Exciting Times


Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author, Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 18-02-2017

I’m concentrating, or at least trying to concentrate, on my writing. I know there is no try, anyway I do my best.

I’m splitting my writing time between Rogue Coffee Roasters and the new Starbucks. Either way they give me a good and usually vibrant place to concentrate on my writing. This is good, if I can tear myself away from social media. For the most part I have to split my time between both.

For now, I am still concentrating on my 2nd book, “Misty’s Magical Shed”. This is a work I have been working with posts  here on my webpage. In the meantime I’m working to submit my first book, “Not Too Late Forever”. This book is my dream come true. I continue to hope that an agent will fall in love with this and lose her/himself in the story and world of  Xandra and Baret. There are three additional books started in this, the Naldo Series. I have two more stand alone books that I have a great start on thanks to NaNoWriMo.

Well anyway, in the between times of my day job and community activities, I write and talk to my characters. This way when I do find the agent who believes in me and my writing, I have a headstart to books that will fulfill promises to readers.

As usual I keep working and hoping.

Until next time, keep reading and writing.

Kindest regards,


Taking Chances and Enjoying life


Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 08-02-2017

This past week I worked on a Twitter pitch for #mswl on February 8, 2017. I’m not sure if it is the right thing to do, but I posted it. It’s so difficult to determine what to do and not do when it comes to these things. Oh well, if nothing else, I can go back through and check out what the posting agents have said they are looking for.

This evening for The Creative Hour, I continue to work on “Misty’s Magical Shed”. It feels so good to lose myself in my writing.

I’m sure that I’ve said before how grateful I am for my writing. It is an amazing escape.

Things are looking up for another opportunity to travel to Surrey British Colombia for SiWC17. I am still working to pitch my Soft Science Fiction with elements of Romance. Opportunity abounds for me to follow my passion.

Now to get back to my writing.

Happy reading and writing,




Continuing into the New Year


Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 20-01-2017

I decided, for this year, to pull my mid-grade Fantasy  into a book. I’ve already told you that it was my second attempt at NaNoWriMo. I used it for a couple of years to give readers something to read, if they happened on my website. I don’t know if it ever tempted anyone to return. I hope so.

My writers’/critique group gives me high marks on the story and characters. As with my other book, Soft Science Fiction with elements of romance, the characters have taken control.

I hope someday, in the near future, to get published. Until then, I will play with the friends who inhabit one side of my brain, and share spare thoughts with you.

Thank you,

JA Wainwright

And The New Year Begins


Posted by Jodi | Posted in Working on my Craft | Posted on 13-01-2017

For now and most of the rest of the year, I’m going to work on “Misty’s Magical Shed”. It was my second attempt at NaNoWriMo. So far it is the only one in which I did not reach the 50k word count. If you have read or want to read previous posts, I used this story over the past couple of years for posts here on my website. I decided to stop building a running story and take what I have to format a book. So far a few things have changed. The protagonist has evolved to three protagonists and I am working to build on the tension.

In my writers’ group, two of the participants who have been with me the longest are elated. They have always given me kudos on this story. Starting this week, I will take excerpts to the group for critique, 6-10 pages at a time. Who knows, maybe by the first of this coming November, I might be very close to another book ready for submission.

NaNoWriMo2016 Spare Thoughts


Posted by Jodi | Posted in Short Story Snippets, Working on my Craft | Posted on 12-12-2016

nanowrimo_2016_webbanner_winner_congratsI wrapped up NaNoWriMo 2016 with just over an hour to spare. I’m happy with what I have to work with now. I believe it’s a good story for book 4 in my Naldo series. I ended with at least two extra friends. They will be the protagonists for book 5 in the series. One of the things that helps me with my writing are the conversations I have with my characters. When I get stuck, either not know how to continue or how to describe something, I turn to them. Many times I find the conversation goes into the story with very few change. Usually these changes are in the pronouns and matching verbs.

I took a break from 50k word count and took the challenge of a story of 15k words. I will submit this to the Writers Digest Short Short Story contest.

Now I go back to work on book 2 in the series and “Misty’s Magical Shed. I like variety in my writing and my characters.