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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Reading Submissions

This week I have been working on reading submissions for Supernatural Colorado. I managed to read ten, do a one line synopsis of what the story was about, word count and a quick first impression editing note. After Christmas I will be re-reading everything, making more in depth edits and then returning them to the authors for approval or further revision.

There many wonderful stories in this anthology from both Colorado and out of state authors, even one from a writer in Sweden. Of course, they all have to be placed somewhere in the state, and the writers did a great job of blending in locations in their tales.

Also, received an email from publisher, WolfSinger, that my next book, God's Gift is on the list to be published next year. Yeah!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Over the weekend...

Last Saturday I attended a reading of six fellow authors. They met at a local bookstore and read either Steampunk, Christmas or a combination of the two themes. The stories were entertaining and diverse, just like the writers themselves.

One author brought her dog who would put in whines and yips and loved to bark when the audience clapped. The canine also modeled goggles and a fetching cloak.

All in all, it was a wonderful way to spend a blustery weekend afternoon. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Submissions, Reading, and just enough

This week's project has been to read submissions for Supernatural Colorado. Five stories later I was amazed at the talent and diversity of the writers and can't wait to read the last eight. There are seventeen in all and I've read four others previously. Though some need revision, I haven't read one I would reject - which is good since this was an invite only anthology and it looks like I'll have just enough stories to fill it.

I also submitted a story to Vampires Don't Sparkle. An anthology were there are rumors there might be a number two because the editor has received over fifty submissions - and the deadline isn't until March, 2014!

All in all - a good week. Now, if I could just come up with a zombie story...

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

My journey

My journey as an editor has evolved and I've gotten past the concept of the stories being what I think they should be to appreciating the talents and creativity of the writers who submit. Not to mention an angle I hadn't considered on the theme. I've also watched their writing talents improve and many are on their way to bigger houses and contracts.

Supernatural Colorado, my latest project, will be filled with stories from many of Colorado's up and coming authors, and some out of state guests as well. Though I've only read a few so far, I'm looking forward to compiling this anthology. I think it will be one of the best yet.

After that, I will be working on Different Dragons 2, which will have an interesting mix of authors as well. I received so many good stories for the first anthology and many writers expressed an interest in contributing a story. I am looking forward to reading these as well.

Of course, I have two novels and a collaboration to finish as well. Whew! The end of 2013 is promising.

I wonder what 2014 will bring?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

NaNoWriMo - Week 4

Not a lot of progress on my novel this week, mostly because of the early hours I had to be in training. However, on the bright side, my next book is about half done and I have an idea on where to take the story next.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

NaNoWriMo - Week 3

Week three. Not as much progress as I would have liked but the story is flowing along and looks as if it will travel a path I had not originally intended. That's okay. As long as it ends up where I want to end the second book in the Trilogy.

My total  word count so far, just over 12,000 words. Am I disappointed I probably won't reach 50,000? Not really? NaNoWriMo has served it's purpose. I'm working on my book and pushing it onward.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

NaNoWriMo - Week 2

I am happy to report that I have written a little over 10,000 words so far. Winter Emergence is now about to the halfway point. I'm using NaNoWriMo to push myself to finish the book.

I've also been watching the progress of my fellow writers. They're doing well and pretty happy with their progress so far.

I have taken time off to do things like job hunt, go to interviews and attend a job fair. I also went to my writers group, Words for the Journey. Very glad I did. I had a good time and enjoyed catching up with various folks.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Okay, I signed up NaNoWriMo this year. Normally I don't, but I've got several books to finish and I'm hoping this will help drive me to complete at least one of them. Of course, I do take the weekends  off to do other things, so that means that my word count for Monday-Friday has to be higher.

I'll keep everyone updated on how the month goes.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Rolling in

This week I've completed a rough draft for a new vampire story. Got the idea from a spooky special I watched about the Badlands.

Also, submissions for the two anthologies I'll be editing are rolling in. Three authors have extensions due to illness or other life events. Happens in the writing world. I should be seeing their stories within the next week. Luckily, I have to publisher deadlines...yet.

Am also thinking of writing for NaNoWriMo this year. Haven't signed up but thinking it might be what I need to get one book finished and get further into the next one.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

MileHiCon post report

Over the weekend I attended MileHiCon, our local literary Science Fiction Convention. I was on three panels, one on each day, plus I had a reading during the final hour on Sunday. Most of the rest of the time I either attended panels, caught up with fellow writers and/or friends, or hung out at the WolfSinger Publications table in the dealers room.

