I‘m working away at editing the 2nd book of my new Fresh Start women’s fiction/romance series, which I hope to launch in February.
This 2nd book, a June release is in editing. I’m at the tail end of that and decided to update my iMac. Last night, I started updating the system, and this morning it wasn’t done. I’m a morning person, all systems go, so I was ready to put the final touches on this new masterpiece, the 2nd book of Fresh Start series. Ready to go. Yeah. My computer needed a whole lot more updating and installing time.
Thus, crocheting and checking on the computer’s updates/install. No luck.
This a.m. early, still no luck. I got so frustrated–which helps nothing in technology–so I decided to bake potato rolls, Denver Biscuits my family loves, an old time recipe from Pike’s Peak mining days.
I started my computer downloading/updating/install process yet again, and made the yeast dough, which has to rise. The house was cool, ZERO degrees out this a.m., wind chill -21, and rising takes some kind of heat, so I started the heater, and placed one bowl of rising “bisquits” in front of it.
The computer wasn’t updating and installing fast enough and I wanted to get to work, editing my masterpiece. So I started another batch of yeast dough. Another stool, more rising.
Neighbor guys who cleaned my driveway and who sometimes take away dead limbs, etc. fetched the dough through the 6-7 inches of snow I was not tromping through.
And the moral is: Some things can’t be rushed–writing/editing, rising dough, and updating/installing computer tech stuff.
Like everyone else, I’m deep into the holidays and the end of the year whatevers. I’ve just had a little renovation, which put me behind, but then, I’m always behind, aren’t you?
At the end of the year, I think back to days of yore. Huh. Cannot remember how many quarts of green beans I’ve canned from a huge garden. I canned everything in sight, just like my mother, who was lucky enough to have plenty of trout, salmon, steelhead, etc. to can. Her panty was a thing of beauty, all organized, fruits/jams/meats/whatever. And yes, since we are German descent, jars of kraut. She stopped crocks years before that and made kraut in jars. I did the jar-method, too, but no longer doing any of that. I miss Mom.
My stack of crocheted dishcloths is going out the door/mail as gifts. I make lots of mistakes, but people seem to like them anyway. This year I found a new InstaPot delivered to my porch, thanks to one daughter who has 4 children and works and is mad about the fast convenience. Mm. We’ll see, she says…
I‘ve just sent out notice to my beta readers about a first book of a series, and I long to edit the 2nd. The holiday time-crunch is upon me, however, and I need clear thinking room for the edit. I truly hope they love it. So a new series in 2018, along with more Tallchiefs in that series. Talk about writing plans!
For a limited time,His Christmas Present, a 2-fer, and The Rose Basket: Novella are on sale for .99. The Rose Basket: Novella is a romance-humor story also in paper and makes a nifty gift. Because it’s short, my sister is enthused.
At the end of the year, that precious space in which to reflect, you’ll hear more of my stuff, like how I polish antique furniture and burn candles and generally think about the past and the future. It’s a really important time for me and I hope you, too.
But for now, I’d better get busy. Take time for these reflections and yourself, will you?
I truly wish you the best of days today. I’m editing Bk1 of a new series, my windows open to catch the first cool a.m. we’ve had. (Not a heat/sun person.) My washer is chugging away, this after spending so much time writing–I got behind on everything.
I thought any writer-people out there might be interested in my “process”. For the rest of you, just know that a lot of my books, new and re-released are in the works. I am so thrilled that readers who read my Tallchiefseries years ago, still love them.
I’ve just finished my first pass on my latest, the first of a series. Shh. Not a clue for the title of the series or the book. Right now, I’m concerned with massaging my rough draft and getting the time line right. (Massaging means: more/less info here or somewhere else, or cut altogether.) The shaping of a book is really important, i.e. pacing, slow/faster/more impact/action and reaction. This is a women’s fiction romance, so emotions are important as with mystery writing when you have more dynamic reactions–still emotions and depth, etc. so important.
