Monday, December 30, 2013

Still chugging along...

I haven't done much writing over the past couples weeks because I've been distracted by the holidays, and I was starting to feel like Jack Torrance in "The Shining."  I decided it was a good idea to take a small writing break because I was on the verge of writing "All work and no play makes Mandy a dull girl" thousands of times over.

Last night I went to sleep close to 4 AM because I was busy adding the last couple chapters I wrote a couple weeks ago into the manuscript finally.  Around 4 AM is also when my coffee buzz finally wore off.

Earlier today I was talking with my brother about what I wanted to do for the next chapter.  The brainstorming session with him helped immensely because I was able to demolish the writer's block that was on the horizon.  It was frustrating for me because I kept thinking about how I wanted the story to go after this chapter, but I couldn't get the next chapter completely thought out in my head until earlier.

I had a dream that helped somewhat last night, and sharing that with my brother helped me to work out the entire next chapter instituting some of his ideas as well.  I outline the chapter with a rewrite in an earlier chapter before I came to the library tonight.  I'll be working adding that chapter sometime this week.

I was hoping to have "The Shepherdess Princess" finished by the end of 2013 at the latest, but now it might take another week or two.  I'm on the home stretch with it!

Happy New Year to all my readers!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving, and Other Matters...

It's been a while since I updated this page.  I was planning on doing another blog update a day or two after my last one, but I came down with a terrible cold and today is the first day I've been out and about among the living again.

I have three new poems I wanted to share that I wrote 2-3 weeks ago now:

It has been a couple months
Since September 11th came and went.
Signifying twelve years since that day
The terrorists tried to take our way
Of living when two buildings were destroyed,
And a third plane was grounded that was deployed
To go for our Nation’s Capital.
Instead, the passengers recaptured
The plane from the hijackers,
And landed it in a field
Before their lives they would yield.

 On that day.
No one thought it would turn out that way.
They went to work like usual,
Or got on a plane that was fueled
To go to their destination,
And ended up being casualties of terrorists’ premeditation.

Those people were not the only heroes to fall
As I think of the men & women who answered the call
At the twin towers:
The very people who spent hours
Looking for survivors
And losing their own lives being the heroes they were.

Then there are movies like Remember Me
That shows another side unseen.
What the families have to go through
As they mourn their lost loved ones.

Where would they be now
If that horrible day never came?  And how
Different would our lives be
If the terrorists were stopped completely
Before anyone was sacrificed?
We’ll never know, so we go on with our lives.

In remembrance of everyone that gave
Their lives to save
Our way of freedom
As Veteran’s Day was also seen.

Yearly, the people’s minds are cast
To those whose sacrifice showed their “last
Full measure of devotion.”
I bet all the dead bodies could fill the Pacific Ocean.

It’s almost completed:
The novel that will be repeatedly
Distributed when it’s accepted
By a publisher that’s been affected
By my words.
Being read by many is what my characters deserve.

I  will go home from a coffee trip
With the intent
To turn on my laptop,
And get lost in my imagination.

Other writers are about
Hoping to get their word count
For the day.
Oblivious to their surroundings
As they get lost in the creativity.

“The last single girl kiss”[1]
Was shared last night in anticipation of wedded bliss
With an ethereal audience waiting
For the two halves to become one
Under a blanket of stars with no one
Except the priest to bear witness
As their vows are sealed with a kiss.

The Heavenly Hosts approve
As a beacon of light shines through
The night sky,
And surround the united groom and bride.

Their love will go on forever,
And when they grow old they’ll remember
As they sit on the porch swinging
Of that long ago day with wedding bells ringing.

“You’re as beautiful as the day we met,”
The husband admits with no regrets.
The wife’s cheeks blushed a rosy hue
As they smelled the dew
On the grass.
Both wish this moment would always last.

[1] This is part of a line delivered by Carrie Bradshaw in the Sex and the City movie.

Other Writing:

I'm still working on finishing "The Shepherdess Princess."  I was hoping to be nearing the end by the time this weekend rolled around, but I've had a terrible cold for the past week and a half.  Thanksgiving day was the first time in the past couple weeks that I added anything to my manuscript, and I have a couple more chapters written out longhand that I'll be adding to my computer when I get home from the library tonight.

