Saturday, July 8, 2017

Today's search terms

History of Catalonia in the 17th century
Catalan Revolt
Catalan nobility

Versailles pig farm (results were all Marie Antoinette's pretend farm, not 17th century home farm)

When was Quebec founded (1608)

Sacramento weather (I. Can't. Even.)

Restaurants near me (at a write-in this morning. Ended up coming home instead of going out to lunch)

baby pug (this was my nine-year-old daughter)

how big are alpacas
how much land do you need for an alpaca
how much land for a miniature horse
(all from a conversation with my daughter)

Sacramento library hours (too late now)

Sacramento weather (seriously?!!)

And I wrote 3000+ words. WOOT!

Go forth and google.

And pre-order Melisande.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

More 17th century writing

I have one more Chateaux and Shadows book I want to edit and submit, but I haven't done it yet, so it will be quite a while until it gets published. If ever, because I don't know if I can really make that thing coherent. On the other hand, I am starting all over again, trying to write Dario's story (he's the sone of the couple from book 1: Indispensable Wife. Oh oops, spoiler alert on if they ever have a baby...), which I got halfway through. I'm only reaching for a novella on it.

I'm giving the dark, silent secretary from Melisande a point of view. I've been turning the name Apolonio over in my head for at least a year and a half, since I saw it on the name tag of the assistant manager at a Carl's Jr. I've been wondering who Monsieur Arbois really is for much longer than that. Well, no more spoilers, but I'm just starting to figure it out myself. I'm 5000 words in (2k today!) and parts parallel my earlier attempt, but some is new territory.

I really like this stage of writing a book, when things surprise me.

I'm trying to do a 30,000 word CampNanowrimo this month, which is a mere thousand words a day. So far so good, though it was only from last weekend and today. Regular work weeks might kill me too much to keep up.

Right. Off to get dinner ready. Maybe another writing sprint afterward. Nothing but party here, Chez Lodge.

She's not a witch...OR IS SHE?
15 days until Melisande!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Organizational SKILLZZZZ

I just went searching for my teens' school calendar for next year so I can put it all in my online calendar. I'm marginally organized sometimes.

I got excited at a note I saw saying "new school hours" and thought that wow, they'd finally paid attention to all the studies and surveys saying teens' circadian rhythms were naturally later and a 7:45 school day was too freaking early.

Then had to laugh at the excited announcement on the high school home page that the new bell schedule means that schools starts.....

five minutes later.

That 7:50 start time is going to make all the difference in the world.

And now I'm trying to find their school-specific calendar instead of the district-wide one, but I'm having no luck. I can at least get that much on my calendar, I guess. No idea when they'll have minimum days and exams and stuff, but we'll figure it out eventually, right?

And all of this....

Yeah, I'm only organized when I'm procrastinating. I have my RWA chapter newsletter about half done, maybe more, since all I need to do is plunk in the articles, which is just minor adjustments to make things fit on the pages. Oh, and get release forms out to the authors who wrote articles for me. Rats. Better get to work now that the coffee is soaking into my brain.

Right ho!

And what I need YOU to do is to pre-order Melisande. She doesn't take orders all that well, though she really, really tries. But give it a go.

And yes, she is kind of pink.