I’m a fairly organized person, but sometimes I do things backwards.
I’m finally getting back to writing (just when it’s time to go back to school!) and I’m pulling out a draft I put away years ago when I sold Snark but remains close to my heart. Its working title is Dancing Barefoot because it takes place in the 1970s and a shoutout to the great Patti Smith can’t hurt, right? I’ve heard that agents and editors hate the Seventies but this messed up old draft keeps tugging at the strings of my soul so I’m going to give it a go, at least after many mind games, searches for a sign that I’m doing the right things, consultation of tarot cards because it’s been so long since I’ve written anything substantial I’ve looked like this every time I even thought about picking up my manuscript. More
I haven’t written much of anything in the past fifteen months or so, and certainly not many blog posts. In fact, at times I didn’t really do much of anything. There were long stretches during which I couldn’t sleep, even with the help of various prescription medicines – I’d just lie in bed or on the couch, exhausted, my heart racing like I’d just outpaced Usain Bolt even though walking around the block would get me so winded I gave up. (Months earlier I had been walking 3 1/2-4 miles a day). I had to take time off work, but couldn’t take more than a few days, so I went back despite the exhaustion and constant antsy feeling. No one seemed to notice that inside I was ready to jump out of my skin every second of the day. More
Everyone I know has a TBR – “To Be Read” – list at least a mile long. I’m no exception, and it seems especially distressing to me to have so many books from my own publisher that I am trying to get to. So this week, some of my fellow Swoon Romance/Month 9 Books/Georgia McBride Media Group are sharing their Summer GMMG TBR lists. More
I’m finally on Instagram, and if you go there and look up me, @stephaniewardrop, or #snarkandcircumstance, you can see photos of the locations that inspired many of the scenes in the SNARK AND CIRCUMSTANCE e-novella series and its book-length sequel, SNARK AND STAGE FRIGHT. Fortunately, I live in a town that bears a striking resemblance (in name, as well) to Georgia Barrett’s Longbourne. Unfortunately, I am not a great photographer, but I’m learning because I have (1) recently become kind of obsessed with the work of Mary-Ellen Mark* and (2) my main character in my new WIP wants to be a documentary photographer. More
Last semester I got to teach the first-ever class on writing YA fiction at my western Massachusetts university, and I learned a lot from it. It wasn’t technically a “creative writing” class but a “special topics in English” class, which made it sort of a weird hybrid lit/writing class more than the traditional fiction workshop class. It also meant that most of the students were not writers or dreaming of becoming writers. But by the end of the semester, some of them decided they just might be writers after all and promised to keep at it, promised that I couldn’t stop them from writing even if I wanted to. And I don’t. So
But as a believer in karma and someone with only the barest knowledge of optical anatomy, I am not so sure myself. I have to sit upright 24/7 for at least a week and I can’t watch tv or read for more than half an hour. So I raced to finish Nova Ren Suma’s The Walls Around Us with my one good eye before surgery tomorrow morning and I recommend that you read it, too. Under better circumstances.
I’m on My Crazy Corner’s Annual Romance Blogfest today, talking beaches, Snark, and romance, and I’ll be giving away a big beach bucket of fun. Check me out at Apryl Baker’s superfab blog all of this month:
and see who else is dropping by here! So think of your favorite beach or beach read and enter to win. Good luck!