Reality of being a writer

There’s a lot of truth here.

Lorraine Ambers

I’m a huge fan of positivity posts. Who doesn’t need a daily dose of inspiration? Pushing us to work towards our goals and chase our dreams. But sometimes it’s good to take a breath and check in with reality. To realise that our struggles don’t define us, but they do make us human.

Being a writer or any artist is tough. Don’t get me wrong, there are many perks. Take today for instance; I’m sitting in bed with my dog, listening to music, whilst drinking tea and blogging. But it’s not all glamorous: In fact, I’m not sure any of it is???

Today I thought I’d share the harsh reality of what being a writer is like for me. To let you know; you’re not alone in your fight. And that acknowledging our struggles doesn’t make us weak, it makes us honest. Maybe even a little enlightened.

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World Building Checklist

This is a good, thorough list. Thanks for doing this, Rachel

Rachel Poli

A lot comes with world building. There’s so much to think about. Will it all be needed? Maybe, maybe not. However, it’s best for you to know absolutely everything just in case something comes up.

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World Building: Things To Think About

  • Type of world
  • Geography
  • Climate
  • History
  • Rules (of the world and magic, if magic exists)
  • Magic
  • Technology
  • People/Races
  • Religion
  • Food, habits, gestures
  • Language
  • Government
  • Laws
  • Education
  • Calendar
  • Clothing
  • Transportation
  • Creatures
  • Currency
  • Time
  • Housing
  • Leisure/Activities

What are some other things you would add to your world building? Let me know in the comments below!

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The Mystery Blogger Award

First, a heartfelt thank you to my dear friend, fellow author and really good blogger, Ari Meghlen. She’s honest, fun and has a lot to offer.



Second, I took “Mystery Blogger” the wrong way. I immediately thought “blogs by mystery writers” because I am a mystery writer. DUH!

The creator of this award: Okoto Enigma has this to say: “I created the award because there are a lot of amazing blogs out there that haven’t been discovered, yet.”

Yeah, well. I’m not sure how amazing my blog is, but it’s certainly barely discovered.

There are, like with any award, rules for The Mystery Blogger Award. They are:

The Rules:

  • Put the award logo/ image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10-20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best posts


Three things about me:

1)      I’m still amazed by some of the things I’ve discovered, over the years, that I can do. I’ve been an artist, a good wife and mother, I’ve been a fencer (foil and sabre – right and left handed), I’m a passably good bluegrass fiddler – and I’m a published, award winning author. I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d be any of those things.

2)      This year I will be turning the same age as the title of one of The Beatles songs. Can you guess how old I’ll be this coming birthday?

3)      I’m a Christian – but then again, so was J.R.R.Tolkien, so it doesn’t mean I can’t write good books that everyone can enjoy. 😉


I thought I could come up with more bloggers to nominate, but I discovered many of the people who I thought I was reading their blog, it was actually their newsletter and they don’t have a blog.

The bloggers I’m nominating are:

I hope you’ll give them all a visit.

And to my nominees – I hope you all found your nomination comment from me on your blog and that you’ll join in on this award. 😊


Ari’s 5 Questions to me.

  1. Which book, if any, can you read over and over again?

The Lord of the Rings. I have read it over and over again since I first read it in 1966.

Also, A Christmas Carol. I love the movie version with George C. Scott, but the story is marvelous to read!

  1. If you got teleported into a novel, which novel would you want to end up in?

Hard to say as I wouldn’t want to live when there’s no electricity and indoor toilets 😉 . I guess one of Agatha Christie’s mysteries, or maybe into my own books – I like the characters who live in Twombly, Illinois.

  1. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I really don’t know. I love the ocean, but don’t really want to live too near it. I’ve been to England twice and Scotland once, lovely places but I’m not sure I’d want to live there. I guess it would be where I am. I wish our town was doing better economically, it would help the feeling of the place be cheerier, but other than that, where we live has a lot of good things about it.

  1. Do you like octopi?

Yes. I think they are fascinating creatures.

  1. If you were stuck on a rollercoaster for an hour, would you want to be stuck on one that goes up and down or round and round?

Oh my! A whole hour and it’s moving the whole time? Ach!!!!

I love the traditional roller coasters that do circle around (you end up where you started) but are mostly hills with a few tight turns. If it just went round and round, I don’t last long on those at all.

It was different when I was in my teens. I could ride anything then and was fine. Alas, I can’t do that any more.


My 5 questions for my nominees:

     1)      Does your blog have a theme? If yes, why did you choose that theme?

     2)     Where is your favorite place to go for a vacation – or where you would like to go if you could go there.

     3)     Has your favorite subject in school stayed a part of your life? (As in, if it was art do you still do art things? Music – are still playing or singing?)

