Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Interview with an old friend

Tell Me Your Story Tuesday

 My friend,

Sean and I go way back. I mean, big-hair-and-blue-eyeshadow kind of back. Talking about me, of course, not him. He never had big hair. In fact, we had a serious discussion about what pictures would and would not be shared for this post. You see, there was this play where he played a priest and I played, well, a ditz basically. My best line was "I like his much." What is that? 

Anyway, Sean is now an entertainment reporter as well as a writer-in-waiting novelist. Of course, I had to have him for Tell Me Your Story Tuesday. 

Let's get to know my friend, Sean. 
 Ah, the glamorous life of an entertainment reporter. It's all free movies, champagne and prestige, right?
 Being an entertainment writer is a great gig if you can get it.  I am published in the Moore Monthly and I am read by literally dozens of people every month…dozens! Sure, I see movies early and for free but there is a downside.  People don’t know about the pounds that I have packed on eating extra-butter theater popcorn two to three times a week, do they? I suffered the worst of Adam Sandler for my readers. I saw “Jack and Jill”. I watch those bad films so you don’t have to. It is a public service.

 How did you get into this?
 A friend of mine once gave me the advice, that when you are in a meeting where you clearly do not belong then just act like you do. I took this advice when I was asked to meet with the editor of the Moore Monthly. We had made an acquaintance in social media and he had been impressed with some freelance writing that I had done for a site called I had written a story about taking my young children to the annual Flaming Lips New Year’s Freak Out and titled it “The Family Who Freaks Out Together”. 

My unique angle on covering the show impressed him and I found myself having lunch with him. I was terrified at the prospect that this was a sort of job interview veiled as two guys eating sandwiches. Now, I had published freelance but this was a possible regular gig. I was nervous but took my friend’s advice and acted like this was the sort of thing that happened to me all the time. It worked out and I am now a professional entertainment writer. I have parlayed that in to becoming a member of the Oklahoma Film Critic’s Circle, a recognized professional society for film criticism.  Which, I have used to get more freelance writing work.  I just keep having meetings and pretending that I belong there.

 What do you look for in the movies you review? Do you take notes or rely on your own memory?  Do you like to have company for a discussion afterward or do you prefer work alone?

 Movie studios and promotional companies offer free screenings for the press and for “word of mouth” hype. Usually, these screenings are a few weeks before the actual release of the film and are used to build a buzz around a production.  These screenings are for the press but also for an audience of people who win tickets on the radio or receive them through some other promotional source. When I see a movie, it is in a crowded theater of people so I can gauge their response and measure it against my own. I don’t take notes. I do varying amounts of research beforehand but go see the films the way that any movie-goer would. I bring a friend or my children if it is a family film.  I get popcorn and candy.  I experience the movie.   
My work starts once I am walking out of the theater and I start to distill from my immediate impressions that recommendation of what to expect from a film. I relate my biases upfront and then try to present as balanced as possible a review. I am not picky when it comes to which films I will see. I keep a calendar of all the screenings I can possibly attend and then attend as many as I can. If I do not write about a movie for my regular column then I will usually write something freelance for another outlet about the film. I will see anything because every movie that I see is potential income for me.

 What is it like to leave the theater knowing you are going to write a negative review? Do you feel guilty at all or is all business? 

  Too many critics seem to me to be professional contrarians. I try to be balanced in my criticism of a film. In the end, I am such a fan of film that there is very rarely a movie that has nothing redeeming in it to me. If there is only one worthwhile performance then I will not fail to mention it. Movie-making is a marvelous thing to me and as a critic, I can be like someone watching prestidigitation at a stage show and trying to guess at how the tricks are done and pointing out the wires. In the end I still want to be amazed. I still want it to seem magic.  I still appreciate the art of making-believe. I mean as a writer, I appreciate the magic behind the creation of worlds from whole cloth.  I have such a reverence for film and every part of the process.  I hope I show that in my criticism.

