent - 5 stars (one to re-read; definitely a keeper)

Wings of Refuge series:

Book 1 - A Soldier's Promise - Joel and Amber

Book 2 - A Soldier's Family - Manny and Celia

2008 Harlequin 100,000 Book Challenge:

Total books Read: 92 Harlequin Imprint: 87 Others: 5


Deadly Texas Rose by Lenora Worth Love Inspired Suspense #85 – Jan 08

I really like this author’s books – both the Love Inspired and the LI Suspense. In this book, Julia Daniels brings her daughter to small town Texas for safety but it seems like they’ve been followed. Someone wants Julia even to abduct her at gunpoint in front of witnesses in broad daylight in a diner right across the street from the sheriff’s office. Now that’s desperate.

The gunman is desperate enough to shoot Eric Butler when he, as deputy sheriff, tries to interfere. Eric realizes this isn’t a normal robbery and begins the investigation to find out who and why someone is after Julia.

What I especially like about this book was that I guessed a third of the way through what the bad guys were after – well not exactly, but sort of – you know?

The author dropped enough red herrings along the way, however, that although my guess was a bit off, the conclusion was very satisfying.


Heat Level: Affectionate (kissing and hand holding but nothing more)

My Rating: Great! – 4 ½ stars (a keeper)

2008 Harlequin 100,000 Book Challenge:

Total books Read: 91 Harlequin Imprint: 86 Others: 5


Book Review: Wilderness Courtship

Wilderness Courtship by Valerie Hansen Love Inspired Historical #13 - Aug 08

The heroine in this book is Charity Beal. If you think the name sounds familiar, you'd be right. Charity is the younger sister of the heroine in a previous LIH book Frontier Courtship which I previously blogged about. And if you remember Charity from that book, you'll be wondering how the author could ever turn her into a heroine we'd...well, to put it bluntly...like.

But, she did. Charity has learned from her youthful experience. She's a serious young woman of faith who's made a vow to never lose her heart again after the disastrous choice she made the first time.

fine with Thorne Blackwell who's still agonizing over a previous error in judgment with another woman. He needs Charity's help, not a romantic relationship.

So Charity accompanies Thorne and his family up into the wilderness of Oregon and along the way falls in love not only with Thorne, but his 3 yr old nephew.


Heat Level: Romantic - not between the two protags, but b/c of what Charity remembers

My Rating: Very Good 4 stars


2008 Harlequin 100,000 Book Challenge:

Total books Read: 90 Harlequin Imprint: 85 Others: 5


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Book Review: A Cowboy's Honor

A Cowboy's Honor (Pennies From Heaven) by Lois Richer LI #441 - Apr 08

I loved this book. It's about a guy who disappears as a newlywed leaving a wife and daughter behind. And where has he gone? He had amnesia. Now, I know what you're saying...another boring amnesia story...but this book is anything but boring. In fact, it's very bittersweet. And it made me cry.

Gracie Henderson has lived the last 6 years in a fog of misery after her husband disappeared. Alone and pregnant, battered from the ‘I told you so's" of her father, Gracie hits rock bottom. Elizabeth Wisdom steps in and gives Gracie the means to finish her schooling and become a vet. Now, it's payback time. Gracie agrees to work at Elizabeth's ranch for handicapped kids. It's a good, safe place to raise her daughter.

Then, Dallas returns and suddenly, her daughter's turning to him for advice and comfort. And he's letting their daughter do all sorts of things that Gracie had decided were off limits. She's losing her only child to her own husband.

But the more time Gracie spends with Dallas, the more she remembers how things used to be. How much she loved him. How much he had loved her. Snippets of memories that have her wishing...

Dallas has snippets of memories, too but not enough to make sense. He can't understand what made him leave such a loving family. He looks at his beautiful wife and precious daughter and shakes his head, trying to force his mind to remember what could possibly have induced him to walk away.

There are so many little treasures of discovery in this book. Like when Dallas finds out he's a cowboy and always wore the boots and hat. The next time we see him, he has cowboy boots on and they feel so natural, that's all we every see on him from then on. Dallas knows he has an affinity with animals but it isn't until his wife explains he used to be an animal behavioral trainer that it starts to make sense for him.

A Cowboy's Honor is the final book in the Pennies From Heaven trilogy, and although they were all entertaining, I consider this the best one. Maybe it's because I love cowboys. Maybe it's because I love reunion stories. I dunno. But, this book is going in my TBRR pile. (To be re-read)


Heat Level: Affectionate (kissing and hand holding but nothing more)

My Rating: Excellent - 5 stars (one to re-read; definitely a keeper)


Pennies From Heaven series:

Book 1 - Healing Tides LI #432 - Feb 08 - set in a Children's Burn Clinic in Hawaii

Book 2 - Heart's Haven LI #435 - Mar 08 - set in a Shelter in Chicago

Book 3 - A Cowboy's Honor LI #441 - Apr 08 - set on a handicapped kid's ranch in Dallas, TX

2008 Harlequin 100,000 Book Challenge:

Total books Read: 89 Harlequin Imprint: 84 Others: 5

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Book Review: Heart's Haven

Heart's Haven (Pennies From Heaven) by Lois Richer LI #435 - Mar 08

This is the 2nd book in the Pennies From Heaven series. In this book, Chef Cassidy Preston has to work in a shelter kitchen for 6 months to repay a debt to Elizabeth Wisdom for pulling her up out of a destitute situation and sending her to Europe for career training. But she has dreams - big dreams. So, she'll pay her dues and then get out.

