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March 1, 2016

I still have 34 plot points left to finish in Raventower.  I also got hit by more stuff that other people wanted today, so I'm once more late in getting started on it.  I can do this, though.  I may not get done before March 8 (when I start Jami), but I can try.  I don't mind if the two books overlap a bit, so long as I don't lose the push for Raventower while I start to move Jami forward.

Ugh.  But I should get to work on it now.  No more time to waste.

March 2, 2016

I've gone over 104k in the novel.  Raventower is still moving along fine, though I'm having a little bit of a slow up here towards the end of the book.  Not a problem, just bringing a few things into line.  I am almost done.  I would have liked to be done before now, but it's still going well.  Not much longer.

And that is my whole life right now.  I get writing done.  I should be doing more than I am considering the amount of time I've been devoting to it, but at least it is moving along.

Okay, over 105k now.  Time for me to get some sleep, though.  And I have a flash fiction to write for Friday, too.  But over all -- not bad, really.  Not bad at all.

march 3, 2016

Ugh.  This is not the time to have trouble with the story.

But I am having some problems with it.  Not horrible.  I'm very close to the end.  Two chapters maybe.  Exciting stuff happening now.  But I had a transition scene (yeah, they've been bothering me lately) that just wasn't falling into place.  It annoyed me and that made all the rest of the writing go bad.

I'm over 107k.  3K more?  5K?  I don't know.  But I am close.   I hope I can get this to fall together right at the end.  it would be shame if all the good stuff before doesn't add up to something great at the end.

Ugh.  That's all.

march 4, 2016

Well, it crossed 110k.  For something I hoped would make 80k . . . yeah.  Doing fine.  Also doing another one later.

Also giving up on being done by the 8th and just starting Jami and finishing this.  It's not like I have RULES that must be obeyed for something like this.

Or hold it.  I only have a chapter and a half left to go.  Huh.  I might have this done.

Well.  Okay.  I guess I better think about this again.

March 5, 2016

Getting closer and closer to done with the book. But is that really what I want?

Well, yes.  I do.  But I have been so happy with this novel that I'm going to be sorry to see it end.

Should I be talking about sequels now?  Because I think they're going to be happening.

march 6, 2016

Russ surprised me with a trip to Squaw Creek Wildlife Refuge!  Wonderful weather, great creatures everywhere, and a nice birthday present.  I had a great time.  Yeah, it slowed down the writing.  I don't care!

March 7, 2016

I finished Raventower!


And sniff.  But I do have some ideas for the next book with those characters.  I won't be writing it any time soon, but it does give me something to look forward to.

The book hit 116k.  I'm happy.

march 8, 2016

Today is my birthday.  I turned 62 which simply is not possible.  I'll ignore that part.

Had a nice night.  We had dinner at our favorite Mexican place here in town and then I bought a few things at a thrift shop.  Odd, I know -- but they have glass things and teddy bears.  Really, can it get better than that?

And I started Jami.  It's going slowly, but that's not a surprise.  Hard to make that leap.  But as soon as I get the feel for Jami, this is going to be fun.

March 9, 2016

Oh yes, Jami is harder to write.  And I realized I have a HUGE problem I hadn't considered.  I need to get the timeline for the Silky books written out because they cover years and Jami has to cover the same time frame. Yes, I think I have enough material, so I'm not worried about it -- but I need the timelines to match up.

Okay, that's going to mean doing some reading, doesn't it? LOL

But still, this start is going fine.  A bit slow, but I'm getting there.

March 10, 2016

Getting going on Jami has not been easy, but it's moving along anyway.  I'm also doing the final edits on Mirrors 2 and hope to get three books into print here soon (Kat Among the Pigeons, Mirrors 1, and Mirrors 2). 

I think once I get the feel for Jami, this is going to be interesting to write.  He is not the same as his cousin, Silky.  And Jami's life took a different path when he was bought at the slave market.

March 11, 2016

Up to 7k on the novel and about 10 pages edited on Mirrors 2.  I'm a bit slow.  I feel things falling into place, but . . . not quite where I want them.

Ugh.  Not feeling my best the last few days.  I hope that clears up soon!

