I’ve been tagged in the 2014 Work in Progress (WIP) Blog Tour, offering authors the chance to share snippets of their current Work In Progress. Cynthia DeKett, who tagged me, didn’t miss a beat when I told her, “but my book just came out; I don’t have a new WIP yet.”
“Just tell us about your blog,” she said. So I shall. Thank you, Cynthia, for the opportunity.
And So it Goes began two years ago and continues as a work in progress, so it fits right in with the “work in progress” theme.
The rules for the WIP tour are simple:
- Link back to the post of the person who nominated you (Check; see above)
- Write a little about and give the first sentences of the first three chapters of your current Work In Progress
- Nominate four other writers to do the same.
While I’m entertaining a few ideas about my next book, my writing time has been spent here on my blog for the past few months. Here, in chronological order, are the opening lines of my next
four three blog posts.
Nov. 5 Deviating from the script
My post for next week, the day after election day, sprung from a question a GOTV caller asked during one of the campaigns I worked on. Remember, I wrote this in October; I certainly hope this rings true come November 5. Here are the opening lines:
Now that the election is over and life has returned to normal, …
In the weeks leading up to this year’s midterm election, I served as a support volunteer for one of the many organizations that focus on getting out the vote (GOTV) on Election Day. Our callers would call registered voters who hadn’t voted in 2010 — the last midterm — and encourage them to vote.
My job was to respond as problems arose. When a volunteer caller (calling from home through the use of a whiz bang new computer program) had a problem, he or she was directed to send an email or call a phone number. Either way, they often got me.
It was not a difficult job, as volunteer jobs go. The organization was particularly well organized, and they offered a list of recommended answers I could pull from: a simple copy and paste, personalize the response, and send it off if an email. And a similar set up with the phone calls.
Of the many templates, I particularly liked one entitled, “Can I deviate from the script?”
How often have I wanted to “deviate from the script” of my life?
And on I go …
Nov 12 The One Lovely Blog Tour
I’ve been tagged for the One Lovely Blog Tour, which I first heard about on Carol Bodensteiner’s post a few months ago. Through it, I discovered a few great blogs I’d never heard of before and I thank Carol for that. But she didn’t tag me. Bummer. 🙂
The rules for the One Lovely Blog Tour are similar
- Thank the person who nominated you and link to that blog (Check; see above)
- Share seven things about yourself.
- Nominate bloggers you admire (as many as you can think of!)
Tune in on November 12 to see who I thank, which blogs I tag, and just what are those seven things I came up with about myself. It was a fun list to put together.
Nov 19 A Guest blog from Hallie Putorek: Culture Shock
My guest this week is a young college student, Halie Putorek, whom I first read of in an article she wrote for her school paper about her trip to Tanzania. I loved how she addressed the cultural differences she found there, so, of course, I reached out to grab her for my blog.
And the four writers I will nominate for the 2014 WIP Tour, in alphabetical order, are:
I know. I did five. I’m working on flexibility in my later years. 🙂
All but Susan are memoir writers. Susan writes Middle Grade fantasy, as does Cynthia (writing as C. A. Morgan) who first tagged me. So, I’ve now brought us full circle.
I hope you’ll use the links and visit their sites “early and often” (as we like to say at election times).
Small Print goes here: none of the
four five are under any obligation to play tag. But I hope they do; I’m looking forward to reading a bit of their current Work In Progress. So, “Tag; Jessica, Kathy, Marian, Patrick, and Susan. You’re it.”
[box] Interested in reading At Home on the Kazakh Steppe? I hope so.
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