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Journey to writing a book

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Journey to Writing a Book

Tough Look Back

For years, I went to great lengths to keep certain parts of my past out of my writing. Better, I thought, to deal with the past elsewhere and focus on other sources for my creative work. There’s only one problem- memories can have sharp edges. It’s especially true when they’re called back to you via the lives of others.
Journey to Writing a Book

Preparations and Complications

Although I’d written two novel drafts in the past, I chose different methods to plan my new book. I’d switched to screenwriting in the interim, and now felt more comfortable using those methods as the initial basis for structuring my narrative. It wouldn’t be possible to rely on screenwriting methods completely, because novels and screenplays are designed for different purposes. 
Journey to Writing a Book

When Everything Changed - Pt 1

It’s been a few years and forever since lockdown. You see reminders of it-an occasional “dirty pen” container, faded foot decals marking where people need to stand. I don’t think anyone who survived that time is anxious to recall it. But looking back, I realize it’s impossible to tell my journey to A Death In Hartsend without mentioning this period.
Journey to Writing a Book

When Everything Changed - Pt 2

During lockdown, I expanded my knowledge for my book set in 1970 Kentucky by reading extensively, including “Brown to Meredith” and “Going to School in Black and White.” Online communities, Zoom exercise classes, and film watching with my husband helped me cope. As restrictions lifted, I reconnected with family and friends.

The world of the book

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The World of the Book

Catch My Drift

A Cheat Sheet for 1970s Slang

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Meet Suz Podrasky

Today we’re chatting with Suz Podrasky, an abstract artist and sculptor who works in a variety of mediums. Her most recent exhibit was at the Spectrum Art Fair in Miami. Suz was awarded the “Best of Maryland Preservation Artisans Award” by Preservation Maryland for her work on the historic Ivy Hotel in Baltimore.
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Meet Joanna White Oldham

This week, we’re honored to chat with Joanna White Oldham. Ms. White Oldham is a director, producer, and educator who works in a variety of media platforms. Her credits include Here is A Man (2022) and the Netflix series Buried by the Bernards (2021).
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Meet Whistling Hens

This week we're pleased to be chatting with Whistling Hens.
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Meet P.D. Kuch

This week we’re chatting with author P. D. Kuch, creator of the “Oxford Girls” series.

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Journey to Writing a Book
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Preparations and Complications

Although I’d written two novel drafts in the past, I chose different methods to plan my new book. I’d switched to screenwriting in the interim, and now felt more comfortable using those methods as the initial basis for structuring my narrative. It wouldn’t be possible to rely on screenwriting methods completely, because novels and screenplays are designed for different purposes. 
Dana Lemaster
Conversations
Part
1

Meet Suz Podrasky

Today we’re chatting with Suz Podrasky, an abstract artist and sculptor who works in a variety of mediums. Her most recent exhibit was at the Spectrum Art Fair in Miami. Suz was awarded the “Best of Maryland Preservation Artisans Award” by Preservation Maryland for her work on the historic Ivy Hotel in Baltimore.
Dana Lemaster
Conversations
Part
2

Meet Joanna White Oldham

This week, we’re honored to chat with Joanna White Oldham. Ms. White Oldham is a director, producer, and educator who works in a variety of media platforms. Her credits include Here is A Man (2022) and the Netflix series Buried by the Bernards (2021).
Dana Lemaster
Conversations
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3

Meet Whistling Hens

This week we're pleased to be chatting with Whistling Hens.
Dana Lemaster
Conversations
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Meet P.D. Kuch

This week we’re chatting with author P. D. Kuch, creator of the “Oxford Girls” series.
Dana Lemaster
The World of the Book
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Catch My Drift

A Cheat Sheet for 1970s Slang
Dana Lemaster
Journey to Writing a Book
Part
1

When Everything Changed - Pt 1

It’s been a few years and forever since lockdown. You see reminders of it-an occasional “dirty pen” container, faded foot decals marking where people need to stand. I don’t think anyone who survived that time is anxious to recall it. But looking back, I realize it’s impossible to tell my journey to A Death In Hartsend without mentioning this period.
Dana Lemaster
Journey to Writing a Book
Part
2

When Everything Changed - Pt 2

During lockdown, I expanded my knowledge for my book set in 1970 Kentucky by reading extensively, including “Brown to Meredith” and “Going to School in Black and White.” Online communities, Zoom exercise classes, and film watching with my husband helped me cope. As restrictions lifted, I reconnected with family and friends.
Dana Lemaster