Tyson St John is the man who runs the shelter while learning how to get along with his orphaned nephew (although the excerpt on the inside page says it's his stepson which was rather confusing). The main problem with Ty is that he suffers post traumatic disorder after a stint in the Gulf War. And I'm talking major suffering here - not a minute of his day goes by when he is scared about something bad happening.

I found it hard to relate to Ty. I'm used to strong, take-charge men and apparently Ty had been like that, but he wasn't any more.

However, I liked the way Cassidy took charge and made things happen when things weren't going fast enough for her.

Heat Level: Affectionate (kissing and hand holding but nothing more)

My Rating: Very Good - 4 stars (excellent one time read)

Pennies From Heaven series:

Book 1 - Healing Tides LI #432 - Feb 08 - set in a Children's Burn Clinic in Hawaii

Book 2 - Heart's Haven LI #435 - Mar 08 - set in a Shelter in Chicago

Book 3 - A Cowboy's Honor LI #441 - Apr 08 - set on a handicapped kid's ranch in Dallas, TX


2008 Harlequin 100,000 Book Challenge:

Total books Read: 88 Harlequin Imprint: 83 Others: 5


Saturday, September 6, 2008

Book Review: Healing Tides

Healing Tides (Pennies From Heaven) by Lois Richer LI #432 - Feb 08

What a shock! GloryAnn Cranbrook was born and raised in the extremes of the Arctic but must live in Hawaii for 6 months to pay off a debt. And she doesn't want to go! Before her missionary mother passed away, GloryAnn promised she'd go back and doctor to the Inuit. She promised.

Dr. Jare Steele is used to doctors - female and otherwise - parading through his clinic, giving orders, changing things, then leaving again. He's built up an immunity to people walking out on him. What started as a personal tragedy has evolved into a wall of stoicism that no one - including the children in his care - can breach.

GloryAnn just wants to do her 6 months then leave. She doesn't want to enjoy the warm tropical breeze, the refreshing morning swims, the abundance of fresh fruit. She knows when she goes north, everything will be weeks if not months old and terribly expensive so she mustn't get used to this kind of life.

What she wants, is for the good Dr Steele to get off his duff and do what he does best so she can learn from him and take the knowledge back to the Arctic. But he won't show her the treatment that made him famous. He won't show her anything but his pain.

This is the 1st book in the Pennies from Heaven Trilogy. The series revolves around Elizabeth Wisdom, a senior with means who takes destitute women, gives them their hearts desire, then exacts retribution years later. Elizabeth paid for GloryAnn's schooling and in return, all GloryAnn has to do is doctor in the burn clinic for 6 months. Easy, eh?


Heat Level: Affectionate (kissing and hand holding but nothing more)

My Rating: Great! – 4 ½ stars (a keeper)

Pennies From Heaven series:

Book 1 - Healing Tides LI #432 - Feb 08 - set in a Children's Burn Clinic in Hawaii

Book 2 - Heart's Haven LI #435 - Mar 08 - set in a Shelter in Chicago

Book 3 - A Cowboy's Honor LI #441 - Apr 08 - set on a handicapped kid's ranch in Dallas, TX

2008 Harlequin 100,000 Book Challenge:

Total books Read: 87 Harlequin Imprint: 82 Others: 5


Friday, September 5, 2008

Book Review: The Redemption of Jake Scully

The Redemption of Jake Scully by Elaine Barbieri Love Inspired Historical #10 - Jun 08

This book was the first I've read by this author and I really enjoyed it. It's a suspenseful tale of a young orphan and the ‘old' man who took her in.

Saloon keeper, Jake Scully had only one friend in the world and when that man died, his grandchild walked all the way to town to find Scully because her Grandpa said Scully would take care of her. Scully did. He sent her east for schooling and to become a lady.

Now, it's 10 yrs later, and the lady is coming home. Lacey Stewart doesn't remember much about the man who took her in all those years ago, except that he owned a saloon and by now must be fairly old. But she owed him a debt for her schooling, so she'd take care of him in his old age.

Imagine her surprise when she alights from the stage to find a man only a decade or so older than herself. She might have been sheltered while at school, but the feelings she feels developing for her guardian are not those of an immature school girl for her ‘uncle'.

Jake tries to do the noble thing and find a husband deserving of her gentility because she can't live in the saloon like he does. However, it rankles when a young man starts courting her.
Not only that, but danger lurks everywhere for her and it all points back to when her grandfather was murdered all those years ago.

I have to admit however, that every time I read the name ‘Scully', I thought of Scully on the X-Files and it was enough to throw me off track for a few seconds thereby detracting from the enjoyment of this book.

