Wednesday Writing — A #Review Exercise & “Yay!” to No Facilities

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 Welcome everyone.  I’m not just sharing a review.  I’m sharing a terrific example of writing outside your comfort zone.  Dan Antion at No Facilities is always saying that he is not comfortable writing reviews. He rose to the challenge. That makes his post even more important to me.  For someone who … More Wednesday Writing — A #Review Exercise & “Yay!” to No Facilities

Announcing — Dead of Winter: Journey 9, Doors of Attunement

Thursday, September 2, 2021 The September issue of Dead of Winter ready! Welcome to my sanctuary.  Try not to let that giant eye worry you.  During the past ten days, I’ve put in so many long hours each day, but I’m on track and here to announce the latest novelette in Dead of Winter.  To … More Announcing — Dead of Winter: Journey 9, Doors of Attunement

Dead of Winter-BOOK REVIEWS — from Baydreamer and D. Wallace Peach

Monday, August 30, 2021 Updated. It’s a busy week in the Land of Enchantment.  I’m behind (largely because I was behind last month) on the ninth issue of Dead of Winter.  Even so I couldn’t resist sharing a couple of marvelous reviews.  My favorite fantasy author, D. Wallace Peach, included Dead of Winter: Journey 8, The … More Dead of Winter-BOOK REVIEWS — from Baydreamer and D. Wallace Peach

Wednesday Writing — I write like who? And Cover Reveal

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 Just before I started writing this post, the part of my brain that I call “Squirrel” because it bounces around like a dog who’s just seen a squirrel… Squirrel!!!  Where was I?  Oh, yeah. I had landed on something about the “I Write Like” place that most writers have visited at … More Wednesday Writing — I write like who? And Cover Reveal

Announcing — Dead of Winter: Journey 8, The Lost Library

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 The August issue of Dead of Winter is here! Welcome everyone.  Thanks for visiting my sanctuary.  The “lost library” is one of the mental places where I like to relax.  Although, in Dead of Winter, it may not be a safe harbor.  Our characters definitely need to proceed with caution.  In Journey … More Announcing — Dead of Winter: Journey 8, The Lost Library

Wednesday Writing — Cover Reveal, Dead of Winter: Journey 8, The Lost Library

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 Hello, everyone.  It’s hard to believe that July is almost gone.  Where does the time go?  This is only a quick post.  I’m trying not to freak out, with “Dead of Winter: Journey 8, The Lost Library” and the new blog serial — which I hope to launch this Saturday, competing for … More Wednesday Writing — Cover Reveal, Dead of Winter: Journey 8, The Lost Library

Wednesday Writing — Research & Character Creation

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 Welcome, all.  Even though I engage in full-on whimsy, and often pantser (fly by the seat of my pants) through stories, everything I do is for a reason.  Today I’m explaining what undoubtedly seems like a strange quirk on my part — the color green.  That also relates to a character … More Wednesday Writing — Research & Character Creation

Wednesday Writing — Beware the Fearsome Boobrie!

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 Hello, everyone.  Today we bid farewell to June.  However, it is still June.  The July issue of “Dead of Winter” is on schedule for release on the first Wednesday of the month.  (Although I don’t commit to a firm publication schedule, that’s my own generally desired date.) I’m sharing some of … More Wednesday Writing — Beware the Fearsome Boobrie!

#BookReviews — Olga Núñez Miret on Dead of Winter 5 & 6

Tuesday, June 15, 2021   One of Dan Antion‘s baseball playing crows stopped to check things out.  Promo image by Teagan, crow by Dan.  Olga Núñez Miret provides not just a double-feature review of both the May and June issues of “Dead of Winter,” but reader guidance through the story.  Click over and join the … More #BookReviews — Olga Núñez Miret on Dead of Winter 5 & 6

The Delta Pearl — Random Recap & New, Dead of Winter Journey 6

Saturday, June 5, 2021 Welcome, my chuckaboos. I hope everyone is safe and well.  The Delta Pearl is almost finished.  It’s been a complex story, stretching over many months.  So, I thought a recap of past chapters was in order.  Besides, I’ve come down with a head-cold, and it’s interfering with my “little gray cells.”  … More The Delta Pearl — Random Recap & New, Dead of Winter Journey 6

Announcing — Dead of Winter: Journey 6, The Fluting Fell

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 Update:  The paperback is now also available.  Universal purchase link: relinks.me/B096CPJNSX Welcome June — and welcome to you too, everyone. Last month the May issue of “Dead of Winter” ended with a ginormous cliffhanger at “Llyn Pistyll Falls.”  Today I’m pleased to announce Journey 6, the Fluting Fell, and get us … More Announcing — Dead of Winter: Journey 6, The Fluting Fell

