The past couple of week s I have been working to get to know my characters better. The first step is to learn their names. So far I have the protagonist, Alexandra, Allie, M’Ren. The first born of her generation, she is named for her grandmother. She is set to follow her grandmother’s example of uniting the cultures of her planet, Naldo. After the devastating destruction that took place in the previous book, the cultures of this world need a leader to unit behind once more. When an accident leaves Allie to believe she is to blame for the death of a friend, she runs away and leaves her future and her hopes behind, or so she thinks.
This is the beginning of my story. I will find out more in November. In the meantime I need to get to know the other characters. I will share more with you as we go along.
Posted by Jodi | Posted in Working on my Craft | Posted on 18-09-2016
Saturdays for the next couple of months are dedicated to getting ready for this year’s NaNoWriMo. I need to get to know my characters and at least have a vague idea of what the inciting incident is.
Saturday, September 10, I opened up a file titled “Information for book 4”. The information talked about the Ciboney, the cousin culture to the Sasquatch in book 1. These beings are more like the abominable snow people. I still need to do a lot of work, but discovering the characters is the most enjoyable part of writing.
Posted by Jodi | Posted in Thoughts from a writer | Posted on 08-09-2016
This morning I saw a jet trail high in the sky. Is there a writer on board, heading off to Los Angles or New York to sign the contract with their agent? What do they write? Could it be Soft Science Fiction with elements of Romance like me? So many questions to bolster the dream. It’s great to imagine that that could be me in the very near future.
Lately it has been more difficult to get time for my writing. I have been making more family time. That comes in the form of walking later at night. The city where I live is beautiful and well lit, so walking late is not a scary thing. This is especially true with my two nephews. This and the challenge from my fitbit and the time for writing is easy to let slide by.
I say easy as far as not sitting at my computer. Easy to not make time for the posts on my page, here. Now that I’ve got that habit developing, it’s time to get back on track in the evening with my writing.
Today, walking, work, writing, work, pickleball, writing, walking and writing. If I keep this going, I will be ready to send in my next submission tomorrow evening.
This past week I received yet another rejection from an agent for my book. With all the turmoil in the world, this at times seems minor. I understand and share the worries and fears of other Americans. However, this does not mean we seek to freeze our lives and stop living. What this does mean is that we need to work closer together to make all lives better. If I can do this in some small way with my writing and striving to publish, then I must continue. We are a strong, diverse nation. Things have changed and need to change more. Only by working together can we do this. One person cannot do this. Giving up will solve nothing.
So my dream is to each day find something that makes my community just a little bit better. If I can volunteer to help or even just share a smile with someone, I will do this. I challenge each and everyone of you to do the same. Wherever you live on this planet, it will make a difference. Thank you