Joan R. Neubauer

August 1, 2008

Greetings to all

Filed under: Uncategorized — joansbooks @ 8:19 pm

August 1, 2008

Hey, I think I’m getting the hang of this blogging thing, a great way to keep in touch with the rest of the world from the wilds of West Texas. If you’ve never been out here, you’ve got to load up your car and head out this way. Bring your computer and your writing pad because this place will inspire you to write great stuff. Let me know if you plan to come this way. I’d love to meet you.

Joan R. Neubauer, is the author of Shadow Dancing, A Serpent’s Tooth, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Journaling, and more.


  1. The blog looks great! Can’t wait to see it evolve and grow.

    Comment by Julie Edwards — August 7, 2008 @ 1:21 am | Reply

  2. Julie, thank you for the kind words. Stop in and see us. I hope to keep the page changing and developing every day or so. Then of course, we want to keep up with everyone’s comments. Hope to see you here often.–Joan

    Comment by joansbooks — August 7, 2008 @ 2:10 pm | Reply

  3. Welcome to the Internet tube! Also, here’s my little corner:

    Comment by Steve — August 7, 2008 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  4. Thanks, Steve. This is getting to be more fun everyday! — Joan

    Comment by joansbooks — August 8, 2008 @ 3:33 pm | Reply

  5. Looks great Joan! I can’t wait to have some of your “stream of conciousness” on this industry and your daily going’s on with my morning coffee! Can I link you on my blog? It’s, it’s a writers/anything goes thing! My subtitle is “writing from an observor’s perpespective”…alas, sometimes I go way 1st persona and make it all about me! But I have some buddie’s who often follow my links and they’re great!

    Glad you’re out here!


    Comment by Robin — November 16, 2008 @ 2:14 am | Reply

  6. Robin, your site looks great and I encourage my readers to go check it out. You’re going through a lot of stuff that most new writers experience: the frustrations, the doubts, and the hard work of putting together a great work of art. It’s a tough process, but it’s worth it, if in the end, you’re happy with the final product.

    I’m always here to bounce around ideas and techniques. I’m a teacher at heart and love to help people learn and succeed, especially friends like you, Robin.


    Comment by joansbooks — November 17, 2008 @ 5:40 pm | Reply

  7. Joan, you’re such an inspiration, a superb writer, a very dynamic teacher (note to reader: if you have haven’t made a Joan Workshop…do it, now!) Your availability and generosity of spirit is amazing and I almost hate to take you away from creating fabulous new stories to give me instruction on how to do it myself…but I will anyway!

    Thanks for reading my blog and not prescribing mind altering medications! Trust me, I’m a mental health professional (well, if you count my B.S. in Psychology) and generally a generic prototype of “easygoing”…until it comes to my passion…writing.

    Then, I hate to admit, I get a bit histrionic, a lot frustrated, and barely short of a panic anxiety disorder! Hester Quinn would envy the huge red “H” on my forehead for Hypersensitive! I kid, kind of! I’m always calm in a crisis so I was amazed when my palms sweat at the idea of others critique’ing me. I was remotely amused at my desire to actually bash my head into the keyboard and shocked at my bizarre penchant for pulling my own hair when yet, another, passive verb highlighted its’ ugly head! Trust me Joan, you might install a NICU unit in your “author incubator” wing!

    But, after my critique session I realized, “This ain’t bad at all! This is actually great!” I will write in a vaccuum no longer! Hurdle number one has been succesfully breached, only 1,145,230,547 left to go! I love this!

    Advice to you teacher Joan? (I’m setting up something I want, be wary!) You could set up a blog where you could actually teach ya know? Give us little lessons, challenges, free-writing exercises, what have you. You don’t actually have to get the papers or grade them…you could do it generically. I’d bet you’d get a huge following…huge! Did you see the NaNoWriMo website? Writing a 50,000 word novel in a month challenge? I was going to to do it but I heard about it too late and my goal is to get my WIP polished and “out there”. I’m just sayin’…you’ve so much to share and you are a good teacher. But, if you just want a blog where you can share with other writer’s and not have to be the “instructor” then yea! Set up a different and be a teacher there…LOL!

