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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.


Book Review and ROW80 Check-in.

Hi folks, it’s ROW80 check in once again and this has been a successful week for me. I’ve met my goals, plus I have a short book review for you on Phoenix Child. So, on with the show.
One: Write something at least five times or more each week.
Two: Write a minimum of 2500 on my WIP words each week.
Exceeded the 25K mark
Three: Publish at least six new novels in 2012.
I’ve got two coming up soon. Watch this space for more details.
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
It’s book review time again; this time I will tell you about Phoenix Child by Alica McKenna Johnson. This is your classic going through the changes teenage story with a couple of delightful twists. The book carries us along with the heroine as she works her way through the usual teenage changes plus a whole lot more.
On a more serious note, Alica gives us a peek into the world faced by far too many children, the world of the “System”. This peek might make a few folks slightly uncomfortable, and if it does, that’s a good thing.
Don’t run away now, because this book is filled with magic, adventure, and mythical creatures. Alica’s style is relaxed and easy to read, almost like she’s sitting right beside you, telling you the story. I read half in one sitting and wanted to finish it, but time did not allow. I did finish it the next day. I am truly hoping there will be a second book because I love these characters.
Well done Alica, five stars.
Five: do more to be supportive of new and struggling writers.
See above, also commented on over 13 blogs.
Six: Blog two or three times each week over and above the ROW80 check-ins.
So far so good. I’m still 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.