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July 1, 2016

Well, let us hope that in general, July is better than June.  I would like to get through a few weeks without bad news or things going bad for me and for others I know.

I am still working on Living in Caine's Hold.  It is going well.  I really think this last run will do it.  I plan to have the book out this month.

The notes for the new story are bouncing all over, but that's typical for this early in the process.  I am trying to create a world that mimics the Old West of myth in the US.  More the Southwest rather than the west, but it's the same thing.

I'm watching a course on Geology now so that I can get some idea about 'stuff' to use.  I hope to just throw myself into writing this month with maybe fewer odd problems popping up.  That's not too much to ask, is it?

July 2, 2016

Did I mention that on the last day of the month of June, my favorite lens died?  I had to order a replacement.  I simply couldn't handle not having it any longer.  It won't be here for about ten days or so, but at least I know it's on the way.

What else?  Writing away on Caine's Hold.  Adding quite a bit to it.  Working on notes for new story, but it's not coming together quite right yet.  I have hope for it.  But mostly writing.

July 3, 2016

Sometimes it is easy to overlook the fact that I not only write a lot, I spend a huge amount of time with photography.  I like working with both because they take such completely different skills, even if most of the work is done on the computer.

The Picture a day blog has been going on for years.  I take pictures every day.  I work with Lightroom for basic photography stuff and then Topaz programs for a lovely array of effects. 

But it is always going to be writing that comes first and last.

I can't believe how good the weather is around here!  Cool!  Nice to go outside (not that I actually do much, but it isn't bad), and not humid.

Alas, Russ has to work tonight, so we aren't going to do anything.  We plan to go out tomorrow, maybe down to a refuge.  Good weather for it, though probably not good for the number of people who will be out.

I need to start working harder on Living in Caine's Hold.  I'm getting good things, but I need to get more pages done or I won't have it complete by the end of July.  Let's get serious!


July 4, 2016

Russ got called into the work in the middle of the day, so a good thing we hadn't gone anywhere!  We did go out and look at fireworks which was fun.

Trying to get some programs updated and then leap back into work.  End of the holiday.  Time to get serious again.

July 5, 2016

I can't see that my lens has shipped yet.  Granted, the holiday will have slowed things up and all, but -- I want it!  I want it right now, and it is still days away.

I need to start doing about ten pages a day instead of three or four on Caine's Hold.  This really shouldn't be hard.  I'm adding in the last details and making certain some stuff is right.  It is not hard work, but It is fighting me.

Well, I can fight back.

July 6, 2016

Getting writing done.  Caine's Hold is moving along better than I had hoped now that I think I have a feel for what I want in the final rewrite.  So that's good.

I am also closing in on the last pieces of my current Flash Fiction serial.  I think I can have it done this week.  That would be good.  I'd like to do a few weeks of stand-alone story stuff and then start the final third of the flash fiction set in November.

But first I have to get this one -- ah.  Just saw something I can do.

So, took notes.  Good.  I can get this done, I think.

July 7, 2016

We had storms last night and it feels like we're going to have a storm this afternoon.  There is a line of clouds off to the west that might be heading our way, but we'll see.

I am trying to finish up the Flash Fiction Serial today to post for tomorrow.  I have the notes for it, and I see what I want, but keeping it to 1000 words?  Well, it might go one more week if I can't get this into one last bit.

But other than that -- getting clothes washed.  Picking up the house.  Considering odds and ends and hoping that my lens gets here before too long. 

I have to keep working on Living in Caine's Hold so that I can get it done by the end of the month.  No messing around.  I need to keep publishing now.

July 8, 2016

Had a lovely ride up through Stone Park today and then a wonderful sunset.  The weather has been reasonable, but I see that it's going to change again to hot and stormy.  Not a surprise.  This is July.

I am working on Living in Caine's Hold.  It's going well, but very slowly and I really need to get my focus back on it again.  I'm not sure what's happening there, but I keep bouncing off the work again.  Ack.  No time for this.

July 9, 2016

Russ went to game with someone today.  I spent the day reading one of my own books and copying pictures off onto DVDs.  There's a job that is going to take the rest of my life.  I used to do DVD back ups but stopped a few years ago.  Bad move.  I do have back ups going on line, but it will never really keep up with me.  So -- my own copies.

Not a lot of writing done, which is bad.

