Teaka – Character Sketch from Evolution

Evolution

I had a couple comments from the writer’s group about my character, Teaka, from my flash fiction entry: Evolution.  I had confused some readers by not providing a clear enough description. I thought I’d share the crudely executed character sketch I cobbled together. I am not much of an artist but it gives a general idea.  Think.. sentient song bird with arms and hands. She loves to preen with her comb and horde the treasures from her little bags of stolen goods…

Update on 7/1 – Scores are in… 22.56 out of 30  not too shabby for a first competitive try.

Teaka from Evolution

Winsome, lose some

It has been another whirlwind couple weeks. Writing took on a bright shine as my interaction with the Facebook group “Write Around the Block” has fired some sleepy brain cells into creative action.  Evolution got fairly good critiques and I was happy the readers didn’t pan it as drivel.  Jasmine didn’t make the long-list for the Australian Writers’ Centre, June Flash Fiction contest.  I’m ok with the outcome, the talent pool is deep, the skill sets are wide and I am a babe patting wet sand on the shore. I’ll keep working. I like the story.

I am just starting to get things out into the public eye, beyond the eyes that see things here.  It was quite the jump for me.

The painting I entered in the art show received little comment. I’m happy in that regard as it was quite challenging for me to let it out there.

All these exercises are me, working to be more me.  I am trying to be less in the “closet” when it comes to art and writing.  These are my winsome babes, perhaps with faces only I love. Yet, I have pushed them from the nest (my soul jumping with them) in an effort to hone my craft, sharpen my skills and spread my wings. Fly or fall, lessons are learned and applied. I’ll take critique, apply what makes sense and continue.

On another note: Irregular Orbit is making its way through my creative process.  It has been 8 months since the seed sprouted. It has resulted in 50K words and its about halfway to complete.  I’ve overcome the hurdle of the middle dregs… I found the catalyst to keep my characters moving along toward climax and resolution.  Onward, onward…

Working, writing, playing

Greetings, I have been having an amazing time of late. Between travel (two great trips I’ll blog about later) and work and writing and playing Dungeons and Dragons (yeah, that one) I have been having a good run!  I’ll be posting some Flash Fiction I’ve been dabbling with in various contests.  The first is up in “Fiction and Poetry” tab.  Evolution is for a flash exercise, 1500 words, 55 hours, Location must include a boat of any kind and a bag of marbles… See what you think. Evolution

Jasmine is a 500 word flash which had to be set at a party and include the phrase “The air was filled with…” Jasmine

The novel, Irregular Orbit,  stalled for a while then sprang back to life, and is a slow haul. It is at 46k words now and is likely to head to 100k before first cuts and a bunch of hard core editing. I plan to have that one professionally edited as I feel like it will be something to publish when its done.  One chapter that I pulled out already feels like it may be a second in what may be a trilogy.  Lord help me.

I am back to writing more frequently now so I hope to see you here on a regular basis.

Until then… let me know what you think of the flash fiction pieces.

Where art thou?

I art diligently working on this novel, Irregular Orbit.  I am having a good

Universe

time letting these characters tell their tale of space mystery and murder. They are rich and deep with holey formed personas and motivations. They story flows and grows and forms around them, like a gaseous cloud in this vast universe. WOW!  I am 40K into the story… things are getting weird. Space Weird. String Theory weird.

I have met a wonderful and supportive group of writers. Most of them are successfully published and doing tours and things. Most are mystery writers, a few write historical fiction, one is giving the classic detective serial a new face, one writes stories from a dog’s perspective. There are poets and biographers. One woman is writing the story of her marriage and her husband’s descent into Alzheimers. She make me cry every time she shares. There are new writers too, who like me have been at this a while but just surfacing.  I have to say, having a community of like minded writers makes me want to show up and present my best every Saturday.

Having support is key to success in many endeavors and writing needs bolstering more than some hobbies.  Breathing life to a work is exhausting and exhilarating and terrifying. It takes a village to keep you sane and producing. It takes a calm set of mentors to encourage cruel edits without undermining courage.

It takes coffee. Lots of coffee.

I will visit again soon. It will be fun to see the two chapters here compared to the same two chapters now…

Another wknd at the keys

Not those Keys… these keys, keyboard keys.

Not the whole weekend either. Just some of it, between chores and laundry.  I did my first reading at the writer’s group. Terrifying, satisfying. I received good critique, and good encouragement.

I’ve decided to use Irregular Orbit as my NaNoWriMo project.  Hopefully it will push me to get to “The End” on a project.

I have a beautiful, black, furry bit of serenity laying next to me as I write. Ah, to be a cat.

Writing

I added a new short story / writing prompt exercise in the Fiction and Poetry section.

62. Irregular Orbit

I haven’t written much sci fi before so this has been quite fun… if you read it, leave me comment on if it is worth chasing a little more.

I’ve been painting, writing, going and doing. I went to an Axe Throwing class… it was totally worth every penny, so much fun! I highly recommend you find a groupon for one in your area.

I also joined a local writer’s group. They are amazing, many of them published, and intimidating to a certain extent. I love hearing them read, and the groups provides positive, solidly reasoned critique. To think that I may read some of my stuff with that advanced a group makes me worry but it will make me a better writer.

Write on… and on and on.  See you here again soon.