HAPPY HALLOWEEN


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  [caption id="attachment_4621" align="aligncenter" width="229" caption="TRICK OR TREAT?"][/caption]   Anybody going to a costume party? Pictures would be fun to share. I plan to stay home and pass out candy (that I don't like) to the little kiddies. I have to rest up to start NANO tomorrow!   ~ Kay
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Traveling Tales


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Hubby was asked to speak at a conference in Park City, Utah this week. Since it started on our anniversary, he brought me with him--smart guy I married. Our flight was scheduled to leave Nashville early Wednesday morning and we had to be at the airport before the sun woke up. We usually take a cab since we're only a few miles away. It prevents the whole parking hassle and makes it easy to get home after the trip. The cab arrived at our house promptly at six, and we were on our way. We got to Nashville International Airport only to find the travel agent who’d made our reservations had cancelled Hubby’s ticket. Now, this isn't OUR travel agent, mind you, but the TA for the entity requesting his…
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SPECIAL DAY


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TO MY HUBBY -- 9 Amazing Years
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Loving this weather


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October is perhaps the most beautiful month of the year in Tennessee. I love fall. It’s my favorite season. The hot, sticky summer is over and the brisk days of autumn are invigorating.  My most successful dieting has been in the fall (not that I’m dieting now, mind you.) I’ve been on the road more than usual lately. A weekend trip to Montgomery and a day-trip to Memphis exposed us to an array of glorious landscapes as the beauty of the turning leaves was staggering. The reds were vibrant, against the contrasting yellows and effervescent oranges. There was enough green remaining to provide an ample canvass to compliment the colors. Fall has always seemed like the perfect time to begin new projects. Maybe it’s because school started then. Or maybe…
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Are mistakes in e-books more acceptable than in traditional books?


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I’m reading a book now that is driving me crazy. I think the plot is okay, but I’m not really sure because I can’t overlook the editing blunders. One or two in a book and I congratulate myself for spotting that which others have missed. But mistakes on every page are unacceptable. What kind of mistakes? The most blatant error is lack of capitalization for proper nouns. For example, my name might read kay Elam or Kay elam or even kay elam in this book, instead of Kay Elam. What gives? Another universal problem is misspelled words. The word “America” has been used half-a-dozen or so times thus far and every time it has been spelled “Amarica.” In all fairness, I’m reading a Kindle copy on my I-Pad, but even…
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Southern Festival of Books brings unwanted news


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This past weekend, Nashville hosted the twenty-third Southern Festival of Books at beautiful Legislative Plaza in front of the Tennessee State Capitol. The weather was perfect—cool and crisp—and I’m told attendance was good. I didn’t get to go because my youngest stepson moved into his first post-college apartment to start a “real” job next week and we helped. (Sounds like a Shake-n-Bake commercial. So was the move. Trust me.) Anyway, as I was reading the weekend newspapers, trying not to drool about the happenings at the festival, I got a real shocker. Released earlier this month was a new mystery, set in Nashville, titled—you guessed it—MURDER ON MUSIC ROW. Damn it! That’s my title. I researched it. It hadn’t been used (which I couldn’t believe), and I'd jumped on it.…
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Blog Action Day: Food


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This week I'm posting my customary Monday blog one day early. Why? Because today, Sunday, October 16, 2011, is Blog Action Day. What this means is bloggers all around the world will be blogging on the same day about the same topic. Blog Action Day (BAD) began in 2007, as a way to focus as many bloggers as possible on one important global topic. Past years' topics have included water, climate change and poverty. This year BAD coincides with World Food Day, so the theme is "Food." Food is my nemesis. Always has been and, I suspect, always will be. My problem is not that I overeat. Instead I get engrossed in things and forget to eat. By the time I slow down enough to realize I haven’t eaten, I’m…
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Deployment


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My stepson deployed to Afghanistan earlier this week. He is a career Marine, but that doesn’t make his departures any easier on our family. Stationed in Hawaii, he and his wife are expecting our first grandchild in March. He probably won’t be home until June. Yes, he'll miss the birth of his child. We hope he can be there via videoconferencing. The day he left he spent hours on the phone calling the people he loves. His dad called me after talking with him from work. Understandably, Hubby was despondent. When my call came at home, Stepson sounded so gloomy—how could he not? He’d been telling folks goodbye all day. I also talked to his wife during the call. She sounded like a little girl. Her birthday is next week…
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Is there a perfect query?


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The answer, of course, is yes no maybe. Ask a hundred agents how to write the perfect query and you'll get a hundred different answers. Really. Don't believe me? Google "query." There are almost a billion possibilities. A billion! Everyone, it seems, has an opinion. Or, go to agency websites and look at submission guidelines. They vary from agency to agency and sometimes even from agent to agent. Read these guidelines carefully, and follow them to the letter when you query a specific agent. Fortunately, many agents blog. If you read their blogs, you'll see their personal likes and dislikes. Some are universal. They all hate the redundancy of "fictional novel," and they all require the title, genre, and word count. About the only other thing they'll all agree on, is the query should…
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Way behind


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I follow A LOT of blogs--agents, editors, writer friends, and a few miscellaneous ones. I knew I was a tad bit behind on checking posts so I took a peek at how many I had to read to catch up. Unfortunately, I did this before I wrote this morning's post. BIG MISTAKE!!!   747 -- It sounds like an airplane. It feels as heavy as an airplane. Wow! That's a whole lot of reading. Calgon, take me away. Since I have tap dance class this afternoon and dinner plans tonight, I'd better get started. I'll be back with a real post on Wednesday. ~ Kay    
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