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Joan Bauer
Interests: classical music, cooking, hiking, jazz, theology, and soft-coated wheaten terriers.
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Thank you, Donna. Sorry to hear about your loss, but we hold tight to the memories. Joan
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2013 on This Week, Mom at Joan Bauer's Journal
Thank you, Betsy. Love back at you.
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2013 on This Week, Mom at Joan Bauer's Journal
Sierra -- you made my day with this. Do you know what I appreciate about you most? Your heart -- its wonderful and warm. You let people know who you are and you are so generous with your praise. You are going to touch a lot of people in this world, Sierra. Joan Bauer
Toggle Commented Feb 5, 2013 on The Project Girls at Joan Bauer's Journal
Its terrible to thank someone and misspell the award -- good grief! Im very happy to be a CYBILS nominee for ALMOST HOME! Joan
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2013 on One of Those Miracles at Joan Bauer's Journal
Thank you! Im delighted that ALMOST HOME has been nominated for the Cyblis Award. What great news for the new year.
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2013 on One of Those Miracles at Joan Bauer's Journal
5 perishable things a day...I like that! Im going to try it, too. Im definitely having leftovers for dinner tonight -- I dont suppose food counts...? Many thanks for your good words, Kally -- Joan
Kate, thank you. And I will quote your words: ...happiness is always alive then hope and thanksgiving are present. Fantastic thought for the day! Joan
Toggle Commented Dec 5, 2012 on Keeping Thanksgiving at Joan Bauer's Journal
Marla -- Youve got one special girl there. It was my absolute pleasure to work with her. I do hope your sink survived. -- Joan
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2012 on The Project Girls at Joan Bauer's Journal
Sierra, so good to hear from you and Im glad you liked the post. You did a super job on your project and something like that should be recognized -- Joan
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2012 on The Project Girls at Joan Bauer's Journal
Jill -- thanks for this. On the wretched age thing, Ive decided that there are things I can only do now that Ive arrived in that formidable decade. I find that a lovely thought. Appreciate your encouragement. Joan
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2011 on A New Season at Joan Bauer's Journal
Yes, the fancy is behind as well :-) Joan
Toggle Commented May 17, 2011 on Feathers at Joan Bauer's Journal
Approval by the Cupcake Queen is a lovely thing indeed. Joan
Toggle Commented Mar 4, 2011 on The Cupcake Whisperer at Joan Bauer's Journal
The new book is called CLOSE TO FAMOUS -- it will be out in February 2011. Joan
Toggle Commented May 8, 2010 on The Writers Flu at Joan Bauer's Journal
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Mar 15, 2010
Happily, Ive got supremely good people supporting me. Youre right -- having those folks in place makes all the difference. Joan
Thanks, Colleen. I blogged six days in a row -- not a big deal for some, I know, but for me, well, on the sixth day I had to lie down. But hope to be doing much more of this in 2010. Joan
Toggle Commented Jan 27, 2010 on All My Darlings at Joan Bauer's Journal
Thanks for the nice comments about HOPE -- Im happy to be your first step. As far as plot chronology, I always do character development first -- once I get down who the character is, where theyre from, what their wants look like, their dreams, nightmares, etc., in addition to sketching out the important people in their lives -- then I approach plot development. I think about what big moments might be in the story, think about the transitions, the surprises in addition to where the story needs to begin and end.Ive learned that in my writing at least, the seeds of the end are always in the beginning, so look for that connection.Every main character has to have an arc of growth, so they cant start one way and stay that way through the novel, unless, say, theyre James Bond who is always the same. I identify what is my characters driving want/goal in the story, then I think about how difficult I can make it for him or her to achieve that. That structure provides the bones of the book and then its up to me to fill in the holes. You have to leave clues for the reader to keep them interested. I go back over my notes on the characters because the more deeply they live in my heart, the truer the story will be. But, I must say that Ive found writing fiction to not be a straight line at all, but a circuitous path where I head off down the road, backtrack, get lost, take some surprising turns, run out of gas, but eventually end up at my destination. Hope this helps, Esther. Joan
Toggle Commented Jan 22, 2010 on First Step at Joan Bauer's Journal
Well, I know that not everyones a dog person, and believe it or not, years ago I wasnt one either. I agree the loving dogs more than people thing is wrong. But Ive had two remarkable dogs in my adult life and experienced their companionship in deep ways that made the poop seem not nearly as important. Sadly, Im allergic to cats, but Ive also had some close relationships with parakeets and my daughters gerbils, but they dont give back the way dogs do. No pun intended. Joan
Toggle Commented Jan 19, 2010 on Yawn If You Love Dogs at Joan Bauer's Journal
Interesting. Id never thought of the innkeeper as being too busy to notice. Joan Bauer web: www.joanbauer.com blog: http://joanbauer.typepad.com/
Toggle Commented Dec 18, 2009 on Come Closer at Joan Bauer's Journal