A Little Late but Still Thankful

This year Thanksgiving somehow snuck up on me. (Yes, snuck is a real word) I mean, I knew it was coming and everything, but one minute I had time to do things and then all of a sudden, I didn’t. And I forgot all about my Thanksgiving post!

To be honest, I’ve just had too many things on my mind. The biggest, most important of those things is that my oldest daughter is having surgery on Monday. It’s scary. Because of the physical limitations (pain, kidney damage, other things) the cause of the surgery placed on her, she was fired from her job. Now her employer isn’t cooperating with EDD and is likely to contest my daughter’s unemployment claim. She has no income right now, has not been able to look for a new job because of her physical condition and upcoming surgery, and will probably have at least two weeks of recovery before being able to look for work again. The whole situation is worrying, to say the least.

On a more positive note, the new paperback edition of Bronze in in final formatting mode and should be available soon with the e-book following right after. I’m excited to say that the e-book will have a brand new cover, possibly the paperback too. I’m keeping my hardback cover and will continue that theme through the series with the hardback releases, but will have alternate covers for at least the e-books. I can’t wait to see what my designer comes up with!

Copper is in good shape and I’m working on it every day, but I still can’t give a finish date. I refuse to rush it. All I can say is, it’s almost finished. Really. Please hang in there with me. And I promise the third book won’t take anywhere near as long to release.

I’m also going to be working on some Glister related short stories that I plan to offer as free downloads. If you’ve read Bronze, who would you like a story about?

So what am I thankful for this year? Everything!

I’m most thankful for my wonderful family: my son and daughters, my daughter-in-law and grandson and new granddaughter on the way (so exciting!), my oldest daughter’s boyfriend and his family, who have embraced her and by extension us as a part of their family.

I’m thankful for my eighty-year-young aunt, my only other relative in this country, healthy and still working in Hollywood.

I’m thankful for my incredible friends, a couple of whom I’ve known almost all my life. Thank you for ALWAYS being there!

I’m thankful for my job and my wonderful students. There are aspects of my work that have been extremely difficult this year, but for the most part I still get up on work days looking forward to seeing and working with my students and excited for what we can accomplish.

I’m thankful for my new apartment. I’ve been here almost a year now and it’s been the best place I’ve lived in a really long time. It’s small but reasonably priced (for the Bay Area), in a nice community (with security) and relatively quiet (which is a HUGE issue for me.)

I’m thankful to have lost some significant weight this past year, which I’ll probably write about in a post in the New Year. I’m feeling better and healthier than I have in many years.

I’m also thankful for this writing journey I’m on, and for all of you who are coming along with me. I get discouraged sometimes, doubtful of the value in what I’m doing, and wondering what the heck was I thinking when I started this. But all I have to do is think of some of you who have been so kind to me and my book, read over some of the reviews, and it pumps me up again.

So thank you! I hope to get to know more of you in the coming year.

It’s my Thanksgiving post tradition to include a Switchfoot video, so here you go. Have a great weekend!

Writing: Copper.

Listening: Need new music!

Reading: Crooked Kindom by Leigh Bardugo

Watching: Dr. Strange and Fantastic Beasts.

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Smoothies and Book Club – A Summer Update

{Photo of one of my first smoothies on a bookshelf with some of the books I’ve bought recently}

Well I started this post before summer vacation started and look – it’s almost the middle of July!

In Glister news, I’ve been waiting on getting my laptop fixed, the one with all my heavy-duty programs on. I wasn’t able to use my USBs and for various reasons don’t have internet on it, so transferring work to upload on this computer was impossible. It’s apparently working okay now, so first up will be the new edition of Bronze in paperback and then I’ll be looking into releasing it as e-book again. I have mixed feelings about this as book theft is such a problem, but with Copper coming out as soon as I can manage it, I really want that e-book out there. I’ll also be doing Goodreads giveaways and might post chapters of both books at Wattpad and Smashwords. I’ll keep you posted.

