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Rocky Mountain National Park

September 1, 2017

Maybe two or three more days and I'll be done with this edit of Singer & St. Jude 1.  Yay! Then back to GS9 and then -- who knows?  Outlines, of course.  Need to move forward on at least one of those. Why is even the outline fighting me this year?

Oh well, I'll get there.

But here we are.  Autumn is in the air.  The weather is nice.  (I hate to see the stuff in Texas. That's horrible.)  I should be able to get some work done now, at least if I can just beat the headache back for a while.

Rocky Mountain National Park

September 2, 2017

Had a lovely ride tonight, but we learned the cause of my headaches.  There is a lot of smoke in the air, even here, from the Montana fires.  I wish for an early winter for those poor people. 

I might have a strange idea for something I would launch in January.  Russ and I talked a bit about it tonight.  There are some little problems to work out.  It has to do with my writing and would be for me this time.  I do a lot of sites and stuff for writers in general, but this one -- yeah, this would be my project for me.  I'm a bit excited about it, too, but I need to think it out clearly before I say anything more.

We'll see.  It could be fun, though!

Rocky Mountain National Park

September 3, 2017

Another really lovely ride today.  More discussion about my odd idea for making some sales and getting writerly notice.  Writerly things are good.  I need to think about them more often, right?  Not just write, but think about what to do afterwards.

But, you know, writing is good too.  I know a lot of people who do many writerly-things, but fall down on the writing part itself.  So, I at least have that going for me.

Rocky Mountain National Park

September 4, 2017

The work on Singer & St. Jude is done for now.  The book has been put aside and I'll have to rethink my world building for that age in the Inner Worlds history timeline.  That will be fun when I can get to it.

But today I went back to work on Tales from Grey Station 9.  I'm happy to say that I've enjoyed the bits I've read while I went through my notes and corrected some things.  I still have a few more bits and pieces to fix, but....

I think I can have it done by the end of the week.  I didn't realize it until I started looking at what I had  I am really happy with it.  This should be fun.

Rocky Mountain National Park

September 5, 2017

Working on the last edits of GS9.  Finding little bits and pieces to change and improve.  Thinking about a release of the book and wondering if it will sell.

It's a good adventure.  It should do all right.  I just need to do a push for it.  We'll see. 

Also, I have a problem with my left foot.  Some days it's not so bad.  Others, I can barely walk from one room to another.  Sigh.

Rocky Mountain National park

September 6, 2017

Down now to the last formatting for the book.  This is the 'worry about if it is right' part.  But really -- it is as right as I can make it.  Someone else probably could have told a better story, but this is my story and I have really enjoyed writing and editing it.

So, probably Friday I'll have a release.  We'll see if this is 'the one' or not.  Actually, I've stopped believing in 'the one' story that will suddenly take off.  I'll be happy if it just does better than some of the others.

Almost there!

Rocky Mountain National Park

September 7, 2017

Fires, hurricanes, earthquakes -- I feel much better about living in the boring heart of the US right now.  I can't imagine what all these poor people are going through, but here and in Mexico.  It's horrible.

I have had a headache all day.  I did work anyway.  GS9 only needs the ISBN now and I'll be done.  I might tweak the cover art just a bit more -- but I think tomorrow is the day.

So that will be done.  I'll put the first story up on Wattpad, I think, but not the rest.  I don't know yet. 

Rocky Mountain National Park

September 8, 2017

I am starting the publication process.  This always takes longer than I think it should, but I will be done tonight.

I'll have to think about print versions of this one and a few others.

But at least I'm making progress!

Rocky Mountain National Park

September 9, 2017

The book is published, both Smashwords and Amazon.  Other places will turn up as Smashwords gets to them.

Welcome to Grey Station 9....

When Ra wakes up on the cold metal floor, he fears past deeds have caught up with him. The truth is worse: his boss, the Head of Security, drugged him and stole his travel chit. Ra didn't know the ship was the last one scheduled to visit Grey Station 9.

Now he is trapped in a disaster waiting to happen. The station itself was never completed. Many of the crew have left along with the man who drugged him. Thousands of colonists were transported here on their way to a new world then abandoned.

And now it is up to Ra, as the new Head of Security, to keep things from getting worse.

He's not happy.

No one is happy.

Things are going to get worse.



Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075H5G375

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/747053

And there we are.  Number 45 is out there.  Wish it luck.

Rocky Mountain National Park

September 10, 2017

I mean to say what a wonderful time I had at DeSoto Wildlife Refuge yesterday, too.  Saw lots of deer, an immature bald eagle, hawk, turkey vultures, canada geese -- great fun.  Got some lovely pictures, too.

Today we went to Stone State Park (that's just across the river).  It closes down in the winter, but at this time of year the leaves are starting to change and it looks lovely.  I really enjoyed it.

I am, of course, working on a new rewrite -- Written in the Sand.  Desert fantasy, if that makes sense.  It needs some short extra chapters which might be more difficult to do, but I think it should go together well.  I might even be done before November.

Outlines are moving slowly, but moving. That's the best a person can hope for at this point.


