As I write, edit and review my next book*, I’ve been asking myself “What’s in a title?” Obviously, to start, I want something unique. When I was naming Letters to the Mountain, that was one of my main criteria as well. And while there are other books that start with “Letters to,” I think I succeeded there! I also named that one all on my own, which is something I'd like to do again with Romi.

I think I’ve come up with a title for not only this book, but all three of the books in the planned series about paralegal, Romi James. I’m not quite ready to share, but promise that I will soon! It’s been really hard to continue working on Romi while minding the kids 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, not to mention keeping up with my school work. But I’m managing! I printed the manuscript so I can review it on paper whenever I get a chance through the day. The kids are far less interested in a binder of paper than they are when I open a lap top in front of them. This week has been good so far for time I’ve put in, though I’ll admit yesterday it was only because I put the kids in front of a movie in the afternoon.

We’re all just doing what we have to in order to get by, no?

Front of Romi #1 Manuscript

That's a Holy Shit Moment right there ...

I’ve been thinking all things Romi, pretty much all the time, but I do yearn for those uninterrupted days where I had hours on end to myself to write, edit and review my work as well as keeping up with this blog. I’m proud that I’ve been able to do that, at least. And I’ve only turned in one late assignment for school, which they still counted! So it hasn’t been too bad, overall. In order to pass my Creative Writing Program with the Writer’s Studio at SFU, I had to do a public reading. Since that’s not technically possible right now, the school hosted an online reading event where I read the first five pages of Romi’s first book, which I am going to share with you today.

Click the following to read the first five pages of Romi Book #1 (as it will be called until it’s time to share the title. Which might end up appearing in my newsletter first, so subscribe here if you haven’t already!):

Please let me know either in the comments below or on one of my social media outlets what you think! You can also check out the recording of the reading a did and shared on Instagram here.

Now that I’ve answered the “What’s in a Title?” question, next up is the rest of the story! Pun intended. I’ll be here editing til the end of the year as long as the kids are here with me. Maybe one day I’ll finish my audiobook project …

Hope you’re staying sane,



*Looking back at what I’ve shared from what I’ve written so far intrigues me. This book is going to look so much different than it did when I first started writing it! And I am loving that!

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