Thursday, April 12, 2012

I, J, and K

I’ve missed the A-Z challenge for three days now, so today is catch-up day.
I: Isolation
Writing can be a solitary form of art. Authors can spend hours in their own heads, getting to know characters and structuring plots. Creating novels takes quiet time.
Today’s I post is about isolation and why it’s bad.
Don’t hole yourself up and forget the world for your words.
Spend time with your loved ones. They may provide inspiration. Spend time with friends and family that don’t write or particular understand. It will help you gain perspective. And most importantly, spend time with other writers. Attend writer’s conferences. Sometimes local libraries will host free writing classes. Join an on-line forum. Attend book signings of local authors. You will get advice and make friends.
What are some ways you connect to others in the writing world? Any favorite on-line forums?
Jessica. Isn’t it a great name?
Not only is it my name, but also my roommate’s name. (Yes, it does sometimes get confusing, but it makes it easy for guest because they really only have one name to memorize).
According to a wild rumor (supported by google), the origin of the name Jessica goes back to Shakespeare. Yeah, that Shakespeare. A pretty good little writer or so I’ve heard. The first time the ica was added to the Jess was in The Merchant of Venice.
My mother let my older sister name me. So that’s where my name comes from. She is four years older than me, so I guess I’m lucky I didn’t end up with a name like Sparkle Princess Barbie. My name suits me, so I guess it worked out in the end.
Do you know the history of your name? How did your parents choose it?
K: Kinda cool news
I’ve been delayed in my blogging for two reasons. First, I’ve been having a fabulous time with my family. Second, I’ve been querying my latest novel and received my first ever full request. First time is always exciting.
When my nephew heard I was sending my story to agents, he got very excited and announced that he had a great idea. He knew exactly who I should send it to.
Agent P!
So if things don’t work out, I’m sending a query to Perry the Platypus.


  1. YAY about the full request! I'm so excited for you!!!! Can't wait to find out how that goes! (Sorry I've been lame and haven't emailed you in forever or read the story you sent me. When school lightens up a bit, I will get on that!)
    I love you, Jess!

  2. Catching up with three posts in one ... that's great! And I belong to a couple Yahoo! Writers Groups to connect with others in the writing world.

  3. Your nephew sounds like so much fun lol!

    Congrats on getting a full request - I hope it leads to wonderful things for you!

  4. Congrats on a full request, you must be very excited and my best wishes go with you.


  5. Yay for the excellent results for your query letter. Having JUST published my first novel, let me say, It's quite a trip!

    Good luck.
    To Say Goodbye

  6. Congratulations on your full request: fingers crossed for you!

    I was named after my Grandmother, Catherine Noble. Everyone calls her Irene, though, and that's what they named my twin sister :)

    Agent P is adorable! :')

  7. Congrats on the full request!!!! Have fun with your family!

  8. "Sparkle Princess Barbie!" I love it!

  9. Congrats on the full request! Have a great time!

  10. You made me laugh out loud -- for that you deserve a comment! Your writing style is very enjoyable to read -- I predict that you will find much success as a writer. Please let me know when your first book is available, because I want to read it! (