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.




Is It an Addiction?


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,


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,



For the Month Of May 2017


Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 24-05-2017

As I pull closer to the end of May 2017, I need to study up on the presenters for The 2017 Surrey International Writers Conference #siwc17. June 1st registration opens. Since I am now sure that I will be going, I need to know who to sign up with for the pitch and blue pencil.

It’s obvious what the pitch is, but this is the most difficult. What agent would appreciate my book enough to offer representation. It is a story and world that I have spent the last eleven years writing and polishing. I have even become familiar with what to call my genre, Soft Science Fiction with elements of Romance. I have pitched it many times and had opportunities to submit, but no positive results. I did not give up then and  I will not now.

I have a better idea of who I will put in for on the other. A blue pencil is sitting down with one of he author presenters and three pages of my book. At this I will look forward to some good solid feedback. Over the years I have received great advice.

Whether this will be my year, only time will tell. Lately I have been toying with the thought of self publishing. I am almost ready to give it a chance, but first one more try for the traditional.

In the meantime, I will work on another short story. This is the one that I will submit to #siwc17 short story contest. I’ll keep you posted on how that’s going.

Until my next post, keep the coffee brewing.

Respectfully submitted,




Working On A New Story


Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 25-04-2017

I’ve spent the past few weeks, working on my books and getting to know another character better. This character yatmal, and no it shouldn’t be capitalized, is a small being with wings. On her planet, MaRclyn, beings are on average 2-2 1/2 inches tall. She’s the shorter of the two. As a matter of fact, she has to stretch to get to the 2″ height. She uses her wings to lift a little as well.

As you can see, I am making progress at getting to know her better.

There are other things about her that I will share as I go along. For now I will leave you with the first word in the story.


Respectfully submitted,