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2nd-Jul-2015 10:50 am - 2015 halfway point
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Back in January, I talked about how I was planning out my year — one major goal per quarter, keep up my serials, get Corn Maze up for sale, and make progress on the 50 States mystery series.

Yeah . . .

I’m still finalizing Corn Maze edits, I’ve set aside 50 States for now, and I finished nothing new in the second quarter. I have kept up on the serials, though, and I’ve tried to be better about blogging.

New project I’m pitching, though, involves a comic book miniseries. I didn’t get the pitch sent in by the end of June, but the publisher is supposed to reopen to pitches in September, so we’ll see how that goes.

I’ve also been looking at older work, novel manuscripts that I set aside because I didn’t yet have the skills to fix them, to make them the best they could be. At this point, that’s probably going to entail writing them over from scratch, rather than patching up sentences and paragraphs here and there, which on the one hand is a little depressing (more time and work involved) but on the other is a testament to my growth as a writer because I don’t think a simple edit is good enough.

Goal for the rest of the year is still to complete two more projects. Let’s see how that goes.

Today’s post was inspired by the topic “Midyear check-in” — July’s topic in the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour — an ongoing tour where you, the reader, travel around the world from author’s blog to author’s blog. We have all sorts of writers at all stages in their writing career, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to check out the next posts in the series, by Sandra Barret, D. M. Bonanno, and Margaret McGaffey Fisk.

If you want to get to know nearly twenty other writers and find out their thoughts on first stories, check out the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour. You can find links to all of the posts on the tour by checking out the group site. Read and enjoy!


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Bodyguard of Lies is a serialized science-fiction novel updating once a week on Tuesdays. If you missed last week’s episode, Turnabout, it can be found here. You can catch up on the entire serial on this page with a description of the story and links to all published episodes.

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Bodyguard of Lies is a serialized science-fiction novel updating once a week on Tuesdays. If you missed last week’s episode, Into the Depths, it can be found here. You can catch up on the entire serial on this page with a description of the story and links to all published episodes.

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23rd-Jun-2015 01:26 am - Time with my mom
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I don’t take nearly enough time to talk with my mom. I know that, stupid as it sounds, one of the reasons I don’t call her more often is because I know she won’t always be around. Any time I talk to her, I’m very conscious of not being able to talk to my dad as well, and so I get regret for that and anticipatory sadness for when I can’t talk to her. In other words, living in the past and the future, but not the present.

But the past few days, I’ve been able to spend time with her and talk and laugh and share memories, and even if it hasn’t been evident, I’ve tried to be here now and enjoy this time together.

So this Monday, I’m grateful that my mom is still here, that I can spend time with her, that both of my kids have gotten the chance to know her. These are not small things.

What are you grateful for this Monday?

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Bodyguard of Lies is a serialized science-fiction novel updating once a week on Tuesdays. If you missed last week’s episode, Up on the Roof, it can be found here. You can catch up on the entire serial on this page with a description of the story and links to all published episodes.

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16th-Jun-2015 12:04 am - Books, a family obsession
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Today, we went to a coffee roastery and used bookstore with my in-laws. Before I could even say the coffee held no interest for me and I would be browsing the books, our daughter exclaimed,”Books!” and made a beeline for the rear of the store, where she quickly located the children’s books, plopped into a rocker, and started reading.

The haul for the day included two books for the girl (a Bailey School Kids mystery and a Powerpuff Girls book), a few books for the boy (Anne McCaffrey and Mary Renault, courtesy of his grandmother, and a Cinda Williams Chima book), a book on beer brewing for my husband, and two writing books for me — Keyes’ The Courage to Write (which I keep checking out of the library) and Zinsser’s On Writing Well (which I’ve heard good things about but never actually read). I take it back — I also got one new book, on writing comics.

It was lots of fun, and we all came out happy. That’s one of many things I’m grateful for this Monday.

What are you grateful for today?

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9th-Jun-2015 05:03 pm - Garden pics
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Here are the pictures I promised yesterday.

First, the blueberry plants on our deck. They look to be establishing themselves well. We won’t get any berries this year, of course, but next year should be delightful.
blueberry bushes in pots

The straw bales with the seedlings (before the tomato plants were added):
corn and other seedlings in straw

seedlings plus empty straw bale

Now with tomato plants in place of that empty bale above.
straw bales from above

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Bodyguard of Lies is a serialized science-fiction novel updating once a week on Tuesdays. If you missed last week’s episode, Face Off, it can be found here. You can catch up on the entire serial on this page with a description of the story and links to all published episodes.

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8th-Jun-2015 08:43 pm - Growing things
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My blueberry bushes are establishing themselves nicely in their pots, and the straw bales do seem effective for growing things. (One source actually says that mushrooms in the bales are a good sign, as it demonstrates the straw is breaking down appropriately.) The corn is about as tall as that sprouting in nearby fields, so I seem to be on track with that. (I’ll post pics tomorrow — the iPad app that I use for posting won’t let me resize photos.)

On the other hand, two rounds of tomato seedlings died on me, so today I bought starter plants (two Roma, a Black Krim, and a cherry) and stuck them into the one bale. We’re having fairly steady rain this evening, so that should help them settle in nicely!

So today, I’m grateful that this year’s garden experiment seems to be going well. What are you grateful for today?

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Preface: I completely forgot to post my thoughts for the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour this week. Fortunately, I’m only a few days behind. Can we all pretend I posted this on Tuesday when it was due? No? Ah, well.

So this month’s post is all about planned summer reading or rereading — what’s in the TBR pile, what am I reading, that sort of thing. I do try to talk about my recent reads in my newsletter, but one thing I have discovered is that if I talk about what I’m in the middle of reading, or (sometimes) what I’m planning on reading, that can take the fire and interest out of my reading, and I don’t wind up finishing the book. We’ll see if that happens this time.

A couple of rereads on my summer agenda: Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (first book in the Wheel of Time series), audiobook read by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer; and Riddle-Master by Patricia McKillip (entire trilogy: The Riddle-Master of Hed, Heir of Sea and Fire, and Harpist in the Wind). The audiobook is for vacation driving; no one else in the family has read any of the books, and epic fantasy is a solid choice for everyone. The other is a long-standing favorite of mine, more of a comfort read than anything.

Also on the audio end of things, except not really: I grabbed both Ivanhoe and the Man in the Iron Mask for me to read aloud to the family. Not light reading perhaps, but good adventure stories.

I picked up the epic fantasy book bundle from StoryBundle, with lots of interesting looking books in it, so there’s that, too. And I have some urban fantasy reads sitting in my Kindle app, including some shorter work from Kevin Hearne in the Iron Druid series. The only real questions for me are what order I’m going to read things in, and how much will remain untouched at the end of the summer.

Oh, and I have a couple of samples I’ve picked up, too, to decide whether to read the full books. I’ll probably talk about them after I read them and make decisions.

What’s in your TBR (to-be-read) pile?


Today’s post was inspired by the topic “Beach Reads” — June’s topic in the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour — an ongoing tour where you, the reader, travel around the world from author’s blog to author’s blog. We have all sorts of writers at all stages in their writing career, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to check out the next posts in the series, by Sandra Barret, D. M. Bonanno, and Margaret McGaffey Fisk.

If you want to get to know nearly twenty other writers and find out their thoughts on first stories, check out the Merry-Go-Round Blog Tour. You can find links to all of the posts on the tour by checking out the group site. Read and enjoy!


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