Polar Bear Swim

Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday.  In Long Beach, NY, it is also time for the annual Polar Bear Swim.  The swim raises money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Clothing with “Long Beach Polar Bears” can be seen year round in Long Beach.

So if you’re there Sunday, look for me.  No, I won’t be swimming.  (Please –  it took me five minutes to psyche myself up to get in the water in Galapagos.  I thought it was going to be much colder than it was.  Snorkeling in Galapagos was the first time I’ve ever swam for so long and didn’t get cold since childhood!  As my friend pointed out yesterday, I’m still happy in galapagos:)

But I will be Sunday there trying to promote my book:)  ‘Gone…But Not Missed’ is a mystery set in Long Beach, NY.  ‘Lily’ has never been to the Polar Bear Swim but I’m sure she’ll be there in a future edition of ‘The Nathan Miccoli Series’.  I do know another staple of Long Beach, summer volleyball, is in the third book.


The sequel

I was so pleased when people starting asking when ‘Gone But Not Missed’ sequel would be release.  (It’s titled “Not Forgotten”)

At that point, beta readers had read it already with mixed results.  I knew it was missing something.  My first beta reader, Jackie, even read it 2x.  Her feedback was helpful but something was still missing.  I thought the meeting with my editor would clear things up.  To say the meeting went poorly is like saying the Mets had a bad year in 1962.  (FYI- They had a historically bad year)  Don’t get me wrong I knew the book needed work but when she likened some scenes to “reality TV’, I tried not to cry.   jackie asked “Did she say anything good?”  I thought for a minute, reviewed my notes & answered “No.”

Fortunately, Jackie took the time out of her busy day to call me to discuss the meeting.  I kept saying, “Don’t worry.  I can fix it,” really to myself.  Although she agreed:)  I told her I’d be taking the LIRR (Long Island Railroad) on Saturday and I always do some great writing in the hour to/from NYC.

But yesterday, as I searched for my house keys, the idea hit me & I jumped up and down screaming “That’s it!”  so excited that I had thought of how to fix the issues with the book.  (Sounds easy, but it’s a lot of re-writing but at least I have a plan.  As the A-Team’s Hannibal would say, ‘I love it when a plan comes together.”)

FYI – Found my keys in the silverware drawer:)

(This is my way of saying there will be a delay in the sequel’s release)

I’m a Guppy!

During summers as a kid, I spent a lot of time swimming.  I’d spend hours in the pool & more than one on looker would call me ‘a fish.’

In college, my nickname was guppy.  (One of many hilarious nicknames I had.)

Now, I’m officially part of an organization where I’m called a guppy.  The Guppy section of the writer organization, Sisters in Crime, is an acronym for “The Great Unpublished.”  They support authors to improve their craft and marketing skills.  I had not joined the group earlier due to a bad experience with a critique group in the past.  (Many of the members of that group loved to use red ink to tear apart submitted works, not just mine.  The point of being in the class – yes I paid for the honor of being ripped to shreds- was constructive feedback.  The teacher provided this weekly but the other members provided poor feedback & I stopped submitting to the group.  I continued submitting to the teacher, who agreed the group had a ‘weird vibe’ that go round.)

Anyway, I joined The Guppy group because I need to find beta readers for the sequel….Drum roll please…Sequel Titled – ‘Not Forgotten’. (More on that another day:)

The highlight of my weekend

I know you’re expecting me to say I went on a nice date (sorry…I’ll continue once you stop laughing.)

Seriously, you expect me to say it was the hours I spoke about Galapagos with friends and family, or when I was reviewing the hundreds of vacation photos, or seeing the movie “Gravity’, finally.

But, the highlight of my weekend was registering for WPA 2014 & getting into “The Felony Murder Investigation Workshop.’  I actually screamed when I saw I made it in the class!

WPA is the Writers’ Police Academy, organized by Lee Lofland, and partially sponsored by Sisters in Crime (a writers organization, not a crime ring of women).  Registration opened at 12noon and I was registered by 12:04pm.  I’m so excited to attend the event again, my third time.  But sad, my writing friend Sue (and the only one I’ve ever really spoken to at the event) won’t be there.  Looking forward to another weekend of choosing between classes on cold cases or sexual assault and talks by Retired Secret Service Agents or ATF agents.

Per their website, ‘The Writers’ Police Academy offers the most hands-on, interactive and educational experience writers can find to enhance their understanding of all aspects of law enforcement and forensics.  This is a one of a kind event, featuring real police, fire, and EMS training at an actual police academy. Top instructors and experts!”

Can’t wait to go.  I know I’ll learn more to make ‘The Nathan Miccoli Series’ as accurate as I can.  But it’s a long wait – September!

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Gone…But Not Missed by A R Kennedy
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Lillian wakes up on Valentine’s Day in a replica of her bedroom but the only item she knows is authentic is her dog.  She is held captive in her kidnapper’s basement apartment, summoned upstairs once a week for a chaste dinner.  But will his kindness last, and more importantly, why isn’t anyone looking for her?  Nathan, a NYPD officer, is intrigued by Lillian’s disappearance. How can a young woman be gone for two weeks before a missing person report is filed?  Local police believe Lillian has voluntarily abandoned a life she didn’t like.  Lillian’s best friend convinces Nathan the authorities are wrong.  With no jurisdiction, no resources, & no witnesses, he is compelled by the pictures of Lillian to take up the case. (

Still #happyingalapagos


You know that’s me because of the colorful sneakers!

I wasn’t kidding when I said I got close to the animals.  Ecuador’s government is very strict about all things Galapagos.  One rule is you cannot get within 6 feet of the animals.  Well, here, we had no choice.  This cute sea lion was lounging on the stairs to the panga and we had to walk around him to get back to La Pinta.  This may have been my favorite moment of the trip – we sat for about 15 minutes waiting for our ride and watched the sea – we saw sea turtles swimming, an eagle ray jump out of the water, and this guy watching us.  Such Fun!

Not all the passengers went for this tour – a Galapagos cruise is an Active vacation and some stayed on the ship to rest.  When fellow passenger Bunny asked if she missed anything, I hesitated.  I didn’t want to tell her about this guy!  Or the whales we saw from the other side of the island, the elusive short eared owl who flew over us & the countless birds.

As one passenger said, each excursion was an “experience” and he was right.

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