The Delta Pearl 74: Stare — & DoW Cover Reveal

Saturday, May 22, 2021 Welcome, my chuckaboos. I hope everyone is safe and well.  The Delta Pearl is back.  Today we have the penultimate episode.  Or at least I think we do… you never really know around here. The steampunk riverboat awaits.  All aboard! The Delta Pearl Chapter 74 — Stare Hand firmly clasped over … More The Delta Pearl 74: Stare — & DoW Cover Reveal

Stay Tuned

Saturday, May 8, 2021 Hello, my chuckaboos.  Thanks for coming to the river.  It’s good to see you, but I just didn’t have the energy to make a Delta Pearl post for today.  Everything is fine, but the past seven days have been overflowing with… stuff.  One good thing was that I was able to … More Stay Tuned

Announcing — Dead of Winter: Journey 5, Llyn Pistyll Falls — Giveaway Winners

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 Hello again, everyone.  The deadline for giveaway entries passed at 5 PM.  Random number generators make this so easy that I’m announcing the winners tonight.  Remember this includes entries from a Facebook post I did yesterday before the geeky-gishy-giddyness of the number 5 took hold of me.  I will reach out … More Announcing — Dead of Winter: Journey 5, Llyn Pistyll Falls — Giveaway Winners

Announcing — Dead of Winter: Journey 5, Llyn Pistyll Falls — and a Giveaway!

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 Happy Cinco de Mayo!  Hello, everyone. Welcome to a celebration of synchronicity!  It’s May 5th, and today I announce the fifth Journey of “Dead of Winter.”  No I did not plan this in advance.  Update! The paperback is now available too. Universal link: relinks.me/B0942KC471 When I realized the timing, I got all geeky-gishy-giddy. … More Announcing — Dead of Winter: Journey 5, Llyn Pistyll Falls — and a Giveaway!

The Delta Pearl 72 — Hide. Plus a DoW-5 Cover Reveal

Saturday, May 1, 2021 Happy May Day.  Sorry for the delay — there was a WordPress scheduling error. Thank you for coming back to the river, my chuckaboos!  This post is a bit of a hodgepodge. There’s a featured image from my Designed & Ready Book Covers service.  Plus I’m finishing up Dead of Winter: … More The Delta Pearl 72 — Hide. Plus a DoW-5 Cover Reveal

ANNOUNCING — Dead of Winter: Journey 4, The Old Road

Wednesday, April 14, 2021  The April Journey is finally here! Dead of Winter: Journey 4, The Old Road I never intended to do much writing when I decided to convert this epic novel into an Amazon serial of monthly novelettes.  It was already plenty long.  However, this Journey gave me the chance to tell part … More ANNOUNCING — Dead of Winter: Journey 4, The Old Road

Pictures and Research

Saturday, April 10, 2021   Hello, my chuckaboos!  I was not able to make it to the river today for The Delta Pearl.  At least Émeraude wasn’t still literally hanging when we left her last time.  My author-head is deep in the Emlyn-verse of Dead of Winter.  Recently, Pat at eQuips blog shared an interview.  Her … More Pictures and Research

Wednesday Writing — “Dead of Winter” Conversation at Tea Toast & Trivia

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 I love creating characters of all sorts for my stories. If there is an aspect of writing that I enjoy more, it would be world building.  The world of Dead of Winter is perhaps the most interesting of my many worlds.  I’m visiting the amazing Rebecca Budd to chat about that.  … More Wednesday Writing — “Dead of Winter” Conversation at Tea Toast & Trivia

Wednesday Writing — When Editing Becomes Writing & Cover Reveal

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 Yes twice…Sorry… I didn’t know comments were turned off. That’s fixed now. Really… this time I think they’re enabled.   Did somebody change this day to Monday? Happy hump day.  It’s almost April Fools’ Day, but I’m not foolin’ around.  I’m hard at work getting Dead of Winter: Journey 4, The Old Road … More Wednesday Writing — When Editing Becomes Writing & Cover Reveal

Wednesday Writing — Question & Answer Party

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 Hello, everyone. Happy hump day.  My serial approach in publishing Dead of Winter in novelette-sized monthly installments is rather unusual.  It will take months for some story elements to be fully revealed.  I realize it’s hard to be patient.  So, I thought it might be fun to have a sort of … More Wednesday Writing — Question & Answer Party

