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2015 Road Trip: Texas to South Dakota, and back!

J Logo 75Made it HOME, and wow, what a great time we had. Just might take the rest of July to recover, but it was so worth it! Met my sister’s best friend from high school days, Sandy Hunger Hendley, up in the Dallas area and we made the rest of the trip together. Just like a couple teenagers, we shared memories and giggled the whole way.

Nazareth Convent Sisters of St. Joseph Est. 1913

Nazareth Convent
Sisters of St. Joseph
Est. 1913

Sandy Hunger Hendley under the front gate of the convent.

Sandy Hunger Hendley under the front gate of the convent.

We stopped for a break in Concordia, Kansas, and stumbled across Nazareth Convent, established in 1913 when my dad was just one year old. Enjoyed lunch at Kristy’s Family Restaurant [Great food!] and fell in love with the town.

Brownstone Hall

Brownstone Hall

In fact, Brownstone Hall is the old mansion at the top of the hill that I must use in my next story. Love the lions! Can you find them?

 

 

 

 

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Home of Walt and Sonja Lurz near Mission, SD.

Home of Walt and Sonja Lurz near Mission, SD.

We stayed at a lovely ranch near Mission, the home of Walt and Sonja Lurz. Sandy and Sonja are sisters. We loved every minute with them and hated to leave, but vacations don’t last forever. Never enjoyed myself more and I’ve adopted their whole family.

 

 

 

 

TCHS: the gymnasium

TCHS: the gymnasium

My home town, Mission, SD, is the home of the mighty Falcons! Awesome high school reunion, but before you start yawning, the town isn’t very big. It’s so small, they only host reunions once every five years, and you have to have graduated at least ten years prior to be included. Let’s just say that as a 1969 graduate, I definitely qualified. LOL!

 

Yeah, I created my share of trouble/fun. The 1968 annual staff photographer asked me to pose. What would you have done? LOL!

Yeah, I created my share of trouble/fun. The 1968 annual staff photographer asked me to pose. What would you have done? LOL!

Me, revisiting The Wall (sort of), in the lobby of TCHS.

Me, revisiting The Wall (sort of), in the lobby of TCHS.

Here’s a picture of me in the 1968 yearbook. Yeah, I’m hanging from The Wall. The annual staff photographer caught me in one of my more unique moments while I was out of class and wandering the hallways. I’m blaming my wedge heels for not being able to climb that wall this time. [Okay, just go with it. I tried. Ha!]

Street Dance after the high school reunion dinner. Shut down the whole street!

Street Dance after the high school reunion dinner. Shut down the whole street!

After the banquet and much greeting and hugging of old friends and neighbors, we found our way to the center of town and the Main Street dance. Yeah, they shut down the street for us. [Like I said, it’s a very small town!]

 

 

Hidden Timber, SD (The dam/lake is new, to me!)

Hidden Timber, SD
(The lake is new, to me!)

We took a couple extra days to travel around the county from Hidden Timber to Parmalee, then to Wood, Witten, and O’Kreek. Remember Jordan Hill? So many changes, yet things somehow remained the same. Loved that! There never used to be a dam along Hidden Timber road, but the little valley is absolutely lovely.

The cliffs and dock at the Rosebud dam.

The cliffs and dock at the Rosebud dam.

Summertime fun, sunbathing at the dock in the middle of Rosebud Dam.

Summertime fun, sunbathing at the dock in the middle of Rosebud Dam.

And, here’s the Rosebud Dam. Never used to be moss in the water, and there weren’t any trees or shrubs below the cliffs. It has been quite a few years, and nature takes over. We used to dive off those cliffs and swim out to the dock and sunbathe. Great memories!

 

 

 

 

Francis Case Bridge over The Missouri River.

Francis Case Bridge
over The Missouri River.

My new bed partner, Nick!

My new bed partner, Nick!

Katie with her sweet and cuddly cat, Nick.

Katie with her sweet and cuddly cat, Nick.

We crossed The Missouri River on our way to Sioux Falls where we spent several days with my niece, Julie Sell. Julie’s daughter, Katie, kept us giggling and her cat, Nick, became my new bed partner. So cuddly!

