Category: My Books

  • ‘Twas a fine day in writing land… with vengeance…

    ‘Twas a fine day in writing land… with vengeance…

    You know how you have heroes who you watch take a beating from the world, and get trampled by minions who’ve taken over something they’ve created? And you watch the over-throwing bastards who trample them ruin all the good stuff they made, and make a complete mess of this wonderful thing they put into the…

  • A very good Ohio Wednesday… and a disturbing twist

    A very good Ohio Wednesday… and a disturbing twist

    I got 1319 words today, nicely over my 1200-word objective. And I like what I got. Yesterday’s stuff was funny, but today’s words got serious as my main character and a friend of hers started investigating a project they want to take on — and my MC pointed out that there are some significant dangers…

  • Done outlining Ohio 4 — Progress and Planned Evil

    Done outlining Ohio 4 — Progress and Planned Evil

    Oh… BOY! I knew going in today that I was going to have to beat the crap out of my main character in the plotting. I did NOT know quite how badly, or how I was going to do that WHILE preventing myself from ending Ohio 4 on a cliffhanger. (Because we do not end…

  • The Other Shoe Dropped — Ohio 4 and the Friday “Say WHAT?!”

    The Other Shoe Dropped — Ohio 4 and the Friday “Say WHAT?!”

    In the first version of these novels, I had one main character who I was having do a lot of chasing around because my main character was being stubbornly stupid about an activity that was bad for her — except she refused to see it. I made her smarter. And because she stopped doing stubbornly…

  • Still outlining Ohio 4, but got sidetracked by writing the first chapter.

    Still outlining Ohio 4, but got sidetracked by writing the first chapter.

    It happens. You get about half of your 30-word chapter Sentences written, and this GREAT first sentence for a chapter pops into your head, so you go ahead and you write down that sentence because you know if you don’t you’ll forget it… And about 600 words later, you realize that you haven’t finished outlining…

  • Ohio 4… The outline is now in progress

    Not much to say about that — it’s line-for-scene outlining, and the plotting out of the whole book before leaping in to write it is essential to not wrecking the damn thing going around a hard curve. I got a bit sidetracked — writing 722 words of the intro chapter (just to get my head…

  • Ohio 3 is now done in first draft!

    Ohio 3 is now done in first draft!

    57,841 words total. I like the story. I love the ending. And now the novel gets to sit quietly for a while as I plot the replacement Ohio 4. In revision, it will probably get a bit longer. Most of my stuff does. Based on some very good advice, I am, however, now considering doing…

  • Evil Afoot — 2077 words, and I got a nice bit of a cliffhanger at the end

    Evil Afoot — 2077 words, and I got a nice bit of a cliffhanger at the end

    Very pleased with the nasty situation in which I’ve dumped my MC — she’s going to have a rough rest of the week, too. Evil is a foot (it left its footprint all over everydamnthing, in fact…) and my MC is in the process of using what she discovered to lead the bad guys into…

  • A tricky bit to figure out for tomorrow… BUT done for today.

    A tricky bit to figure out for tomorrow… BUT done for today.

    Tomorrow my MC has to figure out how to contact (and then rescue) someone important trapped behind enemy lines without breaking the rules that forbid her from having any contact with the enemy. I already know how she’s going to do this. I just need to figure out how to make it smooth, and clean,…

  • Today was SOLID — and eventful: 2121 words, and 51,559 total

    Today was SOLID — and eventful: 2121 words, and 51,559 total

    I’m over the hump and heading toward the ending now, and today’s scene and tomorrow’s scene are dark, and pretty scary for my MC and her folks, with a massive chance of things going so wrong that she could — with just one mistake — lose everything she has come to love (and not just…