"You have every reason to be," Mom said, "but you also have every reason to do this for you. You're the reason you're here." Renowned composers and musicians' names were etched in the practice room's wood paneling. I played many of their pieces, listened to hundreds of concerts, and now I sat in the very halls where some of them studied. That could be me, I thought.
When I took a moment to look back on that, I felt affirmed that while I'm not doing exactly what I want to do for paid work, I'm still doing it.
I guess at the moment I’m feeling nostalgic for my hometown. I’m proud to come from there and want kids growing up with similar aspirations to mine to see that it is possible.
Traveling to new locations heightens my senses, which comes in handy for the creative aspects of my mind. It reminds me to zero in and take in all the little details: colors, smells, textures, landscapes, sunsets against the back of clouds, etc.
I had a very productive meeting with my friend, Karen, this week. We discussed our novels. She's getting ready to send off a query letter for her first novel as I continue to rewrite and develop material for mine. It's exciting to see each other's stories evolve and deepen over time. As those of you … Continue reading Mix It Up
At this moment in time, I'm frustrated over not being completed with a first draft of my novel. It's that feeling of working on one thing for such a long time and still feeling like you're on the first step.
I’m caught in a rut at the moment. I’ve been working on my first novel for over two-and-a-half-years now. It’s been a journey. I’ve grown to love my characters and take delight in watching their stories deepen and twist. What began as one novel has developed into a three-part series. Being my first novel, … Continue reading Thoughts/Chicago- Cubs World Series
I've been plugging away on my novel and put down some thoughts on its development. There's also a brief excerpt for you!