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 and 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, two topics that are very difficult to manage in real life. Barbara volunteers doing school programs and speaking to support groups. National Parks, hiking, and snow-shoeing are in her list of favorite hobbies.
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