Thursday, December 25, 2014

My New Year's Resolution: Clean Up This Blog

I lied.  I resolved to stop making New Year's resolutions many years ago, and I have kept it. 

I've been working on this novel, and when it was almost finished I had a moment of brand name panic -- I must establish one, and I must blog, and review other books, and become a presence. 

But I was too hasty, and I was heading off in too many diverging directions.  And I got to the point where I couldn't even face the blog because I wasn't sure who I was writing for -- authors? readers? serious literary types? unapologetic fans of YA? sci fi readers? myself? faraway loved ones?  the haters next door?

I finished the book and then I spent some time being exhausted and not thinking about it, and reading a couple of nice rejections I got when I thought I was almost finished.  And after letting it all sink in, I think I wrote an average time-killer of a story, with plenty of thrills and adventure. 

I also think that if I take one more re-drafting pass through it, it could be a pretty good story.  So I'm going to be doing that.  Once it's re-finished, it should be good to go. 

As far as frantically trying to establish a brand name, I'll let the story speak for itself. 

Meanwhile, I left the cat pictures up. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

My Mews

Cat picture time!  This is my cat, T.B. Kahuna.

He helps me write my unpublished novels.

He’s the first thing I see every morning. 

He is pretty big.  Bigger than all the Harry Potters and the long version of The Stand, and then some. 

In fact, he’s so big he doesn’t really fit in my lap.  He weighed 31 pounds when this picture was taken but he’s now down to a nice slender 28 and the vet is pleased. 

He’s a purebred Ragdoll with a long pedigree, and no front claws, and too many names, and I got him from a rescue (this one). I wanted a companion for my female Ragdoll, Tallulah. They were happy for a couple of years, then I suddenly lost Tallulah to kidney failure. 

Tallulah was companion to my rabbit. He was a rather exceptional rabbit. I could write epic sagas about him, and maybe one day I shall.