 You also write fiction. What genre? Tell us about one of your work in progress. 

 I am not sure. I call myself a speculative fiction author. I am writing in the genres that I am drawn most to read. My fiction is some combination of horror and sci-fi, maybe the horrors of science (although my science is as much psychological and social science as anything else).  Hanging a name on a story and categorizing it is limiting it to follow certain tropes or expectations. It has been suggested to me that I write slipstream fiction. I am not quite sure what slipstream as a genre really is exactly but I like what Bruce Sterling wrote about it: "...this is a kind of writing which simply makes you feel very strange; the way that living in the twentieth century makes you feel, if you are a person of a certain sensibility”. I get that.  Out of place or out of your mind is sort of what I am shooting for in the atmosphere of my writing.

 What authors have shaped your vision of what you want your writing to be? 

I am currently reading through everything in our local library written by Philip K. Dick. Immediately before that, I was rereading the short fiction of Lovecraft. I have very few books as I tend to pass them on quickly but I am literate and an autodidact so I consume the resources of my library voraciously.  I would probably say Philip K. Dick and Kurt Vonnegut are huge influences on my thinking and writing right now. However, my overall vision is colored by piles upon  piles of yellowed pulp  science fiction and fantasy novels that my parents had collected.  My first advice to anyone who likes to write besides ‘Just write’ is to read. Just read.

 As of now, you are unpublished in fiction. How do you keep yourself motivated and writing ? 

 I have published very little in fiction (a few short stories in independent small press magazines). I have written however quite a lot. I spend most of my week working on freelance journalism.  After the freelance journalism work is written, I take time every day for my fiction.  The time varies on my workload. I am starting to feel a pull in the direction of submitting my fiction work and investigating places to publish (and self-publishing options) especially as I get close to finishing my novel.  I really feel like it isn’t hard to get motivated to write, it is hard to do the work of getting that writing seen by others and making a living from that writing. That is daunting. The writing is the easy part in comparison. The process of submitting that writing and getting it seen is what takes motivation. 

 Where do you see yourself going in your writing path? Five years from now, what do you hope to have accomplished? 

Writing. I want to be writing. A few years ago, writing was a hobby for me. I was a retail manager for a big box store. I hated my job and I used writing as an escape. I was stuck in a profession that I found tedious and I was absolutely “adequate” at. I decided not to settle for being mediocre and feeling trapped. There was better money in retail but my heart was in writing. That sounds like a bold choice and may be the best move of my life if I can somehow make writing my career. I am a freelancer. There is a certain grind to freelancing but it doesn’t pay a lot and you have to really work it to make it work. The five year plan is to make the most of every freelance opportunity that I have and to start taking more “meetings that I don’t belong in” with fiction editors.  Keep working on my craft and keeping my fingers on the keys. If I am really living the dream, then I am going to combine this freelance journalism gig with a fiction writer gig. Ultimately, to be a working novelist and write to support myself would be the dream fulfilled. Any way that it happens, I am going to keep writing.

Thank you so much for doing this, Sean. It was such fun. 
You can find Sean at his blog: or like his Author page on Facebook.

You can also ask him questions in the comments here. Feel free to ask him about me in high school. He may know where some of the bodies are buried, but I've got pictures, so I ain't scared! 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

What I did on summer vacation...

Thinking about Thursday
So, school starts on Monday. Well, it starts for the kids on Monday. It started for me two weeks ago. Two weeks of sitting in meetings and being reminded why I never had the urge to join the corporate world.

I love teaching.
I hate meetings.

All and all, it was a good summer.

I spent a night sleeping on a  sloped floor, staring  at these guys, hoping the glass was as strong as we were told it was!

Swam in the ocean for the first time in my life. Prayed my friends from above didn't tag along!
And I got to go here!!!!!

