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Coming November 27th…

Coming November 27th…

The Cavalcade of Authors Black Friday to Cyber Monday event!

 

I’ll be doing a Zoom reading and AMA on Friday the 27th at 7PM.

Click the picture for tickets, or click here.

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(Forgot the Title Again)

Day 16 of Nanowrimo. Day… something of Quarantine. Day Infinity plue something of 2020.

Has anyone else lost complete track of time? Like, you have no idea when in time you are anymore? I got a call last week to set up my next regular appointment for something, and the scheduler said “Let’s get the December appointment set!” And I said, “Wait, December?”

But it’s November 16th, which means we’re halfway through November, and halfway through NaNoWriMo. Now, I’m being a NaNo rebel. I’m working on two pieces at the same time. And as you can see below, it’s working surprisingly well!

NaNoWriMo Wordcount

25039 / 50000 (50.08%)
Now, I’m being a NaNo rebel. I’m working on two pieces  One of them (Witch Queen) was started for NaNo, so I’m doing NaNoWriMo and NaNoFiMo (National Novel FINISHING Month) at the same time. And as you can see below, it’s working surprisingly well!
Wings of Air
Heir to the Firstborn, Book 4

118745 / 150000 (79.16%)
***
John Zebedee Meets the Witch Queen of Elfland
13092 / 30000 (43.64%)

My goal on both of these is the usual goal at this time of year — Draft by the Solstice.  I might finish Witch Queen by the end of the month, but considering where I am wordwise and where I am story-wise? That goal might be really low. Like… really low.

On the other hand, Wings of Air is wrapping up. Maybe another two chapters? Maybe three, at the outside. But we’re almost there. Then comes the last book, and then… well, we’ll see that later.

If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen me posting about Romancing the Runoff. This is a charity auction where Romancelandia is standing behind Stacey Abrams, and helping fund the Georgia runoff so we can flip the Senate Blue and actually get some stuff done for the next four years. The auction opens on the 18th of November, and there’s a LOT of good stuff in there (there are 16 pages of donations. And if you go through it, you’ll find that there’s a signed Heir to the Firstborn set in there.) Some of the offerings will be really valuable to the novice writer in your life, so maybe think holiday gifts? And some of them are awesomely fun — tea and poundcake with Tessa Dare and Courtney Milan? How cool is that?

There isn’t much else going on in my neck of the woods. Figured out the Thanksgiving menu (not turkey) and the Christmas menu (yes, turkey). Starting to think about Cookiepocalypse 2020, which will be a much smaller one this year, because I’m not sending cookies to the office (Husband is now fully remote) or the school (Son is also fully remote). And starting to plan out preorder ads and new release blitzes for Hidden Things. (which, as a preorder, is 605th in the primary category. Not bad!)

Now, off to make lunch, then make all the words! See you all next week!
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RWW: Holidaze

Welcome! If you’re here from Clair’s website, nice of you to pop on over.

I realized the other day that I might just be in trouble with the upcoming holidays. Mostly because I realized that the holidays are upcoming and I haven’t given them any thought at all. It’s not like they snuck up on me — Thanksgiving comes this time every year, after all. But they totally did sneak up on me. I realized just this past Sunday that it’s November, and that I really should start thinking about Thanksgiving.

Part of my problem is that we’re still in quarantine, and there’s no sign of that letting up any time soon. So it’s really easy for me to lose track of what month it is. As far as my brain is concerned, we’re on the two hundredth and something day of March. It’s not time to plan Thanksgiving, we havne’t evne had Easter yet! Or your birthday or…

Wait, we did have those. Remember? Easter Zoom breakfast with the family up north?

Right. But school hasn’t started!

<interrupts writing blog post to help with freshman history assignment>

Oh. Yeah. School not only started, we’re in second semester.

Well, we haven’t had Halloween… wait… we did that, too. And Election week. Did that.

Well, heck. Thanksgiving really is in… what… wait… what do you mean SEVENTEEN DAYS????

