Moseying Along

There are pros and cons to having my dad live in my front parlor.

I’m on a more regular schedule – it is strictly controlled by three meals a day, doctor’s appointments with a myriad of specialties, and other general care duties.

I’m more scheduled, but I’m also still trying to plug in all of the components. Homeschooling is a big one and my cleaning clients are increasing in a couple more weeks.

It’s also spring.

Okay, yes, I’m making excuses for why I haven’t finished Schicksal Turnpike yet. Some are good, others are rather…specious.

Current Projects

When God Laughs is at 51,569 words – 6,927 words written for the month

Schicksal Turnpike is at 80,466 words – 4,068 words written for the month

Mondays are remaining good writing days for me. The rest of the week is still under adjustment.

Dementia Sucks

For those of you who have not seen dementia in action, let me tell you, it sucks. It is small, odd little moments of suspicion, or confusion, and I have quickly realized that all I can do is let those moments pass by, and wait for my dad to regain the here and now.

I had hoped that if he had a healthy diet, proper medical care, and was here living with his family, that things might improve. And his health has certainly improved. But the cognitive impairment? Not so much.

It has forced me to examine what is important and what is not. What can wait, and what should not.

I’m trying to focus on the important and let the rest go. Sometimes that means I don’t write as much as I should. I’m sort of okay with that.

I’ll leave you with a quote to ponder on…

Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”

But I say unto you, they are inseparable.

Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

-Kahlil Gibran

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:, 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?

I’m BACK…in the Saddle Again…

I’ve officially got zero excuses to not get to work on writing…and finishing…Book 2 of War’s End.

As of 10am this morning the recovered drive and data was in our hands and I just returned from the grocery store to find…everything right where it should be.

It was amazing to see it there, in front of me, and it was the first file I opened. 43,979 words, 1/3 to 1/2 complete, with the full story line plotted out.

In some ways, having my data lost was a good thing.

Really, Christine? A good thing? You feeling okay?

For one, it gave me some time to do other things, and that isn’t such a bad thing. Sometimes I get too wrapped up in one thing, to the exclusion of all others.

For two, it was a reminder of just how much I have done, so far, with my life. That I have gotten to this place where I can honestly say, “This is what I want to do with the rest of my life. I want to live and write, create and write, garden and write, and love, and laugh, and exist, and share knowledge…and write. For the rest of my days. Until my fingers and brain tire of stringing words and thoughts together.”

How many times in your life have you thought, “I can’t do that, it would take so long, and there is so little time.”

I thought that about college, time and again, over the eleven years of on again off again schooling it took to attain my itty bitty little Associate’s degree. But I’m damned glad I did it. I even learned to enjoy Algebra…and that took some doing.

I thought that when I contemplated having a second child EIGHTEEN YEARS after my first, and only child was born. My two girls, so amazing, so special.

I thought that whenever I dreamed of War’s End, of the Chronicles of Liv Rowan yet to be written, and Gliese 581. But War’s End is in print, and WE2 is 1/3 to 1/2 of the way done (now that I have my files back).

In the end, all we have is time. How we use that time says volumes about us. I plan to use my time to create, live, inspire, and laugh…as much as is humanly possible.

How about you?


Update: It’s now 4:30 p.m. and I’ve written just over 1,000 words. Now its time to stop and prepare for my class tonight. First time teaching the Edible Landscaping class, and I’ve got no babysitter and Dave’s in class. So I’m hoping Emily is cooperative tonight!


Progress, Yes, It’s True

I’ve made it another 2,400 words in War’s End – Book 2. That means around 26,800 words now. Doing well. Wrote about one death, need to probably do another.

I’m chomping at the bit to get started on the Chronicles of Liv Rowan series, but I keep hitting that wall of guilt. “You haven’t finished the story of War’s End yet, Christine. People have read Book 1 and are ready for Book 2. How long are you going to keep them hanging?”

Ah, guilt, self-induced or externally supplied, it can be a wonderful and horrible thing.

Day 6 of NaNoWriMo

Starting word count: 9,975

Goal: 12,975 words total

So 3,000 words for today. It’s 5:30 am, I’ve got a coaching appointment at 8am, then UMKC Music club at 10, then up to Mom’s to drop off Emily. I also need to eat breakfast soon.

Let’s call it two hours before the coaching appointment and then the rest of the day (give or take a few hours) for writing once I return from up north.

It might be do-able!

7:45 am – current word count – 11,355

HELL, YES!!!! I’m well on my way to goal for the day!

9:20 am – 11,456 total word count – off to an event with Emily, then up to Mom’s to drop her off and get back here, eat lunch and get back to work

Day 5 of NaNoWriMo

Current word count: 9,806

Starting word count: 2,065

So…as of 5:05 pm on Day 5 I have written 7,741 words or an average of 1,548 words per day. Just 118 words per day short of NaNoWriMo goal.

Shit yeah, baby, I’m doing it!

I think I can pull ahead this weekend. I’m doing well so far, but I would like to pack it in this weekend and get some extra words in the ‘bank’.

Back to writing, back to Gliese 581: Departure

Day 3 of NaNoWriMo

Starting word count for day: 6,601

It’s 6:20 and I’ve written…oh hell, that’s confusing…I’m showing a total word count of 6,411 words. How did that happen?

I’ve written a couple of hundred words, but they seem to have gone away, or I wrote down the wrong total for yesterday. Huh…

6:25: Okay, well I went back and checked the starting total for yesterday. That was 4,736 and the actual starting word count for today is 6,175 and I’m currently 236 words in.


Day 2 of NaNoWriMo

I had to deal with business matters first thing this morning. This meant that I didn’t get much done before 7am, and then I had a coaching session with an internal ICA student until 8 am.

So…as of end of yesterday…4,736 words already in existence.

There was also Storytime at the library and lunch prep and then we voted. Emily’s got a movie, so now it’s 2pm and I’m at 5,788. Fuckin’ A, I’ve managed over 1,000 words so far! Pretty damned cool!

Back to work, back to work!

7:30 pm – current word count: 6,056

So…less than 700 words to go to make goal for day.

I had to go out and give a cleaning consult to a guy in Shawnee – 35 miles away, that’s a hell of a drive. Also took E to eat Chinese food. All alone in the house with a 4-year-old. I might make goal tonight, and I might not.