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A blog post from Capitol Crimes member Michelle Corbier. Ladies of Color, Take Note!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 10:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Reading and writing

Hello friends. Hope your new year is off to a good start. 

One week into the new year, I decided to reflect back upon 2019. Last year, I tried to read 62 books. Fourteen of them were never finished, but I plan to read them this year. Because I check out so many books from the library at one time, I have to prioritize which to read first. Some of them have short lending times because they have a long waiting list. Twenty seven I didn't enjoy, for various reasons and never finished. This year, I'm off to a good start. I just picked up Stephen King's The Institute. It took many many months for me to finally secure the book. I plan to take my time reading it. Since I checked out the large print version, I get to keep it longer. 

I'm able to read a lot of books because I don't watch a lot of tv, or movies. I did see The Rise of Skywalker. It didn't disappoint. Spoiler alert - I jumped out of my seat when Billie Dee Williams appeared. Awesome!

The year is getting off to a good start with writing. The people I've met online have been great. Every day, I learn some new aspect to writing or publishing. It has been a learning experience.

Kellye Garrett invited me to Crime Writers of Color, which was started by herself, Gigi Pandian, and Walter Mosley. Check out the website.

Through them, I found out about literary agents of color. 

It's important to network with other writers. Someone is going to know something you don't. Share your knowledge and gain something in return. Join.

Unfortunately, all the writing groups in Sacramento in which I participate have their events on the same day. The third Saturday of the month. Sometimes I have to pick and choose what to attend.

Capitol Crimes will host fantasy author Kevin Anderson on Saturday, January 18th. I checked out his website. To say that he has written a lot is an understatement. To learn more, visit,

January 18th, California Writers Club - Sacramento will host Robin Martin and Susan Herman for their program Navigating Editor Service Options. Most writers will tell you an editor can be invaluable. However, they can also be expensive. Research before you commit. This program would be helpful for any author.

Black Women Tell Tales will also meet on January 18th at Underground Books. If you haven't checked out Underground Books yet, you need to. The owner is so nice. There are books there by authors of color I never even heard about, and of course the ones I have.

Regarding writing, I am working on my mystery manuscript right now. I've sent my thriller to some beta readers. Hope to hear back soon. 

Last year I participated in NaNoWriMo. I found it helpful with keeping me on track. I managed to complete a manuscript within the month. I was less pleased with the website. It did a good job of tracking my progress, but less helpful with allowing me to connect with other writers. 

I'm hoping this will be the decade I become a published author. Although, I'm learning that the process only begins once the writing is finished. 

Have a good weekend, and a productive week.

Be well. 


Michelle Corbier



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