Monday, December 17, 2018
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
The optional question for this month:
What are five objects we'd find in your writing space?
I love this question. I'm not counting my laptop as one.
1.Next to it is always my Old Farmer's Almanac Planner. I already purchased the 2019 version a few weeks ago.
2. A drink. Usually ice coffee, water, or tea. Occasionally, a glass of wine.
3. Reading glasses. Who am I kidding. There may be a many as six pairs. I have more than a dozen and they tend to all end up in the same place. The kitchen, my writing desk, or my reading chair.
4. A big, huge, cup, more like a flower pot, full of pens, pencils, a ruler, book marks, scissors, highlighters.
5. My remote to my smart TV that sits across the room. I watch Netflix while I'm blogging. (Not when I'm writing)
I'm really looking forward to the holidays. Almost done with shopping, but the joy of the season for our family is not in the gifts but in the time we spend together.
"Where there is great love, there are always miracles." Willa Cather
I have been really busy with writing. Last Saturday, I wrote over 12,000 words to finish the first draft of my third novel in Starship Refugees space opera series. That's a record for me. The second book in the series, The Alien and the Amazon, is now available on Amazon.
Speaking of space opera, I'm going to try watching Nightflyers on SyFy. Has anyone seen it yet? I heard it's really dark. I've watched some Christmas movies, all sweet and predictable, but I can take it this time of year. If you haven't watched Christmas Chronicles on Netflix, you should check it out. Kurt Russell is my new favorite Santa.
"The most completely lost of all days is that on which one has not laughed" Sebastien-Roch Nicolas
Did you laugh today? Is your desk sacred space? What was your biggest writing day? Done shopping?
Monday, December 3, 2018
The victim is a shady building inspector with a reputation for handing out passing grades for a greased palm. With the local police resistant, Tallie launches her own investigation, before she gets a rep as a town crank. But it's going to take more than a squirt bottle and a squeegee to clean up this mess. With the help of her gal pal Gina, Tallie searches for a killer's motive. But she'd better be careful, or it'll be curtains for this window cleaner . . .
It's the time of year for a nice mystery to curl up with under your favorite blanket. Have any of your former teachers read your writing? Did you sneak-read books in school? Ever think about being an investigator yourself? Do you find B&B places to be a little spooky?
Monday, November 19, 2018
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Each month there is a voluntary question participants can answer if they'd like.
How has your creativity evolved since you began writing?
Not sure I have an answer to that, but I'm interested in reading what other people say to this query. I would say that I've evolved a lot as a reader. I read across more genres than I did when I first started. I also am a pickier reader and buyer of books.
This past two weeks have had some ups and downs for me as a writer. Big downer was my third quarter royalties report. Ouch! Not buying that Rolls Royce yet. But then, I received a contract for my second book in my Star Ship Refugees series and then!!! two days later my publisher sent me a contract for the third book that isn't even written yet. I've never received a contract before the work is completed before. I'm thanking my small but mighty publisher, New Concepts, for their confidence in me. If you go look, you'll see my newest cover first and foremost on the publisher's homepage. Despite the low earnings, I'm plowing forward.
"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." Will Rogers
One of my writer friends shared this post listing a number of writing contests covering the next few months. Maybe you can find one that interests you, and many of them are free entry.
The end of Daylight Savings Time always seems like the start of winter to me. I do get a lot of writing done in the winter, but I hate the cold. You're probably tired of hearing that. I do enjoy the scent of numerous fireplaces at work as it cools down, and the fresh air on a frosty morning.
The nose can distinguish between a trillion different smells. The Old Farmer's Almanac
Speaking of the Old Farmer, I've been shopping for my 2019 planner. Still haven't found one I like better than my trusty Old Farmers Planner so you might be graced with lots more tidbits from it next year. Hope some of them make you smile.
"You have to believe in happiness, or happiness never comes." Douglas Malloch
Do you have a discerning nose? Has being a writer helped you be more creative? Do you love or hate Daylight Savings Time?
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Optional question this month:
What publishing path did you take, and why?
I sought the traditional path to being published. The first few years, I submitted manuscripts to agents, editors, and entered a few contests. I used to keep those rejections, but it became a fire hazard. The entire time, I continued to work on my next book and attend conferences and join writing groups to improve my craft. There was so much I didn't know at the start. I eventually found a small press that I am still with, New Concepts Publishing, who publishes my romance novels. But along the way, I've had three different small presses go out of business while I was under contract with them. One of them gave no regard to their authors and RWA went to court for us and got our rights back where they were tied up in a bankruptcy case. Not pretty. I had another mid-sized publisher who decided they were going to change direction and they dropped over half their authors. I had three fantasy novels under contract with them at the time.
I'm still working on a fantasy novel that I intend to pitch to the big traditional houses and an agent or twelve, but it's a long way from ready. The path to publication is sometimes frustrating and is seldom a reaping of huge financial benefits. But as long as I enjoy writing, I'm going to keep at it. My most recent novel, The Alien and the Teacher, is the first in a new series of space opera romance. Getting this cool cover helps me to forget the frustrations. It is only available from my publisher at this time.
Anne R. Allen had this interesting post related to today's question. 9 Pieces of Bad Advice for New Writers.
Some trivia from The Old Farmer's Almanac because I like Factiods.
At least 182 moons, including those around dwarf planets, are known to exist in our solar system.
A group of flies is called a business.
I have a less kind name for a group of flies. Living in the country with horses and goats living nearby, flies bring a little too much business to my house.
Back full time watching the granddaughter now that school has started. I'd need twenty pages to tell you how fun and amazing she is. Never thought I'd be one of those grandparents, but here I am.
Has your path to publishing been a smooth sail? Ever get some really bad writing advice? Flies getting in your business in your neck of the woods?
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
I'm honored to be a co-host for this month's IWSG blog hop. Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for starting this terrific group and all the people who help keep it going. You can find all the participants on this list. Try and visit some new folks today.
I'm sharing co-hosting duties with some terrific bloggers. Thank you, Erika Beebe, Sandra Hoover, and Lee Lowery.
This month's optional question: What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?
I would say don't wait. If you have a story inside you that you want to share, write it. Don't wait until the kids are older and you have time. Don't wait until you take one more class or attend one more conference. Butt in chair and write. Right now.
I'd like to thank the bloggers who hosted me for my mini-tour to promote the release to Exile's Savage Lady. I also want to thank my faithful followers who stopped into to comment on my various stops. You guys are the best. If you missed any posts and would like to science up a little, here's the list.
The Whole Shebang What science subjects did I research for the Survivors of the Apocalypse Series?
Christine Rains What is minimal viable population for humans?
Write With Fey How a pandemic could end the world.
Paranormal Romantics Where would you want to spend the apocalypse?
Diane Burton The Domed City. Can it save mankind?
Let me close this post with some wisdom from The Old Farmer's Almanac.
If an average man never shaved, his beard would grow to be about thirty feet long in his lifetime.
A group of goldfinches is called a charm. (Lots of these pretty birds around my abode.)
Waste not fresh tears over old griefs. Euripedes.
Do you have some good advice to those starting out in the writing business? What's the longest beard you've ever seen? Are you dry where you are, or suffering like us with more rain this week?
Friday, July 27, 2018
My kids are really picky about their beer so I appreciate a character like Gerry. And people not showing up for work is the worst. Do any of these character remind you of anyone you know? Did you ever recognize a location in a story as somewhere you've been?
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Something for Readers
Do titles come easy to you, writers out there? What is your favorite super power? Ever use real towns in your stories?