 

 

 

IMG_1606IMG_1592On our way out of town, we toured the reason for the town’s name: The Falls on the Big Sioux River.

 

 

 

 

Entrance to The Palmer Candy Shoppe, home of the notorious Twin Bing candy bars. Yum!

Entrance to The Palmer Candy Shoppe, home of the notorious Twin Bing candy bars. Yum!

An old fashioned candy vat sitting at the entrance to the shoppe.

An old fashioned candy vat sitting at the entrance to the shoppe.

Just a sample of the goodies to be found inside the candy shoppe. See the Twin Bings?

Just a sample of the goodies to be found inside the candy shoppe. See the Twin Bings?

Our last official stop was The Palmer Candy Shoppe in Sioux City, Iowa. If you’re from the Great Plains and moved away, you know you can’t get Twin Bing candy bars where you now reside. So, while there, I bought a couple boxes of ‘em, along with a few souveniers. And, high on a shoppe shelf, I also found a couple small jars of Choke Cherry Jelly—another item not found in Texas.

Here's my haul: Palmer Candy hat, cookbook, and a whole box of Twin Bings. Yes!

Here’s my haul: Palmer Candy hat, cookbook, and a whole box of Twin Bings. Yes!

We’ll see how long the candy lasts. Between me, my kids, and my sister, I may have to hoard a few Twin Bings. LOL!

Thanks for coming along with me down Memory Lane. What’s your favorite childhood or teen years memory? Lazing on a dock in the middle of a lake? Horseback riding? Or, a candy bar you can no longer get? Careful, it just might end up in a book!

Ye Olde Editor’s Hat

An editor's dream: a Jewel of a manuscript in the submission pile.

An editor’s dream: a jewel of a manuscript among the submissions.

Hello! It’s the “other” me, Janet Clementz, chatting with you today. As an editor, my job is to make an author’s already fabulously written manuscript shine like a gemstone. My goal is to give readers the payoff they’re looking for, to fulfill their expectation of a great reading experience. That’s it, in a nutshell, but there’s a whole lot more that comprises my editor life. For now, let’s concentrate on where it all starts: the submissions that find their way into my Inbox.

The word is out. I’m receiving submissions quite regularly now. My auto-reply to first time queries says to allow at least two weeks for a personal response. So far, I’ve beaten that every time with a short “I’ve got it, thank you!” type of response within a day or two of receipt. Yes, I know what it feels like to be on the other end of the waiting game.

When I read a submission, I’m mining for buried treasure. I’m looking for that gem of a manuscript I can’t quit reading, the story that captures my heart, and with characters who become living-breathing people in my head.

I’m thrilled to have recently acquired novel-length manuscripts, from two very talented authors, and I’m looking forward to when their books will be released sometime next year. When I find a manuscript I can’t walk away from, it’s like finding a diamond. Hence, the loose jewels picture, above-left.

I want to acquire great stories, so I’m not looking for errors and mistakes–unless there are so many that it’s obvious the author isn’t taking my time as seriously as his/her own. Sadly, I’ve received a few of those. What breaks my heart is having to send a rejection letter to an author whose manuscript I desperately wanted to love. A great story just isn’t good enough. I don’t have time to re-write their sentences so the words on the page make sense and mean what the author intended. That’s not editing, it’s re-writing. These are the manuscripts that are not yet ready for submission to an industry professional.

I work on just one project at a time, but have other editing responsibilities too, so every day brings something new. My current Romance wish list includes Historical (any era, any location, up through 1960’s), American Westerns, Time Travel, light Paranormal, and Suspense. Give me powerful stories packed with emotion, and with characters who, regardless of genre or era, leap off the page and into my senses. In other words, BRING IT!

Check out the Soul Mate Publishing website at THIS address. Then, click the Editors tab and scroll down to my name to read my editor’s bio, or click Janet Clementz.

Send a query letter with the first three chapters (up to 50 pages) to me at Janet@SoulMatePublishing.com.

Questions, comments? Feel free to contact me directly. I’d love to chat with you!