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Gibbs Slap From the Muse!

Hi folks,

This past week has been interesting to say the least. many unusual things have happened. What??? You say? Well, for example, I willingly mowed the lawn. Most of you know I hate lawns and think people should be growing food instead. Anyway I did that. 

(Me with the giant rhubarb plant and grass that needs mowing.)


Result? Next day I slept in until noon. It’s been over forty years since I did that. Yikes.

What else happened? Well, I got a Gibbs slap upside the head from the writing muse. We were on the ferry heading across to the city. There was a young woman on a motorcycle parked beside us. She was watching the water glide by as I was when I heard the voice of the muse.

“You haven’t written a lesbian romance in far too long. What’s the matter with you?” (My muse is no wimp; she’s tough.)

Me: I’m working on the Haunted Quest Series. I’ll get back to it once I finish that. (I like to finish one project at a time usually.)

Muse: “No. I am presenting you with inspiration. Look at that woman. Here’s the story. (flood of images in my mind until I’m dizzy.)

Me: But what about the ghost series?

Muse:”What’s the matter, you can’t do both at once? Getting too old for this?” (Ooooh, that rubbed my fur the wrong way.)

Me: Fine, Lady, but you’d better not desert me halfway through.

Muse: “Of course not, sweetie. I’ll be right at your shoulder the whole time.” (She’s all sugar and honey once she gets her own way. See, Myndi Shafer, that’s why I can’t quit writing. She won’t let me.)

Result? New Book started today, lesbian romance, ghost story. this is going to be fun.

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ROW80 Check-in


It has been a seriously crazy week, but I did manage to get some writing done. I now have a solid start on the third book of the Haunted Quest Series. Still waiting for the cover for the second one though. sigh Hopefully this week will see it’s arrival. I’ll post it as soon as I get it.

Oh, the target of ten thousand words? Only eight this time; but I’m shooting for another ten thousand words this week. Wish me luck.

Bless
Pru


Final Row80 Check-in

Hi folks, this is it, the final check-in for this round of ROW80. It has been a lot of fun and it has helped to keep me on track when life got bizarre and interesting. Will I do it again? Absolutely, where do I sign up?
How did I do over all? Better than I expected to do, some things got a bit derailed, but all in all I am pleased.
 So, here we go, final check-in.
Goals.
One: Write something at least five times or more each week.
Nailed it this time. Over all I did pretty good with this one.
Two: Write a minimum of 2500 on my WIP words each week.
I’m a bit behind that right now, but on the overall average, I’m well pleased with an average just over the mark. Truth be told here, It is spread out over all four WIPs.
Three: Publish at least six new novels in 2012.
I managed to take a big bite out of this one and I hope to complete that in the next round.
Four: Read and review six or more first novels by new authors. (I don’t give bad reviews, so don’t panic, I’m friendly, honest. J
I exceeded the six here and I am well pleased with that.
Five: do more to be supportive of new and struggling writers.
I’ve helped a few beginners, reviewed a few first novels, and read as many blogs as I could manage, trying to encourage each one.
Six: This one got derailed by the PayPal fiasco, so I guess I’ll call it a miss this time.
Looking back I can see I was a bit ambitious in my original goals. Spring is on the way and I will have more outside work to do soon, so the next batch of goals will be reined in a bit. Still I had a lot of fun and met a lot of great writers. A super experience all round.
Ok, that’s about it for today folks. How is it going for you? Did you hit your targets? Let me know how it went for you.

Hitting Targets

Well, it looks like I’m back on track once again. It’s been a strange couple of weeks, but things are smoothing out a bit. Taking a short time out to refocus helped me get things going again. I’ve got some great stuff on the go and it looks like this month will see me publish two new books. One will be another of the romances that I wrote years ago, but couldn’t sell. I know why.
In the fading years of the 20th century, a friend of mine (a transsexual woman) grew tired of the abuses heaped on her head by the system that was supposed to be helping her. (Aversion therapy, shock treatments, humiliation therapy, this is helping?) She also grew tired of the constant mental abuse from her family. She took her own like in the most violent way she could find.
In the years that followed her suicide I wrote four novels with transsexuals as main characters. Not surprising, I was unable to sell them. However, these folks are people, just like everybody else, so I was determined to tell some stories for them. The first I self-published was “A Simple Twist of Fate.” Some of you may have read it. Later this month or early next, I hope to publish another of the four.
I have also finished the revisions to “Novan Witch” the book I wrote for MaMoWriMo last year. I wrote and published in in 19 days. (A friend did the cover for me. Bless him.) I left it up for free for months so folks could get a sense of my writing style. This month I took it down and let the editor have a go at it. The first revision is done and back to the editor it goes. With luck I will soon get it back up as well.
Ok, on with the progress report.
Goals.
One: Write something at least five times or more each week.

Yep, right on track.

Two: Write a minimum of 2500 on my WIP words each week.
1200+ so far. I’m smiling.
Three: Publish at least six new novels in 2012.
See above.
Four: Read and review six or more first novels by new authors. (I don’t give bad reviews, so don’t panic, I’m friendly, honest. J
I just finished one book that shall remain nameless. It was bad, hopeless, and painful to read and I honestly couldn’t give a shit about any of the characters. I blew it off my Kobo and started another. Wow, rags to riches.
 So, I’m currently reading Phoenix Child by Alica McKenna Johnson. So far I’m loving it. This author has mastered the art of teenage angst, but I love the characters and will not abandon them. This one I will happily review.
Five: do more to be supportive of new and struggling writers.
See above
Six: Blog two or three times each week over and above the ROW80 check-ins.
So far so good. I’m on track here.
Ok, that’s about it for today folks. How is it going for you? Did you hit your targets? Let me know how it went for you.
Oh, and lets help each other out a bit here. Please go to my Facebook page, and my Amazon page, and hit the “Like” button. I’ll happily do the same for you.