It’s All About the Writing

How About A Recipe For Apple Carrot Salad?

This last week I invented a lasagna recipe, because I didn’t like the ones in my various cookbooks.  It turns out that, for me, writing and cooking are quite similar.  I write.  I review.  (In the case of recipes, that means eating what I made.)  I edit.  And then I tighten and refine.

I also visited the Albuquerque Museum and learned (among other things) about how New Mexico played a role in the American Revolutionary War.  If you think the reason for the participation was an awakening idealism toward democratic ideals, well…  Let’s just say it’s a lot more complicated than that.  We also enjoyed the refurbished display about Albuquerque from its founding (well before the United States was a nation) to the present.

I also spent a tremendous amount of time working on Wolf’s Search and Wolf’s Soul.  When I had a moment, I checked on the Kickstarter for DreamForge magazine.  It’s moving along very well.  There are just a few days to take advantage of the cool incentives, and I hope you will.

I also did a bunch of the sort of business-related jobs that people, who imagine writers as simply sitting dreamy-eyed with pen in hand (or fingers on keys), are continually astonished to discover are part of being a published writer.

Wolf’s Search is more or less done but, as I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’m not moving it into production until Wolf’s Soul is complete, because that’s the best way for me to produce high-quality novels.  I’m still reviewing what I’ve written on Wolf’s Soul.  Since much of this was written while Jim was recovering from knee replacement surgery, there are places where I need to stop and double-check details or insert descriptions, so this is slower going.  However, I am moving along.

Now, I think I’ll go back and immerse myself once more in writing.  Which, it now occurs to me I do for much the same reason I invent recipes: because only I can tell the stories I want to tell.

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6 Responses to “It’s All About the Writing”

  1. James Mendur Says:

    I’ve a feeling that most of the OTHER powers in the world wanted the American Revolution to succeed (or at least to drain resources from the British) not because of “DEMOCRACY” but because they wanted Britain reduced in power … with the possibility of taking over the former British colonies themselves.

    Although they understood that “The enemy of my enemy is still my enemy,” they hadn’t yet realized they were feeding a grizzly cub, laughing at how much trouble it was causing the Brits, but forgetting that grizzly cubs grow up and there’s little that can control a full grown grizzly.

    Or, as was put in the TV show “Babylon 5”, “You should never hand someone a gun unless you’re sure where they’ll point it.”

    A costly error for the world powers (an error I’m not sure America itself has learned) …. but great grist for fiction.

  2. Scot Noel Says:

    Thanks for the shout out about DreamForge Magazine! Our Kickstarter is closing in on its last couple of days and we’ve surpassed our 2nd Stretch Goal! The first print run of actual magazines has arrived at our offices, and we will be able to fulfill orders very quickly after the Kickstarter ends. (Since many of our rewards include annual subscriptions, our supporters will be able to enjoy DreamForge Magazine all year!)

  3. Harried Harry Says:

    Great words of wisdom. I’m very happy to hear you are progressing on your stories. Since I’m extremely challenged when it comes to writing fiction, I’m happy many others can write it and do a good to extremely great job of it (not that writing is a “job”, it’s a passion. Regardless of what the other countries wanted, they didn’t look very far to the future nor did they anticipate the probable outcomes of the “support” they gave to the very young US. Both the French and the Russians got into money problems so they were willing to “sell” the land they had conquered in North America. Now, I’m sure they wish they still “owned” it.

    • janelindskold Says:

      Ah… Here’s the rub. Writing can begin as a passion and become a job. Even when it remains a passion, it’s still a job if you’re trying to make a living. Very difficult balance.

  4. Harried Harry Says:

    At least you are balanced, even if on the teeter-totter.

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