About Writing On Wednesdays: What New Writers Want to Know

This Stellarcon panel about new writers consisted of Ed Schubert, Laurel Ann Hill and Tony Ruggiero.

There are no two ways about it; Laurel Ann Hill is an eccentric lady. At various panels she showed up with a big, fuzzy Russian hat on her head and at others she had dolls. The Russian hat I understood because that one room had temperatures colder than Siberia.

The various dolls weren’t props for her books. Maybe they were a type of security blanket? She wasn’t a big talker during the panels but she did enliven the room with just her presence.

The panel didn’t discuss the obvious like butt in seat, pen to paper. Instead they offered other tidbits for us to consider such as ways to look differently at our writing. 

One panelist, Ed Schubert, suggested putting your work away for a week or two. If possible for as long as a month or two. When you go back to it, it’s fresh.

Another way to keep your work fresh is to read your work out loud. This method allows you to view the story from another perspective. It also alerts you when a sentence is awkwardly phrased.

The panel agreed if you’re a serious writer then you must go to workshops. I’m not going to lie; it’s scary. The first one I ever went to was at Stellarcon. Intimidated to say the least, I was so out of my league it wasn’t funny.

The panel was comprised of professional editors, authors and publishers ready to critique the 100 words or so that we’d just wrote. Scary stuff but our privacy was taken very seriously, at least in the workshop I was in.

It was worth the mild panic attack when I had to read what I had just written off the top of my head because I walked away with a wealth of knowledge and a surprising bit of confidence.

Save your dollars because there’s only one problem with some workshops and that’s the expense. Well known writers charge out the rear for a workshop. We are talking at least $700 and higher for two or three days.

I don’t know about you but I can’t afford that right now. Some of them do offer videos that are cheaper and the cheapest of all would be the workshops offered at various cons. They are included with the cost of the con so you might want to check out what cons are held in your surrounding areas and see if they offer a workshop. 


Oh, Nurse? Nurse!

Announcing Ms. Holly, beloved eldest daughter, has been accepted into the master’s program at the University of Maryland School of Nursing program.

She will be in the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program. The program can last a year and a half  up to two years.

A Clinical Nurse coordinates all of the patients care with other professionals. Straight from the website:

The CNL oversees the care coordination of a distinct group of patients and provides direct patient care in complex situations. The CNL puts evidence-based practice into action to ensure that patients benefit from the latest care innovations. The CNL collects and evaluates patient outcomes, assesses cohort risk, and has the decision-making authority to change care plans when necessary. The CNL functions as part of an interdisciplinary team by communicating, planning, and implementing care directly with other health care professionals, including physicians, pharmacists, social workers, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners. The CNL role is not administrative or managerial. The CNL is a leader in the health care delivery system in all settings in which health care is delivered, not just the acute care setting. Implementation of this role will vary across settings.

This is a very serious job with a lot of responsibility and Holly is more than capable for the job. Not only is she smart but she has a sense of humor, too. When I asked for a quote for the blog this is what I got back:

“Thank you, thank you. Wow! I didn’t come prepared for a speech but I would like to thank my parents, sister, grandparents and my husband for giving me the support I needed…ummm, my dog and my cat for looking cute and God for not allowing the rapture to occur on May 21st, 2011.

Wow, I know Ieaving some people out but they are running me off the stage, so thank you to my fans and everyone around me…. thank you.”

I’m very proud of her. Congrats, sweetheart! 


Curio’s Past, Shhh.