Dec. 28th, 2012 04:32 pm
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The Shadows One Walks is 56K words of snugly-wrapped story. I am sending it into suspended animation for the time being, because I have to do my edits for Beyond The Gate, that will now be published in August 2013 instead of October. I was hoping to get a full first draft done before having to set it aside for edits, but that was not in the cards. It's ok. I'm a bit sad, but this is how it has to be. I'm actually really, really excited to go back into Beyond The Gate. I know just what it needs, and how to get it done. Ooo...just got a little chill, thinking about Monday.

My edits for BTG are due in April. FINAL edits, so this next round--which I hope will be close to final--will be done by March, at the latest. I'm actually shooting for February. We'll see. I've potentially got some more edit stuff coming at me. Concentrating on one project at a time is a thing of the past. I'm still feeling my way through this new process.

So, next week gets a new Friday Update tag. Hmm...not sure what it's going to be yet. I'll surprise you!

Before I go, I want to point you once again to Heroines of Fantasy, Build a Grimmer StoryBuild a Grimmer Story. Not the best planning on our part, choosing this week to build a story. Karin has extended the deadline to match the giveaway deadline, because adding a few lines gets you another entry into the HoF ebook bundle giveaway.

Glitter Text Maker


Dec. 21st, 2012 03:47 pm
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Yes, an actual NUF! Huzzah!

I read through the draft of The Shadows One Walks, page 1 to page 103, took a few notes, got really excited, opened the folder to write and...and...and I WROTE!!!  Real words! My own words. Glitter Text Maker
It was only a few pages, but it felt soooooooooooooooooooooooooo good.

Then--even MORE exciting--I got the last of my feedback for Beyond the Gate from amazing author and sister in Hadley Rille Books, Karin Gastreich. She pointed out several things that also concerned Kim (Vandervort, my official editor,) gave me some suggestions, and now, armed with notes from my editor and from my "definitely NOT an editor" (Karin's words, not mine!) I am ready and totally stoked to start in on my final (I hope) edits of BTG.

It means setting TSOW aside again, but that's ok. I got a little taste of creating story again--the sip that sustains! My goal is to have this edit done by the end of January and back to my editor for another read-through. The cover artist contacted me the other day (because I emailed him first and said, "Yo, dude! I'm still waiting here!" I can do that because he's a friend of my son-in-law's and I've known him since he was a kid I fed chicken cutlets and cookies to) and he said he'd have another set of sketches for me after New Year's. This process never gets old for me. I love every moment.

AND! I'm just reading the last chunk of the last edit on Mark Nelson's release for May--King's Gambit. I told him just this morning, I LOVE getting revisions from him, because they are always just right. He knows exactly what I mean by the copious notes I leave him, and adjusts perfectly. Ah, beautiful music of a different kind. I'm lucky to be his editor.

Artist Tom Vandenberg has also been sending us some amazing artwork for the cover--as long as he takes the dead horse out of the pic, we're almost ready to go! :)


Nov. 16th, 2012 05:30 pm
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Is no-NUF. Still in editor mode. Gads, I hate putting aside TSOW for this long, but we're in a push and that means my stuff gets back-burnered until it's done. Thank goodness I'm enjoying the edit!

Mark and I work well together. He picks up my gist quickly, and I know his voice well enough to mimic it when necessary. Saves a whole lot of time going back and forth. Like I told him earlier today--it's sort of like a Vulcan mind meld...only without the creepiness.

Aside from editing, nothing much happened this week that I didn't already report here (TATTOOS!) Yeah...that's about all I have to say.

Have a happy weekend!


Nov. 9th, 2012 05:49 pm
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Editor hat was on this week. I'll be wearing it the next couple of weeks as Mark and I get his book ready for that final push. I got a good chunk of the novel edited. I'm in love all over again. Ah, me--I have to stop falling so hard! And speaking of which, I have an anecdote you will all appreciate...

I went down to TJ Maxx to buy a pair of black pumps. I need a pair that will go with everything, because I have too many pairs of shoes that go with ONE outfit and one outfit only. I found a pair. They were quite nice. Not too high, not too plain. They were just what I was looking for. Then I saw these and that was the end of the black pumps.

Shazam! )

Happy Weekending, all!


Nov. 2nd, 2012 03:23 pm
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The Shadows One Walks is now--drumroll, please--the same 54K words. Yep! No forward progress, but progress was nonetheless made. I actually had to pull some repeating stuff out to move a stalled bit along a little more efficiently. Oh, and there was the hurricane thing and the no power thing. That's how it goes sometimes, but the end result is pretty faboo, if I do say so, meself.

