Author’s Log: Why Is The Rum Gone? (#ROW80, #amwriting)

Because it was Our Birthday, Precious. *hic*

Allergy season is upon us once again. My co-workers at Ye Olde Day Jobbe and I are now involuntary players in an orchestra of sneezes, coughs, hacks, and head-achey moans.

I hate this. I didn’t have allergies Up North (I’ve found that hardly anyone is actually from Florida), but something blooms this time of year that sends me and my poor Production Schedule skidding off track like a bad Indy 500 blooper reel.

The added difficulty this time is that my local store stopped carrying the one over-the-counter allergy med that helps, so I had to splurge on same-day delivery at Amazon to garner some relief. I haven’t been able to work out much, and thankfully I’m still working in my notebook Sweet Home #1, so I don’t have to stare at a computer screen any longer than is necessary. Because BY ALL THE ELDER GODS HEADACHE. *wince*

We did have ourselves a merry little birthday, however, in which epic snackiness and rum imbibing ensued. If Captain Jack Sparrow is still wondering why the rum is always gone, send him my way. (Seriously. No birthday wrap necessary.) It didn’t help my allergies any, but at least I feel a bit better about them.

This week I’ve continued building my key scenes for SWEET HOME OKLAHOMA, and, speaking of sweet, a whole new, much better opening chapter to DRAGON’S HEART that opens plotlines to All The Conflict. I feel like a weight’s been lifted from my shoulders.

It wasn’t ready before—I can see that now. But now? This bad boy is BEGGING to be written. And I can see it happening FAST. Now that I have my new opening, I’m going to work (and re-work) my key scenes for optimal impact, and then begin drafting in earnest as a bonus project on Oct 1.

But first, my actual, deadline-driven projects. Then I can reward myself with epic DRAGON-ry.

As soon as this headache stops. Ow Ow OW. X-/


Project Insanity


Project Insanity is my mad scheme to publish one novella per month for the next FIVE years, beginning in 2016 (which means I have to draft like a crazy person NOW). Behold, as I apply lightning to The Monster of my Production Schedule, and probably fall flat on my face whilst so doing.

*dons fez*

*blows noisemaker*


The List (3Q2015):

The Mysterious Adventures of Becca Carlisle (Blood & Steam #2)

Sweet Home Oklahoma (Sweet Home #1)–IN PROGRESS

The Innovative Adventures of Lucia Carlisle (Blood & Steam #3)

Tess (Keepers of the Flame: Origins #4)

Untitled (Keepers of the Flame: Origins #5)


Sanity Check (Aug Edition):


1. Draft SWEET HOME #1: In Production

Hey, I finally have a name for my heroine: Riley Givens. Now I just need to locate the Find/Replace feature on Scrivener!

Key scenes are still coming along nicely. Eventually, I’ll develop these into scene sequences that make chapters, but I’m focusing on the keys for now (Opening/Closing, Inciting Incident, Plot Points One and Two, Midpoint, Climax, Catharsis). I’ve got pretty much everything story-boarded, and am filling in all my notes and comments regarding research.

2. Plan BLOOD & STEAM 3: In Pre-Production

Research, research, research. I haven’t figured out yet where Captain Robert Carlisle is. But I think I want Lucia to blow up a mountain. Because what could be more fun?

I still have my heart set on the Old West for this one, so I’m REALLY hoping I can pull it off.

3. Rebrand Current Works: In Progress

I’m still fiddling with new covers in Photoshop for some of my stuff, and well as new jacket copies and optimized back matter that will lead the reader to the next book in the series.

 Happy allergy season, everyone! *sniff*


2 thoughts on “Author’s Log: Why Is The Rum Gone? (#ROW80, #amwriting)

  1. Chris Kincaid says:

    Sorry to hear about the allergies. I’ve worked in the medical field for 28 years and every year people’s allergies seem to get worse. I haven’t found any research to support my hypothesis, but I believe that it is because of what we did to the ozone. I have never, ever, never had a problem with allergies, but I’ve had nasal congestion and eye issues for about ten months now. Too long to be ye ol’ seasonal allergies, but I am sure there is something out there that has stressed out my immune system. Hang in there, hopefully for you a change of season will help.

    Best wishes on project insanity!

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