Another Week in the Life of a Writer

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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,

Jodi

Ready! Set! Go!

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 05-07-2017

Every week from 8:00pm until 9:00pm I count the time for my friends on @Facebook and @Twitter. Together, we dedicate sixty minutes to The Creative Hour. I work on my writing. Others work on music, art or whatever #yourcreativepassion is.

Tonight I’m using my time to work on the latest edit of “Not Too Late Forever”. I have learned so much since I started. There is always so much more to learn.

If you would like to join me, please do. Until next week, I’m going back to my writing. I hope you have found your creative passion.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

 

Another Week on the Road to Fulfilling my Dream

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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.

Jodi

Another Week, Another Temptation

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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.

Sincerely,

Jodi

 

Is It an Addiction?

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer, Something that touched my life | Posted on 12-06-2017

The other day a family member suggested my compulsion to write is an addiction.

I disagreed, because to me an addiction is a negative thing. My writing gives me something that makes my life worth living. If an addiction can be a positive force, then I am addicted to writing, because it is something I have to do.

I am working to get published and earn money from my writing. Until that time I will use my writing to cope with life. It allows me to escape to alternate worlds and universes. The limitations are only my own lack of understanding and knowledge.

If writing be an addiction, then I will blissfully continue to submerse myself in the worlds and lives of my characters.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi