Drive by post

Am in the middle of prepping a writer hidy hole in the basement downstairs and catching up on laundry. ūüėõ ¬†I have been puttering away at ‘outlines’ for the Elemental Wars stories and have completed E2 & E3 and am *thinking* about E4. E4 is tough because of all the characters in this story I know Maen ad Vera the least. So right now I am trying to figure them out. There are things I know about them, but I don’t ‘know’ them. So the outlining has slowed while I figure out THEM.

I got a couple books from the Library. Rae Carson‘s¬†Girl of Fire and Thorns¬†and¬†Crown of Embers.¬†I’m really looking forward to reading them even if they ARE YA. I also got an old favorite David Eddings The Belgariad. I think I might take a break from the outline to get some reading in.

 

Anyways, I was supposed to post this…uhhh…. YESTERDAY and I forgot. Oops. Have a great day people!

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Sunday Serenity

As we move into another week, it is a good time today to reflect on the past week. This past week was brutal for many of us. Emotional, stressful. As we go into another week, try to find the glints of silver. There is always good, even if you sometimes have to search hard to find it.

As a writer I tend to write epicish, broad, good vs evil stories. Good triumphs over evil. The princess rescues prince charming, and though they go through hell things always.get.better. I look at life the same way. Somehow, someway, things will get better. I wouldn’t be able to survive in this world without that firmly held belief.

Someone* on Facebook shared this.

There is good in this world. Don’t ever forget that.

Have a peaceful day, my dears.

 

 

*Someone who I highly respect. A man who has had a horrible year, and while he has had his tough times, one of the most remarkable things (in my opinion) about him is that while he admits his shortcomings and the pain he is going through, he is also looking forward, moving towards a future that while uncertain, he is determined to make it good. I think we can all learn from his example. Keep having hope.
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On the heels of some¬†aggravating¬†news I went offline/turned off social media last night and played Don’t Starve for about 4 hours. I ran some errands today and on sitting down to see what I missed, I see things have yet again… Lots of stuff happening.

A writer I have followed for some time, Jodi Meadows author of YA books Incarnate and Asunder posted this on her tumblr and it really sums it up well: What I feel like doing today.

A friend, S.E. Batt linked me to this

Boston folks, I’m thinking of you guys. {{{hugs}}}

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Boston, my heart goes out to you

I was going to write up a post about the trip the kids and I took to the zoo this morning.

Instead, I find myself overloaded with information about a possible bombing in Boston.

Friends in Boston, I’m thinking of you folks. Thanks for checking in. {{{hugs}}} to everyone involved.

Watching the video of the marathon, that moment when the explosions happened… you know what stands out to me. The men and women who ran TOWARDS the explosion center. The people who first rushed to help the people who were injured.

Thank you. You are appreciated.

 

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Update on a Friend

Ok so the lady who had brain surgery to remove a tumor has survived the operation, has been sent home, but has some very, very bad news. It is called Gilioblastoma multiforme¬†and is the worst (iirc) form of brain cancer a person can get. And if that’s not bad enough, there’s more bad news. As the wiki article states;

Median survival with standard-of-care radiation and chemotherapy with temozolomide is 15 months. Median survival without treatment is 4¬Ĺ months.

 

The family has no insurance. They fall in the cracks, making too much for state aide, not enough to be able to afford their own insurance, and she’s not old enough for medicare to kick in. While they have found assistance for the chemotherapy, they have not been able to find assistance for the radiation therapy and without the radiation therapy, the chemo won’t do any good.

Here is the blog post from my dear friend, and mentor J.A. Marlow on The Mother Hen “String Weaver” Project¬†which lays it all out on the table. This is a rough time for them. I know things are rough for all of us, but this…this is just… Please share this, lets give dear Mother Hen a chance to live a bit longer than the grim¬†estimates.

The fundraiser over here: Help for Mother Hen, to try to pull together the money for the radiation therapy. Or go over to Star Catcher Publishing and maybe purchase one of J.A. Marlow’s books (The Salmon Run series is GREAT!). Or just link to it, spread the word.

I’m scrambling to try to come up with other fundraising ideas to help out. To be honest, when I think of Mother Hen…damnit she reminds me so much of my own mom (even to the RV and artist thing) that it just brings me to tears.

Keep them in your thoughts and prayers at the very least. Thanks.

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Sunday thoughts

I learned this past week that a dear friend’s mother was found to have a large tumor on her brain. In a matter of just hours their lives were turned upside down as they rushed her to a hos to do an emergency operation to remove the tumor. Friday night a surgery that was sposed to take 4-5 hours actually only took about an hour and a half (If I remember correctly) and the dear lady has been improving wonderfully. It looks as though she’ll be sent home soon.

There are other details I’m not at liberty to discuss but do have a request, please keep their family in your thoughts, prayers, whatever you do. They can use all the good positive energy you all can muster.

 

And that thought leads me to this one; Things change so fast, in the blink of an eye everything just changes. 

Take the time to let those you love¬†know¬†that you do love and care for them. Because you never know when you’ll be faced with riding shotgun through the night taking your mom to a hospital to have a tumor removed off the front right lobe, not knowing how things will go.

{{hugs & snugs}} MH, FR, DC. Our thoughts and prayers going out to you.

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Busy busy – checking in real quick

It is the season for running around like a crazy person. More than usual.

  • New computer to replace the old one
  • New working gas range
  • allergies kicking in
  • running errands like crazy

 

I haven’t had the time to sit and think, write, any of that, really. Tomorrow is an¬†appointment¬†for one of the monkeys then…I think I should be able to veg out for the weekend. I think.

Unless there’s something I missed.

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Happy Easter

If you celebrate it, that is.

It’s a rainy day, a comfortable day. A lets make a pot of beans day.

Yeah, pot of beans.

Whatever you celebrate, or if you don’t celebrate anything at all, Have a great day!

 

For those that do celebrate, what are your usual meal plans? (getting ideas for next year)

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Just checking in

I’ve got some sort of respiratory thing again, sorry I missed the sunday serenity post. Just not feeling well.

IT will pass. It always does.

So it’s a monday, I lost my voice, and I’m trying to force myself to take it easy.

This week’s agenda;

Get back to my workouts – kinda fell off the wagon (again) when I started getting sick and dealing with sick kids.
Finish the Angel story – seriously this should be done already.
I would like to finish the¬†Inside the Author’s Mind series of shorts, there are three more I want to write then I can get to formatting, new cover and have them ready for release. In Sept I plan on packaging all of them into a collection, but I need to finish them first! 3 little shorts, probably less than 3k each.

I’ve been debating posting the release schedule I worked up, however some changes to RL stuff means I need to rework it. But here are two things I’m positive are on the board;

The Fallen Рpost apocalyptic fallen angel thing РLate May, early June
Inside The Author’s Mind Collection – Six stories of what it is like to be a character/story element. There are three out right now, I need to write the other two – September

There are more plans but right now a lot of that hinges on RL stuff and the fact I AM on vacation.

Hope you all have a good week. Will try to update again thurs or friday depending on life stuff.

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Sick dreams

I woke congested this morning and running a fever and two kids missed their busses. So while hubs ran them to school, the younger 3 and I snuggled watching that mousy fellow on tv in his clubhouse. I dozed and had the most godawful blip of a dream¬†incorporating the mouse and his friend’s theme song and the cast of a new show on SyFy called Deep South Paranormal, which a friend of mind shared the youtube vid the other night;

 

Yes, these guys singing to;

My brain is weird.

To put it mildly.

So today as I am trying not to die from this stupid cold, I’ll try to finish out the Fallen Angel thing, maybe play with zander a bit and write down the scene notes for E7.

OR I might imagine I’m going to do all this and actually sleep off and on all day.

I think with a little bit o rest and some decongestant I might even feel human some time today.

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It’s SNOWING!!

Again.

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I know that a lot of folks think I am crazy. And they’d probably be right, but I love this weather. I love seeing the snow falling. Don’t worry, give me a couple years and I’ll start bitching about it along with everyone else. ūüėõ

It is a day to snuggle under blankets with toddlers, to have hot coco and hot soup. It’s a day to stay inside, read, and/or write.

Speaking of, the fallen angel thing is sitting at about 6k. I thought I could bring it to a close around 10k but now I’m not so sure. This has got to be one of the weirder stories I’ve written.

Now I need to get to it, then get dinner stuff on. You know the glamorous life of an author.

 

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Tuesday Links

  • I want to try this, a mind jar to help kids learn how to calm down. I need to do this at my house. A Mind Jar
  • Oglaf¬† is a over 18 adult web comic I read. New posts every Sunday. Explicit, adult content. Funny as hell but very very crude humor (which explains why I love it :P)
  • The Zombie Hunters¬†If you like zombie stuff, I HIGHLY¬†recommend¬†taking the time, start from the beginning and read this comic. New posts every Monday and Thursday and let me tell you I am¬†riveted.
  • For those who follow my blog who are interested in going trad, I saw this link on twitter this morning and thought I would share it here. Tor UK has announced accepting¬†submissions¬†from un-agented authors.
  • Kris Rusch has a post on Editorial Revisions in which she is teaching¬†how to work with an editor in both the Traditional AND Self-publishing industry. This is a MUST read, MUST bookmark because it applies to ALL writers, Self or trad published ones. Kris, thanks again for the info you share.

 

And that’s the tuesday linkage. ¬†Hope yours is going as great as mine is!

 

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Give Science Fiction Author a hand

Folks, please if you can help do so, and if you can’t give, please pass this on.

I’ve followed Jay Lake for a couple years via his blog posts and his twitter. This is the overview of the situation. The full page is here. If in a small part we can do something, lets.

Jay Lake is an award-winning American author of ten science fiction novels and over 300 short stories. He is also one of more than a million Americans who have colon cancer. Diagnosed in April, 2008, Jay’s cancer has progressed from a single tumor to metastatic disease affecting the lung and liver, recurring after multiple surgeries and chemotherapy courses, and multiplying from single tumor presentations to multiple tumors presentations. Jay is now in his fourth round of chemotherapy, but it’s not clear that it’s working, and his doctors have little to go on in terms of advising further courses of treatment for him. In short, things are not looking good for Jay. Not at all.

 

Please boost the signal, lets try to do what we can, shall we?

 

Here is his blog, in which he has detailed this years long fight with cancer. Jay Lake’s Blog. You want to know what a person fighting cancer goes through? Read it. With a box of tissue.

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