Time for a Staycation


Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 15-08-2017

I finished my work day and start the first day of my staycation tomorrow.

Even though I had hoped to win the Short Short Story writing contest for Writers Digest, it did not happen. I didn’t even place. It was a good experience and came with with a fascinating webinar hosted by James Scott Bell.

There are far worse places to spend free time than my home town. Another perk to staying home is that, somehow I got lucky and chose time over our local county fair. I hope to volunteer at least one day with Grants Pass Kiwanis. They do Fair parking. It’s the only chance I have to wear the straw hat I bought in Jamaica. Temperatures should be better than usual as well.

Along with this I need to spend more time on my writing. Someone is trying to convince me that I’m wasting my time. They have no clue how stubborn I am. I will write and I will do it in my own style and time.

It’s going to be a great time in the best river city. I love Grants Pass and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.

Time to move on and work on my writing.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,



What to Do Next?


Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 07-08-2017

I work on my writing, because I love doing it.

There are some I know who tell me one or another of my stories is not good enough. Who knows, they may be right. However I will not betray my characters by butchering their story.

One person told me that I need to determine where I want the story to go. Truth be told, it’s not up to me. When I first sit down to write a story I get to know the characters, at least the main one. They lead me along and I learn more about them as I go.

My first book is a huge learning curve. I have always written stories, but only dreamed of writing a book. My first attempt, and complete joy is “Not Too Late Forever”. I have written and edited for a substantial amount of time. I have faced praise from a few and criticism from many more.

The book and characters have filled a void in my life. Besides that, they have given me purpose in many other endeavors.

Despite critiques that are less than favorable, I will follow my passion. It has become so much more than a dream. My biggest regret is that I have not been able to share it and my other stories with many others.

Good, bad or indifferent, I will continue in my own way, and on my own path, to dream and build for the future. I hope you follow your dreams as well.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,


The Only Constant-Change


Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author, Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 31-07-2017

Just when I think things are settling into a steady rhythm, something happens to spoil the comfort zone. Oh well, that’s the way it goes.

This week I’m hoping to get through the better part of my edits for “Not Too Late Forever”, my first book. Xandra is getting nice comments in the dimensions she has come to. At least that is what most of my critiques have said.

This last week, I have come to believe that I write Literary Science Fiction, if there is such a thing. Either way, my stories are character driven with plot involved. That’s what I like to read, so that’s what I  want to write. I thoroughly enjoy the interaction I have with my characters.

This week in the morning I’m working to understand the story for #siwc17 contest better. In the afternoon, I’ll work on the edit of “Not Too Late Forever”. In the evening, I’ll work on “Misty’s Magical Shed”.

So much to do and filter in-between life’s events. That’s what makes things exciting. I’ll never say that life is boring.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,


Doin’ The Best I Can


Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 22-07-2017

So much happened last week, some I can share, some I can’t. The first thing is that both my Acer notebooks stopped working. Luckily and thanks to Microsoft, I got one back. Well mostly, I am able to keep up with my writing.

It’s kinda nice to have a computer when I’m working on three different projects between my day jobs and community activities. One of these is currently in slow motion, because the deadline is a little time away. Of the other two, one is in the polishing stage and the other is in the first draft stage. I know this is not really a great way to go, but until I have real deadlines, its what my brain lets me do.

In the mean time I work my day jobs and participate in the community. It’s a great way to go.

Keep the coffee flowin’.

Respectfully submitted,


Another Week in the Life of a Writer


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,