More Summer Musings — Because It Is Still Summer Here

Well, summer’s entering its final month. And despite the Halloween blitzes in the stores, my brain refuses to believe autumn is already upon us.

I can't believe I reached my camera in time to snap some photos

I can’t believe I reached my camera in time to snap some photos. This is a view from a back window of our house.

Amazon Anomalies

Is anyone else noticing that reviews on Amazon aren’t appearing right away? Granted, I don’t leave many, so maybe they’ve changed their policy in the recent (or not-so-recent) past. When I left positive reviews for two authors, my “starred” reviews were counted, but my text reviews didn’t appear, at least not at first. I’m just curious if this is a glitch or a policy change . . . .

Facebook Frustrations

Okay, Facebook has frustrated me from Day 1. But as I see 10 updates in one day for some folks, and none for others, I’m thinking I’d love to control my news feed. Let Facebook run ads and suggestions on the sidebars. The service is free, after all, and it has to make money somehow But in return, let me control my feed. Like limit people to two visible updates per day. Or have the option to NOT see when friends like a post by a non-mutual friend or a page that I don’t follow. Is that so unreasonable a desire?

Writerly Whimpers

Earlier this month, I made great progress on the current manuscript, reaching 30,000 words and having a near complete draft of the first quarter of the book and a good chunk of the ending. And then I sat down to flesh out my outline for all the bits in between . . . . Enter the proverbial kick in the gut.

There’s a long way to go. And I have to make those scenes interesting and keep them driving the story forward. A saggy middle is the kiss of death in a novel. Yes, I believe a few “non-plot critical” scenes are okay. But the emphasis is on “a few.” The middle can’t be my main character thinking over what happened in Part 1 and talking it to death with other characters. We need fresh and relevant action, description, and dialogue. And that feels like a long, grueling slog just now.

It doesn’t help that the day job kicked into overdrive. Or that my recent Facebook updates on writing were acknowledged by only a handful of friends. (A big thank you to those of you who know who you are! Your support means more than I can adequately express. 🙂 )

Writing is often called a lonely pursuit, and there’s truth to that statement. Non-writers don’t “get” the highs and lows that we experience. Many friends and family simply aren’t interested—or assume we’ll fail, so why bother saying anything or giving us false hope? Of course, the bright side is that we can easily connect with like-minded folks through the interwebz and have a far greater support network that previous generations did. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating. If I ever successfully publish a novel, my amazing blog buddies will be one of the biggest reasons why.

Archaeology Hoaxes Abound

Finally, someone recently posted a link on Facebook to a story about a Viking ship reportedly found in the Mississippi River in Tennessee. The “article” dated to 2014 and hey, I admit, it “sounded” good. There’s just one problem. It was a total hoax. Just because it’s on the web, folks, doesn’t make it true. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Check around before accepting something as fact. That applies to everything, by the way, even if it comes from people we view as like-minded with ourselves. Due diligence should be a regular habit.

What irks me about this particular story is that archaeologists really have documented a Viking presence in North America. It’s just that currently, the evidence is limited to areas of coastal Canada. But that is amazing in itself. Did the Vikings get further south or inland? Only more real research has the potential to say. We may never know. So few Vikings would have been present, and the chances of them leaving something behind that would preserve in the archaeological record are slim. And given the size of the continent, the chances of finding any such remains are even slimmer. Sometimes, though, we archaeologists get lucky. And those are great days.

So how’s your summer (or winter) going? Are you making progress on your goals? Supporting the people in your life? Doing your due diligence?

45 thoughts on “More Summer Musings — Because It Is Still Summer Here

  1. I had that happen to one of my Amazon reviews once, but it eventually showed up. I haven’t had a problem since. As for Facebook, you know I’m with you there. For the longest time, none of the updates from people I marked as ‘acquaintances’ showed up in my newsfeed. I just assumed all those people stopped posting. But then, after a couple weeks of silence, I moved them over to my ‘close friends’ folder just to see, and lo and behold, dozens of updates popped up. Not sure what that was all about. What’s the point of creating different folders if some updates show up and others don’t? Grr.

