Last Chance for the Latest Contest

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 18-09-2017

I’m moving in on the deadline for the latest contest that I want to enter. It’s too late to have my writers’ group go over it. However, after the contest is over, I will still share it with them.

I have been working with yatmal and zarln. Two sprites, they enjoy spending time together. yatmal (it is not a mistake that her name is not capitalized) retreats to the spant, a bubbling tub of pure hot water. A getaway from all the expectations that weigh her down, a deadly secret carries her into a dilemma that changes her life forever. The fate of her planet and the life of her new friend depend on her ability to overcome her greatest fear.

So now, I need to write the story. This is a character who I met accidentally in my first book. She comes across as a sparkling personality that adds joy and light to the room. Life excites her, maybe mostly because everything around her is so much bigger than she is. yatmal and I have been communicating for over a month now, maybe over two months. It’s time to write the story.

Wish me luck and keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

What a Week

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 12-09-2017

I’m trying to get work done on the story for The Surrey International Writers Conference writing contest, and not having much success. Two hours at the dentist for a deep cleaning didn’t help.

On the ceiling overhead were two posters. One was of golden leaves on a wonderful green background. A saying about leaves, magic and butterfly wings got my imagination going. One thing I am having difficulty writing  within my story, is how to show the tiny size of my protagonist. Looking at the leaves, I realized she could hide under one of these. But where, in the story, would I put it, if I were to show this?

It could go at the beginning, but how would it fit in? One way would be to start all over with the story. I’m not sure that I’m ready to do that. Then what else? In the middle or where the second deluge overtakes her. This is one big challenge after another.

There is less that 10 days to complete each of these challenges. I need to have a good solid draft to take to my writers’ group on Sunday. That doesn’t leave much time.

Add to that a root canal scheduled for tomorrow and I definitely have a difficult journey ahead. If there are no challenges, there is no excitement.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

What To Do This Week?

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 05-09-2017

This week is short by my day job standards. Work will be hectic, because of the holiday as well as other factors. I still need to find, or rather make time for my writing. Yesterday, I concentrated on my latest short story. That’s what I’ll dedicate The Creative Hour to, this week.

Looking at what’s going on thought the nation, it’s easy just to sit back and let fear overwhelm. That is not just fear for myself, but for also for those through out my country. Our so called leadership seem so much more concerned with their own self-importance rather than the well-being of those they are elected to represent.

Along with other concerns, fires in my state are making out door activities more difficult for many. Even this seems a little petty with the suffering of those in Houston. The loss of everything they own, leaves me sitting on the couch feeling guilty.

I am very lucky in so many ways, not the least of which is having a day job to go to each weekday. Add to that my writing and I have more than so many people.

With that thought, it’s time to get ready for my day job. Throughout the day I will spend time on my writing.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

How Do I Continue To Believe In Me?

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer, Something that touched my life | Posted on 28-08-2017

I continue to work on my writing, despite feedback that is less than inspiring. Sounds like I should give up, but how do you do that with something you love?

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. It was something that helped me deal with being so different. I am the oldest and my two younger sisters are the pretty, popular ones. That I could write stories helped me hide away from the world and the hurt of being short, fat and smart.

I grew out of the worry of being different, because of the community where I’ve lived for the past forty plus years. The niche I’ve carved for myself is quite enjoyable. Strange, I’ve also come to learn that it’s alright to be different.

About being different, I’m also bull headed. When someone tells me that they are smarter, or knows more than I do, now they have to prove it. Maybe that’s really why I don’t give up on my writing. I believe it is good. And I will continue to believe until someone proves me wrong to my satisfaction.

That being said, it’s time to get back to the writing.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

Time to Get Serious

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 21-08-2017

For over a month now, I’ve been playing around with a new character. The purpose was to write a short story for The Surrey International Writers Conference. So far, I’ve gotten to know and understand the character, however I am still as far away as possible from writing the story.

I thought once I knew what the problem was that the words would flow. That has not happened. One character we (meaning me and the protagonist) thought was the antagonist has shown his true colors and is not.

One of the problems is that I’m having a problem determining where the story begins. ¬†There are scenes I have written, but the cohesion I search for is evading me. To inspire myself, I am going to listen to the webinar presented by James Scott Bell that I received for my entry in the Writers Digest Short Short Story Contest.

The deadline for Surrey is September 22, 2017. This week for @The Creative Hour, I will commit to getting a good solid start on this.

In the meantime, keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi