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Story Archive

My Writing Archive

Okay, here's the thing. This used to be a post showing links to all of my stories that I had posted to date. I kept it up pretty good for a long while (several years), but in the last couple of years I've totally failed in updating it.

It's gotten bad enough that I'm redoing this entirely and reorganizing how the Archive is set up. I had it organized by original story or fandom with no regard as to when I wrote the story. That doesn't work for me anymore.

So…

What that means is that I'm going to do separate posts for each year's writing and then link to them here with a description of what sort of stories I was writing that year. Obviously, that's not done yet but they will be showing up soon, and once that's done I'll update this post again with all my notes and warnings and so forth.

In the meantime, you can find my stories in the tags and if there's something that you remember and can't find feel free to message me or leave a comment with a description of the story and I'll track it down for you.

If you're worried about leaving a comment, or concrit of some sort don't be. I welcome all feedback and appreciate everything I get. I wrote out my feelings on Comments, Concrit, Recs, and Reviews at a time when there was a bit of a dustup going on in LJ land. That's over here for those interested or curious.

I do apologize for the inconvenience to those who rely on this Archive. I'll have the new ones up as quickly as I possibly can.

Thank you for your interest in my stories!

2006 Writing - Story Archive
2007 Writing - Story Archive

Yup, this is not a short story

I added another chapter 2200 words today. Aravel is getting sucked into Chinwenduese politics. He's so fascinatingly aware of everything going on around him for a person I (previously) perceived as breezy and unaware of everything other than his enthusiasms. It's such fun to write!

Went to the fabric store today because I had an idea about doll costumes I want to make. Got fabric and I'm going to be venturing into sewing shortly. I hope. It shouldn't be too difficult. It's just been a while since I've actually sewed anything other than hemming jeans or making simple quilts for my bed.

Got nowhere near my steps for the day despite going out. Such is life. I probably won't tomorrow either. I did get my weights though and I ate fairly well so I'm fine with that. Unfortunately, I realized the other day that my blender's carafe has a chip in it so I need to replace it if I want to continue having smoothies for breakfast. Blenders are... shockingly expensive anymore. I'm going to have to search Amazon to see if I can find what I want for a reasonable price.

The one that had all the features I wanted was $530. For real. And no. No way. I am not spending that much money on a blender of all things!

Not much else going on today.

Goals for tomorrow include queueing up the next novel on my WP site for people to read (every Monday--reminder!) and at least a few short stories (every Friday!), writing, working on my website (damn it, I need to get that done pronto), exercises and looking on Amazon for a new blender. Or maybe just the carafe. We'll see.

Off to bath and bed for me--goodnight everyone!

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I'm back from vacation!

The hubby took me to Maui for Valentine's day. That was why I wasn't on over the last week. It was a bit of a surprise. We had a lovely time despite the weather being too rough and windy for much swimming or learning how to paddle board. I got sunburns on my chest, arms and feet that are driving me crazy but that was it. Not bad considering I forgot sunscreen the first day.

I managed to write at least 500 words each day and I got 2400 words on a new story today. It's... hopefully not a novel? Maybe? *groans* Who'm I kidding? It's a novel. Aravel's adventure in Chinwendu is not going to be a short story. What was I thinking?

Oh well, it's fun playing with the formality levels, especially with Aravel who plays himself off as being completely informal while actually being highly aware of such things. It's fun being in his head. He's completely baffled by asexual people, FYI. *amused snort*

I sluffed off on the exercises while on vacation and gained some weight back. No surprise there. The food was good and I had no weights to lift. Now I have to get back in the habit of exercising again. And eating properly, too. Oh well, it's worth it. I do feel better when I lift my weights and exercise, much as I hate to admit it.

Goals for tomorrow include getting the dreadfully overdue Now Available post up, working on my website, writing more of Aravel's adventures and that's about it.

Off to a nice Lush bath for my poor itchy skin--goodnight everyone!

