Monthly Archives: January 2014

Word Games


I love word games – I always have.

Crossword puzzles – the harder the better.


Invented games like making words out of the letters on car license plates or the letters of peoples’ names., or picking a topic (like flowers) and going through the alphabet and trying to come up with one for every letter.

Then came computers and I played Scrabble online, and BugWords, which was like Scrabble but they couldn’t use that name.

And Bookworm.

Then recently I found this game called Letter Garden.  Addictive!

And from it I found The Book of Treasures.  Also addictive! 

And then I found Flip Words which is really, really addictive.

And that is why I’m not getting much writing done.

But, hey! At least it’s word related!

And they help with writing.

Well, they help me with writing. They distract the more analytical part of my mind and let the creative side kick back and watch and plot, helping me get past the occasional sticking point.

Useful procrastination.

As long as I don’t spend too much time on them.

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Sunday Excerpt — January 5, 2014

More from Sanguine, a science fiction novel (still in progress) with elements of semi-paranormal M/M romance.

(Sanguine is out to my beta readers now, but still being refined and revised, so this is still a work in progress and the following lines may or may not have been hacked and recombined and creatively punctuated to fit into 10 sentences.)

If you want to pick up from the beginning, I started weekly excerpts from this in October.

Picking up from last week, Gregor has returned from answering the call of nature.  While he was out of the room, Kaen has laid out a uniform for him.

“I have something for you,” Kaen said, slipping an arm around Gregor to support him.

Gregor stared at the uniforms.  “Master… Captain… I…”

“If I had any doubts,” Kaen said softly, his lips brushing Gregor’s hair, “your resistance to my attempt to Compel you dispelled them.”

“But I…”

“As I pointed out once before, who else knows this ship as well as you do, First Officer Vladescu?”

Gregor looked up at his captain, noting the soft smile that played around his lips. “The ship?  Or the ship’s captain?”

“Or the ship’s captain,” Kaen agreed. “You are strong enough to stand up to me, to resist me.  That is… rare.”

“What if I don’t want to resist you?” Gregor murmured, and Kaen laughed.

“That,” he said, kissing him, “is an entirely different issue.”  






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Too Many Goals?

On Monday I talked about goals for the year.  I’ve managed to make a nice organized chart for them and so far I’m doing okay with them, except I think that (as usual) I’ve set myself too many.

Sanguine is now officially in the hands of two of its beta readers.  (I haven’t seen the third online to get it to her.)  And, of course, now that it is more or less out of my hands for a while, I have a great idea to “fix” one of the characters and… not really “break” another, but definitely make him darker.  *sigh*    What’s that line?  “I do my best proofreading after I hit submit.”

So, anyhow, there are some changes coming for a couple characters, one of which will affect the plot a bit, which is a good thing, because it’s a little shaky in that part.

Book One of The Other Mages trilogy is chugging along slowly.  I had myself written into a corner, got out of it, and promptly wrote myself into another one.  *sigh* I have found a way out, but it’s going to involve rewriting a fair amount of stuff.   (Oh the other hand, at least I found a way out!)

I do need to focus on it more than I have been – I let myself get sidetracked by other hobbies – currently crocheting squares for charity afghans. I had forgotten how much I enjoy crochet – and I hadn’t realized how much yarn we had!  I’m hoping to make a pretty good sized dent in the yarn stash by the end of the month, but then, I’m also hoping to finish both Book One and Book Two by the end of the month.

I need to learn to live without sleep…


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