I have finally jumped the hurdle that led me to print out my manuscript and edit what I had before I continued with the story.  I broke through that stumbling block yesterday, and came out of it a woman possessed!  I spent a couple hours last night before going to bed writing 5 more pages in my spiral notebook.  Then I added 2 more longhand pages this morning when I woke up.

The end is so close that I can see a shimmer of the light at the end of the tunnel!  I have an idea for four more chapters that will take place at the ending.  This weekend I'll be working on closing the gap until I reach "the final four" as I'm going to refer to them from now on.  I have a scene written out already that is staying in my novel's splice file until I need it that will end the book.  I just can't believe I have the end scene figured out already, but I'm beginning to feel accomplished because I'm so close.

If my creative streak keeps going, I should be typing the words "The End" to "The Shepherdess Princess" by the middle of December, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

7 Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction

A friend of mine shared a link to this article on Facebook, and I thought I would share it on this blog.  For two main reasons: 1) I like Ernest Hemingway, and 2) I'm writing fiction novels, and struggling a little bit with it.

Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction

Before he was a big game hunter, before he was a deep-sea fisherman, Ernest Hemingway was a craftsman who would rise very early in the morning and write. His best stories are masterpieces of the modern era, and his prose style is one of the most influential of the 20th century.
Hemingway never wrote a treatise on the art of writing fiction.  He did, however, leave behind a great many passages in letters, articles and books with opinions and advice on writing. Some of the best of those were assembled in 1984 by Larry W. Phillips into a book, Ernest Hemingway on Writing. We’ve selected seven of our favorite quotations from the book and placed them, along with our own commentary, on this page. We hope you will all–writers and readers alike–find them fascinating.
1: To get started, write one true sentence.
Hemingway had a simple trick for overcoming writer’s block. In a memorable passage in A Moveable Feast, he writes:
Sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going, I would sit in front of the fire and squeeze the peel of the little oranges into the edge of the flame and watch the sputter of blue that they made. I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, “Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” So finally I would write one true sentence, and then go on from there. It was easy then because there was always one true sentence that I knew or had seen or had heard someone say. If I started to write elaborately, or like someone introducing or presenting something, I found that I could cut that scrollwork or ornament out and throw it away and start with the first true simple declarative sentence I had written.
2: Always stop for the day while you still know what will happen next.
There is a difference between stopping and foundering. To make steady progress, having a daily word-count quota was far less important to Hemingway than making sure he never emptied the well of his imagination. In an October 1935 article in Esquire “Monologue to the Maestro: A High Seas Letter”) Hemingway offers this advice to a young writer:
The best way is always to stop when you are going good and when you know what will happen next. If you do that every day when you are writing a novel you will never be stuck. That is the most valuable thing I can tell you so try to remember it.
3: Never think about the story when you’re not working.
Building on his previous advice, Hemingway says never to think about a story you are working on before you begin again the next day. “That way your subconscious will work on it all the time,” he writes in the Esquire piece. “But if you think about it consciously or worry about it you will kill it and your brain will be tired before you start.” He goes into more detail in A Moveable Feast:
When I was writing, it was necessary for me to read after I had written. If you kept thinking about it, you would lose the thing you were writing before you could go on with it the next day. It was necessary to get exercise, to be tired in the body, and it was very good to make love with whom you loved. That was better than anything. But afterwards, when you were empty, it was necessary to read in order not to think or worry about your work until you could do it again. I had learned already never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.
4: When it’s time to work again, always start by reading what you’ve written so far.
T0 maintain continuity, Hemingway made a habit of reading over what he had already written before going further. In the 1935 Esquire article, he writes:
The best way is to read it all every day from the start, correcting as you go along, then go on from where you stopped the day before. When it gets so long that you can’t do this every day read back two or three chapters each day; then each week read it all from the start. That’s how you make it all of one piece.
5: Don’t describe an emotion–make it.
Close observation of life is critical to good writing, said Hemingway. The key is to not only watch and listen closely to external events, but to also notice any emotion stirred in you by the events and then trace back and identify precisely what it was that caused the emotion. If you can identify the concrete action or sensation that caused the emotion and present it accurately and fully rounded in your story, your readers should feel the same emotion. In Death in the Afternoon, Hemingway writes about his early struggle to master this:
I was trying to write then and I found the greatest difficulty, aside from knowing truly what you really felt, rather than what you were supposed to feel, and had been taught to feel, was to put down what really happened in action; what the actual things were which produced the emotion that you experienced. In writing for a newspaper you told what happened and, with one trick and another, you communicated the emotion aided by the element of timeliness which gives a certain emotion to any account of something that has happened on that day; but the real thing, the sequence of motion and fact which made the emotion and which would be as valid in a year or in ten years or, with luck and if you stated it purely enough, always, was beyond me and I was working very hard to get it.
6: Use a pencil.
Hemingway often used a typewriter when composing letters or magazine pieces, but for serious work he preferred a pencil. In the Esquire article (which shows signs of having been written on a typewriter) Hemingway says:
When you start to write you get all the kick and the reader gets none. So you might as well use a typewriter because it is that much easier and you enjoy it that much more. After you learn to write your whole object is to convey everything, every sensation, sight, feeling, place and emotion to the reader. To do this you have to work over what you write. If you write with a pencil you get three different sights at it to see if the reader is getting what you want him to. First when you read it over; then when it is typed you get another chance to improve it, and again in the proof. Writing it first in pencil gives you one-third more chance to improve it. That is .333 which is a damned good average for a hitter. It also keeps it fluid longer so you can better it easier.
7: Be Brief.
Hemingway was contemptuous of writers who, as he put it, “never learned how to say no to a typewriter.” In a 1945 letter to his editor, Maxwell Perkins, Hemingway writes:
It wasn’t by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short. The laws of prose writing are as immutable as those of flight, of mathematics, of physics.
Oops!  I'm guilty of breaking number 3.  I'm always thinking about the story when I'm not working on it.  And I break number 6 because I always use a pen when I'm writing something new down in a notebook to add to my manuscript on my computer later.  Number 4 I have done, and it does help me to come up with new ideas for future scenes.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Another Update...

