Working on My Creative Passion

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 22-05-2018

This week I’m determined to work through another edit of the first chapter of my book. I never thought I would enjoy the edit as much as I enjoy the original creation, but I do. More than that, it is like having a small shed and transforming it into an gleaming sky scraper.

Over twelve years ago, I made a commitment to write a book. After that, I worked to learn more about my craft by traveling to my first writers’ conference. Going to the conference I had three very rough chapters, that have since been transformed into a book of over 107 thousand words.

Each day I work on my writing, I enjoy other worlds and cultures that up to now only I and a few in my writers’ group have come into contact with. It continues to be a dream that I will some day be able to share it with others and inspire their imaginations.

I’ve said it before, and I’m sure that I will say it many times more, that it has become so much more than I ever anticipated. Many things, not the least of which are the names and expressions of the characters, have changed. Words that at the time seemed to take a lot of thought to create, now seem like the only words I could have chosen to express what they portray. An example of this is the skimboard. Shaped like a skateboard, it is hydrogen powered, using water that is broken down into oxygen/hydrogen atoms. The oxygen atoms enrich the atmosphere and the hydrogen when split release the energy needed to propel it and its passenger(s) forward.  The boards come in various sizes and carry anywhere from one to four passengers.

That’s just a sample of something on my world and in my new universe. There is still much work to do, but now is the time of the edit. Words, time and circumstances are in place, but may yet change. Only by getting back to work on it will I ever know.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

A Week for Pondering

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author | Posted on 17-05-2018

This week I continue to work on the edit of my first book. I should have more time on Friday and Saturday. A local resort, The Oregon Caves Chateau is the home of an evening meeting for the Illinois Valley Grants Pass/Josephine County Chambers of Commerce. I’m taking it as an awesome opportunity to experience some real secluded writing time. That is I’m going to work on my writing, after the meeting.

Hopefully I’ll enjoy more than one kind of spirt there. Wine will be served at the meeting and later in my room, maybe one of the resident ghosts will come for a visit. Elizabeth is the best know of these. I haven’t shared this information with my family who are going with me. One in particular is much more superstitious than I. It will be interesting to see how this works out.

During the evening I plan on working on the edit that I’ll take to my writers’ group on Sunday. I’m making pretty good progress on this, but I want to really dig in and get most of the work done before I go to #siwc18, The Surrey International Writers Conference, in Surrey BC. This takes place in late October.

Another thing I need to concentrate on is my Midgrade Urban Fantasy. The characters could and should start screaming at me very soon.

In the meantime, keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

 

 

On My Way

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 10-05-2018

The more I work on my writing, the more excited I get. I’ve started another edit of “Not Too Late Forever”. So far, each week at my writers’/critique group, I’m getting better and better feedback. Whichever of my two genres I work on, Soft Science Fiction with elements of romance and Midgrade Urban Fantasy, the joy I get from my writing continues to grow. Now I need to publish in one, then the other. From that point I can pursue working with both. I can do it, but how?

Last year, at The Surrey International Writers’ Conference, I went to a workshop with Meg Tilley and KC Dyer. They both talked about having to self publish, because they felt a need to write in a different genre than what they had first sold with their agent’s assistance. I’m not saying that I am anywhere near as good a writer as either of them, however I am a writer and I want to get my work out there and get my work published.

Over the time that I’ve been working on my books, workshops from multiple writers’ conferences have helped me polish my craft. Along with the best critique group that I can imagine, I have gained greater insight into my writing and me personally. Combined with these experiences, over the years, years because I have written some form of fiction all my life, I have built on my knowledge and passion for writing. I have also escaped into the lives of characters, some like me, some not.

There are so many opportunities I have had the privilege of enjoying that have led me in the direction that I now pursue. When I started writing, I was lucky enough to participate in a workshop class put on by local best selling author, Con Sellers. it was amazing to take a class at the local community college and listen to the brilliant creativity of others. The first I shared something of my own creation, I did not have the courage to read it. Instead I asked one of my gracious classmates to read it for me. Even at that, my heart was pounding so heard I could hardly hear the words being read.

I have come a long way since then, in so many ways, not the least of which is that I have a complete novel. Someday soon, once I’ve gone through at least one more edit, I hope to share it with the world. After that I have so much more to write.

So for now, keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

New Choices

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author, Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 03-05-2018

When I talk writing, my mind takes control and starts planning. Today, I read a fun little blurb on Twitter. It ended up with a child saying all stories were better, if they have dragons in them. Hummmm. I could write a story with a young dragon protagonist.

What would her problem be? Maybe it would be when she breaths out, she exhales a blast of fire. That could really hurt if, she was trying to comfort someone. Or, what if she ended up on a block of ice that was slowly melting, and when she breathed out, her breath melted it even more.

Why would any of this matter?

If we take a look at our world today, and all the anti-science people who don’t want to believe what we are doing to this planet, maybe that would be a problem where I could develop a story.

Alright, taking that into consideration, who is this little dragon? Also, what is meant by little? What can I compare it to so that we, you and I, can visualize it? There are so many questions to answer before I get started. The first, and most important, is who is the main character. I will work on my character study and determine if it is time to work on this story. More on this later.

In the meantime, keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi