Refilling the Creative Well

Last post, I raved about reading outside of preferred genres boosts creativity. Today, I’m going talk beloved medias. These are the stories, songs, movies, pieces of artwork that are 100% you. Like, the creator decided to tailor everything exactly to you, exclude stuff you don’t and managed to tell the work in a way that…

Brew Review – All Pints North

If you’ve ever been to a beer fest, you know how it goes – you go in with the intentions of trying as many beers as possible and yet, two hours in, you can barely figure out where your phone is, much less remember to take photos of the beer. Then you decide to sit…

Small Victories Friday

I am editing Shenanigans for probably the seventh or eighth ( and hopefully final) time – and I don’t mean seven or eight drafts. I edit in ‘batches’, so I’ll edit two or three ‘drafts’ of the same book each time I edit. Then I need a break from the book. All of this in…

Back to school…

I’m hoping that means back to routine for me. Like most children, I function better with a routine, but somehow, even after decades of practice being an adult, I am incapable of creating a routine for myself without an outside influence – like school. Getting out of bed in the morning is hopeless, if I’m…

Almagest

One of my beach reads this vacation is The House of Wisdom—How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance. Its discussions on trigonometry and the mathematics involved in astronomy require several re-reads before I totally understand. Very much a case of operator error (me!) and not a failure of clarity by the…

Drudgery

          According to Dictionary.com: drudg·er·y /ˈdrəj(ə)rē/ noun hard menial or dull work. “domestic drudgery” Synonyms:  hard work, menial work, donkey work, toil, toiling, labor, hard/sweated labor, chores, plodding That’s the way these edits feel. They feel like beating a dead horse. I know the changes are necessary, the book will be better for them and I’m growing as a…

Working Through It

I’ve been having the worst time getting into the novel I’m trying to finish. It’s that soggy middle bit so it’s hard, and it’s summer so I want to play with my kids, and go DO stuff! You know, pretty much anything other than focus on the work. I’m still in love with the story…

Feedback Friday – Syzygy 2

It’s that time again! I know you all missed Feedback Friday last week so I’m super thrilled to get you back on track this week. As you all know, Feedback Friday is that wonderful time of the week where I provide feedback on some writing that was submitted to us at tickledinkblog@gmail.com I read it…

The Summer of Rejection Slips

It’s been the summer of rejection slips. Yesterday’s got me good. Normally, I’m like Onward! over rejection—not everyone gets me, I don’t fit into some publishers’ plans. It’s cool. But yesterday’s was one I really wanted. And it was not to be. Shrug. But also pout and eat ice cream. Then sit on porch and…

5 Tips to Regain Your Focus

Focus is a constant topic of discussion in our house. As the frazzled mother of a non-neurotypical child, we spend time every single day discussing focus and helping her learn focus.  Over the last however many years since her diagnosis, I’ve come to realize that I can learn a lot from her, too. And I…