Skip to main content

An Early March Update

Hello, friends!
     I'm popping in to give you guys a quick update on my doings.

     Broken Clouds went to a stand-still when I suddenly realized my ending needed some adjustments.  Granted, I am no where near the ending...but the ending is something I write towards.  I drop hints as I go.  So I need to know where I'm going to end up.  Some cool ideas occured to me (to fix my ending) so I gave Broken Clouds a break while I let them simmer.  I will be starting it up again soon...probably this week.

     TCK is going underground...meaning I probably won't post much about it for a month or two.  Maybe some supporting pictures, but not much else.  Sometimes a story needs a little secrecy while it is being edited.
     However, if you are interested in reading it for me and giving me some feedback, leave a comment below.  I won't publish your comment, but it will help me get in touch with you.  I would love to have a few people read it and give me an honest critique (that's how we get better at writing, ladies and gentlemen). 

     Most of my reading has been non-fiction of late.  I am studying for my midwifery exams, delving into a political history of the Great Depression, and pouring over the Go Teen Writers book for editing and publishing your novel.  Nice little collection, no?  It certainly keeps me busy.

     The other thing -- much on my mind lately -- is the building of my brand.  Settling on a pen name that I plan to use forever.  Posts in various avenues that relate to being a writer (Facebook, Blogger, etc).  Pictures or symbols or trademarks that people identify with me.
     There is a certain level of privacy that I wish to maintain, regardless of how famous or not famous I might be.  Call me a recluse, but I really don't fancy the idea of people stopping me in the grocery store to talk about my book.  And while I understand that people connect to an author by knowing her as a real person...I still have hopes of a little bit of privacy.
     The other concern is that I may not be ready to be seen.  This is less of a concern than it was a year ago, but think about it.  If you are no good at writing, you don't need to plaster your name all over it and advertise it.  THAT's not what you want people to associate your name with.  While you cannot wait until you are perfect (perfection is not achieved without venturing out), you can wait until you have something decent to share.  Right?

      So, there you have it.  My early March update.  Take a minute to comment and let me know how you are doing (or leave a link to your blog if you would prefer me to read your blog update post).  And, separately, leave a comment with your contact info if you are willing to read TCK for me.  Thanks!

      See you later this week!


  1. Wow! Sounds like you've been busy!! That's so exciting that you're in the editing/starting the publishing process!! =)

  2. Thank you, Emily!
    Publishing still seems a long way away.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Guest Post by Emily!

Character Creation by Emily Ann Putzke
My character in Ain’t We Got Fun is Georgiana (Gi) Rowland, the older sister of Bess. Their family is struggling during the Great Depression, so Gi takes off for NYC to make a fortune and help them out. The sisters recount their adventures, joys and heartaches to each other. My co-author, Emily Chapman, and I wrote this story in letter form in January. Our characters are very different people! Here are a 5 things that helped me bring Gi to life, and give her a personality that’s all her own.
1.  Give Your Characters Flaws None of us are perfect, so our characters shouldn't be either. Gi is a fun, loyal, light hearted girl with big dreams. But she has a flaw that she struggles with throughout the entire story. Pride. She’s very stubborn, independent, and doesn’t want anything from anybody.
2. Use That Flaw to Stretch and Change Your Character Pride gets Gi in quite a few scrapes. Throughout AWGF, she’s constantly battling with it. Everytime she thi…

Is that a catastrophe happening, way over yonder?

The next scene in my story is meant to be an important one.  Readers get to meet the dwarves in their own evil lair.  My heroine is tormented for their selfish purposes.  Big scene.

     But when I started writing it, it looked incredibly detached and boring.  "Yeah, look over there.  See those dwarves by the table?  They are tormenting our heroine.  Very sad.  The cottage is cute, though."  The scene just wasn't working.  And my story has been sitting in stasis awaiting inspiration.

     Last night, I flopped on the floor to daydream and snuggle my dog.  For a while, I let my mind wander here and there.  But gradually I came to my senses and realized that the first thing I felt on "awaking" was the hard floor.

     Suddenly, I was Moriah, regaining consciousness.  Hard floor.  Noises.  Light.  Hands on my hair.  And the scene came alive for me.  I could hardly wait to get up and start writing again.

     So, if your scene is too detached, try lying on the…

Rooglewood Countdown: 9 1/2 weeks: Why Yours?

Yep, time is picking up speed.  Especially since I have other things to keep me busy.
     Here is my questions for you today: what makes your story special?  In the comments below, I want you to finish this sentence "It's a Snow White story, but..."  Did you change the setting?  Is Snow White the ugliest in all the land?  How did you swap out the elements of your story to make it unique?