Time to Stop Procrastinating

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 25-07-2019

As you can tell it’s been a while since I’ve posted here. There’s no good excuse for doing that, it’s just had to be a matter of choices. With my day job, community activities, time for writing, pickleball and, on occasion, taking time to sleep, I keep running out of time to get everything in.

All in all it’s an incredible life.

I promise that I will work harder to post here more often. For now I’m going back to the edit of my book.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

 

Working on Query

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Short Story Snippets | Posted on 07-04-2019

Each day I spend some time on my writing, but I choose one part to concentrate on for the week. This week I’m working on the query for my submission to Nephele Tempest. While I do this I’m building on my world as I have built the world in my book.

This means that I’m strengthening my platform. One thing I’ve done, for many years now, is to participate with my local Chamber of Commerce. I started about 24 years ago, thanks to my day job. Over the years I have gained many friends and gotten to know my community better. Along with growing as a writer, I’ve grown as a human being.

My local chamber has opened opportunities to pay it forward. Along with this my friends have given me support in the process of writing my book and stories.  I already have multiple books sold, and those who have told me this haven’t even had a chance to read any of the current one.

What I am saying here is, if you are building on your creative passion, find times to build on your life and your world too. Share with your community and the rewards are amazing.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

 

After #siwc18 What Comes Next?

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 11-11-2018

I had really been looking forward to the Surrey International Writers Conference this year, and it worked out to be so much more than I had hoped.

The first thing I did was take a master class from Laura Bradford, founder of the Bradford Literary Agency. It was amazing. I couldn’t think what my comp would be for “Not Too Late Forever”. Comp is short for comparable. In other words, what two things, movies or books, could be compared together to describe my book. I always knew there were similarities to “Avatar”. But what could I compare this to, to get a flavor of what the book is about. In a discussion group, one of the other participants suggested, “Avatar” meets “Enemy Mine”. Oh my gosh! That is so true.

Using this and additional sustenance gleaned from that workshop, I was able to do a decent presentation to Nephele Tempest, the agent who I pitched to. I went in with no hope of being asked to send to her. However, after reading her my new comp and pitch, she asked me to send the first 50 pages.

Before I even headed home, I started another edit of my book. I know it will always need polishing, but hopefully this time I will make a decent impression and get offered representation.

All things said and done, it was time to wrap things up and head home. There I have dug in and begun another edit of my work to take to my critique group. And now it’s time to get to work on the next set of pages to present.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

 

Working On My Writing

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Short Story Snippets | Posted on 20-09-2018

It’s now less than a month until The Surrey International Writers’ Conference. I’ve decided what to take for my blue pencil. The blue pencil is a sit down with a published author. This year I’m lucky enough to get feedback from best selling author Tess Gerritsen.

Each year when I prepare to participate with the blue pencil, I wonder how I ever got the nerve to think I could sit before one of these great writers, and have them look at my writing. Somehow I’ve always been able to get through it. Actually, I think it’s the grace of the writers who I’ve had the honor to talk to.

I’ve been working on the first three pages of my mid-grade urban fantasy. There is so much that I’ve written and can use for the books. For now, I just need to find a way to get the first book pulled together.

The only thing I’m missing is time. I would dearly love to work more on this and my other books. Well, the only way I’m going to get anything done, is to use every minute I can find on any and all of my writing.

This I will do. For now, back to the writing and editing.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

 

How Do You Continue The Work on Writing When Disapointment Surrounds?

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 29-08-2018

It’s been a rough week up to this point.

The things that have been getting me down, might not seem much to some folks, but for me they are combining to become overwhelming. Funny, but that’s when my writing is so very important. My characters never seem to let me down. Oh, I don’t mean that they do the things that I want them to. It’s just that I can usually have a written conversation with one or the other in my current story and they always come through to help me get the scene pulled together.

I’m not published, and I wonder if that will ever happen. Despite that, I can always escape with my writing.

I have a story in “Not Too Late Forever” that I still can hardly believe is a full book. Every time I sit down and work on it, it takes on more and more depth. Now for the umpteenth time I’m going through the edit of this book. I’m not really sure how many times that is, but I guess I’ll go through it this time, and probably go through it for the umpteenth time plus one or two, or even three. Some I’ve taken to my writers/critique group, others I have not.

Well, despite the fact that I can count on my characters, I better get back to work on the latest edit. Life goes on and things happen. I just need to relax and enjoy what I have.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi