Monthly Archives: June 2012

In Another Mindset

This is the last official day of ROWnd 2 of the ROW80 challenge.  Many people are already “done” and were so by Sunday.  I’m still back in the first week it seems.

Mmm!  New Skete Cheesecakes!

Cheesecake…the “other” yellow cake

It doesn’t help that today my husband and I celebrate our 10 wedding anniversary.  Events that mark life changing experiences, whether for good or ill, have a tendency to occupy the mind.

It also doesn’t help that I’ve allowed myself the emotional luxury of doing two Novel Writing challenges, thus almost forcing my mind into fictional worlds where blogging and check-ins and comments are alien concepts (at least in my story worlds they are).

And so here we are, and I ‘m not ready.  I haven’t been ready for weeks.

And yet, the world, the ROWnd, kept moving…


…for a time.

Departure and Return

Departure and Return


And since I did not do the Tuesday Snippet (again…I am really sorry, the mind truly has been in strange places), here it is, for those interested:

Alanii was at the gate, watching as they landed. Quick as she could, she released herself from her harness and went to the door.

‘Listii rose behind her. “Let me help you with the–“

She glared at him and noted with some small satisfaction that he stepped back. “I think you’ve helped enough, Captain.”

He gave a hurt but accepting nod and, after opening the door, stepped away so she could pass by unhindered or touched.

Alanii came over, waving the dust cloud away from his face. “Nassil?” He coughed, then reached a hand over to help her down.

She hesitated a moment before grabbing it, remembering once again why she’d avoided Acaria for so long. Behind her she felt ‘Listii’s dark gaze drilling into the base of her skull.

It decided her.

Resolutely, she enhanced her shielding and reached down to take the Andar’s firm grip, steeling herself for the draw he held over her.

Instead, she met solid ground without the tingling fire, without the shadowy mind sense of him—it was as if he wasn’t there psychically at all. A quick scan, as she dared not lower her shields too far in case this was a fluke, revealed little more than the presence of an untalented person next to her.

But the man next to her who was saying brief greetings and farewells to his captain had never been untalented.

Stunned, she allowed herself to be drawn toward the gate without resistance. And only after the car had lifted off and both Alanii and she were coughing out lungs full of dust was she able to turn to him and demand to know what was going on.

No natural shielding could imitate that kind of effect. Even Val and ‘Listii with their intensely secret skill had always shown up as potential witches.

It was as if Alanii wasn’t there at all.

He smiled wanly, shaking his curls to get rid of the film of dust they’d gathered. “Simple, Atyriia.”

She backed up and, after watching him dust himself off, decided to follow suit. “Simple for you, perhaps, but let’s pretend for a moment that I’m a complete idiot. Why are you suddenly as invisible as a rock on the planes?”

Alanii’s brows rose. “Hopefully you see more of me than that, nassil. Come up to my study. We can share a drink, and I’ll explain it to you.”

She noticed he didn’t offer his hand to her again as he motioned for her to come with him.

 A short snippet this time…

And one last wedding picture…  of me and my matron of honor, Shan.

Miah, Shan and I

All Smiles!

  • All photos credit of Paulsen Photography

In trying to prepare myself mentally for Wendy Lu’s Roaring Twenties challenge, I found this… (the whole site is worth looking over). This article, however, reminds me of some debates over sexuality and how human nature is portrayed in books and other media that have been flying around of late.

Mary Miley's Roaring Twenties

      Did you ever wonder why old movies were so comparatively free from violence, foul language, and sex? Why there was no blood on murdered people, why lovers kissed so chastely, why “My dear, I don’t give a damn” was a line that shocked audiences in 1939?

       An immediate outcome of the Fatty Arbuckle scandal of 1921 was the creation of a self-censorship board, the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors Association of America, later shortened to the Motion Picture Association of America. This was a “voluntary” system meant to clean up the pictures by keeping movies free from immorality and thus keeping the threat of government censorship at bay.

       Will Hays, its first director, remained in his position for 24 years. By 1930, his rules had crystallized into something known as the Hays Code. This lasted until the 1960s when it was replaced by the…

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What am I Doing Here? ROWing Upstream

In the wake of insanity run rampant this week, I almost avoided doing a check-in yet again.  I mean, it’s not as if there wasn’t some kind of update on Sunday…granted I posted it on Facebook in the ROW80 group.  This is how it read:

My check-in…
I have written over 20,000 words in my JuNoWriMo novel, and most of them are words I actually LIKE.
I have kept up with my sponsor duties.
I have commented and posted on blogs.
I’ve allowed myself the emotional space to enjoy life and time with family as well as write.
I had fun hosting some of the #wordsprints for the WriMo.

I managed over 5K words yesterday.

I’m in a really neat section of the story and I want to get back to writing it.

"Writing on the wood is prohibited."...

I’m still maintaining those numbers, PLUS (happy big excitement time for me) I am finally figuring out how some of the real virtues of Tweetdeck due to my hosting wordsprints for the #JuNoWriMo challenge.  Much easier than running Tweetdeck and Google Chrome (and occasionally Seamonkey as well) to keep all the various accounts for things separate.  Since I often run several such programs for different tasks (notably to keep track of all my wandering logins on my laptop), this had not seemed to much of an issue.

BOY did Monday convince me otherwise.  (Monday and Tuesday evenings were very hectic sprints.)  But I think it worked out well enough.  And I find that I really love running these sprints.  A very big thank you to Julie Jordan Scott for helping get me involved.  And if Anna and Becca decide they need me for next year, they can count on me.   ♥

Wait!  Wasn’t this a check-in?

Umm, well, yeah…  But this is what I have been doing for my ROW80 right now.

  • I’ve been writing ( 29,871 words today for the one WiP and a little over 12K on the one for CampNaNoWriMo)….a LOT!
  • I’m learning more about the tools I have at my disposal here (ie. Tweetdeck).
  • I am still somewhat managing to do some of the social media circles out there (though my Facebooking has suffered a LOT since June started)
  • I’ve found some small amount of balance with the new home-life and pursuing the path to publication.  YAY!
  • Most of ALL….  Writing has become FUN again.

The only thing that bothers me about all of this happy chaos is the way that I have a tendency to get so caught up in the glow of the words and the story that I lose track and don’t visit those wonderful people who have encouraged me to get to this point.  Not just online, but in real life…

So this is a projection of what is to come for the next ROWnd…

  • I will not be a sponsor for the next ROWnd.  However, Kait has my word that I will happily do it for ROWnd 1 in 2013 if she wants me.  (I’ll even consider ROWnd 4 for this year, but since I will by necessity be away from computers for almost two weeks during ROWnd 3…  It seemed wiser to avoid it.)
  • I will be missing several check-ins
  • I will be doing the August CampNaNoWrimo–I’m finding this mad writing dash, then pause, then dash again…ebb and flow of writing works very well for me.
  • Beyond the WriMo, I will be dedicating the third ROWnd for getting my blogs and author pages straightened out.  (The awards I’ve received and the tags I’ve received will also be dealt with during this time–THANK YOU for your patience everyone!  I appreciate the thoughts–I’m just not that organized right now.)
  • I will be making a point in July to visit as many people I owe… real visits when I can, but certainly electronic as necessary.
  • I will be making the (so-far) Unnamed Story into an ebook (I think–still considering this).  So if anyone would like to recommend a good editor to go through the story with me with a fine tooth comb, I’d love a heads up.

So that’s it.  No Unnamed Story post tonight or at all this week.  I should have something ready by next Tuesday.  Although my “crappy first draft” energy is definitely being spent elsewhere at the moment….