Bits and Pieces

Ah, Friday. Although Fridays don’t have the same connotation to someone self-employed as they do “normal” people who work a five-day work week, I don’t think I will ever lose my affection for the day. People seem to lighten up a bit in anticipation of the weekend, and that’s always fun.

It’s been another busy week, but I kicked Monday dead in the taco and punched the guacamole out of Wednesday, so I call that a win. Of course, I could just have a craving for Mexican food.

Mmmm. TACOS!
Mmmm. TACOS!

*Photo courtesy of jdurham from

On Tuesday, I was very happy to be the first guest poster on Patti Larsen’s new “Who’s That?” feature on her blog. I’m really looking forward to reading about the fascinating people Patti will have featured in the coming weeks.

Also on Tuesday, my own designated guest post day, I was thrilled to present an outstanding copy editor, Jennifer Wingard. I’m also firming up February’s lineup, and that’s exciting for me. I love giving people full reign and seeing what they offer. If you’re interested in guest posting for me or having me guest post for you, give me a holler and we’ll see what kind of trouble we can cause.

Wednesday I guest posted for Catie Rhodes on her Blue Light Special. Catie and I share a love for music, and when she asked me to post a playlist for Pallas, the main character in Athena’s Promise, I was all over it. What fun! It was a blast to finally put together the videos and songs which have inspired me along Pallas’s journey.

Speaking of Pallas, I have slowly but surely made significant progress on Athena’s Chains, the next book in the trilogy. And Athena’s Release is all outlined—an amazing feat for a dedicated pantser. I’m hoping to have Chains out as a summer release, and then I’ll get right on Athena’s Release, the final book and work on having that out by the end of the year. In the meantime, I plan on finishing up the second novella in the Sally Mae Riddley series, with two more to go. I also have a working outline for Broken Arrows. So many delightful words!

Now all I have to do is write them and keep them in order!
Now all I have to do is write them and keep them in order!

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I realize this is a pretty ambitious production schedule for me, especially since I’m also juggling production schedules for other writers, but I’d rather shoot for the stars and end up on the moon than just running in place.

And, just to keep things interesting, I’ve signed up for a couple of online courses through Coursera, a site which offers free classes. ERMEGERD! I first learned of this educational candy store through Billie Sue Mosiman, and let me tell you, I had to physically restrain myself from signing up for more. I mean, it’s like crack for the terminally curious. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! I signed up for Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World to start the end of January and The Ancient Greeks to start in March.

This is what my brain feels like right now. Including the fork.
This is what my brain feels like right now. Including the fork.

*Photo courtesy of MaxStraeten of

In the meantime the works schedule remains heavy and I love busy. Now tell me what you’ve been up to in the last week!


6 thoughts on “Bits and Pieces

  1. Some of those courses look amazing!

    Let’s see, this week I finished up the major research for Threshold (W&G2), completed 99% of the story board, and started on the detailed scene outlines. Wrote some blog posts, and started my final read-through of Hunter of Demons before formatting for release. So it was a pretty productive week here!

    • They do, don’t they? What I like about them too, is the fact they’re offered from Universities from all over the world. So you get a broader perspective 🙂

      Woohoo! Way to kick ass, lady!

      • Other than hubby being home to help corral the kids, weekends have no significance for me and haven’t in years. When you’re home every day, one day sort of bleeds into the next in a never-ending cycle.

  2. I have heard about the taco’s injuries, felt a little bad for Wednesday’s guacamole but it still didn’t stop me from giving Saturday a slap in the salsa.
    I’ve been eagerly waiting for the publication of a couple of short stories I wrote.
    Publishing virginity over with! Just like the other more well known big ‘V’, it probably won’t be the prettiest and I’ll probably flinch and laugh looking back on it but at least I broke the ‘barrier’.
    Loving the tips, keep them coming.

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