I also wrote about 2K words in notes. Pantser is starting to panic just a little, and is calling on Outliner. A think a merger is in order. Yes, I do.

I should be getting the next round of Mark Nelson's edits (King's Gambit) in this weekend, so next week might be a bit light as my writer-brain shares space with editor-brain. Mark enthusiastically sends me edits along the way, so I already know what's coming at me. As always, I can't wait to see what he's done. Love the man. Love his work.

Glitter Text Maker

(GADS! I love these new sparkles!)


Oct. 26th, 2012 03:56 pm
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Well! A little bit more progress this week than I thought. The Shadows One Walks is now slightly over 54K words. Woohoo! Three thousand words this week. Color me surprised. And happy. I just finished writing the best death after death scene EVER. Boovie has finally departed, the Siren's Curse is nearly mended, and the spectral crew has given Fraeda a few new insights as to what it is her ghoul wants from her, and why. Now if only she can figure things out BEFORE the whole world gets sucked into Time's maelstrom, that would be a good thing.

I will have you know that I'm still mostly pantsing, but I did write myself a brief outline of what I need to happen in the coming chapters. I had a feeling I'd need a bit of that as the story progressed. Gads, before you know it, it will be time to go back to the beginning and get all my ducks in a row before truly writing the end chapters. Maybe I'll even finish this draft for my birthday? Maybe? Meh--I'm not giving myself any hard deadline. This baby isn't due in for quite some time, and then it has to work for the Editor Gods of Hadley Rille Books (too bad I can't accept my OWN manuscript. D'oh!) I'm thinking it will, but I won't take anything for granted.

Hurricane Sandy is heading my way. Last Halloween it was a blizzard. This Halloween a hurricane. The powers that be have said if we lose power, it could take weeks to restore. Sigh...I don't want to live like a pioneer again! Maybe I should have gotten a membership for WFC in Toronto. Curses!

Happy Weekending, All!


Oct. 19th, 2012 03:45 pm
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Another slow week, due to circumstances I'll get to in a moment. Still, The Shadows One Walks is past the 50K mark at 51,345 words. Words I like. Situations I love. All in all, I'm happy.

The circumstances, you ask? Oh, dear--you really don't need to hear more about the constant chaos of my life. The boy is doing well, staying clean. The stunted maturity factor is getting pretty annoying--but we didn't have to deal with this sort of thing when he was a teenager sitting here alone day after day after night after day, I suppose we have to now. That, I can handle. As long as he stays clean, I can handle anything. But the decision-making process...sigh. I've said it before--he's brilliant. He's still a 22 year old man with an all-too-often 16 year old maturity. It will get better. He just needs time to mature, to grow into himself. He'll get there. I just hope I'm not bald and in a straight-jacket by then.

Long and short--my car will be back from the shop in a couple of weeks. His car is also in the shop (mechanical failure of some kind, not boy-failure) so I've had to drive him to work, to the gym, to therapy and physical therapy in the rental that he cannot drive because he needs a left-foot control pedal due to his bum leg. Yeah--there went my writing time. Ah, well.

Tonight, dinner with friends. Huzzah! My baby girl is home, we're off to the gym in a few minutes. Tomorrow, I have writing group, then I babysit GrandWilliam and visit my parents. Maybe I'll get to see my brother too. And Sunday--nothing. Nothing, nothing, NOTHING!!! I hope it's nice out. An autumn day, the skychair, and The Gate To Women's Country (by Sheri Tepper) sounds like bliss.

Thanks, everyone, who went over to HoF and read my flash! (

Happy Weekending!


Oct. 12th, 2012 02:19 pm
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Flying in and out of LJ today. Lots to do! Places to go! Writing to be done! Heading down to NJ for a wake--long-time family friend who has been battling cancer for too long. As it always is with such things, I'm sad that the's gone, but glad that his pain is too. On the up side, I will be seeing childhood friends I've not even spoken to in about thirty years. And on the UP, up side, I get to play with GrandWilliam for a little while.

Fraeda and Cal are hitting it off nicely--but watch out for the man-eater with her sights set on our golden boy. Mannie is starting to hint that he's not just a goof-ball, Jinna's reluctantly showing that she does have a heart, Boovie is fading fast, and Shishi is regaining her form...whatever that might actually be. No one knows yet. Well...I do. But my characters don't. Time hangs in the balance! And with it, a whole world. I wonder what the spectral crew of the Siren's Curse have to say about all this. Let's ask Fraeda, shall we?


