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

 

Last Saturday of November 2017 NaNoWriMo

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author | Posted on 25-11-2017

I’ve enjoyed concentrating on my writing each day in the month of November for NaNoWriMo. This year I will not claim being a winner by writing 50k words or more, however I have a very good start on a short story for “Writers of the Future”. I’ve also concentrated on the new beginning scene of my book, “Not Too Late Forever”. In December I plan on rewriting the final scene. For this and each Sunday, I intend to build on the chapters I have for “Misty’s Magical Shed”. As you can see, there is a lot of writing work to do.

Last Sunday I joined other writers in the Rogue Valley at the Medford International Airport, in the Kc 97 airplane, to put 2 1/2 hours in on my writing. I was stumbling along when Juliet Meredith suggested adding “plot bunnies” to the mix. The one I chose was as follows: “Your character meets a robot who seems sentient”.

Wow! Not only does this robot seem sentient, he is sentient. He is also the love interest of one of the main characters.

Now I need to get busy and build on this. One of my main wishes, when I started NaNo this year, was to once more find the passion I have for writing, something I lost with my submission rejections. There I am a success. New characters to meet and new stories to write await. Guess I’d better get back to it.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

 

My Time at The Surrey International Writers Conference

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author | Posted on 21-10-2017

My first day at #Siwc17 is complete. Interesting things happened, not all joyful. For the first time in a pitch, I did not get asked to submit. This affirmed my thoughts to turn to self-publishing.

I don’t want to diminish my experience with Angela Ackerman and my blue pencil. Brilliant suggestions have motivated me to rework the beginning of my book. A new beginning than I had originally intended, it introduces the antagonist of my story. It obviously needs more work, but I’m excited to do it. Characters who have multiple dimension, are more believable. That is my purpose in this scene, but I need to do a better job of showing that he has a reason for seeking revenge. This information will need to percolate in my brain for a while.

Today, Saturday, I’ll attended a workshop on beginner self-publishers. I’m not sure exactly what it’s all about, but I need to learn more. One of the first things that I will need to plan to do, when I return home, is to find an editor who I can work with. This will take some time for more than one reason. First I need to pull together some funds to pay for it. Second, I need to find an editor who wants to work with me, and who I am comfortable working with. I have no doubt that there is a lot of work to be done.

In the meantime I have four workshop sessions to attend. Besides the “Self-Publishing Virgins”, this morning I will attend ‘Rejected but Not Denied”. These, as with all the other workshops I attend here at #siwc17, should give me an amazing amount of information with which to work.

I am at a turning point with my writing. My purpose now is to get my 1st book out for people to read. There are definite steps to fulfill this goal. It will take work and dedication, but I have that. Time to get out there, take control and learn what my next steps will be.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

 

The Only Constant-Change

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author, Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 31-07-2017

Just when I think things are settling into a steady rhythm, something happens to spoil the comfort zone. Oh well, that’s the way it goes.

This week I’m hoping to get through the better part of my edits for “Not Too Late Forever”, my first book. Xandra is getting nice comments in the dimensions she has come to. At least that is what most of my critiques have said.

This last week, I have come to believe that I write Literary Science Fiction, if there is such a thing. Either way, my stories are character driven with plot involved. That’s what I like to read, so that’s what I  want to write. I thoroughly enjoy the interaction I have with my characters.

This week in the morning I’m working to understand the story for #siwc17 contest better. In the afternoon, I’ll work on the edit of “Not Too Late Forever”. In the evening, I’ll work on “Misty’s Magical Shed”.

So much to do and filter in-between life’s events. That’s what makes things exciting. I’ll never say that life is boring.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

Another Week in the Life of a Writer

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in From Bean Counter to Author, Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 10-07-2017

There are some who would say that I’m not really a writer. I haven’t published, whether traditional or self, any thing yet. That last “yet” is what keeps me going. I have endured rejection, but I have enjoyed praise, as well.

Yes, I dream , as does every other writer/author, that someday, in the very near future, I will be discovered. That will make me an overnight success that took at least ten years to accomplish.

Ten years writing and polishing the same book. That’s the height of stubborn determination. I’ve read and heard that every writer should set aside their first book and start a second and even third.

I’ve done that too, but I keep coming back to the first. There’s something about the world and universe of Naldo, that won’t let go. Whether I relive “The Legend of The Two Sisters” or visit Mt. H’Olenberg, I am submersed in characters and cultures that continue to grow in my mind.

My greatest joy would be to share all of it with more of my friends. I say more, because I’ve already shared (over and over again) with my writers’ group.

It’s interesting to look back over the years. Each character started out so different than they are now. I expect there are still some changes ahead.

That being said, I guess that I should get back to the polishing..

Until next week keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi