Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Time For Every Season

When I was a young mother, I'd often greet my husband at the door with the words, "Thank goodness you're home! I've needed to go to the bathroom for three hours. Can you watch the kids?" It baffled him that I couldn't just go to the bathroom when I needed to.

But then one day when I'd been out running errands for several hours, he greeted me the same way. "Now I understand," he said. "They just don't stop needing things, not even for one minute!"

Yes, being understood is nice.

I was thinking about that today. Now that my kids are older, I can go to the bathroom any time I want - unless someone else is in there. Their needs are not as insistent and constant. I have more flexibility to do many of the things I couldn't when they were younger, like writing.

Right now, you might feel as though you don't have the time you'd like for writing. You might have young children or you might be working at a demanding job or you might be the caretaker for an ailing parent. Whatever your situation, your schedule might not have room in it for all the things you'd like to do. But as the wheel of time turns, our situations change, and down the road, you might find that you do have more time.

The trick is to use whatever time you have and make the most of it. When I wrote my first two books, I was writing during my children's nap time. Book three was written late at night because the older children weren't taking naps anymore. Then I was able to start writing during the day. Today, because my children have grown up with a mother who writes, they understand my schedule and are (mostly) pretty respectful of it.

Make each moment count, knowing that this phase of your life won't last forever. And then make the next phase count as well. There is a time for every season, and the magic happens when you make the time within the seasons of your life.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

July Workshop Canceled

Some years, July is a good time to host a workshop.

Some years, it's not. 

This year, it's not.

Since not enough people were able to attend
the great workshop we had planned for July 12th,
we're sad to announce it has been canceled. 

The few who did sign up will be reimbursed.

Maybe January will be better ...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Being a Reader

“I owe everything I am and everything I will ever be to books.”
 Gary Paulsen

"The most important thing is to read as much as you can, like I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and it will enlarge your vocabulary."

I read because I love stories, I love the movies that play in my mind as I read. I read because I write and it makes me better as a writer to be a reader first. I often look to my favorite books for inspiration to get me through my writers blocks and use them constantly while editing. I find that I read books in a similar genre like an action romance if that's the genre of my current or next book. It helps me get into the right frame of mind. 

So what's on my current to read shelf?

  • The Different Girl By Gordon Dalquist
  • Daring Greatly By Brene Brown
  • Allegiant By Veronica Roth 
  • The Iron Knight By Julie Kagawa
  • Project Paper Doll Rules By Stacey Kade
Those are the books that are sitting on my night stand waiting to be read for the first time--I often slip a favorite re-read in here and there. :)  

What's on your current to be read list?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

5 Reasons Why I Blog

5. Writing helps me know what I'm thinking. Sometimes until I write about something, I haven't fully explored the ideas enough to know what my belief is. Writing helps me collect and express thoughts, then go back and revise to come to a clearer meaning. During the writing process, I've often contradicted myself and have to work at gaining understanding before I can complete the work.

4. I like the consistency of posting each week. Forcing myself to write also requires me to think of a new challenge for myself.

3. Writing a blog is a short-term relationship. Where a novel takes months (or years) to hammer out, a blog takes only days. It's kind of a quick thought-shot, ideas captured at-this-moment-in-time.

2.  Blogging is exercise. I don't always enjoy the process of exercise, but I can say that I've thought of many ideas I would not otherwise had if I hadn't needed to research or brainstorm for a blog post.

1. Captures the process. I write a blog that has two parts. The first is always a book recommendation. So in this way my blog catalogues books I've enjoyed as a reader. The second part of my blog posts is about writing or about myself. It might be a writing tip or a snippet of something I've written recently. I've posted original recipes and quotes I like. So my blog is me on the page.