War’s End Book 2 is Available for Purchase!

WarsEnd Book2

I’m very happy to announce that War’s End: A Brave New World is now available for sale on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback formats.

Also, you will find War’s End: The Storm Kindle book for only 99 cents! And if you are like me and must have a paperback copy, here it is: War’s End: The Storm in paperback.

I hope you will take the opportunity to purchase the book and leave a review on Amazon. As a relatively unknown author, every review is needed! Even if you don’t agree with the premise, or find it to be less than five stars, SAY THAT, and give it a fair and honest rating. It helps me more than you could possibly know!

Stay tuned, I’ll be posting soon on some big changes in priorities and my goals for the next few months.

What Book Should I Finish Writing This Summer?

There was a short-lived series by Mercedes Lackey – Diana Tregarde – in which the lead character was a writer. At one point in the story she is giving a speech at a school and describing her writing practice of having three projects in play at any one time – A book she is actively writing, one that she is editing, and another in the planning stages.

I have always wondered if that little bit wasn’t a bit autobiographical instead of simply fiction. In any case, it appealed to me. And when you consider my insanely high number of interests and projects that I have in play at any one time, it totally sounds like me!

So I’m finishing the final touches on War’s End: A Brave New World – the sequel that will finish the story I began with War’s End: The Storm. This is huge, especially when you consider how long ago I wrote the snippet that started this little literary odyssey – way back in 1993.

Since then I’ve started a lot of different stories and books. And there are several in various stages of completion. I’ve even started and finished other book projects, including two non-fiction books.

So which project do I choose to begin working on this summer? Or even earlier?

As I discussed in this post: www.bubblews.com/news/2824216-summer-planning-for-the-kiddo-and-me-too, I’m going to have some time built-in for writing.

I’ve got a lot of projects to choose from, but I’ve narrowed it down to three main possibilities. Here they are:

The Chronicles of Liv Rowan – This is a big series. An extremely ambitious one, if I do say so myself. I actually fleshed out the outlines for TWELVE books and I’ve written about 34,000 words so far in Book 1. I have a crapton of notes to go with it as well. This is a fantasy series focusing on a girl who suddenly finds herself in an alternate world, is hailed as a savior of sorts, and finds herself imbued with magical powers she does not understand. She is tasked with saving a village’s children, who are dying of a mysterious fever.

Gliese 581 and/or The Plague Tales – I’m not sure which one to tackle first, but these stories go hand-in-hand and include space travel on one side, with a world-wide devastating plague on the other. Again, I have copious notes, some 40+ pages of them, and have at least three books in mind, with one begun. It is currently at around 15,000 words.

Quit Your Job, Change Your Life: 40 Steps Towards a More Fulfilling Life – This is a non-fiction project I began working on when I was taking life coaching training three years ago. I think the title is pretty self-explanatory. I’ve written about half of it, and it currently stands at 50,000 words.

So what do YOU think? Which project should be on my summer writing goal list?


At 7 a.m. this morning, I looked at my computer screen, which I had been sitting in front of for an hour or more and thought, what am I doing?!

I had been surfing the ‘net, checking out news stories, adding a story to the War on Drugs Facebook page, and looking into Mint.com.

In other words, not getting any writing done. Which suddenly bothered me. Probably because I really, really need to finish War’s End Book 2.

So I closed all the open websites and got to work. The latest chapter, “Traders and Raiders,” is now complete. I added a few lines to the already written chapter that follows, “The Truth of the Matter,” and now I’m heading into “Collision.”

So there is some progress. Word count: 76,580. Chapters completed: 30 Chapters still to go: 5

Moving right along.

Woke Up Thinking of War’s End

There are moments when I stop doing anything…I stop cleaning my house, writing, homeschooling, or practically anything else. The past ten days have been like that. My husband summed it up neatly. He said, “You can’t just keep going at 100 miles per hour forever, everyone needs down time.”

I’ve put in a request for an additional eight hours to be added to the day – either that or for me to never have to sleep. I’m not holding my breath on either one happening anytime soon.

I don’t particularly enjoy down time. I chafe at it, worry about all the projects that are not getting done, and I’m GROUCHY! But in the end, I recognize it as a sign that, once again, I need to focus on a couple of things, not everything, and get back to doing a few of the multitude of priorities that face me each day.

