Progress – July 30, 2018

July 30, 2018

July is at an end, but this last week has been interesting.

I spent part of it with Cirvel and learned more about his story. I’ve always known just enough to know that digging deeper would be painful. I wasn’t wrong.

I had to go back to Steigan — as if he doesn’t have enough issues of his own, but at least I’ve spent a lot of time with his traumas. But in going back and researching certain aspects of my story, I remember how big this story is. And it keeps growing.

I also have added two new stories to the list of those waiting to be told. The Rag Girl came to me a few weeks ago. I’m not sure why this story chose me. Probably because I always said I wouldn’t write a story like this. It came about from a piece of research I was doing for Stonecharmer and I read an interesting bit of information I had not thought about before. I knew it would come back to haunt me. There are just some things you cannot unsee. The other story that came to me is about an early developed android. I have no clue what this story is about, but it spit out nearly 800 words like it was cake on a platter to be devoured and now it’s in the hopper. I do hope something develops from these two starts, but maybe not until I have some other stories out of the way.

Bookkeeping took some of my time.

I put Let’s Make a Deal up and by the time this post publishes, it should be ready on many platforms.

Plus, the Books Gone Bad bundle has been released.

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The print version of 1-800-CallLoki is coming soon — hopefully I’ll be able to get information about that out this week.

And I have finalized the cover for Dragons of Wellsdeep. I’m so excited and hope to have a cover reveal soon. Let’s hope I don’t get called off on so many adventures this week that I can get all these extra blog posts written which I’ve wanted to get done.

Let’s look at the numbers, shall we?

Fiction words written last week:  5,596 words.

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  997 words.

Weekly word goal reached for 1 weeks.

Writing month to date total:  15,228 words

Writing year to date total: 184,937 words

Drawing/painting last week: I painted 1 8×10 painting last week

Audio: I spent 5 hours editing audio.

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Progress – July 16, 2018

July 16, 2018

Color me exhausted!

I just can’t seem to recover from Salt Lake Gaming Con. This week seemed like I didn’t have a moment to have some downtime and relax. It wasn’t like I was busy, even though I got a lot done — more on that to come. I headed into Wizard World Boise already tired.

I did get to catch up with some friends at Wizard World Boise, plus I made new friends and talked to lots of people. That was great fun.

In getting ready for the show, I didn’t get a whole lot done on anything else during the week in-between. My word count last week was pathetic. I thought I’d at least have some time to write in the car as my son drove (which he did, but I didn’t write at all) or in the hotel room before and after the con (which I tried on Saturday morning, but I was so tired nothing was flowing and after the con I was way too exhausted to do anything but have dinner and go to bed, where I crashed quickly and slept well).

Here’s Loki showing his support: Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – June 25, 2018

June 25, 2018

Hail, fellow adventurers.

I don’t know about you, but last week was a bushwhacking week. Some incredible high points (so lows too, but balance in all things, right?) Whew!

Let’s see… I got my print copy of Eggs at Play. That was fun.

Some people have also already noticed that the next Loki novella, 1-800-IceBaby is up for pre-order. It will officially be available August 28th. Spread the word!

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Cover and layout copyright ©2018 by Morning Sky Studios
Cover design by Dawn Blair/Morning Sky Studios
Cover art copyright © Ileana – Marcela Bosogea – Tudor | Dreamstime.com, © Maglara | Dreamstime.com, © Phive2015 | Dreamstime.com

PS. That word is “mischief.”

(insert Loki’s laughter here)

Yeah, he’s a bit excited too.  Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – June 11, 2018

June 11, 2018

For the readers that have asked for a continuation of The Doorway Prince, rejoice! This last week, Eclipse started telling me that something happened and now we’re off on a mystery together.

I’ve also gotten several chapters of  Tangled Magic reviewed. And I’m rethreading The Missing Thread (yes, I find great humor with that one!).  I’m into chapter 3, piecing together several parts I’d previously written, and it feel so much stronger.

I got the Sacred Knight box set up onto Kobo. Speaking of the series, the audiobook for Quest for the Three Books is getting closer and closer. Yeah, baby steps. On all fronts.

Plus I got some drawing and painting done this week, though Eggs at Play still doesn’t want to manifest as a print book. Argh! I have to keep reminding myself that the first one is always the hardest because of the learning curve. I’m figuring things out, slowly, as expected. It’ll get there, but not as efficient as I wish (obviously).  Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – June 4, 2018

June 4, 2018

Have I mentioned my Instant Pot?

Yes, I’m still enjoying the new, shiny object. I don’t know who has been using it more: me or my son. He took a discounted pork roast that he found for $2.98 and made it into dinner for us for two nights. I’ve had $15 meals that didn’t taste as good as what he had prepared for us. We’re learning to use it to warm food up, even to cook something fresh and warm up something else. I made applesauce on Sunday night right before writing up this post.  Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – May 28, 2018

May 28, 2018

I’m taking the day off from writing a long post because I’m currently away wi-if service for the post part and writing this on my phone.

My boys and I have spent the weekend at Anime Oasis in Boise, Idaho. It’s been our annual family trip for several years now.

This year, before the convention started on Saturday, we walked along part of the Boise Greenbelt and saw part of a memorial.

It was a firefighter memorial centered around the World Trade Center. They have a section of a beam from one of the towers. Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – May 14, 2018

May 14, 2018

My son was home from college last week and we had a lot to accomplish in the time he was here since he was going back to keep his work study job through the summer. It’s going to be strange with him not at home, but hopefully we’ll still get to see him often.

It’s just been a strange week and I know part of it has been having him home and knowing time was short. I got dictating done, but transcribing came much later in the week. I got to fill in a couple of scenes for Onesong through. You Wednesday readers, you have another week added to the story. Lucky you!

I feel like the most important thing I got done this week was putting together my Loki cover.

Microsoft updates, followed by Adobe updates and issues because of the Microsoft updates, really slowed down my progress too. I lost dang near a whole day because I was either waiting for updates to go, researching issues I was having with programs, or just generally being frustrated because things were going wrong. I really hate IT work — there’s a reason I made a choice several years ago not to pursue it deeper. I deal with enough computer problems as is that I certainly don’t want them in my creative work. Unfortunately, it’s an evil in nearly every profession these days. I need a non-tech hobby! Maybe something like blacksmithing. Or spinning. I do like weaving.

Kidding — I don’t have time for a hobby now.

I tried to get a print version of my children’s story ready, but that’s been painful and frustrating. I prepared a cover, but that’ll have to be redone now. I’m glad I’m dealing with all this now before I start my next story, but dang… This is where I’m learning a lot, but pounding my head against the wall at the same time.

I had an outdoor show on Saturday which got cut short due to rain keeping most people home. It was cold and I was sore on Sunday, but I got to hang out with a friend and sold a couple books, so that makes it a good day, right? Dumb me decided to go home and make the spaghetti I had in the freezer rather than heating up the leftover chicken I’d made the day before in the crockpot and had been planning on for dinner. Even with the short show, I really didn’t have the energy. It left me tired as well on Sunday. I should have been writing more than I did after my son left and the other one went to work, but I didn’t have the focus. I thought I’d been writing well, but then it ended up being less than 600 words.

I did get to hear from readers this week that they are excited for Onesong and 1-800-IceBaby. Those moments have been the highlight of my tired week. Thank you for your notes to me and your words of encouragement.

Fiction words written last week: 3,445 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  2,435 words

Score a big #5 for my weekly word count streak.

Writing month to date total:  11,636 words

Writing year to date total: 130,131 words

Drawing/painting last week: None

Audio: I spent 3 hours editing audio.