I’m staying close to home for most of the summer, doing curriculum planning for graduate credit as well as doing my best to finish the second Glister Journals novel, Copper. So I’m very busy. I admit that I’ve been stuck for a while on the last chapters, not because I don’t know what happens at the end, but I’m not sure in what order those things happen, which affects what ties them together, which has made it difficult to focus on just writing. Earlier this year, there was a lot happening at work that adversely affected me and possible changes to my job on the horizon, both of which had me very stressed out for the last six months or so. Nothing of my doing, but I was deeply affected none the less. So that also made writing difficult to focus on. I’m not making excuses, just saying the way it is. I am making good progress now though, and all chapters are going out for final critiques.

I have no road trips planned this summer, which I’m a little sad about, but my poor little car has seen better days. I think I’m going to play it safe until I can buy a newer one. I plan on doing that next spring, if my car lasts that long without needing major repair. Poor thing’s over ten years old and has over 200,000 miles – almost all mine! It’s been a little trooper to be sure.

The one trip I made this summer was to see my son and his family in Iowa. I had mixed feelings about the trip, but I couldn’t wait to see my son – I hadn’t seen him in two years! I hugged him tightly twice a day to make up for lost time and try to stock up a bit for the future. And I hadn’t seen my little grandson since last summer. I’m not sure whether he actually remembered me, but he seemed happy enough to have me around. But I’m not a fan of flying and Iowa and I have a little history together. They’re not the best memories. The trip was nice though – just relaxing most of the time. They live in a very nice small north Iowa town where there’s not much to do, but the time seemed to fly anyway.

I was interested in exploring SE Minnesota and loved the area around Rochester and especially Chatfield, but didn’t have an opportunity to really investigate. Chatfield seems like exactly the kind of small town I’d like to eventually live near. Is anyone from around those areas? I’d love to hear your thoughts or experience concerning them. I’m thinking about retirement within the next ten years and certainly can’t afford to retire here in the Bay Area. So I’m looking for alternatives. Somewhere I can buy a decent home in a quiet neighborhood with a low mortgage, maybe even a small farm – for horses, of course. It’ll be the first (and probably last) home I’ve ever owned, so I’m rather looking forward to it!

{a picture of Chatfield, Minnesota, an old fashioned-looking small town. Not my photo.}

The other things I’m working on (in the sense of actually employing them in daily life) are life hacks. It seems like most things should be easier now at my age, but I still struggle with a lot of things, many because I’m autistic, but also just because I’m me! My two favorite discoveries so far this summer are making my own smoothies, which I’ll mention again in a future post, and joining a book club, which I’ve never done before. I have a slow processing speed for some things, including reading, and know I can’t keep up with most other people, but thought I’d give it a go for the summer weeks.

Is anyone else in the Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Reading Club? I’ve been following her book posts for a few years. This is her first club (I think), and I’ve really been enjoying it. She chose five books for the summer weeks that I’d never heard of and probably never would have read otherwise. Since I have a very eclectic taste in books, it’s been a real treat. Each book’s reading time is culminated with a webinar and live feed, but conversation is ongoing on a Facebook group. The first webinar was really interesting. So far we’ve read One In A Million Boy and The Nest, both of which I enjoyed for different reasons. We’re reading Everyone Brave Is Forgiven right now, which I’m not sold on yet. It’s hanging in the balance. I may ditch it and sneak in a book of my own choice until we’re on to the next one.

One In A Million Boy – From the acclaimed author of When We Were the Kennedys and Any Bitter Thing, the incandescent story of a 104-year-old woman and the sweet, strange young boy assigned to help her around the house—a friendship with unexpected reverberations for the boy’s unmoored family.

I LOVE this book. It’s difficult to describe and not like anything I’ve read before, but it’s beautifully written with many quote-worthy passages and very memorable characters. I admit I got behind in reading this one and still need to finish it, but it’s definitely one to enjoy the journey, not race to the end, so I know I’ll be able to pick it back up and finish at my leisure.

The Nest – A warm, funny and acutely perceptive debut novel about four adult siblings and the fate of the shared inheritance that has shaped their choices and their lives.

Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems.

This is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down. In this tender, entertaining, and deftly written debut, Sweeney brings a remarkable cast of characters to life to illuminate what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of time, and the fraught yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love.

This one really surprised me. From the description (which I didn’t read before starting) and the conversation of others in the club, I didn’t think I would like this at all. Indeed, the characters are not very likable, but they are certainly very human and it’s a fascinating study. It was an extremely easy read and I finished way before the deadline. Woot!

