A Brief Update

Morning all isolated folks! Hope everything is going well in your part of the world. Here, down under, we're practicing social isolation, though some of us are still coming to work (ie, me). I haven't touched the WIP in months, despite being only a quarter of the way from publish-ready. I've just lost all enthusiasm... Continue Reading →

Finally Back in the Saddle

I finally found the time, motivation, and effort to do a little editing on Guns of Perdition today. Only seventeen more chapters to go and it. is. done. I'm thinking of sending it off to a pro to complete the formatting, as it's not a task I'm particularly keen to undertake myself nor, do I... Continue Reading →

Editing is Important

So, if you've been following my blog for any length of time you'll know I've been wrangling with my debut novel - Guns of Perdition - for a few years. I wrote it, rewrote it, edited, edited some more, edited again, printed and edited, beta'd, edited, and edited again. The dang thing had to be perfect... Continue Reading →

Spring Vacation

We're about to head off for a couple of weeks' vacation. First, to Australia's National Capital (Canberra) for some museum hopping, to check out the National War Memorial, and to see the National Zoo (watch this space for "cute" Australian wildlife pics). Then we're headed to the Gold Coast (think California) for sun, sea, sand,... Continue Reading →

The Pen is Mightier…

I finally got back to writing today. Not editing book 1, not rereading or editing book 2, but actual writing... and like any other muscle, my writing muscle is out of shape! I only got 1300 words done for a whole afternoon of effort. Woe. Boo. But, I'm writing again and that means book 2... Continue Reading →

Progress Update

A quick update from the spec fic corner down under... My manuscript is at the Doctor. That is; my manuscript is off for its final edit from a pro. Yes, I found an editor who seems to offer quality work at a fair price! I'm very excited to see what she comes back with and... Continue Reading →

Small Progress

Some small progress made today. I edited another 10 chapters in my WIP (Guns of Perdition) and am now over half-way through what I consider to be my final edit. I'm amending some plot points found by dear beta readers, fixing grammar, and tightening, tightening, tightening. I estimate it'll be another two to three weeks... Continue Reading →

Road Block

As mentioned previously, I've been away sick but am now almost completely back 'on deck', so to speak. This doesn't mean my 'mojo' is back - in fact, I'm having trouble picking up the pen again. However, this - I've come to realise - is not directly related to being sick. I've been procrastinating and... Continue Reading →

Progress

I don't know if it was a visit from my Muse (who is definitely not as eye-catching as Staci's) or just some good advice following an out-loud debate about the future of my writing, but yesterday I was able to sink some hours into editing my near complete WIP Guns of Perdition... and I actually enjoyed it.... Continue Reading →

Avena Sativa… and a few other things.

"Avena Sativa"... it means - greetings in a non-human language? Character name for a mouthy half-human, half-elf archer? Capitol city in a mystical land? Nah... it's actually the Latin name for 'oat extract'. I read it on my shampoo bottle and thought 'wow, that sounds cool'! So, why am I talking about the soothing ingredients... Continue Reading →

Unfocused

Long weekend Monday here and I'm feeling pretty unfocused at the moment. After receiving some wonderful feedback on The Armageddon Showdown Book 1, Guns of Perdition, I now have some (more) editing and revising to do. I also have Book 2 WIP to continue writing (which is stalled at chapter eight), plus I've kind of... Continue Reading →

Capitol Adventures

You may have noticed I've been quieter than usual this weekend. That's because I've been on a (mini) holiday! We had a public holiday here, which made a three-day weekend. So hubby and I took advantage to go somewhere we've never been before; Australia's capitol city, Canberra. While we came for a reason - to... Continue Reading →

A Thrill and Indecision

Goddamn what a fucking thrill it is the first time you see your front cover! Especially for your debut novel! That was my joy yesterday when my extremely talented cover artist, Jennifer, from Indie Designz, showed me the first draft of Guns of Perdition. Thrilled is actually downplaying how I felt. So now I'm back to that... Continue Reading →

Darkness and Terror

I'm pushed for time presently - editing - but I still wanted to contribute to D Wallace Peach's wonderful March Speculative Fiction Prompt. The eclipse hadn't been predicted. When the moon slid through the summer sky and blighted the winking sun, humankind had gazed up in wonder and awe. Wonder quickly shifted to concern, and awe... Continue Reading →

It’s all in the Point of View

Dear esteemed writerly fellows, I have a POV question! I'm in the process of outlining The Armageddon Showdown Book II (yes, and still editing Book I), and am trying to decide which POV to use. Book I was third-person limited, which worked quite well, however I am toying with third-person multiple (albeit limited to two characters), for... Continue Reading →

A Writer’s Nightmare

**Warning, maudlin post ahead** It's been a crap week. First, The Day Job has been unbelievably busy and extra demanding this week. We've had a mammoth amount of social functions, nice weather (which brings everyone out for a chat), and a medical emergency which required hubby to perform half an hour of very graphic CPR... Continue Reading →

WIP Update

Still editing. That is all. Okay, note quite all.  I am still editing so no real news there. Reading a few good books - which I’ll review on my blog later. Trying to find time to exercise (and not greatly succeeding). And putting in the hours at The Day Job. So yeah, no real news today.

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