• Beauty… From Ashes…

    Can beauty come out of ashes? From Ashes – Céline Dion I have been working on getting the first draft of the second book, From Ashes, ready. Once upon a time, I felt connected to the work, and that I would finish it in record time. The second book was to be something that took you on a whirlwind of emotions. I had it all planned. It was going to be epic. Then life happened. Life took me in a million different directions from my original plan. Repeatedly, I have come up against roadblocks. I had begun to think that things were going to be better, and they never got…

  • Back to Work

    I’m back to work after taking a while off to get my mental and physical health better. I had intended to work on the second novel during a portion of this time, but the age-old proverb of “If you want to see God laugh, make plans” came into play. I was on the world’s slowest Wi-Fi, and I wanted to spend time with my family, as I don’t normally get to see them. I did sketch out some ideas and get some outlining done, but I didn’t make any dent in getting the book ready. Now that I’m back, and the autumn season is upon us, I’m getting back to…

  • Writer’s Block – Is It Real?

    I read something recently that said that writer’s block isn’t real. Unfortunately for those people who think it isn’t, it would seem that neurology says that it is. Yes, there can be multiple causes of what is broadly called writer’s block, but there seems to be a neurological basis for why writers stop writing. Right now I’m going through a bit of a bust cycle in writing. Doesn’t mean I’m not inspired. It just means that the ideas are staying in my head right now. Part of it is the stress factor that they mention. My creative drive is subsumed by other, more stressful, things in my brain (and my…

  • A Uniquely Portable Magic

    Books are a uniquely portable magic Stephen King Stephen King had it right. Books are very much form of uniquely portable magic. They can transport us to places we’ve never been, to places that don’t exist, that our imagination can just begin to see. That would make writers the magicians. And while in reality, magic is misdirection and sleight of hand, writers create something out of nothing. An idea, a dream, becomes a reality on the page. I’ve been returning to writing. It’s not easy with the full-time job of being Mom to a kiddo who seems to be nuclear powered. I wouldn’t trade her for the world, mind, but…

  • Torn To Shreds

    So, I’m working on the second book. My hands are full with so much right now that I’m amazed I have time to type this out. Of course, I listen to music as I write, and this song kept coming up when I wrote the first bit of the first draft. It felt then, and feels now, like a good summation of the main character’s feelings. It’s also how I have felt in writing. People who claim to have had good motives end up tearing me to shreds. Despite what might be said, I am a resilient person (my doctor says so 😉 ). It is sometimes so hard to…