A little about the panels, my first panel was 'What we want from the new Doctor Who'. It was a great discussion about favorite villains, companions, and yes, River Song will be back or so I was told, and questions about the choice for the new doctor.

Saturday I was part of a panel discussing food allergies and how in the world do you eat when away from home? It was called 'Eating outside the mainstream'. While such a discussion is not the norm for conventions, it was very informative about a growing problem in our society and how cooking for scratch is a life saver for those of us who have to watch what we eat.

I also attended the Spirituality & Spaceships panel which incorporated God or a higher being into SF/F/H stories and what authors have done this well. It was excellent discussion making both the panelists and audience think.

My last panel was Border Crossing:Non-Western Fantasy. It was made up of panelists all of which were using mythos of cultures that are not the normal medieval European. The moderator had great questions and it was a lively panel talking about why the authors used different cultural backgrounds in their work. I think this the best panel all weekend.

Finally, I did a reading with author Courtney Schafer. We had an audience and afterward we answered questions on our work. I sold three copies of my book 'Winter Awakening' and was complimented by Guest author Ian Tregillis for an excellent reading. I hadn't even realized he was in the audience.

Other outcomes: Got updated from various authors on where they are on their submissions for either 'Different Dragons' or 'Supernatural Colorado'. Some are doing both. Found a back up publisher for 'Supernatural Colorado' just because of the authors I have submitting to it.

Fellow author Julie Campbell and I pitched our collaboration to Carol Hightshoe for WolfSinger Publications. She said, 'When you get it done, I want it.'

Pitched an unfinished novel to Maggie Bonham from Sky Warrior books. After giving me some wonderful feedback, she told me to sent it when it was completed.

Had several folks drop by the WolfSinger table and say, 'When is the sequel to 'Winter Awakening' coming out.' Including my publisher so guess which book gets done next?

Found out 'God's Gift', my next book, will be be coming out either later this year or early next year.

Also, Carol told me she knows I'll be moving on up in the publishing world. First person who has told me that. While it scared me, I'm happy to know that at least someone has faith in my writing.

A lot of writers let me know that I am a wonderful editor and that they love writing for me. Wow! What a great compliment!!!!

All in all, a great weekend and I enjoyed reconnecting with folks I only see maybe once or twice a year. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

MileHiCon Schedule

MileHiCon, our local Science Fiction Literary convention is this weekend. I'm posting my schedule in the event any of my readers happen to attend.

Friday, Oct 19th, 6 PM, Mesa Verde A:  What we want from the new Dr. Who
Fellow panelists: I Brazee-Cannon, D. Dieter, P Hester, and R. Lyons.

Saturday, Oct 20th, 4 PM, Wind River A: Eating outside the Mainstream
Fellow panelists: V. Caethe, J. Coyle, T. Simpson, DL. Summers.

Sunday, Oct 21st, 3 PM, Mesa Verde A: Border Crossing: Non-Western Fantasy
Fellow panelists: MH. Boroson, J. Gievre, S. Litore, TL. Morganfield

Sunday, Oct 21st, 4 PM, Mesa Verde C : Author Reading

Events you might find me at: Filking both Friday & Saturday evening. Chasm Creek A. 8PM - ?
Writers networking at the Bar, Saturday at about 9 PM.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Why Not?

I've decided to continue the story I started in 'God's Gift' even though the book has not been released yet. The main reason is that I'm using elements from the Biblical story of Esther to tell my tale. I'm excited about it and will be writing this book along with 'Winter Emergence'. Since both are set in the same universe but different times, why not?

Thursday, October 3, 2013

What's going on

Submissions are starting to come in for Different Dragons 2 & Supernatural Colorado. I won't actually be reading anything until after October 31st but I'm excited to see what wonderful ideas the writers came up with.

MileHiCon is also around the corner and I'm on at least three panels during the weekend. It's always fun to see friends, fellow writers, editors and publishers. Like a big family reunion. It'll be fun to see what new opportunities come from this time. I might actually manage to make the filk at least one night, sit in a circle and sing.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


I love cats. Not unusual for a writer to have one or more. I have three at the moment. Two older males and a young female. They are a delight. Good company. Sometimes annoying when they want attention.

I also have various cat collections. Dolls. Figurines. Toys. Stuffed animals. Tins. And anything else that has caught my attention.

I often wonder if I will become the crazy cat lady where all the strays wander in and come to live.

I even write about them. They star in my books and stories, interact with humans on occasion, or write themselves into the plot line and hey, what else can I do but let them?

Cats. Mysteries. Ancient gods. Tigers in small bodies.

I love them.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Winter Trilogy & Gothic Romance

Over the weekend I added another chapter to Winter Emergence.  I AM going to get that book finished this year. It continues the adventures in Winter Awakening for Mute and Word Warrior plus Nan and Jojo. There's also two human story lines. I'm trying to get the second book done because the main character from the third book Winter Moon is getting very impatient.

I've also discovered a market for Gothic romances, which I have been dying to write. I'm going to revamp one of the stories in the Doll house stories. It'll have all the elements needed. A creepy old house, a mysterious town, a handsome stranger, and two elements I'm going to keep secret. Oh, and let's not forget there are cats, dogs and a bird in the story as well.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Life as an Editor

This has been a productive week for me. I've updated my Different Dragons spreadsheet preparing for Vol 2. The deadline is 10/31/2013. I'm looking forward to re-reading the stories I already have and reading the new ones that will be coming from invited writers.

I've sent out the email reminders and am pulling or keeping stories as the writers indicate. Replies seem to be coming in everyday.

Life as an editor is good. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Writing again!

This has been a good week for my writing. I finally edited the final two completed chapters of 'Winter Emergence' and am ready to move on writing the next novel of the trilogy. I'd better get it done since the main character from the third book is being one very annoying cat.

I'm also working on the collaboration. It's been moving a bit slow due to other life complications. However, my goal is to really dive in since my work schedule is going to become very demanding here in a a couple of months.

Figures, the deadlines for the two anthologies I'm editing fall right into that time period. That's okay. It'll give me something to look forward to after I get home or on the weekends.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Shift Change

I've changed schedules at work so now I have to find other ways to accomplish my writing. This blog is being written after I've put in a long day. I'm not saying the change is a bad thing. In fact, the shift actually goes by faster because it's busier than the late nights. It also challenges me to manage my time so everything I need to do gets done.

Now, if I can just adjust my writing schedule accordingly....

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Dollhouse Series

Eventually, I'm planning on writing a series of paranormal/urban fantasy/supernatural/horror novels all based on the dollhouses I've built, decorated and peopled, both with human dolls and animals. The first two are planned and the other day, out of the blue, I discovered who my bad guy was. I hadn't really given it much thought. I just knew the first novel I've worked on was rather dry and lacked a 'what's at stake' element.

Having now figured it out, I'll be able to write this series. Yeah!

And sometime in the distant future, I'm hoping to open my own miniature museum. Can you imagine how fun it will be if there are a series of books to go with it and how absolutely unique that will be?

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Uneventful week

Not a very eventful week. I spent time with my extended family, IE Denverfilk. We gathered on Saturday to share food, fellowship and song. Even had an out of town guest from Boston and skyped someone in from Tennessee. It was a wonderful gathering and we all enjoyed ourselves.

On the writing front I got a rejection. Wasn't really surprised. The editor enjoyed the story but it didn't fit the magazine. On the upside, it tells me what has to happen at the end of 'Winter Moon'.


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Writers are people too

Current projects:

Edit finished pages of 'Winter Emergence' and finish the second book of the trilogy, before, Moon, who stars in third book, drives me crazy.

Complete submission for Steampunk Trails. Done and submitted. Yeah!

Keep track of writers submissions for Different Dragons 2 & Supernatural Colorado. Ongoing.

Watch for more opportunities to submit short stories. Never ending.

Do all this in between working full-time and having a life. Work/life balance. Something we all struggle with. Particularly when we're thrown a curve ball. Like promotions, spouses walking out, house hunting, preparing for kitty deaths, and senior parents.

Writers, for all their creativity and talent, are also people. That's the most important thing to bear in mind. So, if your favorite writer takes a couple of years to put out their next book, a bit of understanding is in order.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Batteries Recharged

Last week I was on vacation and got my 'batteries recharged' as we're all so fond of saying. I'm rested and ready to continue on life's journey.

So far I've managed to complete my first sort of Steampunk story, which still needs to be revised and submitted to my editor. And I've re-edited the first Chapter of 'Winter Emergence'. It's long past due that I complete that book.

Not a bad average for someone who has day job, tries to have a life, and is dealing with personal crisis.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


I'm on vacation this week. I only had a couple of things planned and am enjoying just being away from work and the regular schedule I'm forced to keep.

So far, I've done housework and laundry. Did a little shopping since I needed a new pillow.

Went to the zoo. Got to see the new snow leopard cub Misha at the Denver Zoo before she hid with mom in their den. At the Asia exhibit I showed up when the fed the fishing cat her dinner. It was fun watching her bounce through the water, catch her fish and then protect her back while she ate her fish. The tigers were up and marking territory. The other big cats did what they normally do - sleep when its hot.

