Saturday, February 21, 2015

Plugging away

About 130k in place so far.

Not long ago I finished a scene that filled in an important part of the backstory for Jessera's family. Telesa paid a very old debt. I will merely note that the proverb about revenge being a dish best served cold does not necessarily hold true. Not when the person taking the revenge is a fire witch.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Editing (whew) Recompense

I'm to the point where arranging the scenes in the proper sequence, and making sure that the plot is internally consistent, and polishing the minor characters, and all the other billion and ten things that need done on the home stretch are hammering me upside the head.

There is still some writing to be done, but it's a case of inputting what is already completed in my mind. Which is why I am focusing so much on organization now, so that the new text goes into place at the right location and doesn't need to be shuffled around later.

I finally got around to typing in the scene where the Supreme Council is formally notified that Jess is a witch. That one was fun. Cruel though, since all of those guys are old men who no doubt have weak hearts.

It really is turning out to be the best that I have written. But I need to keep plodding along in order to keep it that way. I'm really sorry it's taking so long.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


I am in the neighborhood of 100k words on "Recompense". The book is effectively done - in my head. The chokepoint is transferring it to the keyboard. I have been averaging 2k to 3k words a day, so things are moving along. I just hope I don't lose the interest of the readers who have been patiently waiting for the conclusion.

I really do think that this one is the best. We will have to see what everyone else says when I get it published. Back to work.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

I ain't dead

I'll not try to imitate Granny Weatherwax's spelling. I'm not up to it. One similarity between myself and Mr. Pratchett's memorable lady is that my mind has also been flying pretty high of late. But in my case not from Borrowing. From prescribed medication.

For the past two months I have been fighting my way through something that started as an upper respiratory infection, then turned into bronchitis, then grew up to become pneumonia. I've been to the hospital twice, emergency care center two or three times, and I am currently on the verge of finishing up my third helping of antibiotics.

This latest type of antibiotic seems to be doing the trick. I hope. Until now I have been literally too weak to pick up a laptop, and even if I could draw a breath I was coughing too much to type. Obviously, not much writing got done since Christmas.

I have set what I hope are reasonable daily goalposts. If I can average a page a day, by the time my granddaughter graduates I should have the first draft of 'Recompense' ready for proofing. Stay tuned.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Well, It Turned Out To Be Pneumonia

I went to the emergency room five days ago and got a pile of antibiotics. Kept getting worse. Went last night and was told, 'Yup. Pneumonia.' Breathing treatments, IV, more antibiotics to go with the first batch, along with strict instructions to go home and stay in bed for at least three days. They would have kept me at the hospital but, you see, I have medicare.

Writing on hold. Too bad. That last scene I had just finished typing when this hit was pretty good, I thought. They caught a raiding party and Telesa put the priest.... never mind. I will get to it eventually.

Monday, December 22, 2014

The New Poddler Review Came Through

I had just about given up. But today (yesterday now) I got an email informing me that a review of "Athame" had been posted, and apologizing for the delay. The review can be found HERE.

I am pleased, flattered, grateful, and honestly delighted at the favorable review I received. From my point of view, it was well worth the wait.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Sicker Than A Dog

I have been sicker this past month than I have in years. It started as a bad cold with allergies, advanced into a debilitating case of flu, and a couple of days ago it started to advance toward bronchitis.

On the plus side, even my teenage son feels sorry for me and is willing to fetch beverages.

Needless to say, I am behind on my writing. However, some progress has been made. Peteros is out with Setka and some of the men, hunting temple raiding parties. Jess, to her disgust, is holding the fort while Telesa goes with the men to evaluate their ability to deal with local conditions. Nobody liked the idea, but nobody argued with the old woman either.

The earth and fire temples are gathering their joint forces to make a final, massive attack. This will be the make or break fight between the forest witches and the temples. Meanwhile, Peteros is planning to crush the Hohdwans, literally. The queen has emerged from hiding, and interesting repercussions are repercussion-ing.

The rest of the book is in my head, up to the very end which is already written. I know what happens. Now, I just need to get the strength and health back to type all of it. I wanted it done in time for Christmas. Not going to make it. Sorry. But I'm getting better, slowly.