July 10, 2016

I guess we might get some storms tomorrow.  I don't get the feel of that, to be honest, but I could be wrong.

I have about 150 pages left to go on Living in Caine's Hold.  This is a very slow process, working from the back to the front -- but it does seem to be helping the prose.  More detail.  More information.  I like it so far, but I wish I could work through it faster.

Though what I am going to do next is beyond me.

So, maybe slow isn't a bad idea right now.

July 11, 2016

We had another storm slide right past us tonight.  We saw a lot of lightning within probably a mile to the south and we didn't even get rain here.  Amazing and annoying.  I didn't want anything bad but some nice rain wouldn't have hurt.

Still, Russ took me out to look at the clouds and that was very nice!

Writing is still writing.  That's about it.

July 12, 2016

They tried to deliver the lens today, but I wasn't up so I couldn't get dressed and to the door fast enough.  Ack.  But I'll be ready for it tomorrow.

I need to pick up the pace on Living in Caine's Hold.  I need the last run of editing done with enough time left to format and publish.  Ack.  But I'll get there.  I'm good at this kind of thing.

I do wish I felt better, though.

July 13, 2016

The lens is here!  Yay!

And I haven't slept in 24 hours.  Oops.

I am happy to have the lens back, but I was so worried about somehow missing the UPS guy again that I couldn't sleep at all.  This is something common with me.  I know something is going to happen the next day?  Not going to sleep, no matter how important it might be to get some rest.  School was hell for that reason.  Really.  This started in my teens and I simply could not sleep a lot of times.

I plan to sleep a lot tonight.  Tomorrow, maybe into another day.  LOL.

I did get things done today while I was waiting for the lovely lens to arrive.  Caine's Hold is moving along nicely.  I will still have to push a bit harder to get it done in time, but I liked what I'm getting.

And that's it.  Time, I think, to get some sleep!


July 14, 2016

I was ill part of the night, which didn't help much with that sleep stuff.  I feel better now again, but my brain is doing the jump, jump, jump stuff.  I need to get something working right here.

I have been updating cover art on Smashwords since a lot of them are too small and they want them all larger now.  There is some other things that need done there as well, and I'll get to them as I go through stuff.

Caine's Hold is still going well.  I still need to work harder on it if I want to be done this month, though.

And . . . suddenly tired.  I think a nap might be in order.  Yeah.  Waste more time sleeping.  Sounds good to me.

July 15, 2016

I am starting to think that I might not get all of Living in Caine's Hold done before the end of the month.  Also, It's pretty obvious that I can't keep this pace up and keep getting a book a month.  I'm going to have to go for two months, I think.  That's far more reasonable.

I am really enjoying the course stuff we've been doing.  The geology one I'm going through now is interesting.  And yes, I can see a lot of use for it with world building.

Just interesting to learn so many things!

July 16, 2016

I was incredibly ill last night.  Wow.  I hope I never have to go through that again!  I'm still feeling off today and I don't expect I'll get a lot done.

I am about half way through Living in Caine's Hold and really -- going well, but slowly.  Still, getting a lot of writing done on it and on the notes for another novel.  I need to figure out what I want with that one.  Should I call it Silversun?  That's the title that's stuck with me so far.  I suppose I should start looking at names of characters soon.

Line up outlines for November.  How odd that I don't have to worry about clearing off other work.  Not having a job isn't all bad, I guess.

Still having trouble with that, though.  I just hope the sales on the books pick up soon.

Or can I sell picture prints?  How?  Where?

So much to think about.

July 17, 2016

I think I might call the 'western on a new world' story Silversun.  That sounds both western-like and applicable to a science fiction world. 

Should my MC wear a brown coat?  LOL.  No, I am not doing Firefly. This is world-based and there isn't going to be a battle against an overpowering political system.  I'm going to survival and adaptation for this one.

My hope is to have the story ready to write in November.  We'll see how that works out.

Beyond that?  Caine's Hold. Yeah, still moving, but I think I'm going to have to push harder to get it done.  I feel like I'm just jabbing at it, even though I do spend most of the day writing, rewriting, editing, etc., on it.

Made a lovely roast for dinner tonight.  We'll probably be eating that for days, but it really is good.

I have stuff for a salad tomorrow.  I want to get to bed and sleep just so I can get up tomorrow and have a nice lovely salad.  That's kind of amusing.