Heat Factor: Affectionate between the protags but there's lots of innuendos and other stuff flying around. After all, the setting is a saloon with ‘dancing' girls, etc.

My Rating: Great! - 4 ½ stars (a keeper)


2008 Harlequin 100,000 Book Challenge:

Total books Read: 86 Harlequin Imprint: 81 Others: 5


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Book Review: Masked by Moonlight

Masked By Moonlight by Allie Pleiter - Love Inspired Historical #9 - Jun 08

This book is heading to my 2008 Top Ten list because I didn't want to put it down. I loved the old Zorro, Lone Ranger and Robin Hood shows and this rated right up there with them. This is the 3rd book I've read from this author and I love her sense of humour.

When I first heard about this book, I heard the hero, Matthew Covington referred to as a reluctant hero who becomes a masked crusader by accident. That intrigued me. How can someone don a mask and cape and yet not want to be a hero? Allie Pleiter has woven Matthew's reserve and charm into a very likeable hero that will have you aching for him to succeed whether it's in a seemingly impossible task in life or love.

Georgia Waterhouse, the heroine, is a writer living in a world when women were seen but not heard. So, she writes under a pen name. She is emotionally tied to San Fransico and can't even think about living anywhere else.

Matthew, an English gentleman, has responsibilities in England and must go back there soon.

Is Georgia and Matthew's love strong enough to survive uprooting from everyone and everything held familiar?

Affectionate (kissing and hand holding but nothing more)

Excellent - 5 stars (one to re-read; definitely a keeper)


2008 Harlequin 100,000 Book Challenge:
Total books Read: 85 Harlequin Imprint: 80 Others: 5

Monday, September 1, 2008

BIAWeekend Monday Report

My Monday (and final) report goes like this:

I froze my butt off today!

Well, not really - but it was only 8c/46F all day long! And rainy to boot. It's the middle of harvest and not a single combine was moving b/c everything is so wet it'll take a week to dry out. And here I was worrying about having to bring a fan into the RV from the heat. Ha! I could've used a heater, though. Instead, I just wore warm clothes and tucked an old blanket around my legs and feet. At least it wasn't below freezing like last year during NaNo when I wrote in my van while the kids were working on a TV set. Now, that was cold!

So, other than the cold my biggest problem was that we have only 1 bathroom in the house. Normally this isn't a problem for us - okay, I lie - it's usually a problem - but when things get really bad, we just run outside and find a tree. We have lots of trees and no neighbors within view so that isn't a problem. Well, I don't know if it was the cold weather or if I've just saved it up all weekend, but I had to use the bathroom today - lots - and everytime I ran into the house, someone else was in there. Argh! And no I didn't run back out to the nearest tree b/c it was raining outside. Sheesh. It would've been okay 'cept I was on a roll and instead of going when I shoulda, I acted like a kid and held on until the last possible minute. I tell ya, at one point as I ran across the lawn, if dh had laughed at me (like he always did when I was preg), I woulda lost it! Yeah, you can laugh - me too - now!

I stopped writing at 10 tonight b/c I'd reached the end. I'm 20k short of what I need, but when I hit a wall, I jumped over the spot and picked up at the next scene so now I get to go back and fill in the blanks. Also, most of what I did yesterday and today was dialogue so I need to go back and add the layers.

Okay, so here we go:

Total words for today: 7334

Pages written today: 37

Total percentage complete: 70%

Thank you Dee! I couldn't have done it without your support.

BIAWeekend Sunday Report

I skipped church today.

I hadn't wanted to esp'ly since it was a special service with 4 members of our small church being baptized - and I report everything for the 'newsfromthepews' blog - but I told my dh that I'd made a commitment here and then the pastor picked the 31st for the service. He mainly picked today b/c he wanted it done before cold weather set in since we do it outside.

So, dh took the boys along with the camcorder, my digital camera and my voice recorder so at least I'll still be able to do the church blog when this weekend's over.

But do you know what? My boys finally decided to take the plunge - yes, they got baptized without me being there. Mind, it's all on video tape. I know it's not the same, but...actually, I was 7 mos pregnant with my youngest when I got baptized so I guess I was there with him when he first took the plunge. or I guess, he was actually with me. LOL

And then it ended up cold and raining most of the day. Temp at noon was 15c/60F but the baptism was in an outdoor hot tub so at least they were warm.

With them gone, I was able to write at my desk until they returned around 3pm. Then I scooted through the rain into the RV. I was wearing shorts and it was cool but with a warm blanket over my legs, I was fine. And the RV doesn't leak! At least not at the table where I was sitting.

BTW I started my writing day with the final tweaking of my Cheryl Wyatt's Prompt contest entry, paring it down to 299 words. Then, b/c I didn't want to distract myself and start surfing, I didn't send out the entry, deciding to do it later on this evening. Well, just after 8 my time, I realized I still hadn't sent it out. eeps! Not sure what time Cheryl was on, I went online, (dial-up), zipped off my entry, and went off-line again, ignoring the temptatiion to see how the rest of you were doing. Phew.- just made it.

So, with the males out of the house for half a day, my report is:

Total words for today: 7228

Pages written today: 34

Total percentage complete: 61%