Posts Tagged ‘spells and swashbucklers’

(writing) Craft stuff, creativity and editing

It’s been a good day. I’m tired, but it’s still been a good day.

I didn’t get stuff done in the house (guilt) but I did get stuff down out of the house. Got the shopping for this weekend done, got the Pumpkin’s birthday present, swam a mile and saw my nutritionist. Tonight, since he’s watching the football game downstairs, I’ll stay upstairs and write, listen to the Red Sox and get some stuff done up here.

To do tonight:
– Blurb to Erin
– Column to Sue
– Edit stories for Spells
5 stories edited! Go me!
– Send email to PG
– Put laundry away in living room
– Dishes

That looks good. I’ll go grab a cup of tea during the inning break.

(to-do) The last day of vacation

Sigh. It’s a sad, sad day, the last day of vacation.

But I’ve had a wonderful vacation. I finished the plot summary for the Sapph novella (which needs a title) and started writing the first draft. I went to Pennsic and relaxed with friends and my wonderful hubby. Now, I’m home, dealing with my CSA haul (and what a haul it is this week!) and cooking for the week, since I dive back into work with a vengeance tomorrow. OT on my first Monday back FTW! (Not.)

I’m not really too worried about tomorrow – we get to wear jeans, and they’re feeding us. So today is cleaning and cooking, getting back into the feel of things, and tonight, some editing and writing. I’m thinking that next Sunday, I’m going to start actually working through The Artist’s Way. I’ve read the book several times, but I’ve never actually done more than morning pages. I think I’m ready to start doing the actual coursework.

But not today. Today is cooking and cleaning:
– Clean kitchen
– Put away CSA haul
– Make shephard’s pie for the week
– Do meal plan for the week
– Set up daily calendar for the week (yes, I’m trying to get more organized)
– Get mail together for tomorrow
– Paint fingernails
– Clean dining room table off
– Make zucchini bread? This is a no right now. I’m getting tired.
– Update Port Strangeways and send out the menu for Harpers
– Ball game at 3 pm

There may be more, but we’ll see. I might not get that all done. 😀

Now, more tea and cleaning the kitchen.

Edited to add: Oh yes, there will be writing tonight as well. Just not right now.

(metrics) Still plugging away

299 more words on the Advent summary, and the final edits FINALLY started on Spells. It’s about damn time. Oh, and morning pages done too.

Now, bed.

(personal/to-do) Captain America, sewing and cooking – a fun Sunday

So, after breakfast with Maria, Xavier, KJ, Margaret and Laura, Argus and I went to see “Captain America” with KJ and Laura. OMG, fun! I loved it. I’m a huge comic book fan, and they really did Cap right, in my opinion. And yes, I cried. Even though I already knew the story. I cry at movies.

Now, I’m going into full prep mode. I’m currently watching the end of the Red Sox game (12-7 going into the 9th…), working on my new dancing shirt for Pennsic and plotting out food for the week. I’m working OT tomorrow and possibly Wednesday, so today is the day to get stuff cooked. There’s already pickles in the fridge!!! I love pickles.

The list that I need to get done today:
– make french toast casserole
– make zucchini bread

– finish shirt
– make sure everyone who needs to be on the Port Strangeways page is
– Post the list of who is going to Harper’s to the page
– make beef stew
– load of colors for Argus
– wash the new fabric
– 2 hours of editing on Spells tonight
– Morning Pages
– 250 words on Advent summary



I think that’s it.

(metrics) A long, long night…

Apparently I need to practice turning the internets off when I write. Got 956 words today on the plot summary for Advent Murders, and we’re almost up to the murder. I’m adding in a LOT to this summary, but that’s okay, it’s stuff I need to know. After I finish the summary, I’ll be doing the major scene outline, which will give me more of the shape of the actual book.

Writing a mystery is interesting. It’s very much a learning experience, but now that I’m getting into the writing, it’s getting interesting. I’m enjoying this world.

Making sure I have everything downloaded I need for Spells, so I can start putting that together this week. And I’m sewing for Pennsic at work. Yeesh! I need some extra time!

(update) The state of the Val, writing, and other stuff

So, I haven’t really been posting much. Part of it is because I managed to lock myself out of my WordPress account for a week or so, and I couldn’t grab enough time to reset it. (That has been sorted out, and I even managed to update to the latest edition without issue! I’m convinced WordPress is softening me up for something, but hey, I’ll take it.) Another part of it, though, is health issues.

