One Week Until Registration for Surrey


Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author, Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 31-05-2017

One week from today and it’s time to register for The Surrey International Writers Conference. Each time I attend a conference, be it in Canada or the United States, I meet new friends and learn more about writing.

I’ve pretty much decided who I’ll choose for my blue pencil, but who will I pitch to? Will it make any difference this year? Either way, I’ll have something new to add to my writing experience.

I am still working to create a story for the contest for Surrey. This story evolves around a character I met once more in chapter 1 of my first book. A minor character, yatmal has taken on personality of her own. You probably noticed the first letter of her name is not capitalized. That’s part of her culture. More information on that later.

Now I’ll get back to working on this story. Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,



For the Month Of May 2017


Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 24-05-2017

As I pull closer to the end of May 2017, I need to study up on the presenters for The 2017 Surrey International Writers Conference #siwc17. June 1st registration opens. Since I am now sure that I will be going, I need to know who to sign up with for the pitch and blue pencil.

It’s obvious what the pitch is, but this is the most difficult. What agent would appreciate my book enough to offer representation. It is a story and world that I have spent the last eleven years writing and polishing. I have even become familiar with what to call my genre, Soft Science Fiction with elements of Romance. I have pitched it many times and had opportunities to submit, but no positive results. I did not give up then and  I will not now.

I have a better idea of who I will put in for on the other. A blue pencil is sitting down with one of he author presenters and three pages of my book. At this I will look forward to some good solid feedback. Over the years I have received great advice.

Whether this will be my year, only time will tell. Lately I have been toying with the thought of self publishing. I am almost ready to give it a chance, but first one more try for the traditional.

In the meantime, I will work on another short story. This is the one that I will submit to #siwc17 short story contest. I’ll keep you posted on how that’s going.

Until my next post, keep the coffee brewing.

Respectfully submitted,