writing things …
“When asked, ‘How do you write?’ I invariably answer, ‘One word at a time.’”
~ Stephen King
I’m actually far too much of a chicken to read most of Stephen King’s fiction, so the quote above came from a non-fiction book he wrote on writing. And it’s the best advice I’ve ever heard. When writing gets hard, when it gets complicated, when I just feel like I’ll never ever be able to finish (or start!) what I’m working on, I think of this quote and it helps me type the first word. And then the next. One at a time. Until I have a sentence. A paragraph. A chapter. A book!
It’s the same with life sometimes, too, isn’t it? Sometimes it gets hard, sometimes it gets complicated, sometimes we feel like we’ll never finish (or be able to start!) what we want to. But if we break it down and take one step at a time, we’ll eventually get there. Maybe very slowly. But we’ll get there. If we don’t give up.
Thanks for visiting and I hope you’re keeping healthy and happy as you take your days one step — or one word — at a time.
I’ve currently got a middle-grade novel out on submission and I’m keeping my fingers crossed one of the editors who has it in their hands will fall in love with it!
I’m also working on two new middle-grade novels, one that I hope to have finished by the end of this year. And there’s a third one percolating in my heart and mind that I hope will make it onto the page soon!
Below, you’ll see information about my published novel. I’m hoping to turn this section into a proper list before long!
Unable to remember anything from his past, Simon is haunted by a dream of an eagle, a serpent, and an angel that smells like bubblegum. Then one night, his dreams change. The angel gives him a special object that’s still with him when he wakes up — an object desired by many but destined only for him, that will change his life forever.
SMUDGE’S MARK was chosen as tween magazine, The Magazine’s Book of the Month for November 2009, and was named as a January Magazine Best Children’s Book for 2009. SMUDGE’S MARK was also honoured as a Best New Book for Young People, 2009, by the Association for Canadian Publishers, and was featured in the fall 2009 issue of the Quill and Quire.
“Claudia Osmond has created one of the most relatable and likeable characters to ever come out of young adults’ fantasy literature. Simon (a.k.a. Smudge) is funny, fallible, curious, sometimes awkward, but always genuine. By virtue of its vivid prose, breath-stopping cliffhangers, unique characterization and an action-packed plot that is more unpredictable than an angry dragon, Smudge’s Mark is undoubtedly a book that ought to grace every young person’s bookshelf.” – Meisner, deGroot and Associates, Toronto
Smudge’s Mark by Claudia Osmond (Simply Read Books) 384 pages
From the outset, Smudge’s Mark is dense and meandering and at first seems quite incomprehensible. And I couldn’t put it down. If you think those things don’t seem to go together, welcome to the club and read on. I’m still not sure I understand how it happened, but I do know I’d read another book by this author. One of the most powerful things about Smudge’s Mark is the strong and personable voice of the narrator, Simon, a.k.a. Smudge. “My grandpa was a wicked prankster,” Osmond-as-Simon begins. “Usually after working the part-time midnight shift at the mushroom farm, he’d make his way home to 49 Stone Elements Drive in the darkness of the early morning.” And the correct response would seem to be: who cares? At this point — the beginning — Osmond has seemingly done nothing to insure we care at all. And yet, oddly enough, we do. It is as though, with those first simple words, Simon waltzes into our lives as though he hasn’t a care in the world. And then, layer upon layer, we learn of all the dark places: all the things that are at stake and by then we realize that while we weren’t paying attention, Osmond has somehow — magically? — made us care. Smudge’s Mark is, in its own strange way, a very good book. At story’s beginning, we meet Simon in a moment of quiet, almost introspection. By journey’s end, Simon has more or less preserved life as he knows it as well as Emogen, a hidden realm with a strong connection to Earth. — Aaron Blanton, January Magazine