Continuing into the New Year

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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

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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

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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.

Happy Thanksgiving

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 24-11-2016

This  Thanksgiving I want to take the time to stop and share things I am grateful for. Not the least of these is that I can put a preposition at the end of a sentence. Another is for the acronym, lol.

Seriously, I have so much that I appreciate in my life. Of course I am so lucky for the country I live in, despite or maybe because of the political happenings.  Top of the list are also family and friends. There are so many I could easily say thank you to today. I have said thank you to some and hope everyone knows how much I care. I appreciate each and everyone of you.

Last and far from least is my writing. I, as every writer hope some day soon to share my books with you. Until then I will continue to write, create and edit. My writing helps me in more ways than I can express here.

All in all I am so very lucky. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.

One more day until NaNoWriMo 2016

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author, Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 30-10-2016

This year for NaNoWriMo I’m going to work on book 4 of my series. At this time the working title is “The Answer Is In The Stars”. My characters haven’t shared with me yet what the story is about. I know the threat from the previous book has expanded.

Tomorrow I’ll get to know the two main characters better. I also need to find the first sentence of the story. There is so much to do before I start writing on November 1.

This is exciting. That’s what NaNoWriMo is about.

I’ll share more about my experiences as we go along.