Monday, March 13, 2006

Readers swim with sharks! Haim Cohen Photographer. Check out: for more pictures.

Feeding sharks near Ka'ena Point on the Island of O'ahu

Honolulu, Hawaii

Cultural Center

Pearl Harbor Memorial

Punchbowl Veterans Cemetery

Readers make leaders in Hawaii! Dr. R. Shea, Educator, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Aloha from Hawaii

It has been a bit since I have posted information so I thought I would share with you my most recent adventure. I had a wonderful opportunity to go to a conference in Hawaii and I just got back home.

While there, besides attending classes and learning more about my craft of writing, I also spent approximately six hours a day writing. This inspired time gave me an opportunity to write the first four chapters of my new adult novel. I only have 34 more chapters to go!

While touring the museums in Hawaii, I also learned about a very interesting subject that no one has ever written about, so I located the Hawaii State Archives and will be doing future research there and at the museums. This project will be my first “truly” non-fiction book concerning the history of Hawaii during the Victorian period. Very interesting subject.

While there, it wasn’t all work and no play. I also had an opportunity to visit Pearl Harbor, the Cultural Center, and many other wonderful museum sites. And besides all that I also had time to play. I went out on the water in an outrigger canoe, kayaked on the Ocean and chased sea turtles and I also had a chance to swim with the sharks.

This was a wonderful working vacation and now I am back home in Illinois refreshed and ready to get back to work.

Hope you enjoy the pictures!

Your Pal in Writing,
Janie Lynn Panagopoulos

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Happy 2006!

Welcome 2006!

It has been a very hectic writing year for me. I have had to stay focused on my book project that is approaching seven years of work. This is a very interesting project but there was so much to learn and so many locations to travel to. This year, I have stayed on task and have finished up all my note taking for this project.

I have used 68 reference books to learn about my subject. From these books, I have filled four notebooks full of notes. This is a long process to categorize the books, give them writing codes and categorize the notes to be used.

Now, I am in the process of sorting through primary and secondary sources. I have hundreds of photocopies that need to be filed and categorized, so I can access them immediately when I am in the writing process.

To organize research material and to remain organized during the writing process, I believe, is one of the hardest tasks of my work.

This organizational process should take another two weeks and after that I should be able to start to write.
My New Years resolution is to try to maintain a happy and positive disposition throughout the year. Some of my work can be very frustrating and that isn’t good for creativity.