Sunset on Lake Portage, Michigan

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

IT'S NOT TRUE...but it is!

I can't believe it's been so long since I blogged, but it has been.  I don't know where time goes, do you?  However, we all realize at some point in our writing career that we've been remiss in some area, like blogging, checking our favorite writers' blogs, or just keeping up with the here and now in publishing. 

While this past year has been a difficult time for several reasons, I have been busy with several rewrites on promising articles or stories. My downfall would be I avoided seeking representation because ... well whatever reason my silly brain came up with to procrastinate. It's easy to hide from responsibility by procrastination. Nothing new, right?

So, one of my critique groups came up with an idea to post to each other our goals for the WEEK.  Even though we only meet once a month, we keep up with each other on a regular basis.  We intend to put our goals out there, and update what we have successfully completed at the end of each week.  That puts enough pressure on us to make it happen, and/or to learn how to set realistic goal for ourselves so we don't feel like we have failed... we will cheer each other on to keep trying.  I love the idea. I also love the passion of these writing friends.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Number One Novels

Number One Novels spotlights authors and their novels. This month's spotlight is on "Kevin Hearne" and his novel "Hounded", his first in the "The Iron Druid Chronicles". The description of his characters is fascinating and promises lots of action; I can't wait to read it.

Friday, May 6, 2011


Recently I attended my first writing conference - the SCBWI INDIANA CONFERENCE. It was intense, fun, and a great learning experience. I met some new friends, and enjoyed attending with writers from my critique groups.

The critique with an editor was too short but helpful. I don't know that I did anything right in the interview, but given the time of day, I was exhausted as was my brain, so nothing that came from my mouth made sense. Dare I say "babble"? The editor's written comments are worth a lot to me and will be taken seriously when rewriting my first novel.

The monthly critique groups will be the help I need to polish my work, and I am thankful they are all in my life. THANK YOU SO MUCH CRITIQUE GROUPS!

Until later, keep writing.

Friday, February 11, 2011


I feel like I am back in the swing of things - writing things that is.
I finished my rewrite of my novel and it is ready to mail to a publisher. I have reworked my priorities to research publishers for my articles and stories that are ready for a home. Then while all of those are circulating, I will take my next short story or article and work on it to until finished, then find it a home, and so on. You get the picture.

I have to mention that last night I visited with a critique group of seasoned writers. It was the most awesome group of talent and I felt so honored to sit among them as a visitor. A very big thank you to all of them for allowing me to be there.

I am recharged and ready to jump into my writing again. It feels so good.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


January 2011 is nearly gone with my new writing schedule sliding by without one single new page written. I find myself surrounded by so many ideas and works in progress, that I have no direction. Confusion on what to do next has overwhelmed me and I am severely off track. What to do? Time for a new list of priorities or I will continue to swirl in this pool of procrastination and confusion.

1. YA novel has been written for two years now, and although I have queried several agents, I haven't made that last pass through on rewites yet. What I have done is change the names of the two leading characters, so it seems fresh with new people in the works. Maybe that will help me while working on it yet again.

2. Make a list of publishers or agents to query for this novel, and DO IT.

3. Take my second novel in progress and spend one week on doing nothing but brainstorming on making it better, filing it out, etc., while my first novel queries are out.

4. Make a list of publishers or agents to query and DO IT.

5. While queries are out on my two novels, take the magazine articles/stories I have worked on and make a list of publishers to query for each one, and DO IT.

6. I have so many piles of projects that when I read about a new agent or publishing opportunity, I can't attach that information to the correct project. As soon as I do the first two things on my list then I must organize my projects, how to find them quickly, keep the list of publishers and agents with those projects, so I don't have to go back and keep looking them up. I have done this with my novel queries but not my magazine information.

7. Meet other local writers and hopefully connect to a critique group, to re-energize my writing, find support, and share the love of writing.

The procrastination period is going to stop here and now, just as soon as I sign up for the IN-SCBWI conference. : )

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells

I didn't do so well on NANO this year. Partly due to being ill for about 10 days following the Thanksgiving holiday, but before that I tried and tried to stretch it, filled in more stuff, etc., but it just didn't work for a novel. The good thing with my NANO writing this year is I came up with a great short story instead of a novel in the first two weeks of writing. I will consider that a success. My congratulations to all who did complete their 50K words.

Following the busy month of November, comes the hustle of holiday shopping, wrapping presents, baking cookies and all that other good stuff. Since I am hosting our family's Christmas this year, I started early and am moving on to the next big thing: groceries for the big event. That will probably cost more than all the presents combined. Yikes! However, I look forward to my family gathering here to share food, gifts, and love.

Much to my embarassment is my lack of writing since mid November. On top of all I have mentioned is the fact that my husband bought me a Pandigital Novel for an early Christmas present. I can't get away from all the fun stuff it can do along with re-reading some of my favorite novels already loaded on my reader. I know, these are all excuses, but reading is so much fun when you are settled in next to the Christmas tree, watching the birds eating from the feeders in about six inches of snow, and a cup of hot chocolate with marshmellows, of course. I also know this would be a perfect time to write too. So I will promise myself this; two days reading, two days writing, and snacking on goodies every day.

Ho Ho Ho and Merry Christmas followed by a happy, healthy, and productive New Year to you all.

Sunday, October 31, 2010


It is that time again; time to write 50,000 words in one month. Thousands of writers will try to write a new novel (rough draft only) during the month of November. Last year I managed to put down about 40,000 words, so I was not disappointed in my efforts. If I do the same this year, I will consider it a success. Watch my count with the NANO counter I have linked to my blog. Hope it works.

Best of luck to all who are entered in this challenge.