Going With The Flow
Thoughts / May 19, 2013

Chapter 15 out of 21 chapters, is off to the editor. The current project is right on track. What? Huh? Just what do you think you’re up to? Are you really sending off just one chapter at a time to the editor? Are you nuts? This might be what some are thinking, if they are following my entries in my face book fan page. So what am I up to? Why not wait and send the whole manuscript to the editor? Well, let me splane the madness. Pst, pst; that was intentional. We work at it and work at it, and finally we think we have the story, from start to finish. Now back to the beginning. We throughly go through the first 3 chapters and eventually call it good. Then we notify the editor and when she is ready we send off the first chapter with synopsis of the story, chapter by chapter. This starts the editing process of sending and receiving chapters. This does 2 things. It imposes a deadline: We know that we will be getting a chapter back, so we have to have another chapter ready to go out to editing. If we are not ready,…

Lone Wolf
Short Stories / May 14, 2013

Note: This is a work of fiction. Something that simple sprang to mind. Lone Wolf With all her big brothers and sisters off to school, our ranch became a lonely place for our three-year-old daughter, Becky. She longed for playmates. Cattle and horses were too big to cuddle and farm machinery dangerous for a child so small. We promised to buy her a puppy, but in the meantime, “pretend” puppies popped up nearly every day. I had just finished washing the lunch dishes when the screen door slammed and Becky rushed in, cheeks flushed with excitement. “Mama!” she cried. “Come see my new doggy! I gave him water two times already. He’s so thirsty!” I sighed. Another of Becky’s imaginary dogs. “Please come, Mama.” She tugged at my jeans, her brown eyes pleading, “He’s crying–and he can’t walk!” “Can’t walk?” Now that was a twist. All her previous make-believe dogs could do marvelous things. One balanced a ball on the end of its nose. Another dug a hole that went all the way through the earth and fell out on a star on the other side. Still another danced on a tightrope. Why suddenly a dog that couldn’t walk? “All…

So What is Next?
Thoughts / May 4, 2013

So what is next up, now that ‘The Challenge’ is getting closer to completion. I really don’t know. There is ‘Devon’ waiting in the wings, and I have 11 other concepts with at least a rough draft of the rough outline of the rough idea. So what is next. The Merlin like story? One of a couple of space adventures? Maybe the underwater/spy/save the world like story? Some would say, that, Devon should be next, if that is his story, and picks up where ‘The Challenge’ leaves off. Which it does, and which it is. Even though I try to stay clear of it, some things just sneaked in. I have tried and tried to stay away from Devon. There is more to his story then the character in the story. He is the character that started this roller coaster, oh so very long ago, and neither he nor I could have guessed, that what was developing, was ever going to be told. Shawna, created and operated by the better half, Deeitras, and another (who, out of respect will remain nameless), were the primary developers for helping to create Devon. Yes, there was a real personality behind Shawna, and a…

Life
Short Stories / April 9, 2013

Note: This is a work of fiction. Something that simple sprang to mind. Life In this modern time, people go about their daily lives and have forgotten, and can no longer acknowledge the one part of their world that makes it all possible.  They wake up to the blare of the alarm clock, then it is the hustle and bustle of getting ready for the day with showers, breakfast, getting dressed for either school or work.  The shouted questions and answers, the rumble of the car or bus, hum of the tires, and the clamor of the radio.  Clicking of computer keyboards, tapping of pencils, shuffling of feet and chairs.  Then home to the family and the arguments and fights, laughter and giggles.  Then to bed so that the next day it can start all over. My eyes opened to darkness.  Night would soon be replaced by the warmth and glow of the sun.  The all encompassing black of the night was broken up into shifting shadows of gray, black, and the silvery glow of the full moon.  The long dark shadows, of the trees across the ceiling, looking like cracks running across the top of a frozen winter lake. …

Editors and Beta readers
Thoughts / February 22, 2013

Are Editors and Beta readers helpful? Most say that editors are a necessity and I fully agree with that. If not for spell & grammar checking software, I wouldn’t even consider doing this writing thing. Then there is my editor. Must have! Mine lets me know if I start using one word or phrase too much, tells me when I need to do some more research into this English language thing. And then she adds just a little touch here and there, that, most of the time adds to the scene. Sometimes I don’t agree, and change it. I would never consider sending my editor a rough draft or first draft, that would be cruel. I do the best I can, and when I think I have gotten it good enough, then I send it on. I don’t know if this is normal or not, but I send my work, one chapter at a time to my editor, trying to have a chapter ahead of the one she is working on, in her mailbox. I know a few writers that send the whole manuscript, and wait for the editor to get done with it. I like this chapter at a…