I've been wanting to update this blog for the past couple weeks with my newest poetry, but I kept forgetting my USB stick at home.  Well now I have it with me.  Here's the two newest poems I wrote:

Once upon a Halloween
Amid the blood-curdling screams
Emitting from the goblins & ghouls
Going from door-to-door
Trying to score
The yearly sugar-induced coma
Before heading home.

“Trick or treat” they cry
At each house they stop by.
They want more treats than tricks
That’s for sure.

The goblins & ghouls return home
With sacks and buckets full to show
Their friends the next day
How much candy they came away
With, and to gloat
If it was more than their friends got.

The Forgotten One
(Co-wrote by Sara Megan Kay)

Look at the bones
In the coffin entombed
With no visitors
On record.

The forgotten one dwells within
The family mausoleum
With no family and friends alive
To visit him.

The flowers have seen better days.
They were newly left there in the month of May.
Several years have come and gone
As the brick work crumbles one by one.

As for "The Shepherdess Princess"...

I finished editing what I had so far in the manuscript on my computer file.  I still have to rewrite a bit the scene I was stuck on before I continue with the rest of the story.  I'm mainly having a flow problem with the newest scene, but I have an idea for fixing that.  I'm going to be working on that for the rest of the week.

I'm not participating in National Novel Writing Month this year because I'm using the month of November to hopefully finish this novel.

Other News

I have a surprise I want to share with my readers, but I'm going to wait a while to see how things pan out first.  My partner-in-crime already knows some of my news because it pertains to the book we co-wrote together.

Stay tuned...:)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A Writing Update

Finally!  I have to remember to bring my laptop to the library more often if I want to update my fans on my writing because the library computers don't let me write in any body text when I try to update my blog.  All it allows me to do is put in the blog title.  It gets frustrating after a while.