    Comment by Robin — November 20, 2008 @ 2:58 am | Reply

  8. Mrs,Joan you are a wonderfull writer and I love reading ‘A Serpants Tooth’! 🙂

    Comment by Ali Swaim — December 3, 2008 @ 12:55 am | Reply

  9. Ali, It’s so nice to see you on my blog. I’m so happy you love reading my book, A Serpent’s Tooth. All the historical facts in there have been very well researched, so if you learn anything about the American Revolution, you can rest assured I got those facts from reliable sources.

    I understand you like to read historical novels. Is the America Revolution your favorite historical period?

    Ms. Joan

    Comment by joansbooks — December 3, 2008 @ 3:50 pm | Reply

  10. Mrs.Neubauer I hope you had a woundrful christmas and new years. My favorite histoical time period is the victorian era.

    Comment by Ali Swaim — January 3, 2009 @ 7:06 pm | Reply

    • Ali, thank you for asking. I had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, but now I’m back in the office and hard at work. The Victorian era is one of my favorites as well, though I’ve never written about it. I think it’s very interesting that the Victorians have a reputation for being very prim and proper, but really, they were no different than we are. They were people just like we are. I think we always have to bear this in mind when we read about other periods of history.

      Keep reading, Ali. You never know what great things you’ll learn.

      All the best for the New Year,
      Joan R. Neubauer

      Comment by joansbooks — January 7, 2009 @ 8:55 am | Reply

  11. Johanna Lindsay is one of my favorites, and you’re right Joan, I’m sure that honor and integrity were the same, depravity and immorality the same…but I love her plucky heroines that bucked the “prim and proper” and had the audacity to go into a “house of ill repute” in search of an answer to a mystery….well, wait, that’s more Amanda Quick! Love the genre, and I wish the timelessness of honor and integrity held MORE true…but it’s nice to see it’s still there.

    I wouldn’t want to live under the strictures of an upper-class born virgin…nor the trials of a lower class born vassal or merchant…both classes seemed equally impossible to escape…unless you’re a fiction author and all bets are off! Say, Cinderalla? (but then again, she WAS noble born!) Ah, making it believable still has rules, n’cest pas?

    Miss you Joan…hope all is well, I needed to get on the website, I would love to see how your contest went! (Great! One more thing to put on my ‘when I have time list”?!)

    Nope! Going there now!

    Comment by Robin — January 23, 2009 @ 5:23 am | Reply

    • Robin,

      Johanna Lindsay has written some very good books and I enjoy reading her as well. And I have to agree with you. I wouldn’t want to live in societies that place tough restrictions on women and their behavior.

      The holidays were crazy busy here but they were good. We got to see a lot of our daughter and son-in-law who live next door and that was great. They’re both wonderful people. Sure wished our other children could have been here as well. Oh, well, I suppose we can always look forward to Christmas 2009.

      Right now, I’m working on some very interesting things in the way of writing for an organization that has as its mission the protection of personal property rights. Always learning. Always growing.

      Take care, Robin, and keep those fingers flying across those keys.


      Comment by joansbooks — January 23, 2009 @ 7:58 pm | Reply

  12. The blog looks great. I love reading all of your stuff – A Serpents Tooth, your books on writing journals, The Noble Generation – all fantastic! I can’t wait to read more!

    Comment by Regina in England — February 2, 2009 @ 12:39 pm | Reply

    • Thanks, Regina. It’s nice to know that my books are making their way all the way to England. Hopefully, the new book, Perfect Valor, will be out in time for July 4th of this year.


      Comment by joansbooks — February 2, 2009 @ 8:37 pm | Reply

  13. hi mrs.joan i had a good holiday to. my best friend lindsay introduced me the the twilight saga and i am hooked. once you start you cant stop. one of my favorite books in the series and the only one i own New Moon goes with my every where.i canat wait for your next two books to come out.


