Flu and a Challenge


allergy-cold-disease-flu-41284.jpegJust a quick note to keep you updated on my misadventures. Or, maybe not such a quick note.

Flu. Yep, the flu came to visit our happy home. Little man came down with it on the 19th. He spent all weekend being flu-y and sick. Monday rolled around and off to school he went, feeling better.

Tuesday, I woke up feeling like someone parked a truck on me. Thankfully, hubby was able to play chauffeur to little man since the insane headaches where making me just a tad grumpy.

On days that I could think straight, I read a wonderful book called “The 8-minute Writing Habit” by Monica Leonelle. It really helps lost writers find their way back onto the writerly path.

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Farewell 2017. Hello, 2018! And a restart.

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Hi! I know it’s been awhile. And I wish I had a really good excuse for not checking in. But I don’t.

Have I been writing? Yes and no. I was writing like a fiend up until the day before we left for our vacation. We headed out of Watford City, North Dakota on November 22nd to drive down to Galveston, Texas.

We took our son on a five day cruise for his 11th birthday. We visited the ports of Costa Maya (the picture is from the fabulous private resort at Nohoch Kay) and Costa Maya.

We got back to chilly North Dakota on December 3rd and I have yet to write a single word. Other than this blog post. I think I am stuck on ‘island time.’ I know my heart sure is!

I’m mad at myself for not getting my ass in the chair and finishing the last THREE chapters of book two of the Annunak Series! The characters have been harassing me. My editor probably thinks I’m stuck on an island in the Caribbean, somewhere. Friends have been asking me how the writing is going. And all I can do is shrug.

It might be because I’m distracted by life stuff. You see, I found a private school in Texas that specializes in nonverbal autistic kiddos. And I’ve been working on getting my munchkin enrolled for next year. But it means moving as soon as school gets out at the end of May so he can test it out over the summer semester. I’m a little stressed. That’s only about four months away. There are lots of things to figure out and coordinate. All by myself.

Hubby would like to help, but this is the busy season and he’s been working 90 – 100 hours a week. We’re lucking if we see him for an hour a day.

BUT! I have committed to finishing book 2 and getting it published before I pack up my office and head for warmer shores. Now, THAT part, I’m excited about. I’m over all these -20s temps!

I’m also going to try my best to post an update on all the craziness once a week. As well as figure out this whole ‘newsletter’ thingy.

So, if you’ve stuck with me this long, I thank you from the bottom of my frozen heart! Until next week, take care!

– T.M.


Be Writing.

Wednesday Wisdom

I see a number of writers I associate with spending more time talking about writing than actually doing the writing.

I saw Mark Dawson’s tweet and it hit me. I don’t want to be just a writer. Or spend most of my time talking about writing.

I. Want. To. BE. Writing.

I want to have a steading income while producing a steady output. Not live off the high of publishing a single work or two.

LESSON LEARNED: STFU and do the work.

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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