The End and A New Beginning

For me 2018 has seen the end of several things. My faithful “Bronx Buggy,” a 2004 Honda CRV died. It’s been ferrying me back and forth to work during a dramatic changes in my career–a new position in a new specialty. My kids were in booster and car seats when we bought it, and the future full of possibilities. I had not started writing fiction yet–that began in 2005 when I was inspired by the collision of real life and a media event.  I wrote feverishly: five novels (three published), ten short stories (seven published), and a memoir (multiple excerpts published), a pattern that would continue until 2017.

During that time I escaped from the misery of the job I left, the stress of my doctoral program, and health challenges to write and publish fiction and creative non fiction. I made dozens of like minded friends from online writing and…

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Beat the Summer Doldrums-Vote the Raven Awards Lineup

I just got back from my annual summer getaway to Cape Cod. My book tour was very simple this year, one signing at Yellow Umbrella Books, but I re stocked all the local indie bookstores. It felt odd not to be inspired to write by all sights and sounds that gave birth to the three book Unfinished Business Series. This is the first year in the last ten that I wasn’t writing or editing one of the books!

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So, as I was doing laundry, putting away the beach towels, and missing yoga on the beach, I found out that Storm Watch was a finalist for the Raven Award in the Paranormal Category! And I’m in good company because just about every category has at least one Soulmate author represented.

Please take some time to click over and vote for your favorites. It’s easy and there is no registration necessary. Voting…

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A Writer’s Garden–Memories Are Part of A Garden’s Treasures by Carol Ann Moleti

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Welcome to A Writer’s Garden where writers who are gardeners or just love gardens will be sharing their garden and flower stories, as well as a bit about their writing gardens—aka their books.

 Today’s guest writer/gardener is Carole Ann Moleti. Carole will be talking about Gardens and Memories. Welcome, Carole!

Memories are Part of a Gardens Treasure

 

Gardens never forget their gardeners past. Secrets are buried, and sometimes never unearthed, or trampled by someone who doesn’t understand or care about their significance. But the garden will speak its truths and tributes to those willing to listen.

The seventh anniversary of my father’s death was June 11, and I spent the entire month before tending his garden. For as long as I can remember, I’d followed Daddy around as he planted flowers and vegetables, fertilized rosebushes with dead fish he hadn’t used for bait, pruned trees and, trained…

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I Have Not Forgotten How to Write

A companion post to I Have Not Forgotten How to Fight

The last year and a half has been a challenging one. I’ve been busy with medical relief mission work, as well as with academic and research writing. With three major presentations coming up in Fall 2018, and being on call for an upcoming mission to the Souther Border of the US, my mind has very focused on real life.

In my last blog, I spoke about how switching genres had helped me overcome a stubborn case of writer’s block after Storm Watch, the third and final book in the Unfinished Business Series was published in July 2017. I hadn’t made any progress on my urban fantasy novel  since NaNoWriMo, but was bitten by a bug during a recent vacation in California. I’ve now got 20,000 words of a Contemporary Western Romance written, and I’m waking up in the middle of the night to jot down scenes. I’ve got a…

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The Words Didn’t Flow, So I Switched Genres

It wasn’t easy to finish Storm Watch, which completed the Unfinished Business paranormal series. The novel was essentially done and just needed editing. Or so I thought. I realized the pacing was off and some scenes were not fully developed. It was a struggle to stay focused and progress was very slow. At one point, I believed it would be my last novel, but working with Laurie Sanders, a truly wonderful developmental editor, kept me going until I got enough momentum to get to The End.

True, I was bogged down with the ever challenging day job and family issues, but that had never stopped me from writing before. In fact, writing helped me get through some tough times because I could immerse myself in a make believe world instead of languish in the real one.  I thought it was because I was writing the last book in the series…

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Writer’s Block or Creative Hibernation? Part Two: Get Out of the House

Today I’m picking up where I left off on Writer’s Block or Creative Hibernation Part One, which I can now subtitle, “When Life Intrudes.” The vast majority of authors I know have day jobs–and families (which may include older parents and usually includes pets). That means we’re on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And that means we have to carve out writing time when we should be doing something else. Like sleeping and eating.

We make the transition between the three jobs look easy, by sticking to a routine. But when the inevitable emergency or necessary distractions like vacations, holidays, birthdays or other family events intrude, our discipline relaxes and may wane as we fight to keep our heads above water.

I had forgotten that as I struggled to finish Storm Watch and get it launched last December. I considered the 20,000 words of my new…

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