Happy Monday!

Wow, that weekend went by so quickly! Ours was packed with trips to the park and lots of family time. Things have been busy lately, and it was nice to get to just be with each other for a while.

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Our schedules are picking up again as we get close to Halloween! I still have some sewing work to do in that regard, and while I do, I’m letting ideas percolate for the next Department of Homeworld Security story! Continue reading “Happy Monday!”

Harvest Moon Progress 2019

How are you doing? My progress toward my Harvest Moon goals hit a bit of a rough patch in the form of a late-Summer cold (hence the lateness of this post). I’m back on my feet and mostly recovered, but have a lot of lost ground to catch up on!

Still, I made some big strides in the past two weeks. There are many exciting things in the works in Cassland! Continue reading “Harvest Moon Progress 2019”

The Flower Moon in Full Bloom

So many projects are wrapping up right now, and they’ve bloomed wonderfully. I had a few things happen that I normally would worry about, but instead I paused, took a deep breath, and reminded myself to have faith in the universe. And so far, things are mostly working out 🙂

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When I waste my energy on worrying, not only do I not have as many resources available to deal with things when they do go wrong, but when things go right (and they usually do) I’ve thrown away all that time that I could have been spending productively!

Mark Twain captured it best:

“I’ve lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.”

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Continue reading “The Flower Moon in Full Bloom”

The Wind Moon has been Blowing

Hey, everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but DANG, things have been happening. This month’s full moon on the 19th is called the Wind Moon. The new moon passed by on the 5th (I also missed Tessa’s Birthday on the 6th—sorry, Tessa!). I am definitely feeling strong winds of change blowing this month.

I’ve been laser focused on my Pets in Space® piece and am so looking forward to sharing more about that with you in the coming months! And I’ve reached the point where I get to start my next new project: Coalition Reckoning. So much is going on at this point in The Department of Homeworld Security that this will be a longer piece—probably double the size of the other novellas! That’s what I’m aiming for, anyway. We’ll see how it shakes out!

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While all this writing has been happening, we lost one of our cars unexpectedly. Not like:

Mr. Chandler: “Do you know where the car is?”

Me: “Maybe it’s where all the left socks go…”

But like:

Mechanic: “Your car is dead.”

Us: “NO, IT ISN’T! IT CAN BE SAVED! YOU’RE WRONG!!!” *sobs*

Mechanic: “…”

Okay, maybe Mr. Chandler didn’t sob, but it was super sad and we had to scramble to get another car ASAP. A car that I have fallen completely in love with. Continue reading “The Wind Moon has been Blowing”

Vision Boards

There are certain steps in starting out a new project that I now realize are not optional. They provide fuel that keeps me going, even activating my subconscious. One of the most important of these steps is to make desktop wallpapers for my devices—my own take on a vision board. I learn so much about the characters, plots, and worlds this way.

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Craig does not approve, but is trying *so* hard not to judge.

Take this picture of Craig, for instance. He’s a four-armed, Lyrian “space-Sasquatch” (don’t tell him I called him that, but it’s true—in the world of The Department of Homeworld Security, he and his mate, Barbara, are responsible for a lot of “Bigfoot” sightings). Craig was a pivotal character in Entry Visa, so I included him in my vision board while I was working on that story. Continue reading “Vision Boards”

New Growth

Inception

No, not the movie 🙂 I’m talking about the beginnings of an idea. The seed of a story. That moment when you realize you may have some ephemeral thing that maybejust maybeyou can transform into words on a page.

Because once you have your characters, you need a grand adventure for them to go on.

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Ideas come and go all the time. When one takes root and I can’t seem to shake it, I know I have the beginning of a plot. Continue reading “Inception”