Oct 142015
 

This post first appeared on October 11th at The Roses of Prose in honor of my good friend. It’s important enough to me, to include it on my own blog as well.

 

“The Paper Burns, But The Words Fly Away” – Ben Joseph Akiba

You’ve heard the term – ‘You look like you’ve lost your best friend.’ A sort of universal acknowledgement to denote unspeakable devastation, failure or loss. A couple of months ago, I literally lost my best friend. One woman, outside of my family, who meant the world to me.

Barbara Kerns Johnson and I met at a writer’s conference many years ago. Two strangers with the love of words in common, who went on to become inseparable friends despite our differences. While I’m a worrier tried and true, Barb was the exact opposite. She could have been the inspiration for the song – Don’t Worry Be Happy – and knowing her, she probably was. As time went on, we worked together, collaborated together, traveled together, enjoyed life together. That’s not say she didn’t drive me crazy at times. I’m sure she’d tell you I returned the favor and then some. Continue reading »

Sep 022015
 

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A colleague of mine, a fellow writer, recently shared how she’s taken a year off from publishing. Not writing, she was quick to add, just the publishing side of things.

I have to say, that concept really resonated with me.

Especially being deeply embroiled doing the necessary promotion of what I already have published, fulfilling obligations for blog posts, sharing for others and such.

In addition, I’m in the hunt for a home for my WIP romantic suspense series, Brothers In Blue. You know the drill, I’m stressing over whether to insert a comma or not. Re-reading, self-editing, proofing and the like until I can hardly see straight. In short, the process is becoming work, I’m sorry to say. I need to revisit the joy of writing for the sake of writing in all its unencumbered and freeing glory.

Right now, one of four books in the Brothers In Blue series is completed and ready to go, with the second nearly halfway done. Continue reading »

Mar 042015
 

Why are some of us so compelled to write? Does anyone know? We string words together, arranging them just so. Spacing, positioning, assembling them in the right order to say what we need them to say and make readers feel what we want them to feel.

I completed six full length novels before my next one, number seven, was contracted and published. That’s a fifteen percent success rate going in. Then I did go back to rewrite one of the original six that eventually sold, and added four more new ones that were published as well. If I have you confused, I’m at six for eleven – I think.  Just shy of a fifty-five percent success rate, as of now. My short story track record is a little better. In that genre, my success to failure ratio is about seventy-five percent. Same for human interest/personal essay articles submitted, three for four.  That’s not counting the stories and essays that were accepted and paid for but never published. Continue reading »

Sep 032014
 

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It’s no secret writing is a solitary business. Not only that, it’s a business that by its nature, brings with it rejection and disappointment more often than acceptance and success.

Being the daughter of a writer, I learned all of this at a young age. There were so many conversations in our living room about agents, proposals, submissions, sales, edits and – yes – rejection. Continue reading »

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