#rain and more rain with a side order of rain and a fried rain on top and rain.

It’s raining! But it’s not flooding so I’m all for it. As long as the skylight in my bedroom holds out. It’s badly cracked and one good roll of thunder will leave me with a two foot hole in my ceiling and a wet cat. Get it fixed, apartment building.

It’s summer! NC has turned hot, miserable, and muggy which is perfect discount plant buying weather. I tripped on down to my local Lowe’s and found a beautiful red Mandevilla (the hummingbirds will love it) a six pack of regular petunias and a six pack of Wave petunias. All for just $8. It KILLS me to see perfectly good plants thrown away because they’re just a little dry. I desperately need more shelves along the wall. (And bookshelves, too. The one leaning bookshelf I have is bending under the weight of all my books. And as long as I’m dreaming, I’d like a pony…)

I’m writing! A new Chapter One for Super Witch is in the bag and now I just have the Big Action Scene and the little ending chapters to go. I’m still having problems with tone. I’m tempted to make it PG13 like all the other Souls by the Sea books and drag my teen heroine into it but it’s just not that much of a Souls story. It’s simple and CUTE! I want it to be a stand-alone so I can market it along with B and Smug Slug, my two kids’ books, in a box set. Then another box set for my romance novellas. Then back to Souls again. Work, work, work, but the past two weeks of down time did my brain good. Onward!


Yaaaawn… #long #dull #day

Everyone’s still trickling in from the holiday weekend (except for us poor schmucks that had to work) and work is slow so I’ve been keeping myself occupied with the internet. Most people would love that but my favorite comms are also in the mire, no books are interesting me, and I can only surf Pinterest for so long.

Anyway, on the home front, I’ve picked Super Witch up again and it’s progressing quickly. I feel a bit ashamed of myself for not finishing before June but oh, well! This year’s goals are to finish the novellas (Super Witch and two holiday romances) so I’m still good. Ta!


Happy Memorial Day Weekend, everybody!

They’re playing almost non-stop Sousa on my classical radio station already. That’s my jaaaam! Sadly (and luckily, I don’t want to lose hours) I have to work on Monday and it’s going to be dead as a doorknob around here. I haven’t written all week long! Not this week nor last week. I don’t think I’ll get anything finished this weekend either. I must have needed the break.

Everyone have a great weekend and remember our servicemen and women who made our fortunate lives possible.

Monday shmonday. #amwriting #summer

I took the entire weekend off and it was wonderful. The weather was hot, muggy, and stank of fresh asphalt so I stayed inside. I read Jane Austen and Dorothy Sayers in front of the AC with a glass of lovely iced tea beside me and I could actually feel my brain recovering from the extra work and stress of last week. (I had to cover for the office mgr while she was on vacation, plus I had some formatting/promo issues pop up. The technical side of Indie publishing is going to send me to the Happy Home, I sweartagod.) Back to normal hours at the ‘ol day job now, hallelujah, and I’m going to reverse all my healthy progress and dive right back into finishing up the new novella before June. And then I want two more novellas finished before August. And then I want to get a pony. AND THEN I WANT TO CONQUER THE CAROLINAS AND PROCLAIM MYSELF EMPRESS!

Shit, shit, shit, I forgot to refill my pillbox with ibuprofen and my tits are killing me. (TMI) I also forgot to put the chicken in the crockpot before I left home. I’ve gone senile. I need to take it easy more often.


Souls by the Sea is top ranked on Amazon. #joy #writing

I’m still a complete screw-up, though. I updated the back-matter for Souls in April and didn’t notice some of the Weebly links weren’t working until now. (?!) So there’s a novice tip for you, just because the main page of your website shows up doesn’t mean the detail-pages will. Check everything, moron. But look!

This do pleases me.



Uh oh. #writersblock

I’m stuck. I thought I was unstuck but exactly one paragraph later I got bogged down again. I’m having a hard time keeping Super Witch simple and fun. I’m constantly shaking out most of the series’ tragically tragic backstory that I keep trying to jam in. D’oh!

Also, at the ‘ol day job, I’m covering for the office manager who’s out on vacation all week. I’ll be crawling home around 6:30 or 7:pm every night. I can’t complain too hard, I remember well the fifteen hour days on my feet that I used to pull in, but it’s still a drag.

So, my writing is going to suffer even more but maybe I need to take a week off anyway. Mother’s Day was gorgeous and I sat on my balcony all day and read Pride and Prejudice.’ It was rejuvenating. I really have to work harder at a better work/life balance or I’m going to burn out. I also need to go for quality entertainment when I relax. Alaska State Troopers is fascinating, good research for one of my characters, and I enjoy seeing places I’ve been but it’s still just COPS in Alaska. Also, I really hate it when they have to kill a moose. 😦




Super Witch is coming along! #amwriting something for the kids.

I love that aha! moment when a sticky point in the plot is resolved. It’s still hard going, though. I’m walking a fine line between too much and just enough info for this Souls by the Sea Light stand-alone story. “Write well and you will soon write fast,” said a wise Roman. Boy, was he on crack, you wouldn’t believe the typos. BUT I will have the rough draft, the worst, hardest part for me, finished soon. I’m keeping the title as Super Witch. It’s been used but no one is going to confuse my story with a thrash metal band, or an old cartoon, or a ditch digging machine. (Google is mah friend.)

Now I need to find a cover image for it and that’s not easy either. A kid witch who’d rather be a superhero? Good luck finding something to convey that.