September 11, 2017

I am working on Written in the Sand, a desert fantasy.  Did I mention that already?  It is going slowly and may not be done before NaNo.  That's all right, as long as it keeps moving along.

Sixteen years since 9/11?  It doesn't seem possible.

And that's it.  Really.  Quiet days going into autumn.


September 12, 2017

Oh, such headaches.  Probably the smoke in the air from the fires in Montana -- that's just awful stuff.  I hope for an early winter for them.

Book is moving slowly, but moving. 

I am getting small ideas for the main NaNo project.

That's about it.


September 13, 2017

Oh yes, the headache is still with me.  Maybe worse.  Russ took me out for a ride which helped to ease it back a bit, but it's still there.  I hope this eases up soon.  I've had enough.

If I had my way, I would go back to Colorado every week.  Once a month would be nice -- or even once a season.  I'm happy with once a year if we can do it, but I would like it not to be in the worst heat of the summer.  So many places I would walk -- well, if I can walk at all.  The little hike I took at RMNP ended up with me falling and someone helping me up.  I fall a lot.  Sigh.

I would like to go back to the zoo, too.  Not sure how well that would go, but it would be worth trying.  I miss doing all those pictures.

Working on the writing, though.  Did better today than I had expected.


September 14, 2017

We had a nice ride tonight -- far longer than I had expected and we didn't get home until dark.  It was pretty out.  We won't have much weather like that soon.

I would like, really, to get my brain focused on new stuff.  I don't know where the whole 'write new' brain has gone, but I hope it gets over the vacation soon.


September 15, 2017

Made a lot of progress on Written in the Sand today.  Almost up to 20k already, and since the original is only about 76k, I'd say this is going to go faster than expected.  That's fine.

Still wish I could get some story ideas for NaNo, but it comes to me in bits and pieces.  I still have six weeks.


I better start trying harder!


September 16, 2017

I am determined to learn Adobe Illustrator.  That's going to be a big project, but I've conquered Photoshop and Lightroom.  I know them pretty well based on the questions I see asked or the tutorials that I see to help people out.  I know a lot of it, though not everything.

Illustrator is next because I see something I want to buy for making maps, but it requires AI.  I have AI, I just don't know how to use it.

And I like learning things.  This might help keep me entertained as the colder weather sets in.


September 17, 2017

Oh, we are inching our way closer to Autumn.  Leaves are changing here.  It's getting cooler.  I don't think we're due for a bad winter, at least.  I'll just be hiding out in my office here, drinking tea, writing, and learning things.

A good part of tonight was spent with Adobe Illustrator tutorials.  So far, so good.  I had learned a little of it before this, but I'm more determined this time.

The edit project, Written in the Sand, is going well, too.  I am changing POV on some of the scenes which makes it more work.  I think it's going to be better for it.

And that's it.  Back to work on something.  Not sure what right now.

Pawnee National Grasslands

September 18, 2017

How can we be so far into this year already?

We are heading into autumn and winter.  I'm starting to get prepared for the days when I lock myself and the furry guys into my little office where we can stay warm.  Looking at restocking teas, too.  That's the fun stuff!

I don't know what to expect from NaNo this year.  I am really tempted to do a calmer than usual run.  We'll see how I do on ideas leading up to it.  My one outline is not going well -- but it is moving.  I'm just not seeing much that is exciting there yet.

Pawnee National Grasslands

September 19, 2017

Hello.  Is there an outline hiding around here somewhere?

Oh, it's moving along, but I don't feel as though it's really becoming a story.  Isn't that odd?  just a bunch of events so I need to pull things together.  I at least have a physical destination for my characters, even if I don't know why they are going there.

Should be interesting when I find out.

Pawnee National Grasslands

September 20, 2017

I think I am getting organized.  I'm sure it won't last long, but there it is -- nice little lists of things to do.

I have come to realize that I'm happiest if I'm learning new things.  Hieroglyphs.  Latin soon, I hope.  Illustrator right now.  I fill my time with these things rather than watching shows, though I would like to get back to those as well.

But getting things done.  That's good.

Pawnee National Grasslands

September 21, 2017

Things are moving along, though the outline is still giving me trouble.  I have ten chapters done, though.  That's good.  I do wish the characters would get somewhere, though.  Figure out what is going on -- because I don't seem to have much of a clue.  LOL

Really, it's not so bad.  I've seen some slight shifts in the story that I like.  I think it is going to be fun to write once  I get a clear view of where I want it to go in the end.

Not bad. I can do this.  And I do still have over a month to get there.

Pawnee National Grasslands

September 22, 2017

Welcome to autumn!

We had a heat advisory today with the Heat Index up over 100f.  Yeah, great way to start the autumn season.  I want cooler -- but not cold -- weather.  I want lovely leaves.

I want this damned outline to work.

Oh, it is getting better.  I really think so, but there are times when it is just so frustrating to drag along on something like this.  I've been driven to putting it on my To Do List as 'write 500 words on outline' just to make myself get something down.

And that's actually worked.  My brain no longer bounced along a path of 'what can I do?' and instead looked at where I was and moved on from there.    I even like what I have.  I just still need to figure out where they're going.