Thursday, September 25 8:26 PM

So yesterday I shared some kind comments about my story from a coworker. Today yet another coworker gave me some really positive feedback I was grateful to receive. And then I had an email from my brother, Matt. Have I told you about Matt? He’s four years older than me, and two years younger than our eldest brother, Jim. Both are very intelligent and creative, as well as being thoughtful and kind. Both have several more degrees than I do (Matt is a PhD). Matt has a clever way with words. And he’s very good at providing constructive criticism. Just ask my daughter. He offered to give her resume advice and prompted it by telling her he’d be brutally honest, if she wanted. She did and he was. But his advice was spot on and was helpful to her in ways others hadn’t provided.

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Wednesday, September 24 7:36 PM

I did it. I really did it. As most of you probably already know, I listened to you and today I submitted my short story, “Where There’s a Will” to a literary competition. Given the odds, it’s highly unlikely anything will come of this. But I’m glad I did it. To me, it’s a demonstration that I created something that I want to share. I’ll keep you posted, though I don’t think I’ll hear anything before May, 2015 so it’s a bit of a wait.

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Monday, September 22 7:54 PM

Oh, Monday. You were in fine form today. No worries though. The earth did not stop spinning. There’s still tea to be had. And I’m here at my keyboard again. I am suffused with gratitude. Suffused, now there’s a good word. Might have to add that to my Bon Mots list. But that’s for another day. For now, for tonight, I’m determined to wrap up The Story.

There. It’s done. I’ve completed it. And it has a title now, “Where There’s a Will” I admit it’s not very original or clever. But it works for me. And the only book I could find with the title was what seemed from the cover to be a steamy romance, which this is clearly not.

My tea cup is long empty now. And oddly while I’d very much like to know your reactions, my own is not what I expected. I am almost more excited now that it’s wrapped up then when I began. Because, well, because I did it! I’ve written my first bit of creative writing that I’ve chosen to share with the world. And while I do hope it entertains you, it’s okay if it’s not your cup of tea…so to speak. I don’t know if I’ll ever do anything with this story, other than look at it and be thankful that it taught me I can do something different.

Thank you all so very much for coming along for the ride. Until next time…

Sunday, September 21, 6:01 PM

“I’m going in!” This is what I sometimes say to my husband when I go into the reading and writing room (as I now refer to my daughter’s former bedroom), tea cup in hand, and shut the door behind me. It sounds as though I’m plunging into the unknown, because that’s exactly what it feels like for now. I haven’t thought ahead about what I’ll write in the The Story or say here. I just know that I need to write if I want to make this a new habit. It’s a tiny bit harder to do that after two days of not writing. I may have to rethink my schedule when we get to November, and start NaNoWriMo.

I’m expecting that once I wrap up The Story at the end of this month, I’ll be using this hour to plan on my novel. Wow. That sounds so strange to my ears. But if I am going to have a go at it, I do need to stop just freewheeling the story telling, and draft out what I plan to write. At least that’s what I anticipate. I can’t imagine writing something longer than a few pages without having thought through the plot line and sketching out the characters.

But for now, it’s time to move Amy and Alan on in their adventure…

That’s done. I didn’t add more than a few paragraphs to The Story today, but I drafted the ending (which you won’t see until tomorrow or the next day). Don’t expect a cliff hanger today. I didn’t want to wrap it up quite so quickly, but I was nearly out of time and had to stop. If I’ve done this right, you probably have an idea how I’ll wrap up. But hopefully I find a way to do it that you feel satisfied with. If not, well, I’ll have drafted my very first story and that’s an accomplishment I’m grateful for.

Tea cup check – nearly empty. Until next time…