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Quality Time

Hi folks, I promised another excerpt from Shelly’s Turn and here it is along with my Wednesday check-in for ROW80

“So do we get to spend some quality time together tomorrow?”
“Sure thing, Dad, I’ll be cleaning out the garage, cutting the grass, tidying up the flower beds, and stuff like that. This place has been neglected since Charlene died. I could sure use the help if you don’t mind.”
“Terry, I thought we might take in a ball game or something like that.”
“Sure, Dad,” snarled Terry as he leaped to his feet and glared at his father, “let’s you and me bugger off to a ball game and leave Mom with all the work here. Let’s go play father and son while she tries to do the stuff I should be doing, the stuff you should be doing.  Is that your idea of quality time?  Well it sure isn’t mine.”
“Now listen, Terry…”
“No, you listen. First you ran out on me and Mom, then you sold our house from under us, then you get your girlfriend knocked up and have to marry her. Now you’re here to play father and son while you work up your courage to tell Mom you’re going to jam out on the alimony payments.”
“Now look, boy,”
“Go ahead, Dad; look me in the eye and tell me I’m wrong.” Jillian said nothing as Terry let his father see his anger for the first time. Albert needed to know his son was angry and Terry had a right to express that anger. Albert dropped his gaze and could not meet his son’s eyes.
“I thought so,” snorted Terry as his father looked away.
“It’s not that easy, son,” sighed Albert, sinking back into his seat.
“It was easy enough when you left,” replied Terry.
“Terry.”
“No Dad, I don’t want to hear it because it will just make me madder. You know where to find me tomorrow if you really do want to spend time with me. If not, I suggest you go back to your new wife.”
“Terry, I will still pay support.”
“And alimony or go to jail,” replied Terry as he stalked away.
Albert sighed as he watched his son walk away. “Jill, it’s not like you think.”
“No?  Are you so sure?”
“Gail’s got cancer,” sighed Albert. “She’s refused to have any treatments because she would have to have an abortion. The doctor believes she might live long enough to have the baby, and she intends to do just that. I need to …..”
“The support payments for Terry will be fine, Albert.  Go now; I’ll talk to Terry in the morning.”
“No, let it go, Jill. He’s still young enough for life to be black and white yet. Let him enjoy it while he can. I’ll head back in the morning. Just tell him I love him.”
“I think you should have told him that yourself, Al.”
“Perhaps I should have, but I doubt he would believe it at this point in time. I’ll send the support and as much as I can, Jill, I promise.”


Now on to the goals.
1.      Blog twice each week.
This one is #2 so I’m good here.
2.      Continue to read and comment on the blogs of my fellow writers
I love this one, it is never a problem to accomplish.
3.      Write at least 4K words per week.
I’m at 3K for the week so far. Shouldn’t be a problem.
4.      Read at least one book every two weeks.
Just finished “The River Knows” by Amanda Quick
Well, that’s it for me today. I hope to get Shelly’s Turn up  by the end of the week.
So how are you doing? Meeting your goals? Are you having any fun at all? Both? Talk to me folks.

New Book

Hi folks. Here’s a sneak peek at my next book, another Transgender romance, this time chronicling the struggles of a teenage girl to be. This is the third novel I wrote to honor my friend who took her own life. Some of her struggle is woven into this story. Through this simple tale I hope to shed some light into a seldom seen corner of our society. So, here’s the cover and an excerpt. With luck the book will be out by the end of this week or early next.
Smiling with child-like delight, Terry sat on the bed and carefully dumped out the contents of the envelope. There were several things there, including an eight by ten photograph of a very beautiful woman. It was just a head and shoulders shot, but he could easily see that she was dressed for a very formal occasion. There was also a sealed envelope addressed to ‘Whoever finds this.’  With a shrug, Terry tore it open.
“Hello, whoever you are,
Please don’t destroy this letter until you have read it through. I have placed these things here in hopes that a compassionate soul might someday find them. I plan to take my own life tonight, and I know they will obliterate every sign of my existence once they find the body. This envelope will contain all that’s left of a shadow human, one who existed only in hiding, haunted by fear and rejection, yet alive and real nonetheless. 
 