I’ll have a giveaway for these books later. What are your favorite reads so far this summer?

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Shiny New Format

If you’ve visited here before, you may notice some changes. I thought it was time for a fresh format. I’ll be tweaking things over the next few weeks. Let me know if something is out of place or doesn’t work! The Glister Journals website is getting a totally new look, so I hope to unveil that very soon.

I’ve been working through a very busy and stressful period at my job (teaching) and life in general and haven’t had much spare time or energy (and no spoons left over) to post here, but things are calming down (I think) and I hope to get back to at least one post per month, as well as book updates.

The new edition of Bronze is finished and being prepared for printing. It has a release date of April 13 so, if you haven’t already read Bronze but you plan on it, don’t buy the edition currently available. There’s nothing wrong with it, but I do think the new edition is a great improvement. I’m still considering making the paperback edition two books for several reasons, mostly to reach a wider audience and be more attractive for brick and mortar to stock (I can give them a bigger %) but that will require new covers which will take even longer. So I’m not completely decided about that. There will be an e-book edition soon, but I’m not sure exactly when that will be available. It might take the format of the paperback in two parts.

In the meantime, I’m slogging away at Book Two. I say slogging because these last few chapters are proving very difficult for me to write. They’re very personal in some ways, and not personal enough in others. There are things that need to happen and need to be said, but not a lot of time to do and say them. I’m trying to be concise without the ending feeling completely rushed. And I need to do some fact-checking, but finding the right people to do it with is very difficult.

Anyway, things are moving forward. Thank you for your patience!

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Sights and Sounds – A Holiday Post

It’s the day before Christmas and I’ve been cleaning and cooking all day (getting stuffing ready for tomorrow and pot roast for tonight), but I wanted to wish everyone a happy holiday, however you celebrate. My daughter Mary will spend the night – we’ll eat pot roast and watch Star Wars VI. We’ve been watching all the movies in preparation for Star Wars VII. The plan is to see it next week for her birthday. My older daughter Beth will be here in the morning – one of the few times in the year that the stars align and we can all spend time together. We’ll try to Skype with Josh and family in Iowa – my idea of a perfect day. Christmas is precious to me for many reasons.

I don’t keep a lot of traditions during the year, but this season is my favorite and I have a few traditions I like to keep, both old and new. One of the more recent is a trip to San Francisco. I live fairly close, so the trip itself is no big deal. I go many times a year but I especially like to go near Christmas.

I especially like to go with both my daughters – get something to eat, do a little shopping. Mary was working and unable to get away so she didn’t come. Beth was escaping to a cabin in the snow the following day and I had some music I wanted to give her (some of which will be in a review next month). I figured I could go up to the city, do a little shopping, then pick her up from work (downtown) and take her home.

This may sound like no big deal to most people, but it’s sometimes a real crap shoot for me – whether it’s “fun” or just completely overwhelming, which I usually avoid like the plague. And I almost didn’t go, but I’m glad I did. I always am.

Union Square is always a pretty cool place, but at Christmas it’s extra sparkly and noisy and crowded. The Christmas tree is huge,

and there are lights in the palm trees, of course. This is California, after all. There is seasonal ice skating,

which I haven’t been brave enough to try, but want to – one of these years. I haven’t ice skated since I was about ten. I’m sure I’d spend most of the time on my butt on the ice. But it’s fun watching others and certainly adds to the holiday atmosphere.

Then there’s Macy’s.

We usually spend some time there, but it wasn’t my goal this day. There are, however, kittens.

Many, many kittens, all available for adoption.

Unexpected was the free entertainment further down the street. There was this guy,

and a host of other strange performers looking like they had escaped from a Cirque du Soleil troupe; actors in Victorian garb reading, I assume, from appropriate Dickensian texts (I didn’t stop long enough to listen carefully); and a neat animated mural.

I always enjoy street performers (if they’re any good) and I appreciated this guy,

before reaching my goal, the Market Street shopping center, where I got Mary a cute jacket and Beth a nice shirt. Shhh….don’t tell them. We’re having a “small” Christmas this year. Not that we ever have really “big” Christmases, but this year none of us has much extra to spend and that’s not the point anyway. There are a few gifts under the tree, we’ll have a nice meal, and we’ll spend time together. That’s all that really matters.

