Sunday, May 17, 2009


On a cold lonely mid-March day, our surly woman Michelle stared at her computer screen in debate on what story to write next . . .

. . . when suddenly she remembered something. The night before, she had a dream involving a country man and his magical stone. She closed her eyes and watched the drama take place in her imagination, as her fingers typed in the descriptions of each scene. A story took shape.

She worked many days and sleepless nights with this story. Time passed as it usually does. The last week of March was left behind along with the whole month of April. May appeared, and with it a wonderful thing.

She finished her story, The Stone Man. Elation filled her, which turned into astonishment. The surly woman realized it had taken her two months to write a story. She felt a little bad about that, because she could remember the times when she procrastinated with her writing. Yet she pushed those emotions aside. She reveled in her pride of finishing her manuscript, although there was still so much work left to do involving editing and revisions and the query stage . . .

. . . let’s tell her after she wakes up.


  1. lol! love the illustrations! and congrats!

  2. Chris S: Thanks! I'm going to use one for my blog title.

  3. I agree, the illustrations are very unique.;) You are multi-talented.;))

  4. Great post Michelle. I love the illustrations too and also your new banner. BTW --- are those Dole Strawberry Kiwi juice bottles under your chair ? :o)

  5. Congrats. :)

    I like that new header.. it's so you!

  6. Protege: Thanks! I was in one of those moods for an interactive picture post.

    Ruth and Glen: Hahaha! No, I stick with the hard liquor when I celebrate. Less of a hangover. Glad you liked the post, and I had to do something with the banner. It was starting to get on my nerve.

    Hilary: Thanks! i don't know how long I'll keep this banner, but we'll wait and see.

  7. Great story, and thanks for the chuckle. If only it were always that easy to get a story cranked out.

  8. Eric: Thanks, and too right. I don't know where this story came from. The whole thing just dropped into my lap from beginning to end.

  9. Yup: the new header is too cool! Congrats on finishing up the story!

  10. Yeah, the illustrations are great, MDGF. Glad to hear you finished the story, but somewhat worried about the empty bottles strewn about :-)

  11. Buck: Thanks!

    Suldog: Why? Don't ya -hiccup- think I can...uh ...can handle *burp* my liquor?

    Glad you like the header!

  12. First, I read your interview. Great responses to her questions. Your premise for Stone Man was awesome.I honestly can't wait to read it. Hurry, hurry get it published. Your illustrations cracked me up. Is there anything you CAN'T do?

  13. That first deep breath after the project is finished is the best. Have fun with the next one.

  14. Congrats, Michelle!

    And thankfully, unlike Coleridge, you weren't interrupted by a knock at the door.

  15. These are great!!! Perhaps a future e-book? The Adventures of Surly Girl. :)

    Congrats on finishing up the story.

  16. Theresa: Thanks for all your praise. The one thing I can't do is touch my tongue to the tip of my nose. Oh WAIT! Um... no. Can't do it.

    Oren: The first breath was just awesome. I felt the air drawn into my eraser-dust filled lungs and blown it out with every satisfying click-clack the printer made when shooting out the story for editing. Wonderful feeling!

    Buckskins: The only knock I would have welcomed was a man holding a publishing contract for my other story. A cute man.

    Angie: E-book? I never thought about it. "Her Awesomness Surly" or "Surly, You Jest." Okay, I need to deflate the big head right now.

    Thanks for the congrats!

  17. Hurray! :)
    Finally finishing a manuscript is so exiting! (Not that I would know, I hardly ever finish a story)



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