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Finished the short story...

...and made myself cry at the end, damn it. Poor Chisa. Poor Na'im. Their final parting and they both know it and won't admit it. And they're both pretty sure Na'im isn't going to be treated well but there's not a damn thing either of them can do about it.

*sniffles and scrubs eyes*

Oh well. If I make myself cry then generally it's a decent story. *coughs awkwardly*

I'm thinking I'll try to start a new short story tomorrow and then maybe a novel on the weekend. We'll see. I'm leaning more towards the sequel to Out of Disaster at the moment but we'll see where I go on Saturday.

Didn't come close to getting my steps but I did well on the steps and exercises so I don't care. Much. I really am looking forward to the weather improving. Snow and ice suck.

Goals for tomorrow include writing a new short story, exercises, getting next week's story started for publication and making breakfast for dinner. Bacon.... yum!

Off to bath and bed for me--goodnight everyone!

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Got the Japan novel up early

I got the novel I wrote in Japan up today. Early. The hubby has plans for this weekend so getting it done was smart IMO. You can find it on Smashwords right now for $3.99. Contemporary romance with two Japanese gay men as the couple, with friends and family and awesome adventures that came directly from my trip to Japan in November. :D

I also started working on a Tindiere short story. Didn't get as much done as I wanted but it looks like a good one. I hope to finish it tomorrow. I think the next novel will be another novel in Tindiere, this time focused on Adane and Chisa when Chisa is 15. Something drove Adane to create Na'im, the magically sentient sword. I want to know exactly what. Besides, you know, being overprotective of his son. *wags eyebrows*

Did get my steps today, mostly because I had a lot of running around to do at work. But my period started so I probably won't be getting my evening exercises. Just blah. So not interested in that tonight. Though I may get the arm workout while waiting for the bath to fill.

Still need to get that damned Now Available post up. Really bad. Damn it. Time to bite the bullet and just do it.

Anyway, goals for tomorrow are finish the new short story, figure out what novel to write next (Tindiere or another Landslide romance???), exercises, make Hawaiian chicken teriyaki with rice and figure out if I can deduct my Japan travel expenses since I wrote a book based on what we did there. Probably. I think. Must read the guidance document in the bathtub.

Ugh....!

Anyway, off to bath and bed--goodnight everyone!

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Done! Whoot!

I finished the novel! It's 49,900 words. I expect that I'll add at least a few hundred words during final editing and proofreading. I always do, so it'll be about 50K when finished. It should come out sometime in March if all goes as planned.

No idea what I'll start writing tomorrow. I should get some short stories, 3 or 4, but I can see myself diving straight back into another novel. We'll see how my mood goes tomorrow morning.

Did virtually no steps at all today because I was so very busy getting this week's novel ready for publishing. I got the POD version done, completely, created the cover and the blurb. All that's left is getting the ebook version ready and I'll be able to upload it. I'm going to try to get that done early so I have next weekend free and clear.

And hopefully tomorrow I can get the damn Now Available Post Of Doom(tm) up. *grumbles at myself*

Did not get anything done on the website--too much work on the novels (writing and publishing). Gonna have to work on that tomorrow too.

Not much else happened this weekend. Yesterday the hubby and I went to the mall--I bought tons of Lush. He got Legos. We walked. That was it. The only real excitement today was trying to cook steaks on our grill and then discovering that the tank was empty. That meant firing up the broiler which in our brand new gas stove made for some nasty new-stove fumes that upset the hubby's eyes. The house has cleared out now and the steaks turned out okay so it's all good.

Goals for tomorrow include starting a new story, getting this week's book into ebook format, exercises, cleaning my bathroom and that's about it that I can remember right now.

Off to bath and bed for me--goodnight everyone!

