Sharing the Pain

I know I’ve said it before, but it’s worth saying again:  “Writing is not a solitary occupation”.  I know that at face value, that statement seems absolutely false, but if I’ve learned one thing since I began contributing to this site, it is that the more people you interact with as a writer, the better your writing seems to get…  and the more fulfillment you begin to feel. When I did Nanowrimo, some of my best writing happened when I was online chatting with some of my peers.  We would have word wars, racing each other to see who could write the most in a short period of time.  Doesn’t sound so exciting maybe, but the really fun thing was seeing everyone […]

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Conclusions

I’ve come to one… well actually, I’ve come to several (not jumped to, either, for a change), but one important one with regards to my first book.  Are you ready for it? It still needs some work… Yup, you heard it here first, folks… I need to dig back into it and do some major editing.  I never thought I would say that; I did, after all, spend ‘7’ years writing it in the first place.  I should have got it right, shouldn’t I? But no.  There are things that need to be changed.  It took me walking away from it for this long to see the (many) weaknesses in the first draft.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty proud of it […]

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Culture

For those of you who don’t already know, I have been fortunate enough to do some traveling this summer.  In fact, it wouldn’t be a huge stretch to say that I’ve been from one corner of North America to the other (Mexico to extreme Northern British Columbia). I know, it’s a bit of a stretch.  I just said it wouldn’t be a huge stretch.   Anyway, I went to Cancun with the intention of seeing the (historical) sights and experience the culture.  I’ll admit, I expected differences and similarities in the Mexican way of life, too.  I had heard that Cancun was an Americanized Mexican city, after all. Were there similarities?  Naturally, since they use the metric system there are some peripheral […]

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