Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Happy 2014! Can you believe it? Neither can I. Nevertheless, here we are, right? What did you do to celebrate? My family is in the habit of taking a hike on New Year’s day...
|View to the south hiking up Rabbit Mtn. (used to be called Rattlesnake Mtn. b/c of all the rattlesnakes around the area but some forward thinking person thought that nomenclature might be off-putting so renamed it)|
|I want to be able to describe this in words so that you can see it without having to look at the picture|
In thinking about the past and the future, which tends to happen this time of year, I came across this old blog post that I wrote before that I don’t remember ever sharing:
We’ve all heard the old adage that patience is a virtue. It’s one I’ve learned to embrace on the path to creative writing publication for sure.
Last Thursday I went to National Book Award Finalist, Kent Haruf's author signing. He spoke about the writing process and how when an author sits down to work that moment of getting it right makes one feel like they are doing what they are really meant to in this world. I could totally identify with that.
For me, writing is about emotion. It's where I start and begin building from a nugget of a feeling I want to get across and share. It’s also what I look for and resonate with when I read a story. When an author has captured an image or a feeling exactly right, it's like looking in the mirror and it validates the reader. This is what I hope to do. I also like when an author captures something about life that I've noticed before but never spoken out loud or put words to. One particular example comes to mind with Sue Grafton's character Kinsey Millhone, noticing the dirt print underneath the front door mat. We’ve all seen it, possibly swept underneath it from time to time. But have you ever put words to it or discussed it much? Me neither but we both know what she's talking about, don't we?
The publishing process varies for everyone but to say it can be time consuming can often feel like the understatement of the year. In Kent's case it took him twenty years to get something put into print and paid for it.
So how does one keep their chin up in the meantime? A belief in oneself.
I don't mean to sound arrogant, it's just pretty simple really.
It's no coincidence that Oprah's life class on her new network last week talked about believing in your self. Kent spoke of this as well and added something about how there is a ton of writing talent out there but not much follow through.
In one of Oprah's shows Jim Carrey mentioned how he used to drive up to Mulholland Drive each night, look out over the expanse of L.A. and visualize his acting success. He'd drive home thinking: It is already mine it just hasn't materialized yet.
I love this power of visualization. It's a useful tool for writers for obvious reasons, but one of the many is imagining your success. What author hasn't? I've already written parts of my author talk for school visits and book signings, part of my acknowledgement pages and have given considerable thought and research to the design of my website. Dean Koontz once said that the imagination is a tool that you can learn to develop. Use it in your current work in progress. I suggest using it without abandon during the process of waiting to get published. Patience is a virtue but an active imagination doesn’t hurt. It's immensely useful in helping to pass the time.
One of the aspects I appreciate most about writing a blog is that I get to look back and recognize how much has been accomplished over time— something we often forget to do. It's hard to see on a daily basis. Did you leave a job in 2013? Start one? End a toxic relationship? Find the love of your life? What ever it is, find something about this past year that's changed and take a moment to pat yourself on the back!
*done channeling Oprah for now*
Sunday, December 1, 2013
If you follow my tweets, you'll know I was in NM last month doing some preliminary research for my next book. Here is a picture clue:
And another one:
For valedictorian Kai Begay, an unexpected visit to a national historic petroglyph site called Picture Rock brings her face to face with Kokopelli; an ancient Indian rock art deity turned into a handsome human version of the fertility God and puts a serious dent into her “picture” perfect future plans.
Whadya think? Would you wanna read something like this?
Monday, October 14, 2013
Yesterday, my daughter and I walked to Blockbuster to rent a couple of movies. My Knight In Shining Armor and Prince went snowshoe hare hunting in the mountains. But first, they had to stop by Cabelas to get Hansel a new pair of boots. I mean, look here:
Men’s size 9.5 and he’s only eleven years old! His Royal Highness grows out of shoes quicker than you can blink and we always get at LEAST a half a size bigger than he needs. One might think that I'd given birth to a Hobbit except for the fact that he is tall, too.
Gretel and I both love fall. Here is the view outside our castle this morning.
I am very inspired creatively this time of year; a period of going inward. I seek solitude. It gives me peace of mind and allows me to let my thoughts go and recharge.
Also, everything pumpkin. I mean, you’ve pretty much got to be a Nazi if you don’t like pumpkin.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Here are some pics from yesterday’s book signing at Barbed Wire Books in Longmont, Colorado.
|Getting Set Up|
My favorite part was talking shop with fellow authors and readers.
|From left to right: Me, Mary Kathleen Rose, Jason Gage, Nancy Mervar|
One of the things I love most about Barbed Wire is that there are books tucked away in every cranny, nook and corner, including the bathroom! Love that. It was great to meet new faces and say hello to familiar ones. Thank you Kathe, staff, authors and readers for a great day at Barbed Wire Books!
Monday, September 23, 2013
I am pleased to announce that Colorado Author Book Signing will take place on Saturday, October 5th, from 1-5 pm at Barbed Wire Books.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
I wanted to take a quick moment and let you know that Colorado Author Live! is scheduled for Saturday, October 5th from 1pm to 4pm at Barbed Wire Books. So mark your calendars and join me and over 35 local authors for book signings and giveaways!
I am happy to tell you that I should have print copies of APART available for signing and for sale that day! Deets coming soon…