I haven't made my minimum self-imposed deadline of October 8th to be finished with writing "The Shepherdess Princess" because I haven't been able to write anything new in it for a while.  However, I am slowly making some progress because I printed out what I have so far in the manuscript, which came to 87 pages after I changed the page size to 8 1/2 X 11 and double spaced the document, and am now halfway through editing it in my computer file.

As I've gone through the motions of editing it, I am getting ideas for continuing from where I'm stuck that I jot down for future reference.  I'm ending up with quite the outline I can refer to in order to help me finish the book itself.

Other Writing...

My time struggling with "The Shepherdess Princess" hasn't been a total bust.  A couple weeks ago I wrote a new poem that I added to my manuscript, and over the past couple months I worked on a short story that I submitted to "Chicken Soup for the Soul" a week ago.

This Coming Weekend...

I am going to be working more on finishing the editing I have left, so I can to the rest of the story.  A writing session with a friend may be in order!  ;)  :)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Ten Rules for Writing by Elmore Leonard

I was just about to come on here and share Elmore Leonard's Ten Rules for writing when I saw this posted by a friend on Facebook: "Elmore Leonard, Master of Crime Fiction, Dies at 87."  He was a great writer, and will be missed.

Anyway, I read a book called Behind the Mystery: Top Mystery Writers interviewed by Stuart Kaminsky a while back and I came across some quotes and these ten rules for writing that I copied down into one of my notebooks.  The Ten Rules for Writing was found on pages 25-26 in the book.

Ten Rules for Writing
By Elmore Leonard

  1. Never open a book with weather.
If it’s only to create an atmosphere and not a character’s reaction to the weather, you don’t want to go on too long.  The reader is apt to leaf ahead looking for people.  There are expectations.  If you happen to be Barry Lopez who has more ways to describe ice and snow than an Eskimo, you can do all the weather reporting you want.

  1. Avoid prologues.
They can be annoying, especially a prologue following an introduction that comes after a foreword.  But these are ordinarily found in nonfiction.  A prologue in a novel is backstory, and you can drop it anywhere you want.

There is a prologue in John Steinbeck’s Sweet Thursday, but it’s okay because a character in the book makes a point of what my rules are all about.  He says, ‘I like a lot of talk in a book and I don’t like to have nobody tell me what the guy who’s talking looks like.  I want to figure out what he looks like by the way he talks…figure out what the guy’s thinking from what he says.  I like some description, but not too much of that…Sometimes I want a book to break loose with a bunch of hooptedoodle…spin up some pretty words maybe or sing a little song with language.  That’s nice, but I wish it was set aside so I don’t have to read it.  I don’t want hooptedoodle mixed up with the story.’

  1. Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue.
          The line of dialogue belongs to the character, the verb is the writer sticking his nose in.  But said is far less intrusive than grumbled, gasped, cautioned, and lied.  I once noticed Mary McCarthy ending a line of dialogue with ‘she asserted’ and had to stop reading to get a dictionary.

  1. Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said”.
He admonished gravely.  To use an adverb this way (or almost any way) is a mortal sin.  The writer is now exposing himself in earnest, using a word that distracts and can interrupt the rhythm of the exchange.  I have a character in one of my books tell how she used to write the historical romances “filled with rape and adverbs.”

  1. Keep exclamation points under control.
You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.  If you have the knack of playing with exclaimers like Tom Wolfe does, you can throw them in by the handful.

  1. Never use “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose.”
This rule doesn’t require an explanation.  I have noticed that writers who use “suddenly” tend to exercise less control in the application of exclamation points.

  1. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
One you start spelling words in dialogue phonetically and loading the pages with apostrophes, you won’t be able to stop.  Notice the way Anne Piroux captures the flavor of Wyoming voices in her book of short stories Close Range.

  1. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
Which Steinbeck covered in Ernest Hemingway’s Hills Like White Elephants: what do the “American and the girl with him” look like?  “She had taken off her hat and put it on the table.”  That’s the only reference to physical description in the story, and yet we see the couple and know them by their tones of voice with not one adverb in sight.

  1. Don’t go into great detail describing places and things.
Unless you’re Margaret Atwood and can paint scenes with language or write landscapes in the style of Jim Harrison.  But even if you’re good at it, you don’t want descriptions that bring the action, the flow of the story, to a standstill.