Ah… wow. Anyone else in this boat? The “I haven’t even thought about Thanksgiving and now I have to figure out what I’m cooking?”

I suppose the question now is why bother? It’ll just be us. It’s not safe to have the family over. Why do the whole blowout for three people?

There’s an answer to that — because the little things are what makes the big things more endurable. Because the celebrations give us something to look forward to. And even though we might not be able to share with our loved ones in person, we can look forward to the celebrations once we can be together again.

Until then… we have Zoom. Skype. Facetime.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to make a shopping list. From here, you’ll be hopping on over to Jenna’s blog. 

 

Coming soon:

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Focus? What’s that?

<deep breath>

HOLY CRAP! HE WON! HE WON! HE WON! HE WON!!!!

<deep breath>
<resume composure>

So… how was your weekend? Mine was fantastic but unfocused. There were exactly 369 words written on Saturday. The rest of the day was devoted to the polar opposite of doomscrolling — joyscrolling.

Spider Robinson wrote that shared pain is lessened, and shared joy is increased. There was an amazing amount of shared joy on Saturday! And tears. There were tears.

And now, I’m trying very hard to focus and get back to work. I’m behind on my Nano word count, but only by about 900 words. I can pick that up this week, no problem.

Wings of Air
Heir to the Firstborn, Book 4

112629 / 150000 (75.09%)
***
John Zebedee Meets the Witch Queen of Elfland
6516 / 30000 (21.72%)

 

I’m starting to feeling that Wings of Air is wrapping up. I’m through the big reveal, and on the downhill slide to the end and starting Heir to the Firstborn. I’m not sure how many more chapters there will be in Wings — I need to see what loose ends need to be tied off here, and which can get woven in to the next book.

And John Zebedee Meets the Witch Queen of Elfland (I might shorten that to John Zebedee Meets the Witch Queen) has gotten off to a good start. Had to make some changes in Monstrous Town because of reasons, but they weren’t major changes.  And, as usual, I keep having to stop and looking up details about the area. Did you know that Texas has records of all their land-grants going back to the 1800s? And you can pull them up and read them online? It’s very cool.

In other news, my last convention for the year cancelled this morning. Not surprising, since KeiserSupercon was a smaller event that would have been held in-person. It’s been a strange year, and I’m really glad we can see the end of it from here.

Now, I’ve been promising a cover reveal, haven’t I? The Hidden Things cover went out in the newsletter last Friday, so now it’s time to share it here.

In 773 AD, Roland, a young man of King Charles’ court, was gifted with the sword Durendal. That sword was one of four swords of rare power, three of which were held by Wardens, mages charged with protecting the sacred bloodline of the Merovingian kings. The last sword was held by their mentor, the mage known to history as Turpin. That same year, a Saxon priest seeking retribution against Charles enlists the aid of a mage who seeks the swords for his own purpose, setting into motion events that lead to the battle at the Pass of Roncevaux, and to Roland’s death.

A thousand years later, a research group doing excavations in part of Aachen Cathedral uncovers a collection of books and scrolls, a ring, and a sword. As they uncover the sword, they are attacked. Summoned to the site by the power of the magical attack, Yael Mystere and his apprentice, Warden-in-training Doctor Douglas Keith discover the sole survivor – Margaret Prentice, the daughter of the man leading the excavation. A second attempt on her life fails, sending Yael, Douglas and Margaret on a quest for the power behind the attacks ─ a power that has been waiting a thousand years to win the swords at all costs.

Hidden Things (Swords of Charlemagne, Book 1). Coming in 2021. Preorders going up soon.

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s November! Quick, Write a Novel!

(I had written a brilliant post. Absolutely brilliant… and lost it when I accidentally closed the browser. Ummm… genius is fleeting?

Wings of Air
Heir to the Firstborn, Book 4

107521 / 150000 (71.68%)
***
John Zebedee Meets the Witch Queen of Elfland
724 / 30000 (2.41%)

It’s November, which means that Nanowrimo has started, and everyone is going to write a novel this month. Or at least, everyone is going to write 50K words. That’s most of a novel. Or, if we’re looking at the Heir to the Firstborn books, about half of one. If we’re looking at John Zebedee? That’s a book and a half.

