No Apologies

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I’m sorry I haven’t written lately, sort of. Sometimes I just feel as though I don’t have anything that is important enough to write.

The hustle and bustle of the holidays are finally behind me and I can get back to some sort of normalcy, if there even is such a thing as normalcy. What a funny sounding word “normalcy” is? Life is like a unicorn, you think you’ve seen one but then you turn around and realize it wasn’t what you thought it was. That is the way normalcy is. You think you have some semblance of it in your life, but when you turn around, you realize that your life is just as crazy as ever.

I have been working really hard on writing my book, getting the final press proofs of my mother’s book (Boohoo for Pluto) finalized, and getting the Spanish version of the book (Pobrecito Pluton) to press. All of that as well as Christmas shopping and wrapping, a trip to Texas to see my little sister graduate from college, and going into work every day. Oh yeah, I’ve also had the flu and a cold.

So, no more complaining or apologizing. I am starting the year fresh and will try to write at least two times a week from now on. As long as I can think of something earth-shattering to write about 🙂

BooHoo for Pluto

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My mother just published her first book! You can purchase hard copies or eBooks on the web at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Authorhouse at this link.

The character in the book who is searching for Pluto is based on my son, Jacob.

She is working on the Spanish version now, and that will be coming out in just a few weeks.

Congratulations, Mom 🙂

Wordless Wednesday

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Photo Credit: davide ragusa

Writing A Biography

I am working on writing a biography about my brother and I am finding it increasingly difficult to get my act together. Me, an English instructor and self-proclaimed writer. I can only imagine how difficult it must be for someone who is not used to writing. The problem is I feel overwhelmed. I am writing about a subject that is extremely important to me and I want to get it right. I don’t want to leave anything out and I don’t want to forget anything, either. I am constantly thinking of new things to add. I have created an outline, and even written my first chapter. But now, I am frozen. I have the time to write, but find myself doing everything but writing. I jot down notes and tell myself that I must get started, that once I get started I will be okay. Yet I still procrastinate. Why?

Here are some tips I have given others:

1. Make sure your subject will be interesting enough for others to want to read.

2. Decide on what order you are going to present your material: chronological, reverse chronological, spatial, sequential, topical, cause-effect, problem-solution, or compare-contrast

  • chronological–time order from beginning to end
  • reverse chronological–time order from end to beginning
  • spatial–fitting the information to fit the design of the topic (example: describing the solar system from the outer planets to the sun)
  • sequential–first, second, third, etc.
  • topical–beginning of career, middle of career, end of career
  • cause-effect–self-explanatory
  • problem-solution–self-explanatory
  • compare-contrast–self-explanatory

3. Summarize and adapt the material to fit your audience

4. Decide on a research strategy

5. Decide where to begin

6. Go for it!

For me, I have done all of these things. It’s the “Go for it!” part that I am having difficulty with. I think is it a fear of failure. But if I don’t even begin, then I am doomed to fail anyway.

So, tonight I will start writing.

I promise.