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Almost done with the book

I've got one more, maybe two more, chapters left on the Muirin novel. The Dana's finances have been saved. Raelin and Sinead have had had a huge fight in public to make people think they're really enemies and to fight against Lady Etain's political maneuvering. And now I just need to get Sinead to her fate and Raelin off to sea again. So yeah, one or two chapters. Sinead's fate's the one that's going to be a challenge to detail since this is all from Raelin's point of view.

Got my steps today but wow, I did really really bad on the eating. I had leftover pizza for lunch and dinner (and it was yummy!) And a coworker brought in homemade carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. How was I supposed to resist that? It's just not possible. So... I had two pieces. *winces* Gonna have to get some real exercise this weekend to make up for it.

I still haven't put together the Things I Read in January post. Honestly, I haven't even started compiling the list. Better get on that.

There's a new Free Fiction Friday post up on my WP site. I realized as I was posting it that I screwed up last week's post. Sorry about that, guys. I honestly didn't realize that I hadn't posted the full story. I'll double-check from now on.

The hubby and I have no grand plans for the weekend. I'm thinking of movie time on the couch tomorrow but I don't know. The weather is really rainy with the potential for snow so riding bikes, going to the mall (45 minutes away, one way) or even going for a walk don't sound like good ideas. Blah. Oh well, I'll think of something.

After all, I gotta get him away from watching those horrible Sharnado movies. *horrified shudder*

I got this week's short story published. You can find it on Smashwords right now, titled "Creaks and Groans". A little slice of life from the Unification verse. I love Felix and Youneda. They're such married old men, asexual life partner odd couple that they are. It'll be up everywhere over the weekend. And then I can do a Now Available post of doom as I STILL haven't gotten that done. *cringe*

So goals for tomorrow include Now Available Post Of Doom, writing the last chapter or two, something fun with the hubby (whatever that may be) and that's about it. Oh yeah, and starting to get next week's novel ready for publication, too. Gotta get started on that. It's 70K so it'll take longer than a short story.

Off to bath and bed--goodnight everyone!

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Ow

I overdid the exercise this morning and my left wrist has been hurting all day. Darn it. Guess I'll have to ease off a bit for a day or two.

Oh well. I'll get over it.

Got 2200 words on the new Muirin novel. Raelin's as asexual as she can be. Something I've always known about her but her family had no idea it went that deep. Interesting to write anyway. Tomorrow should be interesting to write. I think I'm in the final stretches of the novel. Maybe. We'll see how the writing goes.

Got this week's short story into POD format. Also got a blurb written and the cover is 3/4 done. Tomorrow I should be able to finish the cover and get the ebook finished too. Just in time to get it posted.

I also got the Eight Factors stories up on my new website and put up Blood Worms, too. I'm getting closer to having the book pages ready which means the potential for advertising and maybe getting more than one or two sales a week. *crosses fingers* We'll see. I've still got a good bit of work to do.

I'd planned on writing up which books I read this month as I have a goal to read more this year but eh, I'm tired tonight. Tomorrow. Lots of reference books and one fiction book. I'll do my best to get it written up soon.

Goals for tomorrow include writing, getting the story ready for publication, exercises (going easy on myself), and writing up the Books Read post.

Off to bath and bed. Goodnight everyone!

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The busiest of busy days

Man, I got so much done today.

The hubby and I went to the mall on a targeted in-and-out mission. I wanted a gyro and Lush bath oils. He wanted green Lego base plates. We also got Cold Stone Creamery. Then we got out, all in less than an hour.

Home and we got ribs into the smoker. I made chocolate cake (that stuck to the pan so badly that one round tore in half removing it. Did three loads of laundry, cleaned the kitchen at least four times, made biscuits, had dinner and then made a banana-peach smoothie for the morning as my grocery store stopped carrying my breakfast cereal and I need to find something else good to eat. Smoothies are good. *shrug*

Oh, and I 'paid' my Washington State Sales Tax bill of $0.00. Which meant filling out the form and slapping a stamp on the envelope. It's going to cost them money to process it, way more than they could have gotten if I had owed any money. Oh well, not my problem.

