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Cwn Ebrill

I’m sure you won’t be surprised that someone who is immersed in historical research doesn’t know how to use the vacuum cleaner we have owned since moving back to the US.

I was repotting some seedling lemon trees early this morning. One slipped out of my hands and the potting soil went all over the kitchen floor. I didn’t want to leave a mess, so I scooped up what I could and pulled the Bissell out of the closet. Just finding the switch to turn it on took me five minutes.

Even winding roads lead somewhere.

Even winding roads lead somewhere.

My DH and I have an arrangement, a 50-50 split. One of his jobs is the floors, wet and dry cleaning. He doesn’t know how to use a washing machine and, for very good reason, I won’t let him. He, I’m sure, has his reasons for keeping me away from the dishwasher.

Similarly, I don’t mess with his music and he doesn’t mess with my writing. He’s macro and I’m micro. He’s order, I’m chaos. I leave my toys out, he puts all his away. He outlines, I am a pantser. I’ve tried working his way and failed. For certain, he could not work without a framework.

Despite all these differences, we have learned to laugh about our individual foibles and get on with our efforts. The floor is clean, the plants are back on the balcony, and all my toys are … right where I left them. After this moment of indulgence, I have other efforts to pursue.

One of those is taking a manuscript that flowed from my brain through my hand to lined paper with ink from a fountain pen and is now giving me the great pleasure of mapping the scenes in each chapter to construct the real story from all the words I’ve written.

That’s me. Make a mess and clean it up. I think they call it hands-on (kinetic) learning. Some of us are like that.

Mae’r “cwn Ebrill”* yn galw. (The “hounds of April” are calling.)

*Curlews

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Be Your Own Fiction Editor: A Revision Clinic

Workshop for Writers offered by Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, given by Alice Osborn

Details of the Course:

Are you frustrated that your fiction is not captivating agents? If you’ve revised and revised, but still no bites, then you might need the help of a good fiction editor. In this workshop, experienced freelance fiction editor Alice Osborn will offer tips and techniques for overcoming “revision fatigue.” She’ll discuss timelines, character motivation, dialogue, point of view, setting and more. Everyone will feel more comfortable with the publishing process and with using style guides. For those wanting to go into the fiction editing business, we’ll also discuss time management, communication, and other smart business practices. Come with questions and problems from your work-in-progress and Alice will help you help yourself.

Alice Osborn, M.A. is the author of three books of poetry, After the Steaming Stops(Main Street Rag, 2012), Unfinished Projects (Main Street Rag, 2010) and Right Lane Ends (Catawba, 2006) and is the editor of the anthology, Tattoos (Main Street Rag, 2012); her past educational and work experience is unusually varied and now it feeds her strengths as an editor who makes good writers great authors. Alice teaches creative writing all over the country where she uses sensory images and road-tested prompts to stimulate her students’ best work. Her pieces have appeared in the News and Observer, The Broad River Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Soundings Review and in numerous journals and anthologies. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband and two children. Visit her website at www.aliceosborn.com.

Cost to Celtic Hearts Members: $10.00

Cost to Non-Members: $20.00

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