Archives for November 2011

Where To Put The Desk

Over the last couple of days, I found myself embroiled in a writer’s biggest challenge. No, it wasn’t sentence structure or plot or writing a query letter. I was trying to decide where to put my desk.

Yes, I have a desk, and I’ve been using it. But I think I got it in my head that if I could just find the PERFECT place for the desk, words would suddenly flow as springs of water and I’d be able to complete 10 novels in one week. Obviously, thought I, what’s holding me back from a writing output that is both prolific and dazzling, is my desk isn’t in the right room.

No Consequences

As I was eating inappropriately for my diabetic condition to celebrate Thanksgiving, I realized something important about myself. In fact, I had what Bob Mayer would call a “moment of enlightenment”.

I have, as you may or may not know (or care), been trying to move forward in my life with varying degrees of success. After all, I’m more than half way through this thing now. I’d better get with the program if I’m going to actually be the kind of person I want to be, and achieve what I want to achieve. You only have so much time for do-overs before the referee blows the whistle and calls the game finished.

Herman, The Unhappy Loaf Of Bread

Happy Day Before Thanksgiving everyone!  And in honor of our nation’s day to feast until we drop, I am happy to present my first published work – Herman, The Unhappy Loaf of Bread.  This was written and illustrated by me when I was in 6th grade, and it was supposed to be for the 1st and 2nd graders.  A few of the stories written were bound in hardback by the elementary school (Herman was one of them).  It was even in the library for a while!  (although nobody ever checked it out – I’m trying not to be bitter).  I think you’ll find it to be not only a tale of awesome self-sacrifice for the greater good, but proof that I’ve been carbo-loaded since I was a wee little girl.

Some Romance Authors I Read

As you may, or may not, know, I own well over 2,000 books. And I’d say that about 1200-1300 of them are romance novels. Have I read them all, you ask? Pretty much. And I’ve actually read more than I own because I periodically feel that I have too many books and try to divest myself – which means after a few weeks I’m out buying more books. Then there’s the library, friends…well, you get the idea.

But it seems to me that there are some romance writers who are very useful to read if you are interested in writing romance, and I thought I would give you four recommendations. These are just my opinions – your mileage may vary.

Finishing What You Start

Sometimes you run across exactly the right thing at exactly the right time.

Exhibit A – Chuck Wendig over at the terribleminds blog put up this terrific post  last Wednesday about doubt and writing and finishing what you start.  Please take a moment and go read it.  (By the way, if you’ve never read this blog before,  potty mouth language is used with abandon.  If this offends you, feel free to substitute the word “flock” or “freak” for the other “f” word.  But you should still read it. 😀 )

This post pinpointed EXACTLY the way I’ve been feeling.  I’m at a point in my work in progress where I feel like it’s a piece of pretentious crap. I’m at the point in my “career” where it seems like a joke. I’m stuck in the mud, mired in doubt.  The voices I’m hearing in my head are the ones you hear whenever you try to take a step forward, when you, an ordinary muggle, make a break for the fences.  Doubt, doubt, doubtedy doubt. Bad, bad, smack-self-in-face doubt.

Time, Time, Time Is NOT On My Side

Periodically I go up against my biggest enemy – Time. Or rather, lack of time. It’s fine when I’m just coasting along living in my own delirious illusion, but if I happen to open my eyes and see how much time has flowed past, and how little I’ve accomplished with it, I become slightly panicked. In addition, I’m suffering from some increased demands in my day job, and in other areas of my life, that have served to squeeze my available time even more.

After some internal debate, I’ve decided to make a few changes to my social media commitments. Social media, as you probably know, is a wonderful thing. It’s also the perfect time waster – you can tell yourself that you’re working, when all you’re really doing is surfing the Internet.