My Sabbatical Is Over

My self-imposed writing sabbatical is just about over.

I took a long break from all writing related activities (writing, editing, and my author social media) beginning last spring. It was a good break for me because it gave my stories in progress some time to sit and steep, and also I was able to devote myself fully to our move to a new house. (Click here to see a pic of our beautiful house.)

I still have various projects to do around the house and yard to make it a home, but most of the big stuff is finished, with one exception. My office.

What a mess! The writing desk and built-in counter behind it are just piled with stuff. And where are the lampshades? Hats don't belong there. And my trusty Apple upon which I do all my photo editing and graphic design isn't even plugged in.
What a mess! The writing desk and built-in counter behind it are just piled with stuff. And where are the lampshades? Hats don’t belong there. And my trusty Apple upon which I do all my photo editing and graphic design isn’t even plugged in.

Our new house has a fantastic office with built in bookshelves just for me. It will enable me to have a place for all my YA and Fantasy books and more importantly, all of my author stuff. As you can see, I shelved all my books. I even alphabetized them! That was no small job, since I had ten heavy boxes chock full of books.

And yet…the rest of the office is a huge mess of unpacked boxes and piles of assorted junk.

In the words of Cercei Lannister: shame…shame…shame.

I need to spend some time in there to get myself organized. I even have a large dry-erase board to hang on the wall that I can use to draw out plots. I only wish I could get close enough to the wall to hang it up.

Without having this important work space set up, sad to say I’ve been avoiding writing. I have this mental image of myself sitting in that perfect office writing prose, and somehow my perfectionism is getting in the way of me doing any writing, even though I’ve been writing by sitting in an armchair in the living room all along before this. Ridiculous, I know.

Weak excuse: there has been so much other important work to do on the house to get us back to some semblance of normal everyday living that I kept shoving my own author needs to the end of the line.

No more. Today I’m going in there and I’m not coming out until it’s unpacked and set up. I’ll share pictures of my space once it’s finished.

 

I’m Back and What’s Up This Week

So a couple of months ago I said I had some things to take care of and that I’d be away from social media for a while. What kept me so busy? For one thing, a short story anthology called Revolution, but more on that in a minute…

I’ve moved!

Not too far though. The new house is only twenty minutes by car from the old house. Which meant we pretty much moved ourselves and let me tell you that was a mighty big job after living in one place for 15 years. Lots of stuff. I had over twenty boxes full of books alone!

So here’s a peek at the front of our new house—

house picture
My new house. LOVE IT!

She’s a painted white brick French country beauty with a woods in the back. My dream home! I managed to get some ferns into big black urns and flowers into pots for the front porch before the heat of summer started in earnest, so she looks pretty spiffy!

So I’ve been painting walls, emptying boxes, putting stuff away and moving furniture ever since I wrote my last blog post. I haven’t been working on my next book much at all while I’ve been working on getting settled in, but I’m just about ready to shut myself into the writing cave. More on that the next time I post.

I did get some writing out there into the world in June — my short story titled Shattering Glass was voted into the Revolution Anthology put together by amazing Katie M. John and released at UtopiaCon 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. It’s a fantastic anthology. I can’t recommend it enough!

Authors included in the Anthology are Jessie Campbell, Nooce Miller (yes, yours truly!), Christina Benjamin, Raye Wagner, Caroline A. Gill, Desira Fuqua, Tricia Moeller, and Kelly Risser, with a Foreward by Janet Wallace.

An event is going on this week on Facebook if you want to learn more about these wonderful authors. Here’s the link:   8 DAYS of Revolution

All proceeds from the sale of this anthology benefit Help Build A  South African Library Foundation. Available as an ebook on Kindle or in Paperback on Amazon. Check it out!

Revolution Cover Image

So that’s it for now. I have some curtains that need hanging today, but I’ll be back to blogging and writing soon!

 

 

List of Cons for Writers

BIG LIST OF 2016 CONS

A few days ago, author Chuck Wenzig did a fantastic blog post titled The Pros and Cons of Pro Cons for Writers—which was about why writers should consider going to a convention or conference (or not). If you haven’t read it, go ahead, click on the link. I’ll still be here when you get back.

At the end of his post, Chuck invited his penmonkeys to share their con thoughts in the comments, and the comments were just as good as the blog post. Lots of people mentioned the cons they like to attend. Useful stuff. Continue reading List of Cons for Writers

Going Dark: Weekend Coffee Share

NooceCoffeeShareIf We Were Having Coffee … If we were having coffee, indeed. How I wish we were having coffee.

I’ve been pretty darned active (for me) on social media this past year. I’ve enjoyed becoming a regular in several Facebook groups, I’ve been blog hopping like crazy, I’ve tweeted my heart out. And I’ve loved it all. Continue reading Going Dark: Weekend Coffee Share

The Writer in Winter: Weekend Coffee Share

How about a nice mug of Highland Grog?

If We Were Having Coffee, we’d be fireside in my little sitting room once again. It’s a drizzly, ugly, grey day here, and the fire will cheer us up immensely. I have out the humongous orange mugs today, and our brew is “Highlander Grog,” which has a delectable butterscotch taste to it.

Mmmmmmm. It’s so good.

 

Continue reading The Writer in Winter: Weekend Coffee Share

Mixed Media/Altered Object: Steampunk Voodoo Spirit Bottle

I’ve discovered a wonderful steampunk challenge site out of Austria, San-dee and Amelie’s Steampunk Challenge, and since I love making mixed media and steampunk and their November-December challenge is ANYTHING GOES/Steampunk Industrial, I’ve decided to put in an entry.

Steampunk Voodoo Evil Spirit Bottle
STEAMPUNK VOODOO EVIL SPIRIT TRAP. (For more pictures showing how I created it, scroll down.)

I’ve discovered a wonderful steampunk challenge site out of Austria, San-dee and Amelie’s Steampunk Challenge, and since I love making mixed media and steampunk and their November-December challenge is ANYTHING GOES/Steampunk Industrial, I’ve decided to put in an entry.

Continue reading Mixed Media/Altered Object: Steampunk Voodoo Spirit Bottle

Twas the Day After Christmas: Weekend Coffee Share

day after christmas

If We Were Having Coffee…on this day after Christmas, I’d invite you in out of the rain. No white Christmas here in the Midwest this year, but the patter of raindrops on the windows makes for a cozy day indoors.

You can sit across from me, in the chair next to the Christmas tree. Continue reading Twas the Day After Christmas: Weekend Coffee Share

Star Wars Nerd: Weekend Coffee Share

Ah, the Millennium Falcon.

(DON’T WORRY, NO SPOILERS)

If We Were Having Coffee, we’d no doubt be talking about STAR WARS. Specifically, The Force Awakens.

It comes as a surprise to no one that I am an original Star Wars nerd dating back to the release of the very first movie in 1977. After I saw it in the movie theater at age 16, I decided I wanted my own Millennium Falcon… Continue reading Star Wars Nerd: Weekend Coffee Share

Inexplicable Christmas Decorations: Weekend Coffee Share

If We Were Having Coffee, I would ask you in, like I usually do and make you a cup of coffee any way you like. How have you been? Was your week a busy one? Mine was pretty normal for December. I’m not driving myself crazy with too much Christmas prep or anything. I mean some people go absolutely overboard and are exhausted by December 12th, so it’s good I’m taking it easy, right?

If We Were Having Coffee, I would tell you that I wrote an epic letter to a kid named Xavier whom I don’t even know. It was my random act of kindness for the week. You can read about Xavier and why I was writing him a letter here.

Also, our Christmas tree decorating didn’t come off quite as planned, as I describe here, but it was Mr. M to the rescue and at last the tree is up in the place of honor in the living room.

Today dear friends, for my Weekend Coffee Share, I’m going to take a step into the forbidden territory of taste. Specifically, I’m going to talk about taste in Christmas decorations. Continue reading Inexplicable Christmas Decorations: Weekend Coffee Share

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