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Mid-month update

Do I know where my work-in-progress is at? Yes, yes I do! For once!

I’m in the curious place of having lots to do and surprisingly enough time to do it. This is probably the first week since November that I don’t feel like I’ve got a herd of elephants racing behind me.

I’m waiting for:

Cover Art for Rocky Mountain Haven- looks like April release from Liquid Silver Books
Cover for Stormchild-May 4 from Samhain
Edits on The Wind and the Sun – may 10 from Total E-Bound Books
Edits on Peerless/Faetful-April/May from Liquid Silver?

Working on:

Clean up on Whirlpool so my lovely editor at Samhain can start edits
Finishing book four in the Granite Lake Wolves. TJ’s story is 10K from the end and going very well. I <3 him!
PARTY PLANNING!!! The second half of March I’m hosting a big anniversary party, and I’m getting things in place now.

Next to write:

Once I’m done writing Wolf Tracks, I’m really not sure which story to work on next. Still bouncing around ideas. High on my list are:

Second Pacific Passion book- paranormal short story
I have an idea for a trio of contemporary stories w/three friends who fall for the others older brothers. I love those kind of stories, and just have to try writing one!

I have a couple of wip that are sitting at over 30K that I could finish up as well… I’ll have to see once the wolfies are done what kind of mood I’m in.

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A moment to celebrate!

I’ve completed another story!

While I still have to clean it up and make it pretty, I’m pleased to announce I’ve completed the first draft of Claiming Derryn, my submission for the Space Anthology call at Samhain. Even if it’s not accepted for the anthology–and let’s face it there’s always a LOT of great competition for the limited slots–I feel like this is a nice little story and I’ve improved my writers craft again.

So to celebrate, a tidbit!

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So that’s where the bastard had gone.

The stretch of granite floor between them was littered with the unwashed bodies of a motley crew scattered like asteroid crumble. Two men with hard faces, the chiseled muscles of their bare torsos glistening with moisture from the steamy air billowing into the room, stood on either side of an obsessively ornate chair. The blond on the right eyed her as if she stood naked on the auction block at Ransel Four instead of being a sanctioned representative from the Core’s Trade Embassy. Melina ignored him, keeping her lips from curling in disgust. None of the underlings worried her as much as the hunk of male who by some mysterious circumstance occupied the key central position amidst the rebels. She didn’t know what to expect from him after so long.

Trev.

His striking features remained unreadable, his amber eyes locked on hers. He stoked one of the furred lizard creatures she’d seen in abundance swarming the passages and caverns on her way to this audience. The sharysa were native to the planet, a cross between a pet and a nuisance. Trev’s long fingers soothed the beast and it quivered in his lap under his ministrations. A shiver raced over her skin at the memory of those same fingers stroking her, bringing her pleasure. What the hell was he doing in the middle of the rebel camp?

Her team members shifted uneasily on their feet. Her second in command slid closer, his folded hands belying the fear pouring off him.

Warning signals flashed in her brain.

The low-tech lighting limited their vision, eerie shadows filling the distance cervices of the hall. A hiss of steam entering the room from the massive cracks on the far wall created a soundtrack morbid enough for a horror-vid. Her breathing sounded obscenely loud. Did Trevyn not recognize her? He had to recognize her.

She debated for a moment, then raised her hand to greet him discretely with one of the codes they’d learned at the Institute. Sharp clicks echoed around her as the bodies sprawled on the floor leapt to attention at her slight movement.

A dozen knife blades thrust in her direction.

Trev stood abruptly, the light vest covering his torso flashing open to reveal the hint of a new tattoo on the skin above his waistline. The image distracted Melina, her gaze trailing down his body as he marched down the dais toward her committee. The ridges of his muscular belly haunted her with the urge to touch him again. If anything, he had grown harder, stronger, since she last saw him.

The sharysa now clung to his neck, its fur standing upright, a long white tail dangling down Trev’s back. The creature blinked red eyes at her, its head tilting as if measuring her by some alien mammalian standard. Before she could move, it leapt across the distance between them to land on her shoulder.

Melina stood stock still, holding her face blank. The expressions on the guards around Trev warned her this was some kind of test, and she’d be damned if a fur ball would make her cringe before their sneering gazes. Its sniffing nose trailed past her ear, moisture touching her neckline.

She stared straight at Trev, willing him to give her some signal of how to proceed. Everything about this situation screamed danger. Something had gone wrong between the time the rebels agreed to this meeting and the negotiation team’s arrival, and now she was deep in their midst with no weapons available except her hand to hand combat skills.

Crap, she hated low-tech worlds. She hated being off ship, and she hated her job. If she never got another landing assignment she’d be elated.

