Writing Music

I don’t like to listen to music when I write. I find it creeps into my work. The tone of the music seeps into what I am writing.

I remember one Nano, at write in at a local cafe where they really support local artists, they were playing a CD that was super repetitive. And when we all broke after a word war and looked at our materials, almost everyone realized they had written lyrics into the story from the repetitive music.

It’s not always that dramatic but…if I’m listening to something slow and melodic, I find it hard to give my conflict umph. Contrarily, if the music is pumping, I write fast, but everyone is pissed at everyone else.

No music for me.

Although, I don’t like silence either. Must be a hold over from my early days writing while my kiddo was at co-op and parkour. Noise is good.

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Prized Bookish Possession

I used to have a first edition of an Agatha Christie. I found it in a second hand shop. It was fairly beat up. It wasn’t one of my favorite books.

But it was a first edition!

We moved 6 months ago from a 3000 square foot monstrosity in the middle of nowhere to a 1200 square foot townhouse in the heart of the city. Better commute for everyone.

I have always been a declutterer. I don’t like too much stuff about. So when you go from 3000 sf to 1200, a lot needs to go.

I decided to let go of all my “prized possessions” that didn’t actually improve my life. Including my first edition.

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Biggest Distraction

#AuthorLifeMonth continues with distractions.

I gotta be honest, the kiddo is a huge distraction but not one I choose to do rather than write. He’s my child, he is a priority. When I think writing distractions I think things I like as much as writing and therefore have to pick which one will get my small amount of available time.

So here, is the biggest competition for my time….

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My zoo, which is how I lovingly refer to the teenagers I teach on Mondays. There’s more than 20 of them now, spread over two classes, history and writing. I love teaching them. They are hysterically funny and smart and difficult, all at the same time. They get the best of what’s left over in my time right now.

 

Reader/Fan Love

I thought for this, I might share my favorite reader comments and why I love them.

“Henry combines excellent research and writing talent as she builds a story that includes lots of action, adventure, and intrigue along with bits of romance and the inner workings of bureaucracies.”  – I pride myself on my research.

Suspenseful, exciting, well-written, this book will keep you in the edge of your seat. I couldn’t out it down and found myself reading well into the wee hours. It is full of interesting tidbits of history, along with spy adventures and romance. Would make an excellent film.– how cool would that be?

I loved this book! The time period isn’t usually my favorite, but as an ex-Army nurse myself, that aspect pulled at me. I was immediately impressed by the creative way the author added in the war snippets.– research again! Different book.

Yes, it’s historical fiction, but don’t let that stop you. You’ll likely enjoy it even if history was that mid-day class you used to catch up on Spanish homework and naps.– laughing, I think this reader used her crystal ball to spy on me in high school…LOL…and yes I later majored in history. All it takes is one good teacher.

I think my all time favorite is this one, full disclosure, it’s from my nephew, age 13(when he wrote this)…

“I just wanted to let you know that I got a kindle for my graduation this year, and I hooked it up to my family account.  I was scrolling through the my books section and I found your book, scripting the truth.  This was yesterday.  As of this morning at 6, I haven’t been able to put my kindle down.  I’m on chapter 36, 73% through the book.  It is truly a work of art, and I’m sad not a lot of people know about it. ”

Makes me cry every time I read it.

 

Writer Friends

One cannot exist as a writer without fellow journey-men or women as the case may be.

I never found my tribe when I did Nano in Cali. Despite belonging to multiple regions and going to events, no one clicked.

Then we moved to WA a couple of months before Nano. There are only 2 regions in my reasonable driving distance. One was Seattle. My first thought was oh hell no. I don’t even know where this other place actually is, but supposedly it less than 20 miles, that has to be better than Seattle.

And it was. I have never gone to what is essentially an extremely niche interest group and had people be so welcoming. Rather than be exclusive about their tiny niche, this group is as expansive as possible. Teaching free classes at the local public libraries, forming cooperative groups to market with, and hosting 2 weekly write ins year round that are open to anyone who wants to show up and talk about writing.

Here’s to you, my fellows on the path…

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Sheri J. Kennedy

Kennedy J Quinn

Victoria Bastedo

David S. Moore

Natasha McNeely

This is not to slight those I know only in the ether….you matter too. But that would make this post obscenely long.

 

Author Fashion

#AuthorLifeMonth wants me to post about fashion? Um…I’m a writer – an introvert who would dress in pajamas and yoga wear all day, everyday if I could.

Lucky me, I’ve found a way to do so…LOL

No judgements, but I survived mainly in Lularoe. It’s comfortable, moves with me, and their necklines don’t give the teenage boys who make up the majority of my classes, an unfettered view at my “girls.”

I wanted to have someone grab a picture of me teaching Monday in something delightful from Lula (picture=1000 words and all that), but we had a snow day instead. 5 inches they say but I swear there were 8 inches on the top of my car Tuesday when I tried to broom it off. LOL

According to the weather service, there’s a 1% chance we won’t get more snow Friday. Woohoo! Snow weekend. I better go get groceries.

A Shelfie?

Day 4 of #AuthorLifeMonth called for a Shelfie. I had to google. Seriously, no idea. Well, I could have guessed but really google…

Apparently Rick Riordan is credited with coining this. I’ll forgive him because he writes fab stories my kiddo loves.

This is my haul from the last trip to the library. Why, yes, I do have a varied interest in reading. LOL

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My Books

I’m participating in #AuthorLifeMonth 2019. There’s different things to do every day in February. For the first, I’m sharing my books.

Ostrich Mentality is the first book I started writing. But it wasn’t my first publication. Ostrich was complicated for me. It took more than four years to finish. FOUR years.

Scripting the Truth on the other hand wrote itself in about 45 days and I managed to edit and publish in less than 11 months. It recently went audio.

I’ve contributed to a couple of anthologies, The Box Under the Bed and Washington’s Emerging Writers. 

If I can ever get Amazon to behave, I will publish The Body in the Pool in February.

All of my books have their own pages on my site. Happy Reading!