On the Scent: Tally-ho

New Book changed gears this week, as I said a couple of times.  From a story that, on March 24, was still wandering about, not giving me much sense of where it was headed, just over 51,000 words, and took another five days to reach 52,500 by the end of the day March 29, it Read More…

NewBook Wakes Up

NewBook has acquired impulsion (in horses, the compressed desire to go forward…the horse is “between legs and hand” or “on the bit”.)  It’s pushing me now to write more , a very good sign, even if, in the end, it means dumping a lot already written.   Sunday the 29th, it was at 52,500+ a bit 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…

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…

New Vatta-verse Story

I have a new Vatta story in Infinite Stars, a new anthology edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt that’s out today.  https://titanbooks.com/infinite-stars-9264/ . It fits between the end of Vatta’s War and the beginning of Cold Welcome, and is the story that I originally planned Ky’s first meeting with Jen–that I posted here or thought I Read More…

BOOK DAY

I was supposed to post this earlier but we had thunderstorms and rain and more rain and thunderstorms…and I did post it where people who don’t come here and might now know the book’s about to be out could find it easily.  But I sure didn’t mean to neglect y’all here.   It was a great Read More…

First Sighting

My UK editor sent me a “hot off the press” copy of COLD WELCOME.  Remember embossed titles?  This one isn’t, but my name at the top and the title at the bottom are in shinier ink.  Very classy.   This book-ended the week beautifully, since I had sent INTO THE FIRE to my US editor on Read More…