Happy early Thanksgiving to all my USA readers. This is one of my favorite holidays because it's so, well, un-holiday'ish. The lack of commercialism makes it more special (though Black Friday sits like a gloomy cloud on the horizon). Wherever you are, I hope you'll take a moment today to express your gratitude in some small way.
I'm thankful for BOOKS, especially great books like the one I talk about in today's vlog. What do you think?
Somewhere out there must be a writer who loves editing.
That person is not me.
Out of the entire book writing/outreach/administrative/publishing parts of writing, editing has to be my least favorite. I've tried everything I can think of to make the process smoother--even writing from an outline (I hate outlines and much prefer to follow the story as it unfolds), but nothing seems to make it easier.
As you can see from the photo above, I've now resorted to sparkly gel pens and highlighters along with tea and pumpkin-scented candles to keep me going. Whatever works, right? ;)
As I work on the edit of the next novel I'm struck by something: there is a "next novel." I am so blessed. Despite the angst I feel about editing, despite the fact that I'm not some huge, best-selling novelist, I get to write books. What fun! And some people buy them. Amazing!
Counting My Blessings
It's easy to get caught up in the why-can't-I-be-as-popular-as-that-author type thoughts, especially when you work alone day after day. I'm making it more of a point though, to count my blessings when it comes to work (and life in general).
What a thrill to be able to write for a living!
I've dreamed of this for years and years: when I worked as a receptionist; when I toiled as a vet tech; when I helped women in the clothes store pick out that "just right" dress; when I was employed for several years in human services where I worked as everything from a DUI program assistant to a case manager.
When you have a creative dream, do all you can to make it reality. Even if you work on it in tiny chunks (like say, writing a book in 15-minutes a day), keep going. Even when people make snide remarks about "getting a real job," keep going. Even when you're stuck in the 9-5 treadmill life, do whatever you can to move just a little closer toward your dream.
And hey, if you find yourself in need of a pep talk, drop me a line: jpcwrites (at) gmail (dot) com. I love talking with other creatives and may have a tip or two that will help you.
Why do you read? That's a question I posed over on my author's Facebook page recently. Stop by and weigh in!
For me, reading has often been a form of escape. I discuss why and when I needed this escape most in this recent vlog post:
If you're a fan of mystery and suspense (and I'm guessing you are, cause why else would you be reading this blog?!), then you might enjoy this short, 4-minute video on a fun mystery resource for readers.
Why YouTube why? Why do you always capture me making a dumb face for the still shot?
I'm not sure about where you live, but here in Vermont, "buying local" is a big thing. It usually refers to food (we have a lot of great farms in the state) but sometimes refers to other things such as buying from your local, small business instead of a big box store.
Reading local is something that I'm interested in. Turns out, I'm not the only one. I'm seeing more and more libraries in the area with special displays of local authors, and small, independent book stores, too.
Wouldn't it be fun to create a challenge and try to read more local authors? I'm still toying with ideas of how to do this...
In the meantime I learned that semi-local author, Louise Penny, has a new book coming out this year. Kay at Kay's Reading Life just posted about it. If you're a fan of Ms. Penny's then you'll definitely want to snag a copy when Kingdom of the Blind comes out.
Another local author whose book I'm enjoying right now is Beth Kanell's. Her most recent novel is called, The Long Shadow, and is a historical YA mystery. I'd started this book, gotten bogged down with other things and just picked it up again. I'm so glad that I did! Ms. Kanell's voice is true and pure, her attention to historical detail is mind-blowing and the story is thoroughly enjoyable.
What local books do you like? Is there a local author who you'd love to meet? Please share in the comments.
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