Here is my picture to prove it. There is also a small picture of my mother and father, as well as a few of me as a child. There is a lock of my baby hair, to which I will add a lock of my own now. There are dozens of other things that should be here as well, but they never did come into existence for me. My grandmother’s wedding ring is here, and so are the keys to that old Chevy that I had for so many years and loved so much. There is also the collar from my dog Sweetie Pie who died of old age last year. 
In truth, there is little else to put here, except this key. If you have access to the house that was my home, it may prove useful. There is a loose panel in the wall at the back of the closet.  Move it aside and there you will find a locked box which the key will fit. My diaries are in that box, and I beg you to read them before you burn the lot. I know I have no right to ask this of you, but this is my only chance to have a single human being truly understand that I ever existed at all.
In gratitude,
Charlene Gordon.”
Okay, on to the ROW80 goals
1.      Blog twice each week.
Did that.
2.      Continue to read and comment on the blogs of my fellow writers
I did manage this one.
3.      Write at least 4K words per week.
Got it last week and have 1K done for this week.
4.      Read at least one book every two weeks.
Reading “The River Knows” by Amanda Quick now. Love her books.
Okay folks, that’s what I have been up to lately. What have you been doing? Are you keeping up with your ROW80 goals? Talk to me, it’s lonely in here. 🙂

Boats and Braids

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It was a wonderful start to the day. It was cold and rainy without a lot of promise, but that was soon to be dispelled. I drove to the docks to wait for a boat, and to my surprise, there she was just coming in.  Great, no waiting. Once I got aboard there was an even nicer surprise.
I had seen a school bus ahead of me on the road, but didn’t pay much attention. However, that bus had contained a large grade two class off to the city for a field trip. I discovered this as I entered the lounge to have my ears pleasantly assaulted with the excited chatter of the children. Get a room full of excited grade twos and you’ve got energy. I loved it.
If there is one thing in life I truly envy it is the way little girls can wear braids, and there were lots of braids in evidence. As the boat rolled in the swells the girls squealed with delight as they slid along the seats, their braids swinging gaily. Wooooo!  Heck, I even joined in once or twice.
All right, time for the ROW80 check-in.
The goals.
1.      Blog twice each week.
Got it, no problem. J
2.      Continue to read and comment on the blogs of my fellow writers
Still having fun with this one.
3.      Write at least 4K words per week.
Done and more. We have a new book getting ready for publication soon. Will tell more later in my next post.
4.      Read at least one book every two weeks.
I’m actually enjoying this one. No problems here either.
So, how is your week going folks? Are you writing lots, is it still fun? True confession, have you put your hair in braids lately? I’m seriously considering that for tomorrow.

Guten Morgen

Let me tell you about some of yesterday’s adventures. There was a family gathering to attend so I set out early. It was a warm sunny day, so I spent much of the boat ride outside gazing over the rails. As I stood enjoying the view, a rather large man came up the stairs. (Read ship’s ladders, a cross between a ladder and a set of stairs with handrails. This man was overweight, in his sixties at least, and he was struggling for breath. My heart went out to him.
My pity soon vanished to be replaced with delight and wonder. As he leaned heavily on the rail, a child appeared at his side, excitedly trying to engage him. Soon another appeared and then another and another then came the adults of all ages. The old fellow beamed his joy in their company, chatted easily with the children, pointed out the whales that were feeding nearby, and generally basked in the warm glow of his loving family. This was not a man to be pitied; he was a man to envy. The whole group was a delight to watch.
 Later on my partner and I went shoe shopping. (such a hardship) K needs new shoes for work, but we weren’t having any luck. One of our favorite shoe brands has shifted its production to an offshore country and the quality has dropped dramatically; its prices haven’t. Anyway, after bombing on the work shoe hunt, K got this determined look on her face. “If I can’t have descent shoes to wear at work, then I’ll damn well have something comfortable to put on when I get home.”
Can’t argue with that logic. I watched with delight as her disappointment changed to a smile of pure pleasure when she tried on a new pair of Birkenstock sandals. Those sandals came home with us, they’ll be the first thing she puts on when she gets up, and I will greet her with a bright, “Guten Morgen, mein Liebling.”
With thanks to Google for the translation.
Now on with the goals report for ROW80
1.      Blog twice each week over and above my ROW80 check-ins
I didn’t manage this one this time and am seriously considering cutting back on this to one post above.
2.      Continue to read and comment on the blogs of my fellow writers
This is my favorite time suck and I love it. So many great blogs, so little time. Made this, no problem.
3.      Write at least 2K words on a WIP each week
Got this and more.
4.      I set out to publish six novels this year. I managed three last round, and two more between rounds, so that leaves me with one more novel to publish. I will see if I can get it out this round.
I’m still confident this will happen.
5.      Read and review two or more first novels by new writers this round
I’m falling down on this one. I’m not allowing myself a lot of reading time for new books. I have managed to read a couple of Amanda Quick novels, but I doubt she needs the help. Tee hee
6.      Publish two or more short works, between five and twenty five thousand words.
I have about 30K words of erotic short stories that I wrote just for fun, but my editor and I was not in agreement about how to publish these. Working on it.
Okay folks, what wonderful adventures have you had this past week? Did you reach your goals? Talk to me people, it’s lonely here without you.

