And this is what he does on the desk too but it’s hard to get a photo of him lying like that on the keyboard because he has to lean against my chest.
I think I need longer arms to accommodate him and still write!
Last month I finished both a novel and a short story so I’m good on that.
For this month, I’m working on another of the three in three months novels and I’m well on my way. I have a few other things to do this week so I’m not sure I’ll make my weekly goal, but I’m confident that I’ll make my monthly goal of writing.
Sun Spot Magic was supposed to be released mid-month but it’s still not back from the editor so it will come out mid-December, shortly before Christmas. I’ll release a different short story this month to keep my monthly pace going.
And the cats, well the cats are being cats. Ham has managed to alienate just about everyone. I’m hopeful that this is just his terrible teens and he’ll settle down soon enough. I think he’s learning about feline hierarchy and trying to make himself a place, preferably as number one.
I’m considering doing a short question and answer introduction to the stories I give away free when you sign up for my mailing list. If you haven’t done so, you can go here.
All three stories are Whisper stories, but not usually the Whisper that’s in the books. In Ghost Case, you meet Meg, but you don’t see Rain at all. In Radioactive Magic, you go back and see what happened to Sean after he went to Alaska. And in Christmas Whispers, you meet Peter long before Whisper was Whisper. I’d like to flesh out information on Whisper, answer questions that people might want to know about the mountain, Peter, Meg, Rain, or Zari A that haven’t been answered in the books.
No, I won’t tell you what Emma’s problem is or why she’s so horrible. And I won’t tell you what happens next. I can assure you that there are more Whisper novels coming. I have a first draft of ten (although not yet a title) and I hope to have that out next fall. That won’t discuss Emma’s problem at all but it will take you back to Whisper. I see this as an ongoing series and I have ideas for a life arc for Meg until she’s probably close to fifty. I don’t know if I’ll come up with enough mysteries to fill books until she’s fifty but suffice to say I’ll come to Whisper from time to time for a very long time.
As my writing grows and changes, there are times when it becomes difficult to write in the voices of Meg and Rain, so I haven’t kept up on the series the way I was. I hope that the new books that will be coming out before the next Whisper come out are as enjoyable as people found the books.
Later, she realizes the bank gave her a clue. The questionable purchases happened in stores catering to children.
Cecelia decides justice won’t be done unless she finds the thief, so she sets out to do just that in typical Cecelia Song fashion. After all, can a thief who purchases items for children at Christmas be all bad?
Cozy mystery lovers will enjoy the ride in this short story featuring massage therapist (and sometime acupuncturist) Cecelia Song.
The Warmest December by Bernice L. McFadden isn’t a happy read but it’s an important one.
Beautifully written, this tale takes you through a young woman’s last months with her father. Her earlier life is told in flashbacks, each one slightly worse than the last. The emotional conflict she feels over losing this man is vivid and authentic. It’s a brilliantly done book.
For all that the subject matter is difficult and painful, it’s not a depressing read. It engages and it heals. It is one of the best books I believe I’ve read this year and I’ve read some very good ones.
So this month is a writing month. I signed up for Dean Wesley Smith’s challenge of writing three novels in three months. I can totally do that. Dean also expects me to send him links to the book on an ebook retailer within three months of his reading them, so I have to publish (if he says the story works). We’ll see.
This month Feel the Fear Came out and I have a story, Power Outage, in that one. It’s a fun story. I had a heck of time writing it, getting it close but not quite there. Mark saw a lot of what I was working towards and he purchased it anyway and then worked with me to make it the story that it is. By the time we’d finished working, I was pretty happy with the tale. Check it out.
On Hallow’s Eve is a Halloween bundle that includes my short story Familiar Trouble in it. So this month has opened with lots of new stories out and one to be written.
As far as personal life, Ichiro and Ham seem to like each other and our older female cat is back to living under the bed. I’m working on her but it’s going much more slowly than I had hoped. I wish she wasn’t so timid.