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Wicked Slapshot

It feels odd to post this here, but what the heck.


Mulit-Published Author Elizabeth Inglee-Richards Releases Wicked Slapshots

Books To Go Now is proud to announce author Elizabeth Inglee-Richards hockey anthology, Wicked Slapshots, has been released!


Books To Go Now is proud to announce author Elizabeth Inglee-Richards sports anthology, Wicked Slapshots, has been released!
About Wicked Slapshots:

First time together in an anthology, Elizabeth Inglee-Richards best-selling Paranormal hockey series.

The Rebuilding Years: The Hampden County Hyenas are a hockey team that is a bit unusual. They really are hyenas-or boudas. Much like werewolves they are both man and beast-a perfect fit for hockey. It is a rebuilding year for the team and it's time to hunt for a new recruit.

Breakthrough Game: When an old leader is ready to step down Rob Grahame is the only one who knows. How do you take on a responsibility you aren’t sure you are ready for? Rob and his team are both over their heads, in the midst of the play-offs with the core of the team shifting. Will Rob be able to step up and be the leader no one expected him to have to be? Will the hyena follow him?

Wings and Blades: Betrayed by his wife, William Fonte, a defenseman

in the Pan-American Champion Hockey League, returns home to Boston in search of a trade to the team he had loved as a child, the Nahant Nor’easters. Will he learn to soar again with the help of an angel from his past?

Or will his past keep him earthbound?

Accrocher Ses Pantins (Hanging 'em Up): In the nineteen twenty’s the world of Ice Hockey was

changing forever, spreading south into the US markets. Two young lovers from New Brunswick were preparing to get married when the young man is offered his dream job as a goalie for a team based in Halifax. The couple has no idea what changes they are going to have to make for the team that doesn’t just wear the Hyena, they become the hyena quite literally.

Rejoice: A Burden: It’s the last game before Christmas and Arttu, forward for the Nor’easter ice hockey team, is having a hard time with his asthma. When his fiance is kidnapped from the teams Christmas party by Nuuttipukki, a Holiday spirit trying to punish her for using magic on people without consent, will he be able to save her, or will Nuuttipukki drag her to hell?

About Author Elizabeth Inglee-Richards:

Elizabeth is a writer of modern Urban and Suburban fantasy. Her stories are mostly set in Delaware or Massachusetts, the two places she has spent most of her life. Many of her stories have a romantic twist and often deal with professional hockey players; after all there are never enough romantic urban fantasies about hockey!

You can find her at her blog: http://elizabethingleerichards.blogspot.com Where you can find the anthology Wicked Slapshots:

http://www.amazon.com/Wicked-Slapshots-ebook/dp/B00BSAIDK...
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Maintenance Day

It was a good weekend. Friday night I went to see Dropkick Murphys with my best friend - always a good time.


   Saturday was a maintenance day for me.  I slept late made my lunches for the week and did laundry.  Then I watched some hockey, I can say that was research, but I would be fibbing. 

I wrote a little, but not much.

Part of me feels guilty about not getting any writing or anything else real done, but at the same time I know I need down time. That is the problem with working so much is that you don’t have time to do the day to day things.

I’m not sure that I function well without some time off-probably no one does. It is the situation I am in though, so needs must.


My year goals:


23884 out of 100000 76116 left to go

7 pounds lost 3 pounds left to go


How about you all? Did you make new years resolutions and if so how are you doing on them?

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look it's a post!

Wow I suck at keeping up with this thing. I wanted to do three posts a week but I’m not even managing three a month and I have to admit to feeling guilty about that but then again I wonder how people have time to keep up with things.

Then again people ask how I have time to work three jobs so I guess we all have things, right?

I had two days off in a row, yesterday and today, and I haven’t managed to get much done in them. Mostly watched television laundry and cooking. I got a little writing done, but not all that much. For all that I haven’t done much I feel better than I have in a long time. I guess we all need down time sometimes. Plus the cats seem to have enjoyed sitting all over me.