Inspired by a dream
Short Stories , Story ideas and snipets / February 21, 2013

Inspired by a friends dream —————————————           While visiting a friends house last evening, I was happy to discover that you lived next door! The house I was visiting had some older women living there and they were very in touch with nature and the energies around them. They knew you well and they knew your children. As we talked, they said that the kids were playing around back, with their kids and that if I wanted, you were probably around in the back, laying on a couch and I could go visit you. As I came around back, it was great to see the kids, grown more now, playing, having fun with their friends!  You were laying down, very beautiful, very tired, in a very “southern bell” sort of dress. I paused to take in your beauty and to feel how good it felt to see you again. It has been a long time since we have been here, in this dream state….             Time has weathered you some, but as your eyes opened, you caught my look….  your eyes said hello, but your mind met a moment of fear – wondering where your man…

Keeping Characters in Character
Thoughts / February 2, 2013

We are in the editing phase of the 4th story and I was taking a break. A train of thought came to me about the characters in the series. On how much a stickler I am about the character being who they are. Huh? You might say. Well let me get on my soap box. Maybe it stems from my gaming days or maybe it is just me, but, when I am going through a re-read of a chapter, one thing I try to keep in mind, is the character acting properly. Does the character maintain the core personality that developed. Are they reacting the way they should or have I given them traits from someone else. Are they walking, talking, reacting and feeling things, the way that their character should. There has been a time or two when I stop and ask. “would Aithera really do something like that?”, “is Beth talking better then a child of that age?”, “should Jira be scared or concerned, or would she be more able to handle the situation by now?”, “would Aithera wear pants here or would her penchant for skirts or gowns be better?”, “what would Jira be thinking of at…

The Next Big Thing
Thoughts / December 20, 2012

The Next Big Thing is a questionnaire going around the author community. Diana Anderson tagged us, so now it is our turn. Participants answer, and then tag five more authors to participate. Our answers are short, this will apeal to some and others may want more. Feel free to ask for more. What do you want to know? 1. What is the working title of your next book?   Demesne’ Challenge – this is the fourth in the series 2. Where did the idea come from for the book? A comment was made about a couple of characters, and that got us to thinking how we could do it. An idea formed and expanded from that. 3. What genre does your book fall under? Fantasy Fiction 4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition? This one is tough. There are so many good personalities that would fit. 5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? A challenge is issued, and accepted. The results changes the lives of more than the combatants. 6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Self-Published 7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript? We…

Demesne’ New Beginnings teaser 2
Book Teasers / December 14, 2012

Demesne’ New Beginnings teaser 2: Jira is almost to the trees when several more dark ones come running out, and she skids along the ground and turns, heading off to the side, trying to run around the side of the cottage when several dark ones come around the corner. She skids to a halt, turns, and flings out a hand and a wall of fire springs up between her and the ones from the trees. Turning, she whips her hand in front of her and a wind blows through those on the side of the cottage, scattering them into the building and off to the side. She dashes between them and heads through the old garden and towards a new tree line. Just before she makes it to the trees, she is struck in the back, a cold tingling washes over her as she stumbles and then falls to the ground. The knapsack leaves her hand and lands next to a tree. She rolls over, looking behind her, and then her hands come up and a ball of fire streaks from them towards the group coming at her. Most scatter, but one stands his ground, and raising a sphere, the…

Demesne’ New Beginnings teaser 3
Book Teasers / December 11, 2012

Demesne’ New Beginnings teaser 3: That night, Jira watches the young man discreetly as she and Brodie are sitting around the campfire. I know I have seen him before, I just can’t place him. She takes a sip from her cup. He is not exactly handsome, but he is cute and so polite. I suppose I could make our return trip faster, maybe jump to the castle now that I know exactly where I am. It just might work this time. But then I would not have the pleasure of his company. She takes another sip and looks around and sees the other man standing slightly away from the campfire like a guard on watch. This Brittle, he is a quiet one, always wary, but relaxed. He moves a lot like Devon. I think it is going to be interesting to find out what his story is … both of their stories, actually. “You are quiet this night, Miss Jira,” Brodie says softly. “Do I trouble you so that you need to constantly watch me?” Jira startles and blushes, thankful for the darkness. “Oh dear, have I been that obvious?” “Not in the least,” he says warmly as he looks…