News! Progress Report

June 11th, 2017

Today I finished revisions for Surrender to Ruin. It goes to my editor for a final pass edit. Hopefully after that it’s minor issues quickly addressed and then it’s off to copy edits.

 

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WildLife and an Update

May 28th, 2017

Update first

Am about a quarter of the way through some additional revisions to Surrender to Ruin. It’s going well. I promise you. I did mention over at my Facebook Author Page, that the health of a family member is impacting my writing time. This book will be done soon.

Wildlife!

Not mine. My brother got my dad a wildlife camera which is currently set up in the creek that runs through the back of the property. This time of year there’s no water in the creek. At this location there are many old oak trees that keep the creek bed in shade most of the time. This particular section has a short slope. Here are some pictures of animals in the creek bed:

Fawn coming down the creek. There is a short steep slope so she/he is being adorably careful

Fawn Being Careful. Young enough to have spots still. 5/20/2017 2:34PM

 

Closer picture of fawn after coming down the slope. Still adorably cute. Young enough to still have spots on his coat.

Made it! A second fawn is at the top of the slope. 5/20/2017 2:34PM

 

Owl from the side with his wings spread since he has just landed

Owl Landing 5/21/2017 4:39AM

This is a Western Screech Owl. You can see a color picture at the Audubon link provided.

 

This is the back of the owl in night vision. Looking for gophers I hope.

Night Owl, dude. 5/21/2017 4:40AM

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Updates!

May 21st, 2017

Writing Updates

I have a a few updates for everyone. First, Surrender to Ruin is back from it’s additional read through. I have a few tweaks to make so things are moving ever closer to done. I’m doing another historical anthology with Grace Burrowes, Miranda Neville, and Shana Galen. I started that story while STR was out being read. I’m considering calling my story “Kissed by a Rake.” Maybe. After that I will work on another My Immortals story and the new project I’m calling “Dark Elves.”

Writing is going slowly at the moment. My duties as a Director for RWA is part of the reason, but that is mostly predictable and manageable.  However, the health of a family member is not, and it should come as no surprise that the burden of that is falling to the women in my immediate family, aka mostly me. I cannot change that. STR is really just about done. But I can’t promise rapid turn arounds these days,

Writing Related Updates

I have a new desk! Here’s some pictures.  It’s made of reclaimed wood by Sons of Salvage here in my town. I highly recommend following that link. I gave them my specific needs and dimensions and they carried it out. In the top picture you can kind of see the 2 drawer pedestal to the right. It’s on wheels so I can move it to the other side if I want. I have a built in keyboard tray. I decided to go with a narrower desk. It’s perfect for me and the space. My next project is to clean out the closet and move the printer there.

Over to the right you’ll see a lamp that looks like it was probably on a train or something. There’s a local artist who makes these super funky lamps out of old items. There’s a picture below with the lamp on so you can see why it’s called “Once in a Blue Moon.” I have it on a timer so it comes on at 9:00 PM to remind me it’s time for bed. Sleep is a precious commodity right now.

Here is a close up of the wood. I love the color and the grain.

Close up of the desk surface. The wood is highly grained and you can see where there were nails and such. All polished and smooth now

Wood!

 

Here’s a picture with the lamp on. The framed print to the right is by Ricky Watts, another local artist. And this is a good shot of my current computer wallpaper. It’s a photo by Anton Jankovoy. I bought two of his pictures. This one is of the Milky Way in Nepal. His photos are amazing.

Beautiful desk made of reclaimed wood, with a funky lamp with blue glass on one side, The lamp is on here and there is a blue glow around it,

The desk. With Blue Moon Lamp

 

I also hooked up my new ergo keyboard. More ergo than the previous one. I’m still getting used to it. My writing space is surrounded by stuff that is meaningful and inspiring to me. It makes a big difference to have these things around me.

And now, back to work.

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Heriot: A Death Tax

April 29th, 2017

So, I was reading this book from 1806 about the duties of a Steward. It’s got loads of interesting information and some examples of the different types of accounting. One of them made me just shake my head.

The ledger example is for recording income received and money spent for tenant and household-related expenses.

This line is what made me pause, the author has it labeled for the year 1800:

Agreed this day with R. S. to accept as a compensation for a heriot due at the death of his father…………… £26 5

I admit I had to look up “heriot”

her·i·ot
noun
British historical
noun: heriot; plural noun: heriots

  1. a tribute paid to a lord out of the belongings of a tenant who died, often consisting of a live animal or, originally, military equipment that he had been lent during his lifetime.

Right. Even if this is only a made up example and not drawn from an actual example, (which I think it is since the author says he got examples from his own work and others), it’s not something I’ve run across in any of my previous research in the Regency.

R.S’s father died, and he has to pay Lord Soandso £26 5. Sigh.

Also interesting is that J.B paid half a year’s rent of £79.5 and D.S paid a full year at £125
J.S. Sadler was paid the full amount of his bill £19.10 as was P.A. Smith in the amount of £21.5
The Groom was paid expenses of £4.3.11

I just paged forward, there are several examples, plainly drawn from documents lent to him, that mention heriots:

Received of (J. D. a composition for three heriots, instead of his three best beasts or goods, due at the death of his father E. D

There are many of them.

Trees were branded, and boy, they were quite profitable.

When an account of the timbers is taken, they may be marked with iron stamps, the rough part of the bark being taken off with the hatchet before the stamp is applied, that the impression may be made fair; and that it may be lasting, the stamp should go no deeper than the bark, but it may be renewed.

Then I came to a long rant about lazy poor people and how taking away the commons and giving them to “ingenious gentlemen” to rent back to the poors who would then be no longer lazy, and, well, I’ve had about enough of that kind of talk lately so I stopped reading.

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Updated Chapter 1 for Surrender to Ruin

April 22nd, 2017

I updated my website with the latest version of Chapter 1 of Surrender to Ruin.

Read the current Chapter 1.

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Progress Report: Surrender to Ruin

April 15th, 2017

As many of you know, I have been working on revisions to Surrender to Ruin. The good news is that I’m finally feeling like the story is where I want it to be. I’m in a paper read through stage with the book. When that’s done, I’ll be sending it back to my editor for another look. The sum up is this: the story is complete and it’s really truly very close to a version I can send to copy-editing. But not yet.

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Join my newsletter, Get a free copy of Scandal

March 19th, 2017

FYI, if you aren’t on my newsletter yet, if you sign up now using this InstaFreebie link you can get a free copy of my historical romance, Scandal.  To clarify: when you go to the provided link, you’ll be asked for your email. Once you provide an email at that site, you’ll be added to my newsletter list.

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I’ll be doing another one for one of my paranormals, but that’s not ready to set up yet.

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Progress Report – Surrender to Ruin

March 1st, 2017

I have revised the edited MS and wanted to go back to tidy up a few things. I ended up chopping another couple chapters and redoing the new chapter one, which is finally making me happier. Which is to say, it’s close so close. I’m mostly polishing and tidying at the moment.

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Update: Surrender to Ruin Progress!

February 4th, 2017

Just a quick note to everyone. The MS for Surrender to Ruin is back from my editor. I am making those adjustments and hope to be done in a few days. This is pretty exciting!

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Update! Surrender to Ruin

January 22nd, 2017

I have sent Surrender to Ruin to final round editing.
That’s all I got. This is the part that’s out of my control time-wise, but I expect to have the MS back in 2-3 weeks.

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