Jeanne Owens, author

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Fishing Fun

Yesterday I went fishing for a few hours with my boyfriend. It’s something I’d been looking forward to since we started dating. He’s an outdoors guy – likes to go hunting, fishing, camping – and I enjoy the outdoors but have never gone camping (but have always thought it’d be fun) and haven’t gone fishing since I was a kid. So he’s been talking a lot about taking me fishing and camping and all that. And yesterday we finally got a chance to go fishing.

He started off by catching some minnows at the small little lake, then caught a small fish to use as bait for bigger fish. Then he showed me how to worm a hook and how to cast the line with the rod I was going to use. Then once I was set, he went off and did his own fishing, wading out into the lake and leaving me on the shore to man my line.

We spent a couple hours there, but with nothing to show for it in the end. I didn’t catch anything, though I almost had one at one point. By the time we left, I was starting to get the hang of casting (he got a few chuckles watching me figure it out). We also both almost “caught” each other once while on shore getting things together. He managed to catch a couple of small bait fish, but nothing bigger. I think a crab ended up getting them (I know a crab got one of them, at any rate.) He was impressed that I was able to worm my own hook, though. Overall, not too bad considering how rusty I am (20-some odd years since I last went fishing).

All in all, we both had a good time. I think we’ll be going fishing again sometime this weekend (maybe), and he’ll help me work on placement next. He thinks a smaller rod might work better for me and let me get more distance. I came across my old rod a while back and gave it to him to check over and make sure it’s useable. I think he’ll bring it along next time for me.

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Stubborn Stains – One-liner Wednesday

“Nothing cleans stubborn stains like repressed anger.” – Terry Pratchett


This is part of One-liner Wednesday:

http://lindaghill.com/2015/06/24/one-liner-wednesday-quite-right/

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A Funny Little Coincidence

So, I reblogged a post yesterday that listed some funny responses for writers when asked how their book is coming along. And what happens to me at work today? One of my coworkers asked me this morning how I’m coming along with my writing. I was tempted to say something witty, like in the post from yesterday, but instead I just said I wasn’t getting as much done as I would have liked and have been trying to get back to working on my WIP after getting distracted with publishing and trying to promote my short story collection, Chronicles of Riss, and by life in general.

And I did actually work on my WIP for a few minutes this evening and got another 100 words done. A little progress, then. Every little bit helps, right?


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10 Reactions to ‘How is your book coming along?” #writing #writers

Haha! I can see myself doing a few of these.

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Some days writing a book can be fun, satisfying and rewarding. Some days writing a book can be scream inducing, dark and torturous.

Depending on your mood you may give a different answer to the innocent and totally acceptable question “how is your book coming along?”

Here are 10 different reactions to that question:

1. “Great thanks” – beaming smile and twinkling eyes. All is well in writing land.

2. Awkward silence on your part, words fail you when you think about your book.

3. “I will let you know when it’s finished” – quietly confident and not giving too much away.

4. “It’snot coming along so can we talk about something else?” – folded arms and ‘bulldog chewing a wasp’ expression on face. Everything about you screams ‘the book subject is a no go area!’

5. “Oh it’s AMAZING, sometimes I just sit and write all day!”…

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20 Symptoms of Writeritis

Haha! I think I recognize at least a few symptoms.

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As some of you know, a pervasive syndrome has troubled a segment of society for centuries. After years of research, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders finally classified these symptoms under the diagnosis: Writeritis. 

Writeritis is defined as a persistent, maladaptive pattern of writing that leads to clinically significant impairment or distress, as manifested by six (or more) of the following within a single month:

  1. A marked craving for increased amounts of writing, and longer periods of time to write.

  2. An unquenchable thirst for coffee.

  3. Repeated efforts to cut down or control word count are unsuccessful.

  4. Withdrawal occurs when writing is discontinued or suddenly reduced. Symptoms include shakiness, moodiness, and/or irritability.

  5. A tendency to rapidly relapse into extreme patterns of excessive rewriting – even after periods of abstinence or control.

  6. After writing, a compulsive urge to return and edit.

  7. An inability to initiate household chores until a plot hole is resolved.

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