So, what did you do on your summer vacation? If you didn't do anything, feel free to make something up. I won't judge.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

R.J. Thesman

Tell Me Your Story Tuesday

It is a pleasure to have R. J. with us today to discuss her new release  
The Unraveling of Reverend G
 and a special topic dear to her heart. 
Let's get to know R. J.!

Tell us a little about yourself and your writing.
As a bi-vocational writer, I work part-time at GateWay of Hope Ministries. My title is Program Director for this incredible women’s center that focuses on counseling, groups and prayer. Then I come home, have a bite to eat, exercise and write.
Since the time I first opened my Big Chief tablet and scribbled my first story, I have been a writer. But it wasn’t until I was in my 30’s that I attended a writers’ conference and learned more about the business side that I became a professional freelancer.
I am constantly writing – whether it is observing people for future characters, using the experiences of life in personal experience articles or unloading my soul in my journal. I can’t NOT write.

Your current release is 
What is it about?
This is my first novel, and it is about a woman minister who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She struggles with forgetting part of the Lord’s prayer and losing an entire gallon of Chunky Monkey ice cream. She has to retire and goes to live in assisted living where she meets a colorful cast of characters. The greatest fear of Reverend G is that she will forget how to communicate with God and thus – lose her faith.

You have deeply personal experience with Alzheimer's. How did that influence your writing process for this book? Did it challenge you more in anyway?
Because of my father’s trauma-induced dementia and my mother’s Alzheimer’s – I wondered what they were thinking about while they dealt with gradually declining health.  What was really happening inside those damaged brains? So I wanted to pursue that question by writing about Reverend G from her viewpoint, in first person.
Many of the experiences that Reverend G has are similar to the ones I have lived with and observed with my parents. The challenge was that in writing the book, I lived it so closely that I grieved for my parents all over again.

This is not your first book. Tell us about some of your other writing experiences.
Most of my writing has been in the nonfiction genre. My first book was an autobiography of my missionary experiences in Honduras, “The Plain Path.” My next three books were curricula for teaching English to international students, using the Bible. Except for an occasional short story, most of my articles have been nonfiction. So it was a great surprise to suddenly wake up with this novel in my head.

Does your process for writing fiction differ at all when writing non-fiction? 

I have always been an outliner and a planner, but with Reverend G – I just sat down and let her write the book through me. And it was so much fun! I think I have discovered my true calling.
With nonfiction, I always did research at the beginning, outlined, wrote the first draft, queried a publisher, then continued to rewrite until it was polished.
With Reverend G – I wrote the entire thing in 6 months, then did some additional research and went back to add it to the text. After the final edits, it was completed. Currently, I have enough characters and plot ideas for another two books in the series.

You also do public speaking and workshops. What message do hope those who hear you and/or read your work take from it?
I absolutely love teaching about writing – especially for the Christian market. I believe it is so important that we keep the message of Christ’s love alive with our words. Whether I am speaking about the Reverend G book or teaching a workshop, I hope to convey the joy of writing and the importance of keeping the message clear and readable.
When I speak specifically about the Reverend G book, I hope to share encouragement and hope with caregivers. Their role and their burdens are incredibly difficult.

What do you like to do when you aren't writing or speaking?
I love to read, read, read and I love nature. My favorite place is out on my deck with a good book. I also love to watch the sun set and praise God that He chooses different colors and textures every night.
I like to cook, but often don’t have time to do it justice. I also love to eat out with my son – especially great Mexican food.

What's your next step?
The 1st draft of the second book is completed, so I am now editing it. I’ve titled it “Intermission for Reverend G.” The third book will be “Final Grace for Reverend G.” After that, I’m already working on ideas for another novel – a secret!

How can our readers get to know you better?
My blog is on my website at: I’m on twitter: @rjthesman. On FB, my author page is RJ Thesman and I also have a group for caregivers and those dealing with Alzheimer’s or dementia: I’m also on LinkedIn as Rebecca Thesman and I have an author page on Amazon: RJ Thesman.

