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How is everyone?

It’s been a crazy year, hasn’t it?  I was able to get my old desktop up and running, albeit a bit slow but I don’t need much for writing and it cuts down on net-surfing.  The laptop is in its case, waiting for the price on motherboards to drop;P

I finished up the living history events for the year.  I’ve been teaching boy scouts and many curious people about gathering edible foods from the Northeast in the US. Including; time of year, what part of the plant is edible, how to prepare it. and how to cook without pots and pans.  I’m a wee bit bushed now.  Oh, and I’ve been working in the vegetable garden and have been canning for the past month now on any open days.

Now for the baby update;)  Everything is textbook even with my back being messed up.  The doctor said I’m one of the healthiest women he’s seen in a while.  That kind of scares me, actually, that really scares me.  How bad off are these other ladies?  *shrugs*  I use to, well, still, get in trouble for doing too much.  The ultrasound tech said we’re having a girl and we are thinking about naming her Roslyn, my hubby is going to pick the middle name.   She’s been using me as a romper room and doesn’t like to stay still for very long.  I guess we all came from a padded room at some point, huh? *cheesy grin*  Oh and I’m due around November 9th.

I’m happy this is happening during the summer, even though from the knees down I look like the Michelin man.  I have major problems during the winter with my back going out and arthritis pain. I’m having back problems that are worse than during winter now, so I can only imagine what this could have been like. So yea for good timing and summer!

I think nappy head describes this perfectly, Prue.  I’ve been giving my husband two or more choices on different things like what vegetables he wants for dinner,  because I honestly cannot decide.  It’s too much to think about. XP

However, the mood swings have slacked off.  I still cry and laugh at the drop of a hat, but it’s not as intense and a little more controllable.  So I’ve found between 3 to 6 months my emotions are a 9.8 on the Richter scale.  I wonder if it’s the same time period for other women?

Oh, something a bit funny.  That cat has been bringing me presents lately.  At least once a day I’ll open the door to find a new gift.  So far I’ve received; birds, rabbits, chipmunks, mice, shrews, moles, and a butterfly.  He has been very proud of himself.  He stalks the garden with our dog.  They’re very good hunting companions.  The dog actually trained him 😉 But the cat will go hunting with my husband while the dog stays on the porch or inside watching over me.

How are things going with you?  Any stories?  Breakthroughs?  Family fun? Headdesk moments?  Just need to talk?

My Muse Is Evil

I’ve been working on the most horrible things I can inflict upon humanity and it is excellent stuff.  It makes me wonder why this aspect comes so easily.  The last story I wrote, I melted a screaming- slowly-dying-horse, ripped people apart, by way of having them eaten alive by a horde , and sent humanity back to the stone-age via brimstone and fire.  Among *cough* other things.  I can’t count how many times I came out of the office crying because of the horrid stuff I had just written and visualized.  Heart wrenching as it was, I was thrilled at the same time.  Ugh.

It came out again as I went through Week 2 Part 1 of HTWAS,  a couple of minutes ago.  So I continue with the dual state of being horrified yet excited about what is coming in this novel.

A Series Game Plan

I have a series blurb done.  So my next step is to look at the blurb and figure out the logical steps that will have to occur in each novel to have it fall into place.  So in order to do that I will do a mind map to get some ideas together after asking some questions.  Like; if this happens what effects would happen here?  Who would it affect?  What causes this to happen?  What could be lost?  What could be gained? Who gets hurt the most?  And so on.  As many questions as I can think of to apply to the idea and pull out story arcs for each novel.  The whole A+B=C routine with a few left hooks and upper-cuts to keep everyone guessing.  This is going to be fun, but it will also take a while to complete.

It’s Coming Together

Things are coming together as I work through this lesson.  I’m having to go back and strengthen what I’ve already written, like hot points and themes, but it is helping me to make a stronger story.  My weak areas are being torn apart and stronger ideas are taking their place.  I’m becoming more and more excited as I go through the HTWAS course because it is making me rethink many things and come closer to what I have envisioned.  Filling out worksheets I’ve already completed because I finally ‘get it’ is a very small price to pay for being able to create the book I want to.

Alright, I’m off to do worksheet rewrites and finish the last two pages in this weeks course.  Then on to week two.  😀

Onward.

Just a quick update.  I’m closing the poll and working through the HTWAS Teaser Worksheet.  I’m going through this very slowly so I can get the most out of it.  I’m still in week one of the clinic.  As soon as I’m finished I’ll work through the other clinics and workshops as needed to make these stories the best that I can.  I added a link to HTWAS so it’s easier for those who are interested in it to check it out.  Or you could click here.