Critique Matters


Today I have been working on a novel that I had abandoned. For what reason, I don’t know. I probably got off on another creative adventure. Shocking, huh!

So, here’s what’s on my mind. I’d like to revisit this novel. I haven’t really fully edited it yet, but, I’d like to take an honest approach to getting it published. I know I have work to do and have reached out to groups for some honest critiques, but I thought I’d give my readers a chance at it first.

Let’s be honest, you would be my audience, right? Or maybe intrigued enough to read through this first page and tell me three things:

~ Does it capture your attention enough to turn the page?

~ Are the characters, this far, likable?

~ Should I trash it and try again?

Please leave comments or feel free to email me at Debbuckingham (at) yahoo (dot) com. I always enjoy hearing from my readers.

Thank you! Write On!


All Lacy Parker wanted was a little breathing room and the only place she could find it was in her bathtub. Even though the bubbles were flat and the water was getting cold, Lacy took this time to reflect on her complicated life, especially the last few months concerning Dawson’s infidelity. The four years they spent married was rocky, some would say . . .  insane.

Dawson was frantically packing for his tour to Iraq; a tour that would hopefully prove more successful on his return.

The letter sat unopened on the kitchen table.  A promise of a new tomorrow felt deep within Lacy’s heart as she heard the front door slam.

“Dawson . . .” Lacy howled louder. “Dawson.” Tears ran down her face leaving track marks through her makeup, only to realize he may not return.

Lacy sank further into her cold water, tears of anger welled up inside. A goodbye would have been nice.

“Hey . . . Lacy,” Dawson’s voice took up the silence, “You here?”

How didn’t he know where she was? Maybe he thought she went outside.

“Yea, Dawson, I’m up here.” Lacy jumped from the tub and wrapped an oversized towel around her thin frame; long blond tendrils lay wet against her shoulders. The knock on the bathroom door indicated Dawson was there.  She opened the door wide enough for him to walk in. Her towel fell to the tile floor as Dawson wrapped his strong tattooed arms around her.

Why Knitting and Crochet are the new Yoga

It’s been said, that knitting has many health benefits. Really?!

Yep, it does. I want to cover 5 reasons people knit or crochet…

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  1. Knitting can be used as a form of therapy. If you have ever gone through depression, you know that doing something outside the box can help. Knitting or crochet can motivate you to connect with the world outside your four walls. It builds confidence and self esteem. Depression is real. Just setting aside 1o minutes a day to relax and knit/crochet, you will feel like a new person. Here’s an article for you to read. 
  2. Knitting/Crochet is extremely relaxing; a great stress reliever, anxiety reducer. There’s been much study done on muscular relaxation and how it has a direct correlation to a relaxation response. It can decrease heart rate, muscular tension and blood pressure. It’s a Zen-like activity. Ask me how I know! I’ve found that knitting has improved my overall health. Here’s an interesting article on just this topic.
  3. Knitting/Crochet connects people through belonging to groups with like-minded individuals. Here’s a link to a great article on the Lion Brand Website.
  4. Knitting/Crochet can help reduce the risk of dementia/Alzheimers. Yet, another article for you to read. 
  5. Knitting/Crochet just plain makes people happy. If you knit or crochet, you know exactly what I’m talking about. My husband will be the first to say, Deb, go knit. It’s where your happy place is. And, OH! How true that is.

I recommend you sit back and take a look at this amazing craft. Not only will you have fun, but you will knit/crochet yourself into a healthier, happier life. Knitting IS the new Yoga.

As I always say,

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Growing Through the Seasons

Would you agree that growing takes you to that next level?


Would you (also) agree that if you don’t, you could lose site of what your ultimate goal is/was?


Why, you ask, am I asking these questions?

Because we all go through this one time or another. It’s the ever changing seasons of life. I believe in the process. I believe there are four seasons. I believe that the dreaded winter precedes beautiful spring. I believe there’s a time and place for everything. I also believe when you feel “stuck”, it’s the opportunity to grow.

There’s more to just winter, spring, summer and fall. There’s the ever changing reflection that takes place within us. You must take personal responsibility. What is it that makes you tick? You can’t change the season, but you can change yourself. Time will pass and seasons come and go, but it’s the changing within ourselves that pulls us up and out and allows us the opportunity to grow.