Then I sat down and wrote 2200 words on the new novel. Raelin knows (basically) what's going on with the Delbhana (they're on the verge of going bankrupt and taking the country with them). Now she has to figure out how to address it without killing anyone. Not an easy thing to do.

Goals for tomorrow include straightening up the bookself in my office since it's driving me crazy, writing, getting the Now Available post up for the new Drath short story, getting more book pages up on my website, exercises and that's probably more than I'll get done anyway.

Off to bath and bed for me--goodnight everyone!

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Not that the bikes we bought are that great. They desperately need a proper tune-up, something that we're going to see to very soon. But we still had fun despite the hubby's chain slipping off multiple times and my handlebars wiggling every time I put weight on them.

We rode on the Centennial Trail, a four and a quarter mile segment. It used to be an old railway path so it's relatively flat and easy to ride. My legs were very grateful that it was so flat. Because wow, I'm so very sore! We took one car, rode down and then back again so the grand total mileage was about eight and half miles. Sore arms, sore butt, sore legs.

I obviously need to do more bike riding. And yeah, tune-up. So needs a tune-up.

Other than that, I got another 2800 words written on the latest Muirin novel. Raelin has discovered that the Delbhana feud might be more a matter of the Delbhana needing money than anything else. She's off next chapter to in Sinead down and find out just exactly how bad the Delbhana finances really are.

Still no idea what the end of the story will be but I'm up to 32K. It feels like about halfway through so I think I'm on target.

I did get a new Drath short story published. I'm waiting on the POD version to clear and then I'll send out updates and 'go buy here' post. Hopefully tomorrow.

Goals for tomorrow include getting more book pages up on my website, writing, possibly visiting the mall, and hobbling around like an old woman because of sore body.

Off to bath and bed for me--goodnight everyone!

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Lots of progress today

I got 3000 words on the book, which I didn't expect since I went to get groceries tonight. But I sat down at my computer when I got home and the words just flew out. Of course now I have no idea what to do next so I'll just have to think about it tonight and then wing it tomorrow.

Though the hubby and I plan on riding our new bikes for the first time tomorrow so I might not get too much written. We'll see.

I have this week's story all ready to upload but my eyes are crossing so I'll have to get it in the morning.

Did well on my steps and exercises today. Also did well on the eating despite a coworker bringing in chocolate cake today. I only had a tiny little square, enough to sate the urge to eat it. Good cake too.

Tomorrow's goals are write, go bike riding and make my own chocolate cake. Oh, and publish the story for this week. That's about it.

Off to late bath and bed--goodnight everyone!

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Ugh. Taxes

But it is taxes that I owe nothing for so I guess the time spent figuring out the form is worthwhile. Washington state requires all businesses, even self publishers, to complete a sales tax form. After struggling through it, finally getting my total gross sales for last year, and calculating everything out I owe... *drumroll* nothing.

It's going to literally cost them way more than even the gross sales tax I could have paid ($11.97) to process this thing.

*shrug* At least that's figured out.

Also got this week's story into POD format, figured out how many pages the print book will be so that I can make the cover tomorrow, got the preliminary format for it done, and wrote 1200 words.

Oh, and found two more reference books (Business Plans for Writers and one on how to build your platform to attract readers). I am reading so many reference books and so little fiction. *sigh*

I actually, surprisingly, got my steps today. Also did well on the exercises and eating so yay me! That's a good thing for the day.

The hubby and I are discussing going out after work to get cheap Walmart bicycles tomorrow. That way we can have the seats replaced, rack on mine, and be ready for riding on Saturday. It's supposed to be a very spring-like day so why not take advantage of it?

Goals for tomorrow include finishing off the story for publishing this week (ebook and cover), writing, exercises, and lots of reading of nonfiction.

Now, though, I'm off to bath and bed. Goodnight everyone!

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Headache...

Bad one too so this is going to be short.