Once after incorporating/deleting whatever, I’ll print another copy, double-spaced and in larger font, so as to catch any missing punctuations. Then another run, spelling checking, etc, and a landscape printout, 2 pages per sheet. before sending it off to my proofer. (Hiyah, Babe!)
BTW, do you know what that ceramic lid on top of my Happy Cup is called? It matches a different violet-patterned cup, but I use this topper all the time for tea/coffee, etc. I have different cups for different moods, do you?
This is my first time to set up a series of books (I’ve written a lot of series) on Scrivener, especially for writers. I am finding that software really helpful, especially in keeping track of characters/places/pets/etc. I’m already almost finished w/the rough draft of Bk2, so the notes are important for consistency. BTW, I use Scrivener between my iMac and iPad (In the Apps), works excellent, though it is available for PC, too.
Remind me to put up a list of my favorite How 2 Write Books? Thank you. Along the way, I do help a lot of other writers and they help me.
So back to this massaging-thing:This is were the art begins, only enhanced by good copy edits concerning punctuation. The art comes into working with the length of sentences/paragraphs, etc., start and end of chapters–too long, not broken at the right place, escalating to midpoint, rounding off, all questions answered, etc. And are the emotions for the genre there? A good editor is truly magical, shaping a book, no matter if romance with more emotion, or mystery which still requires emotion, especially body reaction to fear, expressions, etc. We’re human. We have emotions.
Some stories just flow from the writer. Other stories have to be dug out, cleaned up, etc.
Now. Some writers write the same basic story, appealing to their devoted readers. That is good. It is good strong marketing and included in what we call “Branding”. However, I’ve never been able to stay in that bin and have moved around from entirely different storylines, through most of romance’s subgenres, and some in mystery/suspense, which are very different.
Okay, if you’ve soaked up all that, know that most of all, I hope you enjoy this beautiful day and if your weather is not great, I hope you do have nice weather. Love my open windows when writing!
August is Catch Up Month. I’ve been writing heavily and working to re-release my fan-favorite books. Plus I’m downsizing and August birthdays for my family abound. Meanwhile, I just got a new camera, learning it, and this is a first shot, taken while walking along the lake. I have plans to paint these guys–not the mallard, but am so busy writing…. These are a perfect shade of Payne’s Gray.
Every writer I know is pushing hard now, this while some are traveling, or getting children ready for the school year, or canning summer’s great crops. Well. I am done with canning hundreds of quarts, making jams, etc. Finito! But I am skimming down the house now, no easy task. Then my old washer wants to give up the ghost. A Doberman ran free in our town’s subdivision. Ah, life! But I did get through Season 6 of Game of Thrones and issue a new newsletter–not this blog, but a reader enewsletter. You can SUBSCRIBE easily.
If you are a writer, you know there is more to it than working to make your manuscript the best possible.
Currently, I’m finishing book 2 of a new series, as yet untitled. My proofer is working hard these days, with the re-release of the TALLCHIEFS, a book at a time as that is as fast as we can go. Each contemporary Tallchief has a historical legend attached to finding each one’s special love. I’ve just got to post the history/story of writing this series. We’re working on Tallchief for Keeps now with has this legend attached:
Legend of Una’s Paisley Shawl: When the Marrying Moon is high, a scarred warrior will rise from the mists to claim his lady huntress. He will wrap her in the shawl and carry her to the Bridal Tepee and his heart. Their song will last longer than the stars.
If you haven’t studied the paisley design, it is so interesting. Paisley, Scotland, is most famous for these gorgeous shawls. A must have fashion in the 19th century England. I believe the design actually comes from India’s peacock feather designs. Russian and Greek designs each are a little different. I was absolutely fascinated when studying them for Elspeth Tallchief’s (a weaver) story.
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To date, we’ve had a cool summer, with lots of rain. I’m not a sun/heat person, so I’m enjoying it. So are my herbs, especially the chives, cilantro, and basil. I am hoping they will grow inside this winter.
My front porch and back patio will grow anything and the herbs are responding nicely. I haven’t planted the lavender yet, but did take a start up to my neighbor, who also enjoys puttering/potting, etc. Love lavender and use the essential oil in my burner. I need to do that now, while writing…. If you haven’t gotten into essential oils, try them for different uses.
