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    SAVED… by the Schedule

    Because I spent all of last month discombobulated. I sat at my computer literally ALL DAY long for the purpose of writing but writing less than a thousand words  a day. Yikes! What a major WASTE of time. I mean, sure, I got hit by this business a couple of times… It’s a doggy, dog existence of publishing when you choose to operate out from under the arm of a publisher… And I fell prey to that mere existence but never fear, I’m a formidable foe… Still, I never knew what to do during the day between waiting for the editors to finish my books, figuring out new cover concepts…

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    Writing At A New Scale…

    Most people won’t find this post interesting… So really you can skip the read 🙂 But I’m up writing tonight–book four of Parched. Yes, it’s taken hold of me and I decided not to go the other route. You know, take the detective road for Glo. It didn’t work for this story. Plus, detectives aren’t my thing. I grew up watching sci-fi’s and fantasies and alternate universes. My brother created these futuristic games. One took place in space and the other in a desert. Norseman was the desert one…. Sigh…. He was good at it. Like, I’d be a character on this journey he took me on and he created…

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    In the Beginning — Constructing the First Pages

    So right now I’m at the beginning of this new book. 🙂 That’s me smiling because I’m loving who my main character is becoming. But this writing got me to thinking. These are the critical pages, dude (Hey, I’m seriously Californian, Southern Cal that is–yeah, I say dude.)…. These pages are where it’s all starting to happen. I’m painting her weaknesses, strengths–the initial world. You see characters have to arc. Let me repeat that. Characters have to ARC. That is, start out being one way and grow to be another. And it’s the acting and reacting to the things in her world that are throwing obstacles at her, which creates…

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    Quenched (Parched, book 3) Out! Released! Finito!

    Finally, book 3 of the Parched series has been released! It’s my responsibility to post it here! 🙂 I have to say,  I really want to move on… write book 4 and 5. And finally, last but CERTAINLY not least… Thank you to all the readers of the Parched series! I don’t know how to put my appreciation in simple words, because it’s not simple at all. We as writers only hope  you read the stories that unfold in that part of the brain our stories form in.  Every time we release a book we HOPE you will CONSUME it… Ingest it. Live in the world. Feel it. You know???…

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    Write While Understanding This…

    You WILL have to go back to page one, word one, and rewrite. I’m happy that I’ve finally begun to train myself to write with this mindset. After this rewrite can I only claim to have a solid first draft. But this rewrite is intense. I’m correcting awkward sentences, checking my idioms and proofing as much as possible (usually while editing we’re more apt to create more proofing errors, like this lovely one for instance “a the…,” which occurs when we delete a few words but forget to delete the “a”).  However, most importantly I’m tightening my plot, which is lot easier because I’ve already gotten past my major plot…