Re-writes moments of clarity

As we write, be become attached, to a word, a phrase, a scene. After putting a book on the back burner for a time, getting back to it can cause some serious cringe worthy moments. Even after numerous revisions, a scene is just bad, it doesn’t belong. Don’t be afraid to remove scene and language that takes the story or your characters in a direction you do not want. 

I first started writing Teller’s Cove back in the late 80’s. Lots of things have changed since then. Technology, society and most of all myself. I find that situations that caused tension in a scene no longer apply with widespread use of cell phones, the internet and the evolution of male/female relationships.

I could have continued to write the story, setting it in the 1980’s, but opted to update it.this requires a complete re-write. I believe that Teller;s Cove will be a better novel for it. It will be tighter and more edgy..

Wish me luck.

Feed and Caring of Writers – Part 1

This was motivational just when I needed more motivation. Thanks

Leila Gaskin - author

Do you set impossible goals? Does panic set in when you realize your first draft stinks? How do you answer when someone asks how goes your writing? Do you find yourself in the valley of despair?

You, my friend, have not been caring for your writerly self.

Let’s start with the basics.  Why do you write?

If you say to become a gallizionaire, I’m going to have to ask you to re-evaluate your expectations. I’m sure J.K. Rowling, James Patterson, or E.L. James  had any idea they’d become as monetarily successful as they did when they began writing.

Successful writers take time and care. This is a job. Like any job you need to pay attention to your time, your craft, and your health.

  1. Give yourself permission to write – This is not an indulgence, this is your job. You have to make the time and stick to it or  you…

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Revisions

I am currently doing what I hope will be a final revision/edit on Teller’s Cove. It is a book that I completed a couple years ago. Some problems that I have run into are firstly, changes in technology, such as cell phones becoming ingrained into modern life, have compelled me to change some parts of my book to make it realistic-ish. 

Since I have completed this, my first novel, I have written two others and several short stories. As I go back over the writing and the dialog, I want to cringe. 

What I hoped was going to be a simple final editing, Has turned into a couple week long Edit/ re-write/ cringe fest. In the end, however, it will be a much better book.

I cannot wait to see it in print. 

How to Talk to an Archaeologist

Great blog I want all my friends to read

It's Always Something

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Like many archaeologists I spend 1/4 of my year in a hole in the ground.

This is the kind of thing that happens to me because I’m an archaeologist. I call Visa to put a travel alert on my credit card. I’m on hold. Enya “Sail Away”* is playing. I’m irritated because I’m on hold, but if I must be on hold, yeah, I’ll listen to “Sail Away.” Good choice Visa.

Visa representative: “Hi thank you for holding. My name is Rubin. Could you state your name please?”

Me: “Annelia Alex.”

Rubin: “And how can I help you today Ms. Alex.”

Me: “I need to put a travel alert on my credit card.”

Rubin: “Okay we can do that for you today Ms. Alex. And tell me where and when will you be traveling?”

Me: “Okay I’m already in Israel, but from February 14- 18 I’ll be in Armenia, then…

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Now a published Anthologist

It has been a hard week getting my first anthology collection edited, cover designed and put up in Amazon and create space.

I now have ten of my short stories with a sneak peak of my novel Teller’s Cove e-published in an anthology called “Synaptic Overload” after this blog. It is available as an e-book and also (after three attempts with photoshop to get cover right) a print on demand paperback option.

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I am exhausted, but pleased to see my work available to the general public. Now I need to work on all the self promotion  stuff (and Teller’s Cove final edits) Book contains my four published story Whale Song, Ricochet, Group, and  The Sleep Diet as well as six never before published short stories, 

I was amazed at how much Amazon does to help with the process.

Smiles.