As Long As It Takes

I’m going to admit something to you today.  Something I’d appreciate if you never mention to my agent or editor (if, indeed, I should ever have one). I hate deadlines. Seriously.  I’m not one of those people who performs better under pressure.  I remember being seventeen and having a lying-on-the-floor, can’t-even-breathe-right-now kind of breakdown because … Continue reading

Down with Negative Voice

It seems that every time I sit down to write or edit, this voice in my head says, “What you’re working on isn’t good enough.” This week was no different.  I took Friday off from work, in part to relax and in part to work on my book.  I did both.  However, when I sat … Continue reading

Quitter

I really can’t tell you how many times I’ve quit this.  Can’t tell you how many times I’ve re-started.  Sometimes I feel like that’s all I do.  Slog through the complicated and often treacherous morass that passes for my emotions, steel myself against uncertainty and fear, buckle down, commit wholeheartedly, finally stop dancing that avoidance … Continue reading

Time to Start… Again

Do you ever get the feeling that if you don’t start something on the first of the month, then you might as well just wait until next month because you have already screwed it up anyway? I do this.  It’s ridiculous.  There’s no reason that tomorrow is worse than today.  Well, except for the procrastination … Continue reading

The New Life of an Editor

Nearly a month ago, I finished the first draft of my first novel, and moved into the brand new (for me) world of editing. It’s been rather different than I expected it to be.  Isn’t it funny how things often work out that way? For one thing, for the first time in my life, reading … Continue reading

FIN, and the Beginning

I finished my novel yesterday. I’ve been meaning to get back into blogging, which hasn’t been going so well (clearly), but don’t let that fool you into thinking I haven’t been writing.  When I have been writing, I’ve been focused. It’s a bit strange, because I’ve been very close to the end for a few … Continue reading

Dear Me

Sometimes you make mistakes. But I don’t hate you for it. Sometimes you fall down. Sometimes you do things that hurt yourself and others. You even do things that you know are a bad idea. You allow pride to work against your sense of right and wrong. But I don’t hate you for it. You’ve … Continue reading

I’m So Lucky

Every so often, I want to sit down and write the Acknowledgements page of my book.  I never let myself, and often lecture myself for thinking so far ahead; treating something as a book that is, at present, only an unfinished manuscript. Yet, the need to be grateful never really wanes in me, so I … Continue reading