A few weeks ago, Nathon Bransford, a writer and blogger I follow, wrote a post asking the question "How long does it take you to finish a draft?" My first gut reaction answer to that question was "F-O-R-E-V-E-R," but sadly, I couldn't figure out how to embed this little video clip into the comments on his blog. It's … Continue reading Draft #1 – Done!!
As they say, anticipation is half the fun. We get to imagine perfect outcomes for any experience we may dream up, but when the job, book, vacation, or even the restaurant I've just tried doesn't live up to my expectations, disappointment ensues. Expectations make me focus on the outcome, not the journey, and I wonder what opportunities I have missed … Continue reading On Expectations
This past weekend, I had a two by four hit me in the head again, as life hammered another lesson home. It's a lesson that I've learned before, but one that I clearly needed to learn again, hence the two by four. On Friday morning, my alarm went off at 4 am, so I could … Continue reading If I can write, I can write . . . right?
This summer I attended the Willamette Writers’ Conference. Many of the writers and presenters there kept saying, “keep your day job.” There’s even a pretty good blog that I occasionally read called http://www.writerwithadayjob.com that offers tips and motivation to keep going in the face of a busy life. She also has a companion book that … Continue reading Keep Your Day Job AND Write . . . How?
During the past two weeks, I have re-entered the world of being labeled with a Greek letter and become a Beta. No, I have not rediscovered my inner sorority girl (though I can still proudly sing the Greek alphabet). I have become a Beta reader. This is the official name of someone who has the honor of … Continue reading Being a Beta
As a lover of books, bookstores, color and design, I fell in love with the following video. I have no idea how the creators did it, but it made me smile. It also reminded me of two of my favorite films Toy Story and Night at the Museum. While those focus on what happens with unsupervised toys and historical … Continue reading Books at Night
“You seriously bought a book called Hot Rocks?” my husband asked. “Yep. It looks good too!” Most every published author will tell you that you need to read, and read a lot, in order to write. I have always read a lot, but this past year it seems I’ve been reading lots of what would … Continue reading Reading for Fun