    There was a thing on Twitter people were retweeting recently. It was about the Leaning Tower of Pisa falling over. I thought, “What?! Did that really happen?” I did a little investigation, and of course, it was a hoax. But many people didn’t realize that. They’re so quick to share. But I can’t smirk about it, because I was duped when I shared a hoax on FB a couple years ago. I’d seen it on CNN earlier that morning so I assumed it was true. It was about a mother who gave out notes discussing the health issues associated with obesity to all the overweight trick-or-treaters instead of candy. But the story wasn’t true. It was an elaborate hoax that even made the news circuits without being spotted as fake. That at least made me feel better. 🙂

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    • My sister-in-law suggested the Amazon thing might be because I don’t leave many reviews and they might be thinking I’m just pushing a friend’s book. I hope not because I’m picky about the reviews I leave! As for Facebook, well, it’s always been annoying. 😉 I stay with it, though, for keeping up with far-flung family and friends.

      I hadn’t seen the one about the Tower of Pisa, but I can see where folks might think it was true. I just wish more of them would check before spreading the word as fact!

      Really good hoaxes are crafted to be readily believable. And that Halloween story ticked every box of believability. I wouldn’t feel bad about falling for something that got past CNN. 🙂

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  2. That’s a lovely photo. You did well to capture such shy creatures.
    I’m no fan of Facebook. It’s all about the money they can make on advertising, with no regard for the people using it. The user interface is so outdated now.
    It would be interesting to find out more about the Viking presence. Maybe there will be a lucky find – a genuine one!

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    • I was so surprised to see these “bachelors” at 10:30 in the morning. They’re usually not out foraging in fields at that time. I’m afraid they’ll need to be careful when hunting season starts up this fall. For that matter, so will we! I’m hoping there’s not much hunting on the farm behind us….

      One of these days, my husband and I want to get up to L’Anse Aux Meadows in Canada to see the Viking excavations. Given that archaeology has documented their presence in North America, I’m not sure why we keep celebrating Columbus Day! 😉

      Facebook could be so much better than it is. I suspect Zuck would say we’d have to pay for the work involved in updating it. Maybe so. But couldn’t some of those billions of dollars from going public be used, too?!

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  3. Ugh, I hear you on the sagging middle J.M.. I’m having a tough go at the writing, unable to sit down to write the past few days and having lost my groove. I’m hoping I can get back in the swing of things. The highs are truly high and lows equally low!

    Nice snapshot, btw!

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    • I hate how easy it is to fall out of the writing habit! “They” say it takes 3 weeks to form or break a habit. So why does it seem like 3 days away from writing is enough to completely disrupt the routine? 😦 Something’s wrong with that picture.

      I hope you’ll find that groove again—Angus might one day enjoy reading those stories residing in your head! Especially if any dratted sagging middles can be toned up!


  4. I love your view from your backyard. So pretty. And those deer. Awesome! There are lots of hoaxes going around. I tell my kids all the time to not trust things just because it’s ‘on the internet’. But so many kids in that generation do believe everything they read–politically, socially, entertainment, etc. Yes, writing is a lonely field. Good thing we enjoy the process (Besides the marketing part at the end).

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    • I’m glad to hear you’re getting your kids to think critically. I think we’d find the world to be a much better place if more people would do that. And I’d love to see it force politicians to discuss issues rationally and intelligently rather than going for sound bites and showmanship. 🙂

      The view is lovely out here, at least for now, and I think it helps the creativity. I’m sure the nearby farm will someday be developed, but the area right behind us is conservation land. And I hope that never changes! I just have to prepare myself for the potential to see a bear back there, too. 🙂

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  5. Wow! You have a lovely view from your home. We occasionally have rabbits or possums or raccoons in our yard, but deer don’t come this far into town. I live near a state park though, so we see wild turkeys and deer. We have wild hogs & cougars around here, but people rarely see them.

    Congrats on your writing process–30K! Sorry that more FB friends aren’t tuned in, but sometimes that’s the nature of the beast (or perhaps nature of the algorithm; it’s possible they never saw the posts).

    The Vikings’ forays into the coast of North America are, I think, fairly well known, but anybody who believes the Mississippi thing is foolish.

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    • I’ve seen rabbits, groundhogs, and deer so far, and smelled skunk. (Yuck) Bears are another possibility, and they might freak me out a bit. Cougars and wild hogs I could do without! Years ago, my husband and I were in Kings Canyon, and a week after we left, a woman was mauled there by a cougar. I never want to encounter that situation!

      That’s so true about Facebook. I sometimes wonder if only a few people ever see my posts. Between its algorithms and individual’s settings, who knows what appears and when? Just one reason I’d like a little more control.

      Columbus still gets all the credit in the schools (and the federal holiday), but it’s time to rethink that celebration on so many levels. But I’m not about to hold my breath….

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  6. JM, I’ll be glad to see Fall. It’s my favorite season though I wish whomever decides the time change thing would just leave as is! I’ve been writing a few short stories but took a break from the beast that is my book. I have woods and a big park behind our home though I’ve never seen deer. Mosquitoes are in abundance though.

    I’ve gazed upon the mighty Mississippi in Tennessee numerous times. I think I saw the Loch Ness monster perched on that Viking ship. Sasquatch was at the helm.

    Hope your summer is cooler. :).

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    • I’m with you, Brigitte. Can we just leave the clocks alone? And Fall is my favorite season, although Spring’s a close second. I love the color and the break from the heat and humidity. After a cool, wet start, our summer turned hot and humid again. We’re supposed to get a bit of a break these next few days, and I hope the forecast is right.

      I got back into this newest novel in July, after quite a break from any writing from April through June. I have to cut myself some slack because of things like moving and my mother-in-law’s passing. I’m glad you’ve kept working with those short stories while you stepped back from the novel. That’s a great way to stay with the writing while letting the “big” ideas simmer in the background.

      I’m just wondering how long it will be before we see a bear around here. We’re only about 3 miles from a large mountainous ridge with several state forests and parks. And I know there are bears up there. And all that’s between us and them on several sides is farm fields! Fall and Spring could be interesting to say the least. 🙂

      Don’t forget the gray aliens abducting those Vikings on the Mississippi. 😉

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  7. Now that’s a view. I wander over to the NASA grounds and look for the deer herds there – but pretty much everything has been hiding from the sun and heat. But there’s a slight change of the sun and air, so maybe the seasonal switch hasn’t flipped, but the dimmer is working. (And the first Halloween costume big box store is open)
    I’d like to see the Canadian excavations, too. No doubt there’s been multiple landings/explorations we don’t know about – which is to be expected as continents, ice, and people drift. Columbus Day is merely an Italian heritage day around here. I don’t think he’s been studied as the discoverer for a long long time in our schools (not since the 80’s?) All for parties and ethnic foods, though!
    “Non-writers don’t “get” the highs and lows that we experience. Many friends and family simply aren’t interested—or assume we’ll fail, …” You nailed it. Just keep plugging along. You’ll get there.

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    • I’m sure the farm to our north and west will be subdivided at some point. But at least the area directly behind us is a conservation easement, so that’s more likely to stay where it is. I couldn’t believe this bachelor group was roaming around the open fields at 10:30 in the morning. That’s not a time we normally see them active. I’m not sure if there will be hunting on the farms around us or not, but if so, these boys need to be on guard.

      It’s interesting to see scholars using the archaeology and Norse sagas to try to identify other areas in North America where the Vikings might also have landed and attempted to settle. Historical documents also suggest that Basque fisherman may have been exploiting the cod fisheries around North America during the Middle Ages. And I’m open to the possibility that Ice Age groups from Europe could have made the trip by boat, too, by following the icepack edges and hunting seals and whales along the way. There’s still so much for us to learn about past movements of human groups.

      Of course, there are plenty of novels that could be —and have been— written about those ideas. 😉 But I’m trying to get that more modern story written up first!

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  8. I can’t speak for the Amazon issue, since most of the reviews I write are for technology equipment. It’s entirely possible that there’s a server delay for the text pieces, though; there might be some back-end script that checks for certain words, like tag-checking on YouTube. Though, given the quality of some reviews, that’s doubtful.

    Agreed about the FB thing. Sometimes, I think only 2 of my 81 friends have anything going on any given week, when that’s definitely not the case. I often get alerted to something a writer buddy posts only because another writer buddy Likes it. I do take issue with service providers deciding for me what I should think is important. We struggle with that here at my institution, and I often find myself in meetings asking the question, “Does anybody actually want this feature, or are we doing it just because we think it’s needed?”

    I love that there’s evidence of Vikings having made it to North America, though it’s not hard to understand, given the relative closeness to the continents. (“They’re only that far apart on a map.”) I’m often amazed at how much people accomplished with only boats available for mass transportation…and even those were comparatively slow. Maybe debunking some of the wackier Internet claims is a future adventure for Meghan? 🙂

    I’d say not to worry about the writing output, especially if you’re moving back into outline stage. You did A LOT last month! Sometimes, I’ve found outlining goes easier if I work with bits of dialogue or description to get me in the right mood/mode/voice. Pressing forward with plot can be difficult, too. if you find it more to your style to play with those smaller bits, they can often lead you to the right next step, I’ve found.

