C J's News


As Autumn Approaches

August 11, 2017

Unfortunately, due to a serious infection that hit me on the 6th of July, I had to cancel my trip to the annual RWA conference in Atlanta. It grieves me that I missed hanging out with all my wonderful friends and acquaintances as well as acquiring the wealth of writing information I always learn there.

However, I'm happy to report that I'm finally well and looking forward to more time to write. I also have the Greater Detroit RWA's Word Nerds Writers conference in October in Troy, Michigan to look forward to on October 21. It's open to anyone who writes no matter what you write or if you are only thinking of writing, so check it out. I've placed all the information right at the end of this edition of "CJ's News". I'll be there for sure and would love to meet you should you attend.

As for other news, I'm also looking forward to a five-day theatre trip in a couple of weeks, But I'll be taking my laptop so I can continue writing in my free time each day. My reward for keeping my nose to the proverbial grindstone is a trip to Mackinac Island, Michigan for a few days in October where I'll get to stay at the historic Grand Hotel which opened in 1887. As a Michigander, staying at the Grand, as it is called here, has been an item on my so-called "bucket list since I was 17 years old when I first saw it on my high school senior trip. You may know that the Grand was the setting for the movie "Somewhere in Time" with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. So the setting, even though not my period of the Regency, should certainly inspire me to write even more romantic stories.

Before you go, I'd like to make three suggestions:

First, I want to thank all the people who purchased my Regency Lexicon for Readers and Writers either for their Kindle or in paperback. I so appreciate it and the positive comments I've received about it. With over 600 entries, it can be a boon to anyone who enjoys the Regency and its history. If you are new to this website and want to find out about this book, just go to "Roaming the Regency" at this website, open the note at the top of the list and then , if you decide to purchase a copy, click on the link. It will take you straight to the correct page or if you already know you want to purchase the Lexicon, just go to " CJ's Books" and click on the link there.

Second, do check out the Words Nerds Writer's Conference information below. I think you'll have a great time and learn a lot if you attend.

Third, there is also a "CJ's Glossary of Foreign Words (Mostly French)" found at "Roaming the Regency" which you can print for your use, as well as articles about the period that you might enjoy.

Now back to writing my novel. Hope to see you back here in October when I hope to have lots more news to share.


Greetings from Michigan

May 20, 2017

It looks like warm weather has finally arrived here though we might still get a frost as we often do at the end of May. Flower planting will have to wait until after Memorial Day as usual. There are ducks and geese on the pond, and the spring and summer birds have arrived. Lilacs are in bloom and spring peepers can be heard at night. I hope the weather is being kind to you wherever you live.

I've been writing like mad in the hope of being able to pitch at the national RWA Conference in July. Wish me luck. I'll need it.

Last month, I told you about A Lexicon for Readers and Writers which I had just put up on Amazon Kindle. Many of you have been so kind as to purchase it. My heartfelt thanks to all who purchased a Kindle copy. I said then that I would let you know when a paperback version would be available. So here we go!

For those of you who either don't have a Kindle or who would prefer to have the lexicon in book form, the paperback of A Regency Lexicon for Readers and Writers is now available on Amazon. Both versions have over 600 entries now, and with your help, may have even more in the future. You can learn about how that works by reading the "Introduction" to the Lexicon.

If you think such a lexicon might enhance your reading or your writing of Regency romances, just go to "Roaming the Regency" at this website, open the note at the top of the list and then click on the link. It will take you straight to the correct page.

There is also a CJ's Glossary of Foreign Words (Mostly French) Found in Regency Novels at "Roaming the Regency" which you can print for your use, as well as articles about the period that you might enjoy.

Hope to see you here after June 15 when I'll be posting again.


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