Thank you so much for being with us today.
 Do you have a question for R. J. about her writing journey or experience as a caregiver? 

Monday, August 13, 2012

Welcome Molly Kate Gray!

Tell Me Your Story Tuesday

Molly is celebrating the release of her debut  
Miller’s Grove’s most eligible bachelor, Josh Owens, could have a different date every night of the week, so he doesn’t understand why he’s drawn to Tara since she’s obviously not interested in him. Tara Sullivan is angry that he’s stolen the coveted prime-time anchor position she’d been promised.
A stranger begins preying on the single young women in Miller’s Grove, and the story’s assigned to Tara. As the number of victims grows, Tara reluctantly accepts help from Josh. As he researches his top suspect in the assaults, he unearths events in the past that more than one resident of Miller’s Grove wants to keep hidden.
Together they discover a web of conspiracy and lies involving the most powerful family in town. Josh and Tara put their reputations at risk in the hope of exposing the truth and, perhaps, finally bringing Tara peace.

Let's get to know Molly!
The cover is beautiful. How happy were you when you finally got to see it?

I was really nervous waiting for the cover.  I had such a specific picture of Miller's Grove in my head, I was going to be really disappointed if it didn't look as I'd imagined it.  I created Miller's Grove after I visited a town in eastern Georgia.  I loved the thick trees, rolling hills, the river that roared through the town.  I'd just barely begun to plan out Small Town Secrets, but when I stepped foot in that Georgia town, I knew I'd found my setting.

And when the cover came....yeah, real tears.  The cover is perfect - fog, fairy lights in the park trees, little bit of fog - couldn't have asked for better.  I've said it before, and I'd say it again, I'd marry my cover.

How long have you been writing? When and how did you decide to become a writer?

This sounds like such a non-answer, but I really can't remember a time I wasn't writing.  One of my most vivid school memories was winning a creative writing contest with a story about a haunted house where everyone who dared to enter...turned into a rubber band.  

More recently, I was encouraged to become a writer by my husband.  I'd taken to writing fan fiction as a way to save my sanity during the time I home schooled my kids.  When returning to work as an elementary school teacher began looking less and less likely, Steve encouraged me to consider it a sign that maybe I was supposed to concentrate on my writing.  He's been amazingly supportive in the process.

What is your writing process like? Do you plot every word or just sit down and start pouring out words?

Hmm....  I always have my last chapter written before I get started.  I don't think I'd know if I "got there" without a destination in mind.  I normally have a couple of middle chapters written as well - for the romantic suspense stories, I try to write my "big climax" scene before getting too far along in the story.

Other than that, I'm not a big planner.  I'm very much a "by the seat of my pants" kind of writer.  I have my destination in mind and I just write till I get there.

Tell us about your working in progress.

I write a few different genres.  My original love is YA paranormal.  However, after talking with an editor at a national convention, I learned that breaking into the YA market is insanely difficult.  The editor liked my work, though, and encouraged me to try to get published in a different genre so agents would be more open to representing me.

So....since I was already wanting to refine my ability to write romantic tension between my characters - turning to romance seemed a natural (and helpful) step.  Fade to Black is my current work in progress.  It's the second book in my "Welcome Home" series.  Rory is an undercover police officer sent to find the source of a drug problem at a prestigious university.  Her handler, Zachary, lost one undercover partner in the past, and he's not planning on losing her.  The first book in the "Welcome Home" series, Playing with Fire, will be released in December.

Where do you get inspiration for your stories?

I honestly have no idea.  Small Town Secrets started while I was on a trip to Walt Disney World with my family.  The story opens amid the chaos of families attempting to escape the "happiest place on earth" when a hurricane is bearing down on Orlando.

Where do you see your writing journey five years from now?

I honestly don't know.  I hope Playing by the Rules has been completed by then.  It's an awesome blend of YA romance, mystery, and a dash of paranormal.  I really like strong female characters - both in my YA writing and in my romance.  I'm hoping I have at least one YA story published within five years.

