The Only Constant-Change


Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author, Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 31-07-2017

Just when I think things are settling into a steady rhythm, something happens to spoil the comfort zone. Oh well, that’s the way it goes.

This week I’m hoping to get through the better part of my edits for “Not Too Late Forever”, my first book. Xandra is getting nice comments in the dimensions she has come to. At least that is what most of my critiques have said.

This last week, I have come to believe that I write Literary Science Fiction, if there is such a thing. Either way, my stories are character driven with plot involved. That’s what I like to read, so that’s what I  want to write. I thoroughly enjoy the interaction I have with my characters.

This week in the morning I’m working to understand the story for #siwc17 contest better. In the afternoon, I’ll work on the edit of “Not Too Late Forever”. In the evening, I’ll work on “Misty’s Magical Shed”.

So much to do and filter in-between life’s events. That’s what makes things exciting. I’ll never say that life is boring.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,


Another Week in the Life of a Writer


Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author, Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 10-07-2017

There are some who would say that I’m not really a writer. I haven’t published, whether traditional or self, any thing yet. That last “yet” is what keeps me going. I have endured rejection, but I have enjoyed praise, as well.

Yes, I dream , as does every other writer/author, that someday, in the very near future, I will be discovered. That will make me an overnight success that took at least ten years to accomplish.

Ten years writing and polishing the same book. That’s the height of stubborn determination. I’ve read and heard that every writer should set aside their first book and start a second and even third.

I’ve done that too, but I keep coming back to the first. There’s something about the world and universe of Naldo, that won’t let go. Whether I relive “The Legend of The Two Sisters” or visit Mt. H’Olenberg, I am submersed in characters and cultures that continue to grow in my mind.

My greatest joy would be to share all of it with more of my friends. I say more, because I’ve already shared (over and over again) with my writers’ group.

It’s interesting to look back over the years. Each character started out so different than they are now. I expect there are still some changes ahead.

That being said, I guess that I should get back to the polishing..

Until next week keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,


Another Week on the Road to Fulfilling my Dream


Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author, Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 28-06-2017

I love it when we get into the summer season. Since I have participated with the Grants Pass Chamber of Commerce Tuesday evenings Concerts in the Park have grown and developed. The site change a few years ago, opening a larger venue for citizens to come with families and relax or dance to better and better bands. It’s also great place to muse on what will happen in my latest story.

I remember several years ago when it was a struggle to get a couple of hundred people to come out. Now several hundred is a slow night. Either way, I get to join my friends, walk through the crowd collecting donations from friends and strangers alike. We call it basketeering. Totally voluntary, some folks can give, some can’t, but all can enjoy the music and atmosphere.

Last night, “Mo Jo Boogie’ played familiar music that many enjoyed dancing to. Each Tuesday night, except 4th of July, a different band will bring the joy and share their music in our beautiful Riverside Park.

I’m proud of my incredible community and all the wonderful people who live here.

Respectfully submitted, keep the coffee flowing.


Another Week, Another Temptation


Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author, Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 21-06-2017

Each time I participate in another Twitter fest, or enter another contest, I hope this will be the time. So far nothing has come to fruition. I threaten to eat worms. Of course, that couldn’t be real sliming worms. I can’t even bait my own fishing hook.

So instead, when nothing happens or nothing is said, I whine a little and look for the next opportunity to dream on for what ever length of time I’m given to fulfill the requirements.

The most current, which I told you about last week, is a story about a two inch sprite. yatmal is caught up in the pollution of her planet. Near death from drowning in a starship’s waste refuse dumped near her sanctuary, she brings friends and colleagues together to expose the planetary leadership responsible.

I’m still working this out in my mind, and I’ll keep you posted.

Respectfully submitted, keep the coffee flowing.




Making a Commitment to my Writing


Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author, Something that touched my life | Posted on 07-06-2017

Today, June 7, 2017, at noon registration for The Surrey International Writers Conference opened. At 2:30 an announcement that the full package had sold out 40% showed in #siwc17 Facebook feed. I couldn’t even try to register until I got off work after 6:00pm.

Off work, I headed home. I calmly sat down at my computer, well my heart was beating in my ears. Nonetheless I filled in the registration form and clicked to continue. The page stayed up and said that I’d made an error. I tried again, the cursor went to the top of the page with a harsh warning in bright read letters that I hadn’t corrected the error. Time to calm down. I took a deep, very deep breath and studied the form. There it was. I hadn’t listed my address as in the United States. An easy fix, then on to entering how I would pay for this dream of following my passion.

I’s dotted and T’s crossed I chose my blue pencil and to whom I would pitch. I’m registered to join my tribe of writers in Surrey, British Colombia in October. Now I just need to figure how I’m going to get there.

I’ll keep you posted.

For now, it’s time for more coffee.

Respectfully submitted,