Happy October

I wish I had a good excuse for dropping off the map the way I have.  Most of my time has been taken up with work, but I also worked through the edits on my novel.  It was a lot of work and I’m still not as happy with it as I had hoped to be.


When I was done with it I turned around and wrote a 10 K Christmas story.  It was fun creating something again.


My new short story is out http://www.bookstogonow.com/page127.html


So what has everyone else been up to?  


Bust out the party hats!

The final corrections on Accrocher Ses Pantins (Hanging ‘em Up) story four in the Rebuilding Years series are in. 


Also I finished working on all of the editor’s suggestions for Wings and Blades. 


Between September and October I will have two short stories and a novel coming out in e-format.  Things are going to be hectic for the next few months – but at least I’ll be able create again. 


I’m going to take a nice little breather. 


time moves to fast

I keep thinking that I am going to write a blog post, but I never seem to get to it.  Got me as to why but I’ve been getting home and then watching television and then doing some P.T. and then going to bed.  I think I am caught up on books I was reading to review, so that is a weight off of my mind.  


I’ve been working on the final edits on Wings and Blades, and hope to have that off of my plate by Sunday.  If it takes to the end of the month I’ll be happy with that.   


I miss creating new things though.  I think this is the longest I’ve gone without spending any real time writing.  I do have a good idea for a Christmas story, but I still need a Christmasy bad guy for an urban fantasy.  I have all the things that surround the plot set in my head – but the plot, not so much. 


On an unrelated note (well I think it is unrelated – but I have been sitting a lot more than normal) my back/leg has gotten worse.  I hope it is just a pain flair and not me walking farther down the road to disability.  But my last Ortho said that I only had 5 years in my back.  Mind you he said that eleven years ago, so I’m doing much better than I should be.


How are things going for you?  Any ideas for a Christmas bad guy?


I may not be a 3 time Olympic beach volleyball player...

... but we endorse the same shoe.

Probably a year and a half ago I started using ‘minimalist running shoes’ to help with my back/leg/foot pain and numbness. I found a pair I really loved and ended up having them on every day for a year before I had to replace them. 

While doing reviews of books on Amazon I decided to write a review of my shoes and after posting it on Amazon I also forwarded it to the company.  Today they contacted me to ask if they could post my testimonial on the company’s website.

So here is me with my first sport equipment endorsement.  I’m glad they liked my comments and I have to say I’m giggling over me giving shoe testimonials.     


Short or Long?

I have conversations about this pretty often.  I write a lot of short stories, some of them are linked.  I just finished a four story series for my publisher.  I don’t write many novels.  I guess that makes me an oddity. 

My friends often point to the novel I sold and say, “Look that proves you can write a novel.”

I’ve known I can write a novel for a long time, I just don’t like writing them.  I don’t write very quickly and to write a whole novel I have to set aside everything else I want to do.  I know that sounds selfish.

I take my writing very seriously; I may spend months researching for a short story.  I’ve spent a lot of time reading about the last few years of the NHA and the transfer to the NHL, and the shift in goalie styles (until 1918 goalies were not allowed to leave their feet to make a save) and I can tell you how ice was resurfaced before the Zamboni.  So it’s not a lack of seriousness that keeps me from writing novels. 

Like every writer I know, I am compelled to write.  I don’t feel like I have a choice in it, but at this point I don’t see myself making a living at writing.  So writing is just a very important hobby of mine.  That isn’t to say I don’t get paid for my shorts, I do, and I will be paid for my upcoming novel as well.   

But will I write another novel soon?

Probably not. 

Since this is a hobby what I do should be fun.  I don’t find novels fun.  Maybe someday I will change my mind.  Maybe not.  I can’t know the future.

Do you like to write long pieces, or short pieces? 

Bruins 1

5 questions meme

Comment to this post saying "FIVE!" and I will pick five things I would like you to talk about. They might make sense or be totally random. Then post that list, with your commentary, to your journal. Other people can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself, hopefully for the rest of eternity!

muses_circle gave me these

1. Your current novel: Well I am working on three right now: Wings and Blades, a paranormal sport romance, is with the editor. The blurb is: 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. After a career threating injury, he tries to struggle back through the darkness of his off-ice life. Will pain, fear and anger keep him earthbound? Or will he learn to soar again with the help of his first love, an angel from his past?

