E Gads!

Last night I received an e-mail from a person I’ve gotten to know on-line over several A caligraphyyears of communication.  This person is a published author and actually offered to read my novel and give me his opinion of how it was going.

He did not pull any punches but was polite in how he said it stunk.  After he pointed out a few things I actually saw the break of good and bad.  Although I don’t want to blame the migraine on the crap of the writing, I can actually see where things changed and even how word choices began to be affected, and not in a good or positive way.

Mentor, as I will now call him, though he will probably read this and cringe (hey, you are the one who wants to remain anonymous dude!), gave me some excellent advice which, of course, I will take.  His advice is as follows:

  1. Recover.  Treat me nice for at least the remainder of October and start back to serious writing in November.
  2. Read.  Even if this means listening to books.  Reading will keep words active in my head and also work as research.  “Writers read as much as they write, maybe more so,” Mentor said.
  3. Relax with a hobby and just let my mind wander.  If it wanders to the story, great!  If not, that’s fine.  The story hasn’t gone anywhere.  The first draft, which he read, is still present and isn’t bad, but needs tightening and is a good ‘outline’.
  4. Get a notebook/journal just for the story.  When I actually begin using it I’ll explain it then.
  5. Put this draft into a trash file and label it .5  – some of the things may be useful later.  Even print it off and put it in a notebook if I want.
  6. Mentor reminded me to continue to act like a professional because no one is going to take me seriously unless I take myself seriously first.  “Just don’t take yourself too seriously and become a pompous ass, sweetheart.”

I think all of the above is pretty good advice and I am going to work on sticking to it as closely as I can.

Here is hoping everyone has a fantastic day and your writing and/or work projects are successes!

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Goodbye Traditional, Hello Indie – Results

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Eight months ago, I started the process of canceling my traditional publishing contracts and re-releasing all my books as an indie author. My reasons for the switch were detailed in two posts Goodbye Traditional, Hello Indie(Part I) and (Part II).

The process went more smoothly than I could have imagined, and I wanted to share the results:

1. I left myself 8 months to convert 6 books. Two months per book would have been easier as I was reproofing as part of the process. The advice: Create a schedule and then give yourself extra time.

2. New covers had an instantaneous sales response. Covers do matter whether traditional or indie publishing.

3. My old reviews ALL carried over to the new books. All I had to do was ask Amazon to combine the old (publisher) and new (indie) editions leaving only the new editions visible. The same phone…

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A Correction Needs To Be Made And The Local News Isn’t Making It

Note:  This article is nothing but my thoughts, ideas, etc.  I am not affiliated with the Gay family or any news affiliate, but I do think one or two items need to be corrected about the story overall because a certain idea is being played out concerning the teenage girl which is erroneous.  If, in the future, I find I am wrong, I will post a retraction.  Until then, this post stands.

It is all over the news about Tyson Gay‘s daughter, Trinity, being killed in a drive by shooting here in Lexington, KY.   In each of the reports I’ve read on-line say something along the lines “Trinity was shot around 4am in the morning in a drive-by shooting by the Cook Out restaurant” here in Lexington.  The story circulating by the people, most of them young people, and people coming home from church yesterday afternoon was that Trinity was shot while at a picnic when two cars passed each other on the street and occupants from said cars began shooting at each other and a bullet went wild and shot the teenager in the neck.

Someone, from the talk on the street, grabbed Trinity up while someone tried to help the bleeding and rushed her to the hospital.  These people probably gave Trinity a few more hours, even minutes she may not have had otherwise.  She lasted until 5am this morning.  One consistent fact is that she did pass away around that time from several news sources, not all.

Trinity Gay was a rising star for Lafayette High School, one of my alma maters, here in Lexington in track and wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps by being a future Olympian.

