I’ve been feeling a little guilty that I don’t post as often as I used to–I feel bad about that. But life has changed for me, and there are days when I just
don’t feel like I have anything at all to say, let alone anything profound.
In the last two years, I’ve become a grandmother, I’ve had that grandbaby and her mother move into our home, and as of last week I’ve become a full time babysitter for a two-year-old. Ha! I love spending time with my precious granddaughter, but it is difficult to find time to clean the house, do my writing, keep up with facebook, etc., etc., etc.
Oh, and I also became a professional (though part-time) photographer.
I’ve also been raising two mastiff puppies (one of whom is in heat this week–oy! Because I also have an intact male in the house), and last week I broke my foot. So this is my life, and while it may be challenging, I’m not sure it’s interesting.
You should also understand that publishing, my line of work, has changed tremendously over the last five years. Publishers are merging, we have fewer places to sell our books, and people today are buying fewer books than they ever have before. With the rise of the ebook, the market has become flooded with self-published books, some of which are wonderful, but most of which should have percolated for a few more years.
This development has its pluses and minuses, of course. On the plus side is that technology has made it easier for writers like me to bring out books we have always believed in but they’d either gone out of print or never found the right publisher. This summer I have worked hard on finding artists for several children’s books that I’ve always wanted to publish, and I am so looking forward to selling those as the Christmas season approaches. I’ve also written a series of “how to write” books which are directly from the classes I teach. I’ve often been asked to write a book on writing, but I’ve never wanted to write a book that contains information that all the other writing books contain. So I selected six topics on which I could provide a unique twist–my plot skeleton formula, my approach to characterization, my methods for self-editing and tracking down weasel words, my thoughts about point of view, my techniques for evoking emotion, and finally, my procedures and thoughts about how to get a book finished, critiqued, and published. These books are short (I don’t believe in fluff), and they are designed to get people writing, not reading about writing. They’re called “Writing Lessons from the Front,” and they’re all available on Amazon, if you know someone who might be interested.
What am I working on now? I’m outlining and planning a series to write up for my agent, and I’m working on “the train story,” which you may recall if you’ve been reading my blog for very long. A couple of summers ago, my cousin and I took a ten-day train trip from Washington, D.C. to Tampa, I wrote a story about that journey (but populated it with fictional people), but the story didn’t quite work. So now I’m dissecting it to see where the problems lie so I can put it back together and make it better. 🙂 Writing, as they say, isn’t writing, it’s REwriting.
So here you have it–a summation of the last two years. 🙂 Life here has mostly been quiet, which is a good thing, and sometimes having nothing much to write about is a sign of a life lived in contentment. Thank heaven God is with us in the quiet moments, too.
Thanks for sticking with me! What have YOU been up to lately?