Wednesday, December 23, 2009

December 2009


I write stories that I would like read by all and sundry. A little feedback from readers is always welcome. Did the story reach out and grab my audience? Did my characters hang in their minds for awhile while they wondered what had happened after? Was there enough of a plot to capture their attention, so that they cared enough to keep on reading?

Thus, I’m blogging my thoughts about writing. My name is Theresa Wood. I’m a language arts teacher. Yes, I teach writing by day and write for my own pleasure in the off hours. I’ve had two stories published so far in a now defunct on-line magazine called E-muze. I won an award once from Writer’s Digest for a short story. I’ve written three books. One, a thriller set in the art world of Boston, something I happen to know a great deal about, given that I was a gallery director there eons ago. The book title changes frequently, but only because I still like the original, The Artful Dodge and it’s copyrighted to someone else. My second book is also set in Boston, but of the altered universe variety, with a werewolf heroine and an icky villain bent on world domination through magic. I’m still editing this one. Again, I seem to have a problem with titles. Called Mirror World, this one is an Alice through the looking glass story wherein the heroine wakes up after an attack to find that she now sees bizarre mythical creatures.

Because I can’t seem to stay away from urban fantasy tales in my writing, or my reading, my third book is set in the Northwest forest where I also happen to be living at the moment. It is also still in rewrite and called Once Fey. The main character is a kick butt girl that discovers she is a traitor to the fey realm and has been banished to live among humans until she redeems herself. Again, I’m rewriting this one to have a more romantic bent so that it’s ready for the RWoA Golden Rose this summer.

This blog is all about writing. I don’t plan to rant much about my personal life. I DO have one, but this blog is about the writing. I read quite a lot too, so I’ll probably write about that. For several years, I have been a member of a very cool group of writers known as Circle of Crones but our numbers have dwindled due to all the 'real' life stuff that interrupts writing all too frequently. I’m currently a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Portland branch. I like relationships with other writers.

I’m open to comments on writing, or getting to know fellow writers, agents, and/or publishers. Please contact me.

Cheers, Theresa Wood


  1. I'm glad to see you decided to blog. Sometimes it's a great way to get your thoughts out. For me lately it's been sitting there almost forgotten. I really need to be better about it. Maybe that will be my New Year's resolution.

    Be careful of RWA. I was a member and I can't tell you that my experiences with them have been good. My local chapter is wonderful and I know the NorthWest chapters are good (so I hear) but the main organization is filled with a lot of people who are more interested in squeezing out and invalidating new writers. None of the books I've had published, even the one that's in print as opposed to epublished, qualifies me as a "published author". The SciFi and Mystery Writers groups are just as bad.

  2. Thanks, for checking out my first foray into blogging, Jae. I have heard the rumors about RWA. So far, they seem a cheering sort of group, very nice, very supportive and they sure chat a lot. Maybe for you, it's time for an agent? You're such a wonderful writer! I think I'll order Access Denied as my Christmas present.