What is your first reaction when someone says, "Oh, I would love to write a book." ?
I wonder if they're feeling okay.  I adore writing, and I can't complain about the road I've chosen...but I know how very isolating it can be. I've had several people talk with me about the idea of writing a book, and I always recommend finding a supportive writer's group to link up with. 

What's the coolest thing you've done as an author (hint: I believe there was a story about hot vampire guy holding your hand? )

Ha ha!  Meeting Ian Somerhalder.  Sadly, that really had nothing to do with my writing career, but it was awesome and still is my biggest claim to fame.  I used to work on as a moderator on a board for a popular CW television show that Ian just happens to star in.  When he came into town for a fan event, I went (and was asked by the board owner to pass a message to Ian).  Ian was amazing.  The event's security staff tried to get me to move on in the "meet and greet" line, but Ian was talking with me about my work on the forum.  He took hold of my hand (to signal to the security guys to let me stay put) and held onto it until he was finished talking with me.  Yes, his eyes are just as blue as they seem...and they're even more hypnotic in person.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I'm just going to look at the pretty picture and daydream for a while, but the rest of you can get to know Molly better on her website or as @mollykgray on Twitter or Facebook or leave her a comment here.


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Avoidance Technique

Thinking about Thursday
   So, you might remember my RWA post last week where I mentioned I was facing a major rewrite on my current manuscript. Everyone offered such encouragement, I'd love to be able to tell you I immediately strapped myself to the chair and pounded out the revisions until fire flew from my fingertips. (A little Devil Went Down To Georgia reference for you this morning.)

Unfortunately, I'm a terrible liar.

As much as I appreciated all the support, I did anything I could to avoid opening that particular file.

Including, cleaning out my closet.

You can probably discern from the picture above, this task had become long overdue. My husband and I finally agreed. Just do it.

It didn't take days and days like I expected. We didn't argue. In fact, I knew the process was going entirely too smooth.

Until, I stood on a step stool to put a marble chess board in the top of the closet and dropped it on my foot. Yes, it is black, blue and, most recently, a hint of green. Thank you for asking.

In my delirious state of pain, with my foot up and an ice pack that hurt worse than the throbbing, my brain started making an odd connection between editing and my closet.

Just stay with me here.

The before closet was functional, but not good.
Too much that didn't belong.
(Yes, that is a hockey stick. Why do you ask?)
It was also overflowing with backstory.
The flowers at the top there are my wedding bouquet...from 14 years ago. You don't even want to know what kind of "keepsakes" were in that box. Let's just say, I don't think I still need the confetti from my high school senior breakfast.

So, we had to unpack everything. Lay it all out and decide what truly mattered to the story. Or, what actually fit and belonged in the closet. This what the point I wanted to cry. And, it was before the chess board attacked me. Seeing it all out there was beyond overwhelming. There was no way we were ever going get this done. But, since our bed is actually underneath there some where, there was no way we couldn't get it done.
Talk about goal, motivation and conflict! 

The basic framework needed more. Not much, just tearing down some old fixtures and installing new shelves. Just like my premise needs some tweaking and more inner conflict. 

Finally, we ended up with this. 
Which makes me smile every time I open the door. I can see what I need. I know what's in there and, best of all, I can breathe.

So, yesterday. I opened my manuscript and got started.

What's a few revisions after an accomplishment like that?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Meet Tiffany A. White!

Tell Me Your Story Tuesday


I first met Tiffany at a NTRWA meeting. She is such a sweet person. 
She is with us today celebrating her debut release.

Aimee Freeman is looking forward to the start of her senior year. She knows her best friend Ella has been keeping secrets from her all summer long, but with football season right around the corner, the student trainer decides not to worry about it—they’ll have plenty of time to catch up on the field.

