Quote du Jour:
“Writing, at its best, is a lonely life.”
–Ernest Hemingway

Trouble on the Tracks
We live about a mile or two from some active train tracks. When the weather is cool, the sound of the train whistle really carries and since we’ve been sleeping with the window open… well… it’s loud.

So at 5:30 in the morning, we can hear the train rumbling down the tracks and the whistle blowing. OMG the whistle. Could it be more annoying? It’s like the conductor was playing some sick trick on the world – as if there is anyone out at that time of morning that he needs to blow the damn whistle so much. It went something like this:

honk honk honk
honk honkhonk honk honk honk honk honk honk honk
honk honkhonk honk

You get the idea. Went on like that for FIFTEEN (maybe twenty!) MINUTES straight. Now, when all you really want to do is sleep… THIS is annoying as hell. Made me want to sit straight up in bed and shout “SHUT IT!” but that would have been silly.

Maintenance Needed
I need a pedicure. Told Husband that last night. He pointed out I have all that feet stuff to do it myself. I told him, though, why should I do it myself when someone can do it for me? My cuticles are also a wreck. Worse than they’ve ever been. And it’s time for a trim and the gray is really getting bad in my hair so it’s time for my roots to get done. AND I need to get my eyebrows waxed. I’m a wreck, aren’t I? Sounds like it’s time for some serious maintenance.

A spa day would be fantastic!

Mik Lost Her Groove…Again
I’m trying. Really I am. Trying desperately to write this silly little novella. I know why I can’t, too. No direction. Just rambling nonsense with a steamy scene in a bar thrown in for good measure. What I really need to do… is buckle down and FORCE myself to write some semblance of an outline or a synopsis or SOMETHING that will help me stay focused. I mean, I really love the characters. The hero is hot and the heroine is just the right amount of sweet. And I’m really wondering if I should let her cave in chapter four and get down and dirty with the guy… or save it for a later chapter. When there’s some tension and character growth.

I don’t know. I just don’t. But I guess I’ll figure it out eventually.

It’s over, Johnny. It’s over!
Keep It Coming seems to have completely tanked. Things were supposed to go back online as of November 1. As of this writing, the authors have not heard a peep. And I know several who have resigned. I will be next. My contracts expire this month and next, but I’m not waiting. And I don’t think the editor should hold the 90 day thing over our heads either. Not after all her contract breaches of late.

It’s frustrating and annoying as hell.

I know of two authors who have struck out on their own with the serials: Colin and Leigh. And I think it’s a great idea. I’m kinda sitting back, waiting to see how things work for them. I’m thinking about doing something similar… selling the serial maybe as an ebook through my website. I have enough material to do it and I could do the layout and design with some cool graphics myself, then make it into an ebook. Just thinking out loud here. I’m more interested in doing that with Ransom & Fortune than Scars of Yesterday. But it would require some proofing, editing, and possibly some fresh writing. Maybe… this is what I need to get back into the groove of things.

NaNo NaNo
And just a quick Shout Out to those doing NaNoWriMo this year. GOOD LUCK! May your fingers be swift, your brain be swifter, your story flow, and you reach the 50K mark!

Stars fell to the Kings AGAIN. Final sore: 6-3. What a dismal game.

By Michelle

I wish you all could be inside my head. The conversation is sparkling.