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Creativity Abounds!

I know I said I wasn’t going to, but I signed up for another pocket letter exchange.  This should be an easy one, though – the theme is the color purple.  The only problem is that it’s due to be mailed on November 20 TH, the height of NaNoWriMo, but I’ll be starting on it on my days off this week, after I get my other ones finished and ready to mail, so that should be no problem.  (She said hopefully.)

One of my friends commented to me that I’ve become obsessed with pocket letters.  (She wasn’t being snarky, just making an observation.)  I think maybe I have – it’s something new and shiny (just like I become obsessed by shiny new plot bunnies).  And it’s a different kind of creative outlet – something more visual and immediate than writing.

And it’s play – it makes me feel like a kid, playing with paper and glue and scissors and stickers and other crafty stuff. And that sense of fun and play opens up creativity on so many other levels, including writing.

Plus, I have, for a long time, wanted to start scrapbooking.  I have all the stuff needed but have never actually sat down to make a page, in part because I was feeling somewhat intimidated by it. (I have no idea why I felt that way and only just recently realized that the “no time” and “not enough space” excuses were just that – excuses.) So, I think that in the new year (because, face it, I’m already overbooked for the next two and a half months) I’m going to start making actual scrapbook pages.  I’ll start with easy stuff – a poetry scrapbook – and move on from there.

It’s also helping with the repercussions of being a packrat – this stuff is actually getting used!

And that in itself helps with creativity.  Somehow, getting rid of clutter, and organizing and clearing space actually opens up a lot of creative energy for me.  I know this, but I’m a pack rat anyhow.

I even managed to shorten my ongoing to-do list by getting my Wednesday Words and Sunday Snippets posts scheduled.   Wednesday Words posts are scheduled through the end of the year and Sunday Snippets posts are scheduled through the end of November.

(I usually only do them a month in advance, but I’m starting to clear stuff out of the way for NaNoWriMo.  It’s getting here much faster than I’m ready for this year, which means I really need to focus on the outline for Hedge House.  I’m apparently just not in a “plotting mood” at the moment, which, considering that I have two novels to outline (Hedge House and Book 6 of The Academy of the Accord), is a major handicap.  (And I just realized that I don’t even have a Word doc started for an outline for AotA 6.  I could have sworn I did. It’s probably with a handful of scenes that I’m positive I wrote but which don’t exist anywhere.)

But I don’t go back to work until Friday, so…








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Sunday Snippet October 11, 2015

Picking up from last week with more from Onyx Sun.   Taliya has just been given the news that her mother, Maureena, is not the heiress to Swann House – she is.

Taliya speaks first.

(Aelind Osbert is the attorney for Swann House.)


“What?  But I was at Aelind’s–”

“I don’t care what Aelind Osbert may have told you, Taliya.  He’s so deep in Maureena’s pockets that he flosses with the lint.”

She opened her mouth to protest, but closed it again.  She couldn’t argue with his assessment of the family attorney, especially not as she shared it.   Still, she shook her head in denial; there was no way that she was the heiress, not as long as Maureena was alive.

“Taliya, listen to me.  Maureena was my wife.  But Ardelia, your grandmother, was my mother, not hers.”


“Eat your stew and I’ll tell you about it.”











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Or maybe just “organizing” since “re-organizing” implies that there was some semblance of order at some time in the past.

Despite having it sitting where it can stare at me whenever I’m on the computer my list of things to do does not seem to be shrinking in the least.  Of course, the migraine that sidelined me all day on Tuesday didn’t help – I lost an entire day to being hypersensitive to light and sound, feeling like my head was being squeezed to the size of a golf ball, and battling my stomach’s desire to lose all of its contents.

And the fact that I keep adding things to my to do list probably doesn’t help either.

Still, you’d think it would have the courtesy to at least pretend to be getting shorter instead of longer.

I am resisting taking on anymore pocket letter projects, though, so there may be hope for me yet

Unfortunately, deadlines are fast approaching and some of them might go whooshing past me, depending on how this morning’s errands go.  (The plan is to hit Wal-Mart, Dollar Tree, Big Lots, and maybe Trader Horn and be home by 11:00 or 11:30.)  (You all can stop laughing now.)


I have worked out a way of organizing my current commitments so I can keep track of them and get a better handle on what needs done and work on them in some semblance of order instead of all willy-nilly.  (“Willy-nilly” needs to be used a lot more. It’s a great term.)

And even better, I’m getting back on stride for writing, which is a happy thing, especially with November looming closer.   Now, if Book 6 of The Academy of the Accord just had an outline…  (Although I did just figure out the first step to get me from where I am to where I need to go, so that’s a start.)

So, writing is starting to pick up momentum and I’m starting to get a handle on other commitments.  Life is good.

Now, if that list would just get shorter…

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Wednesday Words #41 (10/7/15)

Welcome to Wednesday Words!  Every Wednesday I will post some sort of prompt for a flash fiction piece.  The prompt will go live just after midnight Eastern time.

The prompt might be a picture, or it might be a list of things to include in a story, or maybe a phrase or a question or something from a “news of the weird” type thing, or a… who knows?

After that, it’s up to you.  But if you do use the prompt to write a bit of flash fiction (say, 500 words or so) I’d love to see what you came up with, so comment below with a link to where it is on your blog (or on WattPad or wherever).

(And a pingback to the post here where you found the prompt would be appreciated but isn’t necessary.)

Oh, and this isn’t a contest or anything.  It’s just a (hopefully) fun thing for all concerned.

And, hey, if it inspires more than 500 or so words, run with it!

This week’s prompt:

Set your story here.

(Click for larger image.)

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And, as always, I’d love to see what you come up with!



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October Rush

Wow! This weekend has flown by!

Time is truly weird, isn’t it?  When I have to work four days in a row, they drag and it seems like forever until my days off, but if it’s only three days to work they zip by in a blink.  (Days off always zip by in a blink, leaving me wondering where they’ve gone.)

It’s truly October now.  I woke up Sunday morning feeling like I could take on the world, (and even conquer my to do list, which is a lot scarier than the rest of the world).  It would be really nice if it also brought on the ability to not need to sleep.  (I think I would like to have that for my superpower, please, thank you.)

I always get this energy rush in October.  It’s an almost manic burst of energy that makes me commit to things that make me hate myself in January.

So, anyhow, I’m poking away at writing.  Not making too much progress on Book 6 of The Academy of the Accord at the moment because I’m still in the “cut and paste from Book 5 and change point of view” phase, but I’m getting there, slowly.  I got some stuff written for it that’s not exactly in narrative form but which will work its way into that in the future — either first draft or edit — so it counts.  I need to do another session of that for the other main character of this book and then I’ll probably skip ahead from the problem area and leave it until edits.  It needs to synchronize with both the end of Book 5 and the start of Book 7, so there’s really no sense spending much time on it until I sit down and hash out all three.

(I’m pretty sure that when I get to the point of editing those three I’ll be taking the binders to the library and spreading all three out on a long table so I can flit back and forth between them to compare the events and the dialogue.  Yep, I know where some of my days off are going to be spent next year. LOL)

And right now, thanks to the October Rush, it seems doable, as does getting this book finished by the end of the year.  And Book 2 of The Other Mages trilogy, too. And maybe even finishing my NaNoWriMo novel.

Yeah.  I can take on the world today.

And even my to do list.

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Sunday Snippet October 4, 2015

Skipping a few lines of conversation from last week’s post. Taliya has just told her father that she’s buying a small cargo ship that is also equipped to carry passengers.  He offered to help her but she declined.


“I’ll be fine.  The broker is trying to get financing arranged for me, but if he doesn’t…” She took a deep breath.  “Grandmother apparently suspected that my mother and I would have a falling out, so she set up a trust fund for me – or an un-trust fund as she called it – because she didn’t trust my mother not to try to rob me blind after she died.”

Taliya swallowed hard; her grandmother’s death still hurt and yet it still didn’t seem real.  “I don’t quite understand what she meant unless she suspected that she would kick me out.”  Her eyes closed briefly.  “But being kicked out isn’t the worst part.”

“What is?”

“She… I had a lover, Luzita.  She lived with us, but when Grandmother died she insisted that Luz pay for back room and board but she had no money… I was off-planet and when I got back…”  Her voice choked off again.  “When I got back my mother had sold Luz to a slaver.”

“No wonder you called her a bitch yesterday.”

Taliya stared at him for a moment and laughed even as tears streamed down her cheeks. 

“But about your mother robbing you blind…”

Taliya shook her head.  “No.  I know she inherits, I understand that.”

“No she doesn’t.”

Taliya stared at him.

“Your mother is not the heiress.  You are.”












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Blame It On The Weather

Well, I didn’t do it.

I didn’t make my word count goal for September.  I tried, and I was doing really well at catching up, but then…

Motivation all sort of washed away in the rain.

That steady, soothing, relaxing rain that tells you to go back to bed and stay there because there’s nothing worth doing anywhere else.

It didn’t get me to go back to bed, but it did lull me into lethargy, drowning all hope of being creative or accomplishing anything.

On a brighter note, though, I did finish Book 7of the Academy of the Accord series.  Or at least, I got it as finished as it can get for a first draft, especially one that’s taking place in the middle of this series.  Once I get the revisions done I’ll be able to tell better what needs to be changed in it. (It’s going to be a major mess, I can tell you that much.)

Finishing it means that I only have one more first draft to finish the series. Sadly, just like Book 7, the start of Book 6 also needs to be untangled from the end of Book 5.  I’m not sure if it’s going to have parts of Book 8 in it or not – I think it might end before that one begins.

But I’m afraid that it is most likely going to require more changes to Book 7.

(You know that plan to edit this next year and publish it in 2017?  It’s starting to look more like 2018.)

So, anyhow, I finished Book 7 and decided to take a bit of a break before tackling Book 6, so I went back to my greatest nemesis: Book 2 of the Other Mages trilogy. (No, it still isn’t finished.  Yes, it will be someday.  Maybe even this month.)

The current plan is that I am going to finish September’s word count.  I’ll work on it in addition to October’s 31k goal, using September to work on (and hopefully finish) Book 2 of The Other Mages, and October’s words to work on Book 6 of The Academy of the Accord.

And, of course, in the midst of all of this is work, getting my outline in shape for NaNoWriMo, two talks and prep sessions for NaNoWriMo, a kick off party for NaNoWriMo, blog posts, weekly Sunday Snippet blog hops, and a bunch of pocket letters to make.

(I finished my first one yesterday and I don’t think it turned out too bad for a first go.  I just hope my swap partner likes it — this is almost as nerve wracking as submitting a novel for publication.)

At that rate, November is going to be a lot more relaxing than October!



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