Posts Tagged ‘writing’

Convoy metrics

Starting Count: 0

Ending Count: 1008

Total Words: 1008

Starting Line:

“It’s an easy enough job.”

Ending Line:

He was as good as his word. Rose was napping when he came back in, curled up in the overstuffed chair in front of the dying fire, but the sound of his scales shushing along the tiled floor brought her back to full wakefulness.


Her right hand clenched as she fought to stay still, not cover the tattoo he stared at so intently. The black rose covered her entire right cheek and part of her eyelid, the stem trailing down her neck and into the collar of her black shirt. She’d actually pulled her hair back today, so the tattoo was even more visible than normal.

And we’re back!

Thanks to my wonderful webhost Verve, we’re back in business!

This weekend is a quiet one.  The only place I need to go is to my Mom’s tomorrow, and that’s a quick run.  Today, I am not getting out of my pjs. I do have a to-do list (including a story due Monday!), but it’s one that I’m stretching out all weekend.  I am even contemplating a nap today.

To Do this fine weekend:

– Finish Convoy and turn it in

– Fold all the laundry and put it away

– Make food plan for the next week

– Cook all the food!

– Clean the living room

– Measure the living room

– Listen to my digital recorder

– Nap

I’ve got butternut squash roasting in the oven, and my 2nd cup of tea cooling next to me.  Time to fold a load of laundry.

(writing) The current Honey-Dew list for 2012

For the rest of the year, here’s what I need/want to write:


– Forgotten (Ghost Tales #1)


– Contemporary Romance (under pen name)

– Tales of the Scorned Lady, Season 1

Short Stories:

– A Princess, A Lizard and a Boatman

– The Lonely Child

Other Projects:

– Advent Story #2

– Podcast Tales, Season #1

– Record Horseman


I’m sure this will change, but this is what I have right now.

(personal/writing/to-do) Day 3 of Vacation and I feel…tired

Vacation can be exhausting!  Especially if you go somewhere.  Granted, we only went to Worcester for a few days, but sleeping in a strange bed, eating terribly (pizza and soda and chips and CRAP), and hanging out until all hours of the night is fun and tiring.  I feel like my brain is full of cotton wool.


So today is a rejuvenating day – a day to hang out at home, I think, and clean.  Do laundry, make pasta sauce and freeze it (or can it, if I’m feeling bold) because we’re drowning in ripe tomatoes, clean out the trash in my fridge and write.


I’m working on a couple of writing projects – I’m trying to finish a rough draft in an entirely new genre to me, which will most likely go out under a pen name, and then I have a couple of short stories I need to write.  And then, there’s the Advent Story – I have it on VERY good authority that Schrodinger, Molly and Drew are going to be back for another round this December!  So exciting!  I’ve got some planned projects that I want to finish too, so I’ll be putting up a Honey-Dew list as my next post (in case you’re interested).  Bear is once again snuggled up to me  – I think he’s afraid if he doesn’t have at least part of me touching him, I might go away again.


I also have some podcasts to listen to today, and it’s a day game.  I’m thinking I’ll watch the game and clean the living room (and fold laundry), then listen to the podcasts while I clean the kitchen.  I was thinking about going to the beach, but there are things I do need to do.  We’ll see.


(personal/to-do/writing) Another Sunday comes…

It seems like Sundays are the only days I blog.  Which isn’t good, but hey, it’s better than complete radio silence, right?  I’m trying.

Vacation comes up next week – I’m planning on one day of just writing, nothing else.  But I have to get through this week first.

I’m reading a couple of interesting books – one is called The Exhaustion Cure, and the other is called It’s All Too Much.   Sense a theme?  I’m trying to get a handle on things.  I have another one here called Instant Recess that I’ll start after I finish one of the others.  I’m just tired of being tired, and I’m realizing that  yes, I do too much.

Today is a day of rest.  Seriously.  I’m cutting my to-do list way down:

– Put away the folded laundry in the living room.

– Fold and put away the laundry in the dining room.

– Empty  my garb chest into the laundry.

– Make pasta and veggies for the week.

– Make a quiche.

– Make a rhubarb crumble for dessert. (We have a friend coming over)

– Write 250 words.

– Put away the dishes in the dish rack and wash the dishes in the sink.


That’s a doable list.  And not a hard one.  The game is on at 8 pm tonight, and I’m planning on watching and enjoying.

(personal/to-do/writing) Sunday is a recharge day.

Yesterday, I will admit, I did very little.  I fed my parents’ cats.  I wrote about 690 words on Forgotten.  I signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo.  And I watched the Red Sox lose again. *sigh*  But today, I have more I want to do.

Before we get into that, though, I wanted to let you know two things. I have a guest post up over at Mitchell Plested’s blog about the books that inspired me (Irreverent Muse). And Spells and Swashbucklers is out in both Kindle and paperback formats! *It will be coming to other e-formats soon. So go and get a copy!

I need to get ready for the week, and everything I have to do.  Balticon is a little over 3 weeks away and I’m SO not ready.  But we aren’t prepping for Balticon today.

