What’s Happening?!

What's happening

What's happening

Anyone else remember this show? Loved the whip-smart sister and scary waitress, Shirley! No reason for the picture, just loved the show and wanted to steal the title. As summer draws to a close (those evil “School is Back in Session” signs plastered all over the neighborhood) it’s time to take stock of projects, goals and dreams.

Lake Michigan - Ft. Sheridan

  1. Excited to be featured on Women Writers, Women’s Books site with my essay “Writing is Just a Day at the Beach.
  2. The second draft of my novel is complete. (Insert celebration emoji here).
  3. A ton of work awaits me in the third draft. (Insert crying emoji here).
  4. Participated in second author event, this time at Open Books.
  5. Attended second writing retreat, this time at Ragdale.
  6. MARRIED OFF MY FIRST-BORN. (Not enough emojis in the world).
  7. On day 26 of healthy eating life-style. (Insert pizza emoji – just kidding, I drank kale, people. I drank kale.)
  8. Interviewed authors, reviewed books, participated in a Revision Support Group, submitted a few essays, submitted a few flash fiction pieces, entered a flash fiction contest . . . there may be more but it’s early and my memory is sketchy.

Liquid Kale


  1. Tentative Writers’ Getaway Weekend planned for 9/12/2015 – No Talking Allowed!
  2. The second round of NYCMidnight’s Flash Fiction contest is coming up on 9/18/2015
  3. I’ll be attending the Chicago Writers Conference on 9/25/2015
  4. Sometime in October, I’ll be featured on Colleen Story’s Writing and Wellness. Excellent advice and resources for writers. Don’t wait, check out the site now.
  5. I will continue attending classes at Story Studio Chicago.
  6. Finalize third draft and evaluate status of the novel.

Ragdale Tea and Writing

So far, I’m on track for my 2015 goals. Nothing happens fast enough, easy enough, enough enough. But anything worth having is worth fighting for – fight on! Write on!

Have you taken stock of your summer so far? Goals? Accomplishments? I’d love to hear your success stories. Make the most of what’s left!




3 Thoughts on “What’s Happening?!

  1. Wow, Suzanne, you’ve been busy! Most impressive– and inspiring!

  2. Atta girl!

Summer Colds, War Heroes, and Writing



Sick on the sofa with a moist summer cold (isn’t moist just the grossest word?) and thought I’d recap a crazy week or two.

Participated in my first Author Talk at a Book Store last Wednesday. Met a Special Ops war veteran who also just happens to be a debut novelist and Northwestern MFA grad…and a better-looking version of Brad Pitt. Nothing like that to make you feel inadequate. He also happened to be warm, genuine, funny and humble . . .

There were two other fabulous authors presenting and it was a treat. I was terrified at first and wanted to uninvite my family so they wouldn’t have to watch me fail. Finally took Liz Gilbert’s advice (fear is boring) and made myself breathe and enjoy. Family was supportive and wonderful as always and we had the most thrilling late-night dining adventure – that may be an essay or Live Lit piece in the future.

Emailed two award-winning authors and went out on a limb to see if they would do an interview. Both said yes! So far, I have received zero flat-out “NO’s” and only one “contact my publicist.” All the others have been game and super generous. Ask and ye shall receive!

Still basking in the joy of my 100-page review with my Novel in a Year teacher. She thinks it’s a real book! And it has tension! And darkness! And I’m good at dialogue!  I could just crap my pants I’m so happy. Of course the critique was about two paragraphs of what was fabulous and three pages of what needs to be fixed but it’s only the second draft. And she called it a book!

Going to Ragdale next week and can’t wait!

On the family front: Daughter’s wedding pictures are in and they’re breathtaking. Son set a new goal, decided to kick fear to the curb…said it was partially due to hearing me drone on about that. If we drone on long enough, they just might find something useful in what we say!

Remaining summer goals: Camp, Stick Toes in Ocean, Finish 2nd Draft

Other than the moist cold — have you ever had water squirt out your eye when you blow your nose? Is that a thing?

2 Thoughts on “Summer Colds, War Heroes, and Writing

  1. This posting makes me wonder: what does it take to consider oneself a writer? If it’s getting your book reviewed by another writer, participating in Author Talks, interviewing other writers, and then actually writing about your own life experiences in an intelligent, witty, and engaging way, I’d say this is the life of a real writer!! Can’t wait to read more!

    • Thanks for reading, Brenda. I think it’s one of those boring “fear” things. I remember hearing a story whereby some fancypants best selling writers were all on a panel. They’d achieved the NY Times bestselling status, they’d been multi-published and were all moaning on about how they’d had success, sure…BUT, they hadn’t won the Pulitzer. The feeling comes from doing…all the other stuff is other people and how they see you. I will struggle continuously but the fact that YOU read is enough for me!