So this morning, after sleeping in until 7:45 (yowza, that is LATE for me!), I awoke thinking of several short stories that accompany the War’s End series. I had briefly outlined these stories, recognized that they would not be added to the two books, and decided instead to use them to promote my books.

So new goal is:

  • Finish War’s End Book 2
  • Begin writing short stories while working through editing process
  • Publish Book 2 on Amazon
  • Publish the short stories here

That’s the plan.

My desk is a mess, and I’ve got a busy day, but I’m going to get to writing…right after I finish making waffles for my daughter and her friend who is over for a sleepover.

Writing – Progress and Setbacks

I’m writing…I’m not writing…I’m taking breaks for long holiday weekends, and I’m scrambling to finish War’s End Book 2.

Robert’s Rules continue. Here are the most recent tips…

Tip #24 – Map That Route

Tip #25 – Wing It

Tip #26 – Don’t Look Back

I had to take The Little Book of Talent back to the library, but I did manage to get a few more in before that. I’ve requested the book again, but had to return it for now because it had holds. Here are the other tips…

Tip #4 – Buy a Notebook

Tip #5 – Be Willing to Be Stupid

Tip #6 – Choose Spartan Over Luxurious

Tip #7 – Before You Start, Figure Out if it is a Hard Skill or a Soft Skill

Here’s a little story about How I Learned About Irony.

And yes, I too suffer dreadfully from the disease of procrastination. You can read all about it here.

Despite my procrastinating ways, I’m in the Home Stretch of Finishing my 4th Book!


Writing for Bubblews, Tips and Tricks

I’ve been amping up my post writing for Bubblews recently. I’m trying to make the ‘ten a day’ maximum post and see if it works. As a result, I have quite a few writing-related posts done and live. Here is a review of them…

Writing Ideas for Bubblews

An Oasis in the Desert is my latest description of Bubblews and its community of Bubblers.

And let’s get back to Robert’s Rules for Writing, I have the following rules for you to consider:

Robert’s Rules of Writing Tip #21 – Set Yourself Down

Robert’s Rules of Writing Tip #22 – Pick Your Poison

Robert’s Rules of Writing Tip #23 – Bring Out Da Noise

And I’m a compulsive reader, with multiple books at a time on my docket, check out What Books Are You Reading for the skinny on what I’m reading these days.

As if Robert’s Rules of Writing were not enough, I also picked up The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle. Check out these tips:

Tip #1 – Stare at Who You Want to Become

Tip #2 – Spend 15 Minutes a Day Engraving the Skill On Your Brain

Tip #3 – Steal Without Apology

Are you writing? I am!

I’ve spent most of today working on Book 2 of War’s End and making some fairly good progress! I won’t say much more than that, other than, the end is in sight…and it isn’t too far away!


More Writing…Some Progress…

I’ve been slowly mucking my way through the sequel to War’s End. When will that be complete? Who knows…I guess when it is complete, or at least the chapter I’m agonizing is done, I’ll update on that.

I talked about writing your own bio the other day.

Meanwhile, here are a couple more reviews on Robert’s Rules of Writing…

Lesson 19 – Get Right, Or Get Close

Lesson 20 – Know the Territory

And now I’m off to read in bed and turn in early. So I can get up early and do it all over again!

Need Some Writing Advice?

I’m making my way through Robert’s Rules of Writing while making a few nickels to rub together on Bubblews. Yes, this is a legitimate writing site and yes, you will get paid. At least, I’m getting paid!

Anyhoo (as my maternal grandmother used to say), I’ve been reviewing Robert’s Rules one rule at a time. Why buy the book when you can get a free summary and review?

He has some good points, some points I simply do not agree with, and everything in between. Here are the reviews I’ve made to date:

Lesson 1 – Burn Your Journal

Lesson 2 – Get a Pen Pal

Lesson 3 – Throw Out Your Thesaurus

Lesson 4 – Zip the Lip

Lesson 5 – Call Out the Thought Police

Lesson 6 – Don’t Overinflate the Balloon

Lesson 7 – Skip the Starbucks

Lesson 8 – Take the Prozac

Lesson 9 – Lose the Muse

Lesson 10 – Get Rolling

Lesson 11 – Let the Well Refill

Lesson 12 – Tell, Don’t Show

Lesson 13 – Play God

Lesson 14 – Stop Reading

Lesson 15 – Wave Goodbye

Lesson 16 – Write What You Read

Lesson 17 – Make ‘Em Worry

Lesson 18 – Memo Yourself

Read them. Then get to writing.

