Meet Katie, Canine Coworker & Officemate

Meet Katie, Canine Coworker & Officemate

Katie

Katie

Katie, a perpetually shedding, half Beagle/half Shiba Inu, is my friend, canine coworker and officemate.

She follows me from room to room and stations herself somewhere between the door and me, either to guard or keep me in place.

Early mornings we both assume the positions for meditation and yoga/stretching. However, Katie’s role is more supervisory.

At break time she leaves for solar therapy and can be found sunning herself either outdoors or indoors, depending on her druthers.

As a writer’s assistant, Katie-dog:

Katie Downward Dog

Katie Downward Dog

  • Is a good beta manuscript listener (but not too big on providing feedback).
  • Provides a welcome focal point for me to stare as I work out a sentence or plot issue.
  • Seeks affection just as I need to return to the moment from wherever my mind has wandered.
  • Keeps the love flowing and gratitude rolling in.

And they say a writer’s life is solitary!

New fiction author, Tanya D. Dawson, has written a story for the young adult in all of us. Her pending novel, Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, brightens the sometimes dark world of YA to deliver the angst and the weird in this inspiring adventure of mystery, intrigue, and mysticism grounded in today’s world. While Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel is primarily set on the West Coast, Tanya lives and works in the American Southwest.

Lessons Learning — Knowing Now What We Now Know is Okay (Distractions)

Lessons Learning — Knowing Now What We Now Know is Okay (Distractions)

I know we don’t know what we don’t know. Still, sometimes I wish I had known some of what I’ve learned over the past few years a long time ago, don’t you? I allow wistfulness its brief moment but move on to appreciate my lessons—not fully learned, but learning.

For example, did you know distractions are addictive? I heard that from another writer and it sent me spinning to take inventory of my own distracted behavior.

Say I’m teetering on what a character will say. Can she stay PG-13 while she blurts out what she is truly feeling?

Hmm. Must be time to put the whites in to soak. While I’m out and about, I might as well put the dishes away. I’m feeling peckish. What’s in the fridge? I haven’t texted Mom this morning. Should I have another cup of tea?

I am learning that some distractions can be used to mentally process writing, especially those distractions that take more than thirty seconds. Sweeping is a good one, as is mopping. Why can’t my character say what she wants? Blurt away, girl! As the writer, I can always edit the paragraph later if necessary. Let it rip!

I must also confess to allowing distraction to become its own subject. These telling, free flowing thoughts from last year could have just as easily been yesterday’s:

“I can’t stand dirty floors. A clean floor is good to have. Mopping can distract me from feeling unworthy. Sweeping is sometimes good enough.”

Dust and digital devices are my greatest distractions. I am learning to manage the devices, but the dust? Let’s just say I’d like to turn that from an obsession to a distraction. Lol.

See what I mean about lessons learning?

Enough now. Back to editing the novel.

New fiction author, Tanya D. Dawson, has written a story for the young adult in all of us. Her pending novel, Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, brightens the sometimes dark world of YA to deliver the angst and the weird in this inspiring adventure of mystery, intrigue, and mysticism grounded in today’s world. While Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel is primarily set on the West Coast, Tanya lives and works in the American Southwest.

Georgie and Josefina ask, "What Would Luther Say?"

Georgie and Josefina ask, “What Would Luther Say?”

When baffled by a new subject or problem, Georgie and Josefina respond with, “Let’s ask Luther,” or “What would Luther say?” Whether unexpected or truth the girls hadn’t yet faced, Luther’s guidance and instruction are kind, wise and likely seeded with humor.

Like the time something happened before P.E. class and Georgie reacted—really, really reacted. At least that’s how it seemed to her.

Luther had said, “You are experiencing a perfectly normal reaction,” and handed her cold lemon water. “Who would not be shocked?”

“Exactly.” She uncurled an arm out of the tight ball she had wound herself into and accepted the glass.

He pretended not to see her dab at the corner of one eye with the back of her wrist as he took the facing chair. He patted her shoulder as he passed. “But you’re not normal, Georgie.”

“Excuse me?”

Meanwhile, the more the girls learn from Luther the more they want to know. Their minds are always whirring like spinning tops and sometimes hit a wall before they can figure out a thing on their own. This author suspects Josefina keeps a running list of questions in her phone.

New fiction author, Tanya D. Dawson, has written a story for the young adult in all of us. Her pending novel, Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, brightens the sometimes dark world of YA to deliver the angst and the weird in this inspiring adventure of mystery, intrigue, and mysticism grounded in today’s world. While Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel is primarily set on the West Coast, Tanya lives and works in the American Southwest.

