Another Week on the Road to Fulfilling my Dream


Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author, Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 28-06-2017

I love it when we get into the summer season. Since I have participated with the Grants Pass Chamber of Commerce Tuesday evenings Concerts in the Park have grown and developed. The site change a few years ago, opening a larger venue for citizens to come with families and relax or dance to better and better bands. It’s also great place to muse on what will happen in my latest story.

I remember several years ago when it was a struggle to get a couple of hundred people to come out. Now several hundred is a slow night. Either way, I get to join my friends, walk through the crowd collecting donations from friends and strangers alike. We call it basketeering. Totally voluntary, some folks can give, some can’t, but all can enjoy the music and atmosphere.

Last night, “Mo Jo Boogie’ played familiar music that many enjoyed dancing to. Each Tuesday night, except 4th of July, a different band will bring the joy and share their music in our beautiful Riverside Park.

I’m proud of my incredible community and all the wonderful people who live here.

Respectfully submitted, keep the coffee flowing.


Another Week, Another Temptation


Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author, Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 21-06-2017

Each time I participate in another Twitter fest, or enter another contest, I hope this will be the time. So far nothing has come to fruition. I threaten to eat worms. Of course, that couldn’t be real sliming worms. I can’t even bait my own fishing hook.

So instead, when nothing happens or nothing is said, I whine a little and look for the next opportunity to dream on for what ever length of time I’m given to fulfill the requirements.

The most current, which I told you about last week, is a story about a two inch sprite. yatmal is caught up in the pollution of her planet. Near death from drowning in a starship’s waste refuse dumped near her sanctuary, she brings friends and colleagues together to expose the planetary leadership responsible.

I’m still working this out in my mind, and I’ll keep you posted.

Respectfully submitted, keep the coffee flowing.




Is It an Addiction?


Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer, Something that touched my life | Posted on 12-06-2017

The other day a family member suggested my compulsion to write is an addiction.

I disagreed, because to me an addiction is a negative thing. My writing gives me something that makes my life worth living. If an addiction can be a positive force, then I am addicted to writing, because it is something I have to do.

I am working to get published and earn money from my writing. Until that time I will use my writing to cope with life. It allows me to escape to alternate worlds and universes. The limitations are only my own lack of understanding and knowledge.

If writing be an addiction, then I will blissfully continue to submerse myself in the worlds and lives of my characters.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,


Making a Commitment to my Writing


Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author, Something that touched my life | Posted on 07-06-2017

Today, June 7, 2017, at noon registration for The Surrey International Writers Conference opened. At 2:30 an announcement that the full package had sold out 40% showed in #siwc17 Facebook feed. I couldn’t even try to register until I got off work after 6:00pm.

Off work, I headed home. I calmly sat down at my computer, well my heart was beating in my ears. Nonetheless I filled in the registration form and clicked to continue. The page stayed up and said that I’d made an error. I tried again, the cursor went to the top of the page with a harsh warning in bright read letters that I hadn’t corrected the error. Time to calm down. I took a deep, very deep breath and studied the form. There it was. I hadn’t listed my address as in the United States. An easy fix, then on to entering how I would pay for this dream of following my passion.

I’s dotted and T’s crossed I chose my blue pencil and to whom I would pitch. I’m registered to join my tribe of writers in Surrey, British Colombia in October. Now I just need to figure how I’m going to get there.

I’ll keep you posted.

For now, it’s time for more coffee.

Respectfully submitted,