Teaser two

“It may be years before you father children,” Mara responded to a comment from the King.  “It has been generations since Diaea had a King without a clear heir.”

Read Burden of Knowledge, part 2, in its entirety on Sunday on Serial Central!

Teaser one

“In the weeks following the funeral, an undefined worry kept niggling at Caetlyn’s mind.  The odd concern made her anxious and kept her extra alert when on duty.”

Read Burden of Knowledge, part 2, in it’s entirety on Sunday on Serial Central!

Stymied

I looked up the title word for today’s blog on Wiktionary, and the definition is definitely how I feel.  Puzzled and stuck. 

I have been working on the second installment of my story for Serial Central (the first is done and will be posted Sunday).  I know the scene: it is a conversation between two characters, as seen and heard by a third character.  I know the end result of the conversation, although I am not going to share it with you.  (I’m trying to avoid spoilers here.  You’re welcome.)  It is the conversation itself that has me stymied.

My brain simply refuses to work on it.  When I set out to play out the dialog in one of my usual places (the car, the shower, trying to fall asleep) my mind veers off in a multitude of other directions.  I have reached the first time in writing fiction that I am going to have to force the issue.  I am hoping that by sitting down and compelling my brain focus on the scene, it will prime the pump and words will flow.  If not, I’ll simply have to sit there and make it happen.

As long as the end result doesn’t feel forced, I will be content.  You’ll have to tell me how I did when it posts.  🙂

Plug it in, plug it in

Just wanted to remind you: today the stories start on SerialCentral!! 

I know you are all anxiously awaiting my story, Burden of Knowledge, but please take the time to read the other stories, too!  You might find another fantastic author to follow.  Besides, part of the fun of a multi-author blog is the chance to share fans.  🙂

Pushing Paper

I am an electronic kind of writer.  I write everything on the computer – blogs are created in WordPress, stories are typed up on my laptop, and outlines and notes live in my hard drive. 

There are a few things that I keep in hard copy.  There are two hard copies of my manuscript floating around (not counting any my mom has printed) and I like to have a printed list of names to refer to while writing.  Occasionally I find a need to sketch a dress or draw a timeline, but most of my notes can fit in a small pocket folder.

Today I waded through boxes of old files, cleaning things out and re-organizing.  I had forgotten about a few things that have gone digital in the last few years: direct deposit pay stubs, bank statements, even some bills I get completely online now, not in paper form.  While I like to do many things on my laptop, there is one thing I refuse to do electronically: read books.  There is just something about holding a paperback in my hand or propping a hardback open on the bed that can’t be replicated by an e-reader, no matter how fabulous.  It does mean that I have to haul heavy boxes of books when I move, but I can live with that.

Shorter things are easy to read online.  I like to read blogs, e-zines, and news on the computer.  And starting tomorrow, I’m going to be reading fantastic stories on SerialCentral.  You should, too!!  Hopefully one day all the authors on the blog will have real, published books you can hold in your hand, but for now, you can enjoy their fiction (and mine!) online.

Do you have an outlet?

Because I have a plug!

I have been invited to be a part of a new serial story blog, called Serial Central.  For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, this blog will have 7 ongoing stories by 7 authors, and each story will have a ‘chapter’ or section posted once a week.  I am writing a story called “Burden of Knowledge” set in Diaea, the country of Butterflies.  It is a prequel to my first novel, although it will stand alone – you don’t need to have read the novel to understand (and hopefully enjoy) the story.

Please check it out!  Part of the fun of a serial blog with multiple authors is sharing our fans with each other!  It also gives me a chance to show possible agents and publishers that I already have a following (however small) for my fiction.

My first readers should remember the motivation I got from hearing “do you have chapters?” every week – comments and hits help keep me writing!!!

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