Sunday, January 22, 2017

Deep breath and continue

The swearing (in) is over, the March is done (and the hats I crocheted marched for me -- yay!)

And I have gone back into the previous 6 books of my series and layered in a corrupt government, an impeachment, an assassination, and a coup. That made me feel a lot better.

The good thing about the whole Government Mess is that I'm using it my book. I'm looking at what works and what doesn't (a lot of so-called checks & balances turned out to hinge on the integrity of the people involved, and there's not a lot of that being shown). I'm seeing who forms what groups, who steps up to resist, and so on.

So -- it's awful but it's useful. Or as Mom used to say, "UBU: ugly but useful"

Keep calm and take notes. That's my new mantra.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The Zombie Apocalypse

That's what it feels like, at least. I feel like it's the end of the world as we know it.

It's been tough to write in between the anger and the fear surrounding the outcome of this election. I've been trying to store up snippets of text about it, because I plan to use it in my dystopian novel about the end of America.

I may need to go back and rewrite bits of it -- I get the feeling I may be living the story now...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Crazy times!

It's been 6 months since I've been here -- crazy!

Okay, let's see: January-March, I was in the time suck of event planning. The event went off with few hitches on March 5.

Then I went to California to be with my sis after her mastectomy. Came home and packed again and flew out to Pennsylvania to be with my husband, when his mother died.

A week later, came home, had a few days of relaxation, then I got a massive case of food poisoning that laid me low for about a week.

Then it was April! Busy time at work and in the garden and before you know it, I turned around, and here it is: May.

I'm working on Book 7 of the Dream series (but oh, it's slow going: so many interruptions).

I have a new book coming out with The Wild Rose Press this fall (Dogged).

I'm taking a major road trip to deliver furniture to a niece in Colorado (downsizing!)

And in between, I'm trying some promo experiments.

So yes: writing continues in between everything else!

Monday, December 14, 2015


I did it -- I juggled writing, event planning, work, and promotion plans, and I managed to finish the book.

I wanted to wrap it up in November, but I just wrote "The End" on Sunday, so it took 6 weeks. Keep in mind, this was a rewrite, so it wasn't all new prose, but a major part of it was, plus I had to keep lots of details true to the story -- this is the final book in a planned 11 book series, so I was making notes like mad for details I need to layer into the previous books (5 of which are written).

So despite all the Churn (and oh, my I've had a lot), I did manage to write! Now it's off to review and edit a book before I submit it to my editor for consideration. The first of 6 I plan to submit.

But for now I think I'll relax and enjoy some holiday time and be ready to come back in January, raring to go. I think writing 4 books this year is enough.

Saturday, November 14, 2015


You know about Churn, right?

That's when Stuff piles up and churns around and just gets in your way. I had a lot of Churn this week. The Paycheck job has a few tasks and processes that are amazingly error-prone. I spent all of Monday answering email and trying to straighten out a mess that should have really been straightforward.

Then in mid-week I found out that a person I'm working with on a Major Volunteer Event resigned, leaving me holding the bag. No word to me, no word to the committee we formed--just "I'm done. Good-bye."


I'm writing in the middle of Churn, but -- and this is important -- I AM writing! I have real hopes that I'll finish another book by the end of this year. It's all a matter of chunking up my time and knuckling down when I get those free moments.

So let's hear it for Churn -- and an end to it soon, I hope...