The Dream of Organization … a pantser who dreams of being a plotter

I dream of many things … an office full of bulletin boards where I can trace out whole outlines on multi-colored index cards and color coded push pins. I dream of bulletin boards full of images torn from magazines to help me describe the way people dress and what they eat. I dream of time to find the images and index cards … heck to be honest I would like the time to find my office! I know it is somewhere.

I was always the student who bought the organizer, pencil case, and little pouch to hold miscellany items… Continue reading

Aides, Helpers, and Support

This is a bit of a question with no easy answer.  Who do I speak with?  I have no one person with whom I hash everything out.

I email my cousin if I have ideas or a short story.  I do not expect expert critique from my cousin – usually she will ask a question if she does not understand everything or she will say that she likes it … in a worst case scenario she will just forget that she received that particular short story!  Sometimes I will send her two beginnings of stories (NaNoWriMo that never reached… Continue reading

The senses …

The senses are a wonderful thing that help us interact with the world around us — it is easy to relay some of them in writing … what we see and hear.  However some are just a bit more challenging yet when we capture that image the writing is that much more vibrant.

I love Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” TV series.  There is one episode when Kayley eats a fresh strawberry and the look on her face when she eats that strawberry is almost indecent.  Here is a woman who has lived on a space ship and eaten protein rations… Continue reading

What is on Kestrel’s Bedside Table

I have a veritable ton of books on my bedside table:  some raunchy romance, some gentler romance, some biography, some histories, some humorous, some nutrition / health, some kind of environmental, and some kind of children/youth literature.  However these titles do not include the list on my Kindle and on my iPhone (Kindle App) – that is like having a library in your pocket!  But then, should I also include the audio books in the car?

Since it would take too long to go into everything I will select the four strangest books to talk about today for those… Continue reading

The Road to Hell …

… is paved with good intentions.

Yup that sort of reflects my writing life this past month.

I intend to write a blog post and then life intervenes.  My cat has an abcess on his shoulder and demands a vet appointment with twice a day doses of pink bubblegum flavored antibiotic that I am sure he objects to because he is a masculine kitty not some namby-bambi gum chewing kitty.January 2012 007

I intend to write a blog post and then my blind – deaf Springer Spaniel lost… Continue reading

“How I Write” by Janet Evanovich with Ina Yalof

“How I Write” by Janet Evanovich with Ina Yalof  2006

I listened to this book as an audio book so any comments that I have can only be referring to that format.  I drive on average of 3000 miles a month so if you have any questions regarding what audio book to listen to I can recommend many ranging from children’s to adult — scatological humor to college level history courses and anywhere in between.  This sort of falls in between!

Where I Write … Kestrel T. Andersen

Well this is not an easy question to answer.  I live in a drafty old 1829 farmhouse and I depend greatly upon the season to answer the question of “Where I Write.”

Kestrel with the cats -- writing in the living room.

Kestrel with the cats — writing in the living room.

Since it is Spring (but early Spring) I am still writing near the woodstove in the living room.  I will have my netbook or my pad of paper and be sitting in my comfy chair… Continue reading

How Snowflakes Can Help You Write …

I have a dream … that one day I will discover how best I write.  I just spent a wonderful afternoon this past Saturday speaking with some amazing women and they all shared different methods of writing and I just thought to myself, “Wow – they are wonderful.  I am so proud to be a Sister in Crime with them.”

I had just shared that I was 21000 words into a manuscript and I had lost my way, I was thinking that I would have to print the whole thing out and then outline it so that I would… Continue reading

Writers’ Groups — From Heaven or Hell?

writer's groupFor as many different writers out there — there are different kinds of groups.

Some groups do nothing but write — like a group study hall and there is someone like a cross between the worst librarian figure saying “shhh” and Professor Snape knocking heads together if you so much as sneeze more than once.  There are some groups that critique and tear apart manuscripts with lots of red pen and harsh words.  There are some groups that you get together and write part of the time from a… Continue reading

From Whence Comes Your Encouragement?

The other day, I was feeling discouraged.  I couldn’t get my butt in the chair to work on any of my three works in progress … I had no ideas for my blogs and I had been rejected for a grant I had written for work.  I was about ready to just say “to heck with it all I didn’t need it anyway!”

Then I received a phone call.

Now Susan was a friend of my husband’s.  I don’t remember exactly when I last saw her — but my husband has been dead for more than 10 years… Continue reading