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Having written a book during NaNoWri Mo contest for seven years, I love the challenge of writing 50,000 words by the last day in November. This time I was had over 51,000 by the sixteenth day. According to the site's stats, I have 363,754 words written for the contest in the last seven years. Before I published each of those books, the total was more.…Continue
Added by Fay Risner on December 2, 2017 at 9:29am — No Comments
This story is part fiction and part nonfiction and here is why. Years ago, we lived on a farm that was homesteaded in the 1800's. In the 1970's, an elderly woman…Continue
Added by Fay Risner on September 17, 2017 at 5:34pm — No Comments
Sometimes writing short stories seems as hard to write when trying to keep to a word limit as writing a book. When a theme is needed for a short story that's to be submitted to a contest that makes my mind search even harder to come up with the story.
I entered the short story Teapot On Whistler…Continue
Added by Fay Risner on August 7, 2017 at 4:25pm — No Comments
Katrina’s Gift – A historical story
My latest book, a novella, is in print now. My idea for this book was a short story I wrote for a contest several years ago when the contest theme was vampires and supernatural stories. I expanded the short story into a novella. I happened to see a friend post two pictures of a rainbow last year near her home in Northern Iowa and realized I could use those pictures for my cover. Katrina sees a rainbow aura before she has a vision. The…Continue
Added by Fay Risner on June 12, 2017 at 4:59pm — No Comments
The Wayward Preacher – Amazing Gracie Mystery Series – Book 9 Standard The Wayward Preacher – Amazing Gracie Mystery – Book 9 – is another historical cozy mystery book in the series about Gracie Evans and her friends who live in a retirement home in Locked Rock, Iowa. This book was my entry in the National Novel Write Month contest (NaNoWriMo) in November 2016.…Continue
Added by Fay Risner on March 12, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments
Locked Rock, Iowa Hatchet Murders in Large Print Standard Title sounds like a real horror story. Locked Rock, Iowa Hatchet Murders, an Amazing Gracie Mystery in the Gracie Evans series. Actually, the closest the book has gotten to horror is becoming a prop for a movie – Outcast. However there are murders by hatchet in the book that makes it a who dun it story. A book in the series Amazing Gracie Mysteries A book in the series Amazing Gracie Mysteries Synopsis…Continue
Added by Fay Risner on December 1, 2016 at 9:06am — No Comments
Imagine that! Of course, I must admit I had imagined one of my books being used in a movie some day. With tongue in cheek, I say I had a grander idea in mind other than a prop, but hey I'll take what I can get. The more I thought about it the more I liked the idea.
It was mid August when I received an email from Kristina Baker Smith, Associate Producer, Stephen Folker Films at Davenport, Iowa, wondering if I'd like to donate a book for the film. I emailed back all sorts of questions.…Continue
Added by Fay Risner on November 8, 2016 at 9:33am — No Comments
I've entered the National Novel Write Month contest again this year for the seventh time and have just logged in with my total words for day two. It's always a fun incentive to do the first draft of a book in a month and get over the fifty thousand words to be considered a winner. By the first of the year I'll have this book ready to publish.
My total word count for all the years I've entered a book is 267, 711. That was before I edit and expanded the books.
I've chosen a story…Continue
Added by Fay Risner on November 5, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments
My husband, Harold, and I arrived in time to set out my books before the audience arrived. Before we carried the boxes in I had Harold take a picture of me at the door. I picked up a box of books from the back seat, and Harold followed me with another box.This was where we were headed the evening of June 16th.…Continue
Added by Fay Risner on June 20, 2016 at 2:15pm — No Comments
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Early spring is once again turning the snow melted hills of…Continue
Added by Fay Risner on May 1, 2016 at 1:15pm — No Comments
What do you think of when you hear the words second hand goods. When I read those words, I thought of days gone by when clothes were hand me downs from child to child in a family. These days maybe second hand goods are the same as someone's junk is someone else's treasures like the items found at a garage sale or a yard sale. How about Thrift Shops that sell gently used clothing? All that logic seemed reasonable to me.
While researching about the Amish I found the mention of second…Continue
Added by Fay Risner on April 4, 2016 at 10:43am — No Comments
This was my last week of the writing course I was taking online at Future Learn. I enjoyed the eight week free course, submitting assignments and getting other writers thoughts about what I had written. I didn't struggle to hand in a freshly written paragraph and short story. I used from what I already had so it was easier to get the assignments done. Now on to finishing my next Amish book about Nurse Hal.
My last post was about the character paragraph I handed in and the critiques I…Continue
Added by Fay Risner on March 8, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Time has a way of passing faster than I would like when I have other things besides writing on my mind. It's been a month since I wrote a post. The reason why is on Jan. 30th I tried to cross the living room with one foot very much asleep and found out the hard way my foot wasn't going to hold me up. As I fell I heard a snap and realized I had broken a bone. My husband took me to ER for x-rays. A ligament tore loose from a bone and took a piece of the bone with it. The other ligaments in…Continue
Added by Fay Risner on February 16, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments
I've been encouraging one of my brothers to write more than just his annual Christmas letter. So he signed up for an online Iowa Writers Workshop course. He finished that and found another writing course at FutureLearn which is free. It's an eight week course and take around three hours a day. I've signed up and thought I might mention the email with links here so if anyone else is interested they can go to the sight and find out more.
Thank you for joining The Open…Continue
Added by Fay Risner on January 4, 2016 at 9:57am — No Comments
In November, I entered the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Write Month) Contest and wrote over fifty thousand words before the end of the month. Now I am about ready to release my historical book The Cavorter. The ebook is on preorder at Smashwords.com and due out February 9th…Continue
Added by Fay Risner on December 24, 2015 at 2:35pm — No Comments
From the NaNoWriMo Site November 22, 2015 You, wonderful author, have officially written 50K of your novel during NaNoWriMo 2015. After all your hard work this month, you’ve finished a draft of your novel. We’re so incredibly proud to add your wondrous work to the shelves of “The…Continue
Added by Fay Risner on November 24, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments
Another Christmas book I've written is Leona's Christmas Bucket List.
The thought for writing a bucket list into the story came from an incident at WalMart. I was in the women's bathroom, trying to use the new fangled soap dispenser after the store had remodeled. I pushed all over that…Continue
Added by Fay Risner on November 16, 2015 at 4:43pm — No Comments
I wrote a humorous romance story that has Christmas in it. The story is also a bit far fetched because one of the main characters is a very expensive man robot that is a house boy. He cooks and cleans which is programmed into him but he came with an attitude which makes him hard to like by his owner. The book cover is a Cinderella Coach I found at a horse and carriage sale in Kalona Iowa. I took pictures and added the bows for Elizabeth's country winter Christmas ride.…Continue
Added by Fay Risner on November 12, 2015 at 4:02pm — No Comments
Christmas is coming and winter is upon us soon. We will be wanting to spend more time inside, trying to find something to occupy us on a snowy day or long evenings when the days are shorter.
What better Christmas gifts to get someone you think might have everything than a book or a gift certificate for a download of an ebook of their choice. Books are great gifts for residents at nursing homes,…Continue
Added by Fay Risner on November 8, 2015 at 11:10am — No Comments
November 1st. I heard it said on television that this is the eleven month of 2015. Yikes! It's time to start the National Novel Writing Month Contest better known as nanowrimo. There's no contest entry fee and no one judging which story is winner so there isn't awards.
I've entered this contest…Continue
Added by Fay Risner on November 3, 2015 at 7:51am — No Comments