Finally Willing to Step Away


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.



Working and Living in Interesting Times


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,


And Life Continues


Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author | Posted on 02-11-2019

Life is rolling right along. Last weekend at The Surrey International Writers’ Conference went by so very quickly. I left early, because I wanted to make sure that I could get through customs and be on the plane that would take me home. It gave me time to think about the workshops and masterclass that I had attended. It also let me work on the revision of my query letter.

This weekend I start the task of the next book in “The Naldo Series” for @NaNoWriMo. I will also make time to continue the edit of my current book, so I’ll be more prepared to publish it.

There is so much to do. To think I used to go home and whine that I was bored and that there was nothing to do. I’m happy that is no longer the case. Thanks to my writing and my community I have plenty to do.

Respectfully submitted.

Keep the coffee and wine flowing,


The Creative Hour


Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author | Posted on 21-07-2018

I was recently asked what the Creative Hour was, and if it had to be about writing. So I decided to use this weeks blog to explain it.

About four years ago, at The Surrey International Writers Conference, I was lucky enough to do my blue pencil with Jane Espenson. At Surrey BC, a blue pencil gives the writer an opportunity to sit down with a published author. Every year that I’ve been able to do this, it has been amazing. This particular year as much as any, because Jane Espensen is very successful in one of the genres that I’m interested in writing. She is an amazing lady. Well, anyway I followed her on Twitter and found that she does writing sprints. That is, she challenges others to take one hour and dedicate it to their writing.

I took these challenges several times, then decided to challenge my friends on Facebook to do the same. However one of my friends challenged me and asked if it has to be dedicated only to writing. That didn’t seem at all necessary to me and so I replied, “No it doesn’t”. And that’s how The Creative Hour started.

Now every Wednesday from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm, I challenge my followers on Twitter and my friends on Facebook to dedicate this one hour to their creative passion.

So what ever your creative passion, please join me each Wednesday to work on your creative passion. Be it writing, painting, drawing, music or whatever you dedicate your creativity to, you will be amazed with what you can accomplish. I will time us by starting the challenge, and then let you know when the time is complete.

I hope to find many more join me this Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,


Make Time to Read


Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author | Posted on 21-06-2018

What do I read? That was one of the first questions I was asked when I pitched my first book. That worked out really well, because my new favorite author was represented by this particular agent.

However, this is not the reason I read. Mostly I read to escape. Maybe that’s why I read across genres. Currently, besides Andre Norton (my all time favorite), I read Tess Gerritson, Robert Dugoni, Roxanne Snopek, Susan Clayton-Goldner and Neil deGrasse Tyson. I also use the books of Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. This might sound like a strange combination, but it is working very well for me. The fiction books are character driven. The non-fiction are research information and a source of interest.

Another reason to read is that it helps me understand what others are looking for.  I write Soft Science Fiction with elements of Romance. Listening to the characters others create helps me create and understand my own better. It also helps me build my worlds.

So, reading and sharing helps me build the worlds my characters live and travel through, as well as giving me direction to escape my somewhat boring life. I love that there are multiple ways to use my love of reading.

Sometime in the not too distant future, I hope that you will be able to use my writing to escape your world and your problems. When that happens, together, we will benefit from the worlds and lives of the characters who draw us in and let us escape.

I will continue to read and enjoy the books of others as I write my own.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,