A very Happy Release Day to JB Marsden! She’s a guest on the blog today showing off her latest story, The Travels of Charlie. I have a very soft spot for historicals, not because of the swashbuckling elements, the clothes, and the antiquated ways to travel and communicate, but because I like looking back at the challenges people faced back then. For Charlie, these seem to be two-fold. Not being able to be who she thinks she should be, and knowing that if she stuck to the proscribed role, then she’d be in just as much trouble. I think I’m very much looking forward to reading this!
I’m also very glad to learn that I’m not the only one who can procrastinate for England if the Muse feels like it. JB Marsden can do it, too!
There, I said it. My writing bane.
Just this morning, trying to get started on this blog, smartphone games, a missing mouse trap (presumably with a mouse attached), a crop-dusting plane overhead, and a recalcitrant computer have all conspired against me. My mind fights to stay focused. What did I come out to the office to do?
Writers sometimes feel abandoned by their muse., when a worse problem called writers’ block pops up. But plain procrastination rises like a brick wall many days to block me.
What’s a writer to do?
My number one reminder–stay off the smartphone, lest games, emails, social media, and pictures of babies and puppies derail me. The rabbit hole of social media really contains a chasm that even Indiana Jones would find hard to scale. But, look, it’s so interesting to read about her trip to Tazmania. Don’t look.
Number two, “Don’t get it right, get it written,” my dissertation advisor’s voice chastises me. To me, his voice calls me to do anything to get words on paper. Because my computer mocks me this morning, and a plane hums above laying insecticide on the crops south of my farm, I took up a fountain pen. I may write a scene I’ve been planning and plunk it down mid-document later. I may look at yesterday’s paragraphs again for inspiration to remember where that character had in mind.
These anti-procrastination tricks sound easy, but they also must overcome all the ways my mind has taken fallen down rabbit holes. When Hemingway said, “Writing is easy. You just open a vein and bleed on the paper,” I don’t think he was battling procrastination, but who knows.
Writing is fun. If I could just get the humming of that plane out of my head.
The Travels of Charlie
Length: 206 pages
Genre: Lesbian Romance
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In 1884, Charlene Dieter needs a new life, away from unwanted male suitors and from Jo, her best friend who has rebuffed her romantic overtures. Charlene finds her new self in “Charlie,” the man she always thought she should have been. Charlie decides to start a new life in Illinois, motivated by letters from a cousin of Charlie’s deceased dad.
Kitty McIntire, a young woman managing her prairie farm after her father’s death, also fends off a suitor, John Cameron. John, however, presses on, despite a rival for Kitty’s attentions in cousin Charlie, newly arrived in their small town. Charlie does his best to be a farmer, but sustains injuries that lay him up. Kitty attends him while he recuperates, and they begin to fall in love, when circumstances force Charlie to let Kitty in on his secret.
Charlie and Kitty together face the escalating verbal and physical attacks from John, as he tries to get Kitty and her farm for his own purposes.
Will John come between the love that Charlie has found with Kitty? How can they, two women in a time that men rule, bring John to justice?
About JB Marsden
JB “Joey” Marsden wrote her first short story at age ten, but, needing to make a living, spent most of her life writing academic tomes that no one enjoyed reading. Now having published two novels, she has realized her childhood dream.
Joey lives on her family farm in Illinois with her wife. Aside from writing, she enjoys reading, outdoor activities, and classic movies. Even though she can be found most often basking in the quiet of rural living, she travels for work and fun both in the U.S. and abroad.
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