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Writing Gives Me Wings

I’m sitting here at my desk trying to think of something to write about.  I could just skip the blog post this week and go to bed.  Or work on my novel-in-progress.  But that would be a cop-out.  The best remedy for writer’s block (I’d rather call it a lack of ideas) is to keep writing.  Or so I’ve heard.  And read.  

Just start typing and the words will come, they say.  Apply the seat of your pants to the seat of the chair, they say.  Be a professional, they say.  Write something, anything, they say.  The words will come, they say.

Of course I want to be a professional.  Isn’t that the opposite of amateur?  Or wannabe?  I’m a writer, dang it.  So here I sit.  Maybe I’ll come up with something and maybe someone will read it.  Maybe someone will like it even.

Stella the Boston terrier
 

I have a sidekick who stays here in my office with me while I write.  It’s late right now and she has given up whining at me to go to bed, so she’s curled up on her gray and pink plaid dog bed (thanks, Muttnation by Miranda Lambert!).  She hardly ever leaves my side, and when I’m watching my grandkids with my mother next door, she stands at the fence and stares at me until she is forced to go inside because of the heat. 

 

Stella at the window


This photo was taken this morning as I wrote in my prayer journal.  Notice she has her favorite ball on the windowsill as she looks for squirrels, birds, and rabbits.  It’s her favorite perch.  

See?  I’ve written a whole blog post without really having an idea.  It’s possible to write even without a good idea.  Now to see if anyone will read it.  If you’re a writer, happy writing.  If you’re a reader, thank you!

Have a blessed week.
XOXO


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A Writer’s Dilemma

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You have your idea. You have your conflict. You have your characters and you have your story. You start typing and it flows. Until you get about halfway. Now what?

Writers have been facing this dilemma since writing began. That’s why some writers outline their entire novel or work before they even start. It helps them to know where they are going with the story.  Writing an outline has never worked for me. 

I’m what they call in writing circles a “pantser.” I write by the seat of my pants. I agree with long-time prolific writer Caleb Pirtle III, author of the Ambrose Lincoln series and the Boomtown Saga.  I like to see where the characters take me. But sometimes they get stuck. Or I become blind or deaf. I can’t tell where they are going and they don’t seem to want to share with me. I’m just the author, after all.

What do I do about this problem? Some people call it writer’s block. I don’t like that term because it suggests that the river of my thoughts and imagination has been dammed up. I still have the river, I just can’t tell where it wants to go.

Take my work in progress, for example. I’ve titled it Keeper III: The Blackout. My characters Emmalee and Elliott have a good thing going. They are attracted to each other, have started dating, and the relationship is beginning to grow.  Emmalee’s old boyfriend Jace has resumed stalking her.  Emmalee’s coworker Gilbert constantly gets on her nerves. The power keeps going off at the zoo and in town.  Now what?  Where do I take the story?

How serious do Emmalee and Elliott become?  Will Jace become violent towards Emmalee?  What will she do about Gilbert?  What is causing the frequent blackouts?

See what I mean?  These are questions I want my reader to ask, but first I have to answer them.  I best get to work.  The solutions seem to flow straight from the seat in the chair to the brain in the head to the fingers on the keyboard.  

Stay tuned. . .

XOXO

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From Keeper II: The Storm

     Molly yelled at the lion, waving her arms frantically as she ran toward her car. The lion’s head had pushed through the broken windshield into the car. She could hear its growling and worried what she might find when she reached the car. She pushed herself harder, unconcerned with what might happen to her. Is that Toni screaming?

     Toni had come to and was pushing as hard as her ebbing strength would allow, trying to keep the crazed lion from reaching Connor in the floorboard. The lion seemed unaware of her and focused on the wailing baby. She was losing the battle, though. The lion had almost made it completely inside the car. She hadn’t realized she was screaming until now. 

Want to see what happens?  Click here!

XOXO

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Keeper II Debut!

It’s finally here!  The sequel to The Keeper is here! Keeper II: The Storm is now available in ebook and paperback on Amazon. If you like romantic suspense with a Christian slant, if you like animals, if you enjoy zoos, you will love this story of Jolie and her night keeper friends.  

What is happening to animals at the zoo?

That’s the question zookeeper Jolie Sowell seeks to answer as she works the night shift at the Timber City Zoo. The world-class zoo in this small East Texas town never fails to excite and entertain, in part because the night shift provides heavy-duty cleaning, caring for sick and injured animals, and providing security after hours. It’s a dream job until some animals start acting weird and threatening keepers.

As if that isn’t enough, it’s also springtime and tornado season in Texas and Jolie is afraid of storms. How will she manage to keep herself calm and daughter Ellie safe during severe weather?

As Jolie’s relationship with Lucas grows more intense, zoo officials grow more tense as animal incidents occur more frequently.

What is causing these animals to go mad? Who will be the next person attacked? Will Jolie or Lucas be next? How will they protect each other during severe weather? Will the zoo be able to recover?



Check it out here!
And if you read it, be sure to leave a review for me. It’s my bread and butter as an author!  Hope you enjoy!
XOXO

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What’s it like to be interviewed as an author?

I was recently interviewed for Author Teach, a website for authors founded by author Terry Thompson.  Check it out here.
To say it felt like being on the red carpet is an understatement, or should I say, the black ink carpet?  I’ve participated in only one live interview about my books, and that was back in 2011 when I did a phone interview for a local city public relations website.  I also did a newspaper interview but it wasn’t live.  This interview was about a half hour long!
Terry Thompson was great, though, and after I watched it I felt pretty good about it.  My East Texas accent came through loud and clear, but I think I sounded more “teachery” than “hickish.”  I am a writer—I can make up new words, right?
Anyway, check it out and let me know what you think!  Hope you enjoy it!
AND. . .WAIT FOR IT. . .
You’ve seen it here first!  Coming VERY SOON!
XOXO