    Comment by Ali Swaim — February 12, 2009 @ 3:00 pm | Reply

  14. Ok Joan, excellent writer but not so good at this blogging stuff? (LOL, neither am I, got slammed for being on hiatus?)! Was logging on to see your travel plans for Amarillo…soo hoping I can make it (need some inspiration and a kick in the side of the head wouldn’t hurt either!) Let me know!

    Comment by Robin — May 17, 2009 @ 4:49 am | Reply

    • Robin, thanks for the kind words about being an excellent writer. I’ve been working at it for a long time.

      We’ve been busy, busy, busy here in Alpine. We had our 4-year-old granddaughter with us for 16 weeks, so you can imagine how great that was. She’s back home now, so it’s time to get back on track with work and other things–like cleaning the house. Go figure. It was more fun to play with her than scrub floors.

      I’ll be in Amarillo for the conference for both days and we’ll arrive the Thursday night before. I’m hoping to see you again.–Joan

      Comment by joansbooks — May 27, 2009 @ 4:21 pm | Reply

  15. Hello fellow INster!

    Joan, I loved reading your monthly Q and A at INkwell Newswatch and I miss the community of writers we had there. I’ve started a writers blog and I’m updating a lot of my old IN articles, as well as writing some new stuff. Do stop by and comment.

    And maybe you’d like to do a guest blog? People would love to hear from an indie publisher. Here’s the url It looks as if it’s coming up in a little window here, too.

    Do stop by. I have one of those blogger formats where one’s “followers” are listed. It will link back here, if you “follow.”

    Comment by Anne R. Allen — July 12, 2009 @ 1:16 pm | Reply

    • Anne, I stopped by your site and it looks great. Congrats! And thanks for the kind words about my Q&A column. I miss doing it, so that’s why I’ve added that feature to my site. And thanks for the offer to do some guest blogging at your site. I’d be happy to if you’d do the same for me. I’m still figuring out all the ins and outs of links and social networking, but I’m having a great time with it. See you soon on the Net!–Joan

      Comment by joansbooks — July 16, 2009 @ 7:37 pm | Reply

  16. Great to hear from you Joan. Stop by again. I’m getting buzz from a lot of industry folks. I had plugs last weekend from Bibliophile Stalker, Editorial Ass (an assistant editor at a big New York house) and even a visit from agent Janet Reid, one of the stars of the publishing blogosphere. And I’ll be happy to add something here.

    Comment by Anne R. Allen — July 16, 2009 @ 10:02 pm | Reply

  17. Howdy, Joan!

    I second what Anne wrote about your monthly Q&A with IN. We had such a great group and I thoroughly enjoyed my tenure with all of you. I’ll have to keep my eye on this blog to get my “Joan’s wisdom” fix. I have a blog going too — started it back in 2007, but have revived it and will sustain it now: It will be about various things, and I expect writing will continue to be one of my topics, although it’s much less writing focused than yours or Anne’s. I’d like to put a link to your blog on mine. Please feel free to add mine to yours if you like.

    I love that I can read your wisdom again. Thanks for blogging!

    Comment by Julie — July 21, 2009 @ 12:46 pm | Reply

    • Julie, thanks for writing, and thanks for your kind words. You’re right. We did have a great group going with IN, but you know, people move on to other projects. Yes, please, put a link on your blog to my site, and I’ll put your link here. The key to success is information, information, information and how to use it. Maybe we can all help each other.–Joan

      Comment by joansbooks — July 21, 2009 @ 2:20 pm | Reply

  18. Hello, from Amarillo. Just wanted to stop by and say hello. Hope our paths cross soon. God Bless.

    Comment by Rory C. Keel — August 25, 2009 @ 11:09 am | Reply

  19. I left a comment on another blog that somehow came up.
    Merry Christmas from your old friends,
    Tom and Teresa McElmurry

    Comment by Teresa McElmurry — December 21, 2010 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

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