Have you noticed that worries, especially about things you have no control over, and therefore shouldn’t be agonizing over in the first place, chase one another away? I was terribly worried about the need to change a plane reservation until I found out that I’d paid the wrong amount on a bill. Now I’m so over the top with grinding my wheels over this stuff I don’t know whether I’m coming or going ..
In his Poetic Asides blog,
Robert Brewer is proposing a possible “poem a day” challenge for November.If y’all are interested, hop on over and leave a comment.
The Muse Online Writers Conference is over for another year and again it was a stupendous success. Registration is now open for the 2009 conference if any of y’all want to sign up.
It’s been a busy few weeks — had some poems accepted, done some writing, been working on my book. This week is the Muse Online Writers Conference. This year, I’m managing to keep up with three of the workshops — last year I managed only one, so this is better! I’d love to be able to do more, but as it is, I feel, well, fairly frazzled trying to keep up with everything.
Tomorrow is Friday, the last day, which is both good and bad. Still, I know the transcripts and handouts will be available for some time to come if I want to go back and do some of the other stuff on my own.
Now, as usual, my biggest beef with all this is that each day has only 24 hours.
I am coming down with Bronchitis (!ack!) courtesy, no doubt, of my son, so now I am armed with Afrin and Robitussen DM and under orders to drink lots of hot liquids. I felt like, um, dirt, this weekend and didn’t do much — wrote one poem, in response to an exercise, while out grocery shopping.
Fortunately, I’m feeling somewhat better today. Wrote one poem on the way to work (second response to exercise) and another at lunch time. I decided I want to expand my poetry chapbook (for adults) to a book-book and that my kids poetry isn’t coherent enough to form a book. So I’ve decided on a theme (American History) and wrote the first (intro) poem over lunch.
Since unfortunately I wasn’t paying attention in history class, I’m going to have some homework to do…
Should be fun.
Since I am fairly obsessive about such things, I as usual checked my spam to see if there were any legitimate comments, and lo and behold, there was one from Jessica Kennedy. !! knows why the !!! spam filterer thought it was spam –
But it is now recovered.
They say that intermittent reinforcement is the strongest of all. If this is true, then I’m surely gonna keep checking on that ole’ spam filter for many years to come…
Tell us about what you write:
I write mainly non-fiction related to Italy and the Italian language. I have two books in print ‘Italian for Tourists’ and ‘A Guide to Weddings in Italy’ which are both available from http://www.lulu.com/jolinsdell along with my various ebooks. I also write articles for http://www.helium.com on a variety of topics, articles for English language newspapers and magazines in Italy, and two blogs http://astheromansdo.blogspot.com and http://writersandauthors.blogspot.com I’ve also worked on updating the Weissman Guide to Rome and spent a couple of years co-writing research articles in the Neurology Department at the main hospital here in Rome.
Do you have a favorite thing that you’ve ever written?
It has to be my ebook ‘Some risks are worth taking’. I often reread it to remind myself of how far I’ve come and how lucky I am.
Almost every writer is inspired by someone else.
Does anyone inspire you? I’m inspired by lots of people. In first place, by my husband and baby son, who support me in my writing and encourage me to follow my dreams. This inspires me to push myself to always do my best. As far as the writing industry goes, Lea Schizas organiser of the Muse Online Writers Conference is a huge inspiration to me. I still can’t imagine how she finds the time to do so much and support so many writers in their careers.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since I can remember. I wrote my first book when I was about 9 years old called Bumper. It was about the adventures of a rabbit and in the form of a rabbits head. My parents still have it in their loft somewhere I think.
What made you want to start writing?
I’d been working in the hospital helping to write research articles for a while and one day just thought it would be so much nicer to write my own stuff… and about nicer topics. It dawned on me that the only one stopping me from doing just that was myself. I wrote my first article entitled ‘How do you complete the paperwork’ in June 2005 and sent it off to an English newspaper in Florence, The Florentine. They printed it in the next edition. It all took off from there.
Is your family supportive of your writing?
Very supportive. My husband jokes about how he doesn’t understand what I’m doing most of the time when I’m sat at the computer but still constantly tells me I’m great at what I do and encourages me when I get yet another idea. When do you write – set times or as the mood moves you? Being the mum of a 9 month old, I write when I get the time which is not easy. I keep a note book by the bed as most of my ideas come to me when I’m getting ready for bed and finally have some time to myself.
Do you ever have a problem with writers block?
Sometimes. When it happens I take a break and do something that has nothing to do with writing. This helps relieve any tension and means when I go back to it I have a fresh mind.
Do you use the Internet to check facts, or the library?
Internet as for most things it’s more up to date. Also I live in Rome, Italy where libraries are harder to come by.
Who is your favorite writer (other than yourself)? Why?
Dean Koontz. He has a way of making the unbelievable become real. You feel you know his characters.
What’s your favorite book (other than one of your own)? Why?
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt because I can read it over and over again and never get tired of it. It truely moved me.
What’s the last book, other than your own, that you read and really enjoyed?
I’m currently reading ‘Lipstick Jungle’ by Candace Bushnell. Girl power all the way!
Some writers say that they have to write a certain amount of words every day. Do you do this? Why or why not?
My lifestyle isn’t suited to doing this and even if it was an option I doubt I’d consider it. It would make my focus about the number of words and not what I was writing.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I’m currently working on the relaunch of my Writers and Authors website (http://writersandauthors.blogspot.com) with a virtual tour running all month long. I aim to make it the number one site for people in the writing industry. The new format is the following: Mondays: Opportunities for writers Tuesdays: Featured Author Interviews Wednesdays: Publishers, Editors, etc… Thursdays: Book reviews Fridays: Upcoming events (chats, conferences, etc…) Drop by and get involved! http://writersandauthors.blogspot.com