Announcing — Dead of Winter: Journey 2, Penllyn

Wednesday, February 3, 2021  February is here & so is the 2nd monthly installment Dead of Winter: Journey 2, Penllyn January 2021 actually began one good thing — monthly, serialized novelettes of an epic fantasy, “Dead of Winter.”  Journey 1, Forlorn Peak was released a month ago. I actually wrote Dead of Winter ten years … More Announcing — Dead of Winter: Journey 2, Penllyn

Thursday Doors, with Olga Núñez Miret & John W. Howell

Thursday, January 21, 2021  I was so excited to read the review that author and translator, Olga Núñez Miret wrote for Dead of Winter: Journey 1, Forlorn Peak that I had to share it.  I’ve sent the limo above to pick up Olga and some other guests. In her review , Olga mentions that Dead of … More Thursday Doors, with Olga Núñez Miret & John W. Howell

Thursday Doors within Doors — Visiting Dan Antion, Robbie Cheadle, Teri Polen, & Mark Bierman

Thursday, January 14, 2021  You aren’t mistaken — this is an extra post from me this week.  Everyone has been so gracious and generous  with my book launch for Dead of Winter: Journey 1, Forlorn Peak that I’m bursting with gratitude… and blog posts.  Thursday Doors Thursday Doors is now hosted by Dan Antion.  Today … More Thursday Doors within Doors — Visiting Dan Antion, Robbie Cheadle, Teri Polen, & Mark Bierman

Wednesday Writing & Thursday Doors to the West

Wednesday, January 13, 2021  I’ve been combining Wednesdays and Thursdays so that I can participate in the Thursday Doors posts, hosted by Dan Antion.  To my surprised delight, the book launch for Dead of Winter: Journey 1, Forlorn Peak is still going.  So I’m sharing extra posts, in support of those who are helping me.) … More Wednesday Writing & Thursday Doors to the West

Wednesday Writing & Thursday Doors — Visiting with D. Wallace Peach

Wednesday, January 6, 2021  Hodgepodge!  Hodgepodge might be a good title for this post, because there’s so much I want to share! I’ve started combining Wednesdays and Thursdays so that I can participate in the Thursday Doors posts, hosted by Dan Antion, and still keep my normal blog schedule.  (Granted, during a book launch I’m … More Wednesday Writing & Thursday Doors — Visiting with D. Wallace Peach

New Series Launch — Dead of Winter: Journey 1, Forlorn Peak

Saturday, January 2, 2021  (All new video trailer for Journey-1) Happy New Year, one and all!  For weeks I’ve been giving hints and making little shout-outs for a new serial/series, but uncertain of when I would be ready.  The day is finally here.  Presenting Dead of Winter: Journey 1, Forlorn Peak! Dead of Winter will be … More New Series Launch — Dead of Winter: Journey 1, Forlorn Peak

Happy Halloween

In celebration of Halloween, I’m re-posting an excerpt from The Dead of Winter.  This is probably my favorite sequence in the entire book.  I call it “Emlyn Ran.”  It comes from a ways into the story, so try to tell your brain not to worry about context or details you might not understand.  All “realms” … More Happy Halloween

Summer and Winter

The summer solstice has not yet arrived but… Winter is coming! I’ve been toying with a cover idea for “The Dead of Winter.”  This is just an initial concept, but I had fun with it.  The image of the girl was so much like “Emlyn” looks in my mind, I thought I’d share.  The border was better (dark … More Summer and Winter

Winter Is Coming!

The Dead of Winter — Draft Complete! Winter is coming…. Winter is coming! Maybe there is something to be said for insomnia.  Before the first 24 hours of spring were complete, so was a draft of “The Dead of Winter.”  Even though there was less than an hour to spare… even though it’s a very … More Winter Is Coming!

Spring is coming!

My heroine in The Dead of Winter hears the eerie warning, “Winter is coming!” Well, the warning I hear is spring is coming! I’ve thought so many times how badly I’d like to finish at least a draft before winter was over yet again. So a few weeks ago I gave myself the deadline of astronomical … More Spring is coming!

How Winter Began

The Dead of Winter:  How Winter Began When I think of beginning a book, one thing I consider is how many times it has been done.  Notice I said “how many times,” because I came to the conclusion that everything has already been done – and not just once, but many times.  I even made … More How Winter Began

Working on Winter

This weekend I was hard at work on The Dead of Winter (DoW). Everything is gearing up for the big showdown. Hopefully, I’ll have time to write and post a synopsis soon. DoW is what I like to call a “quest type” fantasy. That’s the type of story that I usually write.  Atonement, Tennessee was … More Working on Winter

Finishing 2012

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