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Romance Writers Weekly: To Journal or not “Dear Diary”

This week on Romance Writers Weekly, A.S. Fenichel wants to know who keeps a journal. Why? Why not? What kind of things to you write: personal, writerly, vague or stream of consciousness? If you want to share a journal entry, we’d love to know your innermost thoughts.

During my teens, I religiously kept a journal or “diary” as they were called when T-Rex roamed the earth.  Never too fancy about it, an unpretentious spiral notebook served for my mental meanderings and daily activities. Not too long ago, I read some of them and met the person I used to be. Thankfully, I’ve matured and learned a few things.

Later on, a full-time job then a family pushed my logging of life into the abyss. After personal computers became a home standard, (yes I learned to type on a typewriter – GASP), I began to journal again, but entries were sporadic. I’ve always used pen in hand as a  catharsis and wrote many stories during my elementary years.

Now,  I tend to write “shorts” instead of a daily or weekly diary. Usually it’s when I’m dealing with something in life, that I can’t get a handle on. I’ll sit down to the computer or whip out a spiral notebook. Last fall I wrote about selling the family home left to my sibling and me. It was an emotionally draining time for several reasons, but also an unexpected final goodbye to my parents.

Also, the past couple of summers I’ve kept a daily record of my family’s beach vacation as it seems to be over in a flash. I want to remember each day. Wish I’d kept a log of our trips over the years… it’d certainly have some great book material.

Here’s something I’ll share from last December during Christmas vacation when my son and I went to see the  Star Wars movie – Rogue One. Be aware, there’s spoiler in case you haven’t seen the flick.

December 27, 2016.  Got up a little late and started laundry then tided the house. By time Hunter returned from gym, we rushed to Cinema Café to see Star Wars – Rogue One.  He’d had seen it the day but wanted to take Mom. He’d reserved the seats and everything. I went in knowing Carrie Fisher had a heart attack last Friday before Christmas. The last scene in the movie shows her (younger self) receiving the plans for the Death Star the rebels had stolen and she says, “Now we have hope.”

The credits begin to roll and a woman in the balcony shouts, “Carrie Fisher is dead. May the force be with her.” I swear I almost broke down in tears. The timing literally caught me off guard.  Hunter was furious with her.  He’d seen the breaking news on the phone when he’d gone to the restroom but didn’t want to spoil the ending by telling me.

I had a drink when I got home and then proceeded to feel like crap.

Now let’s see if Leslie Hachtel keeps a journal and is willing to share a sample.  If you haven’t visited A.S. Fenichel please check her her post on keeping journal.



A Day in the Life of a Romance Writer

RomanceWeeklyThis week Xio Axelrod wants to know a day in the life of the Romance Writers’ Weekly authors. I certainly hope Carrie Elks in Great Britain has given you a thrilling scenario of her day in the life before you reached me.

I live in a suburban, east coast city rated in the top five of most boring in the US. Yeah.  I have a Monday through Friday day job in bookkeeping/clerical duties that borders on librarian for excitement.  To say I live vicariously through my characters is an understatement. I can’t deny that I’d love to be able to write full time, but work pays the bills.

broncosaurus2So, each day, I hop in my 1996 Ford Bronco and head for work. I’ve been offered the keys to a Porsche in trade. The guy probably wasn’t totally serious, but it was an offer all the same. Okay, so I was a little adventurous back in the day. My beloved steed is actually a character in my soon to be published novel, Hot as Blazes.

Back to my exciting day…lunch is usually for errands, research for writing, and sometimes a mind-clearing walk. After the day job, I return home to our simple ranch style house which is older than my truck by a couple of decades. Wish I could win one of those home makeovers. Any of you DIY shows out there want to showcase a struggling author???

Back on topic. If my son isn’t working or at a college night class, he andDog the mini black lab, who now claims baby status, greet me. I usually write, catch up on social media, or update my blog for an hour or so. Once hubs is done watching the news, one of us will play chef for the night. If it’s my turn to cook, it’ll be simple fare then back to writing the current work in process.

There’s not much time to watch TV during the week. I usually record my favorite shows for the weekend which includes Chicago Fire, Sleepy Hollow, Banshee and Hell on Wheels.  Gonna miss, True Blood and Sons of Anarchy who’s MC (motorcycle club) was a seed for my story about bad boy, Shane, in my novella, White Doe.

Life in suburbia is pretty mundane, but I try to kick it up a notch with my characters. That’s not to say there isn’t interesting and exciting moments. The edits on Hot as Blaze was like being on a six-week internal roller coaster ride. I have a wonderful editor but, “whew” am I ready from some languid writing days ahead. In fact, I just wrote about 500 words last night on my new novel about a former military K9 handler, suffering from post-traumatic stress, who falls for a dog trainer helping search for his dog.

Now on to Carolyn Spear’s day in the life!