    Good luck!

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    • I’m afraid I’ve long since passed the point where I can understand new technology, or even “upgrades” of existing things. But I think that’s the norm for those of us who aren’t in technology-related fields, especially as we get older. 🙂 And maybe behemoths like Amazon and Facebook are just too big for most people to grasp anymore. I’ve even heard some younger relatives complaining about so-called upgrades to their various electronic toys. 😉

      It’s interesting that you mention writing dialogue as a way to get jump started because that’s exactly what I do. 🙂 What better way to get a feel for the characters than listening to them talk with each other? Of course, I end up with first drafts that are heavy on dialogue and far too light on description and action! And, of course, the characters can really surprise me with some of the details they let drop. But that’s part of the revising process for me (and probably a lot of other writers, too).

      I really have to come up with some new ideas for the blog. Meghan would probably love to tackle something, but I don’t think I could handle “pantsing” another short story just now. But maybe there are some archaeology-type posts she could do…. Hmm…. 🙂


  9. I feel like we were in the kitchen drinking iced tea and having a conversation as I read your post. So much to comment on, but I’ll leave it small here. I agree with what Carrie says re Facebook. I seem to need to change the Acquaintance check-off to Close Friends to get their posts. I truly can’t figure it all out – maybe that’s their strategy! On the next topic, I’m struggling with the FIRST part of my new novel, because I’m thinking ahead to the middle, and want to make sure it doesn’t sag. Oh, the woes of writing!! :-0

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    • I haven’t even assigned friends to different groups on Facebook, so the randomness as to who shows up and how often is beyond my abilities to analyze. 🙂 I do wonder how some people find so much time to post so many updates in a single day!

      Some writers swear by getting the middle and ending written first—that way they can be sure the beginning works the way it should to introduce the characters and plot and to build the tension and conflict. I’ve never tried it, but if it works for you, please let me know. I might need to try it on the next novel (whenever that day might come). 😉 After two “pantsed” manuscripts (still deservedly unpublished), I’ve spent more time with planning this one. I think I have to be extra aware of having a good, tight middle because the “midpoint” event is rather a quiet one. It’s an encounter between the main character and an individual that makes a huge impression on the MC. And it’s what drives her forward in the story. But it might be easily missed if I don’t get the surrounding bits right!


  10. I can so relate. I get envious of writers who can crack out books like washing their hands, and their writing is still good. Here I am, still agonizing over two chapters. I have one novel finished (took 3 years). I shopped it around for a while and then had this big move out of state. Since we sort-of-settled (still straggler boxes to unpack and switch over to new state), I started a new novel, but like I said, I’m agonizing over a couple of chapters. Anyway, you aren’t alone in the long-way-to-go category.

    I also get what you mean about the facebook feed and about checking out facts. One of my favorite quotes goes, “…people are often blind to bad ideas when they come from someone they admire.” (Mike Rowe)

    Hang in there, JM. We’ll get there eventually with our work. We know what we want it to look like, so it takes a while to get that out of our heads and explained in words so people can put it in their heads, too. As my favorite rock band says, “Keep Pushin’ On.”

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    • Yeah, it’s one thing if you can tell a prolific writer is slipping on the quality. But it’s easy to be jealous of those who can maintain quality and quantity! That’s not a skill combination I’ve mastered. And moving is always a huge chore—and disruption. So both of us should be cutting ourselves some slack this year. Sometimes, the stories and characters need some breathing room and trying to force them forward can backfire. I suspect when the time is right, my ideas will return and the words will spill onto the page again. A breather is probably what I need as much as the characters do.

      I’m finding it harder these days to admire many people, especially those who seek a public life. For me, there’s a real correlation between degree of public adoration/respect/interest and depth of disappointment when reality kicks in. Human nature being what it is, I simply can’t attach the description “hero” or “role model” to very many people in today’s world.

      I guess I’d rather retreat at times into the worlds of my characters where problems can be solved!

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  11. That’s a great backyard view! We don’t see many deer around here anymore so it’s nice to see that they still have some areas like that to run around in. I liked the way facebook was years ago when you could see all the posts, but you didn’t see the things that friends liked or commented on. It would be nice if they could reverse time and go back to that. Then at least there was a little more of a privacy wall.

    That’s great that you were able to get 30,000 words down – keep going! Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and get to see your deer friends more often.

