Time for Another Short Story

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Short Story Snippets | Posted on 19-07-2020

Today I start working on a new story. I’ve been playing with some thoughts and problems for my characters. The main thing for today is to learn more about the protagonist and antagonist. Besides hair and eye color, I need to learn how tall each is and whether they are male or female. That is just the beginning. Hopefully as I learn more about each’s characteristics, it will lead me to more detail on what the inciting incident is.

Working with this story, I intend to post more frequently on this website.

For now I’m going to get back to working on some of the basic information for the story. I will report back as I go along.

Keep the wine and coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

 

Another Day in Paradise

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Thoughts from a writer | Posted on 14-04-2020

Many of the things in my life have remained the same. I have a day job at an essential service, banking. It has been interesting and I enjoy working to help folks keep somethings on a more even keel.

Even though somethings remain real and comfortable, somethings must change. Meetings, even in small groups will not be happening for a long time. One thing we can do, and I’ve been lucky enough to participate in a few, are video meetings. The local Chamber of Commerce has held some and my critique group is starting to participate with a weekly one as well.

For me, I believe it’s a little more usual than for others because I still have my regular job and do get out of the house, at least to a degree of what I am used to. I just need to work on my concentration for the edit of my book. With the new zoom meetings, I should be able to move through the current edit of my critique group, then move on to fleshing out Book 2.

In the meantime, keep the wine and coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

 

Working and Living in Interesting Times

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author | Posted on 24-03-2020

Sunday is a day I dedicated much time to my writing and editing.

Monday, I went back to my day job. Working in the banking industry is considered essential. I wholeheartedly agree. We’ve been working, to keep at bay, the kind of fear from people that I’ve not seen in the years since I’ve started working in banking in 1983. We’ve gotten through all those other times that people were afraid of. We’ll get through this too.

Something we can all do now is, if possible, stay home. If we need to go out, to the store or elsewhere, ask a neighbor if there’s something you can get for them. Reach out and communicate with your neighbors. Use Social Media to keep in touch.

With that in mind, I challenge you to join me, both Wednesday and Thursday night this week at 7:00pm, on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Until then, I’ll work on the edit of my first book. I want to get through this edit and start to work on the recommendations of my Writers’ Critique group.

I had planned on working on book 2 in the Naldo Series, while on my cruise that got canceled. I can still spend time on this. I just need to be more creative on time spent, because I’m going to work my day job, after 2 days vacation.

Keep the wine and coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

More Editing and One Week Closer

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Working on my Craft | Posted on 05-03-2020

I am continuing to edit book 1 in the Naldo Series. Not Too Late Forever has been an intense learning experience for me. Over the years I have heard over and over again, write it and put in a drawer, then write another. I have contemplated filing “Not Too Late Forever” away, but I can’t. There is so much to it that proves to me that I am a writer. It fulfills the requirements of a complete story with multiple character arcs.

In three weeks I’m going on a cruise with writing workshops. I’m really looking forward to it. For this week, I will work on book 2, Naldo Calls. I need to flesh it out and understand more of the story requirements. I may not get it totally done in this dedicated week, but it will give me a chance to step into another story, and still build on the world I already know and love.

There will be more opportunity in the coming weeks to share my thoughts, then I’ll share my experiences as I travel beyond my comfort zone.

Keep the wine and coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

Polishing My Craft

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Working on my Craft | Posted on 26-02-2020

This week I got very strongly reminded that I had not spent the proper amount of time posting something, anything to my webpage.

Life has gotten away from me. As with many others who would love to be published authors, there is so much going on in my life. A fulltime job and part of another takes up much of my time. However I also realize that if I didn’t have them there would be things missing in my life, like paying for the things I want to enjoy and need to survive. That sounds like an excuse, because there are many out there who are living the dream and dedicating much more time to fulfilling the requirements of the craft I pursue.

Despite the fact that I have not completed, at least to my satisfaction, what is needed to be published, I cannot and will not give up.

I guess one of the main things that I’m trying to say here is that I am getting so much out of the learning process. Along with that, there is also the fact that I don’t need to pay for a psychiatrist to deal with all the trials and tribulations that life is throwing at me.

The time is getting closer when I will put my book out into the world. Until then I will take as much advantage as I can afford to learn and polish my craft.

Keep the coffee and wine flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi