This Might Be the Hardest Part of the Writing Process

 

What part of the writing process is the hardest?

Fleshing out the original idea with enough detail is no easy task. Then again, writing draft after draft until said idea is clear and concise can also send a writer scurrying to find that happy place. Putting your pride and joy into the hands of an editor who might change this or that for whatever reason is pretty nerve-racking, too. Make it through all that, though, and you’re ready for a cool drink and an afternoon in the hammock.

Wait. What? Left something out, didn’t I? Continue reading “This Might Be the Hardest Part of the Writing Process”

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Back to Work…

Not that I’ve actually been on vacation or anything so fun and relaxing. I’ve spent the last month or so focusing on “mining for new clients”, as they say. Who are they? And how does one go about the mining part? That’s what I’d like to know. That’s the art of marketing, and marketing yourself, in particular, I suppose. How many of you find that last one a bit of a challenge?

On another note, I have some great news. Over the past year, Tidings Editor-in-Chief and I have been developing ideas that will take both print and online versions of the magazine onto bigger and better things. We will be rolling them out slowing over the course of 2014. You’ll notice the first change with the new year’s first issue – a name change! Continue reading “Back to Work…”

Cantaloupe Calamity

cantaloupe-cocktailThere I was out for my weekly food shopping. Pushing my cart up and down the aisles, I couldn’t help but be drawn by the heady aroma of ripe cantaloupes. You know, I’d normally wait for the local ones to come in sometime in July. But, these smelled so good. How could I resist them? I picked each one up, weighed them in my hands, inhaled that musky aroma and put the best one in my cart. I couldn’t wait to cut into it. I bought one and brought it home.

I left the cantaloupe in its plastic bag on my kitchen counter to keep until Sunday when we were planning to have a barbecue. Did I mention shopping day was Friday? Oh, and did I mention that the stretch of days from Friday to Sunday were super hot and humid (i.e. 32°C feeling like 38°C)? I should have stored the cantaloupe in the fridge. Who knows why I didn’t put two and two together. All I can say is that it happens sometimes. It’s like a brain blip … or something. I probably thought it would just continue to ripen. Well, I wasn’t exactly wrong about that, was I? It’s just that I wasn’t completely right either. Continue reading “Cantaloupe Calamity”