The Death Of The Family Secret | HuffPost UK

Ancestry and other DNA-testing companies are bringing old family secrets to light. These friends are now dealing with the truth about their fathers.
— Read on

I’ve done my DNA as did my husband, son and daughter. I was pretty confident I knew most of my relatives so wasn’t concerned. It’s been fun building my family tree.

After reading this article I have a different view about these resources. I don’t think they should go away or be limited in any way. I do however feel each person purchasing a kit must first be required to read and sign EACH clause so they understand the risks involved in participating in the research.

I was initially upset that gedcom restricted law enforcement from freelancing DNA . They hired genealogists to trace possible family trees based on DNA they found at crime scenes. I applaud this ingenuity. The fact they’ve located and apprehended rapists and murderers is exceptional.

Now I see this can become a problem. I’ve been watching the Adnon Syed conviction as well as others possibly convicted wrongfully. We have a corrupt legal system. Not in every case. If the system fails repeatedly then that’s too many not to address.

DNA can be miss used. People tried and convicted wrongfully. Like anything else it can be miss used. The more research that’s done the more opportunity.


Summer-Begin the Diet

June is a great month. Spring is fading and for some maybe the snow will stop.  School is out and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of time to write.

I don’t have kids in school but I did decide to start a diet.  After a few weeks I found my attention to my diet wained  as the monotony of the diet set in.  So today I thought about how to apply what I learned about writing to my diet.

What is my goal? Right now it’s to lose 5 pounds in the next few weeks.

What is my motivation? First of all it’s to drop below a certain # that has been my nemesis. Once I establish that weight, I’ll set another goal.

What are my conflicts? Boredom. When I’m at work I have a repetitive job. At times once the morning coffee has worn off, my mind wanders, my hands and mind want something to eat. I try drinking water to fill in those minutes I wait for answers.  I need to get through those hours between 10 and 12, or 2:00.
Temptations: Bread. Everything seems to have some kind of breading on it or with it.  I don’t want to hide in my home, but the temptation to ignore the diet and say “Oh Well, I’m not Keto Tina today.”

These are conflicts that my characters have to deal with. Everyday situations that prevent them from attaining their goal. It could be a loss of motivation. I see that happening in reading new writer’s work. They get bogged down in little details they think are important but doesn’t move their story toward the goal.
I need to make sure each day I have a goal that I keep in front of me to keep me motivated to stay on task. I’m still not sure how to do it, but I’ll be looking at my characters and see how I do it for them.

I can see that treating my characters in bringing them through a story is the same a my journey through a diet. I hope the result is as satisfying for them as it will be for me.



The Vanishing of Katherine Sullivan is relaunched

A few years have passed since I pulled my novel back from the previous publisher. I have relaunched it this week on Amazon. My new publisher is iUniverse.
They are still working out the details with Amazon as the old book can still be purchased in the secondary market. They are in the process of separating the two so the new cover will be visible to any who want to buy it either as an e reader or print on demand paperback.
I kept the cover the same style as before so people wouldn’t be confused thinking it was a new book. I love this cover as it’s a bit more updated.

Just a note. Silent River by C. M. Weaver will be launched very soon. Maybe in the next two weeks. Watch for that release here and on my Christina Weaver Author Facebook page.

I hope you take a moment and post my book on your blog, Facebook page or twitter. Thank you

It’s Almost Done

I know it’s been months since I posted. A lot has happened.

In my last post I talked about a new book and 100 Day Challenge. I over estimated the word count for this book. I got through about 50k and in the middle got stuck.

After a breakthrough I continued writing but didn’t get close to the 80k I thought I could do. Now I could have written that many words if the story would have driven me. Sadly it fell apart. I scrambled around picking up pieces looking for a way to move forward to a goal I thought I’d made at the beginning. I’m still working on it.

The good news is in the last two months I have finished re-editing my first novel, The Vanishing of Katherine Sullivan, and found a publisher.

I struggled with the cover. I wanted to use the same one I had. But technically it wasn’t possible. We had to create a new one. That was a week of looking at photos. I finally found one and the design team magically recreated the cover and made it more up to date. I’m thrilled with it. I have a little bit more work to make sure it’s the way I want it. I can’t afford a proofreader so I’ll try to put it through Natural Reader and listen for mistakes. Then it’s ready for release.

I have a publisher for my next Novel. Silent River. This design team came up with a beautiful cover using a photo of the Columbia River.

This book will be released on Kindle unlimited. It will also be available as a paperback. This one should be released in March also.

I’ll post the launch dates for both.

A book in 100 Days

Can it be done?  Of course. I can see heads shaking and others holding out their hands, fingers crossed to ward off evil.  The Write a Novel in a Month challenge has been doing this for years.

I wrote my first novel by completing the challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. Its an average of a little over 1700 words a day. There were some day’s I would write twice a much and others I barely made the quota. I did finish then went on to write another 50,000 the following January while I was laid up from toe surgery.  Yes, you can do it. The Nanowrimo which is the short name teaches you to write every day, even if it isn’t the story you started out writing.  In my case, this challenge is to write a complete novel. One must post each Friday for others to read and review.

This book has been a challenge for me since it isn’t a story that’s driving me to tell it like the first one. If I sat around waiting for that to happen again I may never write another book.  I took my mental What if? and started laying out scenarios. I don’t even remember what prompted this story.  It sounded good to me and other’s I bounced it off.

I’ve written over 10,000 words in the last two weeks. I have 70,000 more to go. I’d better get off this page and back to writing my story.

What if a woman was given a message from her recently deceased mother that said, “The only thing on your birth certificate that’s true is your birthdate.”

If the woman who raised her wasn’t her mother, then who was? That is my story.