I started John Zebedee Meets the Witch Queen of Elfland for my Nano project, and I think I can finish it in the month. And, since it’s novella length, I’ll be doing it while finishing up Wings of Air.

And then what? What am I going to do after I finally put John Zebedee to bed and get him out of my hair? Well, I have one more Heir to the Firstborn book to finish up after Wings of Air. And I have edits. Lots and lots of edits. I’m releasing the Swords of Charlemagne books in 2021, and while Hidden Things is ready to go… the other three books are not. I have my notes from the editor who worked on them, and I’ll be working on those once John Zebedee is finished.

There’s a cover reveal for Hidden Things this Friday in my newsletter. If you don’t read the newsletter, you won’t get that cover until next week. You’ll also miss this month’s recipe for one of my favorite Thanksgiving sides.

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I’m trying hard not to think about tomorrow. Tomorrow scares me in ways that I think I have never been scared before. And I keep trying not to think of the scene from Attack of the Clones:

So This is How Liberty Dies on Disney Video

I have hope, though. That’s about all we can have at this point. I mean, I voted two weeks ago. I did my part. But like any group project, our final grade is now dependent on if everyone else did THEIR parts.

So… hopeful but nervous.

However… I do a daily Tarot card drawing during the week, which I post on Twitter. I started almost a year ago, and the cards have not been wrong. Ever.  They’ve been scary accurate in places (like the day they didn’t want to talk to me, so I just pulled any card. It was Justice, and that was the day that RBG died.)

This was today’s card:

Significant change.

Positive, transformative cleansing.

Please let it be so!

See you on the flip side.

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Suspended in Amber

Did you see recently that scientists have discovered how to extract DNA from insects trapped in amber? The geeky world immediately went “You know, there’s an entire movie series that explains in great detail why this is a bad idea. Maybe you’ve heard of them? Jurassic Park?”

Turns out that those scientists were inspired to do it by the Jurassic Park movies — they saw it in the movie and said “Hey, that’s a cool idea. I wonder if we can do that?”

No word yet on when the velociraptors will be showing up. (actually, they’re not sure if they can extract DNA from samples that old. Thank Heaven for small favors! That’s all we need in 2020!)

Wings of Air
Heir to the Firstborn, Book 4

102282 / 150000 (68.19%)
***
John Zebedee and the Monstrous Town
36437 / 30000 (121.46%)

 

John Zebedee and the Monstrous Town is finished.  Not terribly over the target wordcount, even. Edits will happen this week (and possibly next, depending on how fast we get through them). I will be starting John Zebedee Meets the Witch-Queen of Elfland for my Nano project next Sunday. No, it won’t be 50K words. I’m a rebel.

Wings of Air continues apace. I’m thinking I’ll have a draft by the Solstice, which will mean a release in February or thereabouts. I’ll know more once I get closer to the end, and there are a couple of major scenes that still have to be written.  I do know that I’ll be wielding a scalpel (or a machete) when edits come around. Written in Water was 85K words. Forged in Fire was 118K, and Bones of Earth was 109K.  If you look at the counter, Wings of Air is  already 102K and not complete.  And there are sections that I think are kind of draggy. So yes, once all the words are done, there will be words excised.

I’ll have a cover reveal in two weeks (on November 10th) for the cover art for Hidden Things.  Yes, I did my own cover again, and I really like how it turned out. Release date for this book I have the breathing space to plan releases for 2021. But if you want the cover reveal? That will be going out in my newsletter before it hits the blog, so if you want to see… well, you can go sign up and see that cover on November 6th!

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How is it November 6th in two weeks? That means Election Day is next week and I promise you, there will be no sleep in this house next Tuesday!

That’s about all from this neck of the woods. Be well, y’all. Stay safe.

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Civic Duty done

Today was the first day of Early Voting here in Central Florida. So I went out and did my civic duty.

And because I was in line for two hours and needed to amuse myself, I livetweeted the wait.