On the Fourth of July, while enjoying the neighborhood’s fireworks, I “burned” eucalyptus on my porch and the mosquitoes didn’t like it.
Yesterday, I snapped this huge bush. Gorgeous, isn’t it? How nice of it to bloom in my favorite colors.
As for writing, amazingly my 2nd book of the year in a new romance series is coming into the home stretch. Lots of editing needed, but the book is almost done. Am so hoping to get book 3 done also. That’s questionable right now, because we are amid getting the Tallchiefs back into print. The Cowboy and the Cradle will soon be in paper as well the rest. Am so pleased that people remember them and still love them. (My daughter gave me that handmade walnut cradle on the cover, btw. and that is my garnet ring on Tallchief’s Bride.) Do watch for more Tallchiefs to turn up?
Days of thunderstorms and heavy rainfall have hit. Our weather alert radios are sounding every few minutes. Someone once called these consecutive storms, “Freight trains” which they truly are, one after another, pounding the countryside, filling the lakes and streams, and causing people to evacuate.
The best rule is “stay at home”, if you can and don’t get out there unless absolutely necessary. The state highway running past my home was closed, several towns, bridges, roadways closed due to an “almost” record breaking flood.
We did not have tornadoes here, but others did. Today, I am praying for so many people whose homes have been flooded, who are struggling and facing hard work to rebuild their lives.
In SW MO, we have more than “showers”, we have flooding at this date. Rivers are brown with mud, sheets of gray rain and big, big lightning and thunder storms.
But the rolling hills are filled with new green, a contrast to the dark cedars. Not a good time for those who are allergy challenged. And the dogwoods are blooming, the roses and everything is just–grand, is the word. Grand.
My knockout roses have started to bloom and I can’t wait to see what else I’ve planted–not an organized gardener. If I can find a place for a bulb, there it goes. 🙂
It gets really hot and dry here in the summer, so my porch has lots of succulents. They are new to me and I’m enjoying them. Meanwhile, these beauties are along our highways:
I’m writing heavily and unplug during high storms, which can really stop a story rolling along, coming thru my fingertips. I’ve been waiting to spend time working with my last contest “Happy4Me” and it was more difficult than I supposed. The question was: What do you do when you’re down?
The range of answers was tremendous, and most entries listed reading. I am truly inspired by all the ways people try to work with their I’m down-mood. Uncommon, thoughtful answers that included volunteering, video games, crafts, remembering good times, etc. Terrific thoughtful answers and I loved each one. I’m announcing the winners soon in my email list, so if you haven’t yet, SUBSCRIBE HERE.
If I can–remember, I’m writing heavily–I want to write more about my Happy4Me contest which has ended. You’ll know when I do write about it.
I am humbled by the people facing real challenges, either emotional or physical or both, and by the simple joy and appreciation of life people hug within them.
I‘m working quickly this morning, preparing for the spring storms that interrupt writing. Boy, it’s aggravating to be in a great scene, the story running really quickly through you/your fingers, and a big thunder boomer warns you to shut down your desktop and unplug. I write more quickly on a desktop with a big ergonomic keyboard, but as a work-around the storms, today I’m starting a new book on my iPad and nifty new full size keyboard. Kids and toys, you know. 🙂
I love scented geraniums. I just got these and will get more. One year, south of Lexington, KY, I got the most gorgeous ones, and plants love my big wide porch. I hope I can find those again, gorgeous blooms. The Amish greenhouse lady said they would last through the winter, but mine always fail, so each year, out searching for those scented geraniums. My succulents did make it through the winter fine in a sunny, back room
This is my old chive plant that has lived forever, poor thing. It really needs care. If I could recommend one herb/whatever, this would be it. Love me fresh chives. But I also will have a lot of others, namely basil. If you haven’t tried fresh herbs, please do. It’s a savory experience.
