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August 1, 2016

I had to change my keyboard out today and I am having a hard time getting used to this one again.  In general, it should work better, but my fingers had gotten used to the much smaller keyboard.

That's my big news of the day.  I've had two days of low word counts.  I am going to be doing the last work on Living in Caine's Hold and then we'll see where we go from there.  It might be Raventower.  I'm still not certain.

Somebody give me some energy.  Let's just get something done here!

Like maybe go off to bed....

August 2, 2016

Okay, I think I have Living in Caine's Hold done, except for the formatting for the print version.  I'm still not entirely certain what I'm going to do next, though.

I have been in a slightly odd mood.   I am having a no-job reaction again, and at the same time I mistrust the idea of publishing Caine's Hold.  I know things will not go right.  But what is it that I expect?  A big seller?  No, not really.  I thought In the Shadow of Giants might sell pretty well, but it hasn't, so I can't expect better from this one.  I think it's a good story, but won't have nearly the appeal that In the Shadow of Giants should have had.

Just have to do it, I guess.

August 3, 2016

I have started the work on the background material for Silversun.  This is good -- I want this stuff piled up before NaNo.  Working on it has been enjoyable.  I have two characters so far, and I think they'll be good to work with once I actually find the story.  I know it's in there somewhere.

So far the character sheets are all right.  Nothing spectacular there, but that's because most of my characters don't live until they get to the story.  These are just notes.

I have been so tired lately that I can hardly get anything done without going to take a nap.  Getting kind of tired of that.

August 4, 2016

Still tired.  Ugh.  But I got more stuff done today.  I'm also working on my flash fiction for tomorrow, so I'm doing well.  Work on Silversun is going fine.    The ebook versions of Caine's Hold are ready to go up.

But tired. 

So I napped for a bit there.  Now I'm working on tomorrow's flash fiction, which is moving along at a slow pace, but at least getting there. Barely getting a line at a time. 

Tornado down in Omaha.  That's not good, though it looks like a small one.  Nothing going on up here though.  I think we'll even miss out on the rain.  We had no real rain in July at all, then a storm on August 1 in the early morning, and now dry again.  Going to be one of those years.

July 5, 2016

We went to Sioux Falls and Casa Del Rey for dinner today.  It was an early birthday present for Russ (I bought) since he's going to be busy all weekend.  Lovely ride and wonderful food.

I published the ebook versions of Living in Caine's Hold today.  Yay!  I need to do the print version still, but that's okay.

Next up is going to be Ruins, which was originally published by Holly Lisle.  A quick edit of that one and I'll have it done in no time.

I have started the serious work of outlining/world building for Silversun.  I have finally found my characters, and they're fun so far.  I see some lovely conflicts.

August 6, 2016

I am having trouble focusing on anything again.  That's annoying, but I'll get past it.  It has allowed me to get a little bit more house work done, though you probably wouldn't realize it to look at this place.

I have had a lot of birds at the feeders again!  It's been a lot of fun since there's been a few fledglings, and they're always fun to watch as they try to get parents to feed them.

I have started the serious work of getting everything laid out for Silversun.  I'm starting to see far more characters and places, but the plot is not arriving very fast.

August 7, 2016

Today was Russ's birthday.  We didn't do anything special, but at least he got to spend some time at home relaxing in his house. The weather was fairly nice, too.  Can't ask for more than that in August.

Today I started the editing/formatting of Ruins.  I've thought I need to get this one ready for quite a while.  It's going well, and I think this is just the sort of thing I need as a counter to Silversun which is taking a lot of time for little writing.

I am also doing more courses with the Great Courses.  I decided to make it more like really going to school for learning.  You wouldn't have just one or two things.  So I'm adding some art, literature, and mythology.  It should be fun.

Yeah, I do have odd ideas of fun.

August 8, 2016

Today is Buffy's 5th (or is it 6th?) day.  It is also cat appreciation day.  She wasn't in the best mood when I put her in her towel, but she was cute anyway.

I am working on Ruins and it's going very well.  I didn't expect it would take much work.  I'm going to have a harder time with the cover than with the book.  I expect to have the entire thing done by the end of August.

