Was That The Starter’s Pistol?

•July 1, 2014 • 4 Comments

It’s July 1st, which means it’s Canada Day where I am. We’re all celebrating the birth of our country up here. Lots of picnics, cottage visits and such things I’m sure, with fireworks to come this evening. Good times.

How am I celebrating? With words and story, of course. I suspect that there are zero surprised people in the audience on this one. Continue reading ‘Was That The Starter’s Pistol?’

I Have Lost My Mind

•June 27, 2014 • 4 Comments

Funny, you’d think I’d miss my mind more, especially since I don’t think it’s coming back this time.

Oh well. I can write without it, right? #JustSayYes

There’s a reason I say I’ve lost my mind. It’s not just the usual insanity, though I still have plenty of that, despite not having a mind anymore apparently. Continue reading ‘I Have Lost My Mind’

Fun and Getting Ahead Of Myself

•June 20, 2014 • 4 Comments

I’ve spent a lot of the last month or so since my previous post thinking about writing. Yes, I was doing that rather than writing, because I was still struggling. Every time I’ve thought I had this licked, I find out I’m wrong, so wrong, and back at square one.

This has not been fun, as you might imagine.

Continue reading ‘Fun and Getting Ahead Of Myself’

I’ve Been Tagged!

•May 12, 2014 • 5 Comments
Okay, so it’s been a while since I’ve posted here. Too long. I’ve been writing a little, but not enough to have much to say. However, a couple of good friends have tagged me for the Writing Process blog hop that’s going around. I’m always touched when people ask about what I’m working on and how I work. I view it as a high compliment, so thank you.

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Burn Out and Recovery for #ROW80 2014, First Quarter by Dawn Montgomery

•April 6, 2014 • 3 Comments

Julie:

I can’t tell you how much I can see myself in this, but it’s a lot. I want to share this with you guys. I also want to put this here for me, for another day when maybe I need to remind myself of this.

Originally posted on A Round of Words in 80 Days:

Fifteen months, two weeks, and three days.

That was my longest consecutive burnout period. Creatively and with my everyday work load (I was in the military. Lots of deployment, work pressure, highly technical and competitive field, battle stress, and writing pressure on top of it all). During that time, I started many things and finished nothing. I floundered in confidence and my publishers increased pressure (I had no firm deadlines, but I had a solid readership).

Emails came in from readers asking if I would work on a series or create a follow-up to this or that couple. My family didn’t get it. Writing income slumped and it wasn’t like I wasn’t working. I was crying at the computer. Hands on the keyboard. Typing all the mess they tell you to in order to “get the muse working”. Nothing helped. Why couldn’t I speed write like mad and “get over”…

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City-Building

•April 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I’ve mentioned on occasion that I’m a gamer, and some of the games I’ve played and enjoyed are the empire-building, strategy types. They scratch an itch for me, the urge to build something up and see how far and high I can take it.

Sometimes, writing scratches that same itch. I mean, in Fantasy you tend to build worlds for your characters, right? I haven’t gotten as exhaustive in my world-building as some authors I’ve known about, but there’s still been a lot even so. However, it’s often been high level because that’s how I’ve thought of it until now. And often it’s what I needed, but right now, I’m doing some and it’s a bit different from my usual stuff. Continue reading ‘City-Building’

Struggles and Breakthroughs

•March 18, 2014 • 16 Comments

It’s been a while since I posted here. There are a number of reasons. I think I’m even going to share some of them with you guys, which means this is going to be a hard post to write, maybe even harder to hit publish on. I’m going to try anyway. Bear with me. This is going to be a long post. Continue reading ‘Struggles and Breakthroughs’

 
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