"Real life inspires fiction. But could the opposite happen? Could a novel somehow precipitate true life. That's what seems to happen with my novel Lost and Found in Russia. Or maybe it's just a freaky accident. I invented the entire story,…"
"Well said, Julie. I also left a well-paid career to become a writer, but it doesn't feel like a sacrifice. It feels like a liberation. It's been almost ten years, and I still feel that way. Writing freed me. Before, my spirit was in a box,…"
"As a rule, dream sequences in fiction don't work for me as a reader. Most magazine editors also state that they don't want submissions where dreams are prominent parts of a story. Sometimes, dreams work, conveying a message, but most…"
"I'm ISTJ.I - introvert for certain. I like quuiet and solitude and can't work with distractions (like music on). Social interactions tire me, and I dislike parties.S - details are important to me. If I don't know how my hero looks or…"
"Thanks everyone for visiting my site and for your kind words. @Linda: Some of the magazines I published my stories with don't keep archives, so the stories are not available after a few months. Others I weeded out for various reasons. And some…"
Thank you Olga, though I have lived in Japan for years, I am just now wrapping my head around the very complex and layered culture. Makes for very interesting and challenging times, but always something to learn by and grow from.
Hi Olga, I enjoyed your reply to Julie Luek's latest blog post. I hope you are well, and enjoying your writing. I am three years in to my 'new' life as a writer now and can only imagine what you must have learned over ten years. It's always good to hear from others who are 'further down the road' and still hanging on in there. I love the Steinem quote: 'Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.' Better get on with it then!
Thanks so much Olga! I would be very interested in what you thought of my novel -- if you felt like it was something you would be able to review and spread the word on if you liked it, I would be able to give you an e-copy as a review copy? You can download the first four chapters here if you wanted to taste-test!
Hello Olga, thanks for getting back to me - I confess I find this site quite tricky to navigate, and miss things too - I feel like I'm walking in the dark with my hands stretched out in front of me, most of the time! I'm pleased that my blog made you smile; that's what I hope for it.. Hope your writing is going well. Love, Jenny
Thanks for the info (for some reason I can't approve your comment on She Writes, so am writing you here). My post will go up tomorrow with descriptions of what people are writing on, you'll also see the questions then. You'll send me answers to the questions and we'll link back to my blog--which I think is a very creative way to get around you not having a blog yet! I'd like to post your responses on Nov 27, so that will give you plenty of time. Thanks again for saying yes! More soon...
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"@Joanne - Thanks! And congratulations to you for doing 44k in less than two weeks! NaNo or no NaNo, it's still impressive. Sometimes you just have to set a goal for yourself to get you doing something active. Like I said in my post, if only I…"