Author’s Log: Dog Days Of Summer (& #ROW80)


For those of you who don’t know what “dogs days of summer” means, you probably haven’t lived in the South. Hoo-da-LALLY, y’all. I know this is Florida and all, but we’re generally a bit more temperate on the central gulf side–I don’t even want to know what Miami’s like right now.

Back when the Tech Monkey and I used to spend Halloween in New Orleans, the weather was comparable to the Midwest at…

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Author’s Log: August Goals (& #ROW80)



  1. Finish Drafting SEARCHER: Act II—Quest Completed! I’m a little more than 60K in, and ramping up for the final push. Just 30K more to go, which I’ll start in October. I ended up giving myself an extra, much-needed week on this one, which worked out since I had my local Comic Con last weekend, and no official drafting happening for the month of August.
  2. Revise HEARTH & HOME (Waki…

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PSA: We Are Better Than Than This (#IWSG)


So it’s another installment of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, and I was totally going to write about something else. But, well, my local Comic Con was this weekend, and I’m feeling just a bit stabby.

Don’t get me wrong. It was a great Con. And other than a couple of minor incidents, everyone was kind, and polite, and enthusiastic about getting their Geek on with whole droves of other…

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Authoress In The Wild! (#tbcc)

Authoress In The Wild! (#tbcc)

Rule #1: Don’t go a-Conning in a costume weighed down in layers and/or leather. At least, not in August, in Florida.


50,000 people descended upon the Tampa Bay Convention Center this weekend, prepared to geek out and admire the work gone into one another’s elaborate costumes. Fortunately, this year, convention organizers seemed to have been better prepared than last year. Other than one…

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Author’s Log: Happy Bloggiversary To Me!

aliceWordPress was kind enough remind me this morning that today is my three-year anniversary blogging with them. Yowza!

I’m on my third (at least) design template, and I’m come a long way since (yikes!) 2011. I’d been on Live Journal and Blogger before then, and in April of 2011 my first book ever, BRIGHID’S CROSS (Keepers of the Flame #1) got accepted into Samhain’s END OF DAYS anthology, whereupon…

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Author’s Log: Taking Care of Business (& #ROW80)

WarningSo here am I, in the final week of July, with progress to report. And just in time, too–Tampa Bay Comic Con is next weekend, and I have much business to be getting on with.

(Yes, I will be costumed–at least on Saturday. Yes, I will be covering the con real time via Twitter, with summarizations and a few pictures to follow here on ye old blog. Most of my pictures, however, will be posted on my…

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Author’s Log: Back To Black (Or Something) (& #ROW80)

Warning So, a week or so after my misadventures with Wisdom Tooth Shenanigans, I’m more or less back to normal–for a given value of “normal”, of course.

My sort-of, unofficial drafting goal is to draft 10K words per week, and as of this morning I made that goal for this week. Moving my drafting schedule to several days a week instead of every day is working really well for balancing writing with day job…

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ANNOUNCED: Brighid’s Flame (#keepers3)

It’s that time again! Editor Awesome and Samhain Publishing have decided to take on the third installment of my flagship series, Keepers of the Flame. BRIGHID’S FLAME  is now slated for (appropriately enough) St Patty’s Day 2015.

This one takes place in New York City, and our intrepid hero does not yet know what she is, and only thinks she knows what her destiny entails. The truth is going to…

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Author’s Log: Wisdom Does NOT Come With Teeth (& #ROW80)

Warning Well, I didn’t write quite write as much as I’d hoped to this week, due to some minor wisdom tooth drama that made me miss a day (side note: OW OW OW!!), but I still made progress on the rough draft of SEARCHER. About 9-10k more words, and I’ll hit midpoint, maybe even by the end of this week. I’ve got my party to the capitol city, and my readers are about to meet our antagonists in person for…

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Author’s Log: What I Did When I Was On Hiatus (& #ROW80)

Warning Oh, hey, look–it’s a fresh new round of A Round of Words In Eighty Days–the writing challenge that acknowledges you have a life!

And a day job. And a spouse. And pets (and, in some cases, children). And piano practice. And VIOLIN practice. And Dragon Age I and II to complete before III comes out in October. And a production schedule that looks like the lineup schedule of the World Cup, and…

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