First Draft in Revision (Writer Stuff)

Revising a first draft gives the writer a chance to re-think and re-vision the project.   Almost everything is up for grabs–grabs to keep, and grabs to toss in the garbage.  If the book in question is part of a larger work, and if it is under contract to a particular publisher and editor, some things Read More…

The Green Light

Last summer, when I wrote “Bring Out Your Dead” it was the first short fiction I’d written since the concussion.  The first that almost, nearly, sort of, had a true narrative arc.  Short fiction  is not my main talent.  My agent asked if I’d consider writing a story for a particular editor & anthology, and Read More…

FaceBook, Alas. Again.

Monday night FaceBook suddenly went crazy on me, and started reloading continuously, which meant it never reloaded completely.  I have no idea what happened, or how to fix it.   The  “reload” icon and “X” icon blinked alternately very fast.  So…no FaceBook for me.   (I can waste hours on horse videos and old PBS mystery programs, Read More…

Page Proofs: The Last Step

So the page proofs are *almost* out the door (one more day…)  and as usual a small number of errors have shown up.   Sometimes things that are changed in the copy-edits stage don’t make it into the final version that’s typeset and that’s WHY page proofs are important.  Sometimes something slips by all the previous Read More…

Brief LifeStuff Update

As far as one can tell, less than a week into the process, the meds for Lyme Disease seem to be doing something positive for the one obvious, and one less obvious, sign of the disease: the bulls-eye rash and the headache that (given the weather and my head’s usual reaction to it) might have Read More…

A Sloth Day

The combination of weather, two nights without sufficient sleep, and no nap yesterday have produced a strong desire to fall in a heap.  Or move very…very…slooooowly.  Weather has been interesting–usually is, in a Texas May, unless we’re deep in drought when it’s not just boring but scary with real summer coming on (100F degrees in Read More…

RSS Feeds

There’ve been questions about RSS feed(s).   On the sidebar on the right, down at the bottom, there’s a section headed “Meta.”  There they are.  I feel really…unobservant, if not stupid, for not noticing that before.  My web guru, when I asked her to add RSS, pointed out they already existed.   Hope this helps!

The List

Every construction project comes with a list of remaining things to do before the owner signs off on it…this one too.  Getting the browser tab to show anything  is…being difficult.  Some interior links are being constructed (separate issue.) And larger on my list than this are the book revisions, so I’m signing off for awhile.  Read More…