And you have NO idea what I'm talking about. Hehehee!

The Shadows One Walks is now a hefty 48,351 words. Again, a slow but steady week of writing. All in all, I'm really happy with where it's going. By the end of next week, I should have crossed the 50K mark.

What do you think? Will I get this one in in under 175K? Ha! One wonders.

Have a great weekend!


Oct. 5th, 2012 03:16 pm
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The Shadows One Walks = 46,586 words. Since my last word-count report, that's only about 3K words. In three weeks. Criminitly! But I've been wearing my editor-cap the last two weeks, so I suppose I can't expect more than that to magically appear. I got some key stuff done in between--no handwavery! As much as pantsing is a huge change for me, so is this slow and leisurely pace. It takes some getting used to, but I can't say I'm not liking it. And I suppose pantsing requires more thinking-time, so...hmmm..yeah. I guess it all goes hand in hand.

Still, if I had my druthers, I'druther have faster progress. I love editing. Love it. I just wish it didn't entail taking several weeks out of my own progress to do it! I know--can't have it both ways. I'll stop whining now.

I really liked doing that writing-post on Wednesday. I'm going to attempt to keep that going. Next week--grammar evolution! Can we really say, "It's me" rather than "It is I"? How about whom? And which? And "He is better than her"? Eeek--those things make me cringe! But--yeah. We'll talk on Wenesday.

Have a great weekend all! And keep your fingers crossed that I get to see my GrandWilliam! Speaking of which, I've been remiss.
(Will feeding his daddy pretend ice cream after his bath)
feeding daddy ice cream


Sep. 21st, 2012 01:47 pm
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A little early, because I didn't get to work on the manuscript today; and because I didn't work on it, I don't know the word count. What I do know is that it didn't change by much. Maybe another 2K words--however! I finally got the two storylines to mesh.

Let me e'splain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up... (Ah, The Princess Bride never gets old.)

The Shadows One Walks starts out with Fraeda in Therk, and switches back and forth with Calryan, in Vales Gate. The two lands are separated not only by a sea, but by time. That gets a little complicated; you'll have to trust me on this. Anyway, up until now, they were two storylines heading towards one another. This week, they met. Cal is now in Howling Coves, Therk, and his and Fraeda's adventure together is about to begin in earnest. I had to wrestle the transition a bit, but in the end, I'm really, really happy with it. AND! That new character was born. Not only is she singly fabulous, but she's going to add tension on several fronts. Very pleased indeed.

Today, I had an appointment with my son's psychiatrist. My boy is doing very well. Clean going on two months and very happy with life in general.His doc is pleased. Now, says he, it is time for us to transition as a family. We have an appointment next week to help that along. So you see--this week had a theme. Transitions--they're never easy, but they are necessary.

Because I didn't get to my desk until after lunch, I'm putting on my editor hat today instead of writer hat. I'll probably wear it through next week. I actually have plenty of time to get this edit in, but I hate to have things hang over my head. I've had a couple of good weeks writing; I won't feel robbed by dedicating a solid week otherwise. Once it's done, I'm pretty much clear of any intensive edit work for a while. This is the last "first edit" I have for the foreseeable future. Huzzah!

Tomorrow, we head to another birthday party in NJ. All of my kids are attending. And GRANDWILLIAM!!! It's going to be great. And best of all, my little girl is coming home for the whole weekend--by herself! No entourage of friends as she usually arrives with. I get her all to myself--the precious!

Good moments. I'll take 'em!



Sep. 14th, 2012 02:25 pm
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The Shadows One Walks is now 43K and change. One part of my brain is thinking, "Only 2 thousand words in a whole week?" and on the other part is thinking, "You actually added 2 thousand words this week?" Blimey!

It feels like I'm crawling and, truly, I am. I move forward only to realize an earlier scene needs to be tweaked to go with what I just wrote, and then it turns out the new scene is actually wrong--because the tweakage done on that PRIOR scene changed things for the better. Back and forth, back and forth.

It sounds like I'm complaining. Strangely, I'm not. I'm actually intrigued. This pantsing thing is a much different beast than it was during those days when I wrote in oblivious bliss. Back then, I'd writeandwriteandwriteandwrite, only to come to the end where all those loose threads needed tying up, loose ends that there was NO WAY to weave together, and then I'd knot this to that, tuck that frayed edge under the hem (don't worry--no one will notice. Ha!) and believe it worked.

