One more day until NaNoWriMo 2016


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.

News for April 2014


Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author, Something that touched my life | Posted on 25-04-2014

So far April has been very busy. I started my new day job. I started a new writing project. I participated with the Grants Pass Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum. And finally I got word I have two tickets to Taste of the Rogue (a fundraiser for the local Boys & Girls Club). These are just the new things in my life this month.

My life has gone from the Chinese Curse “May you live in interesting times” to “Exciting times in Paradise”.

I’ll let you know how the month wraps up next week. For now I’m going to get to work on the Historical Fiction story of Josephine Rollins, the young woman the county where I live was named after.

Just a Thought


Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author | Posted on 30-03-2014

Thanks to Victoria Osborne, I have been looking at making an entry to “Writers Of The Future”. Because I haven’t seen much response to postings for “Ode to a Dying Breed”, I’ve decided to use it for my submission. The past couple of weeks I have been going through the story, letting my characters lead me to a better story. I hope it is good enough to get notice in the contest. In the meantime, I need to get to know new characters and story. What shall it be this time? Recently I’ve had fun with horror and mid-grade fantasy. My books are SciFi Romance. I thinke that’s enough genres, but which one shall I choose?

Do you have a preferance?

NaNoWriMo Week One


Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author | Posted on 08-11-2013

The first week of NaNoWriMo is over. My word count is far too low. So far only 2219 words. I should be at 16,000 words by now. I hope to write more at the three hour write-in at Rogue Coffee Roasters tomorrow. Hopefully I can get caught up. That’s a lot of words, but I can do it! 

My posts here are going to be short this month, so I can work on my other writing projects.

Please let me know what you think.

 Sincerely, Jodi

Surrey International Writers Conference- Day 4


Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author, Working on my Craft | Posted on 28-10-2013

Final day, this is good and sad. 

The day started out more relaxed than the others. I slept in until 6:00am. The other days I got up closer to 5:00. I had hoped to stay for the closing ceremony, but got too nervous that I might miss my plane. So I headed to the airport. It takes at least an hour from the hotel with mass-transit.

First was the bus. The driver was so nice. He told me which bus I should catch.  It wasn’t his, because, even though he goes to the station I needed, it was a longer trip.  But when he looked at the schedule, he realized I had just missed that bus. It was going to be a while before the next one came up. So I got on his bus.  Not a bad ride. there were parts of the city I wouldn’t have seen otherwise.

On the expo, a kind of combination of sky train and subway, I stood most of the way. It felt good. I’d been sitting most of the weekend. Wow, lots of folks going places early on a Sunday morning. The sky train was much less crowded. Thanks to some folks I met along the way, I made the right transfers.  I’ve learned not to be afraid to ask questions. I got there with time left lefto over. Not a lot, but enught to get better organized and make a few purchases.

Things were going along nicely. The plane from Vancouver to Portland was On time. As a matter of fact, we arrived in Portland early. It felt good, and gave me a chance to get something to eat. things were working out nicely. I was going to get home early enough to get organized  and get work done on the submissions requested at Surrey. Right!

Over five hours later, at close to 11pm, my flight was boarded. It seems that the flight I was on didn’t have a crew. They had to fly in from San Jose.  I could rant here, but I’ll save it for a later post.

I vented a little at the  airport exit, to a nice young woman. Her real response defused my anger much better than the stony “I appologize”s that had been going around earlier.

Anyway I came straight home. My cats were waiting. Einsten is plumper than I remember him being when I left. I’m sure he got a fair amount of the other cat’s food while I was gone. He’s back on his diet now.

All in all it was a wonderful experience. I got to say hello to old friends, and make new ones.  I have two submissions to work on.

Yes I am looking forward to next year’s conference.