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Double rainbow… (Image: Sandi Martinez)

Subtlety has never been a big strength of mine. In fact, I’m always ready to give anyone and everyone whom I interact with, a steady dose of frankness. I couldn’t possible do it any other way. And so it’s for this reason, I write frankly – now.

I couldn’t get into my WordPress account and failed miserably every time I tried. And so today, a miracle happened… First, I decided not to give up so easily and kept trying until it worked. Second, I realized I had made too many excuses. See, I’ve started my second installment to my trilogy, Divine Wars; the Awakening. However, I’ve not been writing like I know I should. Like all other writers will tell you, write, write, and write, even if just a paragraph, or half a page, or a whole page… though I wholly agree, I must say, it’s never that easy.

And of course anything else I say, will just sound like more excuses. So I’ll be honest. I started off on the wrong foot. I let my ego take the driver’s side rather than follow the magical and easy way that creativity makes its way though me; lightning that strikes deep within. Words I don’t try hard to put together, are suddenly strung snugly and wound tight around each other, as the words flow. The result? A rich story I could have never written on my own – my ego is too full of itself for that – yet as I write this, I feel whole again. Even this one entry, so few words, gives me hope and inspiration to keep going. I share this with all of you creators… don’t be hard on yourself, just don’t give up. Whatever you do, keep writing, keep painting, keep dancing, keep creating music, open your heart to the divine, and know a wellspring of magic awaits to pour from you and out to the world. Don’t be greedy… like I’ve been.

 

Many blessings,  Sandi

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Push, but don’t shove…

The world of editing just got smarter… Or… perhaps just a bit more time conscientious… Through rain and snow, and smush… smushy mud and everything in between (in good health and in bad), I am now done editing.

I’ve come a long way since I started the whole long and arduous journey of editing – self – editing… who thought it would be so fun, and yet so tedious!  Not a question, not a statement, just is what it has been. Editing is like gutting a building.  You know you want to do something with it, but you don’t know what you’ve got until you tear it down and see what’s there to begin with.

Well, I’ve gutted my story; the first in a trilogy titled, ‘Divine Wars; the Awakening’, and will now give myself a few days to chew on the story as it marinates.  How you may ask?  If it’s marinating, don’t you wait awhile?  Yeah, but who’s to say you can’t have a few bites in between the waiting???  Enough with the metaphors… my apologies, I just don’t quite know how to say ‘gotta give myself some time before I read the edited version, and make the draft final’ oh wait, was it that simple?

The simple truth about writing is you write.  There is no secret about it, nor is there any measure of secret success.  You write what you write, step back and step back some more, and then get at it again.  So that one day, when you’re in my shoes, you’ll remember this: Some day, what you write will be done – well done.  Way passed the marinating stage.  Then you publish it yourself, or turn in your precious work to several publishers, or agents.  And you look back and ask yourself, wow, did I really write that?

Yes… you did… so folks, write, write, and write, and then comes the part of preparation to share what you worked so diligently on; the publishing stage; look out for some tidbits of my story here and there that will be posted on my website soon… I’ll get you links and everything you’ll need to check it out a bit here and there.

Many blessings folks!

Sandi

The world of editing

In many ways, editing your own work can create a sense of dread. I say this because I’ve finished the first book of a trilogy that I’m writing, and am now in the editing phase. As I edit, I find I have to change things I liked when I first put the words down. Now, I find I have to change a lot… this puts my story in a very malleable and twisted state. It means that I have to shift other parts later in the story to align with the beginning.

While this is somewhat painful, I feel it is a very important and necessary plight to contend with. I am no longer the creative writer. I am the critic who now nit-pics and picks apart every sentence, adjusting and changing words, and reminding myself that it’s all for the best. There are days I don’t want to edit. Times I tell myself I can do it ‘later’. But the truth is, it’s a long process and I don’t like having to change the things I’m seeing, but beg to be transformed.

In the next few posts, I would like to share some excerpts of my book prior to publishing. I will need your input and brutal honesty. I’ve written this story for you – the readers.

… Stay tuned.

Many blessings,

Sandi