Wednesday, September 1, 2021

September #IWSG: Gotta Have Faith

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September 1 question - How do you define success as a writer? Is it holding your book in your hand? Having a short story published? Making a certain amount of income from your writing?
The awesome co-hosts for the September 1 posting of the IWSG are Rebecca Douglass, T. Powell Coltrin @Journaling Woman, Natalie Aguirre, Karen Lynn, and C. Lee McKenzie!





I'm positive the definition of success will vary greatly in this awesome group of writers. I've held my book baby in my hand. After some success, I continue to navigate the weird waters of the publishing world. My job as a librarian was pretty demanding especially having two schools last year. I think I've finally found my dream job of working from home! At first, it was a leap of faith. But the pay is great, the hours are flexible, and I can read and write way more than in previous years. I will miss my kiddos at school, but it was time for a change. 

Speaking of change, I'm so over this heat. Little did I know that the Midwest has a boiling point. However, today the temperature dropped to the low eighties. Yes, my house is decorated for fall. Yes, I long for sweater weather. No regrets.

Anyone else anxious for autumn? How do you define success as a writer? What needs to change in your life? Will you step out in faith? Anyone going back to school this fall? 





Wednesday, June 2, 2021

JUNE #IWSG: We Made It!!

 

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June 2 question - For how long do you shelve your first draft, before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependent on your writing experience and the number of stories/books under your belt?

The awesome co-hosts for the June 2 posting of the IWSG are J Lenni Dorner, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, Lee Lowery, and Rachna Chhabria!


I hope everyone is doing well! Today marks the last day of school for me. (Passes out. What a crazy year!!!!) With out-of-town family, an anniversary, and a kid's birthday coming up, I've been swamped. I welcome summer vacation. Between all the fun and family, I hope to get in some fresh writing over the next couple of months. To answer the above question, I don't usually take too long after the first several drafts are done before I begin re-drafting. It's an endless process. 

Any summer plans? Anyone else ready to start summer vacay?  
 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

April #IWSG: The Final Countdown

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April 7th's question, if you'd like to answer it, is:  Are you a risk-taker when writing? Do you try something radically different in style/POV/etc. or add controversial topics to your work?

Thanks to our awesome co-hosts for the April 7 posting of the IWSG! PK Hrezo, Pat Garcia, SE White, Lisa Buie Collard, and Diane Burton!




When it comes to reading, I'm more of a risk-taker. Writing, not so much. My spare time in the library leads me to all the books. I can't wait for summer, because I miss writing!

I hope everyone had a blessed Easter. The final countdown has begun. Less than 8 weeks to go. Pumping myself up for the last leg of the race. Things are changing! The future looks bright. 


Are you ready for summer? Anyone else on hold for now? I will swing by blogs later tonight or by the weekend.




Wednesday, March 3, 2021

March #IWSG: Oh the Books I Read!


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 March 3 question - Everyone has a favorite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create stories for? What motivates your reading choice?

The awesome co-hosts for the March 3 posting of the IWSG are Sarah - The Faux Fountain Pen Jacqui Murray, Chemist Ken, Victoria Marie Lees, Natalie Aguirre, and JQ Rose!



As a librarian in elementary schools I read middle grade and young adult novels. Even if I wasn't a librarian I'd read them anyway. I write mostly mystery and suspense. They happen to be my favorite genres. I love reading books and being able to recommend them! The kids motivate me to read.

How is everyone? I hope you're getting lots of writing or reading accomplished. Reading only for me. Summer is coming where I'll have time to write. Temperatures are reaching spring time levels this week. Celebrating Dr. Seuss all week at my two libraries! 

Will try to visit blogs and return comments tonight or by this weekend.


Wednesday, January 6, 2021

January #IWSG

 

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January 6 question - Being a writer, when you're reading someone else's work, what stops you from finishing a book/throws you out of the story/frustrates you the most about other people's books?

 
The awesome co-hosts for the January 6 posting of the IWSG are Ronel Janse van Vuuren , J Lenni Dorner, Gwen Gardner Sandra Cox, and Louise - Fundy Blue!



As a librarian I put down a lot of books. Yes, you read that right! I'd like to answer today's question in reverse. Here are some reasons a book ends up in my "unputdownable" category.

It hooks you immediately. The plot thickens. Best sellers don't mess around with 365 pages before the first plot point. The characters can stand alone. Each word, sentence, and paragraph moves the story forward. On the nose dialect doesn't exist. Each chapter contains three main bombshells: goal, conflict, disaster. 

Over Christmas break I discovered a bestseller that did not disappoint! Meet THE INHERITANCE GAMES by Jennifer Lynn Barnes... 



 What are you reading this month? I will try to visit blogs this evening or by this weekend. What are your goals? Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

December IWSG: Don't Quit Your Day Job

 

 
The awesome co-hosts for the December 2 posting of the IWSG are Pat Garcia, Sylvia Ney, Liesbet @ Roaming About Cathrina Constantine, and Natalie Aguirre!



When the weather turns chilly with a hint of fog and mystery, my inner writer comes to life. October through December are the best months for me to get cracking on new book ideas. However, with a full time job, my writing is on hold to some degree. Squeezing in writing time on the weekends or at night keeps me going forward. 

My job allows me tons of reading time. I'm okay with that for now. Everyday I am surrounded by thousands of treasures new and old. It's a dream job but not ideal for cranking out novels.

I don't plan to quit my day job anytime soon. With my entire summer free and all holidays off, I can write without interruption. (Okay, kids and cats and life...never mind) 

I'm planning on outlining a new novel this weekend. Hopefully, I can crank out a J.K. Rowling inspired kids novel during my two week Christmas break. Lofty goals. 

My plan is to visit blogs tonight. Merry December!


Wednesday, November 4, 2020

#IWSG NOVEMBER: Write the Book You Want to Read

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November 4 question - Albert Camus once said, “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” Flannery O’Conner said, “I write to discover what I know.” Authors across time and distance have had many reasons to write. Why do you write what you write?
 
My awesome co-hosts for the November 4 posting of the IWSG are Jemi Fraser, Kim Lajevardi, L.G Keltner, Tyrean Martinson, and Rachna Chhabria!


"Write the book that you want to read."

This quote sums up the reason I write. When I run out of good books to read, I never panic, because I always fall back on my writing. Crafting a novel is the beginning of an exciting journey! 

I don't write to change the world. I write to escape, to enjoy life, to lose myself in a good book. 

Hope you had a wonderful Halloween! Can't believe it's already November. Anyone doing NaNo? I discovered another middle grade mystery series. I'll let you know next month my thoughts. So far, it's promising! 

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