Somehow we've become a culture that expects things to turn out the way we want without much effort or many tries. Maybe some of the influence comes from social media. We have only patience enough for a snapshot of things, whether in words or in picture form. Seeing DIY videos, where things seem so fast… Continue reading Instant Perfection
I'm reading Sarah J. Maas's "Throne of Glass," because one of my kiddos asked me to. I'm about a third of the way through the first book. For the protagonist, Calaena Sardothien, failure in the battle to become the King's assassin is not an option. She cannot return to Endovier where she served as a… Continue reading Failure is Not An Option
A few days ago, I finished the final edits to my manuscript, again, revised after receiving feedback from an expert on magical realism. After receiving a handful of query rejections, I wanted to see what I could improve from my end. Over the last few days, I've been taking a look at my proposal package:… Continue reading Standing Out
I'm going to be candid about where I am in the writing process, as I try to publish the first manuscript in a series of adult fiction. No embellishments. Honest and transparent. Sometimes despairing and isolating, and other times, exciting. The adventure started with a mystical experience that I cannot explain in any sensible way.… Continue reading The Writer’s Burden
The manuscript for Book One's done. Won't lie. It's been frustrating and fun. So much to consider when writing, not so clear. Developments, timing, turning points, oh dear. My learning curve seemed all too steep, in over my head, I had gone too deep. There's an important story to tell, you see. Not just for… Continue reading Book 1’s Manuscript is Done
This morning's drive was anything but a walk in the park. What normally took thirty-five minutes dragged into double the time. We inched through snow and ice, as snow continued falling and threatened visibility. On the way, some cars slid, and we even saw tracks where wheels had slid or perhaps bounced into the curb.… Continue reading Slowing Down, Making It More Delicious
It's late. Most of the day is gone, with just over two hours to go and still much to do. Cooking. Packing lunches, getting snacks ready, filling water bottles. Psyching myself out of my body and mind's quiet whispers luring me to the couch to check the back of my eyelids. And... writing. Oh crap.… Continue reading Can I Do It? NaNoWriMo is Here.