Yes, I did see other animals. But my favorites are the cats. Besides, it doubles as research for future writing projects. I love it when what I know and my passions blend. Makes for great story telling. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

New Projects

Time snuck up on me and here it is - the day I should have already had a new post up. Whoops!

My two biggest projects this week was to edit my over fifty romance 'Worth the Wait' and get it submitted to Written World communications. The second was to get the guidelines completed for 'Supernatural Colorado'. It's a new anthology I'm working on for the same above publisher. It's invite only. It'll be the first I'm doing that has a darker theme than what I usually do accepting mostly Dark Fantasy, Horror, including Western, Paranormal, Supernatural, Weird Western and other genres as well. It's got a great line up of authors and it'll be fun to see what they do with the theme.

Also on my upcoming agendas, several short story deadlines, completion of my next novel 'Winter Emergence' and in the Fall, putting together Volume 2 of 'Different Dragons'.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Book signings - Profit not always the way one thinks

Last Saturday I went with several other writers to Colorado Springs for a signing at the Written World Bookstore. Despite advertising both by the store and authors, no one showed up. That was okay. We sat around and talked, read from various pieces we're working on, and got to know the owner of the bookstore.

The real profit for the day was the networking we did. Two of us will be included in a writing challenge. All of us will be part of a new anthology, Supernatural Colorado, I got a nibble on my young adult series and my over fifty romance, which Written World Communications is looking for, now has a home. I just have to do one last edit and format it.

So while we didn't get a chance to sign the anthology we're all in, there was profit to our gathering.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Not Much Getting Done

Most of my week has been centered around cleaning up around the house or work. Yes, I do have a day job. I've also been watching my favorite Science Fiction shows, Defiance, Warehouse 13, Continuum, Primeval New World and Falling Skies. I'm also rewatching Terra Nova on DVD.

My one writing victory was to get my part of the collaboration with Julie Campbell done and off to her to add the next section. We're running a bit behind on it but both us have other things going on in our lives. Not to mention the wonderful warm weather just makes one want to go out and bathe in the sun rather than type away on the computer.

I'm also on the list of participating authors for MileHiCon. Got their update email with all the exciting panels and events that are planned.

The WorldCon in San Antonio, TX is right around the corner but finances prevent me from attending. Am waiting to see where the one in 2015 is with Spokane, WA, Orlando, FL and somewhere in Finland in the running. Kansas City, MO has a bid in for far.

While I'm trying to finish this, there's a tiny paw on my leg begging for attention. Adara likes to sit on my lap and groom my arm. Unfortunately, it is just too hot, so she went to bother one of the male cats, who just wants to sleep. He ignored her so she is off to get into mischief.

Guess I'd better go check on her.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Bridging the Gap

I had an unexpected weekday of last week so I arranged to meet with my two teen collaborators. We sat at their dining room table with me on my lap top and them on their ipads. We had a great time doing research of various animals and plotting out the final book, which will help with the first four in the series. When we finished we had all the species for the first four installments and a very good idea what power our bad guy has.

I can't wait to get started on this young adult series. I've even decided to see if I can market it to a large publishing house, instead of a small one, even though the very idea scares me. Still, I know the market is looking for good books. Better still, it will appeal both girls and boys, the latter rarely finding anything they actually want to read.

What I've learned from tutoring is that boys lag far behind girls in reading. While I don't mind writers catering to the female audience, the male one has been largely ignored.

Hopefully, this will be a series that bridges the gap.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Summer has arrived. Temperatures are the 90's this week and I really don't want to do anything. Maybe my biggest question is what happened to Spring? We had an elongated winter with snow storms well into April/May. After that is was chilly and then bam! Summer stomped in.

My own personal seasons have been just as stormy. The transmission went on my van in late fall and I ended up having to drive my husband's car for several months. My father-in-law had a major medical issue and landed in the hospital - while my husband was out of town. Then my father had an accident and broke his elbow.

After that my husband went to live with his dad for what was supposed a temporary unknown length of time. Two months later he returned and told me he didn't want to be married anymore.Of course, he did this just before CoSine where I was schedule to be one of the participating authors. I was pretty much in shock for about a week or so.

Eventually, I got a new car with my husband helping with the financing. I own my new vehicle free and clear of payments. Not only did I get all the features I wanted but over and beyond what I had asked God for.

I did start a new job in September and six months later, I got promoted. Having never been salaried before, I'm finding it a treat to not have to punch a time clock.