One of the things bothering me about the story on the national news services is alluding this girl was out at four o’clock on Sunday morning with no reason given and was shot in a drive by.  It almost makes me feel as if there is no care being given for her because she is black.  There is nothing being said about her as a person other than she wanted to be an Olympian like her father.  If she were white, I know there would be a lot more coverage about how much her friends liked her, about how good  her grades were, or, at the very least, how kind-hearted a person she was towards animals, the elderly, something!

Could it be because her father’s Olympic medal was taken because of steroid use because he submitted all of his natural regimen to analysis and some if it was found to test positive for natural steroidal properties?  (Alas, “natural supplements” are not regulated at all, to my knowledge, here in the U.S. and they can still play havoc with those who take prescription drugs like myself.)

Why, in THE 21ST CENTURY, is there such a difference still existing between black and white, rich and poor?

(There is a picture of Trinity I could post here, but since I don’t have permission, and this is just my own ideas and musings, I’m not going to bother the family in the hour of their grief.  That would just be wrong on so many levels.)

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A Grey October Day

Today is one of those cool gray October days where you need more than one cup of coffee octopus6n-1-weband more than just a few minutes of your favorite video game or book to get you through the doldrums.

Luckily I can report today there isn’t any migraine pain, crawling, tingling, lightning, pressure or any other symptom other than a very sore scalp and hair.  If my head feels this way or better tomorrow I’m pretty sure my hair will be able to be washed.  Having clean hair will make me happy and help me to feel like I’m really on the mend.

The Physical Therapist came today and I met my goal of walking from the dining room to the front door and back to the dining room.  The return trip to the dining room was tough.  My right leg was dragged along instead of making any steps, but that’s OK:  I did what I said I wanted to do.  I feel accomplished.  Now I can rest through the weekend feeling more positive.

Since I am feeling more positive and more accomplished, I am also thinking of a story.  A story more suited for Halloween.  I think, if I begin it today/tonight, it can be ready by Halloween.  I don’t know how scary or creepy it will be in, but I think it just might fit for Halloween.  I am excited!  Yes, I am excited!

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Complicated? Yeah, Tell Me About It!

“Complicated Migraines” – those migraines that used to mimic strokes – are now called hemiplegic headaches and I’ve been suffering from one for the past three weeks.  When everything originally started, it was just a bad headache and then a migraine.  It was a simple migraine if migraines are ever simple, that is.

Because I’d been having such a horrible time sleeping, The Husband let me sleep up into the afternoon one recent Saturday and when he came to wake me, I had all the symptoms of a stroke: my right side was weak and practically limp; including my right eye was closed and the right side of my mouth was drooping.  EMS was called and I was whisked off to the Emergency Department where many tests were run.  All the tests for stroke came up negative, thank God, yet I still exhibited symptoms of a stroke and, as I became able to talk more – I wasn’t able to talk well for a very long time, but could write my answers with my left hand of all things (I’m right handed)! – I was able to explain my head was still hurting.

Nothing given to me for a headache worked, but my body felt no pain.  My speech was still slurred because my mouth only half worked.  The doctors gave me a migraine “cocktail” of a steroid, Benadryl, and Phenergan to see if this would help.  This was a most uncomfortable night for me, but the headache became better and I was sent home the following day.  However, once the cocktail wore off many of the symptoms returned.

Now the symptoms are: weakness on the right side, I am very sensitive to sound, and taste has changed, which I find very odd.  The physical therapist and occupational therapist have returned and PT says my leg will probably return before the arm.  My right eye is open, but there is a portion that just seems blurry.  As you can see, I can type and put words together.  I was worried about not being able to do this for a while, but The Husband encouraged me the entire time we were in the hospital and has kept encouraging me here at home.

The pain and “crawling” sensation of the headache hasn’t let up until today.  Hopefully, today will be the end of it for a very long time.

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Out And About

Today is the first day in months I’ve relaxed  and remained relaxed until now.  

It began with a nice long sleep – up into the afternoon – and then getting ready and getting out of the house with writing equipment: tablet, foldable keyboard, squid (I thought) and flash drives.  I am really upset with myself the squid was left at home.  Still, being squid-less isn’t making me truly upset, especially since there are plans for tomorrow to get out and do some more writing, with the squid this time.