I was supposed to go grocery shopping after, but it started raining and after two hours… yeah, groceries will still be there tomorrow. And I have words to write.

Wings of Air
Heir to the Firstborn, Book 4

97117 / 150000 (64.74%)
***
John Zebedee and the Monstrous Town
34522 / 30000 (115.07%)

I am thisclose to finishing Monstrous Town. There’s maybe a chapter and a half left. So that’s my goal for this week — finishing book two so I can move on to book three.  John Zebedee Meets the Witch-Queen of Elfland will be my Nanowrimo project this year.

Once that’s finished, then I’ll have a new focus — getting Swords of Charlemagne ready to publish. It’s been with a publisher for the past couple of months, and they told me yesterday that they were passing on it. So… my weird duck of a series will be making an appearance as self-published books in 2021! I need to line up cover art, and I already know that I’m probably not going to do rapid release. Books 2-4 have been edited, but I haven’t had time to incorporate those edits. So that will be what I do once I’m done with John Zebedee, and in and around finishing Heir to the Firstborn. 

I’m also rereading the Rebel Mage books. And I think I’ve decided that they need to stay the way they are, hard scenes and all. So those will also be on my re-release schedule. Not sure when, though. I need to get covers lined up for those, too.

There isn’t much else going on at the moment. Quiet and busy, really. RWA stuff and house stuff and making plans for Halloween (contactless trick or treating — we’ll be filling treat bags and putting them outside the door. I just need to fill the bags.)

Counting down to November 3rd. Then holding my breath until January 20th, 2021.

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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice.

Yeah, I know. It’s October, why is Liz being cheerful? I’m trying to be upbeat about it, because the only way out is through.

I can’t think when the last time I was in a Starbucks was, but their Pumpkin Spice Latte creamer that you can get in the supermarket is surprisingly tasty. And, since I don’t LIKE the PSL you get in Starbucks, this is saying something!

I used to like a PSL. Then they started putting pumpkin in it, and now… the only time I get one is when I’ve forgotten that I don’t like it. Then I take a sip and go, “Oh, yeah. Right.”

(I mean, come on! It’s not Pumpkin, it’s PUMPKIN SPICE — you know, the classic sweet spice mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Maybe if they’d just called it Sweet Spice, then no one would have fussed over there not being pumpkin in it, and they wouldn’t have changed it.)

I digress, but I’m sipping my ACTUAL PUMPKIN SPICE COFFEE while writing this.

Things are slow on the writing front, because I’ve spent a lot of time doing things that I needed to do for the RWA, and things that I probably shouldn’t be doing while I’m on deadline.

Wings of Air
Heir to the Firstborn, Book 4

94421 / 150000 (62.95%)
***
John Zebedee and the Monstrous Town
29845 / 30000 (99.48%)

The things that I needed to do for the RWA involve the task force i’m running, and which I really can’t talk about here But there’ been a LOT of good discussion on the RWA forums, and we have a lot of good ideas, and our first proposal will go live next week. (eep!)

The things I shouldn’t be doing when I’m on deadline are all related to genealogy. I’ve been working on my family tree for years now. On my mother’s side, I can trace things back to Italy and to the mid-1700s, which is amazing.  And we have documentation, thanks to the branch of the family that I never knew existed, but whom I discovered while doing this (I have cousins in ARGENTINA! How cool is that?)

My father’s side? I’ve discovered two uncles and an aunt I didn’t know about, and I know my great-grandmother’s name. That’s it.

Cemetery records? Non-existent. I know where the cemetery is, and I’ve been to my grandmother’s grave. But there’s nothing online on any of the ridiculous morbid databases of gravestones under any permutations of the names I know.

Birth records? Done by hand (that’s how I know my great-grandmother’s name — she was listed as a witness on my father’s record of birth.) The only trouble is that what I thought was an incredibly unique name (Maximina) was apparently the late 1800s equivalent of Olivia (the number one name for a girl in 2019). And my grandmother? Her name was Maria. You try to single out one particular Maria in Puerto Rico in the early 1900s! Surname? Even more common!

