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Back again – NaNoWriMo 2016 is here!

It’s been a while since I’ve darkened the WordPress door.  With the long illness, then the recovery from surgery, and then going back to work, I’ve found the energy levels have not yet returned to their previous levels.  I’m working to find ways to save energy while still making sure I get the amount of exercise I need to gain energy.  I also need to keep up the energy going for NaNoWriMo. What a circle it becomes!

The coming of November and NaNoWriMo has definitely helped in the process of healing.  The people at the cancer center who read my novel (bless them!) have given me more positive feedback than I expected.  So NaNo is the start of the sequel.  Several people have asked for one.  And I actually feel it’s on its way.  Today was day 11 of NaNo, and I reached a record 30K words by the official counter. Since November 11 is a Friday, a holiday at work, and a bright sunny day, I actually took the iPad out on the back porch in the sun while the dogs chased squirrels.  The temperature reached almost 65 here today.    It seems too good to be true – and tonight’s news made that so.  The temps will be dropping, possibly below freezing tonight.

The words are flowing this year.  Perhaps that’s a sign that I am getting my energy as well as my mojo back!  So with that in mind, I’m going to get as far as I can during November to give myself momentum to finish that awful first draft before the ReWrite days in January and February.

The McPherson clan will be at it again, finding trouble where others don’t even look.  I can’t wait to find out where they’re going to take me this year.  Of course, they’ll still be in Alaska, gallivanting around the state like they’re both under 50.  And, being the cockeyed optimist that I am, I’m positive the entire clan will be doing that for many years to come (including me).

Thank you so much to my readers who have, without exception, asked for a sequel.  Within a day of the comments being heard and read, the story showed up in that storage center I call a brain.  I’ve made notes, and I’m keeping to them.  The story seems determined to come out this time!

P.S.  If anyone from NaNo reads this, my user ID there is Wickedfast.


In Answer to Reader Requests

Over the past few months, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to receive email from several people who’ve now completed reading “The Crystal Birch.”  All of them, with one exception, asked for another adventure starring the same set of characters.  Now, I had Katy and Marty all set for a happily-ever-after sort of thing.  Guess what?  That has changed.  (The one exception is waiting for the time travel one.)

I am happily working on a sequel to TCB, with the pair getting ready for their son’s wedding.  I won’t say anything else about it.  Well, maybe a little bit:  The story will include their telepathic links, a murder or maybe two, an unknown source of energy out west of Denali National Park (The conspiracy theorists have been having a go at this one lately.), and a myriad of other conspiratorial happenings.  All, of course, taking place in Alaska.

Of course, I haven’t figured them all out yet.  I’m sure I will.  I also promise not to take 22 years to write this one! And no – I don’t have a title yet.  And I hope you will all forgive me if I don’t paint detailed pictures of what the towns and cities look like right now.  It’s been a few years since I’ve been able to go home for a visit.  Maybe later this summer – hmmmmm?

I will also TRY to keep this blog updated.

So, til next time, please remind the Cheechako mailman in the apartment complex that it’s not wise to get out of his truck if there’s a moose with a calf grazing on the lawn nearby.  I’ll never forget the look on that guy’s face when she charged him.  🙂  He did make it into his truck safely, but we didn’t get our mail put up for several hours.

This is what Ninilchik looked like in 1953.  Please notice the lack of pavement on the road.  You could still land a plane on the beach, or camp there under a parachute tent.
This is what Ninilchik looked like in 1953.

Note the lack of pavement, and campground.  Even with all the growth over the years, it’s still a spot I love to visit.  The old film is faded and streaked, but I think it tells the story.

Jessie – the Nostalgic Novelist


“The Crystal Birch” & there’s a new one!

“The Crystal Birch,” re-edited, re-packaged in a beautiful new cover, and in paperback as well as for Kindle, is now out!  There’s a bit of a feeling of freedom now.  I finally got done what I wanted for this novel, so now I can start writing the next one.  The really weird thing is that I decided that was the case just before I went to bed last night.  I dreamed a new story sometime in the somewhere in the early hours of this morning.  For once, I got right up, sat at the computer (after booting the laptop and getting a cuppa) and wrote it down.  It’s a start.  It’s a Sci-Fi.  Most people who know me won’t be surprised at that, even though “The Crystal Birch” is definitely not in that genre.

I’ve put up a new website also.  Please take a look at  And I’m not going to be shy this time.  Please buy a copy of “The Crystal Birch”.  This link will take you directly to my Amazon page.

I’ll post updates as the next one moves along.  I’m just happy to have the WordPress blog up again, even if I don’t get better at filling the pages.  You know, when it comes down to a choice between blogging and working on a novel, somehow the novel always wins.

Have a great week, everyone!