At least, that’s my goal. I’m back to working on War’s End Book 2 by the way. I’m agonizing over a chapter titled Dark Horse Riding. And with that I will take the advice from Lesson 4 and zip my lip.

Hope to talk to you soon!


Well…Maybe Not

From time to time I find myself in a bit of a quandary. “I’ll do this,” I say, and then this really isn’t a good fit.

But I’ve said it, publicly, and so what do I do then?

Immobility typically follows. That, and a lot of sporadic tv watching and spontaneous book collecting. Which is probably why I have so many books.

I looked at Quit Your Job, Change Your Life and although it truly is 2/3 of the way done, I’m just not into it right now. Logical thinking is all good and wonderful, but in the end, it is the creative mind that is in charge around here.


At the moment I’m reviewing Book 2 of War’s End, which should make most people happy. However, I’m not 100% committed to that. If I get stuck, I’ll run back to either Gliese 581/Plague Tales series or The Chronicles of Liv Rowan. Anything but stop writing – that’s never good.

I’ve also decided I’m going to paint my house any damned color I want, my husband’s (or friends or my own mother’s) contrary opinions notwithstanding. I decided this after getting mixed reviews on some of the colors I have chosen for the different walls – many of them rather vibrant colors. I told Dave, “I’m going to try these colors and if you don’t like them, in six months, you can choose the color they are going to be.” He sighed wearily to that and said nothing.

And while most of the painting will be waiting until fall and winter since this is planting season – I decided I simply had to have this wall done in chalkboard paint…

This wall faces my desk. I’ve decided it will be perfect for keeping track of my working notes on writing projects. Ignore the messy desk – they say its a sign of an organized mind.

I need to go buy white and multi-colored chalk now.

And She Rises…

Whether I wanted to admit it or not, I was in a holding pattern. Mainly this consisted of holding my breath, wondering if this job would ‘take’ for Dave and I could breathe a little easier. Nothing is worse for the creative spirit than wondering if you are going to lose your house and cars because you can’t pay for them.

It got down to the bare bones, and finally the first check came in. Last night as we settled in for the night I asked him, “How are things going? What’s your feel for this job?” He talked for a while and I felt like it was an appropriate time to say, “Great, ’cause I’m thinking of NOT trying to find more cleaning clients.”

The economic downturn has really put me in a position of clear understanding – in times of financial stress, people cut the non-essentials, and housecleaning is definitely a non-essential. Factor in two of my clients having financial troubles and another leaving the country in July, and I’m looking at 1/4 of my business each month being gone.


Housecleaning has always been a means to an end. I did it to make ends meet on my terms, not someone else’s. And really, where can you work for five hours each week and make half of what you did working full-time in an office?

This morning I am 42 years old. The clock is ticking. Half of my life has passed and somehow I feel the best is yet to come. Why? Because I finally understand what makes me happy, what moves me, and the impact I can have on the world. Through doing what I love.I write, I share my life, my interests and passions, my love for the world around me and it seems to return, kind of like a boomerang, slowly but surely, it is returning.

This morning I read a Facebook posting, it read, “Oh my sister!!! I love your blog:) Happy, Happy Birthday to you! We are more connected now than we ever knew back then. Enjoy your kids and your day!”

I’m not sure which blog she is referring to – The Deadly Nightshade or Homeschool Advocate – but that’s okay. It was very sweet to hear from her. Her mother had lived with my father – and together we had lived altogether for about six months before I left home at 17. That makes us sisters in one way or another.

All this is to say that, as we lay in bed last night Dave asked me, “Is the housecleaning biz an excuse to not get on with your writing?” The answer was no, but with a codicil…I have a hard time letting go of something that is obviously making me money to focus on something that, to date, is obviously not. It is a war between doing what I love, and making sure my family is taken care of, doing my part.

Yesterday evening I pulled out the Chronicles of Liv Rowan. It is an ambitious project, a projected twelve books in length, and I itched to begin. But I have a story that is unfinished – War’s End Book 2. And I am compelled to finish it before moving on. It is wrong to leave a story unfinished…and it will further center my writing and prepare me for the epic journey I must begin.

It’s time to begin…again.

And she rises…