I hope your holiday, whatever you celebrate and however you spend it, is peaceful and happy and perfect. I’ll see you in the New Year!

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A Thanksgiving Post

This Thanksgiving finds me in an unusual situation. In fact, this whole year has been more unusual than most. I normally cook a big dinner with at least my daughters here, sometimes their boyfriends too. It’s one of my few real social times – at least in my own home – and also one of the few times I really cook anymore.

This holiday season, for the very first time in my life, I’m living completely alone, not counting the cat (Buu). I don’t dislike it, but it’s strange and I miss having someone I’m completely comfortable with (besides Buu) to interact with on a daily basis. I’m also in the middle of moving. When I say “middle,” I mean that I had started moving, but it’s been put on hold. So half my stuff, including my kitchen table, chest of drawers, bookcases and almost all my books, are in storage waiting for the final move. That was originally supposed to be in November, then mid-December, and now…I don’t know. Most of the rest of my things, including way more clothes than I thought I had, is boxed or bagged already and stored in my daughter’s old room. I kind of like all the extra space I have in my apartment now, but I was really hoping to be in the new place before Christmas. I’m going to at least put up my Christmas tree this weekend. That’ll make it feel more like it’s still home.

Anyway, I’m not in good shape to entertain at all, though the daughters, individually, do come down to spend time with me, which I love. The youngest, Mary, will spent the night with me last night and is hanging out today. This afternoon/evening we’ll go up to San Francisco to have dinner with my other daughter, Elizabeth’s, boyfriend’s family. It’s so sweet of them to have us. We spent last Christmas Eve with them too – a lovely Italian family. I mostly feel like a fish out of water there, my neurology and culture at odds with the loud, somewhat crowded situation, but I’m really looking forward to it. They’re awesome people and I’m honored to be included.

My son, Joshua, is doing well in his new job in Iowa, and his wife and my grandson seem to have settled in very well too. He was recently able to buy a house with the help of his grandfather (his dad’s father) and will be spending his first Thanksgiving and Christmas with his family in their very own home. That’s so wonderful.

And it feels like winter! We appear to have had some frost on the roofs last night and it certainly felt cold. We love that. And the recent rain has bee such a blessing. Our hillsides are already showing a sold greenness. We’re praying for a lot more rain . . . we need those reservoirs and watersheds filled up here in California!

So . . . Thanksgiving. I’m so thankful for so many things. My children. My job. My relative health. My home, even though it’s a little weird right now. I’m thankful for friends, online or otherwise, especially those who have been so supportive of my writing and so patient, too! I do promise things are moving ahead and being completed!

I don’t get caught up in all the drama (seems to be more and more every year) about the historical validity or cultural appropriateness of the national holiday. I am thankful every day. At least I try to be. But I will continue to “celebrate” Thanksgiving as a day to formally and intentionally set one day apart for specific and targeted gratitude. For reflection on the past year – all its trials and blessings – and give thanks for making it through. I’m not always happy, but I want to always be grateful.

Happy Thanksgiving my friends. I hope your day is peaceful and joyful and that you eat too much and sleep soundly.

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A Treasure From Dad

I don’t often post about personal things, but every once in a while something special happens that affects you deeply and you just have to tell someone. So I’m telling you.

I received a treasure in the mail today. My cousin (in England) sent me a small bible. It was found after his dear mother passed away recently. My dad’s younger brother (her husband) must have held on to it for some reason.

Dad's Bible

The bible is small (about the size of my hand) and I practically need a magnifying glass to read it. As an adult, my dad had beautiful copperplate handwriting, but in several places, in pencil, is “S Bridge” in a childish hand – obviously practicing. There is no date in the book, but I’m going to assume he could have been no more than ten or so. That makes the book from the very early part of the 1900s. The cover is black, engraved, and a very soft leather. I can’t begin to say what it means to me.

The timing, as such things often are, is exquisite to me. I was thinking of my dad this morning. I was also thinking of my spiritual history – a rather odd one as neither of my parents were religious at all.

There is a bookmark. A simple slip of aged blank paper. On the same page is another attempt at signature. The book it’s in? Joshua.

