Change of Plans

There’s the saying about the best laid plans and it’s hit home. Between a week of Mother Nature trying to turn the entire frigging state into the North Pole and the complete wreck that made of schedules and a few other things, I’m running late on getting Jaguar Rising out. But never fear, instead of letting circumstances send me into a tizzy, I sat down yesterday and considered the alternatives–and I admitted that the schedule I’d set for myself as it currently is was more than a bit ambitious, especially considering my muse and her warped sense of what she calls humor. So, without futher dithering, let’s get to it.

I am still going to make sure something gets published every month. Because I refuse to rush Jaguar Rising, I’m going to release a short story later this week. I have two basically ready to go. I’ll do a quick read of both and decide tomorrow which one it will be. That meets my new title every month pledge.

Jaguar Rising, which has taken more twists and turns than even I anticipated will come out next month. I’ll get a pre-order link up probably later this week as well. I’m aiming for mid-March. That’s very workable with where I am in the process right now. Honestly, the biggest issue is that we’ve had a week plus of appointments that have been rescheduled because of the snow and ice and the power and water outages down here. It’s bad enough a week of appointments had to be rescheduled but that is impacting appointments made for this week and next. To give you an idea, it is to the point this week that I am out of the house every day for a minimum of several hours with rescheduled doctor and other appointments.

What does that do with the rest of the year’s schedule?

Right now, I’m simply pushing everything back a month. I will probably adjust it some more once I sit down and take a hard look at it. No, I’m not going to deviate from my pledge to get a new title out each month. This is why I built in months for short stories. But I may adjust where the novels fall. We’ll see as I am able to settle once again into my regular writing schedule.

In the meantime, I’m even more glad than I had been that I bought the ReMarkable tablet. I did my best to keep my electronics charged, I spent a great deal of time on it because there were still the occasional moments when the laptop was out of power. And, doing so, let me work out the last couple of plot points with Rising that still bothered me.

So that’s where we are right now. Here at Casa Verde, we were cold and had more snow and ice over a longer period of time than I ever remember. But we got out lucky compared to so many. No pipes burst. Of course, I don’t know about the sprinkler system and won’t until I turn it back on probably next month. But that’s an easy fix, and something I can do myself. Better yet, it looks like my son who live further south than I do didn’t take any real damage either and he was without power for most of the week.

And, just to head off any discussion about how Texas wouldn’t be in this situation if we had more green power or were on the national grid, I remind you about the problems California and other states have with all their green power and national grid connection. I will aslo remind you that we get approximately a quarter of our power from “green” options and it didn’t work. Turbines froze in their fields. Solar panels were covered with snow and ice. That said, I hope our state legislature takes ERCOT to task for failing to do in-person inspections of the various power plants. ERCOT made the decision not to do more winterization even though they had been told of the need. Someone has to answer for it and ERCOT is the first that should.

And that is all I’m going to say on that topic. Now I’m going to try to get some work done before I have to leave for the first of the rescheduled appointments later this morning.


  1. Don’t forget that the three main power companies in California have made the Public Utilities Commission here their lap dog. Pacific Gas and Electric hikes rates every year and the PUC doesn’t reign them in (currently it is 25¢ per KwH). And for years if not decades, PG&E has done a little infrastructure maintenance as possible which resulted in the San Bruno gas pipeline explosion 10 years ago and the Camp Fire in 2018 which wiped out the town of Paradise (and at 85 killed, the most deadly wildfire in California history. So Texas isn’t alone in having felonious utility companies.

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