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This ‘n That

Well yes, actually, even this is better than not writing at all, lol.

I’m just playing catch-up at the moment, rather than having any solid news to convey. A bit of that will be coming in the following months–but I do miss chatting up the blog.

I have been invited to join the production of an anthology this summer. Won’t give away any of the details just yet, but I’m working on the novella for it right now. And having a deadline is a good thing. There’s less chance of me piddling around with it and more that I’ll get it done and ready to roll.

I also have one more major surgery within the next two weeks. Not looking forward to the process, but expecting the quality of life to improve afterward, so that’ll be worth it. And maybe I’ll raise a little hell in the meantime (have I mentioned that I hate hospitals?). :cool:

And lastly, I have the rights to a few books reverting to me. It feels like having a couple of kids coming home from college! But none of that sitting around and relaxing for these rugrats. I expect them to get out on the self-pubbing market as soon as possible. If momma’s gotta work, everybody does.

Category: General Blah Blah — Raine @ 4:07 am ·   Comments (2)
Marked For Love


by author AMIE STUART.

Now available here through Amazon Digital Services.

Go and buy. It rocks!! :big:

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It’s officially the first day of spring!!
And I don’t think anybody could be more relieved about that than I am (with the possible exception of the poor peeps in Boston–hugs!). The winter had become extremely oppressive and relentless, without even a little break here & there in the weather. Your instincts are screaming that it’s just not going to end, no matter what your intellect says.
But the calender says it has come. And I have robins and blackbirds back in the yard, so heaving a happy sigh.
And yes–next I’ll be complaining about the humidity and yardwork, lol.

On the writing front? Yes, I am writing. Slowly, mostly badly. But I’ve got 12 pages of a new story that interests me, an old fixer-upper I’m poking holes in…and a real urge to do more alternate universe stuff. I’ve nibbled away at it here and there, and it’s a tricky sort of genre because it may not fall into a traditional ‘type’.
But I’ve always loved the ‘what if?’ game. So I have a feeling that, in addition to the romance stuff, I may be cranking out more.
After all, it’s spring. The world is new. :wink:

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Leonard Nimoy


It has been a pleasure and a privilege, sir.
Thank you.

Category: General Blah Blah — Raine @ 7:09 pm ·   Comments Off

winter blows
A quick check-in to say that I have, so far, survived one of the worst winters in the recorded history of this area.
And for the area I live in, that’s saying something. :confused:

The high temperature one day last week was a minus three degrees. The low was a minus seventeen. I’ve been tunneling through thigh-high drifts. I think there’s a sidewalk under there, but I could be wrong.
Our regional ski lodge has temporarily closed for business because it was too cold.
At least two homes on the outskirts of the city have burned to the ground because the fire hydrants were frozen.
I don’t remember signing up for Siberia, but if I did I didn’t mean it!
And I pity the poor people of Boston and parts of Maine. I can’t imagine dealing with so much snow.
Usually I can make myself believe that spring is around the corner by this time of the year.
Now I’m not so sure… :roll:

But on the positive front?

snoopy dance1
Yes, I’m only averaging about half a page a day. And yes, it’s mostly garbage, lol. But they’re words on pages telling a story, and so far I’m enjoying the process.
Fingers crossed that it continues!

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Changing Modes


Well, I can’t say the shiny New Year has started off with a bang, lol. I suppose we sometimes put too much emphasis on the “brand new” idea. I prefer to think of it as “fresh”, which I can imagine at any moment of any day I choose. I’m less likely to fall prey to early disappointments that way.

I’ve finally finished putting all my short freebies up on my Wattpad account. Most of it’s flash fiction, & it took longer to come up with the covers than to write the things! :roll: I know such short-shorts have no market value, but I really love the form. Great challenge.

I’ve been in stark reality survival mode for so long it’s a little difficult to fall back into the creativity. I know it’s there; just sluggish from inactivity. At this point I have the “Cold Reading” story I’d started as a freebie, and about five beginning pages of three different novellas. It’ll be a matter of motivation and choice. Not a big multi-tasker in this corner, and my heroines tend to get into cat fights with each other for dominance when I try working on more than one at a time.
Swear–if they didn’t need me to work the keyboard they’d dispose of me too… :wink:

Category: General Blah Blah — Raine @ 7:07 pm ·   Comments Off
Happy New Year!!

Although I don’t often write about personal matters here, I must admit that I will not be sorry to see 2014 leave.
I can honestly say it’s been the most difficult year of my life.
For someone used to being completely independent, having three surgeries, a host of surprisingly serious health issues, and a major change in employment status/finances was more than enough to take me down and out. Yes, I learned a few lessons along the way. But it was just too much all at one time.
I am more than ready for the idea of a fresh start.

So here’s to 2015. May it be a kinder, gentler year for all.
And God bless us every one.

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