Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Developmental Edit: Outlook Good

Sometimes a person has to break through a barrier of some kind (sorry Magic 8 Ball!) to manifest the kind of change their looking for. Persevere mentally, brick-by-brick, word-by-word because you want it bad enough. Don't give up! For me, I wanted the outlook to be good, and after a couple whacks with my hammer I got it ;)

Outlook good!

After taking four years to write, rearrange, get critiques, and write some more, I finally have completed my third story. It was a long, arduous haul, and I was pretty nervous sending it off to my developmental editor. It's a blessing and a curse and her job to not hold back, so I expected the same treatment that I got for my first two books. Instead, I got a lift! Good news--only a few minor changes ahead!


"Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress no matter how slow." ~ Plato

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Summer 2020 Reading Challenge: Summer Scourge

Inspired by the word "Scourge."

I like the word "scourge." The hard sounds of it pretty much denote its meaning and all the feels for what 2020 has been about over the past 5 months: virus contamination, nursing homes, murder hornetsAsian gypsy moths, flying ant invasion, masks, ventilators, "I can't breathe," vaccines, toilet paper shortage, fever, social distancing, isolation, protests, riots, looting, testing, Hollywood, Epstein's flight log, Seattle CHAZ, Portland ANTIFA, #BLM, elections, power-mad bureaucrats...

As we all know the list keeps going. Hell, I didn't even get to dinosaurs, super Earths, or the weather! 

Call me crazy, but what's better than a media-inspired, fear-based, summer reading challenge? 💊😷💀🐝🌍🌡🎥💰💉 I say yessss!

The books already on my shelf that had inspirational Covid-19 titles are:

1.) That Summer by Sarah Dessen

2.) Greetings from Witness Protection! by Jake Burt

3.) The Scourge by Jennifer A. Nielsen

4.) Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

5.) Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean

Wish me luck! If I get depressed I'll try to find a cute book about bats instead. Less because of China's wet market and more because I want a bat habitat house. Check out this cool place: Nice Nests in Twisp, Washington. *swoon* Too cute!

Bat Box by Patrick Hannigan
"Nice Nests, not just for the birds."