Monthly Archives: June 2010

Summertime Writing

As a parent, the summer is about catching up on the many projects that have accumulated during the school year.  Less time spent in the car means that I finally have time to put all those pictures into photo albums (yes, good ol’ fashioned photo albums…had an ugly falling out with the whole scrapbooking thing), touch-up the numerous paint defects throughout the house, organize the garage, clean the ceiling fans…it goes on and on…

As a writer, the summer is about researching agents, polishing my query and completing that summary that continues to elude me.  With a circus of children around the house all day it’s impossible to spend large blocks of time on a new novel but it’s proving a challenge to complete even a paragraph of synopsis either. And with the ‘summer chorelist’ continually teasing me it’s oh-so-easy to justify further summary procrastination in lieu of dirty fan blades.

How do people write at night?  I wish I could do it but my mind is a vast desert of nothingness after 8 pm. 

Oh well, wish me luck.  I’m working on that summary right after I finish this post….I think.

Keep on writing!

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Africa

I’m back from my ‘holiday’ to Africa.  I had intended to use this trip to research for a character for my next book.  I was excited about the prospect of meeting someone that was so different than me.  I met many people in South Africa and Swaziland that inspired me; men, women, and children so spirited and passionate about life.   Now, I don’t want to write about any of them.  I don’t think I could use any of the individuals I personally interacted with in a story.  I couldn’t possibly do them justice.  Two weeks spent in a country can give you a knowledge base to create a story setting, but I didn’t learn enough about the day to day life of any of the people living there to be able to portray them accurately in a story, unfortunately.  I wish I had. 

I have plans for the amazing landscape in a future novel and I hope I can return one day to South Africa, Swaziland, or one of the other beautiful countries in Africa to live for a while and learn more about another culture.  For now, I’ll stick with the world around me for character inspiration, there’s more than enough here to keep me laughing and inspired for a lifetime of novels. 

Keep on writing!!