August 9, 2016

I miss the Southwest.  I really do.  But then I think I've gotten old and slow and I'd probably fall over dead in the heat.  But oh, oh how I want to go see it again.  And the mountains, of course.  And the zoo.  I really need to get out and do something, somewhere.


But, on the other hand, the work on Ruins is going very well.  Really, really well.  That's part of the problem, of course.  It's set in the southwest.

I just had a new idea for the cover of Ruins if I can track down what I need.  Hmmm.  It would be entirely different from what I've done so far, but that may be good.

Time to think about it.

August 10, 2016

Write, edit, do cover art, write and edit some more.

That's not so bad, except sometimes you just want to pound stories into shape or run away from it all.

Oh and formatting.  Must remember formatting.

It is fun, but you know, you can have too much of fun.  LOL

August 11, 2016

We had a lovely rain tonight!  Russ and I even got stuck in the car in the driveway, waiting for it to ease.  That made a very nice change to the weather, which as been dry and dusty for weeks.

Other than that, not much going on.  Getting things done.

August 12, 2016

Horribly, miserably ill.

August 13, 2016

Miserably ill.

August 14, 2016


August 15, 2016

Today I'm just miserable.  Not as ill as I have been for the last three days, but still not well.  In the last four days I have had one bowl of soup and part of a sandwich.  I'm not sure I ever want to see food again.

I got some writing done each day and took at least one picture, but that was the most energy I had until today.  I hope to get a few things done.

Ugh.  What a horrible weekend.

August 16, 2016

What a beautiful storm!  And Russ drove all over looking at it!  421 pictures later I came home and went over all the pictures.  I'll be going over them for days!

Feeling a bit up and down, too.  But mostly better.  I'm in a much better mood.

August 17, 2016

I am still playing with photos.  But I also have an idea for a new book and I've started my flash fiction.  I guess this storm was really very inspirational.  LOL

So much stuff I want to get done!  And instead, I keep going back to the pictures.  And now the sunlight is beating through the window to my left and it is too hot to sit at the desk.  I guess I'll go start dinner!

August 18, 2016

Still feeling a bit off, but my brain may be working again.  I'm not sure.  I did get the flash fiction done.  Oh.  Art.  Okay, I still need to do something more, but at least I have time to do it.  Pulling up the program now, in fact.

Cats are all trying to type today, even Buffy.  That's going to drive me nuts.

We might have another storm tonight or tomorrow.  Maybe I'll get a few more pictures!

Okay, picture is done but it is taking forever to render.  I even restarted it with a different lighting system, and it's still taking a long time.  Okay, redid it again.  Don't like the lighting, but I think I can do something with this one.

Dinner is not getting done in time.  ARGH!

But, other than that, it is all going well enough.

August 19, 2016

Half way through Ruins.  This is going very well and very fast.  I'm still not sure about the cover, but I have time for that.

I started the last formats for Living in Caine's Hold in the print copy.

I worked on a bit of stuff for Silversun.

I started notes for a completely different work.

I have ideas for outlining the last section of Surviving elsewhere.

Amazing how all this writing stuff comes in waves like this.

August 20, 2016

I am really surprised how well Ruins is going.  I didn't expect to find any large problems with it, but I thought the prose would be worse.  Instead, it's just moving along at a brisk speed and I might have it published by the end of this month.

The weather is lovely.  I think we're on our first round of Autumn.  The summer went fast.  Too hot a lot of the time, probably not enough rain, but overall not so bad.  I dread to think about winter, but nothing new there.

Get more writing stuff done.  I can do this.

August 21, 2016

Fought with headache all day.  Didn't sleep well (if at all), last night.  So not really the best work day, though I got things done.  Did clothes washing, too.

I need to find my story focus for Silversun.  I'm up to the 10th chapter of the outline and I need to get things moving again.  I suspect I'll be skipping over some time and just hitting the trouble with the natives.  I don't want to drag out too much of the rest of their getting things set up.  Get into the story.  If the chapters are about 3k each (the journal entries will be shorter), then I am up to about 25 to 30k worth of novel already. Things have been happening, but time to get the trouble related to the new world moving.

It should be fun.

August 22, 2016

We had storms again today and lovely, lovely clouds about sunset.  I don't think we'll have any more of these since we're just days from September.