Got 2200 words on the novel. Revealed some very critical information about both Siobhan and Sinead (and yes, I totally regret the early decision for the Delbhana to have lots of 'S' names). Next up with be consequences and action (hopefully).

I updated the Eight Factors stories (5 short stories and 1 collection) on Smashwords, uploaded them direct to Kobo (which I hadn't done before) and got two fixed on Amazon and CreateSpace.

By which point the headache became unbearable so there you go. The others will be done tomorrow.

Goals for tomorrow are thus write the aftermath, upload Eight Factors stories to Amazon and CreateSpace, exercises and enjoy my shiny new gas stove which is made of so much awesome. :D

At least there was one bright spot in the headache ending of the day. Perhaps I shall make cake. 8D

Off to bath, aspirin and bed--goodnight everyone!

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Oh well.

I didn't get the book pages up on my website. Mostly because I spent the majority of the day doing loads upon loads of laundry. Sheets and regular clothes and towels and just lots of laundry. But the house looks better so I'm happy on that front.

I finally have the Eight Factors stories ready for updating. Caught some stupid mistakes at the very last minute that I had to fix so I haven't gotten them uploaded yet. I'll work on that tomorrow, along with getting this week's short story ready for publication. Another Drath short story--yay! Then I believe I'm on to other series and random short stories. I'd have to check my schedule to be sure.

Didn't come close to my steps today but I did really well on the eating and exercises so I don't much care. Just one of those things to keep working on.

Raelin has an idea of what the Delbhana are up to now. Sinead had her secret meeting (risking getting killed or driven from the Clan) and told Rae. Now it's going to be a matter of figuring out how many ways things can go sideways on both the Dana and the Delbhana and then having Raelin try to cope with it all. Should be fun to write. I think I'm about a third though the book now, just over 20K, but we'll see how the writing goes.

Tomorrow I finally have a stove again. You have no idea how much I'm looking forward to that. Seriously, I haven't been without a stove for this long in pretty much ever. Of course, that does mean learning to cook on gas when I never have before but I don't care. There will be cake. Because I figure we've earned cake after this whole saga.

Goals for tomorrow are writing, get this week's story ready for publication, upload the Eight Factors stories, exercises, and maybe make cake. Definitely read the owner's manual on the stove first, though.

Off to bath and bed for me--goodnight everyone!

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Some days I hate the world

And then people are awesome all over the place and I feel better. Still worried for the future but the sheer number of awesome determined wonderful people out there do make me feel better.

Enough said there.

Spent the day today looking at bikes at Walmart because the hubby and I want to get bikes but we don't want to spend upwards of $500 each for a bike. Found some that we liked for very reasonable prices (~$80-$130). We're going to think about it for a week and then decide next weekend. It would be nice to get back to biking. For a few years I rode my bike to work every day but I lived only five miles away then. Now it's 35 miles so nope, not happening. Still can go on weekends.

I've almost got the Eight Factors stories ready to be updated and put on the website. I'm having trouble figuring out the foreword page numbering for the collection. Once I fix that I'll be able to finish it all and get them posted. And I'll be much happier with the stories. They have terrible covers and formatting currently.

And then I'll have to get on with the other stories that need better covers and formatting. Project of the year, I swear. Getting everything updated will more than likely take months.

I did manage to get 2500 words written on the new Muirin novel. Raelin's got an idea of where the Delbhana are going to attack and now she's off to have a 'secret' talk with Sinead her not-quite rival. Sinead's a moderate in a family of violent reactionaries so she's taking some real risks even trying to talk to Raelin.

Real life does seem to seep into my writing. *sigh*

We've heard about the stove. It'll be delivered on Monday instead of Feb 3rd. That's a huge relief. I was worried about no stove or oven for a total of three weeks due to the salesman overcommitting and misleading us all over the place. As annoyed as I am at the whole mess, I'm just relieved that it's almost over. And I am NOT working with that salesman ever again.

