A magical flight

September 14, 2018

It feels like a lonely world tonight.

I sit here staring at the white page of my computer screen and wonder what to write. Secrets plays on my Internet radio, followed by Armada by Two Steps from Hell. I wonder how long I will continue to sit and stare until I decide to start writing words, anything. Something.

Click, click, fingers on the keyboard and the words start to come to me. Pouring forth.

There are writers who think the act of writing is grueling and love the idea of having written. I prefer the writing. For me, it’s slipping through a little hole unseen by everyone else and coming out in another world. It’s like music that flows in the ears and opens up your mind to possibilities locked within the flow of the music.

It’s like magic.

Who would want for anything else?  Read the rest of this entry »

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Stonecharmer – an introduction

September 11, 2018

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For several months now, you’ve heard me talk about Stonecharmer in some of my Monday progress blogs. I’ve been pretty closed mouth about it other than that because I didn’t want the story to pop and fizzle on me. I also want to make sure that it was not connected to my Sacred Knight/Wells of the Onesong stories before I started saying, “Oh, yes, I’m working on a completely stand alone novel.”

For me, that would be the kiss of death for it being a stand alone! It would then, undoubtedly, be tied to EVERYTHING for ever and ever!

Why am I telling you this now? Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – August 27, 2018

August 27, 2018

I want to thank all of you who supported the audiobook version of Quest for the Three Books after it came out last week. Thank you! I was absolutely amazed at the response.

I did finish the audio for I’m with Cupid and I’ve started recording For Sale, Call Loki, so I’ll be editing that starting this week. I’m with Cupid ended up being very short — of course, it is a short story — and comes in just under 28 minutes long.

I’m making the change from recording and doing preliminary edits in Audacity to working completely in Adobe Audition. That’s been a little bit of a learning curve, but not too bad since I’ve been editing and mastering with Audition for several months now. I’m excited about the possibilities this brings me, even though it’s a complete reworking of my process. Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – August 20, 2018

August 20, 2018
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View while I’m walking of the college campus

While taking my lunchtime walks this week, I finished up listening to Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s audiobook, The Freelancer’s Survival Guide. It’s interesting to see how things have changed in the 5+ years since this book was written as posts on her blog, then published. While there were many good gems in this book (brilliant advise I wish I’d had ages ago and some that I will be delving into myself over the next few years), there was one thing that really struck me and I want to share.

Don’t make the words fancy. Translation into other languages translates the story, not the words.

These were my notes, so I’m certain I paraphrased for me to remember. So often, I know I try to strive for just the right sentence or word. All too often, I feel like I’m just using the same words over and over. Oh look, another THE. How about and AND. Yes, I’m oversimplifying here, but that’s how it feels some days. It’s if I’ve just taken every word I learned in first grade, probably when we were pasting words into the sentences on our sheets, thrown them into a bag and shook them, and now I take them out one by one and line them up all in a row just like I did then.

I remind myself that my purpose it to entertain with a good story, not fancy words. I don’t want to mire my readers in a deluge of words to get through. No slough for them to cut through.  Read the rest of this entry »


Ideas in weird places

August 2, 2018

Writers are often asked where they get their ideas.

While I can’t speak for other writers, I know that generally something (anything) sparks a character to start speaking to me. The ones that stick are typically very loud and won’t leave me alone. They tell me their story.

But that’s how the stories get started. Sometimes the more important plot elements of the story come from different places. I never know where I will get inspired.

Here are some examples and a little bit about what they roused: Read the rest of this entry »


Views from Salt Lake Gaming Con

July 6, 2018

Some views of and from my booth:


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 »