NewBook Still Going…

I know I’ve said this before, but here it is again: every writer finds a process that works for *that writer*.   Then writers try to describe their processes to normal humans who don’t write, and use metaphors and analogies and make funny faces and gesture with their hands, and say “It’s like….” a lot.   And Read More…

New Story

While working on NewBook, which is now OVER 100,000 words, I was ambushed in early July by a shorter story that demanded to be written ASAP.  I couldn’t shake it off, and after my husband’s younger brother and his wife caught COVID-19, and after Melissa died after a long struggle in the hospital, and after Read More…

NewBook Charges On

80,000 words on May 13.   There’ve been some “blank” days on which other stuff happened, and of course lots of other stuff is happening to everybody everywhere.  But NewBook is well past any concern about “Will it gel into a book?”   It’s definitely going to make a book, though “But will it be a GOOD Read More…

Busy With Nothing (Not)

The number of balls in the air varies from day to day.  Basic maintenance (at which I’m not as good as some people)  always includes some cooking, some barn chores, some “land” chores, some business chores (email, mail, etc.) and some writing.   Of the writing some is work on the book, some is work about Read More…

Where are we, again?

NewBook is over 51,000 words now.  We had sunshine (bright, unclouded sunshine) nearly all day today and the solar panels produced just a hair under 40 Kwh.  We are still healthy.  For supper we had many-bean and ham soup, from the freezer.  (I make bean soup a couple of times a winter and freeze whatever Read More…

Post Birthday, March 11: NewBook Meanders On

The end of January began a month-plus illness that pretty much ate February for lunch…I was calling it “The Cough That Never Dies” because I’d think I was better and then spend 20 minutes coughing until I almost passed out.  However, good stuff also came in February.  After the fairly dire predictions about Tigger (that 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…

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…