I’ve been playing around with a story, but you know how sometimes you get into a story and you just have a feeling that the story is just for you? Well that is where I suddenly find myself. Mind you I am going to keep at it - or I should say I plan to keep at it, but I know that nine out of every ten stories I start get dropped somewhere along the way.

Brad

Monthly update Jan

Well I didn’t get 50K in January, but my 15185 total is a good start on my 100,000 word goal for the year. I am having focus issues with writing. I’m not all that surprised. Jan is a very stressful month for me at work and I’m not focusing on creativity so much as getting through the work day without turning into a ball of goo.

My weight is down three pounds and I guess if I keep up that pace I may have to change my ten pound goal. I’m not being perfect about every other day for my Physical therapy, nor have I gone back to my massage therapy. I’m sure next week my pain doc will smack me for it.

The NHL is back and my favorate hockey team is off to a roaring start - unfortanatly the local team came out of the gate crawling this year. I feel bad for my friends about that. I need to find a way to watch hockey and write about hockey at the same time.

You have seen how well I’m doing with the blog *sigh*

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The Beginning

First off - I decided to work on the post civil war story. I’m moving fairly slowly because I haven’t gotten the world worked out yet - I’ve only managed a little less than 3K on it this week.

Most of my creative friends tell me that pain completely stops creativity for them. I have the opposite feeling about pain. It is a good thing I do, since I feel pain every moment of every day and have since 1985. How I got to where I am is sort of a long story and will probably take a few posts - but I’ve promised a few people that I would tell my story.

When I was seven I started horseback riding. I know people think that you can only ride if you are super wealthy. That wasn’t true in the seventies, it may be true now, I don’t know.

When I was thirteen I won a horse in an essay contest. I wrote five essays about care and my training philosophy and what have you. When she was two years old and I was training her we were shot at.

Horses, especially young horses, don’t like being shot at and she turned into a crazy bucking bronco. I was unseated and fell across the saddle.

I want to say it hurt, but all I remember is numbness and coldness in my left leg.


nbsp;  That was the start of 27 years of treatment, and searching and eventually a diagnosis.  Because my symptoms were all in my leg they didn’t think to look at my back until 2005 or so.

Knowing that I broke my back at 15 hasn’t changed my life much. I still take the same medications and do the same exercises. I try not to let the pain control me.

In fact I try to control it. I meditate and do yoga and try to keep myself as active as I can. In fact I have a job that involves being on my feet all day and a lot of heavy lifting. I try to stay as fit as I can and I do a lot of walking meditation.

I know most people see pain as something that stops you, I try to look at it as a way to focus myself and my life. I look at my accident as a basically positive. I may not have the life I though I would have but I never would have had as creative a life as I do now without that accident.

So pain is a creative, not a destructive force in my life.

How about you guys? Do you have things that you thought would be a hindrance that turned out to be a blessing?



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Split Attention

Happy Monday!


Well the 50k in 30 days didn’t go so well. I got 11 K done in a little over a week and then suddenly my brain wanted to write something else. This is part of why I don’t complete things that are more than 20K without a lot of starts and stops.

So now I have a paranormal hockey story based of the song Tam Lin that is sitting at around 11 K. I am right at the point where he goes missing and Janet has to go off and save him. Oh and my Janet is a minister who hunts vampires.

And story that is set in an America that has survived a second Civil war. This war was between people who dealt in Faith and people who dealt in Magic - neither side realizing that they were using the same power, they were just focusing it differently. The hero in that one is a young man working for an alliance of people with faith and people with magic trying to get things back to some semblance of normality after a war that both sides think they have won. While out on a job the boy, Zeke, gets followed home by a woman in wolf form. She’s not like the werewolves that Zeke knows.

The first story is something that is all set up and I can just write if I can force myself to focus on it.