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    • I have to believe the nearby farms will be subdivided before too many years pass. But deer (and other critters!) are adapting awfully well to our suburban environment, so I hope we’ll still get to see them for a long while. Although, I have to admit I could do without so many vultures. Luckily, they’re not roosting on our roof, but you can sure find them on the neighbors’ houses across the street!

      I would really be happy if FB would stop showing me what friends like and comment on and just show their posts (and let me limit how many per day). But I’m afraid that’s too much to ask! Maybe I could have some characters complaining about it in the novels. 😉

      I’m hoping to top 10,000 words this month, although I’m dragging here in the last half. Work has gotten so busy, and I just can’t take being on the computer much when I’m done. I hope you’re doing well this summer and making progress with your writing, too!


  12. The FB thing is really annoying. I usually click on ‘News Feed’ on the left hand side of the page and change it from ‘top stories’ to ‘most recent’ and things come up in chronological order instead of what FB thinks you want to see 😉

    I love the picture from your back window – WOW!


    • The never-ending battle with the news feed! 😛 I change it to “most recent.” FB changes it back to “top stories” a few days later. I change back to most recent. FB changes it ….. Argh! Why won’t they leave it where I want it?!?!

      I’ll admit we have a pretty nice view. But it doesn’t begin to compare with yours! 🙂


    • There are days when I think I should drop FB, but then I see posts and photos from far-flung friends and family, and I stick with it. I’d love to have a service whose focus was exactly that. No pressure to “like” pages. No constant “Friend” suggestions. Just a simple place where people can visit with friends and family in the digital world.

      I’m thinking about action and events for that middle section, and when I find the right mix, I suspect the words will flow more easily again. I just hope that happens sooner and not months later from now!

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  13. I have such trouble with FB (as you know!). I was trying to organize all my “friends” into categories so that I could see less of some people and more of others, because I run into the same issues regarding updates. It’s the same people over and over again, and a lot of stuff I don’t care about — such as when a friend of mine “likes” a certain product, and I start getting that product’s posts. Huh? I don’t like the product, so why is it on my news feed? I don’t get it.

    I know that you’re feeling overwhelmed with how much you have to do with your story, but just focus on taking it one day at a time. You’ve already made so much progress, so you needn’t worry. Sagging middles — yeah, they’re fearsome. Lots of times, when I’m feeling that my middle is too boring, I’ll write a junk scene. Something so ridiculously over-the-top I know it will never make the final cut — but what it does for me is relieves the pressure of performing. And, the bonus? I discover something I didn’t know about the story that I can use. Then I can go back with that little tidbit and push forward with my story.

    Love the photo!

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    • When it comes to Facebook, there’s so much I don’t know, either. 🙂 But I also wonder at some of the things people post about and the frequency at which they do. Of course, some of that could be the whole introvert vs. extrovert way of talking about oneself. 😉

      I’m glad to say I made some progress last weekend with the story. Just the beginning of a scene with main character and spouse helping their son and his friends with some batting practice. And it really will tie into the larger story. If I can keep doing that, then I’m doing okay. Work is going to be super busy through September, and that’s really cutting into my energy for writing at the end of the day. But any progress during this period is good.

      I know I need to keep the pace and interest going because my “Midpoint” (in Larry Brooks’s parlance) is actually a quiet scene involving an unexpected meeting between the main character and someone else at a critical location. But that conversation is the impetus that drives the main to do everything possible to help resolve the story.

      I like your idea of a “junk scene,” and I may just try that for the middle of this story. This character already surprised me with the baseball background. 😉 Who knows what else might be revealed in writing an over the top scene!

      I haven’t seen these boys since I took the photo, but I’m betting it’s just a matter of time. And it’s just possible a black bear could amble through the area, too…!

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  14. That was quite the excellent rant! Here! Here! For getting it all off your chest. I agree. Those things are totally annoying. I think people passing around fake stories is the worst. Keep up the good work on the book. Great deer pic! So awesome! Thank you for sharing that with us.

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  15. I haven’t noticed the change in Amazon reviews you mentioned. But I did leave a negative packaging review recently and never even got a response from Amazon or the third party seller. I thought that was odd. Why bother?

    Writing is definitely a lonely activity. Other things in life have swallowed every minute and I haven’t made time to write for far too long. I miss it -more than I thought I would. I think it starts to become part our our very being at some point.

    Love your deer pics. We have a resident elk herd that shows itself now and again and I never tire of them.

