I’m back again…for now

Well, I’ve been feeling better the last few weeks, so I thought I’d work on WordPress.

This round of dizziness/oscillopsia/vertigo has been going on for a year and eight months. The world shakes to some degree…every single day. I’ve had bad days and better days, but never good days. Some days I’m able to grin and bear it, other days it debilitates me.

I can’t upload a video because I don’t have a premium plan, but if you go to Youtube and search oscillopsia, you can see a one-minute video of what I go through every day.

To others, I look just fine, but inside I’m miserable; my head hurts. It’s hard to describe. It’s not a headache. The only way to describe it is intense pressure, like my head is closing in on me.

So I’m asking you, my loyal followers — that’s like, what two? Two followers? — to welcome me back…again.  Get out and enjoy the beautiful weather. 🙂


Crazy Colorado weather

It’s snowing again here in crazy Colorado.  Will my flowers ever bloom? Crazy.


Late-spring snow here in crazy Colorado.

Welcome Me Back

IMG_2448Hi, everyone.  Just wanted to let everyone (that’s five of you, right?) know that after six months of debilitating vertigo…I’m back!  I’m reading all kinds of blogs and videos about how to be a blogger.  A video on Darren Rowse’s ProBlogger website led me here to work on my WordPress page.  I’m still learning, so hang in there!  If you want to be friends with me on Facebook, look for me under Zanna Shirmana.

Au Revoir!  (I’m learning French, too.)



Writing, Editing and other anxieties.

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My first novel is off to formatting and my beta reader, yes just one, but she says she is enjoying it. Of course, she could be just being nice but everyone in my group of walking folks tells me, Sue is a straight shooter and won’t say anything much at all if she didn’t like it. Actually, Sue told me if she doesn’t like a book she’s reading she stops. She doesn’t have a lot of reading time and won’t waste it on a book that bores her.

The next novel is not quite finished but I’ve been editing what was already written. I’m surprised at how far I’d gotten before I had to stop and try to launch LIGHTED WINDOWS. The next book is titled A MIND MATTER and while I hate that title, I’ve yet to come up with a better one. Right now I’m stuck in the fog…

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When Is Your Script Ready To Shop?

Screenwriters, here’s another important blog from Tony Folden.

The Dialogue Architect

I’m writing this blog because a lot of beginning screenwriters think that once they’ve finished writing their first draft that they can send it out to producers or agents or any number of famous people and get it sold. This can actually do you more damage than good. With all do respect to all of you newbs out there, your first draft is shit! Hell, your first script is shit! And if you go showing it to the powers that be, it could destroy your chances of getting a meeting with them in the future when you’ve actually learned a thing or two about screenwriting.

I would wager that no screenwriter has ever sold the very first script they’ve ever written. Oaky, maybe there’s one guy out there, but he wrote many other screenplays after his first. And he most likely sold other screenplays before rewriting his first script and…

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You Want To Be A Professional Writer?

Professional writer wannabes, this is a must-read.

The Dialogue Architect

Every wannabe writer hears it all the time: “You want to be a writer? You need to write everyday!” What does that really mean? There are so many other elements to becoming a writer, like research, rewrites, character development, etc., who has time to write everyday? Professional writers, that’s who.

People who get paid to write write everyday, and they also do all those other things that come along with it. Professional writers get paid to juggle many projects at once. They are researching one, while writing another, and rewriting yet another. I know, you thought being a writer would be all fun and no work. Well, you’re wrong. Just like anything you get paid to do, there are elements that will be considered work.

So now the question is, “How much time do I have to invest?” First of all, did you just say have to invest? You…

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On Writing and NaNoWriMo

Just some thoughts from a fellow writer.


I decided I would join the National Novel Writing Month challenge and committed to finishing my second novel, MIND MATTERS in the month of November. It seemed like a good idea at the time. I’m quite good at procrastination and forcing myself to finish this work should forestall my usual dithering.

Today being Friday the 13th seems like a good time to face my mistakes, well, some of them anyway. The list is long, so I’ll just admit I’m not progressing well on my writing challenge. What was I thinking? Finish a book I was only on Chapter Twelve of in the space of one month??? Madness, sheer madness! I’m actually writing here to avoid the pages of my story. It’s not that I don’t know where to go with the story. I have it all mapped out in my head and up until now, it was flowing rather well…

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