Writing

First Author Event

My first author event is this coming Friday night, and I’m super excited and super nervous. Others may say differently, but I’m not much of a people person. I’m an introvert, and activities like this are such a drain on my energy. Not to say I don’t have fun when out and about, but I can only be “on” for so long before I just want to crawl under my blankets and hide out.

I think that’s what makes writing so interesting to me. Through my characters, I can be anyone and do anything I want, and I try and flip this around to my advantage as well. In situations where I am out of my comfort zone, I think about how this character would handle it, or what that character would say, and then I do my best to be like that person. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Either way, it sure makes for some good research material, lol!!

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Writing

Dreaming of Storylines

My new office space is working out splendidly! But I need a different chair. *cracks back*

Book two in the Elementals series is coming along, but for the first time, I’m worried it won’t be ready for release by the middle of May. I don’t like that. I seem to be stuck on one point, and it may seem like a little thing, yet, it’s killing me because I can’t get past it. So I’m going to set it aside for a few days, let it simmer, and work on something else. That usually helps. I’m super annoyed right now though, because I had a dream last night that I remember feeling very excited about. Like it was the answer to my problem, and I remember kind of nodding and thinking, “Yes, this is brilliant!” And of course, when I woke up, it disappeared. Bah. I wish I could record my dreams and play them back the next day. I think I’ve lost a lot of great ideas in my sleep!

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Writing

Office Space

I’m embarking on a new adventure in my writing. Starting tomorrow, I’ll be using office space, not located inside my house. This will be a first for me, and I will gleefully admit to being super excited about it! For the past year, I’ve been using our home office. It currently contains my enormous bookshelves that my husband never thought I would fill, (haha!) a desk that holds the computer, another desk that holds random stuff on top of it and under it, and boxes that cover the floor, either filled with books or more random stuff. Actually, a lot of it is my crafting supplies. What I wouldn’t give for a separate craft room!

But anyway, I now have office space elsewhere, and I think it’ll be a huge help. So far, I’ve only been able to dedicate one full day a week to writing, and then an hour or two here and there after I put the little one to bed at night. Except, oh, sometimes on my writing days I do the grocery shopping, or I hang out with my sister, or I meet up with a friend for lunch, yadda, yadda, yadda. You know the drill. Suddenly, before I know it, the day is done, I’m picking up my daughter, and I’ve written maybe 200 words. Those evenings after she goes to bed, I’m paying bills, doing research, and let’s be honest, trying to unwind by wasting time on the internet. Sometimes I’m so tired, I just go to bed. Except I can’t sleep. So then I toss and turn, lamenting the lost words that I’m not getting down, but I’m afraid if I get going, I’ll be up all night, and that’s not good when I have a 3 year old yelling for me at the crack of dawn. And I usually don’t write at all on the weekends.

So on the days she’s in preschool, I’ll be going to my office to write. (Oooh! It sounds so fancy!!) This summer, we’ll mix up the schedule so we can still enjoy the beautiful weather, that I pray Mother Nature decides to send our way after this dreadful winter!! This fall, she’ll be at preschool everyday until after lunch. It’ll be dedicated writing time for me. Just for me. No laundry to throw in, or vacuuming to do, or dishes to wash.

Just writing. Happy sigh. 🙂

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Random Roundup

Random Roundup

It’s Friday! Have some randomness for the weekend!

1) My hubby is a techie kind of guy, and so we have a magic mouse and a trackpad for our computer. I have not yet used the trackpad. Hubby seems disappointed. ????

2) Winter and its frigidness and snow can leave now, please. I said please. No seriously. Be gone with you!

3) I spent the day formatting my manuscript. I think I’d rather do laundry, and I hate laundry with a passion.

4) New episodes of Downton Abbey and Sherlock on Sunday, yaaaay!!!

5) I’m really hungry. Sometimes I wished I lived in town so I could still have food delivered to my door. But then I realize that would A) get very expensive very fast, and B) mean I would need to live closer to people, and I don’t want to. I like the country.

Happy Friday! 🙂

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Writing

What is writing?

Such a simple question, but the answer can be very complex. Writing isn’t just recording a story. It’s character creation, setting, plot development, and conflict resolution. Not to mention research, lots and lots of research. The characters become more like friends, and even a simple trip to the grocery store can turn into a question of whether or not Character A would buy fresh, frozen, or canned vegetables. Sounds a little crazy, right?

Even when I’m not putting pen to paper, or actually typing at the computer, I’m still writing. Ideas are constantly going through my head. I can hear dialogue in the voices of my characters. I can see them interacting with others and handling the situations I put them in. I have a difficult time sleeping because I can’t get my brain to stop.

Writing is a very personal process. It takes a lot of time, and ultimately, most writers are writing for themselves. Putting your work out there for others to read is a huge risk. Not everyone will like it, and you worry that you’ll be told it’s just not any good. Or worse, you’ll be told it’s great because someone doesn’t want to hurt your feelings. While it’s nice to receive positive feedback from readers, and even better to be paid for it, the truth is, I would write no matter what. That’s how important the stories are to me.

(On a slightly related note, can we talk about the writing on Sherlock? The first episode of Series 3 left me breathless. Wow. If you’re not watching this amazing show, I highly recommend you try and catch up! You won’t be disappointed!)

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First post, woot!

Ah, my first blog post! Yay! So what should I write about? Hmm.

How about this seemingly neverending winter that we’re having?! I don’t know about all of you, but I’m ready for summer. Sunshine. Warmth. Not snow.

I suppose one good thing about winter is that it’s the perfect time to curl up with my notebook, pen, a cup of hot chocolate, and just write. I do a lot of writing longhand, and while it’s not as fast as typing, I sometimes find it’s better. I really think about the words that I’m putting on the page, and it gives me more time to map out the scene. I have a box of notebooks tucked away in a closet that are filled with short stories, story ideas, character descriptions and setting information. I would seriously cry buckets if that box ever got thrown away. (Note to husband: Do No Touch!)

So today, while the snow is falling and the wind is howling outside, I’m going to try and catch a few minutes alone with my notebook and pen. Maybe when my daughter goes down for a nap. 🙂

 

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