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”

Storm Moon Meditation

Today’s new moon brings us into the time of the waxing Storm Moon. We are two weeks away from Ostara, the Spring Equinoxthe first day of Spring! That this day also falls on the Storm Moon when it’s full only makes me more determined than ever to draw on this growing energy with my meditations.

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This Winter has been challenging, with snowstorms and cold and disruptions to our schedules. It’s started to feel like my plans and my own growth have frozenlike the icicles adorning our treesor been buried beneath the piles of ever-present snow. Continue reading “Storm Moon Meditation”

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”

Goals for the Quickening Moon

Happy New Moon day! At least, in my part of the world 🙂 February’s full moon is called the Quickening Moon in some Celtic traditions, and it is one of my favorites.

Things are happening. Energy is gathering. Momentum is building.

Beneath the frozen earth, things are pushing, pushing, pushing toward the surface. We may not see it, but we feel it. A crackling in the Winter air. An urgency about what we do.

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I love the Quickening Moon for this very reason. Thoughts and ideas are Continue reading “Goals for the Quickening Moon”