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

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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!

Grab the popcorn

Novembers have always been interesting. There are the elections and all the related issues, some more “interesting” than others depending on the year. There is Thanksgiving. For writers, there’s NaNoWriMo. And that’s just to name a few. But now, on top of all that, there is the soap opera that is the NFL. More on that in a moment.

Let’s start with NaNo. I share my thoughts on it over at Mad Genius Club today. The short version is that NaNo can be a useful tool for writers. By setting a goal and having accountability, by telling the internal editor to stay silent for a month, a writer can get into the habit of writing. I know that sounds strange, but it is very easy to be pushed away form the writing habit by real life demands. NaNo can refocus the writing — if you let it.

This is where I grab the popcorn. Yesterday, I posted both here and at Victory Girls about the ongoing soap opera that is the NFL. Since then, things have only gotten worse — or better, depending on your point of view. Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner, wants $50 million as salary, more than $10 million above what he is currently making. He also wants a private jet for his personal use FOR LIFE. Add to that health insurance for his entire family FOR LIFE. I don’t know about you, but I’d love that sort of pay and benefits, especially if I ran a company that is in worse shape now than when I took it over.

Jerry Jones wants accountability. He says his demand is not personal toward Goodell but toward the office of the commissioner. He say the commissioner has too much power without enough checks and balances. From what I’ve seen over the last few years, I’d have to agree with him. And I don’t like Jones. For me to agree with him on anything takes a lot.

But Goodell and certain other owners don’t like it. Members of the committee responsible for negotiating the contract with Goodell have now served Jones with a cease and desist letter. Jones needs to shut up and play the good little owner or they might take action against him. They can fine him. They can suspend him. They can try to take his beloved Cowboys away from him.

Is there anyone who thinks this will end well for the league?

Yep, it is popcorn and beer time. If you need me, I’ll be over here, writing and waiting for the shoe to drop. If Goodell and company aren’t careful, they might find out that Jerry Jones isn’t just a nightmare but he is their worst nightmare. This is going to fun to watch, certainly more entertaining than the current season has been.

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 // http://barnesandnoblekitchen.com

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.

On Bergdahl and writing and other things

This is going to be a quick post. I’ll be back this afternoon with a more substantial entry. However, I do have posts up at Victory Girls and Mad Genius Club this morning. At VG, I talk about the delay of Bowe Bergdahl’s sentencing and how he is still grasping at any straw he can find to avoid taking responsibility and paying the consequences for deserting his post. My MGC post is about the misconceptions a number of traditionally published authors still have about indie authors AND about readers. I’d appreciate it if you wander over and take a look at both posts.

As for the rest of it, yesterday was very productive. I have the opening chapters of Light Magic figured out, complete with plot changes and a change in the male lead. Finally, the book feels right. I will probably spend this morning and part of the afternoon finishing the note-taking, etc., before sitting down to actual start the rewrite. But, the daily output yesterday, not counting blogging, was close to 10k words. I’m not going to argue with it.

Now I’m off to get back to work. I’ll be back later today with another post. Until then, have a great day!

A question, a reminder and a share

I’m late today due to real life interference. Now, finally, I’m able to sit down and try to get to work. But first things first. Today’s post is going to be short — at least by my standards. I have a question or two, a reminder and a share. Then I have to get back to writing.

First, the questions.

As you guys know, I hate doing the whole promotion bit. I’d rather be writing. It just feels weird climbing to the top of the proverbial mountain to shout about my work. But, it is one of the realities of life as an indie writer. One of the things I’ve been putting off is doing a newsletter. So here are the questions.

  1. Would you be interested in a newsletter? No, it wouldn’t be daily or even weekly, at least not on a regular basis. I would use it to announce upcoming release dates, send out snippets that don’t get posted here, that sort of thing. Most communication would still be done via this blog and Twitter/Facebook.
  2. Next question: Would you be more likely to sign up for the newsletter if you got a freebie with it? (I’m thinking short story set in one of my series’ universes)
    1. Would a one-time sign-up freebie be enough?
    2. Or would you prefer something on a regular basis?

Now for the reminder, actually two reminders.

Vengeance from Ashes (special edition with exclusive content) is now live on Amazon. You can order the digital version here or the print version here. This version has approximately 20k additional words included that were not part of the original version. It is only available on Amazon. It is also part of the Kindle Unlimited program there.

The second reminder has to do with the original version of Vengeance from Ashes. You can order it through the following outlets with more to come: KoboPlayster, Tolino (link not yet available) InkteraBarnes & Noble, and iTunes. This is the same edition that had been available on Amazon.

Finally, the share. I have a new post up over at Victory Girls today. I have an issue anytime someone says a certain group of people are above criticism. Unless they’re perfect — and no one is — then they don’t rise to the level where some constructive criticism can’t help them. In this case, Joy Behar opened her mouth (I know, big surprise) and actually said we shouldn’t criticize comedians. That led to Chelsea Handler and that, eventually, to some recent media gaffes as well. So, I committed blog. Go take a look.

