Weekly reflection #1

As a new blogger and aspiring writer, I have been busy trying to learn some of the science of the craft. I have been busy following other bloggers that interest me and find I am drawn to those that are reviewing books or publishing stories. There are some amazing sites and so many talented people to follow and learn from. The writing and reading community seems amazing and so supportive of each other. I took a chance and submitted 2 short stories, hearing back from 1 editor so far with good news that it will be published next week. Honoured for the opportunity and excited to keep building my skills. Twitter is also an inspiration, both from the tips from other authors and the unlimited potential of venues and sites of all genres looking for stories.

With full time work, and an addiction to tv and movies, my reading time was a bit less than hoped. This leaves me in awe of all the reviewers that seem to be able to share so many amazing books with us eager followers. My ‘want-to-read’ list on Goodreads is growing every day and I am sure will allow me to keep very busy when I retire. it has also been interesting to add some books I read in my younger years, and noticing trends, I obviously loved mystery as a child.

I have a lot of works in progress in a lot of genres; from horror, romance, paranormal, thrillers and even a children’s story. As a pet owner and animal lover, most of them feature some sort of animal in the story, and the grief from a recent loss seems to be compelling me towards those stories more than others. I wonder if this is true of other authors, does current mindset inspire creativity.

After some life chores are marked off, I will light a candle, put on the wool shawl my mom knit me, and get busy creating, with the pictures of all my pets surrounding me, almost hearing the purring and the sensation of curly and silky fur on my feet.

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