If I am not mistaken, The Husband is going to go out with me tomorrow to get a few things done while I’m working busily away at the library.

Currently I am in a Starbuck’s on Richmond Road here in Lexington with The Husband and our best friend, Marine.  He even got me a delicous drink, decaf even.  Before coming here we ate at Logan’s, another one of my favorite places and did a super quick in/out at Barnes & Noble’s.  I can’t complain about anything, really tonight.

Tomorrow my goal is to get up early and do tons of wonderful writing.  Getting out really is the ticket for me and rejuvenating amount of words.  

I would really like to bring my laptop with me, but  it doesn’t fit in any of the messenger bags I have and don’t like to lug around the backpack.  So, for a while, I will be running around with my black purse being my briefcase and the several different pieces tucked securely inside.  

Things are looking up, folks.  

Thank You, God, for everything.

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Words Of Wisdom

I feel stagnant and creative.  How in the world can these two paradigms co-exist in one20160917_163923.jpg person at the same time?

The story is progressing…but….  You name it.  I have the need, even the energy to be creative and sitting in front of the computer to get the draft done is driving me crazy.  More correctly:  I’m letting it drive me crazy because…?

I think I feel stagnant because I haven’t gotten out of the house except to a doctor’s appointment after having a wonderful time at the Asher family reunion.  I believe I need to just schedule a couple of writing days out – away from the house.

Getting out of the house requires a lot of organizing and planning at the moment, but it can be done.  I just need to pack up and go do it: an entire day out, away from the house, working at Barnes & Noble with access to cafe’ mochas and sugar cookies and sandwiches, and not the same four walls.  A day writing at the library downtown is also called for, I think.  These are my favorite places to go as it is, and I haven’t visited them solo for many months.

Cheyenne and Sniffles are having an egress and access ramp made for me beginning in October.  I need to get out before then, especially since there are only two weeks left in this month and my self-imposed deadline is racing at me full-in-the-face.  I would prefer not to change it, but, I accept, I may need to.  I don’t want to rush out a bad story and receive some reviews I’ve given in relation to the Three P’s: poor planning, plotting, and proof reading.  I empathize with each one of the writers I’ve reviewed – good and not-so-good – because they want to tell a good, entertaining story as much as I do.  I also believe in being fair and honest about reviews.  After all, it is only my opinion and no one else’s.  However, if others are giving similar reviews, there’s a good chance something is wrong and you need to look at it.

Because of this reason I am considering looking into CritiqueCircle.com for reviews about the book as the chapters come out.  I would much rather have everything come out chapter by chapter than all at once on Amazon.  Besides this, I don’t like how Amazon takes down bad, or less favorable reviews.  This doesn’t help any of us writers, story tellers by merely stroking out egos.  This is especially true if we want to learn and improve our craft.  I know not everyone is going to like what I write, but hopefully the genuinely favorable will be better the non-favorable.

Just writing these few paragraphs about the entire writing process I’m going through has helped, as well as comments I received on another post.  I feel like I am actually getting support from fellow writers who understand just how glorious and gloriously difficult telling a story can be!  Believe me when I say I appreciate all the words of support, sharing of techniques, and general support.  I need them.

From here on out The News may only get a weekly blog entry because of The Big Push.  I am also taking the advice of  Brian Bixby of Sillyhistory fame and tell a good story regardless of whether the word count matches what I think it should be and to solve a problem each day I write.  Excellent advice and advice that makes sense to an almost fuddled brain.  Thank you, again, sir.

I am also taking the advice from an email from a reader who wishes to remain nameless:  “Enjoy the bloody thing!  If it means writing in your underwear, naked while popping peanuts (good for the brain), or as far away from the Ivory Tower as you can get:  Enjoy the process of telling the story.”  This also is true.