Meet Georgie's Peeps: A Peek into a New Novel

Meet Georgie’s Peeps: A Peek into a New Novel

Meet Georgie Jones’s peeps, the Ryan and Jones families.

Mary, a commercial artist, is mom to Georgie and her sibling units, Bill and Rose. Mom’s parents, Grandpa and Grandma Ryan, have a farm in the country, complete with a goat, where the extended Ryan families meet up on weekends and holidays.

Dad’s parents, Grandma and Grandpa Jones are passionate DIY’ers and RV’ers. Their place is always in some stage of remodel, even when the work’s on hold to head to warmer climates in the winter with their dogs Sidney and Kelly-girl.

Note: Georgie Jones is a primary character in my upcoming novel, currently in final edits.

New fiction author, Tanya D. Dawson, has written a story for the young adult in all of us. Her pending novel, Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, brightens the sometimes dark world of YA to deliver the angst and the weird in this inspiring adventure of mystery, intrigue, and mysticism grounded in today’s world. While Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel is primarily set on the West Coast, Tanya lives and works in the American Southwest.

BFF Who's a Boy

BFF Who’s a Boy

Shawn Green is Georgie and Josefina’s best-friend-who’s-a-boy and a true cyber geek. He lives with his dad, Derrick, brother Earl, and Aunt Darlene. We often find Shawn hunched over the phone his dad uses to communicate with him when he and Earl are away testing special comms for the government. Shawn is not a fan of dodgeball.

New fiction author, Tanya D. Dawson, has written a story for the young adult in all of us. Her pending novel, Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, brightens the sometimes dark world of YA to deliver the angst and the weird in this inspiring adventure of mystery, intrigue, and mysticism grounded in today’s world. While Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel is primarily set on the West Coast, Tanya lives and works in the American Southwest.

Professor William S. Jones Dad & Professor

Dad & Professor

William Samuel Jones, Georgie’s dad, is professor of music at the local college as well as weeknight and weekend musician. And, the man can cook. He whips up delectable tasties for Georgie and himself, and later at Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, humbly learning from master cook, Maria Elena Garcia.

New fiction author, Tanya D. Dawson, has written a story for the young adult in all of us. Her pending novel, Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, brightens the sometimes dark world of YA to deliver the angst and the weird in this inspiring adventure of mystery, intrigue, and mysticism grounded in today’s world. While Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel is primarily set on the West Coast, Tanya lives and works in the American Southwest.

BFF

 

Smart and pretty with a long, dark braid, Josefina Garcia befriends Georgie her first day at the new high school. Fast friends, Josefina offers to show Georgie around school, and later, Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel.

New fiction author, Tanya D. Dawson, has written a story for the young adult in all of us. Her pending novel, Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, brightens the sometimes dark world of YA to deliver the angst and the weird in this inspiring adventure of mystery, intrigue, and mysticism grounded in today’s world. While Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel is primarily set on the West Coast, Tanya lives and works in the American Southwest.

New School

New School


Georgie’s new school is foreign. Obviously, it’s high school, so that’s new. She could get used to the crimson and gray, but what school makes their primary sport dodgeball? Maybe she is the foreigner in this town, born here but still the new kid.

New fiction author, Tanya D. Dawson, has written a story for the young adult in all of us. Her pending novel, Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, brightens the sometimes dark world of YA to deliver the angst and the weird in this inspiring adventure of mystery, intrigue, and mysticism grounded in today’s world. While Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel is primarily set on the West Coast, Tanya lives and works in the American Southwest.

Georgie Jones

Georgie Jones

Teen Georgie Jones has recently moved to live with her Dad after her life as she describes it, “tipped over and exploded”. The tipping over has left its mark, but hasn’t shattered her confidence—though she might admit to going over recent events in her mind. She has her new life to think about now, being the new kid at school, her new BFF’s, and…Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novelhouse.

Not Your Everyday Lightkeeper

Not Your Everyday Lightkeeper

Luther Andersen’s feet are planted squarely on earth, but his life is far different from the everyday human’s. Outer appearances would have you mistakenly believe he is merely a middle aged lighthouse keeper, yet no lightkeeper is average and it seems he’s been middle aged forever. People quickly learn there is more to him, though they may never know what that is exactly. He is highly regarded around the world and by local townsfolk as a mentor, professor, and good guy. You’ll easily spot Luther—he’s the tall lanky guy wearing the fishermen’s cap.

Luther’s Cap

New fiction author, Tanya D. Dawson, has written a story for the young adult in all of us. Her pending novel, Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, brightens the sometimes dark world of YA to deliver the angst and the weird in this inspiring adventure of mystery, intrigue, and mysticism grounded in today’s world. While Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel is primarily set on the West Coast, Tanya lives and works in the American Southwest.