To my post title I could have added:
An Unpublished Writer’s Life
But too many words for a heading.
Most writers, like 95%, have another life besides writing: kids, pets, parents, cleaning, carpooling…
It can get kinda of like ….”What’s it all about, Alfie?”
The writing happens before the other stuff gets started, which means I write in the early morning.
I’m lucky that I only have one big kid left in the home, so I get in more writing/musing time than most moms.
And sometimes, I just don’t feel like putting my one-hour self-imposed writing requirement (FB, Twitter, email do not count).
When I get in that Alfie state I look at my most ‘pinned’ graphic over on Pinterest, under “Inspiration to Write.”
This graphic is from the very witty, Unknown Mami, Claudya Martinez. Currently, it is at 310 pins and counting.
I’ve reviewed my “Inspiration to Write” pins at least 100 times. Keeps me going.
So do the ‘goodies’ that come from my writing life: nice blog post comments, critiques that go great (no red marks, hardly, on my papers), and my ‘bestest’ yet:
THE AMAZON BREAKTHROUGH NOVEL AWARD QUARTERFINALS
If I had a sound, for the above remark, it would be the booming movie premiere voice guy.
The free 17-page excerpt on my Amazon page has received two reviews, with a few more listed on my Facebook page and one on my LinkedIn page:
“Your excerpt is very well written and I love the figurative language you used. Lines I love: “Long narrow dirt rows with tiny roads of deep green leaves spin by in a brown arc like long legs running…I also loved the haunting quality of the narrator’s voice. ..Great title. It reminds me of Alice Walker’s “In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens.” Virginia Alanis
This review didn’t just make my day, it made three days.
And another bonus, from the ABNA news,
The M2the5th Google+ Community (Mostly Multicultural Mysteries, Memoir, and Myth) will host a Twitter Interview
on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 9 Pacific time.
I hope I can meet you on Twitter and have a good discussion on writing, inspiration, and all that ‘writerly’ stuff.
Until then, keep reading, writing, and living well.
6 thoughts on “A Slice of A Writer’s Life”
Fabulous validation of your work! Break a pencil in the next round!
Oh, I like that “break a pencil.” Thanks!
I loved In Search of Our Mother’s Garden. Glad your post reminded me of Walker’s book. Monica, I wish you all the best and much success with your writing. You are a strong woman, too. Must see that pin! 🙂
That book is on my list now. Thank you for the encourage and support!
What an encouraging review! Wishing you the best and lots of success!
Good for you! I’m happy to see you happy.