Monday, February 24, 2014

I'm Baaaaack! :)

Well, I was hoping to have this web/blogsite completely revamped and renewed by now, but as the saying goes, the best laid plans of mice and men...'ll see my planned changes little by little as each new page is completed and comes to life here at Cicero's Children.

In the meantime, some of my friends and I will be posting here on whatever strikes our fancy, be it books, writing, family, hobbies, music, movies, or whatever. I'll still be posting editing tips from time to time along with the occasional book review. My Kindle Paperwhite is loaded with books from new-to-me writers, and I hope to share my thoughts on which stories struck me as the best.

This past Saturday I participated in an open mic session at the Sisters in Crime Chicagoland chapter meeting. I read from a story I'm currently working on, and like any writer exposing unfinished work to an audience, I was nervous as to the response I'd receive. Thankfully, my three pages seemed to go over with those in attendance. 

Evidently they didn't mind when I paused to silently correct a mistake in the manuscript, then began reading aloud again, changing the wording on the page to correspond with what I'd actually meant to write. 

Yes, we all make mistakes. Check out the sign to the right. Is Major Rodwork waiting up ahead to talk with us?  Or did someone just forget to put the "A" in "Roadwork"?

What's so nice about belonging to a group like Sisters in Crime is that no one in the group will jump on you over a simple writing error. Will they give you a friendly critique of your work? Sure, if you ask for it. But "friendly" is the keyword here. You can be sure that all suggestions for improvement will be made out of a desire to help, not criticize, the writer.

Which brings me to the point of this blog.

There will always be times when things don't go exactly as you planned. When this happens, surround yourself with positive thinking people. The energy you draw from them will help you rebound from your disappointment or embarrassment and put you back on the path to self-confidence.

Have a great day and a wonderful week! See you again soon. :)