I have about thirty thousand words written on a follow-up to that book. That one has a Finnish werewolf on his summer vacation with his human girlfriend in Maine. They were expecting a nice off season only to find themselves hunted by a werewolf killer. I pick this one up and work on it a bit and then put it back down again.

Last week I started working on something that has been hovering in the back of my mind for a while, I don’t know if it will be a short story, or something longer, but it is set in my Hyena Hockey series.


2. Why you work three jobs

Well the first job is my 9-5, and provides most of my money as well as my health insurance, but I pay 50% of my insurance cost and 100% of my husbands, and I haven’t gotten a raise in…well a long time. I have a job as an ‘event coordinator’ at a local museum, I sit there and make sure whatever function is going on doesn’t break any of the site’s rules – I don’t do this often anymore. My last job is as a weekend tour guide at another museum, I actually enjoy that one. Basically my 9-5 doesn’t cover everything, but that and the tour guide would cover everything, I do the event coordinator thing out of habit.

3. Your favorite color: Green and red

4. Favorite TV show – I have no idea right now maybe Grimn or Game of Thrones, or True Blood or Teen Wolf


5. Favorite sport

To participate in; Equestrian things, particularly 3-day event – sort of a triathlon for horses you have dressage, cross-country and then show jumping. Before my accident I also participated in track and field, I was a middle distance runner, ran steeplechase, hurdles and high jump.

To watch – would have to be hockey. It is fast and crazy. The guys are sweet (one of the Bruins spends about 20 minutes a day answering fan’s questions on twitter) and mostly seem to realize that they make a good living playing a child’s game and seem grateful for that.


When the rivers all run dry

Frist off I have to apologize for disappearing for 3 weeks.  No excuse I’m trying to post once a week (as well as trying to get my author facebook and twitter up and running) but I’m just not in the habit yet, I think of topics I want to talk about and then forget. 

I got good news at the end of last week, both my fourth story in my hyena hockey series and my novel that got dropped have been picked up.  The publisher is looking at a twelve week turn around.  I feel like I should be more excited and I can’t tell if that is because I’m tired or because it is so darn hot out.

How hot is it?

Hot enough that several major roads in and around Philly buckled today.   Something that I don’t talk about much is that I work in an un-climate controlled building , it’s been I the 90’s at my work station for the past two days.  I lift and carry for a living, so I’ve been going through a lot of water.  But let’s be honest, water, juice and sports drinks don’t help as much as they say they do.  Better with the liquid than without and it isn’t as bad as all that.  

But I hope that the first two days of summer aren’t what the whole summer will be like. 

This week I haven’t done any writing, and that is pretty odd for me, but maybe my brain is just resting in preparation for the editing.  Or maybe it’s just that I have been working too hard. 

How about you guys? What have you been up to?  Reading? Writing?  Movies?  


What I did on my Summer (spring) vacation

The weekend of May 18th to 20th I went to the Pennwriters Conference in Lancaster, PA.  The Keynotes were Hank Phillippi Ryan and Maria V. Snyder.

First off my mom and I write very different genres so we’ve never been anywhere together, she has her mystery things and I have my speculative fiction things, and this wasn’t just the first time we went to any writers things together, it was the first time we’ve been away together in a very long time.  We don’t travel much – or at least not for things that aren’t work. 

The first day we were there we were not registered for anything.  They had offered several four hour workshops.  The workshops were kind of expensive but I think that if I am interested in one next year I’ll put the money up for it.    

So Thursday we went to Landis Valley Museum – because we always go to museums, what with working in two of them – and then we went swimming. It was a nice relaxing day with my mom, something we don’t get a lot of anymore.  There was also good food and a drink that I didn’t like as much as I thought I would and the biggest buckwheat pillow I have ever seen.

Friday Morning mom and I went to the introduction and it was a good introduction.  There were things in the introduction that I may do next year that I doubt I would have known about if I didn’t go to the intro.  Then Mom and I split up, I went to a session called “Get thee to a Writterhead!” and Mom went to an editing session.  We both enjoyed our sessions more than I think we thought we would.  Mine was one of my favorite sessions, it was about getting into and staying in that creative zone, something I can have trouble with from time to time.  I get interrupted a lot when I am working; both my paying job and my writing. 

