A New Year, A New Task

I feel great getting back to #editing my #memoir after a hiatus from all the activity and a very bad cough and cold!  My #cancer story has become more healing to me than a bad memory probably because I #amwriting about it.  Hopefully, my energy level can keep up with my inspiration.  I’m working on my #nonfiction #book more consistently now, and I’m realizing how difficult it is for me to shift pieces of it around (as my editor recommended).  It’s actually more complex than #creating it from scratch.  So wish me well for the job ahead… I’ll be looking out for your #encouraging words!

At the same time, I wish you and your family the best year yet!  May it be full of glory, health, love, and success.

Be well,

Patricia #Rodi


Sweet Sweet 16

My mother called me this morning to say congratulations to me… I just want to acknowledge how grateful I am for having the privilege of sharing in my daughter’s Sweet 16 today… another milestone I never imagined being around for. Though these teenage years are the most trying, not having them with my precious daughter would be a stab to the heart.

God bless you, Isabella, for all that you give me, for being the miracle in my life, and for loving me as I attempt to raise you the best I can. There are lessons each day for both of us, and I hope they all bring you positivity going forward. I love you, I love you…


What A Feeling!

I realize it’s just the first step in editing, but I felt amazing earlier this week when I completed the markups my editor made to my draft as she did a structural review.  She came back with a great letter with all her comments and suggestions.  I also sat down with her and received wonderful feedback.

She mentioned my material was all there, but I needed to basically move things around.  I was touched by some of the messages she received from reading the manuscript… messages I hadn’t even realized were there or brought attention to and those I never thought others would see.  She convinced me that some material I had put in is not relevant to the subject of cancer, so I took her advice.

Though the next step sounds quite simple, there are many things to look at while moving paragraphs and pages around in a manuscript.  You also have to check your flow of events, keep the reader interested, and repetition or missing chronological information may confuse readers.  Sounds like a large task for my blurred mind…

So wish me luck on the structural edit, as I will need to take the proper time to get it ready for her second review.  I’m anxious to get to it, but with my daugther’s Sweet 16 coming up and holidays around the corner, I hope to steal some time most days each week so I can advance.

Thanks for continuing to read…



Back to School

After an amazing summer and back to school for my daughter, I finally sat down to review my editor’s comments.  With great feedback, I’m ready to get cracking on making my memoir publishable.

Though she loved it, I need to move things around and make corrections.  Beginning with her structural review, I’ve started making changes.  Can’t wait to get through this round and see where it takes me…

Thank you for your continued support.  Let’s stay in touch!


As Summer Passes Too Quickly…

I’m anxious to get started on revisions to my memoir following my editor’s comments and having been away for several weeks on a beautiful European vacation. It’s tough to work during our short summers and a part-time job does limit my availability. Soon though… soon.

Hope you’re caught up on my posts whilst enjoying your summer!