Sunday, March 14, 2010

Long Overdue Post

Wow -- I have some new followers. Welcome!

I have finished my novella, The Sevenfold Spell, and I'm currently writing a synopsis for it. I hoped to have some time to devote to it this weekend, but we had out-of-down visitors, plus an unexpected trip to the emergency room (everyone's fine now), so I'm now zonked.

I have not done very well with my pledge to submit something every weekend because I only have two stories in circulation right now. I have, at least, kept them continuously submitted. I ought to be querying my novels to more agents -- I know-- but serious querying might have to wait until the second week in April.

I'm on high blood pressure medication. I've lost fifteen pounds and the doctor thinks my blood pressure will come down on its own when I lose another ten pounds. In the meantime, it was high enough for him to want to put me on meds. When I lose this weight, I really can't let it get that high again. It was nice to have a try-on session, getting into all those pants I haven't worn in two years. In another five pounds, most of them will fit quite nicely.

When I get The Sevenfold Spell sent to my first-choice market, I'll finish up my prehistoric fantasy (called "Riven") and then I'll be working on East of Yesterday again while I shop around those four stories. Hopefully at some point, someone will want to buy one! Unless inspiration slaps me in the face with another short story (that's the way it happens for me), I'm going to stick with E of Y for a while. I've been working out things in my head even thought I haven't been writing, and I think I have changed direction on several plotlines that weren't working.

What have you been working on (writing or otherwise)?


  1. It sounds like you're really going for it! Weight loss is hard, so kudos to you for managing it.

    Good luck with the submissions!

  2. I'm still polishing two stories I'd like to submit around, myself. {Smile}

    I'm impressed with how much you're doing, especially under the circumstances. When my health goes bad, my writing often goes by the wayside until I'm feeling better. {symapthetic smile}

    I do hope the medicine keeps your blood pressure under control. That does sound worrisome. You have a good reason to lose weight. I hope you continue to do so. {Smile}

    Anne Elizabeth Baldwin

  3. The biggest thing, of course, is getting The Ninth Avatar finalized for its Trapdoor Books release. I was expecting it to go to the printer last week, but then I needed a new "author photo" so now I'm looking at this week.

    Aside from that, I'm working up the gumption to record my 2nd novel (the religious satire) for It's tough because the novel has a lot of "flashback" sequences that I wasn't sure how to portray aloud ... I might talk to my wife's audio producer and see what he thinks.

    On top of that, I have actually been writing! I'm 43,000 words into my standalone Fantasy WIP, Scions of the Shade, finally have an idea of how I want to end the story, so it's just a matter of time before I finish the first draft of that. You have no idea what a relief that is!

    Keep fighting that blood pressure, I know it's a tough battle. And we're all excited to see your work any time you post it, so keep it up!

  4. Anne, the thing about high blood pressure is you don't feel it -- unless it's really high, which thank God, it wasn't. But I do feel better in that I don't need to worry about it so much; the medicine is slowly bringing it down while I continue to bring my weight down. Weigh-in tomorrow!

  5. Thank, you Todd! Congrats on working so hard on that third novel! I'm working on what I could alternately call novel number 4 or novel number 7, depending on whether I call the first story a trilogy or one book. It's certainly one story, but is long enough to be a short trilogy. I didn't do a word count on it until I was finished, when I discovered it was 230,000 words!

    I was under the impression that The Ninth Avatar was the religious satire.


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