Working and Living in Interesting Times


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,


More Editing and One Week Closer


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,


Polishing My Craft


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,


Life Continues


Posted by Jodi | Posted in Something that touched my life | Posted on 22-12-2019

I have finished NaNoWriMo 2019 without success. After that I worked on and sent in my latest submission.

Now I have another rejection to add to my writing resume. This agent made comments that will help me in the continuing edit of my book.

My goal for this coming year is to finish this edit and put “Not Too Late Forever” away for a while. I want to work on my next book, “Naldo Calls”, and get the first draft built.

I’m not sure how soon I will be comfortable enough to send another submission. Each time I get a rejection, there is the feeling of failure. Maybe I am not good enough to really get published. One thing I do know is that I will work on my writing for as long as I take a breath. Submission, now that’s a different story.

Keep the coffee and wind flowing.

Respectfully submit,


And Life Continues


Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author | Posted on 02-11-2019

Life is rolling right along. Last weekend at The Surrey International Writers’ Conference went by so very quickly. I left early, because I wanted to make sure that I could get through customs and be on the plane that would take me home. It gave me time to think about the workshops and masterclass that I had attended. It also let me work on the revision of my query letter.

This weekend I start the task of the next book in “The Naldo Series” for @NaNoWriMo. I will also make time to continue the edit of my current book, so I’ll be more prepared to publish it.

There is so much to do. To think I used to go home and whine that I was bored and that there was nothing to do. I’m happy that is no longer the case. Thanks to my writing and my community I have plenty to do.

Respectfully submitted.

Keep the coffee and wine flowing,