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Still Here…


This was NOT me the last ten days.

The good news is that I think I’ve gotten past the worst cold I’ve had in years. It knocked me flat, bruised my ribs, and has made the living room recliner by bosom sleep buddy. Why is this the good news, you ask? Because I only get hit this hard every two-to-three years.

Which means I’m done.

You hear me, germs? I’m over it. Begone with you. Do not darken my doorstep again in 2012. Or 2013, thank you very much.

The other good news? I have some amazing new ideas for stories.  2012 is going to be a great writing year!

Happy writing!

Happy New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR -2012 Jax Fireworks

Happy New Year, everyone.  It occurred to me tonight that I had not made any resolutions this year. That’s a first in a long time.

After giving it some thought, for the most part I either achieved or made progress on all my resolutions but one–writing daily on this blog. I gave it a good shot. 2011 was a good year, but also a very hard year on multiple fronts.

As for 2012, I have resolved not to have any new year’s resolutions.  This year is about continuing to enjoy life with my husband, evolve my craft by trying new things to see what resonates with me, and of course, continuing on the journey to Cynthia 2.0 (the new and improved me). Nothing new there. Just more of the same forward progress.

Now, resolutions are not the same as goals. And I have several goals:

  1. Finish the revamp of my novel into (what to some will be) a new incarnation with more depth, emotion, and conflict–along with a few chills and thrills.
  2. Pitch said novel at a writer’s conference this summer.
  3. Upgrade this site, which will include a new, more direct internet address, as well as revamped and additional materials.

Between goals I have set for the day job and some of my personal goals, the above are enough for me this year.

If anyone would like to share their resolutions and/or goals, I’d love to hear what they are.

Until next time, happy writing.

And The Cow Mooed…

English: A bauble on a Christmas tree.

Happy holidays, everyone.

I know I’ve been silent for much longer than I expected. I had good intentions, as I always do, but Life was busy throwing roadblocks and dangerous curves my way, and I had to keep hyper focused to maneuver through to what I hope is the light at the end of a very dark tunnel.

I’m not really complaining about the struggles.  I have a lot to be thankful for:

  • I’m blessed to be married to be my best friend of 15 years; it’s truly amazing to me that I still experience joy, love and laughter every day (and that we still find we like each other’s company almost more than anyone else on the planet).
  • I’m healthy and have made great inroads to becoming Cynthia 2.0 — the newer, healthier, more self-assured and self-aware me.
  • I have friends and coworkers who are a constant inspiration, and have provided me unflagging support and encouragement.  I’m afraid I may not always be as good a friend to them. I do try.
  • I have a large family who cares about each other. Although I don’t always march to the same drumbeat that they do, I love them all without reservation.

As for the writing…while Life got in the way, draining me of energy until the words would no longer flow, the distance of a few months gave me a few ahas. I wasn’t happy with my main character, which made writing a chore vs. a labor of love and discovery. And most importantly, the story I ended up writing was missing all the elements I intended to write about, and still want to write about.

So here’s where the subject of my post comes into play. Back when I was struggling to finish a scene and getting more and more frustrated, the husband (who likes to surprise me and make me laugh), threw out a wild suggestion:

“So write ‘And the cow mooed’ and move on.”

I’m sure he meant it as a joke, but it stuck with me. So now it’s my code phrase. I even bought a little cow to be a reminder that sits by my laptop.

So really, what I’m saying to all of you is, “And the cow mooed.”English: cow

Enough already. I’m moving on. I’m leaving behind the darkness and taking charge.

And that includes taking charge of my book.  There’s a lot right there. I’ve already thought of a new element to my character’s makeup–a secret pain that drives her–that will help me better tell the kinds of stories I want to tell.  I need to nail down some other new worldbuilding elements to the overall mythology of the story, and then I’ll be mady writing to incorporate them and finally have the novel I want to share. Pretty exciting stuff, really.

So, for those of you faithful who continued to drop by my blog, I thank you. I’m back–and moving ever forward in the journey toward Cynthia 2.0 who, among other things, will be a published author.

Until next time, happy writing.

Finding my way back here…

Just a quick note that I haven’t forgotten any of you.  I got four packets out to agents this week.  Finishing up final rewrites on the last 5 chapters, then will be ready to send to the last agent, and then I’ll be back online and you’ll begin seeing some changes. Thanks for hanging in there with me!

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Yes, I’m still alive…

Dear family, friends, readers, and fellow writers — I know I have been a ghost on here for a while, and it probably seems like I’ve dropped off the earth.  The truth is I’m expending all my energy outside of the day job trying to complete the rewrite of my novel to get it to a place where I feel justified sending it to the agents who requested it.  Chapters […]

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