Archives for May 2011

10 Things I Wish I’d Known Sooner

The real title of this post is “10 Things I Wish I’d Known Sooner Than I Eventually Figured Them Out, and I Eventually Figured Them Out Mostly Because Of the Consequences Of Not Knowing Them Sooner”

But that wouldn’t fit on the title line.

Oh, my friends, if only I’d known then what I know now! How happy life would have been.  But would it have been my life, or would it have been a different life?  Would I be the person now that I am if I knew then what I know now? Would I be the person then that I was then if I knew what I know?

Self-Challenge – Week 2

Week 2 of my self-challenge had more…opportunities for growth, shall we say…than Week 1.  First, I was back at work, and the day job does tend to require both time and energy.  Also, I usually find the second week of anything to be more difficult than the first because the novelty has worn off.  Heaven only knows what Week 3 will bring!

Here are the stats:

1.  Write every day

Everyday Angels

Today I’d like to tell you a more serious story.   It’s kind of long, and a little sad in places, but don’t worry – everything turns out okay in the end.  And it includes some angels.


Once upon a time, there was a girl. We’ll call her “B”. B had a lot of problems, not the least of which was that she was being abused daily at school. The abuse was verbal, but the abusers were cruel, cutting, and constant in their “attentions”. It had started in elementary school, but really picked up in junior high school. See, B was very chubby, very shy, somewhat geeky, and scared. In other words, she was a prime target. Things got pretty intense.

A Need for Structure

Here’s one thing I learned while I was on vacation last week.  I need structure. 

I mean, I kind of knew it before, but I’ve been trying to deny it.  I want to believe that I’m footloose and fancy free. That I’m bohemian. That the only thing keeping me from writing a novel a week is the fact that I have to work to pay bills and keep the indoor plumbing, but if I just had the tiiiimmmmeeee… 

The problem is, when I’m just hanging around the house all day and have all the time in the world, I just don’t seem to get much done. 

Self-Challenge Update

As you may, or may not know, last week I issued myself a challenge.  Basically, starting May 1st, I challenged myself to 1) write every day for 58 days, 2) write at least 1000 words a day (1500 words on the weekend), and 3) finish the first draft of my WIP before the RWA convention at the end of June.  Since today is the end of the first week, I thought I’d let you know how things are going.

The Entertainer

I’d like to state for the record that I love William Shakespeare.  My first cat was named Shakespeare. My college senior semester was in Shakespeare’s tragedies. My college senior thesis was on Ophelia from Hamlet.  I have a Shakespeare bobble-head. I have a life-size poster of Shakespeare. I’ve read most of the plays. I’ve seen most of the plays. I own most of the plays on DVD.  I love Shakespeare.  Love. Him. Love him.