Then Ella goes missing, and Aimee realizes those secrets might be the key to finding her. As the case unfolds, Aimee discovers more than one person may have wanted to harm Ella. Was it Ella’s current boyfriend, a social outcast the entire city seems intent on blaming for her disappearance? Or her ex-boyfriend, the beloved star quarterback who has harassed Ella since their breakup? The list of potential suspects continues to grow after Aimee reads Ella’s journal, but she must first break her best friend’s secret code to reveal their identities.

Unbeknownst to Aimee, her investigation has not gone unnoticed. Ella’s abductor is watching and waiting. Will he decide Aimee needs to be silenced—making her the next target?

Let's get to know Tiffany! 

How did you get into writing?
Writing is something I have always loved.  I was “that” girl who would help my friends knock out all of their writing assignments.  In high school, I fell in love with classic literature and writing even more so, but it wasn’t until college that stories started circling around in my head.  I switched my major from Biology to English, but then got lost in the world of Corporate America.  After ten years of working as an Executive Assistant, I used my lay-off as my opportunity to do what I really wanted to do—write.  Luckily, I have a great man by my side who has given me the freedom to tackle my dreams.

Your debut release is Football Sweetheart, a YA mystery.  Tell us about how it came to be. Did you have any particular sources of inspiration?
Football Sweetheart stems from growing up in high school football obsessed West Texas.  From a very early age, I spent every Friday night under the lights.  Is everyone familiar with Friday Night Lights?  Well, I lived it—literally.  I worked as a student trainer my three years of high school, just like my protagonist, Aimee, and I remember people traveling in from all over the country to watch Midland Lee versus Odessa Permian.  One man drove all the way from Iowa just to watch a West Texas high school football game.  Seems insane, right?  But it’s normal out there…

For whatever reason, I’m addicted to real-life crime stories… Forensic Files, 48 Hours Mystery, Body of Evidence, Snapped, you name it.  When I read, I read mysteries.  When I watch television, which is a lot, I love a good two-hour-made-for-TV mystery.  Therefore, I knew that I would write mysteries.  The kidnapping in my story is also a fictionalized account loosely inspired by actual events.  Unfortunately the real-life case was never officially closed, and it took place years before the internet was what it is today, so I couldn’t find much about it.  But I took my memories, memories that haunted me as a little girl, twisted in a ton of fiction, and created my mystery.   

What has it been like self-publishing your book? What has been the biggest challenge? What has been the greatest reward?
Self-publishing is no joke.  I work longer hours now than I did working in a very high-paced corporate environment.  However, I am a bit of a control freak… a fact I am not afraid to admit.  And self-publishing gives me the control that I need and I honestly wouldn’t change a thing.
The biggest challenge for me, besides the time and the fact that you have no money coming in until you are published, was the e-book conversions.  We (my guy and I) ran into a few small snags while converting to the proper mobi file for Kindle, but that was nothing compared to the issues we had with the epub file for Nook.  I used a special collegiate font for my chapter and part headings that wouldn’t carry over, so after creating jpeg images for each one and it still not working properly, we had to embed the fonts into the text.  This is where having a computer programmer for a boyfriend really comes in handy because I would have thrown my laptop through the window.  We also had to reformat my tabs and spacing to make both formats work, but now we know...
The greatest reward has to be the fact that I have now accomplished my dream, and it’s all mine—I don’t have to share it with anyone, except the small percentages to the direct sale vendors (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.).  Best feeling ever.

I hear you are slightly obsessed with TV.  What is your current "can't miss" show?
I believe slightly obsessed might be an understatement.  I watch almost everything on television.  The DVR may be the best invention ever.  And I’m lucky; my DVR records four shows at the same time, and I make it work every night to earn its keep.  Hahaha.
Making me choose just one “can’t miss” show is difficult, but I’ll try.  It’s summer time and there’s not the usual abundance of new programs between the hours of 7pm and 10pm, but there are some great television series airing right now.  So just one? 
Um…. Pretty Little Liars.  

