Thursday, May 25, 2017

I really have no excuse

yeah, I've been busy. I was out of town for a week, helping a friend recover from surgery and it was hard to get any writing done (although I did get some dictation done during my drive to and from her place)

And yeah, I'm working. Same old deadlines at the Day Job, some of which are challenging.

And I am on track to meet my deadline. I have about 6 chapters to go and a month to do it.  I really didn't start this book until February, so 5 months for 120,000 words isn't bad.

So why do I always feel like I'm lagging behind?  I think it's because this book has been tough to write because it's the Political book, the one where we start to think about a new government, and my brain hurts from thinking about it.

You'll hear a big sigh of relief on July 1 when I finish.

She said hopefully....

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.