Cold Welcome: Signs of Spring

Spring flowers are coming out here (including the non-native little white daffodil-shaped things) and not having a cold welcome from the weather at all.  Dandelions, a honeysuckle that flowers in winter and smells like lemon, swelling buds on all but the most wary trees and bushes.   So…what about Cold Welcome?  You’ve seen both the covers.  Read More…

Notice of Return

The last of the cleanup (though not all the reorganization) from Thanksgiving has been accomplished, and Author is back on the job.  The new book stands at just over 94,000 words now (some days lost to the holiday.)    Various components of the feast are already packaged and in the freezer.   Other components await deconstruction, division, Read More…

Still going…and going…

And not a pink rabbit in sight, let alone banging a drum.  No, the new book is now at 68,000+ words, despite a real solid computer scare Sunday/Monday (now resolved, and no files lost.)  It demanded that I do my daily words Monday after getting home from the computer fixit place and reconnecting everything and Read More…

“May I see some identification, sir/madam?”

Anyone who’s traveled from one country to another has been faced with a country’s filter department–Immigration & Customs.   Where you can go, under what rules, varies with place and time and the country in question.  People get refused entry for all sorts of reasons.  They get deported for all sorts of reasons.   They may need Read More…

Quiet Cheer

Very, very, very tentative cheer….the ship is moving through the harbor. This early, things can go wrong easily; there’s not much momentum, and if the Plot Daemon is right, the Number Two engine is still not contributing.  Thin morning fog is just lifting from the water trailing wisps, requiring a sharp lookout to spot the Read More…

The New New Book

The new book is Cold Welcome.   The new new book is the book after that, which presently is undergoing some restructuring…since its beginning is now the end of Cold Welcome.   I’ve been doing some analytical thinking about it, because it should have a series of reveals, like the opening of a rose,  and it would Read More…

Tuesday Toolkit for Writers

Every person has a toolkit, a set of skills (physical, mental, emotional) that they use to navigate their life.   When you learn something–anything–it becomes part of that toolkit, and the more tools you have, the more of life’s challenges you can handle with less strain than the person without those skills, that knowledge, that attitude. Read More…

Backing Up a Little

Cold Welcome is not the first book in the Vatta Universe, so the new book has under it the foundation built by Vatta’s War.   Yet it needs to be understandable to new readers without their having to buy the first five books.  This is not meant to discourage anyone from buying the first five books Read More…