Daydream Believer

One thing I have learned about myself is that I am not a daydreamer. With that being said.

I used to think that the really talented authors, Patricia Cornwell, Anne Rice, Benjamin Wallace, to name a few, must sit around all day and daydream about their next book. Then I started to learn about how to be a writer and picked up some helpful tricks of the trade.

Really great writers I’ve learned, do not sit on the couch all day or keep their eyes focused on a computer screen alone, they go out and live life and pick up inspiration from living.

The book I’m writing now chose me as its author. That may sound weird but it’s true.

One helpful piece of advice I learned from learning how to be a writer was to write about what you know. So, the first few revisions I did for my really groovy Zombie book ended up being a total bust and you may be able to guess why. If you guessed that the book bust because she doesn’t know squat about Zombies, you would be just about right.

I do however know about dead things, people mostly, it’s the nature of the job I did for thirty years. That’s where this current book I’m writing comes in. She chose me to write her because I’ve experienced some life, and my imagination is all over the place with so many crazy things.

If you asked yourself “how does she know about murder?”

I’ll just leave that there. 🤪

Wet clothes.

Am I the only one that thinks if you are watching a show on Netflix, or whatever, and  a character goes into the water, or even gets sprayed with a hose or sprinkler, should in the next scene be soaking wet when they come out?

Be wet, dang it!  How can I believe in a character that uses their power of persuasion to convince me of one thing yet is not even wet after diving in the water to save a dog.

What is my motivation to believe you never did jump in the water and instead sent your stunt double so you didn’t mess your hair and makeup?




Blog: where is the check mark symbol on the keyboard?

Okay, start over.

Blog: check

Neil Gaiman: check check

Neil Gaiman quote: check mate

“Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.”

Thank you, Neil, that is all.







Short story

Writing goals I’ve discovered are important for me to set and do my best to accomplish them.  Tomorrow is a good day to start with my first goal, write an outline for a story, a short story.

Several years back I wrote an outline and went as far as a second draft for a book that I totally grew to dislike.  Since I’ve done some learning as a writer I realized that I will start on a much smaller scale.  The short story.

Wishing us many words…Shirley

Scary stuff.

I have been totally a sloth writer. My book has been in its second revision for I don’t know how long and my friend and author Elizabeth Burgess got me to send her my first chapter as it was.

What a mess I it was. Elizabeth, really showed me some ways to make improvements in my writing.
It was really scary but so worth doing. I am so glad I put my big girl panties on. A real inspiring moment for me.

My post about posting a blog.

I believe that my blog is secretly laughing at me.  I however cannot blame it.

This blogging is crazy business.  Once I bought and paid for the thing I had no clue as to what to do next.  I need more time to ponder…