On B&N, Spenser Rapone and more

Just a quick post this morning. Yesterday, I blogged over at Mad Genius Club about the latest news coming out about Barnes & Noble. Today, I have a post up at Victory Girls about that poor excuse for an Army officer, Spenser Rapone. While completely different topics, they have one thing in common: they are perfect examples of someone doing whatever the hell they want without worrying about the consequences.

In B&N’s case, the blame falls on Leonard Riggio and the rest of the company’s board. They continue to refuse to admit the world has moved on beyond just the print book. The company waited too long to get into the digital side of the business. It failed to invest the money necessary to develop and maintain the tech side or, even worse, a website that is easily navigable. It lost its identity as a bricks and mortar book store by decreasing the number of books available in favor of non-book related items. Now, after too many losing quarters, it announced it is abandoning the tech side (sorry Nook users) and focusing on the stores. Riiiight. They have been promising to listen to customers and focus on stores for ages and it hasn’t helped. When is the board going to finally realize they have to move forward and be responsive to what their customers want instead of focusing on what worked 20 years ago?

As for Rapone, well, my post at Victory Girls says it all. I’m a proud military mom. I wouldn’t want my son serving anywhere near him. Why? Because someone who doesn’t value the basic tenets of this country, who violates his oaths, can’t be trusted to watch the backs of his squad mates. How he managed to get through West Point is beyond me.

Finally, work progresses on Light Magic. I’m trying to decide how often to post snippets. Now it’s time for me to get back to work. Let me hear your thoughts on both B&N and Rapone. Now go have a great day!

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!

 

Light Magic and the Evil Muse

Moving from one writing project to another isn’t always a smooth process. That is especially true when, like me, you have an evil muse. Myrtle, my own particular evil muse, loves to torment me by giving me the basic plot of a book but multiple ways to start it. I swear she does it because she knows it will drive me crazy. But I guess that’s better than having no idea how to start a book. Of course, I wouldn’t argue if, for once, I didn’t start and stop several times before getting to the opening that works best. Still, the stops and starts on Light Magic will have been worth it if the opening is as successful and i think it will be.

Which is what I have finally done.

I think.

I hope.

Okay, that’s enough insecurity from this writer. Light Magic is under way. With the change in opening, there will be a slight change in the plot, but nothing major. The biggest issue I have where this book is concerned is finding time to write. Fortunately, this one has the feel of one of those that won’t fight me every step of the way. If that is the case, my beta readers will be getting it within the month. Snippets should start in two weeks or so. I’ll keep you informed.

One way Light Magic has changed is that it will be bridging the “normal” plot and characters of Slay Bells Ring with the “Others” of Witchfire Burning. Some of that started with Witchfire but this will cement it even more. Of course, this being Mossy Creek, nothing is ever as easy and “normal” as one thinks. That is something Meg Sheridan will learn quickly. It will take her a bit longer to understand why her mother told her to run to Mossy Creek if anything ever happened to her.

Now it’s time to do the mundane things of life — take out the trash, check email and figure out what I have to do today that can’t be postponed for a day or two. Once all that’s done, I can sit down to write. In the meantime, I have a guest post up on According to Hoyt about heroes and sports figures. Take a few minutes to check out Victory Girls as well. Posts this morning (so far) include covering the Equifax breach and how some of their execs made a financial windfall by selling off stock while the company kept quite about what happened and a great short fiction piece that brings home the impact 9/11 had one some of us.

Busy, Busy

The title says it all. The last 24-hours have been very busy. Between work around the house (mainly painting), getting started on Light Magic (the next book in the Eerie Side of the Tracks series) and blogging, I felt like I was meeting myself coming and going. The results are more than satisfying, however. Of course, Myrtle the Evil Muse being evil, the opening of Light Magic changed from what I thought it would be but I think it works. At least I hope it does. Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to.

Yesterday was my regular day at Mad Genius Club and I blogged about why some people really do want heroes with human flaws over superheroes suffering from the Mary Sue syndrome. It led to some great discussion in the comments.

I also did a piece over at Victory Girls blog about a “new” form of microaggression. This one, called invisible microaggressions, came from a study of a whopping 13 women of color at 5 universities. Apparently that was a large enough sample pool to not only “discover” this new form but to break it down into 5 different forms. Riiiiiight.

This morning, I have two more posts up. The first, over at According to Hoyt, discusses the controversy over removing Confederate statues and the PR debacle Six Flags Over Texas created for itself by removing not only the Confederate States of America flag (and not the battle flag so many object to), but also every other flag except for the U. S. flag. It is more than ironic for a park named for the six national flags that have flow over the state, including the Republic of Texas, now flies only one.

The last is another post at Victory Girls. This one discusses the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to stay the lower court order tossing out parts of Texas’ Voter ID law. This decision will allow the state to proceed as usual with the November election. What pleased me about the decision is how the court not only looked at the law but also applied common sense in coming to its ruling.

Now it’s time for another cup of coffee and then it’s to work. I’m excited about getting back to Mossy Creek and the characters that inhabit that most unusual town. Besides, it keeps me from worrying about how the beta readers are liking the expanded version of Vengeance from Ashes. Hopefully, I’ll hear back from them in the next few days. (To be fair, I told them I didn’t need to know until next week. Whimper.)

 

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