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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Stream of Guilty Conscienceness

A couple of days ago my writer-friend Mike Dunne read a blog entry titled, "10 Questions on Becoming a Better Writer". Impressed by Ramona's words of wisdom, Mike wrote an entry at his blog about Ramona's blog, and posted a link to it on his FB page. He described Ramona like this,   ", editor, instructor, and knight in shining armor." 

I agree. Ramona DeFelice Long is an experienced & professional editor, talented author and teacher-of-author-master-classes, and some time life coach. Her public readings are flawless. Totally enjoyable! Her advice to authors tends to be succinct & penetrating. If I could afford her, I would ask her to be my writing guru.

Now might be a good time for you to check Ramona's blog entry even if you're not an author. Here's the first of her ten questions,
"What one skill—if improved—would make you a better writer?"
So, you're not an author? Substitute an activity that's important to you, in which you have invested a sizable chunk of time. Answer this question and the rest. And don't ignore the self-revelation.

By the time I answered Ramona's last question, I was convicted of the most inexcusable sin in writing. Willful manuscript neglect. (cringe) I've had my share of writer's block in my time--more than my share when it comes t0 the G&B behemoth--but Tree House Tales has never once blocked me. It deserves better. Likewise Marooned, once Caprice freed the manuscript and me from our semi-permanent stasis. 

I confessed in Comments,
"I enjoyed your no nonsense, no wiggle room approach. You combine focused advice with a wide range of applicability. I might have liked the entry even more if I could have closed your page & blithely resumed my three weeks long website reconstruction.*

"I do need a decent website but my first commitment should be final pre-pub revisions of both “Marooned” (new Narenta novel) and my “Tree House Tales” anthology.
[My goodness! For months, my email sig read, "Tree House Tales" forthcoming later this summer--until I changed it to 'later this year'.] 

"Playing with The Scroll Chamber has been fun but Writer Vacation is over. Time to hit the books. Thanks for the course correction!     TreeLady"     
(I posted this to MD's FB page as well.)

Convicted of manuscript neglect, I read Ramona's ten suggestions on how I might best rehabilitate myself. Only about half of the strategies fit and were possible but that was more than enough! No more wasting  h/o/u/r/s  d/a/y/s  weeks on website construction!

With a renewed sense of author purpose, I closed both R's blog & M's FB page, and began again...

Maybe THIS time I'll finally create a blog that people will read! *

* Cue Ramona's voice in my head, "Did you hear nothing I said?"

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


I'm SherryT, sometimes known as Tree Lady, Sherry Thompson, Khiva's Mommy and "that strange woman on the second floor".  I'm technically retired and rapidly approaching my seventies.

Technically retired? Well, I spent thirty-five years working at an academic library, with the occasional part-time guest appearance at our public library.

I began writing my first fantasy novel back in 1979 and never stopped adding to my Narenta fantasy "universe" until... Well, until right now. And tomorrow. And...

In 2000, I retired from my fulltime job to focus on revising several manuscripts set in the world of Narenta. Seabird (The Narenta Tumults #1) was first published in 2008, and Earthbow (The Narenta Tumults #2) in 2010.
If you want to learn more about what was going on in my second career between 1979 and 2008, visit the page Persistence + Networking = Publication (sometimes) at my website, "The Scroll Chamber".

I love Ocean City on the shore of New Jersey, where I spent two weeks on vacation in mid-June. It was beyond wonderful! Guaranteed, you'll be OCNJ photo & word-bombed soon & frequently.

I have two cats named Khiva (long "i") and Vartha. 
I enjoy---
Folk music, filk music, world music & various songs of faith.
Many kinds of food I shouldn't eat. And a couple that doctors say we should--like dark chocolate and red wine. Let's hear it for the medical profession! 
Virtually every book written by the Inklings, especially C. S. Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Charles Williams, the "proto-inkling" George MacDonald, and like that.
Art & photography.
A very few TV shows. At the moment these would be Person of Interest, Elementary, Unforgettable, CSI, The Good Wife, Extant. And others once I've had a chance to think about it. 
Unlike, 90 per cent of the U.S. viewing population, I do not like reality shows. Shrug. Well, nobody's perfect.
So many films, I'm not about to offer sample titles. If you're curious just click on my profile avatar.
Relaxed wandering conversations. Chattering with virtually anyone I meet if they say so much as a peep to me, and then hold still long enough for me to respond.

All for now! I hope you leave a comment. Actually I hope you find a way to leave a comment. That should be an automatic feature, right? blush

Under the Mercy,
SherryT,  full-time cat masseuse & part-time writer.

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