Thursday, March 27, 2014

19171 words...

I'm getting there. After deleting half a chapter, I am scratching my way back and it's going in a great direction. Our ideas for this book are so many, I'm having to pick and choose which ones we want to represent in this book and what we could possibly use in any subsequent ones. My goal is 60K words for "Sticks & Stones", then numerous edits. If all goes well, I hope to have this finished in two months so Cindy can have something to do after she is done her classes for the spring semester :-)

Off to research diamond dust/powder as it will play an important role...

Monday, March 24, 2014


Today I had a thought about my WIP. Months ago, I ran into a wall and after getting frustrated, I ignored writing.

I've done everything else BUT write: foster a pregnant cat (see my blog: search for a job, clean the house, volunteer, take the dog on a walk, college visits with my oldest, read. Then today as I was walking from one room to another I thought, "I need to call Cindy. I wonder if we should cut the last scene I wrote. Make the readers wonder about "something" throughout the entire book rather than having it solved up front." I knew the answer before I even finished voicing the thought to myself!

I didn't call her because she has been studying for mid-terms. Then around lunch time she calls, mainly for some reassurance she'll do wonderful on a nursing assessment test. She will. We chat about that but I then ask her the question I thought of and she doesn't hesitate when she says, "Yes. Love that." So, I let the idea percolate a bit.

Fast forward 4 hours-"now"-and a friend of mine just posted she has a literary agent. I realize, I have to get moving on this story. It's a great idea, unique, one of a kind from what we can tell. I don't want someone else to snatch it up before it ever gets "that" good (and finished) where we can begin to market it.

So, I opened up my story folder, found the one we are working on and deleted the last scene. I went from 19,983 words down to 18,079. Not a HUGE cut; not starting over; nothing I can't surmount. However, it has given me a whole new direction to go in and I'm excited to once again begin working on this story we have dubbed, "Sticks & Stones." The original title, when Cindy wrote it as a short story, was "Shades of Grey". Umm, yeah. That won't work anymore. Even though our title came out years before "50 Shades of Grey" hit the shelves, we knew we couldn't have anything that close. Especially since it is not anywhere NEAR the genre of "50 Shades."

So, in between dinner and running my son to a meeting tonight, I'll pick at it. We have the last scene plotted out so maybe I'll work on that and then fill in the "blanks."

Tomorrow is wide open until dinner. I should be able to get a couple thousand words down by then, right?

Sunday, March 23, 2014


I've been busy blogging our experience with the kittens, who are now 2 weeks old and require a bit less hovering, but still a lot of handling to get them used to us!

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Friday, March 7, 2014

I'm writing, but not a book at the moment...

Our foster cat had kittens, and it wasn't an easy birth. I've been blogging about it here: Batting At Strings.
Please take some time and follow me on a journey with these adorable kittens! Once we have them fully settled in, I will try to get back on schedule and continue writing the story I am doing with my friend, Cindy.