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

 

Working on Query

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Posted by Jodi | Posted in Short Story Snippets | Posted on 07-04-2019

Each day I spend some time on my writing, but I choose one part to concentrate on for the week. This week I’m working on the query for my submission to Nephele Tempest. While I do this I’m building on my world as I have built the world in my book.

This means that I’m strengthening my platform. One thing I’ve done, for many years now, is to participate with my local Chamber of Commerce. I started about 24 years ago, thanks to my day job. Over the years I have gained many friends and gotten to know my community better. Along with growing as a writer, I’ve grown as a human being.

My local chamber has opened opportunities to pay it forward. Along with this my friends have given me support in the process of writing my book and stories.  I already have multiple books sold, and those who have told me this haven’t even had a chance to read any of the current one.

What I am saying here is, if you are building on your creative passion, find times to build on your life and your world too. Share with your community and the rewards are amazing.

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