Saturday, May 14, 2016

Moving Along

Yes, I'm still writing. Adding a few last scenes. Reason being, I am leaving a tie-in for the next book, and I want to make sure I do it seamlesssly without leaving a cliffhanger. My intention is to wrap this story up clean, while making sure that there is plenty of room for additional work. Besides, Pete is having fun:)

Yes, I have an ending, already written. Yes, I really am almost done. If I could see clearly, and it if the carpal tunnel would ease up, I would have it done already. But it's coming. I swear.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Once More, I Must Adapt

Bless their hearts, my daughter and son-in-law care deeply about us. And they want so much for us to enjoy the benefits of modern technology that they are always eager to share the newest advances. As an example, my dear son-in-law sent a gift. Yesterday I received a copy of MS-Windows 10. A second hand laptop, one which will be a massive improvement over the one I am using now, is also on its way complete with a hard drive ready for the new operating system to be installed.

*sigh*

It came on a USB stick. One of the dinky, skinny ones. about a third the size of the plastic packages that lead for a mechanical pencil is sold in. The specs say that Win 10 requires a 1 ghz processor, 20 gb of drive space, and 2 gb of RAM in order to work. Internet access may be required, depending on what I want to include in the installation.

This is not exactly comparable to the 5.25 inch floppies, which actually flopped when you waved them, that MS-DOS came on. As I recall, DOS required 512 kilobytes of RAM, a 4.77 mhz processor, and no hard drive was necessary if you were willing to boot from the floppies themselves. Now MS-Windows come with something called Cortana. I think that's what it is called. It's a built in AI intended to make life easier for us poor foolish mortals who haven't got sense enough to be trusted with direct control of our hardware. Forget zombies. Skynet is practically here.

But you have to stay current. Like it or not. My head hurts. Is it possible for a brain to develop arthritis? Once more, into the breach. Or the BSOD, as the case may be.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

How Am I Supposed To React?

Yesterday will go down in the family archives as The Great Shirtsleeve Debacle of 2016, the iron pipe notwithstanding. How, oh how can I aspire to achieve truly unique and creative stories when real life continues to throw such improbabilities at me? There is no possible way that any writer could have come up such a situation. Even if they did, no one would dare put it in a book. The utter implausibility of it would shatter immersion like a sledgehammer. Oh, well. Back to the keyboard.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Content Editing Is Essentially Complete

Barring a few minor tweaks. I may or may not go back and insert a couple of flourishes, but the book is basically written. The line editing is proceding at a reasonable pace, conidering that I am trying to trick myself into spotting errors that got past my blind spot the first time (otherwise I would not have made them). But so far they are all minor. Only a professional proofreader would have spotted most of them.

Once my line editing is done, it goes to my main beta editor/QC reader for second level review. Then it hits the virtual presses. There may yet be hope.

I suppose averaging about one book a year isn't really shameful. Not burning up the road, for sure. But not actually embarassing for a worn out old fossil. 

Friday, March 11, 2016

Snippet

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Recompense is approaching publication, and all preview excerpts on this blog have been deleted. However, any confirmed reader who leaves a review for either Athame or Wrath is entitled to a free preview of Part One of Recompense. Just leave a review and send me an email to morganalreth (at) gmail (dot) com with the link, or if you already have reviewed, just end the link. I will return a preview file in either PDF or Kindle format, as preferred.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Yes. I Am Alive.

Yes, work on the book continues. I have been slowed by recent issues with family illnesses (my elderly mother), personal health problems, and laptop computer problems (keyboard + carbonated beverage = AAAGGGHHH!).

However, things are progressing thanks to help from my saintly spouse and dutiful offspring, all of whom took pity on me. Actually, they got tired of my whining, but it works out the same anyway.

Sometimes I feel like I am imitating that logic problem where you travel half the distance. Then half the distance again. Then half the distance again. But never quite make it all the way.

However, completion is at hand. Unless this new (old backup) laptop bites it also. Fingers crossed.