About Me

28 July 2013

I finally decided an update was in order. The two novels I originally talked about have been shelved, at least for the foreseeable future. They just aren’t good enough for publication, no matter how much I love them as-is. Now, a new character has sneaked up on me and has pulled my writing in another direction. And she’s challenging me to write a real novel that grabs readers beyond this audience of one. Can I do it? That remains to be seen. But the journey continues.

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I was born and raised in northern Illinois, not far from Chicago, but just beyond the suburbs and thus far enough away to be considered “downstate” (or “corn country”) by people in that city. I led a fairly typical Midwestern life until a job opportunity for my husband brought us to the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC, in 2005.

Wow, what a change that was! I never dreamed I’d love the city so much. And I never would’ve imagined the creative spark that followed. But here I am, working on two novels and their sequels.

By part-time day, I’m an archaeologist and planner with an engineering and environmental firm. By evening (and part-time day), my behind is in a chair and I’m working on those novels. Someday (sooner rather than later), I hope to update this page to reflect their publication.

31 October 2011

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    • When I got home from the office, I wondered why I had so many views today! I’ll work these into tomorrow’s post, but I wish I could be as creative with the post content as you are! 🙂

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  1. Very nice to “meet” you! What a pleasure to have stumbled upon your blog. Will definitely be back to take a peek around and get to know you better.
    Warmly,
    Anne

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  2. Hi,
    In the past few weeks you have shown an interest in my new blog concept of a continuous story written by an assortment of different writers. If you are still interested can you please email me? These are the possible titles so far and if you are indeed interested in being a part of this, can you please let me know which you prefer?
    ~ Moirai
    ~ The Storytellers Guild
    ~ GrimmAndersen
    ~ Story Bloggers
    If you can come up with any others, that would be great. I’m hoping to get everything sorted, up and running by next Monday (9th July).
    Regards, Ink and Papyrus.
    http://inkandpapyrusblog.wordpress.com/

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  4. Hey!! I just wanted to say that I really love your posts and admire you for balancing two very demanding jobs of being an archaeologist, and a novelist at the same time!! Best of luck for your novels… 🙂

    Cheers, Sumithra.

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  5. I, too, moved from small town America into the city life. However, I don’t think I’ll ever adapt to city life!

    The writing bug bit me several years ago, but I didn’t pay attention until November 2010 when I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time! Now…I am hooked!

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    • Oh, I’ve yet to try a NaNo—I tell myself I will someday! I’ll probably never become a true urbanite, but I love so much that the DC area has to offer. The creative inspiration has been amazing. 🙂

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      • Hi JM, I know you’ve been nominated before, but I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. (For showing me it’s possible to have a day job and still be a successful writer.) 😉

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  6. I’ve been enjoying your blog–I love the poems, your survey, and your writing. Just today I noticed that Bob from Piran Cafe commented on your blog. Your response to him made me check his blog out too, and isn’t it fun? I saw that you too are Slavic. Me too: born in Zagreb, raised in Belgrade until age 5, then to Italy, Germany, and by age 10 to the U.S.
    FYI–I’m working on launching a blog by year’s end, and yours is one of my inspirations. Although, mine will focus on conflict (my expertise) as well as writing and other passions.

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    • Thank you so much for the nice words, Jagoda! I’m honored to be one of the inspirations for your blog. Of course, I’ll say that the most important thing for you to do is be true to your voice and interests. I think the best bloggers speak from that personal place and not by trying to write “to the market.”

      One of these days I will make a trip to the former Yugoslavia. I want to see where my mother and her parents were born and lived. And please let me know when you start your blog—I want to visit and see what drives you to do one.

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  7. Hey JM, I couldn’t find your email on the blog, so I figured I’d comment instead. I read your comment on Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge about your university starting a fiction press focused on literary fiction in the midwest. What university is that? I think my novel might be a good fit for them. Thanks! Kourtney

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      • Maybe I missed it. I was looking on the About Me page and the sidebar but I didn’t see it. 🙂 Thanks so much for the info. I’m trying smaller presses then I’m considering the self pub option.

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        • Oh, it might just be on my gravatar…. I should check that. 😉 Whichever route you take, I expect you’ll find your way to success. And I know I’ve said it before, but you really will have a lot of blog buddies who help get the word out. 🙂

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          • Aw thanks JM. *Doink* totally forgot about the gravatar. I checked them out but they require you to have lived or be living in the midwest. I really appreciate that. 🙂 Thanks!

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            • Drat! But I bet it’s worth checking into other university presses. Maybe some wouldn’t have the same types of restrictions. However it’s published, I’m looking forward to the read. 🙂

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  8. Hi JM, I’ve been invited to participate in a blog tour and wondered if you would be interested. I’ll be posting on the 19th and your turn will be the 26th December. If you are interested, please let me know and I’ll forward the questions to you.
    cheers
    Luciana

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    • Hi Luciana,

      As long as I can get the questions soon, I’d be happy to do the tour. I’ll be taking a bit of a break at Christmas, but as long as I can finish up the post and schedule it, that would work fine. Thank you for thinking of me!

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      • Wonderful!
        Here are the 10 questions and instructions:

        1) What is the working title of your book?
        2) Where did the idea come from for your book?
        3) What genre does your book fall under?
        4) Which actors would you choose to play in your movie rendition?
        5) What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
        6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
        7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
        What other books would you compare this story to?
        9) Who or what inspired you to write the book?
        10) What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
        At the bottom of these questions, you will list the blog links to your other authors and mention for your readers to visit their blog the following week.

        Looking forward to reading your answers.
        cheers
        Luciana

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  9. Greetings from Australia,
    Archaeology sounds fascinating. Good on you for making the change; a calmer and quieter environment is necessary to really manifest the creative gifts within each and every one of us. All the best with your blog
    God bless.

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  11. Hey ~ I’m from the Chicago burbs. Lived there the first half of my life and moved to Florida. This year I will be here for the entire second half of my life. It took me a long time to adjust, but I still prefer my hometown (but not in January). Moved for my husband’s work too.

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    • My hometown still isn’t a hopping place like the ‘burbs are. 😉 The move to Maryland was an adjustment, but we love it. So much to do and see without having to drive huge distances to get there! It’s funny—some of my characters are from the Midwest, but the stories take place out here. 🙂

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  12. Guess What? You were one of the top five commenters on my blog this year. Thanks so much for stopping by and participating. I don’t think I would do it if people didn’t come and hang out! I appreciate it!

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