Quips & Quotes

You may have tangible wealth untold;                                                                                                Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.                                                                                                  Richer than I you can never be –                                                                                                            I had a mother who read to me.                                                                                                                                Strickland Gillilan

It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read.                                                                                              Lemony Snicket, pseudonym of Daniel                                                                                        Handler, American writer, 1970 – 

Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom.                        There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom, but reading is still the path.                                                                                                                                                                                             Carl Sagon, American astrophysicist, 1934 – 1996

To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country.                                                                                                                                                          George Washington, first U. S. President                                                                                                                   1732 – 1799 

When your ‘must read’ pile of books exceeds the allotted shelve space you so lovingly and longingly provided, it’s time to take a little – you time – and get to reading.                                                                                Evelyn R. Loren-Martin, pseudonym of Robin Martin                                                                              Paranormal-Romance author                  (The first four Quips & Quotes were found in the Sept. 15 – Oct. 14. 2018 complimentary Columbia River Reader, courtesy of Debra Tweedy.)

The last one is my own offering by way of an apology, of sorts, for not only neglecting my weekly Blog post, but also my word count for the book my beta readers and editor have been literally hounding me for.  Admittedly, taking some much needed me time when ‘Coffee’s the New Blood’ is about three-chapters short of being finished was poor timing. But it was indeed a much needed reprieve. As many of you probably know, catching up with all the neglected e-mails is the worse part of returning from any respite.

Now that that’s done I’m ready to tackle my word count – full speed ahead. Sending off the necessary corrections for ‘Coffee’s the New Blood’ to my lead-beta is goal #1. The minute I get the manuscript back from her, I’ll commit whatever time is needed to revise it before finally sending it off to my nail-biting editor.  I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to start using an accountability-calendar to keep me on task. Simply relying on my habit of writing every day isn’t pro-active enough, and jumping from book-to-book in my word count has become too frazzled.  Although I’ll always be a ‘write by the seat of my pants’ author, projects are nothing without a completion of goals set.

Now, I realize that this is not a new lesson for most of my author friends, but since I’ve only been writing for a few years – I consider myself lucking to have finally picked up on it. “Write-on.”











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