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    • I don’t think I’ll ever understand the thinking behind modern companies, especially of the tech variety. :/ I suspect even today’s young experts will feel overwhelmed and evermore clueless once they hit their forties or fifties. Isn’t that the way of the world? 😉

      I think when the writing calls to us, even when we’re busy with other aspects of life, it’s a good clue that the writing is in the blood. And we’ll find our way back to it as soon as we can in a way that works with our lives. I’m hoping the busier than normal schedule will get back to normal in October so I can keep going on this draft. And I hope you’ll find your way back to your writing soon, too.

      Elk? I am so jealous!


  16. Hi J! We just got back yesterday from a lovely trip away which I shall be posting about tomorrow 🙂

    I have such a love-hate relationship with facebook, I guess the love bit must win out because I still use it! I think all the settings and functionality are far too complicated for anyone to understand, and I think Facebook like it that way, they keep the power.

    Don’t get me started about people falling for hoaxes online! I’ve posted about that myself before, it drives me nuts. I know we can all get caught out occasionally, but there are a lot of people who seem to just automatically believe all of them and share them without even considering that it could be untrue! And some of them can cause harm by being shared.

    Keep going with the writing, you’ll find your way through! Speaking of which, I’m going to do NaNo again this year! I’ve done it once before and hadn’t planned on doing it again, but suddenly decided I would a few weeks ago so as to kick start something that I really want to write. I’m quite excited about it actually, and as I’ve done it before, I know it’s doable for me.

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    • If only FB would let us fully control what we see from friends and family. I wouldn’t mind the ads in the sidebar so much then. Of course, every time I think “I’ve had it” with them, someone I haven’t seen in a while posts great photos, and I remember what’s good about the service. Like those from your trip. 🙂

      I remember your hoax posts, and you’re so right that some of them can be harmful. I’m amazed how some people are skeptical of everything they hear on the news and yet believe everything they read on-line. There’s something very wrong with that picture.

      I’m so glad to hear you’re doing NaNo because that means you’ll be writing again! And I’ve really missed your creative posts on your blog. You absolutely have “the chops” for writing, and I’d love to see more of your stories and memoirs again. I’ll be cheering you on as I hopefully keep working on the current WIP! 🙂


  17. What a great shot of the deer! Timing is everything 😀
    I have to admit, I’m hardly on FB. Sometimes I wonder if its worth the time posting anything. Not really convinced it or other social networking sites work. Though I must say my blog gets visits from Tweets with links to the posts I’ve written.
    There are always lulls in scenes which is essential, as it gives the you as the writer time to establish the next significant scene the character faces. It also helps the reader take a breather.
    As to hoaxes, as you’ve stated, it is always a good thing to verify the claim with other reputable sources.
    All the best in your writing, JM 😀

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    • Social media and I will always be at odds, I suspect. 😉 I avoid most of it, which is probably the last thing I should be doing according to the writing experts. Once I get a manuscript ready for publication, we’ll see if I can build a relationship with things like Twitter…. But I’m not holding my breath!

      One of my earlier manuscripts had a major problem with a “saggy middle,” and I’m trying to avoid that on the first draft of this one. If I can get a good structure and the right kinds of scenes established earlier, I might not be facing as many rewrites!

      Checking sources. Something we should do as much as possible, even when we feel we don’t have the time!

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  18. I’ve notice Amazon was glitchy with reviews for my book. Some show up on authorcentral days before they show up on the book’s Amazon page and vice versa. Not sure what’s causing delays in postings. My reviews for other books tend to get posted quick (24 hours).

    Writing is tough. I just got beta reader feedback on Six Train’s sequel. Right now I’m in the I should just stop writing emotional phase. It will pass and I’ll get to work. But right now, it just feels pointless and impossible. I’m trying to gather myself together to dive in, but I need another day or two. 🙂

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    • I’m not sure what’s up with Amazon, but at least my recent reviews finally seem to be showing. 🙂 But their internal logic escapes me!

      Sometimes I think that if the beta reviews generated only one “downer” type of comment, we writers would fixate on that and still feel like we couldn’t write our way out of a paper bag. 😉 It’s a simple matter of human nature. But I know you’ll have worked through that emotional drain and will be back on board with the edits in no time! And that’s good for people like me who are really looking forward to the sequel. 🙂


    • Thanks so much, Mouse. It’s a tough month all around, but I’m hoping October will be better. I did a little writing late this afternoon, and I’m telling myself that’s a good start again. 🙂 Baby steps are still progress!


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