Joshua is my son’s name, and they were extremely close until my dad’s death almost 20 years ago. So close that my son named his son’s middle name for my dad – Stanley.

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An Update and Survey Results

This last weekend was the end of my second week of summer vacation (for those who don’t know, I’m a teacher) and so far, so good. The first week I finally completed the revision for the new edition of Bronze, and this week the hard edit was completed. Now for one last go through and fix any formatting issues and into the mail it goes. Sort of.

In the meantime, my little family is experiencing major changes which are exciting and unnerving and may prove to be very distracting. I don’t talk much about my personal life, both for my own and my children’s privacy, and for reasons I won’t go into here or now. But stuff is happening. And if you know anything about autism, you will understand. The executive functions involved alone – for all of us – are extremely challenging.

My Oldest Child, my son, is in Iowa interviewing for a job. This may seem like no big deal, but it is. It’s huge. My daughter-in-law and grandson are in Washington (state) and I was going up this summer to visit, as I usually do. But if he gets the job, he’ll probably stay there, in which case I’ll go up to Washington anyway to help his wife pack and get ready to move. I’m praying I get to see him one way or another. Washington is quite a drive, but it’s always been do-able, at least once a year. Iowa is not do-able and if they move it’ll feel like he’s moved to the other side of the planet. But I want him to get the job. It’s a chance for them to really get on their feet. Thank goodness for Skype.

At the other extreme is my Youngest Child, who has been my roommate since she turned eighteen, many years ago, and who has never been able to move out on her own before. She wants to “adult” on her own, which is understandable, and I want that for her too, but she simply hasn’t been able to afford the ridiculous rents here in the Bay Area. Now she has found a place through a friend – a room in a shared house within reach of her job – that seems like it will be very good for her. I’m excited for her. And already dreading loneliness. I’ve never lived completely alone before. I’m afraid I’ll start talking to myself even more than I already do. I’m hoping she leaves me the cat.

Today she’s starting to pack her things. Lots of things. This requires a new playlist, so she enlisted my help. It’s gratifying to be so useful. She wanted something funky. I went retro and turned her onto The Isley Brothers and Chaka Khan. That led to all kinds of great stuff. We jammin’.

My Middle Child recently started a new job in San Francisco and is already general manager. She loves working there and it’s much better than where she was working before, but it doesn’t mean she earns a lot. And she currently lives in a relatively bad part of one of the most dangerous cities in America. We want her to move. We want her to move years ago. (Yes, that was meant to be present tense.) She looked at two apartments on Saturday. One didn’t call back. Their loss. The other is a new building with income restrictions. She earns too much for this place, yet can’t afford any other decent place to live. Plus they don’t take cats anyway. That’s just not acceptable. I’ll be haunting Craigslist this summer.

So I’m praying all three can move this summer, for very different reasons, and I’ll be somewhat “on call” to help while I can.

On the positive side, I’ll return completely to Book Two of The Glister Journals. I’m SO excited about that. Honestly, it’s almost finished, but there’s still a lot to fit into the last few chapters. As far as release dates (and the official start of the soundtrack contest), that depends on how and when the new edition of Bronze is published. More about that when I have news, one way or the other.

And in case you’re curious as to the survey results, I’m including a link to the charts.

The results are very interesting and surprised me a bit. The overwhelming majority of people (most of whom haven’t read Bronze) said they like long books, they like the present book cover, and they thought the blurb interesting enough to invite further investigation. This is very valuable and welcome information. I don’t want to waste time changing things that don’t need fixing, though I’m going to change the blurb, if nothing else. The main negative comment was that it wasn’t clear what genre of book it is. All of these considerations may not end up being my decision to make, but it’s extremely helpful and encouraging. A huge thank you to everyone who participated. The comments were extremely helpful too. It was all really good stuff.

So I hope you’re all having a great summer so far. I will continue to run my own giveaways and participate in others’ (mostly on the Blogger side), and I’ll try to be more regular with music, book, and other posts and updates.

