Time for a Staycation

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 15-08-2017

I finished my work day and start the first day of my staycation tomorrow.

Even though I had hoped to win the Short Short Story writing contest for Writers Digest, it did not happen. I didn’t even place. It was a good experience and came with with a fascinating webinar hosted by James Scott Bell.

There are far worse places to spend free time than my home town. Another perk to staying home is that, somehow I got lucky and chose time over our local county fair. I hope to volunteer at least one day with Grants Pass Kiwanis. They do Fair parking. It’s the only chance I have to wear the straw hat I bought in Jamaica. Temperatures should be better than usual as well.

Along with this I need to spend more time on my writing. Someone is trying to convince me that I’m wasting my time. They have no clue how stubborn I am. I will write and I will do it in my own style and time.

It’s going to be a great time in the best river city. I love Grants Pass and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

Time to move on and work on my writing.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

 

What to Do Next?

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 07-08-2017

I work on my writing, because I love doing it.

There are some I know who tell me one or another of my stories is not good enough. Who knows, they may be right. However I will not betray my characters by butchering their story.

One person told me that I need to determine where I want the story to go. Truth be told, it’s not up to me. When I first sit down to write a story I get to know the characters, at least the main one. They lead me along and I learn more about them as I go.

My first book is a huge learning curve. I have always written stories, but only¬†dreamed of writing a book. My first attempt, and complete joy is “Not Too Late Forever”. I have written and edited for a substantial amount of time. I have faced praise from a few and criticism from many more.

The book and characters have filled a void in my life. Besides that, they have given me purpose in many other endeavors.

Despite critiques that are less than favorable, I will follow my passion. It has become so much more than a dream. My biggest regret is that I have not been able to share it and my other stories with many others.

Good, bad or indifferent, I will continue in my own way, and on my own path, to dream and build for the future. I hope you follow your dreams as well.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi