I, Claudia is done.

About a week ago I sent the first draft to my readers. It always feels strange when you know a book is done. The arguing with yourself about length, “too long” or in this case, “too short” takes up time and energy but you know when the story is done.

So taking deep breaths and then sending it out for critique is the first of the many things writers do while grabbing our self-protective shields and readying for the onslaught.

I have never received such excellent feedback on a first draft. My reply is a most inarticulate “Wow!”

Just a few minor editorial changes and then…

  • To Laura
  • And then to Sally, proofreader.
  • Then to Nancy for publishing.

One that I have learned must be pushed- but not too hard. Or there will be unintended errors. Too many times I have ignored what I know and pushed because of scheduled events. Like the November 2nd forum here at home.

We have just finalized the details and if you are in the area, I hope to see you on Friday, November 2nd from 3pm to 5pm.

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It’s been months since we have seen snow on the mountains. A long, unusually hot and dry summer is reluctantly giving way to fall.

The dogs and I still take hikes in the mountains behind our house. It’s BLM land like more than 80% of Nevada. Home to mountain lions, bears, coyotes…not to us. The coyotes are prowling. A few nights ago, a friend told me that she and her husband were awakened at 2 AM by a neighbor’s dog who had dug out of his fence yard. The German Pointer was terrified. A pack of coyotes were after him.

Writers tend to include their dogs in their stories. I am no different. Shadow appears in the 2nd of the Lindsey McCall series: Do You Solemnly Swear? While Seymour looks and behaves remarkably like Gus in Malthus Revisited. Max, the red Doberman in all the Lindsey books, looks and behaves a lot like our boy Ally who dropped dead on a heartbreaking March evening several years ago.

There are no dogs in I, Claudia. My immersion in ancient Rome, Greece and Israel was been nothing short of astounding. Now that I am completing the book, I feel, like Lucius, only awe.

But I do miss writing about Max and Gus. Maybe they will be back in the next installment of the Lindsey McCall series.

In case you’d like to read the current Prologue and first two chapters of I, Claudia, click here: Prologue and 1st chapters, I, Claudia