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Writing is powerful magic.

Creating worlds from infinite possibilities, narrowing them down to the parts that work. Choosing who lives, and who dies. Explaining why. Words wrapping around roads, making mountains, filling the skies with wings and clouds and stars in constellations no human eye has ever seen. Waking dreams, that when written down can be revisited again and again.

If my power grows, I can take someone there with me. But only if I get it right.

That is why I have come to this school of the sorcery known as writing. I need to learn to control this magic, to tame the torrent of words that pours onto my virtual page, to learn the spells that will conjure up a world that isn’t broken, a world with rules similar to our own so that I may make some sense of the one I live in.

I rush to my keyboard to enter these dreams before they slip away, offerings of my shy and tentative muse, made in the moments between waking and sleep in that grey half wakefulness of morning, when the last memories of the story are stronger than the memory of who I am or who I was.

There is magic in all of us, by some twist of fate and karma I have found mine.  This is the chronicle of my quest to master it properly.

Come along for the ride!


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23 Comments leave one →
  1. March 23, 2012 8:17 am

    Darling, you are no rookie writer! You inspire me. You have a wealth of great writing–and I look forward to when I can dedicate 4 or 5 hours a day of writing :).


    • March 24, 2012 1:56 pm

      Aww, thanks. 🙂
      I may have come a long way already, but when I look at how far I still have to go, I feel very humbled.
      And I don’t get to put in the four/five hours as I often as I like, but I treasure the times when I can.

  2. September 19, 2012 7:00 pm

    Love your blog. And thanks for visiting mine.

    I couldn’t find a way to send this privately, so feel free to delete this comment after you read it. For the Polldaddy polls, you don’t have to vote a second time to see results. At the bottom of each poll is the phrase ‘view results.’ (Don’t kick yourself. It blends in. LOL) You can return and click on that any time you wish. 🙂

  3. October 2, 2012 8:04 am

    Wowza, Kirsten. Just came across your blog via Marina Sofia and I’m a fan. I love how beautifully written your “about” section is. A thoughtful way to introduce yourself deserves applause in my book. : )

    • October 5, 2012 3:20 pm

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it. It’s a little different, but that’s who I am. 🙂 Welcome to A Scenic Route!

  4. Viki (aka: Mer) permalink
    October 22, 2012 2:38 pm

    A friend told me about your blog, knowing I would love it. She was right! Thank you for astute AND humorous insights into the joys (?) of the writing life. =D))

    • January 24, 2013 6:35 pm

      Hi Viki,
      I’m so glad you like it! Writing is such a joy for me, I just have to share it. 🙂

  5. January 24, 2013 4:30 am

    I love your writing, it makes me want to weep with envy! I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award because your writing inspires me. Thank you!

    • January 24, 2013 6:39 pm

      That is so sweet of you! I’ll have you know, your comment has me walking on air. I’m glad I inspire you, because you inspire me as well!
      Thank you for the award. 🙂

  6. May 15, 2013 8:21 am

    I love your blog, which is why I have nominated you for the Liebster Award (don’t feel you have to accept! I know I nominated you for an award before!)

    • May 16, 2013 7:15 pm

      Thank you soooo much!!
      I may have been nominated for that one before, but it never gets old when another blogger thinks of me and A Scenic Route when passing out an award. 🙂

  7. January 24, 2014 4:06 am

    Oh it’s me again, nominating you for another award! I have nominated you to receive some (virtual) cake! 🙂

  8. April 5, 2014 6:24 am

    This is beautifully written. Wow.

  9. Loni Townsend permalink
    June 13, 2014 12:10 pm

    I have no idea how to get in contact with you outside of a comment! It looks like you’ve been nominated for a few awards already, but how about we add The Versatile Blogger award to that list. 🙂 Link

    Oh, and I tried to track you down on Twitter and Google+, but I couldn’t find you. 😦

    • June 13, 2014 6:10 pm

      Hi Loni,
      So I’m Versatile, am I? Thank you so much for thinking of me for this award!
      Yes, I’ve played around with the contact-me button a bit, but haven’t gotten around to implementing that feature yet. I’m on Twitter under WaBwM—long story, but I’ll connect with you so you can find me.
      As you can see, I’m still too insecure to solidify a proper platform, but I AM making progress. Awards like yours are an awesome boost in that direction!

  10. August 23, 2014 10:05 am

    Hey, saw your post on Query Shark–send your MS! Editors have the ability to publish and pay. It can take YEARS to get an agent. He/she wouldn’t request without real interest. One submission does not mean the project is over-shopped. You can always have an entertainment attorney review the contract if necessary. (for prob $200 an hour)
    I have contracts for six books with a publisher–without an agent. Had a agent who shopped my book to one editor in 9 months. Sure I’d like another agent for other things but I’m not putting all my eggs in one basket. You can check me out on

    • August 23, 2014 5:18 pm

      Hi Elizabeth,
      Thank you for taking the time to stop by! All this stuff has my head spinning, so your thoughts are much appreciated. I have to agree that sending something out to an editor doesn’t seem like it will sully my writing career forever, but Janet Reid is so adamant about stuff it scares me a little sometimes!
      In any case, your advice to consult an attorney before signing anything helps a lot. 🙂


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