Chainsaw Angie

Ok, I admit it, I should have posted days ago; I’ll confess, blogwise I’ve been slack. Sunny days can do that to me. Why, just yesterday the sunshine got to me and I blanked out. My twin sister (read alter ego) took over my body. She took off the dress and heels, hauled on a plaid shirt and jeans, grabbed a chainsaw and ran outside to play in the sun. I Prudence, am a priss and I admit it, but Angie is all redneck. Watch out for her, she’s a little crazy sometimes. Here’s her picture.
Ok, so now that I’m back in the driver’s seat, here’s the scoop on the ROW80 goals.
The Goals
1.      Blog twice each week over and above my ROW80 check-ins
Sadly, I didn’t manage this one. Next week will be better.
2.      Continue to read and comment on the blogs of my fellow writers
Got this one easily.
3.      Write at least 2K words on a WIP each week
Nailed this one.
4.      I set out to publish six novels this year. I managed three last round, and two more between rounds, so that leaves me with one more novel to publish. I will see if I can get it out this round.
Still got one at the editor’s desk.
I also have four strong starts which I should finish this year if I can get my butt in gear.
5.      Read and review two or more first novels by new writers this round
Didn’t get anywhere with this one. Started a book but gave up. Will try something different. No, I won’t tell you. I don’t do bad reviews; neither do I denigrate another author’s work. I’ll keep looking.
6.      Publish two or more short works, between five and twenty five thousand words.
I really have to get something done on this one.
Well, that’s it for me folks; time to start a new week. So tell me, how many of you have an alter ego who takes over once in a while? Come on, you can tell me; you know you want to.

Dilemma

It is time for the ROW80 check-in again and this time there’s a problem I rarely face. I have no idea at all what to do next. The bomb fell last night. I have been all pumped because I had a manuscript being edited and she seemed to like the story. Last night I got the verdict. “I love this. It is a sweet story and I just love the characters, but… there isn’t nearly enough angst or challenges here to hold the average reader.”
Ouch. A moment to think and I knew the truth; it would be more work to fix it than it would be to write a new one from scratch. So, that one goes to the back burner. Now the dilemma; what to do next?
I wanted to put out another romance next, and I do have a manuscript almost ready to give her. I also have another one started, I have the sequel to Novan Witch well under way, I have the sequel to Immortal Tigress started and a dozen ideas running through my head for new romances. The big question is what the heck to do?
So, gentle readers, I put the question to you. What would you recommend I do next? I would love a bit of feedback on this one.
Anyway, on with the goals.
The Goals
1.      Blog twice each week over and above my ROW80 check-ins
I’m right on track here.
2.      Continue to read and comment on the blogs of my fellow writers
I’m happy with where I am here as well. So many wonderful blogs, so little time…
3.      Write at least 2K words on a WIP each week
This is temporarily on hold. Perhaps I can get it back on track later this week.
4.      I set out to publish six novels this year. I managed three last round, and two more between rounds, so that leaves me with one more novel to publish. I will see if I can get it out this round.
See above for the mess I’m in here.
5.      Read and review two or more first novels by new writers this round
One down, one to go here.  All good.
6.      Publish two or more short works, between five and twenty five thousand words.
One down and one to go here, but I have no worries about this one.
Ok, that’s it for me on this snowy day in the frozen North. How are you folks doing? Are you reaching your goals?  What would you do with a dilemma such as mine?

