Making a Commitment to my Writing

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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,

Jodi

One Week Until Registration for Surrey

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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,

Jodi

 

For the Month Of May 2017

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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,

Jodi

 

 

Working On A New Story

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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.

Splat!

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

 

 

Hope Brightens the Day

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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,

Jodi