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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Little Bit of This and That...Labour Day and End of Summer

So much to report....

This Week:
       *Reading: I have been bouncing between my menagerie of books. Haven't finished reading anything new yet, but enjoying the progress. Currently, I am working on Invisible Moon (James A. Owen), The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Agatha Christie), and Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Douglas Adams). I have recently discovered that I enjoy jumping from book to book, as it suit my mood. This sprang up from a conversation with an old friend from High School two weekends ago now about how we read books. I always marveled at her ability to read books quickly.
       *Writing: wrote Monday (650 words) and Tuesday (953 words), and will be blitzing later today on Modern Muses.
       *Editing: finished the reading through/edit of The Real Road Trip back on Friday. I am reallt please dto have made it the whole way through and even more pleased that the story is still workable. Just need some massive re-writes in the process. Enjoyed a bit of a break during the weekend. Now I start the next phase of the edits.
       *Social Media: keeping up with my sponsor duties and returning to my daily 4 blog visits. Spent a little more time on Twitter with my #writestuff tweet chat yesterday.

In the middle of all this I have to find a schedule to accommodate my upcoming rehearsal schedule. Daunted? Maybe a little. Determined? Heck yeah! I built some good habit over the summer and don't want to lose that. I am also trying to do more challenges, like the WWW Wednesdays:

What are you currently reading?
   -about 5 different novels. The one I am leaning more towards is Invisible Moon (James A. Owen). It the second in his Mythworld series about what happens when Rangarok happens in a little Upstate New York town. I don't think that was too spoilery.

What did you recently finish reading?
     -The Festival of Bones, Mythworld Book 1 (James A. Owen). What happens when ancient literature meets opera?

What do you think you’ll read next?
     -finish one of the other books I have started. Also want to revisit and finish the Inkheart series (Cornelia Finke) . I have a pending review of the movie that is just waiting to happen. I do book to movie review/analysis.

This (upcoming) Week:
     *Reading: finish reading Invisible Moon and maybe Murder Comes Ashore (Julie Anne Lindsey).
     *Writing: write daily, at  least 300 words.
     *Editing: begin my re-write of The Real Road Trip, trying the edits re-writing all the crap, and finally organizing the chapter, maybe an outline too. To be completed by the end of September.
      *Blogging: missed my Tuesday blog day, so this week will be Thursday. 1 non-ROW80 post. Also blog about goal progress in August and September goals.
      *Submissions: 2 new submissions and report on the progress.
      *Social Media:  visit 4 blogs daily and sponsor goals. Thinking of being a sponsor for Round 4.

Music Man read through is next week. Got to work on a props list. Revise my schedule to account for rehearsals and writing/editing time. Prep for NaNoWriMo in November. Post more spoke word to my YouTube channel (as it hasn't gotten a lot of love in the last year). Prepare for OctPoWriMo in October. Also, enjoy the End of Summer.

How are your goals, Dear Readers? What have you been up to as the summer is winding down?

A Round of Words in 80 Days, a blog challenge that knows you have a life. Stop in the Blog Hop to visit my fellow bloggers/writers.

It's also, WIPpet Wednesday. The day we post a snippet of our WIP. Created by K.L. Schwengel. YOu take today's date and used the NEW MATH to get a snippet of your WIP and share with the interwebs. Visit my fellow WIPpeteers here. Today's date is 9/2/2015. Going to make it simple 9+2=11 lines from
Modern Muses.

We find Thalos calling on Teri and she arrives via a dream form...

“Guess I am hearing things now.”

“No, you’re not,” the voice came again, sounding closer.

“Teri?” Thalos called, but when he looked up he didn’t see anyone or anything.

“You called?” Teri’s voice filled his ears.

“Did I?”

“I heard to whisper my name. Then you said something. I then found myself here” 

“What was that,” he said to the emptiness that was the study and to the direction that Teri voice had come from. He closed his eyes and thought about Teri, her shape, hair colour, her smell.

“Talo, it’s me.” The voice was stronger now and he saw through his closed eyes Teri’ small frame standing near the fire. “Come here, but don’t open your eyes too fast.”

“I how can I do that and not trip over chairs and mediaeval armour?”

“It seems to work better when you close your eyes. Relax . Then slowly open your eyes.” Easier said that done, Thalos thought to himself. “I am glad you called. There seems no way out of this room.”

“Where are you?” Thalos asked, finding that he was suddenly standing.

Thalos and Teri's Song:


  1. I like the line about tripping over medieval armor. It gives me such a great mental image. :-)

    1. There's something in the art to describing the room by making it real and interesting, without over kill. That line is definitely a favourite. :-) Glad you liked it!!

  2. I'm finding this world interesting, but confusing. I had a hard time telling who was speaking, and what the intent of each is.

    Of course, I've been up all night, yesterday was my son's birthday, and I'm half asleep...

    For us, the end of summer means that places we've been avoiding will be 'ours' again as the school year resumes. Sure, I've got lots of homeschool admin still to get through, but there will also be trips to the NYS Museum, the orchard, and other places to be determined as we go along.

    I love the creative surge, and the nesting urge, autumn brings. I've heard Canada geese winging south, and see the first touches of color on the trees. It's hot, still, but that will fade....

    I love being a sponsor. I've met so many fascinating people, and learned even more....

    I highly recommend it!

    1. I've really enjoyed it this Round and it's been a good year for me, want to continue it to year's end. Probably see you as sponsor for Round 4 then? :-)

      I sometimes neglect to add the he said/she said at the end of my sentences, especially when it is just two people talking. Sorry if I confused I dislike that when I have to re-read a section because of that reason. Will make a note to review that part when I got to edit it. :-)

  3. Great work! I also read multiple books and switch between them. It goes faster, and I can read what I'm in the mood to read.

    I used to do WWW Wednesdays before I started ROW80. That was fun!

    Enjoyed the snippet.

  4. I, too, am always impressed with people who get rip through a book, while I plod along. Of course, reading three or four books at one time maybe does slow one down, but some days are just made for one sort of book and not another. Right?

    It sounds like you still making progress on your goals though. Keep it up and have a great weekend.

  5. Yes, it's definitely fun to have a whole set of books to choose from depending on mood, isn't it?

    That's such an intriguing snippet! I have so many questions... and it ended before you answered them! *pouts* Now I have to wait (im)patiently to see what you share next week! (Yes, I really enjoyed it!)

    1. Good...that means I am doing something right, right? :-) am definitely going to continue with that part of the snippet! :-)

  6. I usually am reading more than one book at a time but I tend to read non fiction alongside fiction - I am a very fast reading so this doesn't slow me down any - have tried making the books last longer but I just can't :( You seem to be doing okay there all the best for coming week - keep smiling:)

    1. That's a very astute observation, Alberta. No matter how slowly you read the ending always gets there. :-) Thanks for stopping by.


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