     4)     When was the last time you played a board game or a card game using real cards? (FUN QUESTION)

     5)      Do you read to relax? If you do, do you have a genre that is your go-to relaxation genre?


Share a link to my best posts:

Ah . . . in doing this I’ve found that I haven’t done a post of my own since a year ago on Feb. 14th 2017! And that was a guest post at Ari’s site: Love, twue love

And before that the last one I wrote that’s on my own blog is: Death in my Dryer  also from February of last year. I really need to get better at this . . .

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Thank you for stopping by. This is a lot of fun and I hope you’ll join in by picking a question or two and answering them in a comment below. Let’s get to know each other better. 😃



Respecting the Writing, Respecting Yourself

Wow! This is powerful stuff. A must read for all of us who are struggling with anything we’re endeavoring to do – not just the writers amongst us.

Linda Maye Adams

Man screams as UFO beams up another person

It’s hard to believe that about 2010, I was thinking I was never going to be able to write a novel.  My process of writing because a source of great frustration.

The more I revised something, the more broken it got.  It went from a two car accident to a spaceship crashes and destroys an entire city.

I remember one writer offering to look at what I’d written to see if she could see what was wrong and I was embarrassed to let her see it.  I knew I was a better writer than what I was producing.

So I attended a lot of classes, searching for answers.  One was with Bob Meyer, one of the earlier indie successes.  I was so frustrated that I described my writing as a “screwy way of writing.”

He said “Never put down your writing.  There will be someone else who will be happy to…

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Sad, hidden, but treasures.

A great blog post from a woman who is good at bringing her readers both food for thought and desserts full of laughter.

White Padded Room

Have you ever watched a popular television commercial or blockbuster movie with a familiar classical music piece in the background? Tried for hours, or sometimes days, to find the music that was linked to your favorite scene?

Well, I haven’t really watched TV or been to a movie theater in quite some time, but I’ve certainly been frustrated by this scenario.

Background tracks were harder to find in the “olden days” before powerful internet search engines came along. For example, you’d have to sit through the whole movie and wait for the credits to roll (imagine that)! Then, you’d see the “Soundtrack” section of the credits roll and pay close attention. Which wouldn’t be hard to do, because the theater would likely be empty.

What inspired me to write about familiar yet hard-to-identify music?

Frank Zappa.

Yes, you read that correctly. I spend entirely too much time on YouTube, and…

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The Antique House Murders – Interview with Author Leslie Nagel

I’ve bought the first book in the series – I like to start at the beginning. 😉

The Book's the Thing

The Antique House Murders CoverMulbridge House stood, silent and decaying, deep in the woods at the heart of Oakwood, Ohio, long before the passing of Augusta Mulbridge. Yet suddenly everyone in town seems to have a stake in its fate: the greedy heirs, eager to tear it down for a tidy profit; the local preservationists, determined to maintain it as an historic site; the angry neighbors, staunchly opposed to the construction of a modern subdivision. Even Charley Carpenter is forced to admit that her beloved shop, Old Hat Vintage Fashions, could use an infusion of the estate’s treasures.

The clock is ticking. The wrecking ball is ready to swing. All that stands between Mulbridge House and oblivion is one final vote. That, and murder . . .

The trouble begins when Charley walks into auctioneer Calvin Prescott’s office to find her cherished family friend crumpled on the floor. Detective Marcus Trenault quickly connects his…

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Interview with Mike Ehret, Author and Jokester Extraordinaire

A fun interview.
Have you ever thought of living in a tiny house?

Linda W. Yezak

I’d love to take credit for the design of this interview, but it’s all from the mind of Michael Ehret, the only male contributor to our new release, Coming Home: A Tiny House Collection. The guy’s a riot—I get a kick out of him, and his novella “Big Love” is one of my favorites in the collection.

Me? Live tiny? But what about … ?

Today, I’m talking with one of my co-authors for the Coming Home: A Tiny House Collection about whether he could live in a tiny house or not. And when I say “he,” if you’re familiar with the collection at all, then you know I can only be talking with Michael Ehret, author of “Big Love,” since he’s the only man in the tiny house.

But, before we get to whether Mike could live tiny, I have another burning question:

What was it like to…

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How questions help your writing

Good advice for anyone who writes anything! 😃

Ari Meghlen - Writer | Blogger | Bad card player

Are you writing a novel?questionsface

Chances are then you will constantly be generating questions for yourself.

You aren’t?

Well you should!

Now I’ve talked about The Power of Questions before but I feel I need to talk about it again!

We all know writing a novel is hard.

You have to build a landscape, create characters, give voices, design conflict, structure a plot… there’s a lot to think about.

As well as all that, you have to be consistent, you have to remember subplots, tie up loose ends, keep characters on track.

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