So this post, really, is just a to-do list for myself.

– Daily Pages

– Make bbq sauce

– Dinner tonight: bbq chicken, sweet potato fries, biscuits

– Marinate pork chops for Tuesday

– Finish listening to digital recorder

– Return digital recorder to Dianne (pushed to tomorrow)

– Buy bucket for cat food

– Fold laundry and put it away

– Clean out dish drainer

– Clean out sink

– Food plan for tomorrow

– Make lunch/dinner for tomorrow

– Send beta letter

– 500 words on Forgotten Summary

– Email

Damn, I’d better get moving!

Blessed Beltane to you all!

It’s a wet Beltane, but that’s a good thing – we need the rain, and it smells green and growing outside.  I spent my Beltane at the hospital, getting a Remicade treatment, and I slept through it.  I’m so tired!  But so much has happened in the past week, I’m not surprised!

I’m now officially a member of Dark Knights Paranormal, a member of the TAPS family of ghost investigators, and I did my first OFFICIAL investigation with them this weekend.  That meant I got in at 5 am on Sunday, and managed to scratch my eye taking my contact out.  Wow, an auspicious beginning. 😉

Tonight, I’m going to have a little to-do list, and I don’t know that I’ll get through it all.  Still, nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?

To-Do on a Rainy Beltane:

– Put away folded laundry in living room

– Fold laundry in dining room and put away

– 100 pages on beta read

– Daily Pages

– Make bbq sauce for tomorrow’s dinner

– Make lunch for tomorrow

Yeah, that’s a good list.

(tgif) The day after…

No writing yesterday on Forgotten yesterday, but I wrote all the emails I needed to (now I just need to actually send them) and wrote the back cover copy for Spells, which I also need to email.  By the time I got home yesterday, my hands hurt so badly that I took some muscle relaxants and watched the Red Sox win their 4th game in a row (yay!) before going to bed.

Today, my hands still hurt, but I’m going to see what I can write.  I’m listening to a podcast now, and then I’ll do my Daily Pages (I need music to write to that) and then work on the plot summary.  Later today, I’ll type up the poetry and stuff for writer’s group tomorrow.

Such is the life of a working writer.  Glamorous, no?

(personal/writing) Suck it up, buttercup (or the need to stop looking for excuses)

I haven’t posted much lately.  I haven’t really been writing, either – I’ve been stupidly busy, but that’s not an excuse.  I was listening to Nathan Lowell’s excellent #tommw podcast ( and he talked recently about not making excuses for why he wasn’t writing – the fact that he had to stop doing that and just write already.  Which really hit home for me, because in fact, that’s exactly what I’ve been doing as well: making excuses for why I wasn’t writing rather than just sucking it up and writing.

I hurt today.  I have a treatment Tuesday, and today when my alarm went off, the first thing that I realized was how much I hurt.  My hands are so painful that I had to have my friend who sits next to me at work open the aspirin bottle.   I thought seriously of staying home and sleeping the day away, because sleeping was the only time I didn’t hurt.  But I didn’t.  I didn’t go to the gym as planned, but I got up after another hour, and went to work.  I registered my car.  I even got the trash out of the bathroom before I left (although dinner didn’t happen – just the thought of chopping anything made me want to cry), and I am currently at work.  On the way in, I listened to Nathan and realized how many excuses I had made in the past week not to do things.

Life happens.  Shit happens.  We’re all busy – and there are times when we all hurt.  I have a chronic illness, but so do millions of other people who manage to get shit done.  It’s time to, as my buddy Bob is fond of saying, “Suck it up, buttercup.”

Balticon is in a little over 4 weeks.  I have two events that I need to prep for there: the Spells and Swashbucklers launch party (pirates! rum! swag!) and the Needleworker’s Tea.  I need to find out if Dragonmoon Press has a table.  I also have to practice my lines for the podcast I’m in, and finish my garb for the event.  I have to find a site for Harper’s Retreat in September.  I have to find a house for my hubby and I to move into (luckily, the timeline on that is flexible).

I also have books to write.  I’ve got some deadlines for myself: Tales of the Scorned Lady WILL be finished by August, and the plot outline for Forgotten will be done before Balticon.  I also realized where the murder mystery needs to start, and I want that outline done for NaNo, so I can write it then.  I have a beta read to do this weekend, and I’m going to have it done.  And in the next few months, I’ll be redesigning the website (yeah, I’m still not happy with it).

Life is busy.  Life is painful.  Life happens.  I won’t let that be an excuse for me not to be writing any more.

(writing/personal) Turning over a new leaf

I’m trying to make myself a little more accountable lately.  Hopefully, this time, the change will stick.

Miles walked today: .87 (I walked 1.07 miles yesterday, so I’m not sure where I am.  I’ll figure it out for tomorrow’s blog.)

Morning Pages: Day 63 – I’ve done two full months, and I think it’s finally become a habit.

Words written: 300 words on the Forgotten plot summary, and one and a third handwritten pages on the Time Travelers story.