May 31st, 2020…

Virus update. We’ve reached 2,852 known cases and 218 dead, according to updates posted today. This means since last week we’ve had 204 new cases and 24 new deaths.

Book news. I’m done with the third short story for Crimson Rose. I’ve been working on the third story for Ellyville. I reached 8,085 words into the 40,000 to 50,000 I’d like it to have. With Crimson Rose being finished, I’ll slot Ellyville’s into my 1k words. Another new story set in Bastet’s Daughters came to me last week. I’ve been working on it. It’ll be my 500 word a day story for a bit.

I uploaded my nineteenth video on my Youtube channel. As usual, I talk about the same things I do here but maybe more.

Gaming news. Warcraft. I’ve tried to play once a day.

Last night was a stressful night after looting spread across Rochester. I’m not going to discuss it further in this post. If you want to hear how I feel, my sobbing in my video makes it clear.

Reading for the week:

1) Hex Type Thing by Amanda M. Lee is book five of her Moonstone Bay series.

2) No Crone Unturned by Amanda M. Lee is book three of her Spell’s Angels series.

3) Sinfully Delicious by Amanda M. Lee is book one of her Two Broomsticks Gas & Grill series.

4) The Girl Next Door by Chelsea M. Cameron.

5) A Game of Hearts by Natalie Brunwick.

6) The Light in You by Lisa Elliot.

7) Sedition by Erik Schubach is the fifth short story in his Fixit series

P.S. I dislike the new block editor WordPress changed to. It’s frustrating!

May 24th, 2020…

Virus update. We’ve reached 2,648 known cases and 194 dead, according to updates posted today. . This means since last week we’ve had 466 new cases and 22 new deaths.

Book news. I’m almost done with the third short story for Crimson Rose. I’ve written 5,740 words in Crimson Rose this week. I have about 4k to 5k left to work with to reach my goal of the 20,000 to 21,000. I’ve been working on the third story for Ellyville. I reached 4,942 words into the 40,000 to 50,000 I’d like it to have. As I mentioned earlier, I plan to slot it into my 1k words schedule once I finish Crimson Rose. I wanted to add 2,500 words to Ellyville, but I took a break in the middle of the week. Still, I wrote 2,300 words for it. So, I’m not upset with skipping one day of writing.

Cover artist news. I have the cover for Cleo’s and Petra’s next story. However, much like this year, she gave me bad news. We talked, and I should have the remaining covers for my other stories before she has to handle her health issues. I worry about her, hearing about what she’s dealing with. I mentioned this more in my YouTube video without revealing specifics.

I uploaded my eighteenth video on my Youtube channel. As usual, I talk about the same things I do here but maybe more.

Gaming news. I spent a lot of time playing Warcraft this week. I’m still leveling an Alliance character doing the quests. I’ve moved to Burning Crusade and cleared three zones. Woot. Grins. This week I needed a break from being online, so I’ve been playing a lot of Sims 4 on my Xbox. I’ve been working on my new dragon puzzle. Pictures have been posted on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Reading for the week:

1) Waiting for You by Elle Spencer.

2) French Press by Sienna Waters.

3) With This Ring by Debra Dunbar is book eleven in her Imp series.

4) How to Survive an Undead Honeymoon by Hailey Edwards is book eight (it’s a short story to be honest) of her The Beginners Guide to Necromancy series.

5) The Ghost and the Silver Scream by Bobbi Holmes is book twenty-four in her Haunting Danielle series.

6) Pack of Lies by Hailey Edwards is book two of her The Potentate of Atlanta series.

7) Witch Confidential by Lily Harper Hart is book two of her Supernatural Speakeasy series.

8) The Ghost of Potter’s Gap by Juliette Harper is a short story in her Jinx Hamilton series.

May 17th, 2020…

Virus update. We’ve reached 2,182 known cases and 171 dead, according to updates posted yesterday. The new data for Sunday hasn’t been posted anywhere, so I’ll include it next week. This means since last week we’ve had 393 new cases and 23 new deaths. We’ve started to increased testing, so cases have grown. We also opened phase one on Friday, so things will be interesting.

Book news. I reached the halfway point for the third short story for Crimson Rose. I’ve written 4,290 words in Crimson Rose this week. I have about 9k left to work with to reach my goal of the 20,000 to 21,000. So, I have about nine days of writing left to finish it. I started the third story for Ellyville, adding 2,500+ words to it. For now, this is my goal for the week. Once I finished the next Crimson Rose, I’ll slot Ellyville into the 1k words schedule.

Cover artist news. I talked to the artist for Cleo’s and Petra’s next story. She said it would be done by June. So yay. Grins.

I uploaded my seventeenth video on my Youtube channel. As usual, I talk about the same things I do here but maybe more.

Gaming news. I spent a lot of time playing Warcraft this week. Leveling an Alliance character doing the quests from the original continents. Moving onto Burning Crusade area soon. I’ve been working on my new dragon puzzle. Pictures have been posted on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Reading for the week:

1) Dare to Love by A.L. Brooks.
2) Ghostly Business by Lily Harper Hart is book fifteen of her Harper Harlow series.
3) To Love a Witch by Amanda M. Lee is book sixteen of her Wicked Witches of the Midwest series.
4) Song of the Lost by Katherine Bayless is book four of her A Clairvoyant’s Complicated Life series.
5) The Adventurers by Bryce Oakley.

