March (Writing) Madness

By Ann Minnett

The longer I hold onto a manuscript, the more I will 1) change words that don’t need changing and 2) endlessly futz with its formatting. I’ll do just about anything to keep

from letting go of my work. Talk about madness. So, after countless reads, I finished final edits for my second novel on March 1st, and it’s going out to a few beta readers in Times New Roman 12-point font with bland chapter headings. Yes, I wonder what 14-point Trebuchet headings, aligned left, would add to the manuscript, but I’m not going there.

In the meantime, March (Writing) Madness consumes me—all I want to do is pick up my incomplete NaNoWriMo novel and get cracking. I suppose this makes me a writer. I love the writing part—sitting alone in my studio, making up stories, and living with characters who spring from chance encounters or from slivers of my own imagination.

Is it madness to thrive on the solitary pursuit of writing (and formatting)? Likely so. Regardless, I love every moment.

Ginny Merett made this Storyteller Doll that keeps me company.

Ginny Merett made this Storyteller Doll that keeps me company.

March Madness

March Madness is the theme for our first-week blog this month. Such a juicy topic. How many mishaps will be confessed? Mine was a simple piece of idiocy. I stopped by the eye clinic to pick up my new glasses and wore them when I left. After pulling into traffic, I decided I should not be driving with the new glasses. Things looked a little wavy. I took them off and laid them on top of my purse and made it home just fine. When I pulled into the garage, my cocker spaniel(Katy Lou) jumped into the front seat before I could grab my glasses and one of her big paws lit right on the glasses and broke the temple from the lens. Wauk! Good grief. My brand new $465 glasses were injured. I put Katy in the house and drove back down to the clinic, and they figured they could reset the temple. Couple hours later I picked them up. Katy is very thankful that they are as good as new, and no charge. Wow, what more will this month hold?
Katy She is a picture of innocence. Marie F Martin

March Book News

Spring is on the horizon — distant, maybe, but the horizon nonetheless. And so are books, readings, talks and more from Montana Women Writers.

The Collection of Authors Readers group on Good Reads read Maternal Harbor as their January read.  They then invited the author, Marie F Martin, to participate in a meet the author discussion on February 22nd.  She reported it was fun, and she managed to answer questions the best she could.  The moderator was a nice gal named, Angela.  Marie wants to thank the reading club for reading her book and the discussion.
MaternalHarbor_Final_small[1] Marie also added a Memior titled Marie’s Memories to her website.