Endings and beginnings

coverThose of you who follow this blog know that I published Sword of Arelion (Sword of the Gods Book 1) this week. Usually, once a book goes live, I give myself at least a couple of days — and preferably a week — to decompress and get my head into the next book in the queue. This time, I haven’t had that luxury. Myrtle the Muse is an evil Muse and she loves to make my life interesting. Add to that Spring in Texas which means storms and the first of what will most likely not be mornings when I wake up to find one of the bedrooms and bathrooms flooded.

The flood is actually the easiest to deal with. Pre-coffee this morning, I had moved furniture, pulled back carpet and padding — making the decision that when it comes time to replace the carpet, something else is going down because this got old years ago — and setting up the fans to run after wet vaccing the area. Once the area is somewhat dry, I’ll be pulling the wooden “floor” of the built-in clothes hamper to make sure no water is standing under it. Then I’ll pull baseboards and start the dry, seal and paint for them. Oh, and then there is the window that has to be checked for leaks and the windowsill to be stripped, sealed, painted and sealed again. Since I know what usually happens when I get this detailed with the work, it will wind up with the bedroom, dressing room and bath being repainted as well.

Oh, and let’s not forget about pulling up and replacing the tack strips for the carpet.

Yep, wood floors or even just sanding and sealing and staining the slab is looking better and better.

Now, all that is doable and, frankly, welcome because I do most of my best plotting when doing physical labor.

Myrtle the Muse, on the other hand, is the problem. I had gotten a very good start on Nocturnal Challenge. Almost 15,000 words done in a day and a half. The voice was there. The plot was there. I was excited to see what was in store next for Mac and company.

And then Myrtle reared her twisted muse head and everything came to a screeching stop — again. Why? Because Myrtle decided I needed to go straight into Dagger of Elanna, the sequel to Sword of Arelion (Sword of the Gods Book 1). When I tried telling her that I needed to finish both Challenge and Honor from Ashes, she smiled and crossed her arms and shook her head. Nope. She wasn’t going to let me. No how and no way.

So I argued and begged and pleaded and my evil muse refused to be moved by my tale of readers waiting for their next UF or mil-sf fix. No, I needed to write fantasy and this fantasy in particular. Finally, after more pleading and whining and not a little whinging, she relented just a little. She will let me work on the other projects but only on the weekends. I have to work on Dagger of Elanna during the week.

Then the storms hit last night and I swear Myrtle had something to do with it. There will be no writing for at least most of today and all of tomorrow because of what needs to be done to clean up after the water. Worse, I can see her smiling and there is something she’s muttering about knowing Mother Nature and I’d better get used to not trying to fool with her.

Help! I’ve fallen into a bad remake of an old commercial.

Any way, that’s my story and I’m sticking with it. Help this beleaguered writer by buying one or more books. I have paint to buy and windows to seal. Oh, and cats to feed. Mustn’t forget the cats.  😉



    1. Thanks! Dagger should be out in about 3 months. I wish I could be a bit more solid on a time but real life is hitting hard right now. A close family friend is in the process of getting approved for a transplant and I am having to spend a lot of time with him and his wife. Family has to come ahead of everything. But writing is happening. So Dagger shouldn’t be delayed much more than that, if at all.

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