Got my steps, did my exercises and did fairly well on the eating. I had an avocado today so I wasn't as low on calories as I could have been. But, you know, avocado. Totally worth it. :D

Goals for tomorrow include getting the Eight Factors stories done, getting more book pages up on the website, exercises, starting my taxes (especially the state Sales tax) and writing.

Now though I'm off to bath and bed--goodnight everyone!

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*huge yawn*

Well, I got writing done. Yesterday I couldn't post because I got a replacement USB for my writing and didn't think to make sure that it was a 3.0, not a 2.0. Copying over 40+GB of data at 2.0 speeds took hours. Something like four plus hours. *dies*

I have a 3.0 USB on order from Amazon. The 2.0 has officially become the backup of the backup now. *glares at it*

Anyway.

Stuff got done today, too. I got two and a half covers redone for the Eight Factors 'verse. Also got the ebook done for one. Had a problem with copying on the second one so I stopped. Then, after I got home, I got 2500 words written on the current Muirin novel. Poor Raelin had a little chunk of wood left in her wound that's been going septic on her. She had to have surgery. *pets her*

Tomorrow she'll have to deal with the Delbhana not giving a good god-damn about septic wounds or surgery. *evil writer grin*

Got very close on my steps and did pretty darn well on the eating. Also did well on the exercises so I'm happy. I've gotten stronger. I carried a box full of copy paper up the stairs and it didn't even wind me or hurt my arms the way it would have. Yay, progress!

Goals for tomorrow include finishing off the Eight Factors story redo's, including getting the POD versions done, writing, exercises, and maybe if I'm lucky doing some website work.

Off to bath and bed for me--goodnight everyone!

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Never have liked Mondays

I never feel very productive on Monday, even when I am. Not that I was today. Work was busy so I got very little done besides running around and being glazed over. Not enough sleep last night, I think.

I didn't get any more book pages up on the website. I did get a couple of series mostly ready to post but not all the way yet. I still want to get a few covers and prices changed before I post them. SOmething to work on this week for sure.

I wrote about 2300 words after I got home. Raelin now has a vague idea of what the Delbhana are up to but not how they're going to do it. Plus absolutely everyone is seeing straight through her efforts to pretend that she's fine. Just fine. No pain, no problems, really! *grin* She's so fifteen on that front while being quite remarkably mature on other fronts.

The electric stove no longer works because it no longer has a plug. Dinner this week will be grill plus microwave plus take out. The hubby's fighting against takeout but I'm going to win on pizza sometime this week. *is determined*

Did well on the exercises so far today. I've completely missed on the steps but I'm doing really well lifting weights so I'm not upset. I did have too much in the way of treats (Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies are tempting! Especially when frozen). Have to work on that tomorrow.

So the goals for tomorrow include finish the redos on Eight Factors, get more book pages ready for the website, exercises, writing and consider if I'm going to publish a short story this week. Probably not. Too much other stuff to do and I do have a week before I'm due to publish another.

Off to bath and bed for me--goodnight everyone!

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Progress!

I got the Tindiere and the Drath series up on my website. It gets faster the more I do it, thankfully. But I've still got quite a lot left to put up so the next week or two is going to be busy. At least those three are done.

And the sliders on the front page work! :D

Also got another 2300 words on the newest Muirin novel. Raelin's still investigating what happened, gathering information and establishing what she's dealing with. She's got some concerns about discipline on the Drifting Cloud and some worries about both the Captain and First Mate. Not sure yet how serious that will turn out to be given that I write into the dark but we'll see.

The hubby and I are buying a new gas stove. Which means that the old electric stove has to go. Which means that as of tomorrow I shall have no stove because the electrician will be in tomorrow to install the proper plug for the new stove. Wednesday the gas line will be run. And Friday I'll have a stove again.

One week without a stove isn't too bad. We've got a good grill and a microwave and if all else fails there's take out. And pizza. *grin* The hubby's leaning towards grill/microwave while I'm, of course, leaning towards takeout/pizza.

