In the life of a writer …

This has been a week of words on the page. I have been working on ‘A Destiny Denied’, book three of the Kindred series, only to hit a lull. Two of my characters had gone quiet on me, and I wasn’t sure how to handle it. After talking to my mentor, who wisely pointed out since I have no deadline looming over me, maybe I should put it aside and work on my short story project. Sounded like a plan to me.

I pulled up the short story, still having ‘Destiny’ on the screen. I sat there, staring at the two documents, totally flummoxed. Neither one was speaking to me. Now what? Usually when a character goes silent on me, I’ll close my eyes and visualize him or her, urging them to ‘talk to me’. Finally, I did this with the two books. ‘Somebody talk to me already!’  ‘Destiny’ did. The two characters in question decided to come back and chat my head off. I’ve been writing every chance I get. Not sure how much of their story will stay in the book, since they aren’t the ‘main’ characters, but I’ll deal with that part later. For now, I’m getting it all down, it’s too good not to. For a little while longer, the short stories are going to have to wait.

I want to take a minute to mention personal appearances. I’ve got one today. As soon as I post this, I’ll be loading my truck up and heading to the local main library where they’ll be holding their annual ‘Books for the Bayou’ event. This will be my first time there, sharing the room with other local authors. I look forward to networking and meeting readers.

My local library ran a feature on me on their Facebook page to promote the event. A library in another parish caught it and contacted me for their author fair coming up in two weeks. I was more than thrilled to accept their invitation. It may not be the big book cons, but it’s still meeting readers and networking.

What was supposed to be a quiet year and a half to devote to writing has become jam-packed with author take-overs, local book signings, swag making and writing. I’m here to tell you I’m not complaining one bit. This has been a great ride and I’m enjoying every leg of the journey.

One more thing before I go. I submitted a short story (A Daemon’s Desire) for an anthology the Glass City Author Event is publishing. Proceeds are for a charity called R.I.S.E, an organization that helps survivors of human trafficking and exploitation.  The book was released this past Wednesday. You can purchase Once Upon a Short Story at Amazon.

Please buy one. You’ll get a great read and will be helping a wonderful cause.

Till next week,

~ Madison



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