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,


One Week Until Registration for Surrey


Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author, Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 31-05-2017

One week from today and it’s time to register for The Surrey International Writers Conference. Each time I attend a conference, be it in Canada or the United States, I meet new friends and learn more about writing.

I’ve pretty much decided who I’ll choose for my blue pencil, but who will I pitch to? Will it make any difference this year? Either way, I’ll have something new to add to my writing experience.

I am still working to create a story for the contest for Surrey. This story evolves around a character I met once more in chapter 1 of my first book. A minor character, yatmal has taken on personality of her own. You probably noticed the first letter of her name is not capitalized. That’s part of her culture. More information on that later.

Now I’ll get back to working on this story. Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,



Hope Brightens the Day


Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author | Posted on 29-03-2017

Over the years,  I have learned so much from the different writers’ conferences that I have attended. I started, thanks to a dear friend, Joy Hiler, going to the Maui Writers Conference. That particular one, unfortunately is now defunct. When it was decided to close it down, I determined to find another. I found two.

The first, The Surrey International Writers Conference, has given me opportunity to join a tribe. What an amazing group of writers, agents and editors. I have attended this conference four times and hope to attend again this year.

The second, The San Francisco Writers Conference again gave me many opportunities to learn and polish my craft. Besides the ambiance of the beautiful city by the bay, I had a chance to attend workshops and pitch to agents. This one, I have attended twice and would go back often, if circumstances allowed.

About four years ago I discovered a real gem of a writers conference in my own backyard, Eugene, Oregon. This conference, Wordcrafters, offers a real chance to rub elbows with and grow members of my tribe. It’s smaller than the other two, but for me is more relaxing. I’ve attended it twice and hope to again, in the not too distant future.

All in all, there are so many opportunities to work on my writing. I’ll share more with you as I go along.

Respectfully submitted,



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,