Military records? Did you know that there was a massive fire in the military archives in 1973, and that some ridiculous number of military records prior to that date were lost completely? Yeah, me either, until I hit the National Archives for Korean War records.

I’ll crack this someday. But for now, it’s a rabbit hole that occasionally sucks up all time time and leaves none for writing.

Need to stop that. For now, anyway. I can always go back to it later.

 

 

 

 

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Busy, busy, busy. Did I mention busy?

Wings of Air
Heir to the Firstborn, Book 4

26414 / 30000 (88.05%)
***
John Zebedee and the Monstrous Town
26414 / 30000 (88.05%)

I talk every so often about how I juggle chainsaws. (Figurative chainsaws, not real ones.) I juggle being a mom and a writer and being an RWA Board member, with all the little things that come with those titles.

This past couple of weeks, I added three new ones.

Way back when I was a baby writer, I wrote a gaming manual. Psionics for SkillSkape was written for Chivalry and Sorcery, and my first outing as a writer was to present and promote it at Gencon 2004. The book went out of print in 2015 when the publisher closed, following the very untimely death of one of the owners.  Late last year, I think, I heard from his widow, who told me that there was a Kickstarter to bring Chivalry and Sorcery back into print, and that the new publishers were interested in bringing Psionics back out. Was I interested?

Sure!

So last week, I got the new files for Psionics for SkillSkape, which needs to be re-read and re-edited.

I haven’t played Chivalry and Sorcery since 2005, so this is being interesting.

Also in the past couple of weeks, I was asked to present a class to RWA University, based on a tutorial that I put together for the Virtual Conference (and that we subsequently didn’t need to use). I have to lengthen the tutorial into an actual class, and we need to set a date for that class. So I’ve been working on that.

And THEN… I was asked to take the helm of a task force exploring the benefits that the RWA can offer to our unpublished members. This includes taking on the design of a major RWA program. But no pressure!

When asked to take this on, my response was “You all trust me a whole lot, don’t you?”

So, between writing (1 and 2), editing (3), re- releasing one of the books from Forbidden Fiction (4), designing a class (5), I’ve been doing outreach to members (6),  brainstorming ideas of my own(7),  and recruiting members for my task force (8).

Eight! Eight chainsaws in the air! Mwah-ha-ha-ha-ha! (Thunder! Lightning!)

Wait… new release?

Yes. I got a wild hair last week, and found several pieces of stock art that I felt fit Chains of Light. And then couldn’t decide, so I crowdsourced a decision on Twitter and Facebook. Did the cover design, got the novella up on Kindle Unlimited. It’ll be KU only until January, then I’ll throw it wide.

I also came to an executive decision last week. (Being my only employee, I suppose that means all my decisions are executive decisions.) Since Wings of Air had turned into a MONSTER of a book, and it’s not even to what I had envisioned as the halfway point… there will be Heir to the Firstborn, BOOK 5. The working title of Book 5 is Heir to the Firstborn, because why not wrap it up with the series title? Also, I have no spare brain cells to think of something better at the moment. (see above, eight chainsaws). This means that Wings of Air may be out in print by the end of the year, but I won’t swear to that yet.

The second issue of my newsletter went out Friday. Did you get it? Do you want to get it? (You missed a really REALLY, good cake recipe if you didn’t get it. Next month will be something for Thanksgiving. Not sure what yet.)

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So that’s everything in my neck of the woods. Time to go top off the coffee and get back to work!

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Oh, No. It’s Almost October.

Wings of Air
Heir to the Firstborn, Book 4

88415 / 150000 (58.94%)
***
John Zebedee and the Monstrous Town
23714 / 30000 (79.05%)

October. Why did it have to be October?

Yes, I know. It comes every year at this time, right after September.

I am not a fan. The only thing October has going for it is Halloween, and you have to get all the way through October to get there! (And who know if it’s actually going to happen this year? Which sucks, because Saturday+full moon+extra hour = epicly epic Halloween).