But I've watched my Geology class for the night -- really enjoying those! -- and I'm ready to go do some reading and then get to sleep.  It's later than I thought!


July 18,2016

I've started pushing harder on Caine's Hold.  The days are going too quickly and I just can't see how I can get it done and formatted by the end of July.  So it might be an August book instead.  That's fine.  Then the next book will be in either late September or early October.  At that point, though, I'll need to get ready for the November NaNo.

I am happy with the current changes in the novel, but I keep finding more problems.  Eventually I'll get it all worked out, but it's starting to make me a little crazy, to be honest. 

I am looking forward to working on the next novel, whatever it might be.

July 19, 2016

Well, word is that it is going to get very hot over the next few days.  Heat Index up to 111f.  ACK!

Yes, I'll be hiding out in the house with the AC on and thinking cool thoughts.  Not my favorite kind of weather, that's for sure.  Hot and very, very humid.

Still working on Caine's Hold.  Still copying pictures off to discs.  Still watching Geology and ancient history classes.  Reading things.  In fact, I've just started re-reading the Amelia Peabody books, which I had rushed through the first time.  I'm enjoying the first one again.

And that's it.  If I don't melt in the heat, I'll be back.

July 20, 2016

The two classes tonight were fascinating.  The first was on early Egypt.  Really nice material, most of which I knew, but good to have it presented again.

The second class, the geology one, was fascinating.  Table water.  Who would have thought aquifers could be so fascinating?  Part of it is because I knew none of this.  Learning new things excites me.

Oh and we had miserable weather all day.  It's 2 am (21st) and the temp is still 84f with a 90f heat index.  It's not going to cool off much which means tomorrow is going to be even worse. 


Yeah.  Since the base temp is supposed to be 99f, I'm thinking 115 isn't out of the question.  Especially since today it was 109f heat index.

Miserable stuff. I'm not leaving the house.

July 21, 2016

Another hot, miserable day.  Not quite as bad as yesterday, but still pretty miserable.  The sun is just starting to go down.  I hope that means we'll get some storms.  There are clouds out there.

Just not many and I don't think they're going to amount to anything.

I'm half way through my Flash Fiction for the week.  This is good since I had no idea at all.  My brain is not really working well on this stuff, I'm afraid.

I think it is the humidity that is really trying to drive me nuts.  I've never been good with that stuff.  And I have a back of the head, shoulders headache.  Ugh.  But getting things done.  Have to keep working.

July 22, 2016

Make this weather go away.  We need cooler.  We need rain.  This is getting awful!

I have a hard time working in weather like this, just like I have trouble with really cold stuff.  And yeah, that's coming too fast. 


July 23, 2016

I couldn't sleep last night.  I was far too hot and I didn't like it at all.  And that made me cranky all day today, but Russ took me on a nice ride and we looked at houses for sale (no, we can't -- but it is fun to look at them).  There is a lovely little one out in the country without about 4 acres of land.  I liked it.  Trees everywhere and just pretty.

But, back to reality.  Tomorrow's high is about what tonight's low is supposed to be -- mid 80's -- so we have a break finally.  Let's hope this kind of weather does not come back.

Writing has slowed down, but still moving.  I think it will get better soon.

July 24, 2016

The closer I get to being done with Living in Caine's Hold, the more I think . . . just not quite right.  I'm not sure if that's true or if it is just that I've worked too long on it (two edits and a rewrite in a row) and I need to step back once this edit is done.  I hope that's the case.

We had a lovely ride out into Nebraska today, just around the area looking at clouds.  I love cloud photography.  Russ has been very nice taking me out to see things.  I know autumn is coming and he'll be doing his classes soon, so we won't be doing so much running around.  It's nice that he's doing it now.

July 25, 2016

I have about five pages left to edit.  I should be done with this book tomorrow.  Still need to format and such, but I'm going to put it aside for a few days and then finish it up after a short break.


Tonight my geology class as on Earthquakes.  Tomorrow's class will also be on earthquakes.  Fascinating stuff.  I love this class.  I'm going to miss it.

Don't know what I'm going to write after Living in Caine's Hold or what I'll watch after geology.  So my future is blank right now.  Except that I am going to go read (re-read) some Amelia Peabody books.  Yay for fun stuff!

