Girls Weekend

February 1, 2011By justinaUncategorized No Comments

Girls Weekend by Justina Chen featuring beaded jewelry Snowmobiling. Giddiness. Serial killers. An inspirational weekend with my girls that grounded my soul even as I came away with twenty-one new ideas for my next novel. And that is how my creative process works!

Napa Writing Retreat

January 28, 2011By justinaNapa Valley 2 Comments

In a mad dash to finish RETURN TO ME, I took myself, my mom and my manuscript off to Napa Valley. So while I had a writer’s retreat, my mom had an artist’s retreat where we fueled each other in one big 72-hour spurt of creativity. Novel’s done! And my mom has a new subject … Read More

Brainstorming at Barrio

January 25, 2011By justinaJanet Lee Carey, Return to Me 1 Comment

My New Year’s resolution is to P-L-A-Y more.  So what better way to start 2011 with a brainstorm play session at Barrio?  While my writing buddy, Janet Lee Carey, talked about her work-in-progress, DRAGONSWOOD, I bemoaned my own, RETURN TO ME.  We solved at least 3 plot problems this night.

Napa Writing Retreat

January 25, 2011By justinaNapa, Return to Me No Comments

Tolkien may have had it right when he said, “Not all who wander are lost.” To finish my work-in-progress novel, I took a desperate wander down to Napa so that I could focus on the book, not on my laundry and bills.  On a brief break from my rewrite, I took a slight WRONG TURN, … Read More

Composing a Novel

January 10, 2011By justinaUncategorized No Comments

Composing a Novel by Justina Chen on An abundance of thoughts and thanks to my two friends and heroes, Robbie and Pete, who are helping me unlock a character in my work-in-progress novel. Motivation and male psyche insights… Such great men, these two.