Saturday, November 18, 2006

11/17 Update

Good week for getting back into this, despite being sick. I picked up an old short story (incomplete) and worked on it a bit. I didn't add a whole lot yet, but I will in the coming week. I have to decide what I want to do with it. Based on the next step, I will either have to drop it into my favorite category: Convert Short Story to Novel. Yes, I have many of those. Which makes the short story writing a challenge.

I also started the joint project with my friend. We're in the worldbuilding stage and so far working very well together. Name for this project will be forthcoming, but the genre is something new for me: thriller. I've done fantasy and science fiction. I'm looking forward to this.

On the personal side, the baby is cheering for da bears and loving all the yummy food we are giving her.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

It Didn't Take Long

No, the writing bug, my muse, fate, whatever form it chooses to appear as, my Need To Write is here. It won't leave me in peace. It showed up in the form of my friend this evening, who wants to co-author a novel. This friend happens to be one of the guys I've written with for years in a fun-only, fan-fiction, role playing kind of way. We had a conversation, came up with a strategy, and planned to meet next week to discuss our plan. Let me put it to you this way: I've already done my homework.

This project is going to rock.

Friday, October 20, 2006


Writing is on the backburner because life right now, is very very good.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006


Could it be? Have I truly written something? Something that may be construed as an actual complete piece of writing? Well, first draft at least, of something I've never written before: flash fiction.

I'm calling it Assassin for now, and it was inspired by a writing exercise on that made me think back to a novel idea I had long ago. The jury is out for now, I'll take another look at it next week and decide.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Update 9/10

Novel writing is going to have to wait. I feel like this is my excuse blog, but I do have to prioritize. I'm working on some writing exercises to get my brain warmed up. I may post one or two if I like them enough to share.

When Miss Smiles needs less moment-to-moment attention, I'll start on the big projects again. Until then, it'll be writing exercises and possibly some short story work.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Tuesday 8/29

Project Update: Blood of the Dragon Tree

The outline work is continuing. It seems I have a dual beginning, and I'm not sure which to use as my opening scene or if I should work the childhood Janelle into adult-Janelle's backstory. It's been suggested to me to do both and clean it up later to present the best side, and I'm heavily leaning that way.

Mornings haven't turned out too well with writing. There is too much to do with the baby, as well as chores to get done before my husband goes off to work since I don't expect to get much done while I'm alone with a two month old infant. (Yes, I know, I need to grow up a little here and just DO what needs to be done. I'm still working on that...)

I've been blessed with a child that likes to sleep at night (probably why she won't sleep well or long during the day). Evenings are my writing time now, after she goes down for the night. Let's see if she will let my novel come to life, or if I'll be putting it away for a year or so. Wish me luck!

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Into the Swing

Stolen moments are being directed toward Blood of the Dragon Tree, and my mind is grasping the tale with glee. I'm reminded of where I found the idea for the novel. Well, two seperate events actually, but they began it all. The first was a dream in which a dark haired young woman was confronted with an apparition of spiralling colors. The second was a trip to the natural history museum in which I read a placard detailing that the sap of the Dragon Tree had been used to cure mosquito bites. I immediately wondered what else it could heal... and at what cost. Hence, Blood of the Dragon Tree began to grow.

* Side note: Yes I know my links are outdated. I'll correct them when I have more than five spare minutes for a post.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

New Beginnings

I'm back. With the addition of one beautiful daughter in my life, my time is not my own. However I have promised myself (with the help of my wonderful husband) to use at least 30 minutes a day toward writing. I did it today (and promptly deleted the rust coated words) and will do it again tomorrow.

Current Project: Fantasy Novel entitled "Blood of the Dragon Tree". This novel is part of my Darkening series, specifically the first novel in the second trilogy. (I've already written novels one and two from the first trilogy). This novel takes place in a seperate land and is populated by characters who are the ancestors of some of the characters in Tides of Kondera.

More details to come!

Sunday, June 4, 2006

Pregnancy vs. Creativity

Apparently I can't do both, now while working a full time job. I have the rest of my life to enjoy writing, so I'm not stressing over it. On the other hand, I can't predict how many pregnancies I will have to enjoy, so I'm treating this one as if it's the only one I'll ever have. Which means I have lots of work to do to prepare for baby's arrival.

I'll write again, this I'm confident.

Saturday, March 4, 2006

3/4 Weekly Update

Editing isn't my thing this week, but I did get the ol' writing muscles flexed. I started with a writing exercise on Forward Motion that's simmering on the back burner with short story potential.

My main project this week has been Nighthunter's Bite, a fantasy short story about a young thief being hunted by what seems to be a dark goddess and her creature of legend. Will Maura survive the hunt? I'll know the answer by next weekend, but you'll probably have to wait a little longer. In the meantime, here's my first line.

Nighthunter's Bite
Maura felt gazes searing into her flesh; two pairs of inhuman eyes that hungered for her.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

2/25 Weekly Update

I've been battling lately. Partially because I'm pregnant and dealing with the brain-gaps (one nurse called it Placenta Brain), partially because I haven't been able to keep up with the housework or my writing, partially because I was forcing myself to work on a project (Shadow of Blood) that simply doesn't work with my state of mind. I never give up on writing projects, not novels, and it was a difficult decision but I finally put it aside.

This week I've been working on Hunter Hunted. It's one of my favorite short stories that I loved from the first draft. The main character Elk Daymar is a hunter on an assignment that brings his five year old daughter quickly to mind. I always knew parents loved their children unconditionally (except for Denethor - poor Farimir) but I never pushed close to see what it drove the parent to do, or what emotional issues it would bring up. No, that's not the focus of the story, but there is the feeling that if Daymar continues his hunt, he may never see his daughter again. Depending on his success, it may be something that will ultimately protect her, though she'll never know it.

I'm continuing the edit this week. Let's see where I end up.