And who doesn’t need a little garden gnome. My daughter gave me this because she said he looked like me when I’m thinking about a plot. 🙂
These little woodland violets are wild, but I replant them where likely, because I consider them to be God’s gift. There is probably a proper name for them, but they are violets to me.
With one book just now finished and starting the second one in a new series, I’m looking forward to seeing what these characters do.:) I’ve just finished a short story to go with my Basket Series, probably out in the holidays and other new work that has to “cool off” as writers say, giving the book space to see if it truly is a book and what needs to be edited. In the book I’ve just finished, I need to develop a setting–a lighthouse in the Cascade mountains. Yes, a lighthouse, not a tall fire-spotter tower. 🙂
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Writer, thy real name is Multitask. The following is an inside view of what’s been going on in my little writer world.
I’ve been writing my first book of a new series and closing in on the end; that’s my WIP. (BTW, WIP=Work In Progress).The first book of a series takes a lot of thought and arranging of the character cast, plus the story at hand progressing as it should. This first book is organic, the characters/conflict/etc. growing from nothing but my little old brain. I’m trying to keep the length shorter in this series, which is difficult as I am a “Long Writer”.
Also on the task list is Social Media work, and I’ve just issued my enewsletter. If you haven’t joined that, you will want to, I’m sure. 🙂 Fun stuff planned for my April birthday. To subscribe to it, or better yet you and your friends to subscribe CLICK HERE. If you only knew how grateful I am to those subscribers!
Along with my other tasks, I cover-consult my own books. Or I may actually create them. You can read a previous post about this. Creating a cover consumes hours/hours of getting the right graphics. Many of us do our covers, format and market. Some hire these tasks. I am very pleased with the Tallchief Series layout. I think it will work well in print, too. That’s a whenever, folks.
Writers constantly recommend services, software, what works and there are lots of public comments on what works/doesn’t work. For covers, I can recommend Photoshop Elements. Some stock photos are so good that you may only need to add text. However, for some covers, I use my own snapshots, like that of the cradle and the ring. Isn’t that ring gorgeous? Those are garnets, btw.
I work with a proofer, whom I love and trust. You know who you are, don’t you? I also format my books, a task that can be hired out, but now good software makes it easy. It will get easier yet. I can recommend Vellum, a glorious, magnificent piece of software that promises to get even better.
Yes, it’s all about me. I’m loving what I do. Life should be enjoyed, right? And I’m so hoping readers enjoy my books, too!
I’m busy with Valentine’s Day and generally writing, working with ads, etc. But when I can, I walk along the lake and enjoy the waterfowl. Most of all, I admire the Canadian geese, and I think ours are the “minor” size. But I love the pigeons and yesterday, the male pigeon was showing off and cooing to his sweetheart. That’s a beautiful sound. There is also a shot of a grumpy male that I just love. His eyes are just plain angry–probably a rejected suitor? I captioned some of them and put them on my Facebook page. If I get really brave, I may try this slider option, which I’m still learning WordPress, etc. so don’t wait on that one. 🙂
If you haven’t signed up for my e-newsletter, you may want to subscribe now. I included sales of my own, along with others, and there is a Valentine’s Day party February 9 that you may want to attend.
Also, BE MINE, my western historical is now on sale for a limited time at .99.
Now, about the ad you see below. I do my own, ’cause I like doing them. 🙂 But many writers pay for them or have someone on their team do it. All that takes time and energy, so authors do have to watch their real creative time, which is writing.
Also, SAM’S STORY is up now for .99, a short story and the first of my Nice Guys Short Story. I enjoyed writing from strictly the male point of view (POV) very much. I’ve finished Jon’s story, but tied up now writing a new series. I really, really had a time of the series location and finally decided–guess where? Where I grew up–or near there, in Washington state mountains near the Canadian border. I’m amid trying a lot of new stuff as always and have just ordered a stylus to make drawing on my iPad much easier.
BTW, my planner for 2017 is something new, too, and it’s working out great.
If there is anything you would particularly like to see covered in my blog, please let me know? You can write to me. And don’t forget–put this in your planner 🙂 My enewsletter comes out on Tuesday.