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Nano killed me this year

I have officially given up on Nano for the first time in years. I had a good streak, 4 straight years, but this year it was not working. It was closer to pulling teeth from a live, awake and pissed off bobcat, than writing.

It didn’t help that we had a long, warm Fall which encouraged mold growth up the wazoo. Usually we have had several days of hard freeze by now, which kills off the mold. Mold of pretty much any kind, but especially cellulose mold, gives me migraines. Bold, visual, pounding, nauseating migraines. Guess what the moldy leaves and grass are made of?

Staring at a computer screen trying to force out a set number of words didn’t help either.

Neither did the pressure of a deadline, trying to get 2 books up on every imaginable platform, a sinus infection thing that may be mold related since I’ve had it for a month (same length of time as the migraine, more or less)

Now, I can hear a few fellow migrainers questioning the month long migraine and my still being able to function at all. And in most cases, you would be right. But I’ve been living on antihistamines, migraine meds, tylenol, etc. And I’ve had them for 42 years. (OMG does that make me sound old!) I started them the year before puberty hit. (That’s a bit better)

And since I have always been allergic to mold and cigarette smoke, although undiagnosed until 2003, I am accustomed to being able to function. Not brilliantly, witness my 500 word days on Nano, but enough to eat, dress, wash dishes, go to my Dr for more meds…

I end up with a “migrainey”. Flashy lights, but no real hallucinations, some light sensitivity, but not crippling. (except making coffee before 9am because the sun bounces off our neighbour’s barn’s tin roof right into my kitchen by the… you guessed, coffeepot.)

Other things are difficulty focusing; both eyes and attention, slight nausea so I munch salty things constantly, short temper and other migrainey things, just in smaller amounts.

But don’t worry about A Ring of Earth. I will still write it, just without that kind of pressure. I have someone who wants the complete, perfect manuscript next fall. So… deadline, but reasonable. Hopefully, it will be the first in a series of five books. I’m hoping to pitch it to an agent and/or publisher next year.

To celebrate my freedom to be migrainey, I will be posting a free coupon code in a few days for last year’s Nano winner, Alone in the Night. It’s a gritty, realistic look at teens from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds fighting to survive in the worst neighbourhood in Ottawa. There are elements of sexual/ physical abuse, drugs, homelessness, and street gangs. Recommended for 14+ years

If you have not read the first in the series, A Test of Loyalty, comment and I can send you a coupon for that, too.  My goal is to get 25+ reviews up on Amazon so they’ll put me on the “People who looked at this book, also looked at this one” list.

So, see you in a few days with the codes!

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SALE! On Shifting Shards anthology.

The first anthology to hit the shelves with one of my stories in is on sale for $.99 at Amazon. It was first by three whole days!  30 at 30 was released only 3 days after Shifting Shards: tales of transformation and metamorphosis.

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The usual price for this anthology is around $5, and it includes 5 long (short) stories by Canadian writers, all around a central theme of shifting on Halloween. Shifting like werewolves, not beach sand. (Don’t ask why my brain went there on a freezing cold day)

My story, On This Day We Maen be Seen, has Norse werewolves, a 6fft tall Norse Dwarf and a Bean Sidhe (banshee) over the three nights of the full moon, which is on Halloween this year. A bad judgement call could lead to the end of the world.

It takes place in the same world as a series of novels I’m working on. And the Christmas anthology by the same publisher (Eighth Ripple Press) will have a vampire story from the same series.

So follow these links aand get your copy before the price goes back up!

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01LXP7OX0
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LXP7OX0

Cover reveals and releases!

So, both short stories due in October are officially in anthologies!

Shifting Shards (Eighth Ripple Press) is a Halloween anthology containing a short story from my urban fantasy series set in Ottawa, Ontario. “On This Day We Maen be Seen” takes place between the first two novels, and introduces Moira, the lead character, to Lilu-Lilitu, an Incubus who is a major player in book two. In both senses of the word.  🙂

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They will also be publishing a Christmas story in this same series, that has vampires. This story takes place in Eastern Europe and introduces us to some characters who may show up later.

A very bitey Christmas to all!

Coming out on October 27th is my short, “The Soul Eggs”, published in 30 at 30, the 30th anniversary anthology from Ottawa Independent Writers, of whom I am a proud member. The Soul Eggs is a short (under 2000 words) horror story based on a fairy tale.

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I also received back the rights to a short story that won a fantasy writing competition and am releasing it as an ebook short. It is set in Terreagles, which is both the fantasy country my medieval series is set in, and the actual name of a micro-kingdom my ancestors owned in northern Scotland about 800AD.

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This one fits into the set of Terreagles novels starting with Nets to Catch the Wind, and is backstory for one of the main characters.

My next Nano novel, and the first to be published (I hope, possibly, maybe but I just figured out how to fix Nets to Catch the Wind) is called A Ring of Earth and takes place roughly 200 years before this story.

I am currently trying to convince a publishing program that a 2500 word story does not need a table of contents. It disagrees. Stoopid program.

So I have sent a note off to a live person. Hopefully they publish short stories or I’ve just wasted all day fighting with it.

Cancon and deadlines

I know it’s been awhile since I wrote anything, sorry. But sometimes life catches up and you run out of hours.

Cancon where I did my first presentation to other writers, was 3 weeks before the deadline for a 10k word story I hadn’t started yet.

My darling hubby also had minor heart surgery that month. Is there even such a thing as minor heart surgery?!

Either way it totally wrecked my concentration and process. The first draft of this story was like pulling teeth from an angry cat with your bare hands.

But 2nd draft is now done and I’m sending it off to a few friends for a quick read to make sure it makes sense before shipping it off to the publisher.

In happier news, my first story for this publisher is coming out tomorrow!!!!

Oh, another short is being published in mid-October. The Ottawa Independent Writers are celebrating thirty years by putting out an anthology of 30 stories by their members.

I’m so excited!

My presentation at Cancon seemed to go well. About 30 ppl showed up and took notes. And handouts, which I promise to put up on my website soon. Soonish.

One even caught me in a math error.  A bit embarrassing for a bookkeeper.  But I  brilliantly blamed it on Chizine’s open bar the night before, and insufficient coffee that morning.  I got a lot of understanding nods.

 

Must run, company just arrived.