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To Be A Paperback Writer

Just a “gentle” reminder if you’ve read my latest novel,


To Be A Paperback Writer


would you take a few moments and write an Amazon Book Review for me?

Thank you.

Your time is greatly appreciated!


Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book?
It took me years to write, will you take a look?
It’s based on a novel by a man named Lear
And I need a job so I want to be a paperback writer
Paperback writer!
It’s a thousand pages, give or take a few
I’ll be writing more in a week or two
I can make it longer if you like the style
I can change it ’round and I want to be a paperback writer
Paperback writer!

 ~ lyrics by Paul McCartney and John Lennon







To Be a Paperback Writer

Chapters yet to unfold…

As I thumbed through several of my poems this morning, looking for just the right words to begin this month’s newsletter, I came across the final lines to “The Novel”.

A page turned, new chapters begin. The sequel yet to unfold.

It’s been well over a year since I wrote the words to that particular poem and I find those words have now taken on a deeper, richer meaning for me. It’s one of those amazing properties about words that I love…their meanings shift and change over time just as our lives do.

Our lives give us the opportunity to turn pages, start new chapters and begin sequels that unfold before us continually. It happens suddenly sometimes. But mostly it happens gradually over time without us even noticing…until we step back and see where we’ve been, where we are…and how very far we’ve traveled to get there.

With these turning pages and additional chapters come opportunities, experiences and lovely new people that add to our yet unfolding sequel. Some of these people will appear briefly, while others will become lasting characters in our life story…and perhaps, we in their life story.

Never forgotten and never to end. Images etched on each soul.

I want to keep turning pages and adding additional chapters and characters in my sequel for as long as I am able. I want to continue to write the words. And to do this I realize I must be open, accepting and positive to every opportunity and experience that comes my way.

We all have pages, chapters and sequels yet to write before our story is complete. Be open to every amazing possibility!

My very best to you,


Selected for the 2011 NAEP Writing Panel!


I am so-o-o-o excited!! I just found out yesterday that I was nominated and selected as one of 60 panelists who will participate in a standard-setting meeting for the 2011 NAEP for Writing at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in St. Louis, MO, on February 7-11, 2012. I leave Monday!! Whoo-hoo! Now have to figure out how to cram a weeks worth of my “everything” into ONE BAG!


This is how the writing happens…

I spent most of the day at Paradise Bakery working on the sequel to Uncommon Bond. I now have three chapters nearly completed…16,000+ words. Folded the prologue into Chapter 1 so now I will need to write a new prologue. That’s kind of how I work…from a loose outline that lets my mind and heart wander around a bit. I know that’s not how most authors work/write but it seems to work best for me…. I’m kind of unconventional in a lot of ways I guess. I love getting into that “zone” and stepping into the pages of the novel as it takes shape around me through the actions and feelings of the characters. It’s like the lines from my poem Depths of Matchless Recall…”In my youth I was a dreamer, imagination my best friend. My mind could safely take me places and bring me back again.” This is how the writing happens…how the poems and novels come to be.

Thank you for supporting my journey…

I wanted to thank all of those who attended the book signing at Changing Hands on Monday evening. It was a lovely evening and I appreciate those of you who continue to support me in this journey.


“Musicians, artists, authors, poets…whatever your tool of choice…the journey becomes a creative process. Musicians use notes and rhythm to convey emotion. Artists use pastels and oils and mixed media to communicate emotion. Poets and authors use the well-chosen word and perfect turn of phrase to evoke emotion.


And in the end we all draw from our memories, our experiences…from people and places…and from our hopes and dreams for the future to bring about the creative process that becomes a haunting melody, a beautiful painting, a reflective book of poetry or a romantic novel…  along our life’s journey.” ~ C. L. Gillmore 9/26/2011

America – A Horse With No Name

A Smooth Take-off!


I’ve been spending a good part of my day this past week at Paradise Bakery working on the sequel novel to Uncommon Bond. I’m through the Prologue, will finish Chapter 1 today, and have a start on the ending. For me writing a novel is like flying a plane…I’ve had a smooth take-off and now am in the air heading toward my cruising altitude and speed. In a few months I will attempt a smooth landing with as few casualties as possible! Only lost one passenger last novel!

Steve Miller Band – Jet Airliner