Either way, by Friday I'll have a new stove. And then we can start figuring out getting the roof replaced. Followed by sorting out the awning in the back yard that's falling apart. And the carpets being replaced. And the bathrooms remodeled.

Home ownership. Such an awesome thing. *rolls eyes* Still wouldn't go back to renting though.

Goals for tomorrow include writing, more book pages being uploaded on my website, exercises and who knows what for dinner.

Off to bath and bed--goodnight everyone!

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*headdesk*

Well, I've made progress on the website: MDR Publishing. Enough so that I'll share it finally. It's NO WHERE NEAR done, mind you. Not even vaguely. But I've got a functioning front page. One of the sliders actually works. And all the Matriarchies of Muirin books are up and listed.

Now I just have sixteen other pages of series and the like to upload with their supporting book pages and I'll be there.

Feel free to poke around and check things out.

Oh, and I will be doing a newsletter so if you want to know what comes out on a monthly basis even when I get busy and don't post Now Availables, plus news about my life and plans for the next few books, do sign up.

In addition to that, I got 1100 words written on the new Muirin novel. Raelin's putting pieces together and making friends with cranky people at the moment. Plus lugging her newborn baby sister Erlina around because Erlina won't stop crying for anyone else.

I am so far off my step count goal for the day that it's ridiculous but that's what six or so hours battling a website will do to you. Maybe tomorrow I'll do better.

Goals for tomorrow include laundry, website, more writing and that's about it.

I'm off for some aspirin, a bath and bedtime. My head hurts after battling the website demon all day.

Goodnight everyone!

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First chapter done!

Man, it's fun getting back to Muirin! This one is set right after Facing The Storm so Raelin, the POV character, is still dealing with the injuries she got at the end of the story. Things are really unsettled in Aingeal City and she's going to be right at the forefront of dealing with them by virtue of being one of the very few Dana with a calm head on her shoulders.

Should be a blast to write.

Once again, I didn't get close to my steps but I did well on the exercises and the eating. I'll keep trying to think of ways to get more aerobic exercise. Besides, you know, actually going to a gym. Hate that and I don't want to spend the money anyway. And I really don't want to cut into my writing and publishing time.

This week's novel will be going out tomorrow. Or I'll be uploading it, anyway. It's the last Drath romance novel for a little bit. I've shifted to Muirin for the moment so it might be a while before I get back to the story building there. Can't be helped. I'm surprised I got so many stories on the Drath verse before I switched focus, honestly.

Goals for tomorrow include writing another chapter (or more), getting the novel up, finishing more of the re-do's on the Eight Factors stories, exercises, grocery shopping after work and that's about it.

Off to bath and bed for me--goodnight everyone!

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Finally

Finished the story. I'm happy with it as setting up the novel I will now start work on tomorrow though I think I need one last whack at it when I'm not tired with burning eyes. Needs a good bit more sensory data towards the end. But it does a good job setting up Raelin's next book, Running Before The Storm (title totally tenative).

Man I'm tired.

The novel for this week is almost done. I checked the schedule and it's actually due next week but eh, I'll probably just go ahead and publish the thing. We'll see tomorrow when I've had sleep. Got a lot to get done on the website so pushing it out makes sense. Don't know yet.

Didn't get my steps but I resisted free pastries today and I did well on the exercises and overall eating so I don't care.

Goals for tomorrow include deciding when to publish the novel, starting Raelin's newest novel (probably to be followed by another Anwyn novel), exercises, website and finding out when/if we can get our new stove delivered and installed.

Because the guy at Lowes was misinformed. The delivery guys can NOT install the piping for the gas. *grumble* Here we though it would be very straightforward. Looks like it won't be. Oh well, the stove's there. We just need to get the gas line installed and we'll be good.

Anyway, off to bath and bed. Goodnight everyone!

