Worn Out

My mouse's roll bar is acting up. I thought untangling the tuft of cat hair from the internal gear would do the trick (how does so much get down in there?), but it didn't fix the problem. So I raided my husband's desk and stole his mouse. It's the same make and model,...

Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles in Sweden

Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles in Sweden

The Gargoyle Guardian Chronicles sold its first copy in Sweden! For those of you counting, that makes 20 countries where people have read the omnibus. Woot!

Instafreebie Books Galore

Instafreebie Books Galore

It turns out that I wasn't just having a low-energy day last week: I was fighting off a cold. It hit with full strength over the weekend. Fortunately, I have a high-octane immune system and a rigorous get-well strategy that involved extra sleep and naps; water infused...

Sleepy Writing

I don't know if it's a change in the weather or if I overdid it on yard work, but today was a low-energy day for me. No worries, though. It turns out I can dictate my book as easily lying down as I can on the elliptical. Ha! Yes, I wrote while prone today, and it was...

Melted Brain

Melted Brain

It took 6 hours, but I got my 3,000 words for the day. Oof. I hope this lackluster speed is merely beginning-of-the-book lag, which is typical for me. I would love to increase my word count to at least 5,000 words a day. We'll see how it goes. I wanted to write up a...

Lunchtime Gratitude

My parents came by for lunch today. It was a casual affair that happens frequently, but it never fails to make me feel grateful. I'm lucky my parents live close to me. I'm lucky they're both alive. I'm lucky my mom makes me food (oh, delicious corn bread!). I'm lucky...

Print Proofs

Print Proofs

After an interminable wait, I got my proof copies of A Fistful of Frost. They are beautiful! My camera doesn't do them justice. The blue pops, and the contrast between Madison's red coat and the frost is spectacular. They're so glossy and shiny. I've been hugging them...

Outline Simplification

Outline Simplification

I've been running the outline for Leads & Lynxes through its paces today. What does this mean? For starters, I make sure it has all the acts, all the beats, and all the stages of a hero's journey. Which it does. Then I tried something I've done only once before,...

A Quandary of Organs

Do you ever think about centaurs? Like really think about them. You know what they look like, right? Half human, half horse. In a fantasy world, they sound like fascinating creatures. But . . . It's a creature with two torsos. That seems problematic. The human...

Outlining and Fine-Tuning

Outlining and Fine-Tuning

I'm shoring up plot holes in the outline of Leads & Lynxes today. It involves a lot of very specific brainstorming—what is the origin of this mythical creature? how would Kylie feel about this terrifying situation? I love this point in the process. Most of the book is...