July 26, 2016

Took a nice little ride around town tonight, looking at parts of South Sioux and Sioux City.  Sometimes you don't go looking and things really change down through the years.

The work on Living in Caine's Hold is moving along.  I'm out of the massive rewrite/edit part and on to fixing things that are still obvious, like name changes and such.  I'm not going to rush it.

I have no idea what I will work on next.

I am really thinking about the possibility of changing houses with Russ for the winter.  There are good points to it.  The other house has central heating and is cheaper to heat all day than this one, where I have to use multiple plug in heaters.  Russ is more tolerant of colder temps than I am.  or than the cats are, in fact.  We could do the exchange with a limited amount of stuff from my side.  He'd have to bring a good deal over here, though, because it is stuff that we could not leave around with the cats.

But if we started early and began moving things a little at a time....

It would be nice to be somewhere else this winter.  Somewhere that you could walk between rooms and not have to race from one heating source to another.  Also, his oven works so I could make good wintery food.

Also, I've had an awful yearning to move.  This would take care of that 'somewhere new' longing. 

I spent a lot of last night thinking about what I would take, how I would get it over there, how I would set things up once I got there.  Even if it doesn't happen, it has given me something to think about and plan.  Sometimes that's all I need.  Besides, the idea of moving even a minimal amount of this ... stuff is kind of daunting.

July 27, 2016

Oh!  A new idea for STUFF!

Cafe Press!  Cups, journals, tee-shirts, prints, decals -- all sorts of things!  Both pictures and graphic art stuff!  This might actually be fun to do. 

Oh, and I am formatting Living in Caine's Hold.  it will have another edit, but a quick one.  Next up might be Raventower.

So, you know -- things to think about.  Should be fun.

July 28, 2016

I am still working on the Cafe Press idea.  It will take a bit of work to get some of this ready, but I am going to do it.

Caine's Hold is almost done.

My head is ready to fall off.  Really.  Just can't seem to stay focused on anything for long.

July 29, 2016

Just about the same as yesterday.  Focus is shot today, except that I have been getting notes on the New World Western story.  Lots of interesting characters, actually.  Lots of background stuff that is going to be fun to work into the story.  This will be a NaNo novel.  It should be fun.

I am trying to get pictures copied off still.  I'm into the 2014 pictures now and they're going pretty fast.  it's been fun, really, to go through them, but it is a bit of work to constantly change out the DVDs.

I am also planning the move to next door.  I think we're really going to do it in a few weeks.  I'm kind of excited.  I don't spend a lot of time over there, so it's going to be like moving to a new house.  It has problems, but not nearly as many as I have here -- so we'll see. Maybe we'll change our minds before we do it.  Lot of work hauling books around and such.

But.  Maybe.

July 30, 2016

I woke up with a horrendous headache that simply would not go away.  Russ thought a ride might help and we ended up going to DeSoto Wildlife Refuge.  Nice day for it.  My pictures aren't very good, though.  Just that kind of day.

I did get some ideas for the next Raventower, since I need to settle some problems that were left in the air at the last book.  I need outline ideas to work up for NaNo, so this, along with Silversun, should give me a couple.  I have Amusing Grace still out there, too.  So there are 3 novels -- if I can get these two that I have figured out.

Silversun is odd, but I feel parts of it falling together.  I'm going to take it from the Word note file and start putting it together in sections for Scrivener soon.  That means naming characters soon.  Need to find my book and maybe figure out if I want a cultural naming tradition for the main family.  It's hard to say.

Ugh.  Too much to think about with a headache. 

July 31, 2016

Trying to get everything caught up by the end of the month.  I'm still copying pictures to disc, but that's going well.  I have a lot of notes for Silversun which I will start coping into the Scrivener file now.  I even have some notes for the next Raventower.  I need outlines.  And a lot of world building for Silversun.

Am I going to move houses in a couple weeks?  Maybe so.  I don't know any more.  I think I'm going to start preparing like it will happen and if it doesn't -- well, I have to change things anyway to move back into the room.  Some of the changes I intend to make would have to be undone afterwards, but at the moment it might be a good idea to give it a try.

I don't know.  Sometimes it sounds like a good idea and other times it doesn't.  ugh.

Just focus on the writing stuff.  I can do that, at least.

And box up a few things that maybe need to be boxed up anyway.  And sort out stuff that I can toss, which should be done, too.  Yeah.  I can do this.