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To all the mothers in my life

I’ll begin with my mother, Sharon Brezee Zentner, shown here with me and our daughter Carrie, who is now a mother herself. And then there is my grandmother May Brezee, who was a special person in my life. She is shown here having just been introduced...
From: Baroque Explorations on 13 May 2018

On the evolution of The Game of Hope

On November 2, 2011 (the day before my birthday), my agent, Jackie Kaiser, called to tell me that I’d been made a very tempting offer by Penguin to write two YA novels. One was to be about Josephine’s daughter Hortense, and the second was...
From: Baroque Explorations on 15 Apr 2018

How The Game of Hope came into being …

Dear wonderful blog subscribers, (Re: http://www.sandragulland.com/the-evolution-of-the-game-of-hope/) Last week, in beginning to draft this photo journal of the evolution of The Game of Hope, I mistakenly clicked “publish” instead of “save...
From: Baroque Explorations on 14 Apr 2018

The evolution of The Game of Hope

On November 2, 2011 (the day before my birthday), my agent, Jackie Kaiser, called to tell me that I’d been made a very tempting offer by Penguin to write two YA novels. One was to be about Josephine’s daughter Hortense, and the second was...
From: Baroque Explorations on 10 Apr 2018

What are you crushing on?

I’ve become very fond of a podcast about Young Adult lit called Kidlit Drink Night. They always make me laugh and I end up making lots of notes about books, movies and TV series to look into. They call themselves “Superfriends,” which...
From: Baroque Explorations on 2 Apr 2018

The terrors of publication

{Photo by Bank Phrom on Unsplash.} Because I publish only every four or five years, in spite of my best intentions — in spite of being at my desk virtually every day for hours! — I forget how fraught the publication process is. The first sign...
From: Baroque Explorations on 26 Mar 2018

Exposing Google’s underbelly

As a blogger, I watch the ups and downs of my blogs’ attendance as closely as I used to watch my Amazon.com ratings. Thanks to Google Analytics, however, I can now find out much more than how many people are visiting my site. Through Analytics...
From: Baroque Explorations on 23 Mar 2018

Bed-bound promo, website craziness, and Scrivener awe

I’ve been bed-bound for over a week since a minor knee operation to repair a meniscus issue. I’m not going to whine about it! In fact, I’ve discovered that I’m the perfect candidate for this type of life. On the bed beside me are:...
From: Baroque Explorations on 21 Mar 2018

3 ways to develop the characters in your story

I promised in my last post on beginning a novel that I would write about creating characters. Of course, to begin with, I have characters swarming, ideas both historical and fictional. I’ve already searched photo databanks for images that might...
From: Baroque Explorations on 14 Mar 2018

The joy of being at the beginning of writing a novel

I’m at the beginning of writing my next novel, and it’s a joy. I feel happy as a kid in a sandbox. It’s a slow process of discovery, and I expect it to take all year. The things about my writing process that never change This will be...
From: Baroque Explorations on 10 Mar 2018

Subscribe to my newsletter and get a chance to win a book or an Audible edition of the Josephine B. Trilogy

I’ve a newsletter about to go out, and I want to remind my wonderful readers who aren’t on my newsletter mailing list that you’re missing a chance to win one of my books — or (for the first time!) win an Audible edition of the...
From: Baroque Explorations on 27 Feb 2018

A great review of The Game of Hope — and how you can request a galley for yourself

I was thrilled to read this lovely review of The Game of Hope on Net Galley. Here are some quotes: Sandra Gulland demonstrates a masterful grasp that she has on history in her book The Game of Hope. While some authors struggle to convince their audience...
From: Baroque Explorations on 30 Jan 2018

How to Actually Get Things DONE: Suggestions for the New Year

Are you a getting-things-done systems junkie? I am, and I thought I had my personal system settled once and for all until I took a Tim Grahl course on being a productive writer. Yeah, I know, my sixth novel will be published this coming spring, so...
From: Baroque Explorations on 30 Dec 2017

How to Begin to Write a Book

Every stage of writing a book is a challenge—the beginning, the middle, and the end—but I think figuring out how to begin to write a book might be the most difficult. I’m at the beginning stage of writing my next novel now. I’m...
From: Baroque Explorations on 16 Dec 2017

In Praise of Japan

My husband and I took a long trip this fall, to Japan for three weeks. It was fantastic! We are culinary travelers, and Japan was a treat. I had spent two summers in Japan as a teen, staying with my aunt and uncle (who flew for Japan Airlines) and...
From: Baroque Explorations on 30 Nov 2017

House of books & dreams

Imagine a little house—or, rather, more properly, a two-story reading room—containing thousands of books. Imagine this house on the outskirts of Killaloe, a rural village of six hundred in northern Ontario. Amazing. I had the pleasure of visiting...
From: Baroque Explorations on 1 Aug 2017

Like wild! In the pink! On final stage revision …

I started writing this post six months ago, back when The Game of Hope was titled Moonsick. As part of the final check, then, I was looking for “legal” and “illegal” words—that is, words that didn’t exist in 1800....
From: Baroque Explorations on 26 Jul 2017

A newsletter, finally!

I’m about to send out a newsletter — my first in six months! I’ve been MIA here on this blog, as well, the result of moving into a house still under construction, all the while working to finish my next novel, THE GAME OF HOPE. Those...
From: Baroque Explorations on 4 Jul 2017

Trying to write in 2017 …

I sent draft 9.8 of The Game of Hope to my editor – a partial deadline met, which is always a wonderful feeling. Right now I’m organizing my beta-reader and consultant feedback notes and making further changes. The final-final draft...
From: Baroque Explorations on 26 Apr 2017

4 simple formulas for figuring out a story

This morning I happened upon a computer file of notes I kept while writing The Shadow Queen. I was particularly interested in a section on formulas for figuring out a novel’s “elevator pitch”—the summation of a story in a sentence...
From: Baroque Explorations on 29 Jan 2017

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