  1. Try to leave out parts that readers tend to skip.
A rule that comes to mind in 1983.  Think of what you skip reading a novel: thick paragraphs of prose you can see too many words in them.  What the writer is doing, he’s writing, perpretrating hooptedoodle, perhaps taking another shot at the weather, or has gone into the character’s head, and the reader either knows what the guy’s thinking or doesn’t care. I’ll bet you don’t skip dialogue.

My most important rule is one that sums up 10:

If it sounds like writing, I rewrite.

Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go.  I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative.  It’s my attempt to remain invisible, not distract the reader from the story with obvious writing.  (Joseph Conrad said something about words getting in the way of what you want to say.)  If I write in scenes and always from the point of view of a particular character—the one whose view best brings the scene to life—I’m able to concentrate on the voices of the characters telling you who they are and how they feel about what’s going on and I’m nowhere in sight.

I found some of the rules to be rather comical, and I realized I'm guilty of breaking rule #2, and #6 already in my own novel.  That just means I have something to work on when I get to the editing stage.

I also like seeing how other authors deal with writer's block because everyone deals with it differently.  I took the following quote from page 61 of Behind the Mystery.  It is Faye Kellerman’s answer to a question about writer’s block:

“I have situations where writing comes easier and situations when it comes harder, but I force myself to write something.  The most important thing is not to freeze when it’s not perfect.  Nothing is ever perfect.  Don’t be a baby, and say ‘It’s not coming.’  Work on it.”

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Is That a New Post I See?

Yes, it is!  You are not imagining things.  I finally found the time to update my readers on my life since my last post.

1.  I have bridged the gap I was working on in "The Shepherdess Princess," so now I can continue on with the rest of the story.

2.  I've decided to add a bibliography to the back of the manuscript to show my readers what resources I used in bringing the story together.  I've been working on that for the past few hours at the local library because some of the information I printed out from online resources didn't have website information and such.

I'm mostly done with the bibliography now except for the several documents I printed out that has the website information.  I have mostly Wikipedia articles to add to the bibliography now, and then I'll be done with that.

3.  I have started compiling a list of possible publishers I can send my manuscript to when it's done.  Yes, I am that close to being done with the book!  ;)  If I hunker down and write, I'm planning on being finished by October 8th, 2013.  Halloween at the latest!


For being such a patient group of followers, here is another teaser from "The Shepherdess Princess" for your reading pleasure:

            As Jazelle and Philippe were walking out of the woods, side-by-side, Jazelle couldn’t help bringing up a subject that was still nagging at her.  “Philippe,” she began, anxious to think what the outcome might be, “Can I ask you to clarify something for me?”
            “Of course,” Philippe croaked out, wondering if he’d live to regret what came next.
            “Back there you said that you were withholding information to protect those you know and love,” Jazelle said, heart racing, “Does that include me?”
            Jazelle’s words caused Philippe to stop in his tracks, and face her.  What should I say? He thought, Should I finally come out with how I truly feel about her?  Would she reject me, or accept me without knowing everything about me?  “Of course, I love you,” Philippe admitted, “You’re my best friend, my only friend, that I’m really close to around here.”
            “I love you, too,” Jazelle’s face beamed as she threw her arms around his neck, and their lips met in a steamy kiss.
            “Whoa,” Philippe said once he was able to push her away before the kiss deepened anymore than it already had, “I didn’t mean it that way!” He lied.
            “Oh, I’m so embarrassed,” Jazelle replied, covering her face with her hands.
            “Don’t be,” Philippe said in an attempt to console her, “I liked it!”
            “Pig,” Jazelle said before pushing him aside as she stormed off.
            All Philippe could do was stand there and chuckle as  he watched her from behind.  “You know, you’re kind of cute when you’re pretending to be angry,” he called out to her.
            Jazelle stopped, turned around, and went charging back to him.  SMACK! Her right hand slapped his cheek so hard it began throbbing instantly.  He dropped the bread he carried onto the ground as his hand flew up to caress the red mark now forming there.  She hurt her hand, too, but was too pissed off to care about the pain as she left him again.

