I’m six months into being a mother of three. My son is now four years old, and my twin baby girls are six months old. I won’t lie, it hasn’t been easy. Not because much of the work is double the amount (diapers, soiled clothes, spoon feeding, etc.) but because I find it difficult toContinue reading “On happiness, parenting, and ambition”
A while ago, I had a conversation with a friend of mine about time management. Like so many others, she too was struggling to carve out time for her creative work. She was wondering if she would make any progress with her novel if she only had 15 minutes a day to write. This madeContinue reading “Writing only 15 minutes a day”
I’m sure I’m not the first to observe that life is sinuous like the graceful wave of the sine function. There are phases when nothing happens, and then circumstances tilt to fill our lives with more than what we thought we could handle. The funny thing is, we usually can manage. Not that it’s easy.
I don’t plan to often do book reviews, but an acquaintance of mine, Alex Hintermann, asked me if I would review their self-published book Of Gallantry and Magic, so here I am. The author provided me with an advanced reader’s copy for free to review. Thank you, Alex, for the opportunity to read your work.
In my second to last and last posts, I talked about harvesting the initial spark of enthusiasm when an idea strikes and how to preserve this spark during the marathon of completing a project. Now, I want to talk about balancing the willfulness of this initial energy with the structure and discipline one needs toContinue reading “Clarity after a long break, Part 3: Structure vs pantsing it out”
In my last post, I talked about the value of harnessing the innocent, flexible type of creativity that arises when doing something for the first time. In my opinion, it’s the afterglow of this initial fiery excitement—the condensed energy before the big bang of creating something—that gets us through a long project. Just like the universeContinue reading “Clarity after a long break, Part 2: Preserving the initial spark of motivation”
The good thing about long breaks (even if involuntary) from a regular routine is that they help us see the big picture of an activity, a life choice, a goal. They bring clarity. It’s been more than three months since I last posted here or worked on writing projects, and I have come to recognizeContinue reading “Clarity after a long break, Part 1: The beginner’s mindset”
A few weeks ago, I met Garth Greenwell at a reading of his book WHAT BELONGS TO YOU. I was completely taken aback by his eloquence and uplifting ideas. During the discussion, he said one thing (among many other wonderful things) that stayed with me: “[I’m paraphrasing] the wrong or hurtful things we hear andContinue reading “Owning the baggage that trips us”
Attending the Geneva Writers Conference (2-4 March 2018) coincided with a personal anniversary of mine: a year ago, the last day of February marked the last day at my science job before quitting to devote myself to writing. I couldn’t have celebrated this small milestone in a better way than going to Geneva: I metContinue reading “Looking back on a year of full-time writing”
I have had the pleasure and honor to be longlisted for Novel Fair 2018 organized by the Irish Writers Centre. This means that my entry—the first 10 000 words of my fantasy trilogy Illumination—was among the top 10 % of nearly 250 submissions. And I’ll get my work critiqued. I won’t deny it, this feels good.Continue reading “Busy dreaming or busy living?”