Now at work, we're starting a new season. Many of our seasoned agents have moved on to a new department and most on my team are all new. It's an exciting, busy and yet scary time.

As for my writing, I'm working on that as I have time. I talked to my publisher at Denver Comic Con and my new book 'God's Gift' will be released, barring unforeseen circumstances, later this year. 'Different Dragons' which I edited is out and I have writers fighting to get into Volume 2. There are two collaborations in the works and a few short story submissions in my future.

This season of change has taught me many things and I'm blessed to have God who watches out for me. I face the future with hope rather than fear.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Denver Comic Con

I spent the weekend at Denver Comic Con sitting at the WolfSinger Publications table. I'm thankful my publisher agreed to allow me to do this. She even made up a sign that I was there and had an announcement done on Sunday to say I was there.

The outcome was that ten copies of 'Winter Awakening' were sold. Another eight of the two anthologies that I edited 'Time Traveling Coffers' and 'Different Dragons'.

There were several folks who made a point to stop by. A woman and her two children who heard the announcement. A lady I rescued on the light rail. Someone who bought a copy of 'Different Dragons' on Friday night, learned I was there on Saturday and came back on Sunday to have me sign her book. A young lady I had met a Lifeway. And many others.

My most precious moment was when a young adult bought my book and asked to me to take a picture with her. I'd never had that happen and it was a bit of a surprise. But one thing I've learned from many of the pros, always be gracious with your fans and make them the highlight, not yourself.

I did take a bit of time to walk by and see the various film/TV guests. I'm not one to collect celebrities autographs. Richard Hatch was the only exception I've ever made to the rule. I got to say 'Hi' to good friends and fellow authors, David Boop, Peter J. Wacks, Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta. And enjoyed the various costumes people wore all the way from infants to those who are more mature.

Will I go back next year! Absolutely!!!!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

What Works

Blogs done. Check.

Sometimes, this is the only writing I get done. But writing is writing - no matter what form it takes.

Part One on Collaboration done. Check. Sent to Collaborator. Check.

I spent part of Memorial Day writing my part of the collaboration I'm currently working on with fellow writer Julie Campbell. We're running slightly behind on our soft deadline, but considering winter hung on for a bit longer than normal and both of us are wanting to be outside to enjoy the beautiful weather, that's completely understandable.

Yeah, I know, the pros tell you to write everyday and sometimes, that works. Sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes, the only time that is available is on weekends, or a half hour before you have to get ready for work or maybe in the middle of night.

It's all about - what works for you - the writer.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Hectic Week

Time flies and got away from me this week. So much so I forgot to post a new blog. Sorry about that.
My life has been hectic. I've been working on a baby quilt for an expectant mother at work and just completed it Tuesday evening. There have been usual errands to run and covering for two supervisors at work who were away on a company trip.

To say I have gotten no writing done is an understatement. However, with a three day weekend fast approaching, I am anticipating finishing the opening sequence to a collaboration piece.

Also, my fanfiction story, 'Recalled', has been published and I will be receiving my contributor's copy soon. In fact, the editor has asked me to write another piece or two for her. Luckily, the one I just sent I have set up for a sequel. Not to mention River Song is talking in my head asking for a piece about her to be written, with a few twists the readers won't see coming.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Rediscovering comics and Denver Comic Con

On my day off I went to pick up my tickets to Denver Comic Con. Last year was the first time it was held in the Mile Hi City and attendance was 9000 on Saturday alone.

This year, with the legendary Stan Lee as one the guests, I suspect there will be even more attending.

The interesting part is that I've rediscovered comic books. I hadn't actually read any since my teens when I had a brief period of always checking the stands looking for the newest edition of my favorite superheroes. Today, I buy one now and again and enjoy the art work and the story lines.

I'm looking forward to attending Comic Con. If you're local or visiting from out of town, I'll be helping out at the WolfSinger Publications table in Artist Alley both Saturday and Sunday.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Different Dragons - now available in print

Different Dragons now available in print. Link above.

If you love dragon stories, you're going to love this anthology!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Different Dragons Released!

Dragons trapped on a spaceship, awaiting rescue from a human they raised as their own.
Ancient reptiles escaped the great flood via a portal and now wish to return.
In the desert a dragon lures children, animals and adults to its lair, and only a brave dog can rescue them.
A dragon arises in China and seeks to keep its hoard, while two con men try to steal it.
Searching for his father, a young man solves an ancient riddle and discovers an awful dragon truth.
Nanites, demons, and other mythical creatures join or battle the dracos, as do the humans who encounter them. 
These and other tales await within these pages, because here -  be Different Dragons.