Of course, it didn't. I know that now. I didn't then.

After trying to plot and outline The Shadows One Walks several times, it became obvious that this one was going to require a different method. It required pantsing. I was a bit reluctant, but so far, it has worked out really well. I'm thrilled with the story, and how it's turning out, even with that back and forth thing.

While writing Beyond the Gate, Finder, and A Time Never Lived, I knew the lay of the land. I knew all my plot points and character arcs and how much denouement would come after the big climax. Pantsing is like going into the woods without a trail map and following whatever path strikes your fancy. Aside from a very general arc and the final destination, I have no real map, and I'm having a blast trailblazing. (Look at that--a weaving metaphor AND hiking, all in one post!) 

I think this method is working for me now because I have a better grasp of this whole writing thing these days. I'm aware of all those threads that will need tying up, and my brain is keeping track of them, planning for them. Because there is no outline, my brain is also free to play with them in a way it wouldn't if the path was already laid out. It's harder in some ways, more freeing in others. It's a fun experiment, and still has the potential to go very, very wrong! With Beyond the Gate in last edits, and not coming out until September of 2013, I have plenty of time to experiment with The Shadows One Walks. And, as you know Bob, when it stops being fun, what's the point? Because no one gets rich writing. Well, almost no one.

Happy Weekending All!


Aug. 31st, 2012 06:19 pm
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I forgot to get a word count! But I wrote quite a bit this week. Very happy. I have to go back into editor mode soon, so it felt really good to CREATE instead of pick apart.

Younger boy status: Quiet, good. I have to remember to live in the now.

I had a GREAT conversation with my older son today, about small press and indie music and how they're pretty much on the same path for the same reason. [ profile] wendigomountain and I were talking about this recently--that there's no BIG music any more. No bands like Led Zep, Aerosmith, Nirvana. My boy--he's pretty savvy about such things. Having just signed with an indie label, it's a good thing he is.

My baby girl comes home this weekend! I know...she's only been gone a few days. But I miss her!

My oldest baby girl comes up on Monday with her lovely husband and darling baby. I can't wait to see her either.

And we have a bbq at a friends' house on Sunday, and a nice dinner out planned for Saturday, and tonight, we're watching Pirates!

Am I allowed to hope this is actually going to be a GOOD WEEKEND??? It's so scary, just saying that aloud. Sigh...stop that right now. LIVE IN THE NOW!

Oh! And if you haven't and have a mind to, go over to Heroines of Fantasy and share summer memories with me. You might notice a little something different, a little something EXTRA there--or someONE. Heheee!


Aug. 24th, 2012 05:08 pm
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Well, well, well, will you looky that! I actually got some writing done this week! Two whole chapters on The Shadows One Walks. She now clocks in at 38,619 words. Feels GOOD to be able to make that report. Woohoo!

Thank you all for the love. Yesterday was so hard, but I knew it was right the moment I made the decision to let Lucy go. Her liver was pretty much done working. Her skin was so yellow, her black ears looked green. I spent her last hour holding her in my lap, petting her and telling her what a good cat she is. My husband came home early so I wouldn't have to take her to the vet on my own--though my daughter would have come with me if he hadn't. We petted her and we cried. She was so very, very done with this life. The sedative alone nearly did her in.

We brought her home and buried her with Sasafras and Hero in the little kitty-graveyard out back. Teeny-tiny Lucy, the black cat I always wanted. There will never be another one like her.

On "the boy" front--he's doing well. More than that, I dare not say. There might be stray fates or furies listening in, just waiting to pounce on me.


Jul. 27th, 2012 02:09 pm
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I made a decision this week--well, several connected decisions.

First--I decided to pick up another edit. That makes three edits on my desk, along with the manuscript I picked out of the slush to read, my own writing to do, and edits on BTG coming at me at the end of August. Why did I decide to take on more? Because I'm insane.

This led to my second decision (thanks to a sound scolding by sister-in-HRB, Kim Vandervort) -- I cannot keep putting my own writing on the back burner to work on edits. Just because I have the third book done doesn't mean I should put the one I'm writing aside. No matter how much I love HRB and editing for it, I get very frustrated and cranky if I can't write my own stuff. THAT is not good for the book I'm working on. My red pen runs amuck! So my decision is that while edits are in process (which is and on and off thing) I'm going to work on my own stuff before lunch, and edits after lunch. If that turns out to be too hard to juggle, I'll do edits M/W/F and my stuff T/Th.

