November Musings – Nanowrimo and website update

As some of you know November 1 is the beginning of Nanowrimo. This means my posts during this month will be minimal if it all while I work on the revisions for Natural Rebirth (I have to deal with some writing speed bumps involving some rather important scenes, for example huge battle scene that is taking a lot of preplanning to figure out how to do well) I invite visitors at that time to peruse through the archives of the blog, especially the sections on the Fae that will be introduced in the novel itself. I have also updated the information on the Fae I added here, to the website itself (hoping the pages don’t look too cluttered, and that links work). Feel free to visit and let me know if there’s any problems on the site, especially with the new content I’ve added.

Starting in December (though I promise to continue working on the rough draft of Natural Rebirth) I will also be adding information on some of the research I’ve been doing (been working on for nearly a decade) of the YA (lgbt) fantasy series that has been poking me mercilessly lately to give it a lot more attention that I have been. It’s important to note that this series is it in a completely different world setting than anything else I’ve done within the Guardian Circle. I’m still debating whether or not I consider it part of the Guardian Circle itself because it’s so different in world setting, however, the ideology is similar enough in a lot of cases, as are the “morality lessons” I may consider it part of the Circle just on a different planet far, far away from our own, or maybe even an age on earth after the humans that exists here now are long dead and gone.

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Thinking Thoughts: Monsters and Grieving

Every day, for several months now, my thoughts have been filled with disease; the invisible monsters that attack healthy, vital members of our families and our communities. Unstoppable monsters that seem to thrive on suffering and despair. Perhaps to many this seems an over dramatic point of view on the subject of disease, perhaps just my odd way of viewing the world we live in and the world as it connects to the stories I write. All these things may be true, but that is not stopped these thoughts from claiming so much of my mind that sometimes it’s hard to think of anything else.

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Update: Off Topic: Self Care – Face Care

I tried the face care regiment for a couple days using natural products, but I was getting this horrendous breakout along my chin and down my neck. My face was fine for the most part, or at least it didn’t have the red blotches there that my chin and neck had. I did notice my face seemed particularly bumpy, like lots of pimples under the skin, which was worrisome. I stopped doing the face care stuff to try to figure out what was going on.

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Off Topic: Self Care – Face Care

As I get older I’ve noticed I start to develop melasma on my cheeks. I’m assuming some of it has to do with thyroid issues, added to the fact that I go out and work in the sun gently without using sunscreen. One of the advantages of being Cherokee is I’ve not really ever had to worry about using sunscreen. Except for the area around where my glasses are, unless I do something like fall asleep in direct hard-core sunlight for several hours, I don’t generally burn.

Apparently my skin is far more sun sensitive as I get older, or it might have to do with the meds I’m taking. I had what’s called Graves Disease for nearly two decades ago and they radiated my thyroid (it took two tries) so I haven’t had a working thyroid since then. I take synthetic thyroid hormones and have for all these years. So yeah, there’s a good chance sun sensitivity as I can older has developed. This means I’m being forced into more closely considering my habits around skin care, especially when it comes to protecting my skin against the sun.

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Writer’s Process: Editing and Thinking Thoughts

I’ve got about eleven chapters in the rough draft stage for Natural Rebirth so far, and now I’m going over each one to do some initial cleanup. This means every so often I run across a note I made for myself on a creative speedbump that I didn’t want to let slow down the creative process. While I do the editing, it also gives me time to think about how to address these notes. A lot of them is a name I need to find for a character, or a minor bit of research that needs to be done. Right now the speedbump I’m dealing with is the name of a farmer of a family friend of the Archiquettes that Beth is being taken to for a visit. The farm needs a name.

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Writing update – Natural Rebirth

Normally Mondays are my day to talk about writing tools, but lately the most crucial piece of technology to help me write are the fans in my room. It’s been so hot I can barely think, but I did manage to revise and write a total of over 25,000 words over the past few days, nearly 10,000 of them were newly written. I sent the first four chapters off to my first beta reader, and prepping the next two to send hopefully by the end of tomorrow. I got most of I think about 12 chapters written, but most the rest need extra scenes added and some heavy cleanup. The scenes I did need to reorganize seem to be in much better places now and have led to some new scenes that help with transitions. I’m dealing with a speed bump in one of those transitions now in chapter 5. I think the next four chapters after that are pretty good save a bit of cleanup, so once I get past the speedbump everything after that should come pretty quickly. One of the coolest things is that I talked to my publisher and Natural Rebirth already has a placeholder to be published in 2017. Must be a good sign that my publisher liked my other work. It is definitely a heavy motivator to work on the novel knowing that I have that kind of support from my publisher. This may mean that I won’t do as much of the scheduled blogging as I planned due to the need to focus on writing, but to make up for it I might slip in a sneak peek. Keep y’all posted.

Writer’s Process Speedbump Update

This is been a rough couple of days this is been a rough couple of days. As I mentioned earlier this week I went to grab my map of the farm during a break from the Fae research I was doing, and come to find out the map is missing. It originally took me several weeks to that map. In about two days, with lots of hours invested scrolling through Natural Order to check location of buildings and landmarks to keep consistency, I have the overall map for the farm.

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