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The Weekly Writing Round-up

Last week was rather busy for a number of reasons so I didn’t get a chance to share all that’s happening. I finished the rough draft of The White Arrow, as noted by the announcement last week, is now in pre-order and off to my editor. That pre-order process was more involved than I intended but I finally completed all the work around it.

I had intended to get more done on a new project last week but work on The White Arrow seemed to swallow all the time for it. This week is feels much better for gearing up with the new project with a nice start. I’m working on a new novel in a new series for the first time in a very long time while The White Arrow is off getting tuned up. I’ll work on this new project as far as I can until it’s time to finish the final details on The White Arrow.

I’ve held off on this post because I’ve been working on another bit of news that’s baring fruit as I write. Not to give anything away just yet, but, I’ve been contacted for an opportunity to expand The Bow of Hart Saga into another format which I’m now taking into consideration. I’ll pass along the specifics when there’s more to report but this looks very promising.

In more mundane news, we finally finished with the daily rain pattern so it’s now hot and muggy most days. I have to go running either in the morning or very late in the evening to avoid the extreme heat index which has been over 100 several days.

We recently took the dogs out to a local park which had a lake and our male went for a swim. He got into a splash battle with my wife and daughter – yes, he actually did! It’s unbelievable how much that dog loves swimming. He’s a little older so it helped him with his arthritis.

For those who have become fans of our cat, Minou, he’s quickly headed toward full-grown status, though he’s still just as playful as ever. He’s even gotten our male dog into playing between the stair rails. It’s almost time to put him to work catching chipmunks around the house since he keeps practicing for that job with his antics. He knows when someone comes home because the dogs bark, sending him to the window to check. He’s also on the same dining schedule at the dogs and quite vocal about making sure he’s included in the food service!That’s all for this week for this writing update. Thanks for reading, I’ll be back with more updates next week or post anything big in an announcement.

Betwixt & Between

I’m a little late with today’s post but I finally got to it. I went on an evening run and ended up going 4 miles for the second day in a row. It was nice for Alabama this time of year. We’re in a weather pattern where some evening showers are blowing up to take the humidity and heat out enough to make a run very comfortable.

I headed down our street a way that I normally don’t go since it usually has a lot of fast moving traffic. But there is a section of road down that way that is closed off for construction which meant my normal route was the detour road. It was interesting to run down that normally busy stretch of road with hardly any traffic. It was interesting to see that some people – aside from the local traffic – just didn’t seem to believe the signs and drove down to the construction anyway. I guess some people just needed to experience the sight first-hand.

While I was running a couple of storms drifted past the area. One went left and the other sailed right and I was stuck in the middle. As I approached the house I did see a bolt of lightning from the second storm. YIKES! I was glad I was near the house at that point.

Our apple tree has fire blight and it required we have it pruned back. Now it’s just a glorified bush. The tree was in such distress that it didn’t actually have that many apples this year. We hope it will sprout new limbs soon and again next spring and actually have more apples next year. Also, the mower deck isn’t ready yet but it should be any day. I completed all the regular maintenance on the tractor.

The fiction proposals have been completed and sent out to my agent. I think these two books are rounding out nicely though I don’t know when I’ll find out anything specific about them. Now it’s back to work on The White Arrow and I’m eager to work on it at this point. Also, I’ve come up with an idea for the cover so I’ll contact my artist and see what he thinks about it. I might have the cover by the end of the month at which time I’ll reveal the cover.

That’s all for today. Thanks for reading and feel free to leave comments.

PHS

Life, Writing and Scattered Ruminations

It’s been rather busy the last few weeks with lots of different activities and events to distract and occupy my mind. Last weekend, I attended a writer’s conference where I picked up a few good tips and networked with some other writers. Along the way, I aggravated my neck and shoulder so that I had trouble sleeping several nights after the conference due to pain. I finally cleared that all up so I could think to work on writing.

Since I lost my job back in February, I’ve been looking for replacement income and working to ramp up a variety of projects. Unfortunately, I’ve stumbled with consistently working on The White Arrow so that I’m up against some deadlines on a couple of peripheral projects.

These projects have a bit of back-story to them; ideas I had shelved until I could complete The Bow of Hart Saga this year. However, an opportunity to work with a literary agent came my way back in December. I had to provide her some content about these two projects several months ago and she liked them well enough that I now have representation. So I’m juggling three projects at the moment with the possibility that one or all three of them might end up under contract with a publisher later in the year.

As such, this week I switched to these projects and have made a lot more progress. I guess the proposals weighed heavier on my mind than I thought. I probably should have worked on them first since they are shorter (for the moment) and needed my attention well ahead of The White Arrow’s ultimate timeline requirements.

But now that I’ve concentrated on the side projects, I’m moving them out of my way so I can get back to The White Arrow with some renewed creativity. I’ll continue pushing forward with the rough draft next week with a bit clearer focus than the past several weeks and hope to finish it by the end of the month if not before that date.

It’s been a little busy around the house too. One of the dogs needed a minor surgery. We’ve taken in a stray kitten who’s a playful ball of fur. We’ve been careful to socialize the dogs and the kitten but they are getting along well with each other. However, there’s still a bit of curiosity on the part of the dogs.

My riding mower is quite old and the deck was far more rusted than I had thought when the mowing season started. Having a good swath of grass to mow and living in central Alabama, a good riding mower is very handy to have lest I spend most of a day exhausting myself with a push mower. It’s good exercise but I’m good for nothing else the rest of the day after three hours work in the heat. However, there is no replacement deck available for my old mower so a friend offered to repair it by cutting out the rusted spots and welding in replacement metal. Hopefully, repair will be completed soon and I can get back to work on the yard.

Along the way, I began repairing a couple of chairs around the house too. One, being a simple re-glue after cleaning off the old glue, is completed. The second one is a bit more complex since the dowel is broken. I’ll fiddle with it and make the repair so it should be in one piece soon.

Until then, I’ll keep working on my various writing projects and looking for a new job. Otherwise, I’ll keep expanding my writing career the best I can. With three projects, I certainly don’t have time to fret since there’s plenty of writing opportunity regardless of my job status.

Thanks for reading today and please leave any thoughts you may have in the comments section.

Keeping my fingers dancing on the keyboard for now,

PHS