Word of the week Best


Posted by Jodi | Posted in Something that touched my life | Posted on 01-11-2015

According to the dictionary, best means of the highest quality. That’s what I strive toward with my writing. Therefore, this week I will work with even more diligence toward that goal.

Hope you will join me to make something in your life the best it can be.

Word of the week Hope


Posted by Jodi | Posted in Short Story Snippets, Something that touches my life | Posted on 28-10-2015

We live in amazing times. There are so many words that I could choose for the word of the week, but hope brings me the most joy. Thanks to my experiences at the Surrey International Writers Conference, my hope for my writing has been renewed. I think that is the strongest thing we can have. It is not only the wish for our passions in life, but what guides us most strongly though life.

Word of the week Joy


Posted by Jodi | Posted in Something that touches my life | Posted on 19-10-2015

This week I choose to concentrate on joy in my life. The dictionary definition of joy is the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying. I feel this way about my writing. This week I get to pursue this joy at The Surrey International Writers’ Conference in Surrey British Columbia. It’s a time to polish my craft, as well as make and renew friendships.

Getting through the day without internet


Posted by Jodi | Posted in Something that touched my life | Posted on 07-09-2015

Data on my cellphone was consumed in the first week of my cellular month. My cellphone provider had no options for me to ease out the rest of the month unless I changed my plan with them. I have an older plan, and they don’t allow add-ons. December is the end of my contract. I joined them in 1998 and after all this time the best they give is platitudes.

So what to do? I looked into having internet through a provider at my home. I think in the long run this will probably work out best for me. Unlimited internet at home. When I’m away from home and not connected to Wi-Fi, I will just have to do my internet surfing on my phone.

It is so strange how one becomes so dependent on something we’ve only had for a short time. Oh well, I enjoy it and it really helps with my writing research. To think that if my cellphone provider had been a little more flexible, I would have gone on, renewed with them in December, changed to their new plan and probably never realized the difference. I guess I owe them a debt of gratitude. At least I don’t have to pay them any more for it. Actually my service will soon be less expensive.

There is some inconvenience until September 14th, but that is less than a week away. I’ve suffered through worse.


Why I continue to polish “Not Too Late Forever”


Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer, Something that touched my life | Posted on 21-08-2015

When I started writing my first book in 2006, I had no idea the work that would go into it. As with many first time writers, I though it would be easy. After all I am a reader and the words just flow from the page. Since then I have discovered, at least for myself, that it takes a lot of work. I’m not willing to settle, therefore I continue to polish. My current intention is to publish traditionally. To me that means, first getting an agent, then working with that agent to publish and sell my books.

Over the years I have continued to attend writers conferences. Even before the Hawaii Writers Conference closed in advance of the event in 2009, I started attending other writers’ conferences. In the past I have participated with the San Francisco Writers Conference. The most current conferences I have attended are Wordcrafters in Eugene and this October I will again attend the Surrey International Writers Conference.

First I want to talk about Wordcrafters. Located in the hometown of the Oregon Ducks’ University of Oregon, it draws on the diverse culture that surrounds it. The first year the key notes were Terry Brooks and Elizabeth George. This last year, among others, Kevin O’Brien, Gail Tsukiyama and Nancy Holder shared the art of writing with attendees. For me this conference is like coming home.

At the Surrey International Conference once more I have the opportunity to pitch my book. Each time my dream blossoms that this will be the right agent and the right presentation to finally find the road to getting published. It is always the opportunity to live the writer’s life.