One Writer’s Journey

January 1, 2019

Happy New Year

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 7:31 am
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2019The year never ends quite as expected.  Last year, we planned to borrow a friend’s kids and cook hot dogs in the fireplace before watching movies.  The main stack pipe clogged and my husband finished snaking it about 45 minutes after they got here.  Fortunately, Mom came too and our college son was home.  We ultimately had a great night but really?  Things could go as planned.

This year we planned to be out of town at the lake in the woods.  But this weekend was also the end of deer season.  Hiking seemed like a really bad idea so we stayed home.  Again, we had a great weekend but it wasn’t the weekend we planned to have.

Still, we make plans, even writing plans.

Cozying Up with My Cozy. Ironically, this nonfiction author will be continuing to work on fiction. I started drafting a cozy mystery this year and, as much as I’ve done, I’m a long way from a finished draft. It feels odd as a nonfiction author to spend this much energy writing fiction but I’ll get over it.

Pitching a Series. Not that working on my cozy means that I’ll be giving up on nonfiction. Recently I saw a publisher with a call for nonfiction series for elementary students. I’ve pitched single nonfiction books but never a series so this is going to be a learning experience. It’s a good thing I like learning to do new things!

Graphic Novels. As if one series idea wasn’t enough, I actually have an idea for a second nonfiction series. I don’t have a specific publisher in mind for this one so I’m going to have to explore publishers as well as learn how to write these books.  Why learn how to write the books?  This series will consist of graphic novels. How many graphic novels have I written? Zero. More learning!

Add to this my blogging, my work-for-hire and all the other things that I find myself doing and I’m sure 2019 will be a busy writing year. Cozies, nonfiction series, and graphic novels – oh my!

So what are your plans for 2019?


January 1, 2018

Happy New Year

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 7:27 am
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explosion-firework-new-year-s-eve-december-31Happy New Year!  I hope you have some fun plans for New Years Day.

As I write this, it is New Year’s Eve.  We got up to water standing in the dishwasher and kitchen sink.  At least the bathrooms are still draining but my husband is working at clearing the drain pipe.  Actually he’s working at removing/opening some plug/lid/vent. I’m staying out of sight.  I’ve been doing some picking up and light housework.

Later we have people coming over.  We are borrowing a friend’s children and cooking hot dogs in the fireplace.

The day that you read this won’t be devoted to writing either.  Some of my son’s friends are coming over to cook chili.  It seems like a really good idea since the projected high for the day is 10 degrees.  Let them cook and warm up my house!

I’ve been noodling over my writing plans for 2018.  Several plans have asked me to write a book based on one of my Muffin posts for WOW! Women on Writing. They want me to cover how to write your novel in 5 minutes a day.  That’s how I drafted my middle grade novel in a month.  I had written something like 3 chapters and then didn’t make any progress.  So I decided to work on it 5 minutes a day while I was also writing a contracted book.  I managed to get both done in a month.

I’m going to spend the early part of 2018 testing out a variety of ways you can move your writing along in five minutes a day.  This will include rewriting my middle grade, outlining an adult novel, researching agents, and cleaning out my office.  While I’m doing these things, I’ll also be working on that 5 Minutes a Day idea.

So what are your plans for 2018.


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