I finished the Grammarly run for Ruins.  Yay!  Still a lot of work to do, but that was the main work.  The book looks good.

Not so sure about the cover.  Ugh.

And what am I going to work on next?  ACK!

August 23, 2016

We had another absolutely lovely set of storms tonight!  And Russ took me out to see the clouds which were fantastic.  The rain earlier was nice, too.

Ruins is moving along very well.

Not sure what to do after I'm done with that one, though!


August 24, 2016

I'm working on the flash fiction for Friday.  I had an idea for something odd, but I'm saving it until I can pull the material together a little better.  So this week it is a story of a stranger traveling through the land and heading for the capital city.  I have a vague idea of what is going on, but I have 3 days to figure out the 1k words, so I'm good.

I'm still not certain what to work on next for a new book to publish.  So much stuff to do!  So many things to figure out!  My brain is not entirely working this out, though.  I need to get back to my list today and mark a few more things off the list so I feel as though I'm getting somewhere.  But the list is scary.  LOL.

Almost September.  How can it be this late in the year already?

August 25, 2016

More work on Ruins.  It's going well enough.  I wish I didn't have this headache, though.  I might be enjoying this more.

My flash fiction is done for tomorrow.  I'm working on the art for it now.  I need to spend more time with the art stuff again.  I need that break from writing.   Well, not completely, of course, but just let my focus wander for a bit now and then.

I would like to go see ducks and stuff again, but probably it's the wrong time of the year.  I certainly haven't see much flying around here lately.  I wish the local pond hadn't become so popular because hardly anything lands there now.

I need a pond of my own.  LOL

Ruins is almost done.  Yay!

August 26, 2016

Lovely ride off into the back roads around Sioux City tonight.  It was lovely!  And then dinner out -- but the food didn't entirely agree with me, which is too bad.

I am working on the Silversun outline mostly.  It's simply not right.  I'll figure it out.

August 27, 2016

Stomach is still giving me trouble.  Sigh.

But we had another lovely ride tonight and then a quick run through the grocery store.  This is all good.  I don't mind eating at home, but we just have to have the stuff on hand, which we aren't always good about.

I think I figured out the problem with Silversun, too.  I need to write it the way I wrote Tales from Grey Station 9.  I'll set each part up as it's own episode and see how it goes.  I'm already feeling better about it.

So maybe this will work after all!

August 28, 2016

The rework of Silversun's structure is helping.  I need more things to happen, but right now -- yeah, this is going fine.  Not sure what I'm doing, but I'm moving along fine.

Trying to copy pictures off onto DVDs and having a bit of trouble there.  Got a couple of them done, though, and I'll have to restart one tomorrow.

My Monday Blog post is done, too.  So maybe a bit ahead of things for a change.  I'm sure it won't last for long.

August 29, 2016

Back to copying pictures off the drive today.  It's going very well.  I also pulled up Raventower.  I would like to get this one done this year.  It was something of an experiment when I started out the year, and if I don't get moving, I'm not going to make it.

And do you now what's holding me up at the moment?

A name for the city.

Castlebay?  You know, that might work.  I'll drop it in for now.

We are having a lovely storm, but the house is so humid I can hardly stand it.  The AC only helps so much.  Well, I won't be complaining about this for much longer, will I?  I can't believe that it is almost September.  Autumn.  I love autumn, but you know that means winter isn't nearly far enough away.

No, that name for the town doesn't work as well as I thought.  Hmmm.  Still thinking about it.

August 30, 2016

The city in Raventower is Kamere.  I'd already named it.

I am stuck on the first few paragraphs.  I keep editing, changing, editing -- I need to move on.

So I did move on and right back to Ruins.  Well, I needed to get the print book ready anyway, so just as well.  I think I'm just about ready to release the ebook and get the print one on the road to release.

August 31, 2016

The last day of the month!  I've gotten things done, too.  Ruins is ready for both print and ebook release.  Yes, this is going well.  I've pulled up Raventower and worked on the first chapter. 

I have even lined up the ISBNs for Ruins.  So, I guess I ought to go get them uploaded to Smashwords and Amazon and then tackle CreateSpace.  It's a good way to end out the month!