Weekly News, Goals & Prompt – July 16, 2012

Prompt o’ the Week: A young woman is helping her mom decorate the Christmas tree, when one of the ornaments she hangs makes her mother gasp…



Ooo…look at that! This week’s prompt is a holiday prompt…must be 6 months to Christmas! One of these years I’m going to plan better, so that I’m writing holiday stories in summer. Then I’ll have some fun things to release around Christmas, instead of wishing I did every year. 

Actually, maybe I’ll write this story this month. Not flash though – I’m thinking something a tad bit longer, say 20-40 pages or so? A nice romantic tale to read beside the Christmas tree, perhaps? What shall we call it? Oh! I know…we’ll call it The Memory Sphere. I like that. It will probably be more of a literary piece, but that’s okay, right? It will still be very romantic, though perhaps a little sad too. *sigh* Sorry, but aside from my editor, everyone will have to wait to read this one until December… 

Speaking of books – The Minister’s Maid is late, and it’s all my fault. My editor got it back to me early last week, and I haven’t done more than glance at the notes, so I’ve had to postpone the release. I’m hoping to have it done and ready to go by this Friday in ebook format. It will probably be another couple weeks before I have the paperback ready. Of course the next Fantasy Ranch story is in progress now Tuesdays at the Fantasy Ranch blog  The Handyman’s Harem Girl is going to be a fun ride, I can tell already. Veronica and Chance will be explosive together, they can’t help it. 

In other good news, Falling in Public is wrapping up in a couple of weeks, and I’m nearly done with the draft. I was planning to finish it this weekend, but got sidetracked by several household projects, but I hope to finish it this week. My main problem with this story is that I expected and planned for it to be something completely different, so now it’s both mis-named and mis-covered. The cover and title were perfect for the book I was planning to write, but not so much for the book I actually wrote. It doesn’t happen often (I normally write directly to titles), but it does happen…so this story needs both a new title and a new cover before it will be ready to go. I’m thinkin’…

Can’t forget to start my story for the fall anthology, Listen to the Leaves either…if you’re a writer, click through and check out the submissions call….

Wow, that’s a lotta book news, isn’t it? Groovy. That’s how it should be. And I have brand new writing software called Writer’s Cafe that I’m super-excited about, because it’s just very cool, and because it will help me keep better track of my time lines and plot threads as I go. I’ll be switching over to that from yWriter as I finish these current drafts and start new ones. Yay for new tools! 

Here’s what I’ve got going this week, writing and otherwise: 

– Three serial scenes
– Complete edits for The Minister’s Maid and publish ebook by Friday
– One scene for the new erotic romance story coming up soon
– Start the new short story (above)
– Finish a draft and send to editor
– Migrate virtual workspace/new drafts to new software

There are a few things on the personal list, but they’re hardly worth mentioning…the writing is pretty much center-stage this week, and I’m happy with that. 

In case you missed my post last week, I’ve decided that the Wednesday “Writer’s Notes” feature will focus more tightly on the weekly serial drafts – my notes about each scene as I write it. Sort of an “extra feature” to go along with the serials. That will begin this week, and I’ll be starting similar features on my pen name blogs when the new stories start on each of them, respectively. Depending on how that turns out, I’ll either include it as back matter in the relevant books, or I’ll package them up into free downloads in the BSB store for those who are interested. 

And…I think that’s it for this week. Until next time, happy reading! 


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