I have two bylines in the October/November issue of Santa Barbara Magazine. I was pleased to do the back page again, this time with a photograph of Einstein from when he visited in the 1930s. Researching those is always fun, because I come into contact with interesting people and I learn about the history of the town, both of which make me feel more connected to the Santa Barbara community.
I also interviewed Jennifer Freed, an SB local and author of Lessons from Stanley the Cat, a self-help book of humorous tips garnered from Freed’s feline friend. Check out the Stanley website here, and find the interview on page 45 of the Oct/Nov issue of SBMag!
More novel plotting. Similar to the other sketch, this one was actually done first. I find these useful for reference, especially when I get stuck. A member of my Santa Barbara writers’ group, who is further along in his novel draft than I am in mine, suggested jumping ahead as a way to combat writers’ block. I found this advice extremely useful. When I’m stuck on one section, moving on to a completely different section can get the writing flowing again, and it’s handy to have an outline of what I’m doing.