Saturday, November 16, 2013

NaNoWriMo

It's funny when other people remind me that I'm a writer. I forget sometimes.


I'm so busy being other things. I won't bore you with the list - you probably have the same list, or at least one that is similar.

So when a completely innocent remark made by someone I barely know combines with another small comment from my husband, I get smacked in the face with the fact that I am a writer. I have written. I think about writing. I think I'm a writer.

The circle continues, and I feel less like a writer and more like a pretender. Someone who could be a writer. Someone who could be a "real" writer someday.

Maybe I need a push every once in a while to find my voice again.

So thank you person I barely know. Thank you, husband of mine. And most of all, thank you friend HM who combined recent events with a great idea while folding towels and sent it to me as a way to get back in the game.

Beating Shadows* is my newest draft. (*This is my fourth title today - I'll probably change it ten more time before I finish...) I'm working on it for the annual NaNoWriMo sprint. I'm late getting started, but when an idea takes hold, I'm only limited by how fast my fingers can type. I'll try to post excerpts as I get going.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Cassiopeia

I am bored.

I'm bored with my writing. My old writing. My story that I've been working on for 10+ years.

Cassiopeia A from Hubble Telescope
And you know what that means - I'm not working. Not on it. Not when I have other thoughts that are so much more exciting.

But I'm just kidding myself. I'm always working on the original. Even if that work is simple deconstruction, I still think of it as I start something new.  
While my new story brews, I've enjoyed the trailers for the new movie, Gravity. I feel my own breath speed up as hers does, feel my own stomach fall as she tumbles. Can't wait for this one - comes out October 4th. Now that school is back in session, I've been reading a bit again. I am thankful for the time to read, even if it's to get through a few pages and realize I don't like what I'm reading. Some classics are on my list - hopefully I'll get to start (or re-start for those I've read before) these this week:

Alison's bookshelf: currently-reading

Fahrenheit 451
0 of 5 stars
tagged: currently-reading
The Time Machine
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tagged: currently-reading
The War of the Worlds
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tagged: currently-reading

goodreads.com
What is on your bookshelf?

Sunday, August 25, 2013

fresh words

It's been a long time. Too long. Five months too long to be exact.

What have I been doing for five months?

Writing? No.

And here's the proof:


Stuffed animals. Books. Old lamps. I don't think I could get to the chair, much less sit in it.

Last fall, we repainted and redesigned my son's room. This month we did my daughter's. And everything that they have outgrown but can't part with (yet) is in my office. On and around my desk.

I'm certainly not blaming them. And I have found other places to work on my laptop. But this is my writing space. Or was.

Not to worry - school starts tomorrow *happy dance* and this is the very first thing on my list. I hope to get it back to this:

Maybe even cleaner. I'm all about empty space right now. Not that you could tell from my office. But in my head, it's very clear what I need to do.

I hope you've been writing more than I have. Or reading incredible books this summer. Enjoying the air and the sunshine, and savoring the way time feels when school days are not driving us forward every moment.

And here's more good news: the stories are back. While I cook dinner. As I fold laundry. Driving to the park, stories fill my mind. I say phrases out loud in the shower. I whisper as I tend the garden. The words swirl and swirl. They are fresh and new and plentiful.
 
This is going to be fun...

Monday, March 25, 2013

freedom

So many special friends from near and far sent birthday wishes to me last week. It was wonderful to reconnect. But the inevitable question surfaced: WHEN IS YOUR NEXT BOOK COMING OUT?

I wish I knew that answer. And I should know how to answer that questions. But here is the problem:


It's not ready.

It may not be ready for a very long time.

It may not ever be ready.

There. I said it.

Now I can breathe.

And I can feel free to let you know about my other writing projects.

Freedom is good.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Time to Confess

Are you sitting down? I have something to tell you.

I submitted a manuscript for publication in December.

It was rejected.

I thought I would crumble and never want to write again. I had worked hard (but who doesn't?) and I thought it was good. Really good. Epic.

I was wrong.

So the good news is that I can see what needs work, what is too cliché or too simplistic. And I've been reading books about how to fix, how to improve, how to create a voice of my own.

The other good news, potentially great news, is that one editor who read my manuscript was supportive and encouraging while critiquing my work. She gave suggestions and offered to look at my next project once I finished it.

So even though I was disappointed, I wasn't crushed. I did have to take time away from everything for a little while - hence my abscence here for two months. But it was time well spent as I learned more and pushed myself instead of wallowing or moping.

My desk is still clean. I'm getting up early every morning to write. And I love it. Each rejection gets me closer to being the writer I want to be, and for that I am thankful.

PS - In case you're curious, my manuscript had nothing to do with the Between Souls series and wasn't even in the Young Adult genre. I'm trying new things all the time, and I actually finished a whole novel aside from my first series. I'm not giving up on Between Souls, just keeping things fresh.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Happy 1/28/13!

Is it too late to wish you a Happy New Year? I don't think so - it's still January for a few more days.
There. Now that the formalities are out of the way, time to get back to work.

First thing - get the desk in shape. The office always becomes our dumping ground over the holidays. Where can I put those boxes that I haven't organized yet? In the office. What about the old magazines and catalogs I don't want to recycle until I review them? In the office. Kids' toys and random collectables? You guessed it. So I end up with something like this:
It's dark, I know. And I spared you the view of the boxes of random items placed everywhere. But you can see the piles on my desk, no room for my computer, knitting, etc. Without a clear space, I get nothing done. I tried writing on the couch last week, but I ended up wasting time. I need this desk with the window view to get me in gear. So....
OK - a bit of a biased pic because of the filter and soft focus, but how lovely! Now I'm ready to get back to it.

More on exactly what I plan to write this year later this week. For now, time to type.