- Writing back on schedule, after I had la grippe in January (despite getting my 1st flu shot in October)
- Enjoyed meeting authors and signing books, after my “Member Minute” talk at the Atlanta Writers Club meeting on January 17
- Excited that the Atlanta Chapter of Sisters in Crime (SinC) has nominated UNDERWATER for the Georgia Author of the Year Award (GAYA) in the Detective/Mystery category (which includes psychological thrillers) – winners will be announced June 6
- Looking forward to Augusta in March and Chapel Hill in April (but don’t have to go back to NC in May anymore)
- Can’t wait for the Feb. 24 release of UNTER WASSER, the German translation of UNDERWATER by AmazonCrossing
- Ecstatic that someone I recently interviewed for research on my current work in progress (WIP) is currently reading UNDERWATER, and said he thinks I’m “a really good writer.” And, his assistant read it in a day, and loved it
- Thankful to him and to a mutual friend of ours who also met with me, to help me fine tune some story details and make sure specifics are accurate and plausible
- Very, very happy to find a new critique partner in my genre for my WIP…We’ve already exchanged several chapters and sent each other our feedback
- Resolved to write more (non-list) posts on my blog this month as the days lengthen and springtime beckons
List Post, nouvelle année (2015)
- Almost finished UN-decorating the house for the holiday season
- Writing back on schedule, after more than two weeks when I couldn’t remember what day of the week it was
- Several signed copies of UNDERWATER are available for purchase at Dunwoody Bakery, open Wednesdays through Saturdays
- Looking forward to my “Member Minute” talk at the Atlanta Writers Club meeting on January 17, 2015 at 1:30 pm, at Georgia Perimeter College
- On the horizon: My appearance at the Augusta Literary Festival on March 6-7. Looking forward to attending, meeting readers and signing books
- Planning the release of my work of creative nonfiction, titled ALL THE ABOVE this spring
- Resolving to step up my exercise routine this year
- Cheering for the Cowboys and the Seahawks during the NFL playoffs
- Happy that I’m traveling to Chapel Hill, NC in April and in May
- Glad to share family news with close friends and family
Book Talk for Noel
Fun “Book Talk” moments at a recent holiday gathering:
- Telling a writer friend and his wife about my experience at my first Bouchercon in Long Beach, CA last month (the glow is still with me).
- Selling an audio version (CD set) of UNDERWATER to a member of my Writers Group I hadn’t seen in months, who said he spends a lot of time driving. He was a regular attendee when I brought scenes of the manuscript to the group for feedback.
- Finding out that a friend loves LONESOME DOVE as much as I do, talking about the book, and lending it to someone else who wants to read it (despite its length).
- Asking another friend if I can interview him to help me do research for my work-in-progress. He agreed, and suggested I speak to someone else we know who might help, too.
- Talking about the German translation of UNDERWATER (“UNTER WASSER”) to be released on February 24, 2015.
- Describing how I use social media to engage with readers and market my books.
- Mentioning that my next book (Book 3) is a work of creative nonfiction called ALL THE ABOVE, which will be out in the spring.
- Hearing a (lawyer) friend recite poetry by Ezra Pound.
- Listening to a writer friend talk about his mystery series.
- Explaining that after Book 3, I’m sticking with the psychological thriller genre and writing fiction.
Happy Holidays, and Bonne Année 2015!
Ç’est changé! My new website name!
Autrefois (ou, avant) – before – it was makethatjulie.wordpress.com
Maintenant – now – it’s juliamcdermottbooks.com
(If you type in the old one, you will be redirected automatiquement to the new one.*)
Pourquoi? Parce que it’s sleeker, simpler and more specific…and because, as I explain here, although many people call me Julie, my name is Julia. But if you want, you can make that Julie!
Another changement? It’s “julia mcdermott” at the top rather than The More Things Change…
But “The more things change, the more they stay the same” ** does seem appropriate!
* It may take a day or two before it works automatically for some service providers…but it already does for mine.
** Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose
List Post, Numéro Quatre (de décembre)
- Finished decorating the house for the holiday season (but trimming the tree next weekend)
- Starting my Christmas shopping next week
- Writing in between everything, including on the weekends; hope to meet my WIP word count goal for 2014
- Nostalgic about past Christmases, when my kids found bikes and toys under the tree
- Delivered 10 signed copies of UNDERWATER to Dunwoody Bakery, open Wednesdays through Saturdays…If you live in the Atlanta area, pick up your copy there!
- Looking forward to a writerly holiday gathering next Saturday, where I’ll sign more copies and will have audio versions, too
- Thinking about what I’ll talk about for 15 minutes for the “Member Minute” at the Atlanta Writers Club meeting on January 17, 2015
- Happy that lots of UK readers have downloaded UNDERWATER during the last week! (and even more USA readers)
- Excited (and thrilled) that the Falcons won last Sunday!
- Recently tried “Abs” class, and going again tomorrow
- Favorite Christmas candy (but must avoid): peppermint bark
ONE DAY MORE!
“ONE MORE DAWN…
ONE MORE DAY…
ONE DAY MORE!”
RELEASE DATE FOR UNDERWATER IS TOMORROW, NOVEMBER 25, 2014!
My (early) holiday rhyme
How “is” can be “good”
writer author novelist – well, okay, author * – language intrigues me. And as an author, I try to avoid clichés. A (fairly new) one that I’ve come to dislike a lot is: “It is what it is.”
often always (it seems) used to suggest something negative. It basically means:
It’s not good, but it’s not going to change, so you just need to accept it.
I guess it’s a shorter way to say that (so, better), but it’s not very encouraging. Now, I’m in favor of acceptance – especially of those things that aren’t going to change.
But doesn’t everything have at least the possibility of changing? Maybe it’s just me. Maybe “It is what it is” is, well, helpful. But no one ever means by it:
It IS good, it’s not going to change, so you need to accept it.
Speaking of “good,” I DO like another commonly used phrase (and I say it myself): “All is good.”
(It’s short, it makes me feel good, and it’s kind of like the French phrase Ça va bien.)
“Good” suggests something positive, and though I’m a glass half empty sort of person, I’m very happy to recognize anything positive.
“All is good” gives you hope, rather than dread or resignation. And hope is something I’m also in favor of.
Now, you tell me: Which do you prefer/say?1. It is what it is 2. All is good
* I’ve written two novels and have a work of creative non-fiction coming out in 2015, so I guess “author” covers that better than “novelist”
“Bone Jour” Novembre!
C’est à dire, Bonjour, November!
Halloween is over…So click here and read about me, my thriller UNDERWATER, and its upcoming release this month by Thomas & Mercer, on PAGE 6 of the November 2014 newsletter of the Atlanta Writers Club!
Getting it done, sans doute
Sounds easy, right?
I doubt “the King” was talking about writing a novel (I never read Alice in Wonderland), but I think A Year in Provence* author Peter Mayle was.
When I wrote UNDERWATER, I did begin at (what I thought was) the beginning. But it didn’t turn out to be. To guess what I mean, click here and “Look Inside” to read the first few pages.
Now I’m working on Book 4, another thriller with tie-ins to UNDERWATER, and I’m at that part between the beginning and the end, where I must “go on.” (I’ve written about un tiers – a third – so far.) While I’m behind on my goal of 50,000 words** by Thanksgiving (looks like it will be Noel), at least I’m hitting my plot points. And when I’m finished, I’ll stop.
(Then I’ll begin revisions, editing, etc…but that’s another post.)
“Going on” right now is work, and it can be hard to focus sometimes. Doubt creeps in…and I push it away.
This book, like UNDERWATER, is set in Atlanta, and scenes take place in fictional neighborhoods here, with a few (real) landmarks as anchors. And, like in UNDERWATER, characters are not based on people I know, and events are made up. Drawn from my own experiences, observations, and imagination, they interweave and eventually turn into a novel.“Focus more on your desire than on your doubt, and the dream will take care of itself.” – Mark Twain * Which I have read, as well as many of his other books ** Which is well over the mid-point of the story