The second story I would need to spend time setting up the world and the characters and then I have to write it, but that is where I am being drawn right now. I may have to give it a shot, I mean you can’t know what is going to work until you give it a try, right?

Maybe I can balance the two. 

How about you? What are you guys up to?

wandgaw

New year - new goals

Well the new year is here and it is time to put my goals out there. It’s sort of odd doing this every year, I’ve never been one to set goals for each year, but for the past few years I have been. So here we go!

One hundred thousand words of creative writing this year: this goal has been flat for the past few years. I’d up it, but Real Life is always crazy. If I get my second goal done I’ll up it.

I want to do a Nano type thing. Fifty K in 30 days - starting today. We’ll see about this, I hope I don’t lose focus in the middle. The story is something I’ve had in my head for a few years now. It involves Unitarians, Vampires and the old song Tam Lin. I may not have the skill to make it work, but I need to at least try.

Make a point of posting on my l/j. Also posting blog, twitter and facebook (the ones under my proper name), and doing PR stuff.

Start reviewing the books I read (I have 15 books on my ‘already read, still needs review’ pile)

I want to lose 10 pounds and do my PT exercises every other day (I’m shooting a little low there)

Last one is the hardest:

I want to try to keep my life in some sort of balance, not all work.

Wish me luck! And have a stellar new year!

wandgaw

Tis the season

All my friends are writing novels and I am packing for my yearly trip to Equine Affair in West Springfield MA. I am really not looking forward to the show. I’m not in great physical shape right now. I don’t normally talk about pain, but there has been more of it than normal for the past two weeks. I can’t really ever tell when a flair is coming and it isn’t always convenient (like when I have to move a lot of boxes, set up a store, stand on my feet on concrete for 14 hours and then do the whole thing in reverse) so I’m guessing this week will be rough.

The pets aren’t pleased with me leaving. They always lose their minds when I pull out the suitcase.

Hopefully everything will go well and maybe I will get some writing in.

On the up side I sold my Christmas story - all 10K of it. It is one of the few stories that I have written and read over and liked even in the first draft, so I am happy it sold.

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shooting low

I signed up for a mini-nano. The stated goal is 250 words a day. I know that the writers reading this blog are thinking something along the lines of ‘that’s it?’

But it is November and shooting low is the best I can do. I travel for work in November and when I travel for work I’m on the go from 7:30 am to about 11 pm, that doesn’t leave time for a real stab at nano.

The past few months I’ve been pushing hard both as a writer and as a person. I’ve finished the final edits on the novel during a month that I worked 29 days straight. I’ve worked my way right into writers block.

It happens from time to time. You can see the characters and maybe even the plot, but you can’t get it to move onto the page.

If I push hard for a long time when I stop, I stop dead.

For the past few days I’ve been looking at a blinking cursor, trying to wish the ideas out of my head and onto the paper. Over the years I’ve learned that to re-start myself I need to start slow and shoot low.

So for the next month I’m going to be shooting low. Hopeing that low word count will get me back in the habbit of meating goals in my extreamly limited free time.

How about you? How do you get back in the swing of things after time away?

wandgaw

The devil is in the details

I read quite a bit and I watch television.  I guess we all do.  But I have a problem; I can’t watch or read without being pulled out of the story by little things. 

 

I work in a living history museum on the weekends, so sometimes even my favorite shows can drive me crazy.  Fantasy, historical and post-apocalyptic things are the ones most likely to have things that drive me nuts in them.   You have to understand that I have ridden horses, raised, killed and dressed my own food, loaded and shot a flintlock.  Oh yeah, and we use a water powered grist mill.

 

It takes me right out of the story to see things done wrong – or weirdly or whatever.  The image sticks in my head for days and days.  Or the image of the words in the case of a book where a woman took off a bra in the about 600 years before the bra was invented.

 

So if you are writing, try to make the details as right as possible.  After all, if I notice, others will.