A Year of ‘Spare’ Change


A year of ch-ch-ch-changes  for us (thank you, Mr. Bowie).

Last year at this time this blog was only a twinkle in our left eyes. We would soon be on a family vacation where we decided to take time every other day to write side by side on our own ‘blog posts,’ for the future when we’d start one.

We had different concepts, and perhaps that comes through. Maybe not.

The book was in the beginning stages with an initial idea. We had no sense of the journey’s magnitude ahead or what it would be like to collaborate on a project this large.

We worked on a few little things together, such as a relative’s dating site profile (it worked!), a resume or two, and a few short stories by that time.

We didn’t know at the time of writing these smaller pieces that it would actually turn into, ‘Let’s write a book together.’

Now we’re here, one year later. So much has changed, but we can see that it has been on a consistent upward trajectory.

Where we’re at now – We have started this very blog. Our book is written and in its final drafting. Our cover is finished, and we are elated with it. We are researching the best way(s) to go about publishing it. We did have a period where we thought we knew, but further research revealed a lack of integrity from their partner company, so we’re back at the drawing board. We plan to create a rubric to evaluate different publishers. Any advice or experience anyone has to share is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for being with us. We appreciate your company.



3… 2…1… Reentry


We’ve been busy since we last saw you. We hope you’ve kept well and happy. You’ve been in our thoughts.

In the interim, we finished the first draft of our novel after a full year’s creative endeavor. We look forward to sharing snippets and scenes and in-betweens.

We’d like to pose questions and invitations for you to share your works as well.

We are now prepping for a month’s-long set of revision passes.

We find Janice Hardy’s suggestions invaluable as are James Scott Bell’s. The former suggested prepping the book by creating an editorial map with this format for each chapter. You could easily do it for each scene as well:


First line

Last line.

Revision Thoughts: ]


Here’s the link to Janice’s helpful resource: http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/02/revison-prep-create-editorial-map.html

Next steps for us include an outline of the three acts and the main turning points within them.


We’ve missed this space and community. Bloggers everywhere have been in our thoughts. One good thing is we’ve been learning every day we’ve written.

Originally, we didn’t know how coauthoring would go with the two of us having different schedules, varying levels of pain, and the ever-burgeoning list of doctor appointments.

It wasn’t always easy, yet we persevered. We’re now looking for a way to celebrate our, ‘We did it!’ moment in time by reentering 2penthrupain. Please celebrate with us if you have a spare moment or two.

We know the blog is an essential part of what we’re trying to accomplish – touching base with other readers and writers.

We have a few new areas of interest coming up including finding a publisher. We were all set to go with a publishing company, but fortunately happened upon some unfortunate information. In the end because of our research, we decided not to sign their contract though it had been a slam dunk for the months leading up to the discoveries. Something kept us from actually signing the darn thing for quite a while.

Andrea took a month’s creative writing course with prompts. She’s been producing some wonderful stories on a near daily basis…. The rest were poems of equally inspiring innovation. She found the course both eye-opening and mind-stretching.

In our next post we will feature one of her short stories.

The course was offered through Creative Writing Now with Nancy Strauss.

She’s currently offering a free 3 Day Course on Endless Story Ideas. Here is the link.


We look forward to diving back in. Thank you for your continued support. We’d love to hear from you.

Collaboration Elaboration

“Monsters lead such interesting lives.”

Quoted by ‘My Hero,’ Bugs Bunny.


Bugs always met others who were not willing to collaborate. Imagine if the ‘other guy’ worked with Bugs and not against him… how much more they could accomplish, whether it’s surviving on a desert island, taking a road trip to Albuquerque, or writing a blog. Simple, right? Well, that depends.

Collaboration is an interesting monster. Something completely foreign to me, but I am enjoying the process. Bugs is a character and so am I, or so I’ve been told. My ‘Cartoonus Operendi’ would be Tangent Girl. Able to have 5 conversations with the same person all at once.

Leslie writes with sophistication, and I write in a simpler fashion. We work well together since the multiple characters benefit from our different styles. Leslie is ‘pomme de terre’ whereas I am simply ‘potato,’ a sweet potato but potato nonetheless.

Not the couch variety but hey, it happens from time to time.

In fact we’re collaborating right now. We’re using TeamViewer software because it lets us share the same screen. The bonus is it’s lightweight and free.

Here’s the link if you’re interested:

TeamViewer at CNet’s Download.com

“Leslie here: we’re demonstrating collaboration on this post, invisibly all along, but now with new improved Quotes ™ added. When I chime in, quotation marks will envelop my words.”

“I think what I love most about collaboration is that I let down my defenses so I can hear another person’s ideas. In this way Andrea and I can create our best possible writing.”

I think what I like most is the silliness that happens throughout the process. It makes those days that are tedious more enjoyable. I’m excited when we go through what we’ve written and tweak it together, weaving two styles into one without stepping on each other’s toes. It can be a delicate process, and we’re learning all the time. We’ve come a long way as human beings and do our best to leave our egos at the door.

“The process of growing as human beings continues. We check in with each other’s state and self-care because we know how easy it is to push ourselves beyond what’s best for our health. We have challenges in that and other departments. We have to schedule our time in conscious chunks in order to do our best work, stopping before our brains turn to mush.”

“As to what you said earlier about our egos, Andrea, I think it’s true that we make our best  effort. Happily, it’s getting easier as we continue. It’s all about the listening. Not just hearing the words, but listening to our own impressions as well as each other’s. The work we do on ourselves benefits the project as it helps us grow. It’s the very opposite of a vicious cycle. I call it the Slinky™ construction theory (S.C.T.), where each time we head back around to familiar territory, we’re up one level.”

Speaking of collaboration, we just collaborated right before your very eyes. It was behind the scenes. Being a potato, a simple carbohydrate, I didn’t understand this so-called Slinky™ theory and asked for collaboration elaboration. ‘Construction’ was added for my clarification.

It comes down to balance and reining in one another. It’s very important to actually enjoy the person you are working with.

“I’m grateful for when these three things happen:

  1. I like my writing partner. That’s you, Andrea, who also spots things I miss.
  2. We make each other laugh.
  3. At least one of us knows how much fun to have if it gets too serious, or how much serious to add if we have too much fun. The roles switch back and forth between us. That’s because of the balance you mentioned before.”

“What would you say is the most important point of this post, Anj?”

It takes interesting monsters and heroes to craft a good story and a great life.


“Thank you for reading along with us. Today is our launch day. We are excited to start. Our intention is to publish new content on Wednesdays and Sundays. It will be written by one or both of us.”