Zette's Days of Writing

Begun October 1, 1998

Other places



ACOA Books


Zette's Story List (2008)

Zette's Story List (2012)

Zette's Story List (2014)

Blogs & Journals

Picture a Day Blog

Joyously Prolific Blog




January 1, 2016

The day started out slowly.  I could not get going on the new novel for anything!  And then -- yes!  Movement!  So Raventower is sitting over 3k and I'm re-reading and editing it.

And suddenly it is 3:30 am.  Ooops.

As far as writing goes, not a bad day at all.  Let's hope it keeps moving along like this!

January 2, 2016

The second day of Raventower has gone well!

The editing and then writing kind of works, but I'll probably have to vary it on some days.  I keep going back and changing the opening, too -- that's okay. I think I can get it right.  Or close.

Getting  work done, at least!

January 3, 2016

And not so good a day today.  I could not get going on anything.  I think there is a weather change coming.

Well, and I also had to do the DAZ newsletter.  That took longer than it should have.  I got a ton of clothes washed as well, so it is not as though I did nothing at all.  I just never really got moving on the story.  I don't want to start falling behind already.

January 4, 2016

And better today, but no editing yet and lots of DAZ work.  I did get 3K written, though.

We're going to be heading into bad weather soon.  Cold stuff, like high of 8f.  I still have a few days to prepare.  I am thinking about heading into a cocoon stage until late March.  Yes, that is an excellent plan.

At any rate, novel # 99 is going along very nicely.  I'm happy with it.  Time to get back to work.

January 5, 2016

The novel still moves.  It still lives.  I'm quite pleased with how well it is going, in fact.  I'm already over 13k.  Amazing at how well it is moving along, really.

I hope this one keeps moving along.  I'm pleased with the characters and the storyline so far.  I'm amazed.

January 6, 2016

Oh yes, still doing well.  Hit 17k today and the story is moving along nicely.  I hope it keeps going this well. 

It has almost taken over my entire life.  However, tomorrow I should have some fun photography stuff showing up.  That might really draw me away from the book for a few days.

Should be fun!

January 7, 2016

My photography studio arrived today.  Now the question is where I can set it up, even for a short time.  Oh my.  So many fun things -- backdrop, lights, umbrellas . . . all kinds of things.  I must do pictures.  I must do tons and tons of pictures of interesting things.

I am just about done with the Flash Fiction for this week and then I can work on Raventower again.  Amazing how much I want to keep writing on it! 

But I also want to work with the new photography stuff. 

And have dinner.

Going to be a busy night.


January 8, 2016

I set up part of the photo studio this afternoon.  Oh, this is going to be lovely.  My office is too small for it, so we'll be re-arranging things in the house later -- but right now I'm having fun testing out different pieces.

This is going to be fun when I really get going.  I am looking forward to finding props and doing still life shots and cat shots and bear shots and . . .  this looks like a really good way to spend the winter.  I just need to be able to set it up.

The writing slowed down a little -- it was bound to with this new fun stuff -- but I'm still doing well.  I keep thinking I should start a second project, but this one just keeps going along so well that I don't want to step away from it to rewrite/edit part of the day.  So best to keep going for as long as this works.

20k into the novel.  That's not bad at all.

January 9, 2016

COLD night!  It is -5 and the bedroom is sitting at 39f.  I am so not looking forward to going in there and sleeping.  Usually I read my nook in bed.  I'm going to read before I go there tonight and maybe jsut a little in bed.

I haven't worked with the photo stuff today.  I was working too hard at getting other things done and out of the way.  The Newsletter is done.  Just have to send it off.  I am caught up on the writing.

The novel is going too well.  I don't think I trust it.

But it is a great way to start out the year.

January 10, 2016

Oh, let me tell you the many ways I dislike this winter.

Cold, cold, cold, cold, cold, cold.

I have barely been out of my office for days, never mind out of the house.  I wouldn't mind temps up in the 20's and 30's if they'd just stay there.

I actually washed clothes because it got up into the 30's.

This is goofy.

January 11, 2016

Almost half way through the month?

Okay, at least the winter is going fast.

Raventower is still going well.  Going very well.  Over 20k and moving along nicely.   I wish that all books went this well.  I hope it continues to work.

January 12, 2016

And now I am over 30k.  I need to go back and start doing some editing, though.  I promised myself that I wouldn't let it run away with me too badly, but it has.  I have a couple chapters edited, but then I just started getting into the flow and didn't look back. 

I love this story.  I like the characters.  I don't know that I'm doing it justice.  But it's really fun to write.  It is going to be done too soon, though.  There is something I didn't think I would be saying.  But yes, it might get done too soon and then I'll be trying to rewrite a novel between this one (#99) and the one I start on my birthday (#100).

I have odd problems.  I really do.

January 13, 2016

The weather has been too cold to go out.  I'm hiding out in my house, in my office, and I probably won't go out much again until Spring.  A bear.  I have become a bear.

But a writing bear.  I am thrilled with Raventower.  What a great book to start the year out on.

January 14, 2016

I have found ProWriterAid.

My writing will never be the same.

Well, at least that's what I hope.  Wow, what a great set of reports to run on your stories!  I am finding things to correct, things to fix, things to think about.  I needed something like this to get me focused again.  I'm taking the first Mirrors novel through it since I wanted to release it in paperback soon.  This may take me a while longer.