Somebody Messed Up

Somebody screwed up, badly. 
For the past two weeks or so we have had warm Spring weather with sunny days for the most part. So, naturally, we put all the heavy coats, long-johns, scarves, mittens, and hats into storage. Yep, we messed up. We live here and we should know better. There’s an iceberg in the bay, and today I woke up to snow on the ground, and a temperature of -5C with the wind chill. Brrr.
(Ok so this is an exaggeration. The bit we got is already melted)
Ok, here in Newfoundland complaining about the weather is a national pastime. Now that I have done my duty to the former republic, let’s get on with the good stuff. This is a ROW80 check-in after all.
The Goals
1.      Blog twice each week over and above my ROW80 check-ins
Ok, got it.
2.      Continue to read and comment on the blogs of my fellow writers
I am still managing to average about five or more blogs per day.
3.      Write at least 2K words on a WIP each week
Oh yeah, got this one finally.
4.      I set out to publish six novels this year. I managed three last round, and two more between rounds, so that leaves me with one more novel to publish. I will see if I can get it out this round.
The editor is having a go at the next novel as we speak. This one is going to rock. I believe it will classify as Y/A romance. Thinking of a cover now.
5.      Read and review two or more first novels by new writers this round
Got in one review this week so I’m quite happy here.
6.      Publish two or more short works, between five and twenty five thousand words.
I have already published the first of two, working on an idea for the second.
All in all I am pleased with this week. Not only did I get lots done, but I’ve had a chance for a long discussion with my editor and feel my work will greatly improve as a result of this ongoing discussion. Life is good.
So tell me, how did you all make out? Did you hit your targets? Overcome the obstacles?  Let me know how you’re doing and remember, there’s a coupon for a free copy of The First Key at the right of the page.

ROW80 Check in and Book Review

Hi folks, it’s time for the old Wednesday check-in. This has been a good week so far and I’m expecting even better things as the week wears on.  So, on with the show.
The Goals
1.      Blog twice each week over and above my ROW80 check-ins
I’m right on track here. If any of you are wondering how to cope with turning forty, I’ll tell you how I did it in my next post.
2.      Continue to read and comment on the blogs of my fellow writers
This is an easy one as I have so many great blogs to choose from. I read and comment on a minimum of five per day.
3.      Write at least 2K words on a WIP each week
I’m right on track here with over a thousand words on my WIP so far this week. With luck I’ll cross the 2K tonight.
4.      I set out to publish six novels this year. I managed three last round, and two more between rounds, so that leaves me with one more novel to publish. I will see if I can get it out this round.
As I said last time, I now have two novels waiting on the editor. Life is good.
5.      Read and review two or more first novels by new writers this round.
I recently picked up a copy of A Patchwork of Perspectives Vol. 1 by Alberta Ross. This book is a collection of short stories, vignettes of life’s moments told from different perspectives. The best word I can use here is, delightful. I loved them all and I quite love Alberta’s voice, her style. 
I truly enjoyed the book, but the highlight for me was her description of a dog pack in action. I live with a pack of dogs, and know exactly what she described looks like. Wonderful.
The best part here is, you can read a story in a quick break.  Got a few moments to kill, read a story. You can find A Patchwork of Perspectives here:
6.      Publish two or more short works, between five and twenty five thousand words.
The first has already been published, The First Key. Here’s a coupon for a free copy. UZ27H
I also have two other possibilities for the next one. The first is a fantasy tale and the other is that small collection of Erotica I’ve been threatening to publish.
So, my fellow ROWers, how are you all making out?  Please don’t forget to “like” my FB page here: http://www.facebook.com/Prudence.MacLeod.author
Thank you so much for dropping by. 

Sunday Check-in

It’s been a good week and I’m pretty pleased with the progress. Before I move on to the goals, let me remind you a free copy of The First Key can be had from Smashwords in any e-reader format you desire. Just use this coupon code:  UZ27H
On to the goals:
1.      Blog twice each week over and above my ROW80 check-ins
I believe I did manage it, but if not I will get in two next time.
2.      Continue to read and comment on the blogs of my fellow writers
I’m doing well here. Happy with this one.
3.      Write at least 2K words on a WIP each week
Here’s where I’ve been focused this week. I’ve got over 3K words done and am pleased with the way it is going.  I am especially happy with this as we have had some beautiful Spring days and staying at the computer has been a challenge.
4.      I set out to publish six novels this year. I managed three last round, and two more between rounds, so that leaves me with one more novel to publish. I will see if I can get it out this round.
I have two manuscripts ready for the editor, so I’m right on track here.
5.      Read and review two or more first novels by new writers this round
OK, I didn’t get a lot of reading time in, but I am buying a book today and will start it this evening. No more stalling. I have asked if you folks have a book you want me to read, I can’t believe all you guys are so shy. Wow.
6.      Publish two or more short works (between five and twenty five thousand words
The First Key is up and ready, remember to use the coupon.  The second is in the works.
I also made an author page on Facebook where you can keep track of my progress. Here’s the URL http://www.facebook.com/Prudence.MacLeod.author  Please drop by, check it out, and remember to hit the LIKE button before you leave. Thanks.
Well, that’s it for me folks, how are you all doing with your targets? Are you doing more gardening than writing? Come on now, ‘fess up.