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Facing the challenge

I still consider myself a new writer. Just about everything I attempt is new to me. Now that I’ve finished a few stories there are ‘old’ territory I venture back into, yet I’ve had a lot of fun trying new genres and exploring new worlds.

Is it because I’ve read so many books over the years? My father had a constant stream of sci-fi, fantasy, classics, mysteries… all different authors, different series. My exposure to just about anything on the shelf grew as we talked about favorites and what he doesn’t like (slow paced monologue-ish tomes) and what I don’t like (first person…still can not get into it).

And now I’m working on Claiming Derryn, my ‘Space Opera’ and if it weren’t for the sex , I wonder what my father would think? It’s not as science laced as it could be; I’m heavier on the relationships and the character interactions than the cool gadgets and lasers and world building. As I approach the end it’s tough to not compare my work with sci-fi writers I grew up on and come up lacking.

But I know the actual craft of my work has improved. I catch myself as I’m writing and avoid some of the pitfalls I used to have to edit out. There’s still lots of room for improvement, but it is very satisfying to note that although I’m no Isaac Asimov, I’ve come a long way.

And that’s worth smiling about :)

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First Paragraphs

My writer friends and I were chatting and the topic of story endings arose. Which led to story beginnings. So here’s a selection of the first paragraphs of some of my stories. Can you guess which story they’re from?

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1.
“Damn, are you sure you can’t last a little longer, Jaxi?” Travis looked away, but not before she’d spotted the disappointment in his eyes. The annoyance.
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2.
Cupid sneezed violently and fell back onto his pillow exhausted. “There’s no bloody way I can make the party, Claire. I swear the top of my head is coming off and my eyes are watering so much I can’t see to aim the arrows in the first place. I’m sorry, but you’ll just have to have a regular Valentine’s Day celebration without me.”
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3.
6450 calories stared up at Robyn.
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4.
“Gram, where do you keep the rice?” Alexia rummaged through another cupboard in frustration. “Gram?”
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5.
He watched.
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6.
The information was up on Wikipedia for a full two hours before a security checker (third class) caught it and frantically edited the entry that provided the complete location and access codes for all the gateways to Fae.
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7.
September, Whistler, British Columbia
The Whistler pack house was crowded after dinner, with small groups gathered around the room talking amongst themselves. Conversations quieted for a moment as laughter burst out from where the Alpha and his cronies sat in the prime seats before the huge stone fireplace. An icy warning trickled up her spine, and Missy gave up on the discussion in front of her. She rose from her chair and headed quietly toward the exit.
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8.
So that’s where the bastard had gone.

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9.
The scent of cinnamon and fresh coffee rushed to greet him as Ryan Claymore yanked the door open with more force than necessary. It might be the most talked about coffee shop in the county, but it was fucking hard to find, and only minutes remained until his meeting was scheduled to begin.
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Grin. Have fun!

Nowadays there is lot of unforeseen circumstance which force men to take remedies. You can order medicines directly your office. In these latter days the stock you can find in online pharmacy is actually high. Some medications are as a rule used to treat many types of bacteria, such as tonsillitis and infections of the throat. Other ones are used to treat diabetes. Cialis is a remedy used to treat divers afflictions. What do you have to know about cialis order online? Presently many families search for the exact keyword ordering cialis online on the Internet. Perhaps you already read something about it. Having erectile dysfunction can beyond doubt complicate romance. What can cause erectile malfunction? A row of psychological issues can produce erectile dysfunction. What should you discuss with a physician before taking Cialis? Any medication may cause dangerous side effects. Sometimes side effects can be actually dangerous. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your drug.

Deadlines

One of the challenges I’ve been facing since starting writing is dealing with deadlines. Real or imaginary.

I think the real ones are easier to handle.

The first story I submitted was for a deadline. I wrote, and revised (sort of) and edited until the day arrived and then I sent the manuscript in and waited. There was no more time left to attempt to make any further changes. The deadline forced my hand.

Right now I have no deadlines except the ones in my head. I will have deadlines to submit edits on Tidal Wave when they start in a couple of weeks, but since the last time I was given three weeks and I took four days…I’m not too worried!

No, it’s the imaginary deadlines that are driving me now. My goal of submitting at least one manuscript each quarter has been met for Jan-March. I resubmitted Rocky Mountain Heat today giving me three stories in submission, again.

But there are things to do still. Revisions on another story. A couple of stories needing 10-20K to finish. I want to do them all, right now! That is my driving burden now, the need to see what happens next, to be able to read words that flow from the page into images and sounds of adventure.

Being a writer is turning out to be a new form of obsession, but an awfully amusing one!!

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