Progress Update – 8-21-2017

Monday Memo

Well, I’m not sure if it’s the excitement over the eclipse or I’m worn out from having little man home for the last month, but I got almost nothing done on the Super Secret Project #2.

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I’m gonna blame both. I’m excited about the eclipse (starting at 11:30 am my time). And I’m completely worn out from having my little monkey-butt home 24/7 for 30 straight days. Thankfully, school starts Thursday. w00t!

Hope you enjoy the eclipse. I’m going to try to get some words done.



Know Who You Are Doing Business With

Wednesday Wisdom

When I was looking for a copy editor for my first book, I was in such a hurry to get it done, that I hired the first person that came along.

That was a HUGE mistake. After weeks and weeks of excuses, she finally sent me back my manuscript. It was a rush job. All the notes were dated that very morning and she had attempted to do a developmental edit on it. Some of her notes included “I don’t like the main characters name.”

I was pissed. Then, I checked out her FaceBook business page. I was her first paying client. And I had paid her almost $500 up front.

I should have asked for references and a sample. I ended up having to request a refund and find a new copy editor. And that all put my publishing timeline out of whack.

Lesson Learned: Know who you’re doing business with BEFORE you send them money.

What’s Up?

Monday MemoAfter I finally published my first book, we decided (OK, *I* decided it was time to trade in the BMW with 160k miles) we needed a new vehicle with a LOT fewer miles. While we were in Billings car shopping, my good buddy, JR sent me a text that sounded pretty urgent.

[If you want to check out JR’s stuff, here’s his blog. He writes Military Science Fiction. And he’s an all around good guy. Just don’t tell him I said so.]

I texted him back and he said he had leads on a couple of anthologies that he suggested I check out. Next thing I know, I’m submitting stories. One of them is coming out on September 7th. It’s science fiction humor, so of course, I had to participate! You can check it out here: Pew! Pew! – The Quest for More Pew!

The second anthology is mech and I’m still writing it. More details as I’m allowed to share.

As for book two in the Annunak Series. It’s halfway written and I’m hoping to have it ready to publish by Thanksgiving. Sooner, if I can corral all the damn cats!

A Blog A Day ~ A Month Of Random (And Totally Awesome) Blogs To Check Out For June 2017

Great list!

~Plucking Of My Heartstrings~

blog-327072_1280I know a blog a day won’t keep the doctor away, like an apple might. However, blogs help us in a multitude of other ways. A blog can teach us how to do an algebra problem, find information on a medical condition, learn about a new culture, or find a great recipe. With over 150 million blogs and a new one being created every half second, you can bet there is a blog for everything and everyone.

A Blog A Day offers readers a month of random (and totally awesome blogs) that they can check out each day. If a blog is of interest please consider following it.

Here is the list for the month of June 2017:

June 1 – Miss Information ~ “because you have the right to be informed”

June 2 – I Lost Myself In Search Of You!!

June 3 – Life Of An Introvert ~…

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Photo Credit: Moon Base


General Koonis slowly walked towards the judge’s bench while explaining, “Ever since we were dragged into that little scuffle between the Greys and Proximians from Proxima Centauri three years ago, we have been building radar and listening stations on the outermost dwarf planets of our solar system. But because it’s considered beyond dangerous to drop a human off on some lonely, remote satellite with just a suitcase full of supplies and a half-hearted ‘good luck,’ our government deemed it cost effective to use a certain element of the population to man these bases.”

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Another Monday, another snippet from The Reluctant Emissary! I hope you enjoy!

An hour later, Eshan found himself sitting in a drab cell, on a metal bench bolted to the floor, waiting to appear before a judge. He’d been questioned by the on-duty detective then photographed, fingerprinted and relieved of all of his possessions other than the clothes he was wearing. Hours drifted by and still Eshan sat, motionless, elbows on his knees, his hands knitted together and his head bent over as if he were praying. Silence his only companion.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Phoenix Lights

Happy Monday, friends! How about another snippet from The Reluctant Emissary to start off your week?

A low whine passing above him caused him to look up. The matte gray underbelly of an inner solar ship passed high overhead, it’s landing lights flashing like a strobe light. As long as I live, I will never get used to those ships.

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Getting closer…

Maybe it was this exact parking spot. Or maybe it was the weather. Whatever it was, he was suddenly thrown back two years ago, to the night he had met her. The woman that had finally made him feel like he had a purpose in this filthy, overpopulated, alien-dominated world. Even Alaska, “The Last Frontier,” was beginning to feel crowded as people looked for an escape from the jam-packed mega-cities.

There’s a Light at the End of the Tunnel

I haven’t posted in a very long while. It’s not that I haven’t been busy. I got a bug in my bonnet to make myself write a book. And actually FINISH it this time.

A couple of days ago, I got the final rounds of edits back from my beloved developmental editor. And now it’s with the line editor. She’ll have it back to me around May 5th.

I have my cover done by the very talented Christian. (If you want to see my cover, it’s on my homepage. Right here.)

What’s left? Um…since this is my first rodeo with self-publishing, I’m going to shotgun here and list some of the things I think or know I still have to do:

  1. Write a blurb. I suck at these. Like “eighth grader oral book report” kinda suck.
  2. Formatting. I have no friggin idea at this point. I’m hoping the Scrivner gods will deliver me a perfectly formatted manuscript.
  3.  Mailing List. After three hair-pulling days, I was finally able to get the newsletter sign-up thingy working on my website. Now I just have to find people and convince them they need it. (People like YOU! So get on it! Kidding, I’m not going to hunt you down and force you to sign up. Yet.)
  4. Newsletter content. If you think I suck at blog posts, wait ’til you see my newsletter. #cryinginmywhiskey

I think that’s enough pain and misery for one post. Happy Monday, everyone. Now, get out there and be the lion!