My third decision this week is that I have to stop working myself up into a panic if I don't finish an edit in a week. I have a September-sometime deadline for the newest project; I wanted it done before August 11, when I leave for Bethany Beach, DE. I also thought I was going to squeeze the other edit in process into the same time frame. Yeah--I told you I'm insane. So I'm parceling out my time, allowing my own creative brain to play, and, wouldn't you know, I'm so much less stressed.

Did I hear a "D'oh!" 

All that being said, TSOW is now 35,479. I ended up chopping some of what I put in this week, then put it back in kind of sideways. I also got a good chunk on priority # 1 edit, as well as the slush-pile novel I'm reading and loving like mad.

This weekend is Village Fair Days. A photog friend is also having a Gallery Cocktail Reception. My stepson and his girls will be up on Saturday; my daughter, son-in-law and GrandWilliam are coming up on Sunday; and somewhere in there, we're supposed to go pick up some furniture. Hmmm...I'm sensing a pattern...

Happy Weekending All!


Jul. 20th, 2012 02:51 pm
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The Shadows One Walks = 35,182 words. Moving right along! I'm astounded to still be pantsing this far in. As I said in Jenn Hubbard's ([ profile] writerjenn) journal this morning, I thought I'd learned not to do this a long time ago, but I'll be damned if this story isn't insisting on being pantsed.

Running to the gym! Then the kids and I are meeting the hubs for yummy Chinese food. Yay.

Have a great weekend, all!


Jul. 13th, 2012 02:28 pm
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Well--color me surprised AGAIN! The Shadows One Walks rests comfortably now at 28,019 words. I really didn't think I got that much done this week. I'm back with Fraeda and her ghosts, after getting Cal on the pirate ship and off on an adventure. Things are shaping up quite nicely.

The boy is doing well--riding the pink cloud of sobriety. I've been to the gym five days a week, forty minutes a day, for nearly two weeks now. Still a little chaotic here with all the driving around, and all the people in this house, but it's a pretty good sort of chaos; much better than the other kind.

And I'm still getting writing done. Faboo.

Tomorrow night, I WILL see Moonrise Kingdom. I will, I will!

Have a great weekend, all!

Almost forgot--The Role of the Hausfrau. I've not heard from NEARLY enough of you. If you've a moment, of course.


Jul. 6th, 2012 06:41 pm
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Well, looky that. Last time I actually reported a word count for The Shadows One Walks, it was 16K words. Today, I am proud to report that I'm at 21K! Wow! When did that happen? I don't remember writing that much! Well, I must have. Totally stoked.

Happy Weekend, all!


Jun. 29th, 2012 10:40 am
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Editing, editing, editing, surviving my family, trying not to go insane, editing, editing, editing.

AWOL until Monday, when, I hope, life will give me back some normalcy.

Early NUF

Jun. 22nd, 2012 10:15 am
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Well, because I already know my progress on The Shadows One Walks is a big goose egg, I can post early without qualm. Though, I lie just a little--I may not be working on the writing end of it while I finish this last big editing push before July 1, the mind is going, going, going...

I wrote myself this note sparked by a response to my cover artist's question about the pirate ship that appears in Beyond The Gate:
The Siren's Curse is sort of the needle and thread, stitching the realms of time and place together.
For those of you (Tracy!) who've read BTG, you know sort of what that means. Come TSOW, it becomes apparent, and I only realized that when answering that question for my artist. How cool. The brain never turns off completely.

AND--so supercool--I was sent this picture, because the sender told me that it reminds her of my world:
the oasis Therk
The supercool thing is that this is EXACTLY how I imagined the oasis that makes an appearance only in folklore, in both Finder and A Time Never Lived. Seeing the picture, really SEEING it with my eyes, made me realize that it's time this magical place of legend makes an appearance. In The Shadows One Walks, it will.

(This is a REAL place, not photoshopped.)


Jun. 15th, 2012 09:54 pm
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Well, not for The Shadows One Walks, anyway. Still in editor mode. Working, working, working.

Speaking of editor mode, my lovely author, Heather McDougal (Songs For A Machine Age) sent me this today:

Also, LJ's own [ profile] darke_conteur interviewed me on her blog. She asked the BEST questions.


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