Athena

Writer / Owner

February 2018 Mid Month Review

February 2018 Mid Month Review

I’ll be posting the mid-month reviews in two places: on Wisegoddess.Com and Theblissquest.com/blog until the transfer and conversion is complete. February is showing early signs of spring already, so my outdoor to do list is getting long already. It feels like a mad...

January 2018 Mid-Month Review

January 2018 Mid-Month Review

January 2018 Mid-Month Review It’s already two weeks into the new year and I’m can’t figure out where the time has gone. I put my head down and started in on re-writes and—BAM--time warp. It’s all good as long as I’m able to get some basics caught up, but for now it’s...

Character Studies

Character Studies

Someone asked why and how I distinguish between character and characterization. The why: because relying on appearance only as a tool creates two-dimensional characters. Complexity is in the contradictions, and the harmony between appearance and action. It’s in the...

December 2017 Mid-Month Review

December 2017 Mid-Month Review

It’s already the mid-month, and I have no idea where the month has gone…the year, actually. It’s almost 2018. How did that happen? I suppose it’s a good sign that I’m stunned by the passage of time. It means I was busy, productive, and working toward something that...

Scold of Jays Beta Read Completed!

Scold of Jays Beta Read Completed!

Dear Beta Readers: Half of the Scold of Jays beta manuscripts are in, and the feedback has been tremendously helpful! There were two issues I was worried about, and both concerns have been nullified by beta feedback. I’d like to just apologize in advance for...

I’ve been writing for twenty-five years, publishing for the last decade. My love of story and creativity has only grown more intense over time, as storytelling, communications and wrangling the imagination never cease to be a fulfilling challenge.

I split my time between creativity and artistic development, and the corporate world of regulatory work and process design, which keeps my left brain occupied and engaged so I don’t become creative heavy and topple over.

This blog is a new incarnation of my brand name. From here I am able to indulge my creative fancies and play with readers and creators all over the world. I love cooking, scrapbooking, book building, photography, polymer sculpting, writing and publishing. I get ideas from everyday life and living, from problems I encounter and dig my teeth in to puzzle out. I’m inspired by fellow artists, travel and nature and the human spirit.

I currently live on the Oregon Coast where I’m romanced daily by the extraordinary beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

The longest, most difficult lesson I’m consistently learning is to Trust the Story.

Please join the adventure!

Disclaimer:

These are the adventures, and misadventures of my life and learnings. Herein are the captures of my struggles, thoughts and dialogs – and they are not always “G- Rated” vignettes. They are often gritty, political, heartbreaking struggles in a world that frequently reflects sexism, oppression and more problem making than problem solving. I often confront these scenarios with actual human thoughts and words, which is occasionally less Disney than some might prefer.

I hereby reserve the right to post links to disturbing materials (always with warnings), swear like a drunken sailor, speak with my actual voice, tell my actual thoughts, respond to disrespectful commenters by deleting and blocking, and expose myself as I am; ink-stained, and covered in glitter, over-caffeinated and bursting with ideas.

Rules of the site:

  1. Courtesy.
  2. Courtesy.
  3. Courtesy.

Courtesy is general politeness and basic human decency. In an effort to promote change, positivity and healthy creative involvement in the world, I will remove all comments statements or complaints that do not pass the bare minimum of courteous dialog. Persistent offenders will be blocked and reported.

Suggestions and ideas are always welcome, in fact they are greatly appreciated. Constructive counsel, and healthy criticisms can create a dynamic positive friction from which evolution and new ideas occur.

The rules for constructive counsel and healthy criticism are as follows:

  1. Courtesy.
  2. Perspective – be clear you are only offering your personal perspective and/or cited reasons
  3. Depth – as in, surface complaints, nitpicks, passive aggressiveness and whining lack depth. True constructive counsel offers depth, reason and genuine reflection.
  4. Courtesy.