Blog = web log. Thatâ€™s elementary. And whatâ€™s a log? It can be a kind of journal. Thatâ€™s how I look at it, anyway.
I always enjoy blogging on A Slice of Orange. As you may know, I also blog weekly at killerhobbies.blogspot.com. I was invited to join a long time ago because Killer Hobbiesâ€™ focus is on hobbies that are featured in mysteries. My Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mystery series features pets, and Iâ€™ve always maintained that pets are family, not hobbies. Even so, I usually try to mention pet-related things on my posts there. Of course I love writing about pets, so that works out well.
Other times, I focus largely on writing, its fun and frustrations. Since writing is so important to me, thatâ€™s fun, too. Itâ€™s often when I get the most comments. Same appears to go for my blog sisters, too.
This week, I blogged about writing short stories, and I was pleased at the number of comments that came up early in the day–faster than usual. Not a huge amount, as some other blog sites get, but a bunch just the same.
So… since A Slice of Orange is the blog of OCC, itâ€™s natural for me to focus on writing here, at least more than pets. I love writing. I do it all the time, and Iâ€™m always looking for more! I can always talk about what Iâ€™m working on, and thatâ€™s a lot of what Iâ€™ve done here so far. But Iâ€™d still love to hear more about what YOU are interested in hearing. Feel free to ask me to reveal secrets. If I know the answers, Iâ€™ll have to gauge whether I want to make them public, but youâ€™ll never know how much Iâ€™ll give up till you ask.
By the way, Iâ€™m going to be giving a class soon at the new online school, Story Stew University. Itâ€™ll be on Blending Romance and Suspense. Check it out, along with other classes at: storystewuniversity.com
Linda O. Johnston
Linda O. Johnston is the author of 15 romance novels and several novellas, including a current Nocturne Bites, with 2 more Nocturnes upcoming. She also writes the Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime. HOWL DEADLY, the newest title in the series has just been released.
I'll address your concerns in my next blog, Jeri. Thanks for your questions! Since I only blog once a month on A Slice of Orange, I'll just tell you now that, no matter what stage of writing you're in, it's a good thing to try to develop a thick skin. That's something I can suggest to you, but I know from experience how hard it is. Meantime, absolutely start another book as soon as you can! More to come…
on February 11, 2010
Dear Linda, Thanks for the opportunity to ask questions. I just completed my first young adult romance novel. I'm in revision hell right now, but can see the light at the end of the tunnel. How do you keep positive in the face of the many rejections I know I will receive. I do have alot of hope for my book, so far it has been well received from an objective audience. I just hate the self doubt. Also, is it ok to start another book while editing the first one? Thanks Jeri Hoag Buena Park, CA