I don’t know if writers are just more sickly than most folks, or if we’re just more open about it. What I know is that since March, I’ve been dealing with hideous migraines that have managed to knock me flat, and since then, my writing has pretty much been hung out to dry. I’ve finished a few things that were in progress, but nothing really huge. All my energy has been funneled into getting through life and trying to figure out what the heck is going wrong with my body.

I’m finally, finally thinking that we might have a handle on what it is. I’m still working through some things with my doctors, specifically my PC, my allergist and my nutritionist, but it looks like what I might be allergic to is food additives. Lovely, huh? Our bodies are genetically very similar to what our ancient ancestors’ were, and mine apparently wants to return back to that simpler time. So, while we wait to see if my insurance company will cover the test that we think will uncover a lot of these intolerances (not allergies, per se, but foods/substances that my body just can’t handle exposure to), I have gone back to a whole food diet. As in, if I can’t pronounce the ingredients in the list (for a lot of them, if there IS a list), I don’t eat it. No more fast food (I’ve been clean on that since Friday last week, and I can already fit easily into a smaller pair of jeans), and no more artificially-sweetened/flavored drinks (the same). It’s been a bit of a change, but I’m hopeful that this is going to finally get me into a healthier weight and just a healthier LIFE. And my hubby is enjoying all the real food. I’m also looking forward to an end to the cravings that come sweeping through sometimes – apparently once you stop eating the foods that your body is intolerant to, the cravings end.

All I can say is, it’s about damn time. I’m tired. I’m tired of being tired. Of being sick, and yet having NOTHING WRONG. Of having my head pounding and my mouth full of cotton wool, and yet having nothing show up on any tests. I mean, they put straight histamine on my arm as part of my allergy testing, and I didn’t even react. But I know something’s wrong.


During the summer, this is easy. There’s so much fresh, local produce that I can glory in it, and I don’t miss it. Now that I know there are issues with preservatives, my canning just became a much larger priority, because anything I can, I know I can eat. So I’ll be getting that cranked up, so I have options this winter. I’m also freezing a bunch of stuff. (Making pesto this weekend, with the tons of garlic scapes I have. NUMMY!) I’ve borrowed a dehydrator from my dad too, and I’ll be drying fruit and things like that as well. The peaches are coming. Winter, well, I have a local co-op and I’ll hopefully have a freezer full of stuff. I need to get filling it.

It also means that I’m expanding my cooking horizons again. It’s shocking to realize how many sauces/spice blends/side dishes that I took for granted have preservatives in them. Even the organic ones. They’re all verboten right now for me.

On the upside, now that my head is starting to clear, I’m also starting to write again. And edit. I went through a brief funk in which I was reading Elizabeth Bear and despairing of ever, ever being a real writer who could write like that. However, I now realize that I won’t ever write like her. I’m not her. I can admire her stuff, but write it? No. That’s not my style.

So, writing. I took the first splat draft of the beginning to Advent Murders to my writing group and they cheerfully ripped it apart, which it desperately needed. They pointed out the logical flaws and issues, and I’ve got some good directions to go in. In addition to cleaning my house this weekend, I’ll also be cleaning up everything on Spells and Swashbucklers, and sending that out to the folks who need to finish some things for it before it goes to bed in August. And I’m still noodling on a novella for my Dreams universe.

So that’s what’s been happening in this corner of the world. I’ve also been gearing up for Pennsic, where I’ll be in August. If you’re going to be at the greatest war on earth, drop me a comment and let me know – I’m thinking we need a writer’s meet-up.

(writing) Announcing the line up of Spells and Swashbucklers

I am pleased to announce the following line-up for the next pirate anthology from Dragon Moon Press, Spells and Swashbucklers!

In no particular order:

“By Silent Spell” – Danielle Ackley-McPhail
“Tarwell’s Last Day as a Pirate” – Stuart Jaffe
“Vapor Rogues Cycle – Cloud Pirates” – MJ Blehart
“The Vengeance Garden” – Laurel Anne Hill
“Window on the Soul” – Gail Martin
“Anne Bonny’s Child” – Tera Fulbright
“Death Tide” – Jesse L. Cairns
“Enemy of My Enemy” – Susan Isik
“Facing the Wind” – Bernie Mojzes
“Blood of the Hydra” – Chris A Jackson
“Goddess Clause” – ADR Forte
“William Did” – Erik Amundsen
“Running from the Storm” – Kathryn Scannell
“Pinkbeard” – Danny Birt
“The Sorrow Sea” – Robert Waters
“Masked Panama” – Erin Hartshorn

I am very pleased with this line up and hope you will be too!