Saturday, October 13, 2018 Straightlaced Saturday will not be at the steampunk train station today. This weekend I must not blog, no matter how much I miss visiting with you. Why? I have a ton of work to do before the Atonement, TN Party Bus is road worthy! So I’ve disabled comments today. However… Deme and Honeybell … More A Pause & a Review — (Cornelis will be back)
Friday, October 5, 2018 I debated when to run this post. I worried that it wouldn’t be seen between my serial posts — so I scheduled it as my Saturday post. Then I worried that you’d lose track of Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers… Have I ever mentioned that Springsteen was born to run, … More Another Bloomin’ Cover Reveal — But this time it’s mine!
Welcome to Atonement, TN everyone. I’m giving myself a break this weekend and doing a rerun. But first… I’m revising this post. I wanted to share something new with you, even though it has little to do with this post. Monarch butterflies. The butterfly is a symbol of transformation. One thing for which people who analyze books … More Character Interview: Ralda Lawton — Features from Atonement, TN
It’s Moving Too Slow — What Shall I Do? As I grow my characters, and layer the elements of a new story, I’m always afraid that it is moving to slowly — because I’m doing precisely those things rather than something more exciting. How do I cultivate both characters and suspense, and work on more than … More Adding Suspense — Features from Atonement, TN
I blogged this snippet a while back — before the release of my novel, “Atonement, Tennessee.” Now that the paperback and e-book editions are available, I’m sharing it as a mid-week post for those who might have missed it. This excerpt, this calico calamity, leads the heroine of “Atonement, Tennessee” into a tense situation. Lilith the cat … More Calico Calamity an Atonement Excerpt
The Story Begins I’m posting this especially for those who have requested something longer to read. I’m listening to your comments, and I aim to please! So here is a rather long excerpt from the beginning of “Atonement, Tennessee,” my debut novel, published on Christmas Eve 2013. With our “interactive” serials, The Three Things, and The Three … More Atonement, TN: Beginning
Don’t worry. I won’t leave you hanging with the Three Ingredients Serial. Episode-7, “E. coli, Marmite, Burner” is in progress. (Spock’s Sister and I worked out some changes to her ingredients.) I hope everyone will be thinking of food-related ingredients to send me for future episodes. You’re welcome to leave them in a comment. (Hint -hint.) While you wait for the … More Character Interviews: Lacey Hampton
Atonement, Tennessee – Now Available Tah-dah! I finally self-published “Atonement, Tennessee,” which I wrote last year for National Novel Writing Month. Publishing this novel is a gift to myself. Two other times this year I planned to release this book, and then I got so discouraged that I did not. I know that working full … More To Me — From Me, a Limited Release
I can’t help feeling pretentious, announcing a cover reveal on my little blog, for my little novel, Atonement, Tennessee. I never delude myself that I write great literature, and this one is purely meant to be entertainment. (Granted, I am very serious about The Dead of Winter, but even there I don’t pretend to write … More Cover Reveal: Atonement, Tennessee
What’s in a Name? What do you think about names – generally? Or do you think about them? Most people don’t. I however, could really enjoy a big metaphysical discussion about names, but that’s not where I’m headed here. When I started this blog, I promised myself I’d stick to things related to writing or … More What’s in a Name?
Calico Calamity, Excerpt — Atonement, Tennessee This excerpt, this calico calamity, leads the heroine of “Atonement, Tennessee” into a tense situation. Lilith the cat has a knack for finding those, and a few such are told from her point of view in the novel. I use the calico as a device to let you know about … More Calico Calamity — Atonement
Indie Publishing – My Latest Lesson It’s rather amazing, how much there is to learn about indie (independent) publishing. I’m getting practice with blogging. Now I need to try a pitch. The NaNoWriMo organization had a “Pitchapalooza” this month. It’s supposed to be only 200 words… (Yikes!) This is a random drawing; only 25 entries … More NaNoWriMo Pitchapalooza!
Wednesday I was thrilled to finally see a letter from the Copyright Office. I did everything to register the copyright for “Atonement, Tennessee” back in December, but had not received the certificate. It was exciting to read over it, and be able to hold it in my hand. However, I’m disappointed about the condition of … More “Atonement, Tennessee” Copyright Certificate
Character Interviews: Lilith the Calico Teagan: Lilith, won’t you come over here and sit with me? (She looks all around the room — everywhere but at me.) You’re even prettier than I expected. (Now she jumps onto the sofa.) For this interview, the Creative Muse has given you the power of human speech. Lilith: Meow… … More Atonement: Lilith the Calico
On Christmas Eve, I finally released my debut novel, Atonement, Tennessee. With that done, I thought it would be good to re-blog the few posts I did a year ago — when I first started getting ready for the book’s (postponed) launch. I did a couple of character interviews. This one is with the heroine of … More Atonement: Ralda Lawton
Atonement, Tennessee was a style departure for me. I usually write what I like to call “quest type” fantasy. While it’s a fantasy, Atonement is written in first person, and set in our current, real world. It was designed to be something I could write ultra-fast for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2012. Since it … More A Departure
Synopsis: Atonement, Tennessee Look for some characters inspired by figures in Celtic mythology in this urban fantasy that comes with a side order of mystery. It is a dream come true for Ralda (short for Esmeralda). An old estate, complete with historic cemetery, and she’s won it at auction. Okay, she isn’t so excited about … More Synopsis: Atonement, Tennessee
Last week flew by! It’s the first time I’ve ever taken time off at the holidays, and I’m glad I did. Happily I’ve spent most of my spare time last week and this weekend doing things for my writing. I finished tweaking the draft of Atonement, Tennessee, and then did the formatting and torturous set up … More Finishing 2012
This year I participated in my first National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The challenge was to write a draft novel, of at least 50,000 words, just during the month of November. I didn’t think I could do it — but I did! Now I’m a NaNoWriMo winner with Atonement, Tennessee. It was quite a journey. … More My First Blog Post: Atonement, Tennessee: Draft Complete