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I hate it when I'm too busy to write much

I've got another Muirin short story I'm writing with Raelin and I really want to work on it. Unfortunately I also want to get my website up and that means fixing the Eight Factors stories. One is completely done. The second is 90% done. Third is about 60% done. There's four total, plus a collection, so it's not that big of a project.

Except that absolutely everything has to be redone, from the ground up.

*sigh*

Oh well, once it's done it'll be done for another few years. And maybe with good formatting, covers and blurbs the stories will actually sell. *crosses fingers*

Once again didn't get my steps. Nor did I do well on the eating. I was hungry at dinner so I overate and then had fudge too. Oh well. I'm not going to deny myself when I really am ravenous.

I'll just do my best to get back to normal tomorrow.

Goals for tomorrow include getting a real amount of writing done, finishing another Eight Factors story, finishing the book to publish this week, and working on my website. As always. That's a big one and hard to do when I only have time after work and on weekends.

(I really should think about hiring someone to do it for me.)

Off to bath and bed for me--goodnight everyone!

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Busy, busy

So many things I need to get done. Mostly on the publishing side of things.

I got all the covers for my stories uploaded to my website but realized that holy fucking hell I hate some of them so badly. (Mostly the Eight Factors verse at the moment) So I spent some time to redo the covers and then realized that no. No, the formatting of the books is bad, too. Gotta fix that. So I've got the first one (Shadow Dreams) ready to format for POD. Ebook and cover are done and I redid the blurb because it sucked so badly. The second (Eruption Event) has a cover and a blurb but I need to get the ebook and POD done.

My official goal for the week has become fixing those stories. God, they're so terrible. Just awful formatting and covers and blurbs. Still like the stories and want to do more with the world though so that's good.

Which means that no, didn't get the website any further. Or upload the PO Box to the million and one places it needs to go. I have to work on that.

My biggest problem right now is that my zip drive appears to have developed an error of some kind so I'm in the process of backing everything up to my external drive. I really hope that it doesn't die. It's not even full yet.

I'm close on my steps, not that I expect to go over today. Did well on the eating and the exercises so I'm happy. Still need to work harder on losing the weight. I'm not giving up on ponies for my birthday!

Also did a tiny bit of watercolor today. Have two Mouse and Snake sketches to color now. The first one got a little bit of paint as I was backing files up. I'll work some more on it tomorrow. If I manage not to destroy it in the painting it'll be a pretty cool sketch.

Goals for tomorrow include finish the current short story (no idea where it's going), fix more Eight Factors stories, get the PO Box up at least in two places, watercolor fun and exercises. The hubby's sick so I'm going to hope that I don't catch whatever he got.

Off to bath and bed for me--goodnight everyone!

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Good busy day today

The hubby and I went to see Rogue One. I knew how it ended, I knew rocks fall, everyone dies. I still cried twice. Stupid touching sacrifices and heart-wrenching music. Always my downfall.

So yeah, I liked it. Not my sort of story--I prefer happy endings--but very well done movie with a very important message.

One voice can start a revolution.

Something we all need right now.

Anyway. We also got Lush, gummy bears (grapefruit! Yay!) and then got Coldstone Creamery. They have this cake batter ganache ice cream right now, limited time sadly, that's absolutely glorious, especially with chocolate shavings. So tasty!

Then we took down the Christmas tree and cleaned up the living room and I finally managed to finish the short story I was working on. It ended up being 4900 words and I'm happy with where Gwen ended up in it. It's always fun writing Gwen. She sort of takes like full speed and never slows down to think things over. *grin*

Didn't get any watercolor done but that's all right. I'll work on another one tomorrow.

Also didn't work on the website today but I'm not going to stress about it. I have all day tomorrow to do it, between doing loads of laundry.

So my goals for tomorrow include exercises, working on the website to get the product pages up, finish cleaning up the living room, work on cleaning my office, start a new short story (or maybe a novel!), and spend time with the hubby.

Off to bath and bed for me because I live such an exciting life. *snort* Goodnight everyone!

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