September 29, 2021 - I'm Back

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

What a month this has been. I just hope I don’t have to move again for a very long time. I have too much stuff. I got used to that not mattering so much since I had a large closet in my office and a larger one in the hall that I called the pantry, but it also stored Christmas decorations, cat stuff, and pots, soil, and other supplies for my African violets and houseplants. I have closets here, but they’re smaller, and the one in my office is also the laundry room and the cat room, so no storage for boxes.


But I’m not complaining. I love the layout of this apartment, and it’s in much better shape than my old one. I had an adventure with the stove this morning (I’ve been using my crock pot and the microwave so far), which has a glass top (which I had in my house) and fancy digital controls (which I didn’t). All I wanted to do was scramble eggs, but figuring out the buttons was a challenge, particularly in turning the burner off. I was proud of myself for making the eggs, but pushing the digital button again, which was supposed to turn it off, kept showing H5, which I thought was an indication of the temperature and meant High 5, and that the stove was still on.


After poking at the buttons again, I brought my breakfast into my office and searched the internet for the instruction manual so I could turn the stove off. After reading through the appropriate page a couple of times, I figured out I had turned it off, and what the indicator was saying was HS, for Hot Surface, and that it would go off when the stove cooled. Duh.


But at last I have, finally, gotten back to writing. Or planning for writing. I spent over an hour figuring out my tasks for the rest of this year and the first quarter of next year. I’m going to try to work in some craft study as well as planning and writing two novels in that time. I have several books that I’ve bought this past year that I haven’t read yet. Or only skimmed. I’m looking forward to getting back into a routine, but it won’t be as intensive as I’d like it to be.


I still have a lot of boxes to unpack and organize.

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September 7, 2021 - Time Flies!

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

No, I haven’t forgotten about my intention to post my writing progress. I just haven’t made much since I wrote last. But today I knew it was time to finish up that short story, and so I made that my priority. And finish it, I did, writing 2021 words for a total of just over 17,000 words.

The ending was easy, since I’ve known what would happen since I started thinking about this story. In fact, the ending was the whole reason to write the story to begin with. I could have just put a short narrative prologue at the beginning of the first book in the new series, but I think in stories. I also felt that since I’ve made my readers wait so long to find out what happens next to Lilliana and Christopher, they deserved more than a few sentences.

This is the first draft, and so I need to revise it to make sure it reads smoothly and includes all the information I intended, but not so much people who read it will get bored. And check commas and such so that the writing doesn’t annoy people.

But the hard part is done, and my plan is to release it in November or December, with the first book in the new series (did I mention that’s the Rainbow Ranch Mysteries?) coming in late January or early February of next year.

There will be something else in October of this year, but you’ll just have to wait to find out what that is.

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