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Writing in Mind

Posted by Vivian Zabel on Sunday, March 23, 2014, In : Works in Progress 
    Recovering from complete knee replacement has become longer and more difficult than expected. I find working at the computer AND being able to concentrate a rough combination. However, my brain keeps working, and I have four chapters for my work in progress, Burnt Offering, ready to be typed. The words are "loaded" on my mental hard drive. I simply need to put my fingers to work, my lazy fingers.

     Burnt Offering became an obsession when I read about King Ahaz worshiping the idol Moluck...

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Entries for OWFI competition leaves one WIP

Posted by Vivian Zabel on Sunday, February 5, 2012, In : Works in Progress 
     I entered ten items in the OWFI competition: Mystery/Suspense Novel; Western Novel; science fiction in the SF/Fantasy/Horror Novel category; Young Adult Book; Poetry Unrhymed - Short; Poetry Unrhymed - Long; Inspirational Prose; Poetry Rhymed - Short; Western Article; and Short-Short Story (Adult). I've received confirmation that the category chairs received all of them, and that all were all right, no disqualifications.

     The entries will go to judges, and the results will be announce...
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A new novel being born

Posted by Vivian Zabel on Friday, August 26, 2011, In : Writing 
          Yes, I did say being born, because this novel is labor intensive and determined to be created. I have two other projects I want to finish first, but, no, characters and plots for this one would not leave me alone. I even sleep the thing. Therefore, so I can have some peace I began writing Maelstrom, a thriller no less.

          I'll ask Aidana to do the cover once I get the first draft finished. I know my characters. I know the main plot. I know of at least two sub-plots. The "movie...
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OWFI Writing Conference, here I come

Posted by Vivian Zabel on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, In : Conferences and Festivals 
          The OWFI (Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc) writing conference will be held at the Embassy Suites in Oklahoma City next week. I go every year possible, but this time I'll not just be a volunteer but will be one of the workshop presenters. 

             This conference is one of the most financially reasonable I know about, with some of the most beneficial speakers. Attendees can make appointments with agents, editors, and publishers. Hey, it must be good -- they scheduled me, didn't ...
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Preparing for a book festival and a writing conference

Posted by Vivian Zabel on Saturday, March 12, 2011,
     April 16 is the North Texas Book Festival in Denton. The festival will be at the Center for Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory from 9 AM - 4 PM. My novel Stolen is entered in their book competition in the fiction division.

      May 6 & 7, I'll be at the OWFI writing conference at Embassy Suites on Meridian, Oklahoma City. I entered several categories of their competition and will find out the results at the May 7 banquet. I'm also one of the publishers taking pitches and a presenter of a works...
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Learning how to add comments

Posted by Vivian Zabel on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, In : Setting up blog 
     I followed the directions as given. Copied and pasted the code as directed. Cannot discover how to allow readers to leave comments on this blog. I sent a message to support for Disqus, Now I wait.

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Starting over

Posted by Vivian Zabel on Tuesday, January 25, 2011,
I decided to set up a different personal website. The other one was too complicated to update. Therefore, I began the long process of moving what I want to keep and adding new material.

Aidana designed the banner to go with the site. I like how she incorporated my motto into the heading and banner.

Stay tuned for what's going on with my writing and my books.



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Vivian Zabel I'm the wife of one, since February 18, 1962. Robert may be gone from this life, but he awaits me on the other side. I've had four children, three lived. My children have given me ten grandchildren, five girls and five boys. My two oldest granddaughters provided five great-grandchildren. My family and my faith find their ways into my writing. I've had stories, articles, and poetry published over a period of more than fifty years. I began writing novels after I retired from teaching. Now I'm enjoying retirement. I need to return to teaching in order to rest.

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