I hope I've left people salivating again.  Maybe the book will actually be distributed to the masses by the next time I have to share another teaser.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I Think I've Conquered my Writer's Block...

I guess my friend's contest was the jolt I needed to get out of my writer's block completely because after I shared the poem I wrote for the contest, I spent a sleepless night writing two more poems.  Here they are:

“Help me save her,” he pled
As multiple ideas flew around in my head.
I would love nothing more
To do what he asks, but for
Severals months I have been blocked
When it comes to them, and time ticks by on the clock
With his latest plea
Echoing inside of me.

I want to do what he asks,
But it seems like an insurmountable task.
My characters want me to finish what I began
Several years ago, and plan
To find a publisher for.
Teasers have left my fans wanting more.

I don’t like leaving a book unread,
So I’ll have to find time instead
To pluck the ideas from my head
For The Shepherdess Princess to be finished.  Enough said!

I miss them, too,
And I feel blue
When I think of them
Waiting to be written.

I may not know them yet,
But I still get upset
When I think of all the possibilities
Awaiting my discovery.

I’m searching for words
Among voices unheard.
I will have to pay close attention
To release the friction.

I know it can be done,
And my challenge will be won.
Until the time comes, I have to rely
On my talent and the Big Man in the sky.

I now have a total of 45 pages in my poetry book- The Trifecta: A Collection of Poetry.

But that's not all...

I also spent part of the last couple nights working on The Shepherdess Princess some more.  I still have to figure out how I'm going to bridge a gap I have, but I'm going to start working on that tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon.  I did edit some of the story leading up to that spot, though.  Some sections seemed a little wordy, and some parts I wanted to change a descriptor.  I also broke out my French-English dictionary to change some of the dialog.  Don't worry!  I'm only using French words that everybody might know like oui for yes, monsieur for mister, mon princesse for my princess, and mon Dieu for my God.

I also wrote down part of a scene that's going to be near the end of the novel.  I'm going to be finishing that scene this weekend as well.  I had to leave it unfinished last night because I was tired, but it was also getting me a little bit hot and bothered while writing it.  *nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more*  ;) :)  I'll probably have to take a cold shower when I finish writing the scene anyway.  :D  If I had finished it before coming online tonight, I was thinking about sharing it as a new teaser.  That's only if I wouldn't get a reprimand from Google for having it on my blog.  :)  I do want to share a new teaser sometime, but that scene probably won't be it, so my fans will have to buy the book when it's finished to see that.

I have 83 pages total in The Shepherdess Princess so far.

Monday, June 24, 2013

A Contest Entry

My friend, Sara, started a contest on her blog to win a copy of her newest volume of poetry titled Alice at the Spa: Poems and More that was just published through Lulu.   The contest ends on July 31st, 2013.  I was the first entry with this poem:

Down the Rabbit Hole

Moonlight flowing in, dark as blood
How I long for its silvery light to flood
Over me, and save me
From the darkness enveloping me.

Day in and day out it's all the same
While the moon waxes and wanes.
A friend's challenge moves me to write a new poem,
And I'm finally feeling at home.

It's been so long for me creatively
That I jumped at the chance to break free.
Will this poem put an end
To the writing funk I've been in?

I've felt like Alice at the Spa
With my own rabbit hole to fall
Down as I grasp for reality
While fantasy surrounds me.

Whoever greets me in Wonderland,
Will make my life grand.
I would be more than happy to attend
An unbirthday party with all of my friends.

I had such a hard time writing this poem:  I rewrote several lines, I changed the title three times, and I had to change a word in the first line because I left something out.  I was beginning to wonder if I would ever finish writing the poem because of the obstacles I was facing.

I also feel like some people might not understand the significance of the last verse.  I was part of the drama club in High School and played the Dormouse in an interpretation of Alice in Wonderland.  My friend, Sara, who started this contest was The March Hare in the play.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Making a Crack in my Writer's Block...

The past two days I've actually been able to take time out of my day to work on "The Shepherdess Princess" some more.  It felt good to get the little bit down that I did, but I still feel like I have a long way to go.  I'm taking things one day at a time for now.