I need a timeline for Silky.  That should help get things settled in my brain.

march 12, 2016

I just found out I need to make a drastic change in some dates in Silky.  I had him sold at 6 -- but that was far younger than I had ever intended.  It makes no sense at all story-wise because of things he mentions from home.  He needs to be at least twice that age.  Well, it's only one little line, which is fine.  It allows me to cut down on the years he spent with Morlin, which means Jami doesn't need to cover a decade of time there, either.  A few years, but that's fine.  I had that planned.  But not a decade.  Ack.

I don't know what made me write that age in.  It makes no sense at all.

Amazing the stuff you find later.

march 13, 2016

We had some lovely clouds tonight.  Nice to see the spring stuff starting to drift in.  I do hope for a nice long spring with reasonable weather, but you know, it will probably go straight to unbearable heat again.  You have to expect it here in this area.

Jami is still . . . not quite right.  I'm getting there.  The age is one problem, but I'm seeing other things that just aren't right.

I want to go read Raventower.  I won't let myself because that will only drive me away from Jami.  I need to focus here.

March 14, 2016

I had a lovely little female cardinal at my bird feeder today!  Finally, they are coming back!

I'll be setting up a desk by the window as soon as it warms up a bit more.  We're having some miserable up and down stuff again.  There is snow in the forecast, though not much.  Just enough to make certain I don't move out of my lovely little warm room yet.

March 15, 2016

More nice clouds tonight.  I love clouds.  Great things for pictures.

Writing is annoying me right now.  Not horribly, but I wish this book would kick in and move like Raventower did.  I need to do something.  Maybe step back from it a bit and figure out a different approach.

Novel # 100.  I should have realized it would be a problem.

March 16, 2016

Wow, some really incredible clouds today!  I loved them!  And Russ took me on a nice ride so I got lots of pictures.  Now if it would just warm up!

Yeah, I know, I keep saying that one.  But it's mid March and we should start expecting better weather soon.  Instead, I keep seeing little snowflake symbols on the weather reports.  Snarl.

March 17, 2016


I have the answer to most of the trouble with Jami.  It has to do with how Silky faced trouble from the start, but I hadn't pushed Jami too hard.  I need more trouble for him.  And I found it big time.  (Laughs hysterically -- authors do that far too often.)

And I found the answer to a photography problem I have had -- setting up my lovely little studio.  I have the backdrop, the lights, etc. -- and no where it could go.  But once I move my office back out of this room, it should be just about perfect for it!

So as soon as it warms up, I should be good!

Meanwhile, back to work on rewriting the start of Jami!

March 18, 2016

Fitting the new stuff into Jami will take a bit.  I have about 14k already written, and working this on-going problem into it is going to be fun, really -- just have to go back over everything and make it slip in.

And once I have this in place -- it's actually two problems in one -- I can move forward again.  I am so glad this answer came to me!  I hate knowing there is something not quite right and sitting on something for weeks or months before it comes clearly into focus. This didn't take long at all!

march 19, 2016

It snowed today.  Not much and it disappeared pretty early -- but it never got very warm.  Snarl.

Other than that, all is going fine.  Story is moving again.  Slowly, but moving.  Editing on Mirrors 2 is going fine.  Cover work for Kat is pretty much done again.  The problem there is three different color choices.  Hmmm.

But, overall, not too bad.

March 20, 2016

Getting things worked out with Jami.  I like the basics of what I'm getting, but I'll have to work a little harder on the MC and his attitude.  He's accepting too easily right now still.  A bit of rebellion won't hurt at all.

Realizing that I don't need to rush Jami like I did Raventower is helping, too.  It can take all the rest of the year for all I care.  I am writing 1k a day for it right now and doing a lot of editing and rewriting the rest of the time.  I hope to have Mirrors 2 done this week.

And I'm watching shows.  I rarely do that.  it's been fun.

March 21, 2016

I have watched all of the first season of Miami Vice.

