I did it! I finished the novel, except for the re-writes and the editing mistakes, etc. etc. Getting it done before I leave for Florida has me pretty stoked. There are a couple paragraphs yet to insert in the climactic scene at the end, but I’m taking a break and writing my blog. Whoop. Whoop.

I have known since I was a kid, that I don’t like suspense. Well, guess what? Writing suspense is just as bad for me as reading it or watching it on TV. Actually, TV is the worst because I can’t set it down and come back in a while.

In the suspenseful scenes I found that I could only write a couple of paragraphs and then I had to walk away. Even though I knew in my mind what was going to happen, it didn’t matter. Since my eyes only take an hour or so of staring at a computer screen, it all worked out fine.

Feels good to be done! Can you tell I’m excited? “Compass Point” is such a stretch for me; obviously the suspense part is a new endeavor, but also writing with a ‘male’ voice. We’ll see. I hope you like it when it comes out. In the meantime, I am gathering ideas for the next book. I like challenges so I will have to come up with a new angle or a different kind of story. “Compass Point” is certainly different than “Wait Here, Wait There.”

I am packed to leave for Florida. I hope my new grandson is ready to be born because I am ready to meet him. The warmer weather down there means my suitcase is overflowing with a variety of warm to cold clothing, as well as gifts, holiday cards, and work.

My son-in-law put me in charge of making the stuffing for Thanksgiving dinner. I made a great stuffing in years past, but I have never used a recipe and I haven’t done it for many years. This will be interesting. I plan to put my ‘almost 4’ grandson in charge so it should turn out wonderful and we’ll have a lot of fun, regardless. I hope you all have super holiday plans in the works. I’m off!

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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