After that we both did “Showing vs. Telling with Maria V. Snyder, I love her work so I would have gone to this even if she was going to read the phonebook.  It was enjoyable and it is something that I know I have trouble with – I haven’t gone over my notes yet but she used examples from her own work and I have read all but 2 of her books so I found that helpful. 

Lunch at a sub shop that thought it was in Brooklyn.

After lunch we split up again and Mom did Fictional Characters Anonymous with Hana Haatainen Caye (who I have been calling ‘the Finn’ for some time now) and I did a thing on social media – I would have liked it better if I had gotten there earlier and could have had a chair that I could have taken notes from.

There are times that being left handed really sucks.  And I was still cranky for the next talk and somehow still didn’t get a seat that I could take notes from. 

After Mom went to the Keynote Dinner,  I was invited but wanted to have supper with a  few friends.   

Saturday started with a two hour workshop called 10 Tools for Author Success with Deborah Riley-Magnus if you get a chance to go to this anywhere – go.  One of the best things I’ve been to in a long while.  www.theauthorsuccesscoach.com

Then a thing on Extended Workshops, I have to say I would love to do an extended workshop some time, but it will probably have to be after I retire, I just can’t see swinging 6 weeks away from work, but you never know.  Odd things have happened in the past, I could win the lottery or something.    

Last thing of the day was a Meditation workshop.  It’s been to long since I have done any serious meditation I would do that one again and bought the cd.  Her website is www.Mindful-Writters.com

Then Mom and I ate with a group of writers – I have to say that was very fun.  I don’t get out with whole groups of writers often. 

Sunday was two talks and then the goodbyes.  The two talks I went to were on fight scenes and time management.  The fight scene talk was interesting; it was done by a Corrections Officer who works in a juvenile center.  I had read a book not that long ago about fighting in the NHL and many of the things that he said were very similar to things that were brought up in that book.  And time management – well I’m just never going to be good at that. 

At the goodbye I won a Nook.  I’m not totally sold on e-readers but all of my pieces are out on e-reader so now I have them on my Nook. 

All and all the best weekend I’ve had in a long time.  I met good people and I had a good time.  I also came home and bought a buckwheat pillow.  It should be here tomorrow. 


Where I have been all your life

Well really only for the past two weeks.  I know that I’ve been woefully absent since the middle of the month and I didn’t say I was going on a hiatus.  I know that I should tell people when I am going away, but I never seem to manage it. 

For four days I was at Pennwriters with my mother.  It was a lot of fun and I got to meet great people, some of whom I knew on-line, some of my mom’s friends and some that I had never met.  I’m planning on doing a whole blog post of who I met and what I did while I was there this week. 

It takes me awhile to assimilate things in my mind to get to the point of being able to really talk about things.  I’m not the person who can come home from these things in a cloud of creative energy and can just jump into everything. 

That said, I have set up new facebook, twitter and a Pintrest under my ‘pen name’ (my full formal name) and as soon as I get them all spiffy I’ll let everyone know. 

When we got home I had a lot of work to catch up on as well as some editing that I had to get off of my ‘to do list’ and a few things that needed to be handled for my various ‘other jobs’, now that all that is mostly off of my list I can get back to working on a piece for my step-daughter. 

This week looks like it is going to be a scorcher at least for the first half of the week, so I may be done in by the time I get home at night.  Sometimes that is the most creative times for me, of course when I get over heated all I want to do is eat ice-cream and watch bad television. 

How about you guys? What’s been up with you?  


And my desk is a scratching post (Where do you create?)

So my question today is where do you create?  I was going to say write, but there are artists and musicians on my friends list as well. 

This can be taken in two ways I could mean ‘where do you sit to create?’ or I could mean ‘where is your work set?’

I guess I probably mean both. 

When creating is easy for me I can do it sitting on my bed or in the room that is our office/library.  When things aren’t going as well I have a place in my room where people can’t see me from the door.  It is a pretty small area and my husband laughs about it, but I can get a lot done in my little space.  And I can reach most of my reference books without moving much.   

When I write my fiction is mostly set in and around Boston.  The funny thing is that when I lived in Boston my fiction was all set in the ‘greater Philadelphia area’ – I don’t know why I always where I am not living but it seems easier somehow.  Maybe the distance makes my vision clearer?

How about you guys? Do you have a favorite place to create? Or a favorite place to set your creations?

Oh and by the way, I do use a scratching post as desk – it is a perfect height and the cats like to climb in and out of it while I am writing.