No, I'm not sure why, exactly. But I watched two or three shows a night and just . . . studied it.  Lost myself in it.  It was an interesting experience because the two MCs are not really my type of characters.  Oh, they're interesting enough and the stories are mostly good (there was one that I thought might have been the most boring show ever made on any series, though), but things simply did not click.  Of course you can't beat Glen Frey in Smuggler's Blues.  Great episode, really.  And the episode Evan -- wow.  I remembered I liked that one, but I didn't remember why until the end.

This is helping me settle a bit.  Writing is going fine!

March 22, 2016

Three to five inches of snow tomorrow.  Wind.  Maybe ice.


I've made all the additions to Jami leading up to the spot where I move on in the story.  It is now over 20k.  Not bad for something that was giving me trouble!

Mirrors 2 is almost half done as well.  So this all is looking good!

This is just a long week.  I'm having trouble moving on stuff, but not doing horribly.  I just want to get a lot of the stuff out of the way and play around with other programs again.  I know, it sounds odd.  I should just do it.

But I have to treat Writing as the most important thing.  I get annoyed when I don't.    And it's not like the writing isn't going well anyway.

Just a bad attitude at the moment.

March 23, 2016

Oh yeah.  Snow. 

Well, at least it is in March, so it won't be around for long.  That's always a good thing.

I'm writing 1k a day on Jami this week.  That's going well.  And I'm watching Robin of Sherwood now.  Interesting shows.  I hope they start giving me more ideas.  Nothing too much so far.

Lots of snow, though.

March 24, 2016

That five to eight inches of snow?

15.5 inches

Yeah, that was quite a storm!  Very lovely and fun, but I'm glad it's March and not November.  it won't be around for long.

We did lose some of the lilacs though.  Sigh.

And writing is fine.  Really.  I'm just in a snarly mood lately.

March 25, 2017

Okay, yes.  Near the end of the month again.  Commence first stage of panic alert.

Need to get things done.  Many odd things. 

Now, the good news is that Jami, in it's own odd way, is moving along fine.  I am looking forward to being back on the outline, but I'm getting some 'feeling' stuff in here that will have to be reworked, but is allowing me to get a better connection with Jami himself.

So that's good.  Mirrors 2 is going fine as well.

But, you know. End of the month.

march 26, 2016

The snow is melting away.  April might be good for weather.  I'm going to move my desk back to the other room and be close to the windows where I can see the birds. There have been quite a few already, so I'm looking forward to putting my tripod up and seeing what I can get.

Other than that -- write, write, write.  Newsletter.  Work on stuff.

Not bad, really.

March 27, 2016

A nice Easter.  Russ and I both had a lot of work to get done, but we went for a nice ride and had dinner at Sonic.  Yeah, not quite what I had in mind, but we never got to the grocery store.

I saw at least six hawks -- three in about a half mile area of open land.  Very nice.

And that's about it!

March 28, 2016

Okay, stage two panic alert for end of the month.  Need to get things done.

As usual.

Really, things are not going so badly right now.  Writing was a bit slow today, but that's okay.  I actually think I might slow down for the last few days and get ready for Camp NaNo.

Yeah, like I need that kind of writing pressure.  But I don't plan on going for high numbers.  And I'm going to work on Jami, which is finally back to the outline.

So things are not too bad.

I hope the weather gets better, though!

March 29, 2016

The little birds are mostly coming back now, even though the weather is just odd.  I want spring.  I really do.  I want to move out of the little office and over where there are windows to look out again.  Get the feeders filled, put out a few flowers this time -- see if I can't bet butterflies and such, too.

I'm not particularly fired up about Camp NaNo, but I hope it will be fun.  Only a couple days now!

March 30, 2016

We are starting to get spring clouds, but it's still not warm enough.  Come on weather! Get warm!

I have worries about the novel, Jami.  it's just not falling together right, which is  a shame after Raventower going so well.  I am purposely not looking at Raventower again, by the way.  If I sit down to read it, I'm going to want to work on it again -- and that one will take all my attention.

So, only a couple days until Camp NaNo starts.  Let's see how it goes!

March 31, 2016

Counting down the hours until Camp NaNo kicks on.   I don't go as crazy with Camp NaNo as I do with November.  I'll be finishing Jami, I hope -- if I can ever get the story to stick to the outline.  Wow.  This one has just been crazy!

Okay, time to get ready for April!