There is so much happening in the world. A lot of NOT good things and a lot of VERY GOOD push-back! I’m in Victoria, Australia. I’m trying to live my life. What else can I do? I’m a writer of science fiction, tucked away in a rural setting, past my best years (to put it politely) and like everyone else, I crave normalcy and a return of freedom. That’s why I’m back in my writing and why I blog about that. Apart from the catch-up necessity in my career, it’s a reprieve from the war that is going on around us all – don’t mistake it, it really is war.
So forgive me if I talk once a week about what’s happening in my writing-life as though nothing is going on in the world. I am watching, witnessing, supporting where I can, reposting on Gab when taking a breather from working on my next book, and discussing the mayhem and madness locally. Compared to many it’s not much, for sure, and compared to the brave, my efforts are weak, yes. But my heart is in it and I care very much about what is going on, just as we all do.
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Getting back in the saddle with my writing career has involved picking up the reins on my past books (done), my work in progress (done), straightening out the mechanics of blogsville and social media (done and in progress respectively), re-establishing my blog domain (done) and finding where my bookcover artist went – or find a new one. Oh and finish writing book 3 (not done, but well on the way).
There is more to writing than meets the eye.
These necessities fall to me, it is after all my career, but as to the bookcover, I am joined by the love and light of my life, my husband Greg who is growing quite proficient in PaintShopPro and is happy to work the process while I get to do the fun stuff, pick the pictures.
Things are looking good, folks. I’ve had a chance now to go over my working files and notes, I can see my way clear to continue on with the 3rd book in the Khekarian series and I’m already making good progress. The tangles I had left myself have already been dealt with and it now just boils down to bum-in-chair-fingers-on-keyboard dedication. I’m on it!
Loving how this book is shaping up. The story is solid and pleasing (the humor catches me out as always, when I work with a character they really take over. That little monster Va’el rather steals the show in this one, I thoroughly enjoy working with him).
Okay! I have read and re-edited both books so far in the Khekarian series. Both books have been freshly uploaded to Kindle and paperback. I have also changed their prices.
If you already own them on Kindle, I believe you can just freshly download them (it’s worth it) for no extra charge. If you have not already purchased them, my Kindle books are now going for USD$8.00 (down from USD$9.95) and my paperbacks are now USD$15.00 (down from USD$29.95).
Kindle seems to be up with these changes, one of the paperbacks not yet showing it, so it might be worth waiting a couple of days for that one.
If the price has changed, you know that the content has been upgraded too.
Sweeping out lots of commas, a good thing. 😀 LOVING the story, I actually think the second book The King’s Sacrifice is better than the first book The Khekarian Threat – I suspect that is because the second is fresher to me than the first (I lived and breathed The Khekarian Threat for decades and it pretty well grew up as I did. Yeah it took that long).
The Khekarian series has been my passion for a long time and it’s good to get back into it after a lengthy break. I’ve completed reading my first book through – and I’m very pleased with it, it’s great to be able to see my work as a reader does rather than as the author (time away does that for you). We writers typically get up close and personal with our characters and frequently see our work through that lens, meaning we see what we know and not necessarily what a reader sees at all when they enter into that world and meet our characters for the first time.
For the most part, The Khekarian Threat is good and strong and I very much like the humor throughout. Great sex too (gotta say it, it’s true)! However I also saw a few (not many) weak points where a bit of clarity was needed or more info given. There was one glaring typo I corrected and in one scene a very important adjustment made on a singular slip up in continuity. Ouch on that one!
Gosh, it was me all along! They’ve changed everything in WordPress Blogsville and I find myself in alien territory, no joke. Not knowing how to do stuff, stuffing up my own links from Post to Page…
Sheesh, not enough coffee, I swear…
…Right. I’ve gone back and RE-LINKED my links so that they actually POINT to something. Just in the two new posts over the last week (I thought it had something to do with the domain mapping I also had to get up and running. My bad).
Anyhow, now all should be well. For me, it’s back to work in my manuscripts, picking up threads and getting back into the action. I’m actually enjoying myself, it’s where I need to be and what I should be doing.
Happy New Year to All – A new beginning – Some very good things happened for me in 2017, but some very bad things did as well – For a time I withdrew from everything important to me to recuperate and to find my way, a process still in progress (hence so few posts last year) I am getting there and building again my energy for life and living and – yes – writing as well.
My beloved husband is well and we are enjoying his well-earned retirement after too many years apart due to his working interstate, all behind us now. It’s great to have him around the house.
So expect a bit more from me this year and, heck, there might even be that book (The Bastard Line) so long overdue, published before the end of it!!!
I meant to write a Merry Christmas to everyone – but things happened – mostly holidays when some very good health and energy arrived along with a brand new method of not being stupid at Christmas time (food-wise).
Things are looking great.
I’m sorry I missed the festive season in Blogsville and I hope you all had a wonderful time, keeping happy and safe. I also hope you all have a wonderful year and that 2016 will prove to be one of the best.