May 10th, 2020…

Virus update. We’ve reached 1,789 known cases and 148 dead, according to updates posted today. This means since last week we’ve had 250 new cases and 21 new deaths. Going to the store is still stressful. There’s many things we still can’t get. Or, those items were there last week, but gone this week.

Book news. I started the third short story for Crimson Rose. So far I’ve written 5,784 words of the 20,000 to 21,000 I’d like it to have. So, I have about fourteen days of writing left to finish it. I don’t need this until July, but I’d like to finished before this. Starting tomorrow, I’m thinking I might get 500 words done on the third book of Ellyville.

Editor news: I browsed through Fiverr for an editor/proofreader. After settling on four I thought might work, I contacted one and we’ve been working together to get my June story done. She also offered to combine my order with another book, so I sent her book one of Ellyville. It’ll be cleaned up with another pair of eyes looking it over. When I send her the third story of Crimson Rose after I self edit and give to my reader, I’ll combine the second book of Ellyville with the order.

I uploaded my sixteenth video on my Youtube channel. As usual, I talk about the same things I do here but maybe more.

Gaming news. Not much to say. I’ve been playing cell phone games. Harry Potter. Lovestruck. Sims Mobile. Didn’t have a lot of time to play my console or Warcraft. Ah well. Grins. I’ve been working on my new dragon puzzle. Pictures have been posted on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Reading for the week:

1) The Eternal Return by Yasmine Galenorn is book ten of her Wild Hunt series.
2) First Flame by Kimbra Swain is book one of her Stories of Frost and Fire series.
3) Second Sight by Kimbra Swain is book two of her Stories of Frost and Fire series.
4) Pretend You’re Mine by Laura Conway.
5) A Discovery of BDSM by Koriana Brackson is the first short story of her Bijou Basin Bites series
6) Natural Exposure by Koriana Brackson is book one of her Bijou Basin series.

Random thoughts related to autism.

When I was in school no one tested for autism. I remember hating learning how to do cursive. I had to be tutored for it for hours. It sucked. The reason I mention this is I keep getting told by editors my writing is redundant, or my grammar is horrible, or other various related discussions I’ve had for two years. I was also told something about colloquialisms and how it appears I don’t use them in my writing, which most people do.

So… I’m frustrated. I debated tonight about no longer writing except for myself. The last two years of trying to figure out what editors wanted, or why they suggested certain grammar changes has exhausted me. However, for years I’ve thought I’m autistic and reading studies about grammar and autism further reinforces my belief. I should get tested, and it wouldn’t surprise me to learn my theory is correct. Plus, I see autistic traits in my family members. They know who they are. Grins.

Anyhow, I researched a bit tonight and reading:

http://egyptianjournal.xyz/731_10.pdf

A variety of specific features have been described in the language of individuals with autism, for example:
The reversal of pronouns (saying ‘‘you’’ for ‘‘me,’’ and vice versa (5)
Impaired comprehension of words referring to emotions (6)
Reduced sensitivity to grammatical errors (7)
Errors of verb tense marking (8)
Impaired use of articles and conjunctions (8)
Children with autism produce less question and negation utterances (9)
and
Because of executive function and short term memory challenges, students with Asperger’s syndrome often face challenges with writing. They may have difficulty remembering how to spell, they may forget writing conventions such as punctuation and capitalization, and they may face fine motor challenges that make them reluctant to write.”

 

sure sounds familiar. I’m going to keep writing, but at this point, I have to step away from trying to “correct” my stories to match what editors believe my stories should be written. If this makes it harder for others to read my stories, I understand this. But, I’m exhausted trying to figure out why so many of what I wrote needs to be changed when I believe the passages I wrote are the same thing!
Anyhow, I needed to share these thoughts, since the last day has been frustrating. So much energy spent on wondering what to do about my stories, finding an editor, and improving my stories to match how they feel my writing should be. Everyone says get an editor, but sometimes it’s harder to work with one when you don’t understand why they change things!

May 3rd, 2020…

Another virus update before I get to my book info, gaming, and reading. We’ve reached 1,530+ known cases and 127 dead, according to updates posted today. Venturing to the store this week was quick, and we handled it early in the week. I don’t recall what items were not on the shelves, but there were some. Sigh.

Having finished the paid edits for Bess’ and Mira’s story, I’m releasing it a week early. I plan to publish it later tonight.

I finished the forth short story for Cleo and Petra. Did the self edits. Gave to reader. Corrected the errors she noticed.

Some sad news. My paid editor emailed me last night, saying she dropped me as a client due to her schedule being busy with life, virus, and over-committing herself. So, I’m trying to find a new proofreader/editor. If not, I’m still releasing my stories from June onward, but they’ll be the usual self-edited using software and having the reader look them over.

I uploaded my fifteenth video on my Youtube channel. As usual, I talk about the same things I do here but maybe more.

Gaming news. I’ve been playing Warcraft again. Needed to do something different. I was tired of my console games. Also, the new trailer for Assassin’s Creed came out this week. Looks awesome. I started a new puzzle. Pictures are forthcoming.

Reading for the week:

1) Waking Emily by S. Hawk is book three of his Pet series.
2) Healing Emily by S. Hawk is book four of his Pet series.
3) The Last Place You Look by Aurora Rey.
4) Unleashed: Case of the Dalmatian Salvation by Erik Schubach is book ten of his Unleashed series.
5) Bitter Wind by Niall Teasdale is book two of his Death’s Handmaiden series.
6) Inked With a Kiss by Jennie Davids is book two of her Thorn & Thistle series.