Click Here to order an ebook copy - use coupon code TY73G to save 50% off the cover price of $5.99
(expires 5/15/13)

Print version COMING SOON

Copied from the WolfSinger Publications page.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Submission list mishap

I hate it when I misplace something. Earlier today I came across a wonderful writing opportunity and couldn't find my 2013 submissions list. I know I had it a couple of months ago but it was nowhere to be found in my hard drive. Unfortunately, I think maybe it was on my flash drive which died about a month ago.

So, I had to recreate what I could remember was on it by going through my favorites list and checking what publishers had open calls for anthologies. Now I have a new document and a great place to start for short story submissions.

Now, if I could just place the completed short stories I already have...

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

'Recalled' - new fanfiction story

My apologies for not posting until later this Wednesday morning. I've taken on a position at work that holds more responsibility and am getting used to switching from sales agent to supervisor.

I have finished my massive fanfiction crossover and sent it to editor who asked for it. The title is  'Recalled', and I set story up to have a sequel or two.

Mostly the tale is about John Sheppard who is recalled by General O'Neill to go back to Atlantis. John is not happy since he's started a new life as Jason Danville, married and about to adopt four children. They travel to San Francisco where he learns the wraith Todd escaped from  Area Fifty One and is on the lose in Golden Gate park.

Meanwhile, the Kindred and the Charmed Ones, who have an uneasy truce, are hunting a new type of vampire or demon who is killing people in the park. Mixed in is the odd offer of Julian Luna both to assist and to buy P3. Do the three sisters trust him? Or does he another agenda?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Crossover Fanfiction & updates

My newest project is requested fanfiction story. I'm working on getting it finished by the 'soft' deadline in between doing research for a collaboration and working full-time. Yep. That's right. I do have a day job. Most writers do.

The fanfiction piece is a massive crossover. It is a mixture of Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis, the movie Change of Plans, if you haven't see it you should, Charmed, Kindred and a surprise that I'm not going to ruin. Most if takes place in San Francisco and I've had to pull up a map of the Golden Gate Park to help place the characters. One of the disadvantages since I've never actually visited there.

I also received the proof for 'Different Dragons', did my few corrections and am really loving the cover art. It is available for viewing both on my Facebook page and WolfSingers Publications Facebook page.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

AnomalyCon Postscript

 I attended AnomalyCon, our local Steampunk convention over the weekend. I was impressed by the friendly staff, the willingness of the the Conchair to sit and talk with folks, and the impressive number of costumed attendees. I haven't see that many at the local literary conventions for several years.

My first panel World Building, was lively with several other authors making their suggestions on how to build a believable world for your characters to walk around in, without the external details overpowering the story.

I also ran two Writing Workshops, or Prompts, as they were called. Small turnouts for both but the participants learned a great deal. The first was Saturday, Goodnight Colorado, where the writers would compose a travelogue. I expanded it to include traveling other worlds, solar systems, wherever they wanted to set it. The second was with J.A. Campbell on Smart animals. A fun little exercise where instead of a human view point, the piece is written from a critter of choice.

I also had a reading but no one showed up so I spend the time talking with whomever walked by.

Most of the convention I spent talking with fellow writers, sharing news of finished projects of upcoming ones. I also brainstormed a new idea which I will be working on with J.A. Campbell. We're both excited about the project, which we're hoping to have done in time for AnomalyCon next year.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013


I am scheduled to appear at AnomalyCon, our local Steampunk convention. I am looking forward to attending.  My schedule is below.

3p sat: World Building (teal)
5-6:30p sat: Writing Prompt: Goodnight Colorado (Periwinkle)
7:15-7:45 sat: reading (by the fire)
10a sun: bartitsu demonstration (main events)
11a-12:30p sun: Writing Prompt: Smart Pets (periwinkle)

It is at the Doubletree at I25 and Orchard. If you're local and looking for a fun activity, drop by.

March 29-31. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Feline Companions and Loss

I am owned by cats. I currently have three, two older males and a younger female. While there are times their demand for attention is trying, like when I'm on deadline and editing a manuscript, I have to remind myself their time in my life is brief.

I've already said goodbye to three cats when their time came. Each of them are missed but life moves forward even with their loss. I will soon face the same again with my older boys, one of which his kidney's are failing and the other although healthy, is pretty much deaf and eventually, his health will fail. He's almost eighteen.

I was further reminded of this over the weekend when I visited friends. They have a cat who has mouth cancer and they have already scheduled a day off to take her to their vet and offer the final kindness. They are spending the last two days saying their goodbyes and absolutely spoiling her. They also recently lost one of their other feline companions.

I two, suffered cat losses a year and half apart. I know what they are going through and the mourning they have ahead of them. My two girls are missed, but they live on, at least in spirit, in my book Winter Awakening.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sleepless Night

I enjoy my writer's group and was greatly disappointed when I couldn't attend - again. Unfortunately, I have a 'day' job and tend to still be sleeping when they meet. It doesn't help that work just changed my schedule due to the no longer needed tradition of Day Light Savings Time. Or that I'm at that age when I have sleepless nights. Like last night.

I do keep track of many on Facebook, along with my fellow Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror writers, both in the secular and Christian markets. It doesn't make me feel quite so alone and isolated.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Busy Week

This has been a busy week.

First off, I had to write the back cover copy for Different Dragons and get it emailed off to the publisher.

Second, the completed anthology had to be sent as well.

Third, I had a author's proof come in for Down the Rabbit Hole which contains my story 'Find of a Lifetime'.

Fourth and what I will be spending a great time of time on for the next couple of weeks, I'm editing a manuscript, a biography, for another writer.

Fifth and after I complete the above, I will start edits on Vol 2 of Different Dragons.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


One of the problems of freelancing is finding the time to write. I tend to end up working at least one full weekend day, which is what I did on Sunday.

What did I do?

Put together the complete Different Dragons anthology, including a Dedication, Introduction and Writer's Bios.
Edited four pages for a possible freelance gig. One that I now have to set a deadline when I can have it done for the author.
Returned a contract, picture, bio and tag line for an accepted short story.

Working for yourself is not easy and it takes sacrifice and persistence. I wouldn't be the success I am today if I hadn't understood what it meant.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Different Dragons Update

This week I finished the last of the edits for 'Different Dragons'. They've been sent to the authors, along with contracts. Am now awaiting their revisions.

I got an excellent mix of local, out of state and out of the country submissions. Not to mention Urban Fantasy, Traditional Fantasy, Science Fiction, Steampunk, Weird Westerns and a few other genres.

Here's the list.

Dragon’s Hoard by Peter J. Wacks
ReIntroduction by Sarah Bryne
The Maltese Dragon by Sam Knight
Wake by Sheryl Normandeau
Phagan’s Shadow by M.R. Williamson
The Hilt by Matt Chatelain
Drakkon by Pamela  M. Nihiser
Portal to Freedom by Kessie Carroll
The Guardian by Rebecca Lickiss
HC SVNT Dracones by C. John Arthur
The Oklahoma Job by Darla Upchurch
Descendants of the Before World by     Kaitlyn Wooley
Time of the Month by Carol Hightshoe
The Gravestone by Tanner Colley
Rendezvous Point Alpha by Dave Withe
Homefall Search by Dana Bell
Brown and the Sand Dragon by Julie Campbell

WolfSinger Publications hopes to release this anthology by late March or April.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Pet Peeve Words

 My major pet peeve as an editor are crutch words. What are those? Words authors constantly use to get them from point A to B because they have not yet learned how to do so any other ways.

 Most common offenders:
for a moment
to, with, of, 
and many, many others.

Why do I catch these? Because I have done and sometimes do this myself. I love it when an editor points this out so I can sharpen my skills as writer.

As an editor, I try to do this for my writers as well. My reward, seeing the improvement in their writing.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

'God's Gift' - Sneak peak

I recently re-read my next to be published novel, 'God's Gift'. It's a very good story about three siblings who find themselves on the last colonization ship to leave Earth before a super volcano erupts. Once they reach their new home they discover not is all as was expected, not to mention an intelligent feline race who first words to the human settlers is, 'God told us you were coming, tell us about His son."

The shocked reaction of the those who first contact the felines and the following events pushes apart the colony, forcing everyone to make a hard decision about what the true future of the colony is or isn't.

Due out hopefully in 2013 from WolfSinger Publications, it is an indirect prequel to my current novel 'Winter Awakening' and a fun spring board into more adventures that will be written in the Five Systems and Borders universe.

Chapter 1
Why does it always rain at funerals like on the holos? Lawrence wondered as he watched the dark cherry casket slowly lowered into the rain soaked ground.  Lightening flashed overhead followed by crackling deafening thunder.  He saw his sister flinch at the noise and he reached over to gently touch her shoulder.  Susanna gave him a grateful smile as tears ran down her pale face.    
Not for the first time, he wondered how God could have been so cruel and taken away the only man who had understood his brilliant sister.  Gary Gates had loved her and been willing to marry her despite all the traveling her career demanded.  Unfortunately, the two had met while she’d been working in London and the rest of the family had not gotten a chance to get to know him very well.
Water dripped over the edge of the black umbrella he held.  Larry shook it glad, because of the damp chill, he’d insisted on wearing his woolen uniform rather than the rented dark suit his mother had tried to convince him was better.  

