Archive for January, 2014

The Joys of Breastfeeding

Posted on January 31, 2014. Filed under: storytelling | Tags: , , , |

I know, not your typical title for a blog about writing, but it’ll have to do.  I recently told a story for Better Said Than Done about, you guessed it, the joys of breastfeeding.  If you promise not to go all crazy on me about choices I made regarding feeding my baby, you can watch the video here.

 

I have, actually, told a fair number of stories in the last several months, but don’t always chose to share them online. It’s funny – I feel completely comfortable opening up my heart and soul to an audience of 150 people, but not always comfortable sharing that same story with the world wide web.

And yet, here I am talking about my boobies. If you have ever nursed a baby, or thought about nursing a baby, or are preparing for one day soon dealing with breastfeeding a baby, this might be a good story to hear. Again, we all have to make personal choices about what we do with our own bodies, and whether or not we share that story with the public.

This was just my story about my choices that I am choosing to share with you. Go easy on me.

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Reality TV Spoiler Alert

Posted on January 22, 2014. Filed under: writing | Tags: , , , , , |

I am writing what I like to think of as an action/thriller and what people who have read my pages thus far like to refer to as a horror novel. I think it comes off as horror since I keep gruesomely killing off characters, wherein lies the problem.

Killing off a character reads a lot better if the reader cares when a character dies.  Since I want this book to be exciting, with thrills in each chapter, I have had to kill off some characters fairly early on.  What to do to make it so those characters did not die in vain? This is where reality TV comes in.

I enjoy competition shows like Top Chef and Project Runway. Unfortunately for me, I am rarely ever surprised at the end of the show when one chef or designer gets sent home. That’s because there is a formula, at least for the first 8 – 12 episodes of a season.

SPOILER ALERT: If you have not figured out the formula, do not read on. Seriously, this will ruin competition reality TV for you.

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Rejected

Posted on January 14, 2014. Filed under: writing | Tags: , , , , |

I got rejected. It’s okay. I’ll live. I was once single so remember the feeling well.

This was the first submission I had done in a long time. I have been so wrapped up in my novel and in my storytelling shows, that I hadn’t spent much time on anything else.  A friend told me about this magazine that needed non fiction stories and, since I could use a slightly revised version of a short piece I had already written, I went for it.

Even though I didn’t get to see my name in print, it was honestly one of the nicest rejection letters I have ever received. Oddly, I am kind of encouraged by it.

Here’s what the nice editor at the magazine wrote:

“Dear Jessica,

Thank you so much for submitting “Daddy‘s Car” to The____ Review. The review board and I really appreciated the opportunity to read your story, and personally I found the ending very moving. After much deliberation, however, the board decided not to include it in the upcoming volume. But you are a talented writer, and I sincerely hope that you will consider submitting more of your work to future volumes of the review.

Warmest Regards,
Ruth”

I have submitted many stories to many magazines and have often received not a peep in response. It’s nice when an editor not only takes the time to write something (anything) personal, but says that she, at least, liked the piece.

Maybe I will try to submit some more shorts over the course of this year. You never know. There might be an editor out there even nicer than this one who will send me a very nice acceptance letter!

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