Monday, March 31, 2014

And then there was April

So now that I have managed to settle into a Wyoming existence, I can refocus on my writing.  That is to say that I am making some big decisions.  Every day or so of March I got a rejection on MOON DAUGHTER RISING, getting my total up in the neighborhood of 80 including the one that asked for pages.  After some hard questions with my critique partner, I have decided to shelve Annalee for a time and let the story stew. Maybe its just not ready yet, and I've heard sometimes an author's first one is just too immature to go anywhere.

In a closely related conversation with Libby, I set some small but manageable goals for my writing and hers. April will the month of small steps toward a bigger purpose.  And in addition to our commitment, I am adding a few more for myself.

1). 30 minutes per day of writing new material, especially on my work in progress SAMANA'S FLAIR and cheering Libby to do the same.

2) 30 minutes per day of editing DOM SANDERS back into a realistic word count and logical flow of story. Yesterday I finally decided to try out a suggested exercise of writing scenes on flash cards so I can play with the order.  I think the murder needs to come sooner in the story and that will add some drama and tension to the rest of his subplots.

3) Weekly blog posts.  Even if its just a quick post on what I haven't accomplished this week.

4) Write some short pieces for a few contests.

5) Finish my journalism e-course, which the move managed to knock incredibly off course mid March.

The Lord has blessed me in so many ways, I just hope that time will be another one this month.

Cheers to all my writerly friends!

Friday, March 7, 2014

My Crash Course in Published Journalism

Learning journalism from a professional is so much different than college classes, and I was honored to be the protege of Mridu Khullar Relph.  In her ecourse, she showed me the creative side of journalism.  I changed my journalism major because that type of writing felt dry to me.  But in a matter of weeks, I found myself enjoying not only the story idea generating, but the querying process. And because she forced me to face my fear of rejection and just put myself out there, I got my first paid assignment.

I am so thankful to the editor of xojane.com and her kindness as she lead me through the process for the first time.  I am also overwhelmed by the experience: writing, editing, rewriting, the paperwork involved in getting paid, seeing my work posted, and the readers' responses (all 300+ of them!).

Speaking of responses, here is mine to some of the comments on my article How to Totally NOT get the Sex you want.

-My husband isn't gay, nor is there some abusive streak in him. He simply doesn't need sex as often as I do. And my actions in the situations I wrote about did make him feel disrespected, which multiplied the problem. But once we spoke honestly, that disrespect stopped.

-I don't like the mustache either. It was a phase. I have convinced him to remove it. :)

- My religion had a much bigger play in the situation, but I DID know my audience so I didn't write as much of that into the article for xojane.com.

- I said my husband and I don't believe in divorce no matter what for US. I know he would never abuse me, and if he did I would be gone. NOT divorced, just gone, removing myself and my children from the situation.

-When I said that when we do make love its epic, I meant it. When a healthy man has had sex in a while and his wife is treating him with respect, its a turn on. That means that when he engages, eager for pleasure and me, it is a wonderful experience. I believe that is how GOD designed it. :)


Thanks again for everyone that encouraged and cheered me on, and those that were a part of this experience with me, good and bad.  It had given me confidence to continue to write and follow my dream.

Now if I can just sell a novel or two. :)

Happy Friday!