January 15, 2016

The editing has slowed down my writing.  Oops.  But it is such a fascinating thing to do with something you really thought was better than this.

There are too many reports to run, though.  A few of them require a lot of work, and a couple of those might not be necessary.  I need to get this down to a manageable list.

But it is fun.

January 16, 2016

My best friend's mother died today.  She (the mother) was a wonderful woman who took me in when I had no where else to go.  I'm sorry I only got to see her a couple times in the last few decades.

This just has not been a good year on many levels, and it's barely begun.

January 17, 2016

Damned cold weather lately. The temp has dropped below freezing in the bedroom, which is just not pleasant and is not helping my already bad mood and depression.

I'm not writing much at the moment.  I am still editing and trying to figure out how to best make this work.

January 18, 2016

The number of headaches and their intensity is simply getting annoying.  A lot of it is the weather.  We have horrible cold, then not so cold, then pretending to be warm, and then horribly cold again.  The pressure changes that come along with those are murder on me.

I need to focus again.  I need to get stuff done.  The writing and editing is moving along, but not as fast as I would like right now.  I have to figure something out.

January 19, 2016

Come on stories.  Let's go have some fun again, okay?  I mean, you're doing fine, but....

I need to make things start working.  And I need to stop trying to convince morons on FB that they could be smarter.  Yeah, that might be a good plan.


Okay, get to work on writing.  Do some art.  Play with photos.  This is a good plan.

January 20, 2016

What the hell do you mean we're 2/3rds of the way through January already?  I had PLANS!

Time to get to work on a couple of them, I guess.  Let's start focusing on stuff.  Yeah.  That stuff.  And other stuff.  And then do some more stuff and get sidetracked by new stuff.

I'm sure this is going to work out great.

January 21, 2016

I have slowed down on Raventower.  I don't really want to slow down, but I needed to get some other things done, too.  The editing of Mirrors has been brutal and it takes far too long the way I've done it.  I'll have to make a combined report of the things I really want to check and run it.

Not getting a lot else done, though.

January 22, 2016

More of the same.  Maybe even editing the same stuff.  Over and over again.

But if I'm wise, I'll learn a few things from this and later stuff wont' be so hard to edit.  That's always the big hope.  Right now I'm seeing a horrible tendency to repeat words that I never even noticed before.

Among other problems, of course.

But I'm getting there.  I was going to go on to Mirrors 2 right afterwards, but I think I'll do Kat Among the Pigeons next because I have been working on a great new cover.  LOL

January 23, 2016

Odd weather.  Warm, cold.  Warmer, colder.

I will be happy to see the end of winter this year.  I think I'm just too old to go through this cold stuff any more.  It annoys me and I start getting bad tempered.

But at least I have my warm office and my writing.

And Zaphod who keeps trying to type.

January 24, 2016

Went out for a nice ride today.  I keep hoping for some eagles, but we hardly even have geese this year, let alone anything else.  It was oddly foggy, too.   Just shows that the weather has been strange.

I am really looking forward to spring so I can set up my photo room stuff.  I have great new lights and backdrop and all kinds of things -- and it will just be fun to work with them.  I really can't do much here in my office and not without taking out all kinds of stuff to get thing set up.

About two more months, maybe.  it should be fun!

January 26, 2016

I hate that I've slowed down on Raventower, and yet at the same time I think it was the right thing to do.  There are lots of other things that need to be done and as much as I love focusing on the one novel, I need to look at the rest of the writing world.

Though I'm not entirely sure why.  Do I really care if I don't put out more books any time soon?

Yeah, I'd rather be writing than practically anything else.  But that doesn't mean it is what I need to do.


January 27, 2016

I am hearing rumors about a storm next week.  They've all pretty much missed us before this, but people are already going a little nuts about this one.  Who knows?

The weather people clearly don't.  LOL

Wow, almost the end of the month already.  This is crazy. Where did the month go?

January 28, 2016

My cats have gotten very lazy this winter.  I think we're all too old for this stupid weather and cold and stuff.

I am not going to have anything done by the end of the month to publish.  I don't think that's the end of the world, but it does annoy me a bit. 

January 29, 2016

I finished the rewrite of Mirrors!  It's about 5k or so shorter than it had been -- that's a lot of extra words and crap that really didn't need to be in there.  I have to let the beast sit for a while, but then I'll read it again and see if there are missing words and stuff.  I spotted a few of those just scanning it, so I'm pretty sure it needs a good read.

But . . . done with the major work on it.

Kat is going to be next, but I am taking a break.

January 30, 2016

We went to Sioux Falls today to have dinner!  I got to see the falls in winter, which was really cool with all the snow and ice.  The falls are not at all spectacular.  They only 'fall' a few feet, but the area is nothing but red rock and creviced, and it's really neat.  Nice park around it, too.

Then we drove home in a rain storm.

Yes.  Rain.

Look, this is January and were in South Dakota.  You don't get rain in January in South Dakota.  I swear we were holding our breath all the way home, waiting for it to turn to ice.

It stopped raining just a few miles from home.

Odd weather.

January 31, 2016

Bright warm (for this time of year) day.  And they are still saying the storm is coming.  Maybe.  Actually, what I heard was that 'someone is going to get hit' but they're not sure it will be us.

I guess we'll find out tomorrow.

Oh yeah.  End of the month.  Ton of stuff to do!