Off to the Races

After considerable work on the Horngard I,  so it now has a new beginning, new ending, and a lot of shuffling, trimming, correction of this that and the other in the middle, it’s off to Agent.  Sorry about the long lapse in posting here, but later August and all of September were a wild scramble Read More…

O Happy Day!

Review copy of  DEEDS OF YOUTH arrived in the mail today for me to look at all the pages and find any flaws.   I did some, will do more tomorrow and Sunday.   Today was gloating and checking the first two stories in it.  I’ve had too much screen time lately, working on “Bank Transfer” so Read More…

Yes, I’m Better

Progress continues: some more stitches have come out (not all yet) , the nose-scab is down to a snarky-looking dot, energy level is coming right back up, and I’ll be looking for a new bifocal prescription pretty soon, when the final soreness is gone. Yes, the new computer system Kate came to install is nearing Read More…

Left Behind: Doomed?

No, this isn’t about a particular belief of a particular group of Christians.  It’s about stories.  Stories that start with someone left behind–oversleeping and missing the boat, the train, the shopping trip, perhaps.   Shipwrecked on an island.   Falling  out of an airplane into a dense forest.   Or missed by the rescue vessel when others Read More…

Snippet at Paksworld Blog

Hit with a plot bomb this morning and there’s now something really new and raw on the http://www.paksworld.com/blog/?p=2932   …a longish snippet from “something” whose ultimate length, type and so on I know nothing about yet.   It’s farther in the future than Horngard I and probably the entire Horngard group.  So I thought I’d better stick Read More…

On The Way

NewBook I is on the way again…I emailed it to my agent yesterday and he got it (confirmation email, yay!)  so there’s that.  I took the rest of the afternoon off for a walk outside and horse chores. Today I opened NewBook II’s file.  You may recall that it is/was a little over 20K word, Read More…

Holiday Period

Whatever holidays you celebrate in this season….or firmly avoid, in this season…I wish you all as pleasant a passage from December to the New Year as possible.  We will be having a quiet holiday season, since we can’t drive at night and thus can’t go to the Sing-Along Messiah, or any performances, or attend the Read More…

And the Beat Goes On

The final buffing and polishing (final is an indefinite word since there’s always One More Tyop to find) is now done.   So yesterday morning, bright and early, Book II poked its head up out of the debris left over from Book I and said “So let’s get started.”  And I said “I need to clean Read More…

Done-de-done-done

NewBook is done.   Three rounds of revision, wrestled to the mat on space, time, person, place, etc. issues.  From here on out it’s nitpicking time because it’s DONE. 172,125 words, counting chapter titles, datelines (actually places, mostly), 31 chapters (may need some chapters numbered differently, that’s an editorial decision I’d take advice on.) It’s a Read More…

Stage Three Revision

Stage Three overlaps Stage Two, because–especially this time–there’s no reason to ignore 3rd level problems while reading aloud to someone from the computer screen (there is no print-out yet.)    So if I find an entire paragraph that’s now redundant (a Stage Two problem) I just delete it,  or a temporal-sequence problem,  I mark that section Read More…