And Life Goes On

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 01-10-2019

I continue to work on the edit of my first book, “Not Too Late Forever”. It’s my passion. In the meantime Siwc19 is approaching. Revolving around writing and writers, what a great added dimension to my life.

Now I’ve added another dimension. I’m going to participate in the Siwc at Sea. It’s a chance to spend more time on my writing and participating with other writers in workshops to improve my writing.

As usual, tonight I’m at The VinFarm working on my writing for @The Creative Hour at The VinFarm

It’s always the right thing to live life and the dream now.

Keep the coffee and wine flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

 

 

 

Back on Track

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 21-09-2019

I haven’t posted here in a while. There is no good reason, but still I just didn’t find the time to follow through. Like everyone else there is so much going on in my life. Besides my regular job and my activity in the community, I am working on another edit of my first book. Each week I take six to ten pages of my first¬† book. After that I am working to go through the recommendations of those in my critique group.

I will work more diligently to post here every week, even if it’s only a few sentences.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

 

 

 

Time to Stop Procrastinating

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 25-07-2019

As you can tell it’s been a while since I’ve posted here. There’s no good excuse for doing that, it’s just had to be a matter of choices. With my day job, community activities, time for writing, pickleball and, on occasion, taking time to sleep, I keep running out of time to get everything in.

All in all it’s an incredible life.

I promise that I will work harder to post here more often. For now I’m going back to the edit of my book.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

 

After #siwc18 What Comes Next?

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 11-11-2018

I had really been looking forward to the Surrey International Writers Conference this year, and it worked out to be so much more than I had hoped.

The first thing I did was take a master class from Laura Bradford, founder of the Bradford Literary Agency. It was amazing. I couldn’t think what my comp would be for “Not Too Late Forever”. Comp is short for comparable. In other words, what two things, movies or books, could be compared together to describe my book. I always knew there were similarities to “Avatar”. But what could I compare this to, to get a flavor of what the book is about. In a discussion group, one of the other participants suggested,¬†“Avatar” meets “Enemy Mine”. Oh my gosh! That is so true.

Using this and additional sustenance gleaned from that workshop, I was able to do a decent presentation to Nephele Tempest, the agent who I pitched to. I went in with no hope of being asked to send to her. However, after reading her my new comp and pitch, she asked me to send the first 50 pages.

Before I even headed home, I started another edit of my book. I know it will always need polishing, but hopefully this time I will make a decent impression and get offered representation.

All things said and done, it was time to wrap things up and head home. There I have dug in and begun another edit of my work to take to my critique group. And now it’s time to get to work on the next set of pages to present.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi

 

How Do You Continue The Work on Writing When Disapointment Surrounds?

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Some spare thoughts from a writer | Posted on 29-08-2018

It’s been a rough week up to this point.

The things that have been getting me down, might not seem much to some folks, but for me they are combining to become overwhelming. Funny, but that’s when my writing is so very important. My characters never seem to let me down. Oh, I don’t mean that they do the things that I want them to. It’s just that I can usually have a written conversation with one or the other in my current story and they always come through to help me get the scene pulled together.

I’m not published, and I wonder if that will ever happen. Despite that, I can always escape with my writing.

I have a story in “Not Too Late Forever” that I still can hardly believe is a full book. Every time I sit down and work on it, it takes on more and more depth. Now for the umpteenth time I’m going through the edit of this book. I’m not really sure how many times that is, but I guess I’ll go through it this time, and probably go through it for the umpteenth time plus one or two, or even three. Some I’ve taken to my writers/critique group, others I have not.

Well, despite the fact that I can count on my characters, I better get back to work on the latest edit. Life goes on and things happen. I just need to relax and enjoy what I have.

Keep the coffee flowing.

Respectfully submitted,

Jodi