“Do not mourn as unbelievers do,” the pastor began.
At least this preacher didn’t do the usual ‘ashes to ashes, dust to dust’ speech.   Larry guessed the man must be from a list provided by the funeral home since he didn’t know him from their regular church.
“Rather remember that we have hope, while others do not,”


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

CoSine Postscript

Cosine, a local Science Fiction Convention, was held over the weekend and I made the trek, even staying in the hotel, to attend. It was a marvelous weekend of reconnecting with friends, or making new ones, and networking. Not to mention supporting one of our locals who recently suffered a loss. I know he got many hugs over the two and half days.
I was on a few panels including Sidekicks, Cats and Robots, talking about the role of supporting characters. I think the most popular was Dr. Watson in the Sherlock Holmes series. The other was Deus ex Magica, which the guest of honor S.M. Stirling was on along with Sarah Hoyt, which turned into talking about world building rather than the rules of using magic.

There were two nights of Filking with Jordan Kare, one of the guesst. Most of Denverfilk was there and we had a great time sharing songs and sometimes just visiting.

There was also a mass autographing session, a huge popular event where authors get to meet their current and potential readers. I sat next to my publisher and she sold several books.

I attended a few panels just to listen and learn.

Oh, and this year when I had my reading I had three people show up. Last year only one person did. I consider that a win!

The only sad thing is that there will be no CoSine next year. The same small group has been running it and they need a break . Whether this convention continues at a future date remains to be seen. It is small and intimate and most of us who attend absolutely love it!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Rejections and Releases

This week my story for Beyond the Sun rejected. It was disappointing as it would have been a good writing career move for me. The anthology already had stories from four 'big name' Science Fiction writers, including Nancy Kress and Robert Silverberg. However, nothing happens before I'm ready so I'm happy to allow the path set out for me.

On the upside, The Mystical Cat with my story 'Keeping the Tradition' has been released on ebook.
I'm very excited about this one because it's a ghost story set on a lighthouse in space.

Here's the link:

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Quiet Week

This has been a quiet writing week. I did attend my writer's group, Words for the Journey, and learned all about how writers are also speakers. It was interesting and another business side of what a writer does. That having product to sell also helps which can range from CDs with recorded presentations o them, calendars, books, and anything else one can can come up with.

I read a few more stories for Different Dragons.

But mostly, I either worked my full-time job or ran household errands. I did have a super hero Saturday where I watched, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man 2 & The Avengers. I then watched the first Alien movie.

We also had an Arctic cold front drop down on us. Burrrr! All I really want to do is dress warm, cuddle under a warm quilt, and drink hot tea. Who wouldn't?

What I'm doing instead is catching up my blogs for another week and attending to more household duties.

My, what an exciting life we writers lead!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Different Dragons & other thoughts

This week's main project will be reading the stories that were submitted to 'Different Dragons'. I received a total of thirty-six, both from writers I've worked with before and those I have not. Since I discovered during MileHiCon, our local Science Fiction convention, that there was lots of interest in the subject of dragons, I talked with my publisher about doing two volumes. WolfSinger agreed.
 So for the next few weeks, I'll be reading stories and deciding which ones will go into the anthologies.

I also have other projects including revising a short story for Beyond the Sun, edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt, making up my list for where to contribute stories for 2013, and various other projects that have been previously discussed. 

All this in between working a full-time job, running household errands and making sure my three cats don't get so lonely they won't leave me alone to write.


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Closing 2012 and Opening 2013

I spent part of the New Year's day closing out my writing docs for 2012 and setting up my new editing project for 2013.


Financially - I broke even. That was my goal this year. The previous two I lost money.

Submissions - Totaled 25, with 11 acceptances, 6 rejections, and 8 still pending.

New spreadsheets set up for 2013.

My 2013 editing project for WolfSinger Publications, Different Dragons 1 & 2, had 36 submissions which I will now have to spend my time reading, critiquing, returning for rewrites and then accepting or rejecting.

Oh, and let's not forget backing up everything on my thumb drive - JIC.

First though, I must rewrite a submission for an anthology because my deadline is sneaking up on me very fast. I'll talk more about that at a later date.