Okay. Enough complaining.

Today I am just off my last virtual convention for the year. (At least, I think it’s my last. I may be wrong — there are still virtual conventions happening, and I may see about getting involved.) Necronomicon/NecroNOTacon was a lot of fun — it was held on Discord and Zoom, and it was very well attended. I’m liking the virtual conventions — it opens access to people who can’t travel for whatever reason. The only thing missing is the hugging.

I miss the hugging.

Now, I do have one more convention on my schedule, but it’s not virtual. KeiserSupercon is supposed to be in person. I have no idea what’s going to happen with that one.

Since I was virtually at a convention all weekend, there wasn’t a lot of writing done. Which is par for the course with me — I can do one writing related thing at a time. Two, maybe. But actively writing at the same time I’m being Public-Writer-Lady? Not happening.

I think I’m still on target to have both Wings of Air and John Zebedee and the Monstrous Town finished by December, though. And possibly be a good way in to John Zebedee Meets The Witch-Queen of Elfland. 

December is coming. Cookiepocalypse is coming!

But first we have to get through October.

Right. Stop that, Liz.

Here, have an excerpt from Monstrous Town:


“Then give me your right hand.” She held her hand out, and John put his hand into hers. He looked at his palm and frowned. “Mister Zebedee, how did you manage to misplace your lifeline?”

John coughed. “What?”

She tapped his palm with one finger. “It should be here,” she said. Then she held her right hand out, showing him a line on her palm. “It shows how long of a life you’ll have.”

John chuckled. “My hand isn’t big enough,” he answered. “I’m immortal. But you’ve noticed that.”

“How old are you?” she asked.

“Over eighteen hundred years old,” John answered. “Prudence, I was one of Joshua’s apostles.”

Her eyes widened. “No wonder there’s no lifeline,” she said with a laugh. “All right. Just stay there. I need to get something.” She stood up and walked away, going through an inner door. She came back a moment later with a small box. She took a seat again, and took a deck of cards out of the box, handing them to John. “Shuffle these.”

“Are we playing poker?” he asked, starting to shuffle the cards. “I’m terrible at it.”

“Cartomancy,” she answered. “Telling the future.”

“You can do that?”

She smiled and took the cards from him. She shuffled them again, then took the topmost card from the deck. She looked at it and smiled, laying it on the table. “The King of Clubs,” she said. “A man of dark complexion. He is upright and true to the bone. This is your card, John Zebedee.” She dealt more cards — a column of three to the left of John’s card, one above and below, and a column of three to the right. She set the rest of the cards aside. “The past,” she said, touching the left-most column. “The present, and the future.” She touched the center and the right column in turn. Then she turned over the card at the top of the left column. “The Nine of Diamonds. Traveling. You never did settle, did you?”

“When people notice you don’t age, things get complicated.”

She smiled and turned over the next card down. “The Ten of Spades. Imprisonment.” She looked up again.

John swallowed and nodded. “I was a prisoner of war. At Camp Sumter.”

She gasped, but said nothing more, turning over the last card in the column. “The Two of Diamonds. A secret engagement.”

John smiled. “It has to be secret. It’s illegal. But if I could openly propose marriage, I would. In a heartbeat.”

She nodded and turned over the topmost card of the middle column. “Eight of Spades. Danger from imprudence.”

John considered it, and nodded. “I wasn’t as careful as I should have been. I can agree with this. This is fascinating.”

“Thank you,” she said, and turned over the base card of the column. “Five of Clubs. Danger from a capricious temper.” She met his eyes, and they both spoke as one. “Wraith.” She nodded, and turned over the top card of the last column. “The Eight of Diamonds. A happy marriage.”

John smiled. “In his world, men can marry. I can wait.”

She turned over the last two cards, and her brow furrowed. She touched the middle card. “The Nine of Spades is a horrible card for your future. It means ruin and death. Which makes no sense with this last card.” She touched the final card. “The Ten of Hearts. Health and happiness, and children.” She looked up. “Death and ruin, and they all lived happily ever after?”

 

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