Nocturnal Lives

Musings from the mind of Amanda S. Green – Mother, Writer, Possessed by Cats

Category: Victory Girls

On writing and Biden and more

It’s Wednesday, mid-way through the work week. Unless you’re a writer. If you are, you know the work week never ends. You never know when an idea will strike or when you’ll see an image that inspires you. Since it’s Wednesday, it also means I’m blogging at Victory Girls. Today’s post has to do with former VP Joe Biden, the gift that keeps on giving.

Let’s start with good ole “Uncle Joe”. You have to have been living under a rock this last week or so not to know he’s been on a media blitz tour promoting his new book. It’s no surprise that he’s asked time and again what he thinks about President Trump, Hillary’s book and whether or not he is going to run for president in the next election.

Yet, what is missing in each of these interviews are questions about his clearly inappropriate behavior toward women, behavior that was noted in the media in 2015. Oh, he gets to go on and one about gun control, including embarrassing himself by basically saying the hero in the Sutherland Springs tragedy shouldn’t have been able to own the AR-15 used to save lives by stopping the gunman. Not that either is surprising. It simply shows the double-standard of the media and the Dems, in particular.

On the writing front, things are progressing. I’ve a title for the short story/novella (proper classification will depend on final edits and word count) set in the Eerie Side of the Tracks universe. Now to figure out the cover. Once that’s done, the reveal will be made on the blog and FB. Hopefully, edits will continue of Light Magic today. Yesterday, I went back to firming up the plot on the next Sword of the Gods book. So, the projects are progressing.

To be honest, the only problem I’m having with writing right now is that there are too many stories fighting for my attention. Well, that and the fact the injured knee still isn’t amenable to sitting at the desk. So I am having to adapt to doing most of my work on a tablet.

Now I need to run. Well, to be honest, I need to fall face first into bed. I was up most of the night with a very sick kitty. She seems to be all right now but she’ll be heading to the vet later today. But, for now, I need rest or I am going to fall asleep right here. Until later!

Catching up, blogging and more

After taking a fall over the weekend — thank you, dog and mud — I’ve been hobbled and finding a comfortable position to write has been challenging. However, I have managed to get a little work and some blogging done. Better yet, last night I was finally able to get back to work on Light Magic. Maybe the enforced time away helped or maybe my subconscious had been working even when I wasn’t at the keyboard. Whatever the explanation, I’m happy because I managed to get a couple of thousand words done before the knee started hurting too badly to let me continue. In other words, I’m catching up.

catching up post

BN Kitchen //

Even though I missed posting here yesterday, I did manage to get my Mad Genius Club post up. If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, go take a look. I discuss the latest “bestest, greatest plan” to come out of Barnes & Noble. The bookseller is once again trying to reinvent itself, this time with Barnes & Noble Kitchens. These new stores are halving the number of titles they will sell in order to have a full restaurant. You can now go in, eat and drink (yes, beer and wine will be sold). Better yet (and yes, my tongue is firmly planted in my cheek), you can take your wine into the store and shop as you drink.

I also have a post up this morning over at Victory Girls. I love being part of that blog. Not only do I respect my fellow bloggers a great deal (try being a conservative or libertarian woman who isn’t afraid to speak her mind these days), but I love the fact they aren’t afraid to write about issues important to them.

The premise of my post at VG this morning is simple. It wasn’t the law that failed the people of Sutherland Springs but the implementation of it. We need to look past the flogging of their favorite political horse by the liberals to identify what the real issue is. Then we need to deal with it. More gun control wouldn’t have stopped what happened. We need to remember the victims and their loved ones. I included links in the post if anyone wants to know how to help them.

That’s about it for now. I’ll be back later — hopefully today but possibly tomorrow — with a review. Those of you who have been following me on MGC, know I’ve switched most of my writing related duties to my MacBook Air. A week or so ago, I came into possession of an iPad Pro and Apple pencil. I’ll be reviewing them from the point of view of a writer.

Because I know some of us could use a laugh this morning, here’s one of the funniest skits (imo) from the Carol Burnett Show. Okay, it’s not as funny as the siamese elephant skit but it ranks right up there with it. While you enjoy it, I’m off to find more coffee and then it’s back to work. I have a lot of catching up to do.

A Snippet and a Share

Just a quick post this morning. On the writing front, I finally have the opening of Light Magic figured out and the book is progressing nicely (fingers crossed). I should see the updated cover for the expanded edition of Vengeance from Ashes later today. I’ll share as soon as it’s in. This is also my day blogging at Victory Girls. Today’s post is about the latest Rasmussen poll, what it shows about how American voters now view Hillary Clinton and my thoughts about her latest book being released on the 5th anniversary of the attack on our Benghazi compound.

Light Magic has taken some twists and turns since I started visualizing it. The book I thought it would be will actually be the next on in the series. This one will introduce a new main character as well as bringing back some of the favorites from the other titles in the series. Here’s a very brief — and rough draft version — snippet.

Mossy Creek, Texas.

Nothing but a small dot on the map. Or, as I like to think of it, a pimple on the butt of an otherwise great state. So why was I returning to a place I last saw a lifetime ago? Because I gave my word and, while I might be a screw up where most everything else is concerned, I try to keep promises I make to people I care about. But this might prove to be too much, especially for someone like me.

One thing’s for sure. Neither Mossy Creek nor I will be ever be the same.

Now I’m off to write some more. Until later!


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