August 20, 2010

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While I'm Thinking About It

It has a plot, and characters, and everything

Those of you who read my infrequent postings, either as they come along or as you work your way through my archives, may recall my recent forays into the wild and wacky world of the National Novel Writing Month. How I go into it with visions of glory, only to have small frustrations and the harsh demands of the Daily Grind sap my momentum by the end of the first week and I eventually peter out with a couple thousands words to my name.

As an aside, being gainfully employed this year means I'm not even going to try it come November. I know my limits, people.

But not everyone is like me. Not only do people win the NaNoWriMo, but a very special few spend several months after rewriting, editing, and polishing their manuscripts, taking a rough draft and turning it into something worthwhile. People like Traci Tyne Hilton, whose novel Foreclosed: A Mitzy Neuhaus Mystery is now available for sale in a variety of exciting formats. Here's the official description:

One woman against the forces of the down turning economy, the real-estate crash, the unscrupulous foreclosures practices of bitter builders, and devilishly handsome Italian men.

I'm not going to give you the hard sell here. I've read the book--or an earlier draft, at least--and it's a good story. Interesting characters and a compelling plot combine to form a story that I could easily have devoured in a single sitting were there not other demands on my time.

Traci's my sister, which might seem to make me biased here, but look at it another way. While at times we can be very different, we do have similar storytelling sensibilities. If you like TRU-Life Adventures, there's a good chance you'll like Foreclosed.

Sound good? Like I said, it's available in a variety of formats:

But if I haven't convinced you, hop on over to her writer's blog, TraciHilton.com, where you can check out a sample of her storytelling abilities in the form of a short story titled "Sans Cinderella."



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