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March 4, 2019
Much of writing is not writing, at least not creative writing. I have spent much of the past weeks researching and composing replies to a very long questionnaire requested by a potential publisher. This activity is not a loss, however, as much as an opportunity to clarify how I understand my novel and how it needs to be published and marketed. I have been increasing and pulling together my network of support that is so essential in presenting my book as a credible and desirable work of art.
Meanwhile, I have to keep up with the work I do in my Canadian Authors Association Writers Circle. Ten pages every two weeks should not be difficult, but my brother and sister writers can be demanding and I find myself not wanting to let them -- or myself -- down! So I go over and over my writing trying to make it as perfect as possible. Once I have written the submission, I try to anticipate what each of the other writers will have to say about this effort and take their concerns into account. Each of us has strengths that we try to impart to the others. Despite my best efforts, they still have lots of suggestions! And I have comments for their submissions too. So reading other submissions is part of the process. I enjoy keeping up with their stories as well as my own.
Then, just to complicate my time management, I am working with an editor to re-tool my second novel, Getting a Life. I love this story and want to give it my best effort.
Then I have executive meetings of the CAA to attend, and the monthly evening program we sponsor. Of course, there are other activities, such as phoning to welcome new members to our branch. Additionally, this year the national writing conference called CANWRITE2019 will take place in Vancouver, so we have lots of extra work to do to make it happen. I know it's going to be a great conference and am looking forward to it.
Oh, and then I have the rest of my life which I'll tell you about another time, or from time to time as events take place.
And next week is the ROOM Feminist Writers conference. I'm signed up for a number of workshops and eager to discover new and exciting ways to write and think about writing, not to mention meeting other writers who have interests similar to mine.
I do eat and sleep. Thank goodness my spouse Ed cooks creatively with a lot of talent for making things taste wonderful!
Author: Seasons of the Feminine Divine: Christian Feminist Prayers for the Liturgical Cycle (3 volumes)
I have also published short stories and a few poems, winning awards for several of the stories.
I am a Professional Member of the Canadian Authors Association and current President of the Metro-Vancouver branch (including Victoria).