Just a quick note:
Whenever you feel inadequate, read this post from Meryl Streep.
Just think, where she’d be today if she gave up? We would have never known one of the best actresses.
Don’t let negativity navigate your life. Don’t give up!
Take care, my friends.
It’s official! I have worked a full week, editing and rewriting my manuscript. Yes, I cried a few times, whined at my editor, and gone into complete meltdown not thinking I will finish on time. However, I am here to say I haven’t given up. As a matter of fact, yesterday was a good day. I walked away feeling satisfied.
Sadly, I had to omit a huge part of the book. The many hours of research and writing felt wasted. Even though, it added more to the story the end result was unsatisfactory. With no way around it, I decided to take it completely out.
It hurts. But, I have less guilt. I won’t have to kill or abandon factious dogs now. Phew!
I don’t need that on my conscious. Nor, do I need angry readers.
Besides, my writing buddies might not like it either!
Take care, my friends. 😉
I used to write a weekly blog after publishing my first novel The Sphere of Archimedes. It let readers know where I was in writing the sequel The Omphalos of Delphi. I exhausted myself trying to meet last year’s deadline, countless hours researching Roman, Greek, and Assyrian history, and juggling normal, everyday life.
“The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long.”
― Lao Tzu, Te Tao Ching
I burned out!
My writing suffered. My home-life suffered. And, I [personally] gave up. It is the honest truth.
I felt, I no longer could write; I went numb.
This year, I got a part-time job. Feeling better about the situation, I began writing again.
I. Am. Back.
The Omphalos of Delphi is due on the editor’s desk October 15th. I must hurry and finalize the manuscript.
Could I ask —my dear readers— for one favor?
I really appreciate all my subscribers, friends, and family for your support and understanding.
The other day, I was wandering through a bookstore, and found myself in the children’s section. Looking around, I noticed several books that brought back fond memories.
When my girls were little, I wanted them to develop a love for books. The best way I could initiate this was to read out loud and make it fun.
One of our FAVORITE and nightly reads:
I’d let the girls jump from bed to bed during the “wild rumpus”. They’d hold up their hands like claws, snarl, and growl as though they were the wild things. Stomping around the room—it is obviously not a book before bedtime.
Where’s My Teddy? is an adorable poem about a little boy who lost his teddy in the woods. One of my girls, in particular, had a favorite stuffed bear, so this story became endearing. It was fun to imitate the bear’s voice as a deep growl. They’d both look so severe until the ending of the story, which made it laughable.
Who could forget “In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines Lived 12 little girls in two straight lines”? My girls loved these little books. The rhythm, adventure, and humor is fun for all ages. And if you want to see little girls get upset at Pepito’s antics, read Madeline and the Bad Hat. It got their feathers ruffled!
Curious George‘s adventures brings us all back to being a kid. His mischief is highly entertaining, but through every mishap, there’s a great message.
All of Beatrix Potter’s stories are amazing! We own the entire book collection, and later found a BBC cartoon series: The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends. I highly recommend both for children.
When the girls were a little older, I started reading longer books. In one summer we enjoyed six of the seven book series:
They immensely enjoyed The Magicians Nephew, The Lion,The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and A Horse and His Boy. But, when we got to Prince Caspian, The Voyage of The Dawn Treader, and The Silver Chair they yelled during battles, bounced around the room, or sat mesmerized. I held off for a while before I read the final book The Last Battle. It has many sad, and troubling incidences that happen. I wanted to make sure they could handle it before finishing the series.
These are just some of the books I could think of that impacted my daughters. As a parent, I feel that if we want our kids to enjoy something, we must bring it to them and make it fun. To this day they both love to read.
I hope you can encourage a child to do the same.
Let’s keep books alive!
Take care, my friends.
After taking a break for the holidays, I am ready embark on a New Year. During this time most of us tend to reflect on the past and make resolutions for the new.
January is named after the Roman god Janus that had two faces. One face looked back on the prior year, and the other looked forward.
Looking back, we can see our accomplishments, failures, and pinnacle turns in our lives. Some of us had a great year, while others did not. We are in a constant state of education. Reflect on your triumphs and learn from your mistakes.
I know—for a FACT—it’s not easy to keep resolutions. Shoot, I already broke one the next day. I promised my family that I wouldn’t go on Facebook but [maybe] once a month. And the following day, I was checking my status, posting funny things, and in a private chat with friends. Failing miserably doesn’t make you a horrible person. After all, experts say it takes 21 days to form a habit.
This New Years, stick-to a routine of writing everyday. Even if you can spare a few minutes per day it’s better than nothing. By the end of January, you could be working more than a few minutes, and have developed a habit.
Buy a new calendar and mark every day you complete the task.
You can do this!
I have faith in you.
Happy New Year!
Take care, my friends.
Love Thy Editor- a writer’s commandment.
This advice is crucial.
A good editor is worth their weight in gold. Seriously! You should kiss their feet, lavish him or her with gifts, and cherish them dearly.
Good editors offer sound advice, point out inconsistencies, correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. But they, most importantly, push you toward a higher potential.
When making corrections, they give a thorough explanation from which you can learn. They compliment your strengths, guide you through your weaknesses, and do not hesitate to tell you where you need help.
A good editor wants to prevent you from making the same mistakes.
Sometimes their advice can be upsetting, especially when rewrites are necessary, however, they will nurture you through the process, and be sensitive to your work.
I have heard horror stories of rogue editors changing-up the story, complaining about word selections, deducting important subject matter, and nitpicking the author’s choice of character names. These aren’t what an editor does. If they are too opinionated about your work that has nothing to do with their job, you should consider finding a different editor.
If you’re lucky enough to find an awesome editor take him or her out to lunch or grab their favorite beverage. After all, they are your greatest allies.
Take care, my friends.