Mid-January Progress

New Book is at 170 manuscript pages, 34, 280 words, and the plot is thickening.   I’m limited in time for it right now, as the legally required reports must be done by their deadlines, but the book needs a daily or almost daily infusion of time and thought and energy…so while it’s not moving *fast* Read More…

Help, please

Is there an online source, in English, for pronunciation rules in French?  I’m supposed to produce a pronunciation guide for SASSINAK for a voice actor doing an audiobook, and as some of you will recall, Anne had at least one character whose background was a francophone culture on the planet Bretagne.   I took French in Read More…

Thirty Thousand…Words

NewBook has thirty thousand + words now and had several slowdowns that didn’t kill it, so…it still wants to be a complete story.  It’s being VERY SLOW at letting its chronicler know what it’s really going to be…it’s clearly a Vatta book since we have Ky, Rafe, Stella, Helen, and the twins in it, but Read More…

Moving Forward

NewBook is now over 100 pages.  It was chugging along  fairly well, but then…it was delayed when my horse Tigger, who is a 14.3 hand Arabian with minimal jumping experience, decided to run flat out toward a five foot three inch pipe framed fence and jump it.  Both he and the fence came off worse Read More…

Progress and Regress

There’s good news and bad news.  The good news is that the new Vatta book has hit 50 pages, and though it’s going slowly, it’s still alive so far.  Ky and Rafe and Stella sound like themselves, and the twins are a hoot. The bad news is that Audible has gone bananas, peanuts, and crazy-cake Read More…

Maybe…We Have Ignition

This is a tentatively-hopeful statement that the third Vatta’s Peace book may actually be alive.  I can’t answer questions about it, and please do not, at this point, make suggestions (suggestions killed another book I thought was really coming alive), but I have a question for the Vatta fans.  Of the military survivors of the Read More…

Christmas Pony

Kallie arrived the Thursday before Christmas and we actually got two rides in before the weather closed in again…one on the Saturday before Christmas and one the morning of Christmas Eve.   No pictures of that, but I thoroughly enjoyed both.  The picture of me riding was the last ride at Forward Motion, where she rehabbed Read More…

The Writer Buys Another Horse

After Mocha, who bucked me off and gave me the concussion (but is happily with her new family in California)  and Molly, whose attitude to anything adults want her to do is “Make me, sucker!” though she goes kindly for children, I am now the happy owner of Kallie (barn name) who is a 15 Read More…