I've been actively writing fiction now for more than a year. Not that anything's been published yet, but hey - you have to start somewhere right? So this particular story begins sometime in January, 2009.
After whining and complaining for months that I wanted to write, my wonderfully supportive husband, Adam, encouraged me to start with a blog. Not this one. No, I had another blog that I refuse to think about, because even though I started it, I only posted three times. It was a blog on gardening, and I found that while I enjoyed being out in the garden and thinking about the garden and reading other people's blogs about gardening, I had no desire to write about gardening. I had nothing original to say.
However, the process got me thinking about what I did want to write about. In the summer months I realized that I should write what I read; primarily urban fantasy and science fiction. We bought some plain ol' spiral bound notebooks and I set off to use my daily commute more productively. A few ideas were rolling around in my head for stories that I wanted to read, but no one had written. The words appeared in my little notebook, and each night I transcribed them into my computer.
To save me some time, and end the new round of whining about having to do everything twice, Adam bought me a netbook for my birthday last December. I told you he was incredibly supportive. The little laptop is small enough and light enough that I can use it on the train, plus it has a solid-state hard drive and a battery that can last 9 hours between charges so it's incredibly convenient to carry practically everywhere. It is my super sexy writing computer.
Now that I have the tools I need and I'm getting serious about my writing, I've decided to start a new blog that will chronicle my progress, discoveries, challenges, and (hopefully) my triumphs as I attempt to write a novel and ultimately navigate the publishing world. For my wonderful family and friends who are supporting and encouraging me, I hope that this helps you keep track of what I'm doing. For new-comers, followers, and soon-to-be friends, I hope that you enjoy reading what I have to share and learning along with me.