Renewal, Remembering & Rewriting

A burst of pink at a garden gate.

It’s amazing how a walk through the neighborhood reveals a pre-Spring show of blooms and colors that shakes up your life — in a good way. 

Red berries basking in the sun.

The amazing colors and shapes that nature puts out there for the world to see has to affect the way you want to do your own song and dance routine, be it (as in my case)  writing, re-writing or editing. 

Fruit tree.

The walk and colorful flower show got me thinking about an up-coming writers conference in April (Malice Domestic). All of the details to attend (flight, hotel, program, etc.) plus working in meeting up with/remembering my good friends from an eight-year stay in MD, now seventeen years ago. Amazing how time flies. We all know that.

Lavender by the gate.

Now it’s time for the rewrite. Picking up a novel ms that needs serious work and reworking or starting over. Big decision. Got some great tips on a way to make it easier from the last SCBWI Writers’ Day conference, so I’m ready to get started. Big challenge, but I made a deal with myself long ago to write this book. Here I go.

An English garden – complete and beautiful, just like my future ms (one hopes).

Baby Step #1

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Amazing how one small effort paves the way for bigger things to come. In my post-surgery downer phase, I couldn’t seem to move in any direction writing-wise (See my last blog post: https://lmquinn.com/2017/02/02/reset/).

Then a short story idea popped up, buried in my mind’s eye for a long while but never released into reality until now.

canativeplants2A chance to submit the finished draft then presented itself. That’s not to say that it will be accepted for publication, but there’s always hope. And that hope has opened up other paths to follow. Yea! I’m on my way to recovery.

 

RESET.

RESET: An interesting buzz word that sums up any number of situations, from a computer glitch that needs deleting to a romance struggling to find a new direction. We’ve all been there, right?

shouldbewritingSo February 2017 finds me in my version of the RESET mode. My energy and motivation levels at minus zero, a decline set in motion two years ago. So to what to I owe this down-surge in my writing?

Two major surgeries (2014 and 2016) that gave me two new knees also wiped out my energy/motivation levels. It was all I could do to stare at the pile of manuscript pages needing editing and the short story submission deadlines I’d never meet, let alone find the strength to write a blog post.loser

This situation had never before happened to me, in spite of a number of surgeries I’d been through over the years. Was there a solution out there to get me back on track?

RESET.

Woman-SurprisedThen baby steps. First one blog post in January. A second blog post in February. The manuscript is now sitting on my desk in front of me, the synopsis and chapter notes reviewed.  I was on a roll and didn’t want to break the spell, although I knew that this new momentum might take more than one RESET to reach my goal.

All I can say at this point is that prayers, candles, and positive vibes sent my way aimed at my full recovery will be gratefully accepted and much appreciated to keep the ball rolling.

Enthusiastic Girl Jumping into AirAnd, of course, if something like this has happened to you, please share your story by leaving a comment on this blog post. Your input will inspire readers not to despair.

RESET followed by baby steps worked for me (so far). What’s worked for you?

Fun Facts you Didn’t Know About L. M. Quinn

Even though you (might) know me as a writer, I thought I’d take you on a fun tour of the personal side behind my writing as of January 2017.

First of all, there is my writing behind which lurks an eclectic reader/writer who has an appreciation for the well-written word in multiple genres (mystery, literary, memoir, non-fiction). Writers/fan conferences and workshops with fellow writers fuel this appreciation on a yearly basis.

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Anywhere in Athens you can see the Acropolis. Stunning!

I love to travel, always have. In my journeys, I’ve visited/lived in Mexico, Central, America, St. Martin, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Morocco, Andorra, Greece, and Iceland. Travels like these can’t help but form one’s character. They surely did mine, making me more observant, diplomatic, and understanding of these countries as well as my own.

Italian-food

Nothing like Italian cuisine.

Eating well is another fun fact about me. My mother was a terrible cook, so my sister and I set about learning how to do this. We both enjoy preparing flavorful meals for family and good friends. Some of my favorite cuisines are French, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, Spanish, and U.S.A. Southern fare.

A write-up on my love of theater, music, and art would take up too much space for this blog post to handle.  Let me just say that like the other fun facts above, the arts of all kinds influence my life/writing on a daily basis.

Falcon Theatre

Beautiful Falcon Theater in Burbank, CA.

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Interested in a peep at my writing? Check out my short stories, book reviews, and essays: “A Not So Clear Case of Murder” included in the anthology Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery; and “The Red Lipstick” included in the YA anthology You Don’t Have a Clue (both books from Arte Público Press). She also had her personal essay (“A Grown-up”) accepted in the anthology Our Spirit, Our Reality: Celebrating Our StoriesBook reviews at Amazon.com.

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Read L. M. Quinn’s short story”THE RED LIPSTICK.”

So now I’ve given you a tempting glimpse of the person behind the author/writerPlease do comment on my revelations and share some of your own similar ones or totally different ones.