#writerproblems: #sacrifice in #storytelling & in the #writinglife

My NaNoWriMo word count shames me. I owe another writer interview answers. I’m supposed to reach out to a few other writers about co-promotion. I need to market. I need to plan. I need to write.

Yet there’s a tiny, sick little boy at my side, asking for Mommy’s comfort. How long will those tiny hands and tinier voice reach out to me, a source of love in his world?

Oh Bash. You are the source of love today.

I left writing behind that day to nestle with Bash and Hoppy to read Care Bears, talk about school, Christmas, and any thing his little six-year-old mind could think.  At one point he looked outside and saw the half-moon, pale and shy in the blue sky. “Look, Mommy, a Dream Moon!”

What kind of dreams does the Dream Moon give?

“Dreams of looooove,” he says with that sly grin of his, eyes all squinty. Then his forehead furrows. “Or nightmares. That’s why you have to go to the Apple Castle and talk to Prince Hoppy.” And so the story went, filled with candy races and carrot swords.

Most stories we read contain sacrifices a bit more grandiose than lost writing time.

Eight years of love went into this novel. One of the most important themes I got to explore in those eight years was that of family. Families are not always connected by bloodlines. So, so often, families are made with stronger stuff: love, respect, kindness, compassion, and…well, sacrifice. On this day of family and gratitude, I’d like you to have Fallen Princeborn: Stolen for free.

Yup. Totally free.

All I ask in return is that you leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Every review, and I mean EVERY review, helps a writer’s visibility in the virtual market.

Read on, share on, and write on, my friends!

45 thoughts on “#writerproblems: #sacrifice in #storytelling & in the #writinglife

  1. Wonderful thoughts. One day I will find writing time again!

    At present I’m just glad I had found reading gear once more. I’m about 1/3 through Princeborn… love it.

    Sent from my iPad


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  2. Beautifully put, Jean, I’m so in awe of what you do and how you write about it. I’m not sure I could be a Sydney Carton but I’m sure love does involve giving up time and effort, often just requiring listening and sympathy.

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    • Thank you so very much, my friend! sometimes i think people expect sacrifices in books have to be these HUUUUGE gestures so that they are unlike the little sacrifices we make every day in life. Any sacrifice, small as it may seem, is never so truly small in the end. πŸ™‚ Happy Thanksgiving from my side of the Pond to yours! xxxxxxxxxx

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      • Of course we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here but we do seem to have taken to Black Friday with gusto, a bit like making friends with Mr Hyde but ignoring Dr Jekyll…

        But yes, true sacrifices have significances and consequences that may be out of proportion to the initial action, I agree.

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  3. It’s strange you sort I’ve got used to working in short bursts and get a tad edgy if interruptions don’t come. The TV and DVD is my first option to keep my son happy when I’m working.

    Reading the novel to my son. We are at the Bloody Prince chapter and he asked me when can we go to the cinema to see the movie of the book.

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    • I’m honored–and worried about the language! I do use a lot of F bombs, so feel free to censor!

      Actually, I’m trying to figure out a way to make the most of my time (when I have it). Bo made a good point the other day that because I’ve never had that kind of time to myself since before the kids were born. I’ll have to try and use bursts of energy on different tasks so I don’t get bored or edgy. πŸ™‚

      Hope you and your son enjoy the adventure….and again, feel free to censor!!!!


  4. I read something once that a woman, a graphic designer with her own business, wrote about having 15 years on her male counterparts so she wasn’t stressing her career because kids grow up but the work is always there. Love on your kids; the writing will be there. oxoxoxoxo

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  5. My! It’s been a while since I’ve been online and probably won’t be back properly until next year. But so, so glad I got a chance to read your sample chapters of Fallen Princeborn. Wow! I truly couldn’t stop reading. So impressive. I read it this morning and its still on my mind now, late into the evening – its the litmus paper; when a story lingers like that, you know its good. I want to know more, I want to read more and I hope to when time is more in my favour.
    Anyway, just wanted to let you know. Huge congrats!!! πŸ™‚ xx

    And yep, the writing, your craft – and very fine it is too- will always be there. The children won’t be children for very long. x

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  6. Getting to this a few days late, so hope it went well. Nice post.

    I took my nieces to an exotic creatures day when they were small, and they loved it – though not the big hairy spider. Time sharing the types of activities children love are so special, so fleeting. You’ll catch up with your word count again, and what a great conclusions you’ve drawn from this.

    Hope the your Thanksgiving gift was well received.

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    • Well, my contribution didn’t get cooked through in time, but we all managed, thanks! I shall never stop eating those delicious sweet potatoes… πŸ™‚
      I’ve decided to stop working on Book 3 for a bit until I have a complete series outline worked out; I hate reading books where it feels like the writer got herself in a corner, so I don’t want to do that to myself. πŸ™‚

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      • Sounds sensible. Whether you’re a ‘seat-of-the-pantser’ or not, I suspect it’s useful to have some idea about overall shape, even if it’s only so that eventually you know what you don’t want to do. Good luck with the shaping.

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      • Thanks! I was trying to pants Book 3, roughly knowing what it needed to do, but I couldn’t envision where the *series* was going at all. Now I FINALLY do, so I need to ensure the other books actually lead us there.

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  7. Jean, I am so delighted for you. Unfortunately I had to stop reading, but I will resume the moment I feel fit. Your book is not something to read 30 minutes a day as prescribed. When I feel all right, I will read hours non-stop until I am done.
    Your world is so real that I started to look at the stone walls with suspicion πŸ™‚ xxxxxx

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  8. And another gem I hadn’t managed to read thanks to Christmas and my ill health… You’re absolutely right – at the end of the day, the children have to come first. And, in my case – often it’s the grandchildren that need my time and attention…

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    • They sure do! My mom was just lamenting how so often the kids latch on to aunts and uncles during family functions. Welp, I said, why not have Bash for a one-on-one sleepover? Biff has TWO birthday parties in one day, Blondie’s attending a baby shower with me. Let him have a special adventure with you and you two can focus just on each other. She paused a bit (understandably, as Bash still tantrums now and again), then agreed. Grandkids need their Grandma time!

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  9. Beautifully worded. Finding time to write again, and yet being with all that your heart lies in bliss. The struggles, the nightlights of content. Enjoy every moment. πŸ™β€οΈ

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