What to Accept/What to Reject

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 27-02-2018

I’ve been working on my first book off and on for a very long time. There are other stories I’ve been working on, so I don’t feel bad about the time.

The effort will be worth it. I keep hoping the work will lead me to an agent and editor who want to work with me. Until then, I will keep building on the dream.

What is the dream to me? To put it simply it would be working with and talking to my characters on a more regular basis and create more sagas. One of the stories I am currently working on is “Misty’s Magical Shed” is my first attempt at Midgrade Urban Fantasy, I am having a lot of fun with it. I think that is the key. If you don’t enjoy what you are doing, why bother?

One of my greatest wishes is, before I die, to make my way as a published author. I’ve been writing all my life. Many of the stories I’ve written have been lost. They still exist, to some extent, but only in my mind or imagination.

I had hoped to be published before now. But as with many other writers, I have not found my way to that fruitful experience. Until that time, I will continue to write blogs and stories. And, as I’ve had to do with this blog, I will edit, edit, edit. My books, one way or another will out live me.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

 

 

 

Where Do I Like to Write?

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author, Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 16-02-2018

To me, it’s really quite interesting to see how many writers choose to go somewhere, rather than the isolation of their home to write. I don’t think it’s because they have more ability to surf the internet. Personally I seek out the power and energy of other human beings.

Today I’m at a local coffeeshop. A mother working on her computer takes time to pick up and hold her child. She works one handed with her baby looking on. When I make time to compliment her, I findout that it’s her granddaughter. How wonderful to spend time with those we love. An older gentleman sits alone reading his book. I can vouch for the fact that that’s so much better than sitting, isolated at home. So much going on in our lives and the lives around us. It feels so good to soak up the ambiance around me.

That is the energy that fills me as I sit here working on this blog and my stories. With all the horrific things going on in the world, we need the positive energy of others. Even if we sit alone at a table, as I am now doing, we must always realize those around us.

I am grateful to the servers who so willingly share small pieces of my life.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

Working to Get Back on Track

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author | Posted on 08-02-2018

I’ve been concentrating on the query for my first book. The webinar that I signed up for is really amazing. Lots of good information. I’ve listened to it all the way through once and plan to do it a few more times.

It’s still not easy to get the story concept down into a few short paragraphs. Nonetheless, I’m going to polish a little more and take it one more time to my writers’ group on Sunday.

After that, I’ll get back to concentrating on “Misty’s Magical Shed”. I really enjoy this story. I’ve spent more time on this than any of my other stories. It’s really quite fun and inclusive. The characters are young, before the time when disillusionment kills their beliefs in themselves and the magic within. But the real thing about this story is learning how we all have that something that goes beyond the simple hierarchy of society. Finny, the main character, is just like any other introverted kid. Liam, on the other hand is so very outgoing and gregarious. Cyndre is a being unto herself. I’ve never met anyone quite like her. She brings an essence to a scene that solidifies what the two boys have to offer. Without her their efforts are doomed.

I only see bits and pieces of myself in my characters. The three main characters in “Misty” are very different in as many ways as possible from me than anyone I can think of. That’s one of the things that makes that story so very much fun. Well that and the fact I really get to use my imagination.

Other times, I continue to work on my Soft Science with elements of Romance story, “Not Too Late Forever”.

It’s interesting working back and forth between two stories that are so different. Life is fascinating, with never a dull moment.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi