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A Whole New World

Funny that I haven’t been posting. I’ve often thought that having an author blog when you are an unpublished author is a bit like being a stage actor who is expected to keep the audience entertained by standing in front of the curtain doing whatever comes to mind until the play is written. In other words, a bit absurd.

So, I actually have some news, I’ve known about it for a while and I’m only just now here. Yesterday I deposited a small check from Stupefying Stories for a story currently posted on their blog. I have a piece coming out in the Spring edition of New Myths. I’ve laid out a chart to keep awareness of the work I have out right in front of me. I’ve recognized a grammatical flaw to which I am prone and am correcting it. Things are coming right along.

Like a lot of people, I spent more of the past year compulsively reading the news and unable to focus on much of anything else than I would have preferred. I guess the shock is subsiding to manageable proportions.

Let’s hope it stays that way.

Hello Blogsite My Old Friend

The winds of change are certainly blowing. On a macro scale, I’m sitting here wondering if Civil War II is about to break out around me after tomorrow’s election. On a micro scale, things are changing here too.

All of those plans I had to expand and add features to this site – maps, short works, charts and creative patterns – are going to get the support I need in only a few months.

Regardless, things are about to get very exciting.





I have a birthday in another day or so. Not one of the big ones, with a zero, but I can’t help but remember the last big one.

It landed me here.

All I did was muse a bit over what I had accomplished with the time I’d used up and what I really wanted to accomplish with the time I had left.  I wanted the writing talent in my family to flourish and I came up with a plan.

We could read to each other, on Sundays, put a log on, make some tea and knowing you’d have an audience could serve as an incentive to make time and finish something.  Eleven-year-olds, for the record, exist to point out flaws in plans like that.

“But Mom, you don’t write.”

“I’ll come up with something.” And I did. And I didn’t stop. But the original motivation? It was to encourage them.

And here I am.








I really thought I was heading for a breather between crises, that neither I nor anyone I knew would be dealing with heartbreak, bereavement or suicide issues. No hospital runs expected. I’ve replaced the dying laptop. I knew I had a couple of days of intensive elder care between now and next week , but I could handle that.

Until I went upstairs to find the coffee that I broke down and brewed this afternoon to fend off the effects of too much pollen and too many storm fronts on my head.  All is not well, although said trouble  is of an appreciably lighter sort than the past few weeks.

It seems the cheerful retro skirt under my kitchen sink has been camouflaging  a leak. One of those- oh look! the rug is soaked and so is the floor and is that the pressed material of the counter crumbling? -sort of leaks.

For the record, I made goal yesterday.

My greater goal though, needs re-writing.

I will be shooting  to finish my WIP this month.

I would say come hell or high water but somehow, that just doesn’t seem as funny as it used to.



Month 2, Day 1

I did quick estimate on the possible length of All Points South – the work in progress for boot camp. I have about 38K words and I figure I’m about halfway there and will need about 30K to 40K more.

That would be about 10K a week. About 2K a day for 5 days of the week because I never get in 7 days.

Today I made a little over 1K.

Serious organization is going to need to happen.


Goal Posting

I set out in the middle of this month with the modest hopes to read three related books, sort the chapters I had, and rough out a sketch of the rest of a work in progress.

The books are read – although I found three more that could only help, but those will be read at the end of the day.

I broke my writing into chapters – now I need to sort and polish that bit.

The rough sketch? It’s taking shape, but to meet deadline, I will need to finish it today.

Still, knowing I need to get it done has nudged me past the sticking points sooo …

I am thus far very glad to have chosen to join up. Let’s see how I feel writing under deadline.

Turning Out

There is one thing more discouraging than a work of fiction which you know will end badly, and that would be a work of non-fiction which you know will end badly. That’s why I never saw Titanic.

I have joined the YA Buccaneers Boot Camp.

I have posted goals for March – reading (or re-reading) three books relevant to my WIP, setting out a sketch of the story up to the end of said book and organizing the last hundred pages into chapters.

One re-read is finished. The second is waiting and I am battling mightily with the third.

It’s a battle to read because I know it ends badly. Hawaiian history, nineteenth century.

Happy endings get dismissed a lot; they aren’t considered especially realistic. Honestly, as far as a lot of history is concerned, they aren’t.

Humans need hope, I think, much as they need food, or air, or water. If you know the end, you know whether or not there is any reason for hope.

If not, then somehow, you have to find that something that keeps you going, even if, the time you’ve allotted for sketching a plot seems impossibly short or the book you promised you’d read is difficult.

A Musing on Boot Camping

Oscar Wilde once said something about wanting to be worthy of his imported ceramics. I’m nowhere near as ambitious; I just want to be worthy of the motto on my tea mug.

It says, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

I don’t know if setting one’s writing goals out in the public eye is within the comfort zone of most people – it isn’t yet in mine. And yet…

I would like to finish my work in progress. Quite specifically, book one, second series – and then, the other books inspired by the first series, and then, the other books to finish the second, and then there is this third idea and suddenly one lifetime doesn’t seem nearly enough.

Tweeting and hashtagging seem to be part of this endeavour and I am not conversant in either. Remind me to list the slog of things I did not know how to use when I started writing; it has the makings of another book in itself. I’m still learning how to use this site!

And I am very much a pantser who works on inspiration. And yet…

YA Buccaneers Spring Bootcamp.

Doesn’t look as if settling down into a familiar, comfortable second half century is in the cards for me.

The Best Laid Plans..

There were plans for this weekend, plans that involved taking full advantage of a break from dead-on vortexy weather and hauling out to one of our favorite spreads of public greenery to toss a quilt on the most likely freeze-dried verdure and indulge in the sort of anachronistic pastimes our little nuclear unit likes to indulge in. Drawing. Writing. Flying model airplanes. That sort of thing.

Didn’t happen.

For one thing, the offspring, Resident Young Adult, had homework to finish despite having slaved mightily at it for much of Saturday. Said work involved having Internet access.

For another thing, there was The Chandelier. First of all, let me say that I like The Chandelier. I always wanted something like it for the dining room and that if I had purchased it myself it could have stayed safe in the box and writing would have happened regardless of whether we had picnicked or not. But I didn’t buy it, my father did. Right now he’s downsizing, from the house he has been renting, to a senior-friendly apartment. The Chandelier, which made the last move with him, isn’t going to fit.

It’s a Bohemian confection of spun glass and dripping crystal which has no business sitting for any length of time on the sideboard of a house possessed of three humans and three cats, not one of whom can lay claim to an iota of athletic grace. Ergo, job number one this weekend was hanging it, ASAP.

But the dining room still has its original – albeit flood-damaged, that’s another story – wallpaper. Hanging, de-hanging and then re-hanging was out of the question. So nearly all waking hours these past forty-eight have been spent on, ascending, or descending ladders with scrapers, spritz-bottles, scrub pads, or else wiring stuff and fiddly-bits of glass in hand in the sort of frenzy that leads to two Aleve at bedtime.

No writing happened. I’ve long suspected that one of the reasons that there are so many women writing today is that the working hours can be adapted around the needs of others.

Luckily, the writing community is still out there, regardless of one’s own electro-decor kerfuffles. Nathan Bransford with yet another spirit-lifting post, this one about not-having-to-write-every-day. Thank you again Nathan. And Elizabeth Briggs posted about the YA Buccaneers Spring Writng Bootcamp. About which I knew nothing.
Thank you Liz. I’m off to go find out.