Want some music? Of course you do! I hadn’t heard of these guys before, but I like them and the song is appropriate. Kind of. Enjoy. 🙂

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Simple Things

Take tie to enjoy the simple things

I donated a copy of my novel, Bronze, to the main branch of our county library quite a while ago. I check online once in a while to see what it’s up to. It most often says “check shelves.” But quite often it shows that it’s checked out. Like today. It makes me profoundly happy. I hope they’re enjoying it. ❤️

Currently writing: Revising and final edits of Bronze for new edition. (I’ll get back to finishing the second Glister Journals novel. I promise.)
Listening: Pedals – Speak
Reading: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Watching: Midsommer Murders and Wayward Pines

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Valentine’s Day Giveaway and Sneak Peek

romance is in the air giveaway hop
There’s a Valentine’s Day giveaway over at my Blogspot blog. The giveaway is a $25 Gift Card to buy the romance(s) of your choice.

I thought I would have my new novel, the second in The Glister Journals series, ready for release by now, but it’s almost done. And yes, there is romance. Unfortunately, the new book’s not ready to give copies away yet, but I’ll share a teaser with you.

Here’s a tiny sneak peek – just a touch of romance for Valentine’s Day. 🙂

It was darker here, but there was enough light to plainly see his face. He was standing very close and still holding my wrist as if afraid to let go.

“This is the scary part,” he said softly, staring back at me.

I had a stab of fear, wondering what he’d say next. “I—”

There was no time to say anything more and even less to formulate theories on his behavior. His gaze dropped to my mouth for a heartbeat, then he planted his own lips firmly on mine.

Another moment later, he drew slowly away.

I was stunned.  My heart had leaped to my throat the moment we had reached our dubious destination, but I wasn’t expecting this. I couldn’t grasp the fact that he had literally dragged me outside to a forbidden and relatively isolated location to—what? Kiss me? He just kissed me?

My heart thumped and skipped crazily as the reality of that sank in to my poor befuddled brain. I was speechless. My assumptions about this evening were spinning in ever widening circles.

Currently writing: TGJ Book 2 Chapter 29. First third of manuscript going out to Betas

Listening: Alt J – This Is All Yours

Reading: Caszandra by Andrea Host

Watching: Doctor Who and The Prestige

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2015 – A Look Ahead

Happy New Year everyone! This is just a quick update and look forward to 2015.

First of all, I’ve been having issues with formatting and posts (and parts of posts) disappearing from this blog, so the first thing I’ll be doing is completely reloading and reformatting here. I’m not sure how long that takes, but should have things in order before the first giveaway of the year.

Which is the second thing, yes! I will be continuing with giveaways throughout 2015. There will be regular gift card and book giveaways, of course. I’ll have a music one coming up soon. I’ll also be giving away copies of the new edition of Bronze when it’s ready and, of course, TGJ Book 2 as soon as it’s released.

The last chapters of The Glister Journals 2 are taking me some time, though I’m not sure why. It should be completely finished in the first part of this year. I am looking into different publishing options, so I’m not sure exactly how that’s happening yet. These choices could affect the cover and title, so I’m still keeping those to myself. The picture above, by the way, gives some clues to Book 2. Any ideas?

Bronze has been getting an overhaul, editing for length (shorter) and I’m considering a different cover. Any thoughts about that?

The soundtrack contest is still on and waiting to be launched. The grand prize is at $200.00 right now, though I expect to add to that soon. It will be open for entries when Book 2 is ready to get sent out for early reviews, so if you’ve read Bronze and are figuring out the songs, stay close. I’ll publicize the starting date as widely and loudly as I can! If you aren’t aware of the contest, you can read about it and find the clues here.

I expect to begin writing in earnest on Book 3 by mid to late spring.

Personally, apart from finishing writing projects, I want nothing more than to try to get fit and begin riding again. After a very long time not riding, I had a horse a few years ago, but it didn’t work out – physically or financially. My heart and brain retain my love and knowledge, but my body has lost the strength, balance, and even some of the muscle memory required to ride the way I want to. So if I can get my body back in good enough shape, especially core and leg strength and flexibility, I’ll find someone to start training with and go from there. I may never be able to actually own my own horse again, but I’ll never completely give up on wanting to ride!

What are your plans for 2015?

Currently writing: TGJ Book 2 Chapter 28.

Listening: Foo Fighters – Sonic Highway

Reading: Caszandra by Andrea Host and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Watching: Mockingjay Pt 1 and Harry Potter (all of them)

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