Finally Willing to Step Away

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author | Posted on 22-04-2021

This last year has seen me moving away from the book I’ve been pitching for a long time. It’s safely tucked onto a thumb drive.

Now I have two stories I’m currently working on. The characters are leading me to get to know them better. As soon as the “inciting incident” reveals itself, I will start the stories. After all there are contests out there.

In the meantime, thank you all for your kind words. Don’t worry about “Not Too Late Forever”. It may return. At the very least I have learned and grown from writing it.

I said last year that I would post more regularly here. This year, I intend to fulfill that commitment. For now, I’m going back to the characters.

Keep the coffee and wine flowing.

Respectfully,

Jodi

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