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

When is It Time to Give Up?

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author, Short Story Snippets, Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 21-04-2018

It seems many times that I reach that point when it’s time to stop working on my writing. After all, I could easily sit on the couch and read books other writers have published. There are many waiting for me. Multiple problems arise with this. I would be giving up on the characters who have set up residence in my brain, and the worlds I’ve been privileged to visit would remain unknown to anyone else.

I guess what I’m really saying is that I want to share the characters, worlds and stories waiting to escape the confines of my brain. Unlike Yellow Glow, a character in my book, “Not Too Late Forever”, known as a Luminarie, who travels out of body to distant locations when there is need, the others want to live and work in a real world. These real worlds bear similarities to the one where I live, yet they have their own peculiarities.

Therefore, despite the fact that I continue to get rejection after rejection, I will stop only when I am no longer able to put my fingers to the keyboard. I would dearly love to share my worlds with you. Someday I hope that will become a reality. In the meantime, I will climb Mt. H’Olenberg, swim in the oceans of whatever planet I visit and fly in any vehicle available, sentient or not. I will do this by myself, or with a few friends, until an agent, editor or publisher determines it’s good enough to be shared with the world.

For now I’ll return to the edit of “Not Too Late Forever” or dive back into the writing of “Misty’s Magical Shed”.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

 

Keep Writing

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author, Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 10-04-2018

As I write and share, I find there is so much more to add to what I already have. Each time that I ask for feedback, I get it. So the only thing to do is to take what I’m given and work with it.

Tonight I got advice that made sense. I was told, I need to do a better job of introducing my character to the reader. Who is she and why is she where she now finds herself? I know her better than I know myself, so I got busy and worked on the beginning of “Not Too Late Forever”.

I may never get published, but when someone gives me valid feedback, I take a good strong look at it and decide how to use it. So now I think that I have a better introduction of my character.

Now I need to spend sometime on my other story. I’m at a place with “Misty’s Magical Shed” that requires sacrifice. This is a story with three POV characters. The one who is talking to me now is a young shape shifter female. She is an orphan who doesn’t realize she has a family waiting to accept her into the wonder of their family love. That lack of knowledge and the carelessness of her unknown cousin will cause her problems. For now, she just needs to find a place to belong. Someone who she thinks she can trust is ready to introduce her to a situation that will cause more heartache.

So as always, it’s time to get to work on my writing.

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