For the past month I have been arguing with my main character, Sandy, on what I've written. I was 80% finished with my next book, Graduation, and had to throw out most of it. Sandy insisted I was totally wrong.
To be honest, she was right about this. The three female characters were sounding too much alike so I started over.
However, by chapter three, Sandy was again insisting I was not writing her correctly.
I am now on version four and up to chapter seven. I write 1,000 words or so, then delete half of them and "correct" Sandy's part. I'm beginning to feel like I am raising a teenager who thinks she knows it all--Sandy is 17 so maybe I am.
Slow but sure, we'll get this book done.
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Our van made an unexpected trip to the mechanics -- thank you Fleet Service for taking such great care of our baby. This unexpected visit provided me a forced two-day marathon writing session. I wrote a total of 5,504 words over these two days, and that's a lot for me. I am now 77% finished with my book 7, Graduation. Once the first manuscript is complete, I'll start the four-month editing process so my readers will see a polished, well-written novel--that's my hope anyway. If things go according to plan, this book will be ready for release sometime next April.
A friend once called this type of forced writing "found time." I sort of enjoyed it.
The van is back and I'm out the door in the morning at o-dark hundred.
Until next time, keep on reading!
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I warned you, Facebook is not as easy to navigate as I have been told. So, as I attempted to find how to send a "SAVE THE DATE" I found lots of other posts to save the date but none on how to create one.
Therefore, here is my "SAVE THE DATE"
I have two:
First: Coffee with Deborah - featuring my book Puget Sound Summer on August 19 (Friday) from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at
The Living Room Coffee House, 1212 State Ave, Marysville, WA 98270
Second: Coffee with Deborah (and light snacks, maybe a reading too!) on September 24 (Saturday) from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at
O’Donnell’s American Grill and Irish Pub, 122 128th St SE, Everett, WA 98208

You are all invited to these events--just let me know if you are planning on coming, especially if you are traveling from out of town. I'd love to see all of my cousins at either of these events!
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It's 12:30 a.m. and the voice in your head is screaming, "Write me." What do you do?
You get up and write. I promised that voice and myself I'd write until 2 a.m. At that point, I hoped I could get some sleep.
I have 1,124 words spread over ten chapters of my first non-fiction book. I thought maybe one day, I might attempt a non-fiction work but we all know what "might" means--it's not going to happen.
Then I spoke with the person I credit with starting my writing career, Omar Rivas--check him out on YouTube, he is a fabulous speaker.
Anyway, Omar was surprised to learn I had published six books with #7 coming in September. He said I needed to write a book on how I have accomplished something most people only dream about. We talked around 11 a.m. yesterday. That seed he planted, grew and here I am telling you the book is in the works.
There are so many other people who have encouraged, prodded, and supported me. I can never thank all of you enough for making my dream come true.
Words fail me--and that's not good for a part-Irish writer!
With love and gratitude, Deborah D.
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I'm going natural.
I've been debating with myself for two years--a good friend said I was too young to show my gray, but let's face it. I'm not 40 anymore.
Over the next few months, you'll see different pictures of me as I go from dark brown bottle hair to the color God is giving me at this stage of my life.
This is almost more frightening than publishing my first book! But I want to be me, not some image I think I need to be.I guess along with learning to say No, I am learning to be myself.
Won't you join me on this trek? Is there something you've been putting off? Why not do it now?
Wishing you all the best!
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