I Confess: I love Mondays

*Fends off the evil stares*

Writing does not have a conventional 9-5 schedule, and that’s why we love it.  I can sleep in late or wake up early; set my schedule around a four hour afternoon nap, anything I want! But sometimes I do lament not being able to relate to those “TGIF” posts. tgif

I despise the weekend! There are so many distractions, too much noise – I will have a separate post to describe my hatred of lawnmowers. I find it hard to focus, and to balance the need to get work finished and to hang out with friends/support events. Productivity is at an all-time low on weekends!  It is not relaxing for me because I get frustrated when I can’t get things done. Sue me for liking my work.

I love the feel of Mondays. Monday symbolises the smell of fresh projects, new ideas, replies to my emails, progress on assignments and…sweet silence as sour-faced islanders trudge off to offices.

So I just re-read the first two sentences. If I can do anything I want, then why is it so hard to set an off day? Decide to write Monday to Friday, and take weekends off? Yes, I’ve read the numerous articles and tips on how to be an effective writer, and they all recommend that off day.

shut_my_brain_off_by_digiq8-d3itbzlMaybe someone can tell me how I shut my brain off? I am not so talented yet that I can programme inspiration to come between Monday and Friday because an expert said that I should have one day to relax. I relax when I want to, write when I want to, spend the time lamenting about my lack of progress when I want to. Maybe I need more training? If only my body would cooperate.

You’re supposed to find out the most effective time to write for you, and plan your schedule around that. A couple years ago, waking up around 5am and writing until I could no longer ignore hunger pangs used to work for me. Then I changed time zones, and my effective writing period changed to midnight until about 3am. Life changed, and I found that I could no longer stay awake, and so I wrote from about 4pm to 8pm. You get my drift? Now, I just move with the tide.

I can’t even say, “Look out for new posts on Mondays and Fridays”. Suppose I have something to say that is only relevant on Wednesday? Suppose nothing interesting happens to me at all, and I have to post a pic of my cat in a compromising position?

The highlight of my week was nothing writing related. My friend sent me a vid of my godson, Zach. Not many things can bring you as much joy as a child’s laugh. See for yourself.

So…this starting off as a post about me loving Mondays, and ventured into all different directions. Who cares?

At a recent writing workshop, a fellow writer told me I have a great talent for ‘circular writing’. I smiled and accepted the compliment. She didn’t have to know that – like this post- I started with one topic/issue in mind, got lost, asked for directions, stopped to observe the scenery, and then continued along the original path. I always get there in the end.

See? I have my own problems.

But ‘Monday blues’ isn’t one of them . 🙂

PS. Here is the pic of my cat.


Hmm…will have to look for a new back-up post.



Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference – Deadline March 1st 2013

You may apply to the Conference by submitting a sample of original work and an online application (see the link to the application below). All applicants submit an application and their supporting materials online. The application deadline is March 1, 2013.

There are several ways to apply to the Conference. You will see an overall list below. Those applying for financial aid must choose one category. If you would like to be considered for a spot as a general contributor should you not receive a financial aid award, you must submit a general contributor application in addition to the financial aid application.

Acceptance is based on the strength and promise of the writing sample and the Admissions Board’s judgment that the applicant will benefit from the Conference. The workshops are designed to accommodate both published writers and those in the early stages of promising careers. For the 2012 Conference, we were able to accept 26% of general applicants; 6% of those who applied for financial aid received an award.

We cannot enroll anyone for less than the full ten days of the Conference. Applicants must be at least eighteen years of age.

There is no application fee.

N.B.: Applicants submit their top choices for workshop leader upon acceptance to the Conference, noting it on their deposit/confirmation form. Participants are then assigned to a workshop based on our commitment to giving all attendees one of their choices.

CLICK HERE for the online application.


Marc Gibson – Pen Pal

Marc has always had a way with words. This curious affinity has led him down a meandering path  that includes being educated at the Barbados Community College  in Mass Communications, stints as a copy-writer, print journalist, freelance writer and more recently a screenwriter.

Also very passionate about film and television, he pursued the Motion Picture Arts programme at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill.

He enjoys reading fiction in general (Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series is a favourite) and comics in particular, in addition to the cinematic works of Christopher Nolan, JJ Abrams and Alfred Hitchcock.

Marc can often be found entertaining himself for several seconds at a time with several computer games such as action RPGs like Dragon Age: Origins, the Mass Effect franchise as well as action RTS favourites such as DoTA2 and League of Legends.

Bridgeland is his debut graphic novel that he hopes paves the way for many more.


BBC Imagine Series – Ian Rankin

If you have an hour to spare – this link below is the BBC Imagine series – following crime novelist Ian Rankin, famous for the Inspector Rebus series. It’s an insight into his writing process as he creates and develops his latest novel “Standing in Another Man’s Grave”. He also talks about “the fear” that always happens when he gets to page 65.

Jackie Jones – Pen Pal


I’m Jackie Jones, ruler of the dream world, consumer of oatmeal and owner of a yellow stuffed monkey. I started this blog to support my hobbies of capturing souls and hunting overly happy furries.

In my other life, I’m a fiction writer and a journalist. I’m passionate about the craft that allows ideas formed as pictures and thoughts in my head, or vividly haunting dreams, to come alive on page.

This page has evolved from me writing all about my literary progress, to now being a home for the host of topics that interest me on a daily basis. I hope you enjoy your stay, and look forward to hearing from you :) .

Oh and, I don’t need your soul (the guy’s behind you maybe ^^).

Look out for new posts every Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday :D .