Settling Into The New Year With Plans


Lately my health has been a roller-coaster.  It feels as if there have been more down slides than climbs.  In the past 24 hours the health issues seem to relax some, giving me room to breathe, think, plan, and implement said plans.  It is a little slower than I wanted, but it is happening.

2015 is here.  This year I am going to attempt to be more organized about the blog, writing in general, and everything else in between.  This doesn’t really sound like much does it?  I mean, getting organized and keeping organized is a challenge, of course, but organization is something I should already have under my belt; however, when you throw in health problems, “being organized” works only so long as you feel well enough to keep things in their proper place, etc.  Last year, 2014, was a good year and the words returned and many went down on paper.  I submitted a novel for consideration – it was rejected – and have another novel under works now.  It is the newer novel that sparked some new things I want to do with the blog in general.

With this new novel, the terrorist/vampire novel, my goal is to put a chapter (fingers crossed) a week up here on the blog.  Since I plan on publishing the novel on Kindle, the chapters will be password protected and only the beta readers, which I hope some of you will sign up for, will receive the password each week.  Each week will be a different password for safety.  If you would like to be a reader, please send me an e-mail to and I will e-mail you the password so you can sign in and read.

There are a few things I ask you to keep in mind when reading:  1)  This is NOT a serious piece of writing like WHRT is.  It is intended to be a fun read as well as a good read.  2)   It will go onto Kindle under a pseudonym.  I am asking all readers to keep said pseudonym secret, too.  3)  Don’t just rip me a new one.  I am asking for creative comments, suggestions, etc.  If something is genuinely bad I need to know, and I want to know, but please do so politely.  There have been some reading/critique places where people dig into a story and literally rip it apart and don’t give any creative suggestions on how to fix the story.  Please make suggestions on a direction or correct the problem.   4)  Be honest.  I know this is not going to be some people’s “thing”, but I am stepping out of my comfort zone to self-publish and even though it isn’t going to be a work of “greatness” or a magnum opus, I want it to be the best story for what it is.

I hope these requests aren’t silly.  In deciding on what to ask readers for this time, I made a serious effort to ask myself and a couple of other writers what they find most useful for the beta readers – thus, the above was born.

Another thing is – this is a beta read.  I have the first draft almost done and the second draft will happen as it is put onto the computer.  As the story is typed in, there will be corrections made because this story is being handwritten first.  (Yes, this is that story.)

Along with the beta read of the novel you are going to get to see my face.  Simply thinking about this almost makes me shudder.  I am very self-conscious about the wheelchair and all the little things I see in the mirror that aren’t technically “normal.”  I am doing this as part of the Patreon program.

Patreon is a program that acts like a small, on-going kick-starter.  It allows supporters, patrons, to support the artists they like directly.  I never expected to ask for money for my writing, but have reached a point in my life where the bills and the writing expenses are vying for attention.  I need a new computer so my husband can have his back and I also need ink for the printer because some places still need hard-copies for submissions.  If I didn’t need a new computer I would never consider  as an option, but the electricity must exist so the Internet will work, so I can do research and write.

The first video will be at the end of this week or the beginning of next week.  Whew!  The thought of the first video makes my heart pound!  This is SO beyond my comfort zone!  The Husband believes this is a good thing, it is actually his suggestion, and I won’t know if it is something I can do until I actually do it, so I am.

About Henrietta Handy

I have returned home to the mountains. No more am I "a mountain-girl far from home." Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at 2 1/2, I understand pain, fatigue, laughter, joy, and love all while on crutches and in wheelchairs. This blog is just about me, mostly the writing side, but there are forays into so many different topics. I am married to a wonderful husband who puts up with my writing, knitting, yarn, with the love of a saint. We have fur babies, and one cat who rules us all.
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