Yes, I am there. I’m in the sweet spot of my life; the place I feel there IS that next step. I’m an entrepreneur. I’m a knitting designer. I’m an author. I’m a writer. I love to photograph “things”. I love what comes next…


What season are you in? What makes you tick? I feel that knowledge is power, and when faced with the decision to grow, it’s important to have ammunition.

So, as I always say,

Write On!


NaNoWriMo Day 4

Day 4…Take 1 (and the only take needed today)

I’m so pleased with how the words are flowing. I sat down here at Panera Bread with my soup and coffee at about 12:30 pm. I ate first, then proceeded to write. It’s now 2:13 pm.

That’s 1667 words in less than 2 hours.

Fantastic, right?

I mentioned yesterday that I thought each day i wrote, the words were coming a bit quicker. Today, I believe the same thing.

How about you? How are your words flowing? Hopefully effortlessly…

Writing has been a part of my life in various aspects of my life… I wrote content for my Knitting book, I wrote the patterns in the knitting book, I write on both my blogs. So, I believe it’s time to take this novel writing to the next level. *smiling*

I know we’re told to not edit our work during NaNo, but honestly can you really do that? I don’t do it the the extent of going back to the very beginning and re-reading, then editing, but I do backspace as far as necessary (when needed) to make the story work.

I am not willing to just write junk. It has to be a sensible story, with sensible developing characters, and a consistent story theme.

Today: No distractions to report.

I’m wondering if going to (one of) my favorite coffee shops and writing is what I need to do? I think so.


Word count accomplished!

Words completed to date: 6700 (43,300 words remaining)


Music playing on my Ipod: None. Though, beautiful instrumental music can be heard from the speakers, as well as chatter coming from dining customers fills the room.

Beverage of Choice: Hazelnut Coffee & Water

Place I chose to write: Panera Bread


So, as I always say,

Write On!




NaNoWriMo Day 3

I’ve made it through Day 3…quite an accomplishment (so far).

The day started okay. With the time change it did make it somewhat hard to realize the morning was s l o w l y going by.

Knitting along, with coffee, took most of my morning, when I realized it was time to jump in the shower and head out the door.

In walks distraction: For some shopping. More Christmas Shopping.

After stopping off at my corner Dunkin Donuts (no, not a donut this time) for some iced coffee and an egg sandwich for lunch.

Back home, I set my Ipad up, got out my sandwich and proceeded to write.

The one thing I think I’m noticing is the words are coming a bit quicker each day I sit down to write. I believe it will continue. And the one thing I was hoping for. To get my mojo back…

Cool, huh?


Word count accomplished!

Words completed to date: 5026 (44,974 words remaining)


Music playing on my Ipod – Nora Jones

Beverage of Choice – Iced Coffee

Place I chose to write – My dining room table


So, as I always say,

Write On!



NaNoWriMo Day 2

On a roll…is all I can say!

The day started early, as our granddaughter had spent the night and was ready to get up. After getting her situated, I started the coffee and sat down to knit for awhile. For those that don’t know, I’m not only a knitter, but a knitting designer and published author. Writing is something I love to do and hope to be a (Fiction) published author as well one day.

With an attempt at getting a few words started, I opened my ipad and found nothing but a blinking blue cursor. Failed miserably. So, I put my ipad away and continued to knit. I do find that knitting puts my mind in a different place. A place I can rely on to get me thinking about what’s next…

Do you have something that gets you in the writing mood?

In walks distraction: Time to take the little one out to breakfast, hand her off to her mommy, then head to do a bit of shopping. Christmas Shopping at that.

Back home and back to my knitting, while my husband got ready for his trip to New York City next week.

My mind started turning as I continued to knit, so I grabbed my ipad, opened up my Storyist App, and began to write chapter 2. See, I’m writing a chapter (in this novel) a day. 30 chapters will be written by the end of NaNoWriMo. That’s my goal.

Fantastic, huh?

In walks distraction: Coffee time. We walked around the corner to our neighborhood Dunkin Donuts and grabbed some coffee and donut. I know, it helps with the writing, or so I said it did anyway.


Back to writing. Word count accomplished.

Words completed to date: 3376 (46,624 remaining)


Music playing on my Ipod – None today

Beverage (and snack) of Choice – Coffee (and donut)

Place I chose to write – My craft studio in the basement


So, as I always say,

Write On!