Now, I am going to go muck up the poor girl’s, the hero’s love interest, life even more; however, she will thank me for it later.


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A Leaf Falls To The Ground Outside My Window – Look! D&D!


The leaves are beginning to turn here in Lexington.  The trees are still mostly green, though, and there is still summer heat, but it’s different.  There is a definitive feeling of its fading in the not-so-distant future.  For the first time in many, many, many years, I’m OK with the change of season.  So much has gone on in the past year I believe I am finally adjusting to feeling safe without fear of having to move at a moment’s notice.  It has taken me quite a while to feel secure:  an entire year almost.

Sniffles and Cheyenne really played the biggest role in  helping me and The Husband regain a sense of being, safety.  I don’t know where we would be without them.  The thought makes my insides shiver, so I make sure and not dwell on that fact.  So, instead, let’s talk about the pick-up Labor Day D&D game held here.

I was the GM and the players were having to face a city being attacked my  a blue dragon and a host of skeletons commanded by death knights, and dragon cultists looking for a dragon mask within the city they were in.  First of all, the players discovered there was one of the masks they were looking for when the dragon attacked.

The battle was mighty.  One death knight was taken care of and his surrounding skeletons.  There was a second death knight was walking in mid-air across a huge hole opened up by an explosion to begin an attack on two players who were on the magic carpet when one player, the Minotaur, sent an eldritch blast at the blue dragon who was really just hanging out in the air watching the heroes battle.  He was really just enjoying watching the fight.  Until the eldritch blast hit him.

For those of you who don’t play Dungeons and Dragons, a blue dragon’s alignment is lawful evil.  They live by their own code.  There is a 50-50 chance you can reason with them.  Yes, they’re going to do whatever it is they want to do, but they respect certain things.  This blue dragon actually was beginning to admire the mortals fighting below.  Then he was attacked without reason.  How dare they!

So, said blue dragon swooped down out of the sky and opened his mouth to swallow the Minotaur and the Minotaur jumped simultaneously.  The Minotaur’s intent was to do like Tommy Lee Jones’ character in Men In Black where he is jumping up and down and screaming, “Eat me!”  Unfortunately, this was a dragon and not a cockroach from space.  The heroic Minotaur didn’t make it long enough to cut his way out of the dragon.

The dragon (he had to swallow twice to get the Minotaur fully down) swept back up into the sky and leveled his gaze upon the flying carpet and said occupants: a young adventurer and a tiefling ranger.

The young adventurer saw the dragon inhaling, preparing to unleash his lightning breath weapon and gauged how far he was from the ground.  Thinking his chances would be better in surviving the fall, he jumped, landing 30 feet later.  The tiefling who was on the carpet took 70 points of lightning damage.  He was no more.  Surprisingly, the magic carpet was still a magical carpet, just charred around the edges and his tassels, which is also his name (Tassels), brought the burned corpse down from the sky to the temple of Lethander, where the heroes left to help save the city.

With heavy hearts, the priests of Lethander, along with the remaining heroes, brought the heroic tiefling into the temple and were placing his remains in a burial jar when a beautiful beam of sunlight broke out from the ceiling and centered on the burial jar.  It was not an avatar of the god Lethander, it was Lethander!  The orc monk reached out and reverently touched the sunbeam and was flung back to a far wall in loving playfulness by the god.

Lethander lifted the tiefling from the jar, restoring his form just as he was, yet different.  Some would say even better than before.  And the Minotaur?  Lethander was willing to bring him back as well, but Deepwater decided it was time to rest for an eternity or two before returning.

This is when the GM said, “Now we’re on hiatus until January.  The GM needs a break and another book to continue forward with the campaign.  Congratulations!  Most of you survived!”

Mouths dropped open and stunned eyes looked about to each other for confirmation.

I love being GM, especially when I can tell the players are happy with the game they’re playing.

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September 6

Today’s word count:  1577

Going to go play a video game now.  More tomorrow.

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