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

17 responses to “In Another Mindset

  1. Never goodbye, always farewell. Till R3 at least. I need to dive into my edits again and find it hard after a spell away. Stay in your story world as long as you can… once its interrupted, it can be a devil to get re-entry. Have a great break – love you pictures and happy anniversary. Hope we make the ten year mark and beyond. Watching him sleep after a hard time at work makes me think I will. 🙂 X


    • You are so correct about how taking some time away makes it hard to “get back into things”. I’m having that problem now. I thought I needed the break after the last ROWnd, but instead… I’m finding myself stuck here, not getting my check-ins (or goals) written). I’m behind on all my blogging plans.

      Sometimes time off does more harm than good.


  2. Happy Anniversary!


  3. Happy anniversary, Eden! Thanks for stopping over at my check-in. It sounds to me like you have been writing a lot, even if you haven’t been blogging much, so you shouldn’t be apologizing to anyone.
    I really enjoyed your snippet. I assume this is part of a larger work.


    • Thank you, Ann. Yes, I was writing a lot. It felt so good too, even if I was driving myself a bit giddy doing it. Now it’s editing time. Lots of editing.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the snippet. It is part of a larger work, and if you are interested, you can go into the “Stories From My Worlds” tab above and read it from the beginning. It’s a piece I use to play with characters and explore them.


  4. Nice photos! Cool on the anniversary! Celebrate it! Blogging is not all that important, after all, it’s just something this weird wired world makes us believe. The people next to us are our first priority — that and our weird wild writing, of course. *g*

    Congratulations, have fun, and continue to put family and writing before social media. Good on you!


    • Ruth, you are an angel. Somehow I always end up feeling so rejuvenated after reading posts or comments from you–maybe because you’re always saying what I want to hear–what my heart wants to hear actually–and it thrills my soul. Thank you.

      And now for the all important editing (to go with all that important writing). 😀


      • Those are my super secret mind-reading powers at work! *g*

        I guess I just say the kinds of things I started saying to myself to make me a little more sane and find my way back to enjoying the writing again after a bad phase I had. 🙂 Glad they work for you too!


        • Well, here’s you to your super powers, Ruth! May they continue to provide inspiration and support to not only yourself but writers (and readers) around the world.

          Truthfully though, I’m sorry to hear that you had a bad phase during writing (though I imagine we all have had one or ten as we pass along). At least something good came out of it. You’re writing now! 🙂


  5. Dang! How can I always forget your anniversary, when I was there?!?!?

    At least today wasn’t quite so hot as it was in the church that day!

    I hope you had a tenth that was a tenth as lovely as you are.

    And, oh, LOOKEE! You and Dan al self-conscious and glowing, he carriage, the beauty of Thacher Park, that New Skete cheesecake I’ve been craving for two weeks, us all young….

    And that teeny, tiny, oh-so-blonde, barefoot little boy in the sailor shirt…

    As I live and breathe, it’s MEMI, long before he was Miah, and so far away from the 150 pound big kid who stands up to my bottom lip!

    Tears of joy for us all. Happy, happy day! =D


  6. I think if something has to take your mind off check-ins and things like that, fictional worlds are a good thing to have occupying you. You’re getting so much writing done, and that’s fantastic!

    Happy anniversary!


    • It was fantastic, Kim. I was in a flow and there was a sense of action happening. But I think I burned myself out. I’m not getting much writing done at the moment, and as you can see, I’m also very late with all my ROW80 related things.

      But thank you for your upbeat support. ♥


  7. I totally missed my last check-in! But, I had nothing new to report either. At least you missed yours because you were writing! But next week begins a new challenge, and another chance to meet those goals – let’s go! And congrats on the anniversary. 🙂


    • Well, then I know I’m in good company, Jennette (;I just missed the last two myself, but mostly because I’ve been recovering). A new challenge… yes, and I have to confess, I have been feeling challenged out a touch. I’m getting there though. Definitely getting there. =)

      Thank you! =)


  8. Hi Eden. Looks like you had a great location for your wedding. We just celebrated a similar 10 years. Time flies sometimes 🙂



    • Belated congratulations, Nigel. I hope your day was as special to you as ours was to us. And thank you. Yes, we had our reception at Thatcher Park just south of Albany, NY. It’s still one of our favorite places to go.