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Italia! A follow up to the Letting Go post

Hello my friends!

Taking a time out from writing about writing to revisit the whole anxiety thing... Then maybe I'll post an update about my book.

Remember back in April I wrote a post called Letting Go? Well, I wanted to follow that post up with the incredible time Fishubby and I had in Italy this June.

Here's a line from that post:
The thought of going abroad again made me so nervous, I couldn't even talk about the trip without my heart racing, my mouth drying up, my armpits sweating, and my intestines squealing with sudden gassy-ness (anxiety is so glamorous, isn't it?) The first thing I want to say about our trip is... IT WAS AMAZING. It was hands down the best vacation I have ever had. Once I got a handle on the anxiety, the thought of Italy was so exciting. Where I usually loathe traveling because of the anxiety of the airport and security checks and customs and the long long looooong flights, I was looking forward to every step of the way. Our first night in Ital…

A Writer's Biggest Fear - plagiarism

As a writer, I have many fears. Fear of success, fear of failure, fear no one will like my book, fear I'll never finish my book. But one that I don't often think about (maybe because I haven't reached the published stage with my novel length works) is plagiarism.

In today's David Farland's Daily Kick in the Pants email, he wrote about a friend of his experiencing plagiarism. The whole account seemed ludicrous, but he directed his readers to the victim's blog.

Read Rachel Ann Nunes's story here.

I decided to reblog this in support of Rachel Ann Nunes, and also to spread awareness.

That's all I have to say. After all, "if you can't say something nice... don't say anything at all."

Peace and Keep Writing,

Claire L. Fishback

Finding Advice/Ideas in Unexpected Places

Like most writers I know, I have my favorite list of blogs about writing. Writers in the Storm, for example, is one I frequent for tips and tricks and just to connect to the writerly world.

Today I was scrolling through Facebook and found a blog with a topic I'm getting close to needing: Editing.

The blog is directed at teens (Go Teen Writers), but they also cater to "new" writers as well. Though I'm hardly a teen, and I've been writing for over 20 years, I don't fall into either category. However, I am new to editing.

Though I have been writing for ages, I have yet to take a novel length manuscript to the next stage. I flush with embarrassment in admitting that. I've had short stories published, sure, but I have yet to take the next giant leap. I have several novel length manuscripts under my belt, sure, but all of them live in the land of first drafts.

Editing has always been this big, scary monster to me. Here's why:

A) I'm a pantser and, thus, …

Letting Go

I know this is supposed to be a blog about writing and my progress with my writing, but I also want it to be a place where I can share things. Things like life changes and challenges and everything in between.

For the last 54 days I have been participating in a morning meditation practice called 30 Days To Grace. I first learned about this from my therapist. Let me pause here and back up...

Last year when Fishubby and I were in Paris, I had what I refer to as a nervous breakdown. Really, it was an intense anxiety attack. I could not, would not leave the hotel to go out to dinner. I couldn't. I physically felt like if I left the hotel, something horrible would happen.

I sent Fishubby out to eat without me (he ended up bringing back a pizza to share -- pizza in Paris is DELICIOUS) and I went into the hotel room and cried and cried. Bawled my eyes out, had thoughts of suicide (you know, "he'd be better off without me" and "I'm holding him back" type though…

A Short Rant about Amazon Reviews

Hi. Been a while, I know, and I don't wish to come back from a hiatus with a "grinds my gears" kind of post, but, well, here it is.

I get the Amazon Daily Deals emails for Kindle and I saw a mystery series going for $.99 so I decided to check it out. I have some mystery elements in my current WIP so it never hurts to read what's out there to get a clue (hehe, pun in tended) about writing mystery elements. I always look at reviews to see what people are saying.

I must pause here to confess I'm incredibly dubious of self-pubbed books on Amazon because I've been burned too many times by a book that doesn't deliver the promise in the book description.

Anyway, I usually check out the reviews starting with the 1-star and moving up to the 5-star reviews. Just to see the entire spectrum of what people are saying. If a book as a TON of 4- and 5-star reviews, I'll usually buy it. Even 3-stars are okay (according to Goodreads's rating system, a 3-star review…


I found a couple of quotes today on AeroGramme Writer's Studio that really sort of hit home.

"Let the writer take up surgery or bricklaying if he is interested in technique. There is no mechanical way to get the writing done, no shortcut. The young writer would be a fool to follow a theory. Teach yourself by your own mistakes; people learn only by error." - William Faulkner

"Write. Start writing today. Start writing right now. Don't write it right, just write it - and then make it right later. Give yourself the mental freedom to enjoy the process, because the process of writing is a long one. Be wary of "writing rules" and advice. Do it your way." - Tara Moss

“Advice to young writers? Always the same advice: learn to trust our own judgment, learn inner independence, learn to trust that time will sort the good from the bad – including your own bad.” ― Doris Lessing

These both hit home for me because, as you've seen in some of my posts last year…

Happy New Year!

Hi Friends!


Okay, okay... I know it's late, but better late than never, right? At least it's still January!

Christmas was good. I got a game for PS3 called Last of Us, which is a post apocalyptic story about survival and all that. We have yet to find out what has caused some people to mutate into attacking, flesh eating monsters, but the game is awesome. Right up my alley. The graphics are beautiful, too.

I bought myself an iPad Air. I know! I'm excited, too! I spent the first few days getting it all set up with the apps I wanted and needed, as well as obsessing over which blue tooth keyboard to get, which cover/case to get, and ended up buying the same keyboard twice (on Amazon) and cancelling BOTH orders. I ended up with a New Trent keyboard that is also a case that sort of converts the iPad into a netbook. The case even latches. I also got a $15 buck smart cover case (in magenta) that's really sleek and slim, which I can use when I won't be usi…