Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Creative Process

Ouch.  Four months since I last posted.  I apologize and will do better from now on. Promise.

But just because I’ve been slack on my blog doesn’t mean I’ve not been working on Rabbit’s continuing adventures. The Reckoning Flames is chugging along and it’s been fun seeing all the mischief he and his friends are getting into. Which is always good—and a relief. Sometimes writing can be a chore, such as when the ideas are there but you can’t get them on paper. Or the ideas won’t mesh and you end up with a hodgepodge of stuff that doesn’t make much sense. Or when the words just won’t come at all.

Like when my mother my mother died.

Mom had been ailing for years, progressively getting worse, until there was nothing left of the once vibrant woman she’d been. Nothing left at all. When my sister, brother and I finally agreed that it was time to take her off of life support, I thought I had prepared myself and was ready to let her go. Yet, not only did grief hit me like a tsunami when she died, it flooded into surprising areas, like my writing. It gave me such a massive writer’s block that even simple emails and jotted notes on postits became hard to write.

That was the reason why Shadows Past was so late being published. In fact, if it weren’t for the support and encouragement of my editor, Anne Sowards, I don’t think it would’ve been published at all, let alone finished.

Mom’s been gone four years now and the shock of her passing has lessened. I still miss her and grieve some that she’s not here, but I’m not second-guessing myself anymore on what to write—or wondering if I can write at all. As I said, it’s fun again and, even better, it’s satisfying.

And that’s very, very good.


  1. Glad to hear it, Lorna. We look forward to seeing you at Writers Group again!!

  2. So happy to have Shadows Past, but so sorry about your Mom. Can hardly wait for the Reckoning Flames! Any idea on when it may be out? Not trying to be pushy, I just really love your books. I buy them and recommend them to my library so that the most people can see them. I'm glad to hear the writing is fun again.

  3. Thanks, star-horse3.

    And yeah, I need to get back to the group. Miss you guys.

  4. Sorry to here about your mum. I don't know wot i do without mine. But i am glad to hear that reckoning flames is chugging along, can't wait!!

  5. I just want to add that I'm sorry to hear about your mum Lorna, I hope that your ok.

    Selfish, but also good to hear your working on the next novel, I hope that it helps you.

  6. I am sorry that you lost your mother. I can understand to a certain extent what that must feel like. I am taking care of my mother, who has a genetic disease that is killing her slowly. I watch more and more of the woman that I know as my mother disappear every day. As horrible as it sounds I almost wish that she would have just died in a car accident. Watching her slowly disappear in front of my eyes is like living through her death every day when she looks at me with blank eyes not understanding something that she would have more than understood before.

  7. Thanks for your kind words, everyone.

  8. Do hope you are well and many thanks for putting Rabbit's adventures on paper. It was a treat reading your books for the first time, and continues to be a treat as I devour them for the fifth time. I notice something new each read. Again, thank you.