Friday, January 31, 2014


I like that word.  it pleases me.

it's what I'm currently doing to the guide.

relentlessly, without regret.

it's what it needs.  what I need.

and starting with the teaser childhood stories has allowed me to see it.

Friday, January 10, 2014

A New Year and Opportunities Abound

Metadata is awesome.  On Facebook once, not too long ago I saw a site for publishing an e-book, which has been my goal for quite some time now.  I had already looked into Smashwords, but my problem with that is that the formatting of the Word document is completely baffling to me.  This new site,, you can either pay to have someone do it for you, or you can input it into a template and it does it for you.  So that's what I'm doing.

In fact, I spent most of yesterday when I was "working" (I always love classroom files where more than half of it is group discussions, and I earn a dollar a minute to browse the internet with my foot on a pedal...) critiquing stuff on Scribophile, and doodling around on Author's Den.  Over there, at AD, it turns out they've changed the access of the free members once again.  You are only allowed 20 pages.  I've been part of AD since before and forever (I still remember the day I set my password, at the computer in the Hwy 83 house, quickly, before rushing back to the table to take my turn at the game we were playing)  I'm grandfathered in with my 160 pages, but I cannot add any more.

So I have two choices in my somewhat half-hearted plans to use my teasers on Author's Den ( really feels like a bust... more of another reviewing site, like Scribe).  I can either pull down everything that's up there and start over, which seems okay to me, but will be time consuming.  Some of those poems and stories I'm not sure that I have hard copies of any longer.  Or, I can say  "Eff it." and just leave AD hanging around in limbo-ed stasis.

I guess there's a third option, but that involves upgrading.  i don't have the money for that right now.

But then last night I logged into Tablo, where i had apparently already made a user name, and I began to lay out my first e-book.  A Study in Shade and Shadow.  Once i had it pasted in, i went through and did another edit, once again using some things I've learned from my short time on Scribe.  Even with the things i fixed, the crap i couldn't believe had gotten past me on dozens of other read-throughs, I'm impressed with the story.  I love that story.

I'm nervous to push it through... and I need a cover before I can.  I'm hoping maybe the husband will make one up for me.  something simple.  maybe an arch, with a line of fire... ooh, yeah.  i like that...

Once that's done, Letters From the Desert will be next... probably.  or perhaps i should break off and do the five Children stories first... then there will be some connection back for when Enna and Eillim mention Nessa... hmm...

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Christmas Vacation

And quite a vacation it was.  I didn't work for six days... then worked sporadically throughout the rest of my pay period, ending up short money-wise, but finding an awesome money saving deal that will at least save us for this month.  Already work has picked up now that the new year has set in, and hopefully I can make up some of what I lost last month in this short period.

I'm not sure that I really did enough Other Stuff to justify all those days off.  But probably, I did.  Some writing.  Some critiquing and being critiqued on Scribophile.  I just uploaded a second, fleshed out, named version of the Kath reunion with Spencer story.  I'm really enjoying the critiques I'm getting back.  Helpful.  Useful.  Not annoying.

This morning I did some rearranging, adding folders and sorting stories into correct places on my USB drive.  I need to get the five When They Were Children stories worked out, and I'd love to post them as a serial, maybe once a week... one every two weeks.

This morning I went through The Royals, Nas and Risi, and tried to mend what I broke the last  time I went into it.  I think I can find a way out, and I like the attitude of Nesris better now, but I hate that I made such a mess of it.

I also did a first revision of The Seer, Boss and Milah and Yemar.  That was fun, and enlightening.  I'm using some of the things one critiquer said of the reunion story... because these are all teasers, referring to things the reader doesn't know.  I have to keep the balance between intrigue and oblivion.

This, of course, means I have to still finish Edonith's story, as well as the Carrie-Jo/Daniel one...

I'm not sure what to do with them, but maybe I should sit down and reread them.  Maybe it'll give me an idea, just to go back in.

I waver between worrying about all of this-this is my 30th year, and my 6th year working on what has turned into The Verse in earnest.  We should hope that I have plenty of time left to work on it, but I would not enjoy dying knowing that it is incomplete and unfinished.  So I worry, and fret.  And other times I am sure in my ability to finish in no time at all....