We had a great time last week with wonderful friends from the old stomping grounds in Houston. Needless to say, after living in the Houston area for most of our lives, we ended up leaving a lot of folks behind when we moved up here to Oklahoma. Luckily, Oklahoma isn’t so far that we never get to see them, and some (like our friends from last week) don’t mind driving up for visits. We’re incredibly lucky in that respect. For while we love where we live now, we do miss being able to see friends and family whenever we want to.
On the up side, I can honestly say I now live less than five miles from renowned author Mercedes Lackey. How cool is that? LOL. Not that I’ve ever met her, but as an author myself, the thought that I might is pretty cool.
Other than that, (and the writing, of course), I don’t have a lot more to talk about. However, I’ve decided to begin a quick section on the blog here based on random recent pictures from my phone. (Yeah, I’m weird, but you should have figured that out by now.) So here’s today’s Random Pic of the Week, and a few words about it. This picture was taken last Saturday, February 11th.
During the spring, summer, and fall, we try to walk Bella and Cricket twice a day. But here in Oklahoma, we actually get all four seasons, and during the cold winter months, it’s simply too cold and dark in the mornings to walk them. So when the weather is nice on the weekends, we like to make up some of the missed time with them by going to nearby Claremore Lake and taking extra long walks with them. Endomondo tells me that our typical course takes us about 2.5 miles. It’s not a huge gain for them, but they definitely seem to love the extra smells and activity. And they get to see other people and animals, too. They aren’t the most social of animals, and being able to expose them to joggers, walkers, and other people walking their dogs is definitely good for them. They get to learn that strangers aren’t necessarily all out to murder their pack. Who knows? Maybe someday soon, they won’t feel compelled to growl and bark at that murderous mailman that comes by every day.
Now on to writing news…
EPP – I’m having to split my time between writing projects. The end result is that nothing is moving incredibly quickly, but everything is moving forward. End Point Pangaea is moving along, and I had a major plot point reveal itself to me last week. Yes, remember that I’m a pantser when it comes to my writing, so the story often unfolds for me as I write it. Usually it’s just an organic evolution of the story as I flow from one scene to another. But on occasion, there is a major “Ah hah!” moment, where some pivotal scene comes to me that opens all sorts of other ideas to me. This was one of those occasions, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how it all unwinds.
CL – Not much to report on Crazy Larry this week. Quite honestly, between having friends out, and playing catch up on the larger projects, CL didn’t get the love that it should have. I’ll have to rectify that situation next week.
Y12 – Year 12 is doing relatively well… six reviews so far, all five-stars. And the sales are beginning to show signs of life. Yay!
BoR – Yes, the Sekrit Projekt is back in play. The first pass at this one was rejected. Without revealing any details, they simply didn’t like the story line I proposed. Luckily, they didn’t completely kick me to the curb, and suggested something else. I worked up a few ideas on character and setting, but got stumped on the actual story. Late last week, I received a query wanting to know how it was going, and I had to sheepishly admit that I had hit a brick wall. Rather than being dumped, I was offered a brainstorming session. After an hour and a half on the phone, I was full of inspiration… well, I was full of something. I’ll know in a few days whether it was truly inspiration. It was either that or gas. At any rate, where just last week I was drawing a complete blank, I now have a full plot, characters, intrigue… I can truly say that I’m really excited about this one now.
And that’s it for today. I hope you all have a wonderful week, and I’ll talk to you again soon. Stay safe!