This doesn’t mean that I don’t love True Blood, The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles, Burn Notice, and Suits just as much, but you did imply only one show…
Now in the fall… wait, you didn’t ask about the fall.  

If you were going to dinner with any TV character, who would you chose and why?
Ooo, what a question!!  My mind immediately jumped to two of the hottest men on TV today for the obvious reason—I love them:  Damon Salvatore and Neal Caffrey.  See, again I can’t choose!  Damon and Neal both sweep me off my feet on a weekly basis.  Both have unbelievably gorgeous eyes and wicked smiles.  We might not say much at dinner, but I’d be a happy, happy girl.
If I was looking for a conversation, I’d probably invite Emily Thorne.  Some may know her as Amanda Clarke.  I’d want to pick her brain… her life experiences make for some great fiction.  Revenge always tastes sweet, right?  

What does your writing process look like? Are you a super-plotter or see-what-happens pantser?
I am definitely a plotter.  I wouldn’t say super-plotter, but plotter none-the-less.  This dates back to my days in high school.  I always outlined, including Roman Numerals, before writing any paper.  Last year at DFWcon, I attended a great workshop on plotting, and I’ve thrown my outlining out the door and now use a story arch.  I open up my notebook to two clean pages, draw an arch from the bottom left corner to the right, and insert all of my major and minor plot points.  Now, that’s not to say I don’t change the story a bit as I go, we all know our characters sometimes take over, but I always reference back to my arch.  

What has been the best advice you've heard along this journey?
The best advice I’ve heard along this journey is to never give up.  I’ve really never been a quitter, but sometimes hearing that others have struggled with the exact same things throughout their journey helps someone like me push through.  Perhaps my favorite line, and one that I use often, comes from Kristen Lamb’s social media guide and the online group known as Wana – We Are Not Alone.  We’re not alone.  Someone out there has battled the very same issues we face.  And finding a community of writers to share their experiences is the best therapy session for any of us.  I’ve been absolutely blessed to have the online and real-life relationships that I do. 

What's next for you? 
 Writing…  I’m currently writing book two in The Football Sweetheart series.  The novella picks up thirty days after Football Sweetheart ends, and we catch up with Aimee and her friends during Halloween week.  Oh, and of course there’s a new mystery…

Want to get to know Tiffany better? You can find her at her Blog, Facebook, Twitter,  or leave her a comment or question below.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Workshop Hangover

Thinking about Thursday

Look, it's Nora Roberts! And, she's standing with ME! 
This time last week, I was sitting in my first RWA NATIONALS workshop.
It was an absolutely exhausting, fantastic trip. 
I came home with my brain so full I haven't been able to even open my WIP.
Don't think that was the intended result. 

Other than the general physical exhaustion, which  I have finally recovered from, I think I have a "Workshop hangover". 

RWA was my 3rd writing conference this year. So, I've had this feeling before. I should be completely pumped, motivated, cranking out words so fast you can't see my fingers moving on the keyboard. 

Instead, I couldn't even write my blog post on Tuesday and haven't managed more than a few emails this whole week. 

Why? Because the sheer sense of responsibility to create a quality product is overwhelming. 

After all I've learned this year, I feel like I've been to OZ and seen the man behind the curtain. He's short, ugly and looks alot like my internal editor, Boris.
 I know people are going to tell me,
 "Just write. Just get the words on the paper."

But, I'm past that. I am in my fourth round of revisions.  
And, because of what I learned last week, facing down a HUGE rewrite. 

Please, don't read this as whining.

I will do it. 
I have 11 days before my real life pounces, again. 

I plan to make good use of that time, but I'm still... oh, I don't know... 
Paralyzed with fear? 

Am I the only one? Do you come back from conferences all afire and ready to go? Or does the knowledge it isn't just about "getting the story on paper" give you a moment's pause?