I've also been kicking around an idea to make some more progress in one of my volumes of poetry that I'm working on, but haven't completely decided if I want to go forward with it or leave what I have in the manuscript as is.  My idea has a lot of cutting and pasting involved.  I also have a poem in my notebook that needs to be rewritten completely.  I was having an off day when I wrote the poem several months ago, and it seems incoherent every time I reread it.  I've been thinking about working on that this weekend.

If the weather where I live isn't too bad, I was thinking about grabbing my writing materials and walking to a nearby park.  Sometimes the solitude, and communing with nature helps me creatively.  I'm also thinking of going somewhere that I could plug in my laptop for a bit, and take the time to write that way.  I was thinking the Public Library would be a good place for that, and I could use the free Wi-Fi access if I come across another subject that I might have to research.  I also might not do that because knowing I could go online would be a major distraction.  I would need somebody with me to hold me accountable, or something.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

My First Writing Session of 2013!

After several months of inaction on the writing front, I have emerged a conqueror of writer's block.  I was able to add only a couple paragraphs over the weekend to "The Shepherdess Princess," but I'm still counting it as a victory because I haven't written anything new in so long.

I'm not sure yet when I'll get to make any more progress because I have to spend this coming weekend doing Spring cleaning.  Maybe I'll add a little more to my manuscript during a break from cleaning from time to time.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Beware the Inner Editor...

I've been trying really hard since I wrote my last blog entry to write a single word down in one of my novels, but my well feels like it has run dry.  I did have a few lines of a poem thought out a couple weeks ago, but I didn't have my notebook, or a pen handy.  The inevitable happened, and I couldn't remember a single word of the poem after I rushed to get a pen and paper.   I do have an idea forming in my head for the continuation of the chapter I'm writing in "The Shepherdess Princess," but that involves a little bit of a rewrite to make the transition flow better into the scene I plan on keeping and continue with the story from there.  It's not going to be a massive rewrite, but I'm kind of dreading sitting down to type it out because I don't want my inner editor to think she has free reign over the rest of the story up to that point, and she's already tried to get me to think of tidbits I could add in about one of my other characters earlier in the manuscript.  I think I will eventually succumb to my inner editor's bidding because I want to add more of a story line pertaining to a certain character, but I'm trying to keep her at bay until creatively I'm prepared to tackle what she wants me to do.  I'm also afraid if I add too much here and there in the beginning that I'll end up straying from the plot, and any potential readers of the final product would be very confused.

I have been spending a lot of my time lately reading several books.  The list is too extensive to share completely, but they have mainly been vampire-themed.  I'm currently reading "The Queen of the Damned" by Anne Rice which is the third book in the Vampire Chronicles.  I have requested book number four from the library: "The Tale of the Body Thief" since I'm almost done reading book number three.  Out of the entire series, "Interview With the Vampire," and "The Queen of the Damned" are the only ones that have been made into movies so far.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Happy New Year...

I can't believe another year has come and gone.  As a New Year and a new day dawns, I have thought of at least one resolution for myself to strive for:  I want to finish, and publish "The Shepherdess Princess."  I've been working on the manuscript for almost four years now, and I'm finally starting to "hear" from my characters again.  Last night I had a dream where my main male character asked me to help save his love.

I've been doing a lot of reading for the month of December to pass the time.  I've read: "Hidden" by PC and Kristin Cast; "Labyrinth: A Greywalker Novel" by Kat Richardson; "Twilight," "New Moon," and "Eclipse" by Stephenie Meyer; "Spirit Bound" by Richelle Mead; and "A Candlelit World" by Sara Megan Kay & Amanda Waley (Yes, I re-read a book I co-authored!  :) ).

So far in January, I've read "Downpour: A Greywalker Novel," and "Seawitch: A Greywalker Novel" by Kat Richardson; and "Eclipse" by Stephenie Meyer.  I'm currently reading "The Lincln Lawyer" by Michael Connelly.

I've also returned to working on "The Shepherdess Princess."  That's one of the reasons I haven't been able to come online very often lately.