NaNoWriMo winner!


50,143 words, and done! Yes, it just barely squeaked over and the rough draft really is finished at just a few hundred words over the 50k. It needs some serious, serious story editing at this point. But it will be put aside while I work on some deadlines I have coming up. I’m actually looking forward to editing for a change.

I have to admit, I had more trouble doing it than I thought I would. I’m very glad I was an over achiever during the first week or so, because I had trouble doing 500 words some days lately. But I’m not sure I would have gotten a rough draft of this novel done if it hadn’t been for NaNoWriMo. It forced me to push on even though the story wasn’t coming as easily as I’d like.

Glad to have done it. Probably will do it again, I have a dragon story that needs to see the light of day. Now, off to writing next weeks flash story and editing for a Jan 1 deadline.

Controller: Chapter 6

Wednesday BriefsWelcome to the sixth weekly installment for Controller. Enjoy!


Chapter 6

The night playing Halo had been cool. But I’d almost missed class the next day because we played until close to dawn. Jamie had told me more about the gay-straight alliance on campus, and I’d decided to go.

Wrapped in my thoughts I heard. “Hey! Nathan!”

I stopped to see Jamie and Eli trotting toward me. As they approached, I smiled and gave them a little wave. “Hey, what’s up?”

“We’re going to the GSA meeting and figured we’d walk with you. Some of the rooms are tricky to find in the student union.”

“Oh, that’s cool. I appreciate the help. I’ve been lost so many times these last few weeks that I can’t believe it.”

“Yeah, campus is pretty wacky when you first get here. I went to the wrong class my first day. I didn’t want to look stupid, so I stayed through the whole lecture and missed the first day of the one I was really enrolled in,” said Eli.

I chuckled at the thought of him sitting through an entire class rather than walk out. Somehow when you looked at Eli you just knew he was a nice guy. Yeah, he was a little goofy, with ears that didn’t quite fit and a prominent roman nose. He couldn’t be more different from Jamie whose features were in perfect proportion and set off by his long hair. I couldn’t help but fantasize about Jamie as I walked along with them. We got to the entrance and I was so busy checking out Jamie’s ass that I almost ran into the door Eli was holding open.

“Sorry, dude. I should pay more attention.”

Eli smiled and swept his arm in front of himself and motioned me in. “Enter, fair prince.”

I walked past Eli with a chuckle then looked around the room. Even ten minutes early, it was fairly full. I stuck close to Eli and Jamie, comfortable with their familiar banter. Eli hammed it up with one of the girls, plopping himself in her lap and throwing his arms around her.

“Rachael! How was your summer, darlin’?”

She giggled and hugged Eli back. “Too quiet without you to brighten my life. How about you?”

“Oh, honey. I just can’t tell you how miserable my summer was without you. My mother could talk the horns off a billygoat.” Eli struck a pose, and then winked at Nathan. Grinning at Rachael, he moved to the seat beside her. “Hey, Rach. This is my buddy, Nathan. He’s a brand new freshman for us to torment.”

Rachael giggled again and squeezed Eli’s arm. After a few seconds, she held out her hand to me. “Nice to meet you, Nathan. Don’t let Eli get to you. He’s a big softy.”

“Well, he’s feeding my addiction, so that’s good,” I said.

“Oh, and what evil thing are you hooked on?”

“Gaming. I’m addicted. Hardcore.”

Rachael winked at him. “Rugby is mine. I get cranky if I miss practice.”

“Well it’s good to find another obsessive person.”

“Yup, it is.” She motioned for us to sit beside her. “Come on. Jamie is about to start.” She winked at us.  “He get’s irritable if we don’t begin on time.”

Eli sat next to Rachael and motioned me beside him. They were catching up as the intro part of the meeting began. With Eli occupied, I didn’t feel bad about checking out the room. It didn’t take long for me to find Jamie seated beside Michael. As I watched, Jamie tucked his hair behind his ears again. He was so adorable and handsome. I couldn’t help but stare at him while he chatted with people around him.

Unfortunately, I spotted Michael’s hand anchored tight against Jamie’s thigh. Then he moved, put his arm over Jamie’s shoulder and pulled him in for a kiss.

“Michael’s always like that.”

I turned to find Eli smiling sadly at me, and my face grew hot with embarrassment. “I wasn’t—“

Eli shrugged. “Jamie’s good looking. A little of the exotic. Especially when most of us are pale here in the land of grey winters.”

I paused for a moment to consider Eli, and realized he was right. His pale skin stood out even more against his dark eyebrows and short unruly hair. In combination with his features, he couldn’t be considered classically handsome. I glanced back at Jamie, finding the difference more striking. Snapping back to the present, I realized the introductions had began. Fortunately, I’d heard the instructions.

“Hi, I’m Nathan, Nate. And my pronouns are he, his, and him.”

My focus on the meeting, I started listening for where I could fit in with this group.


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“Heart of the Pines” Blog Tour begins

Today I’m guest posting on MA Church’s blog. I’m very excited about getting this all together and finally starting. This is a bit of a teaser because the individual sales link doesn’t open until December 1, so go to my author page on Dreamspinner Press and it will be listed there once it’s available for individual sales.

Hope you enjoy the tour, and the novella.

“Heart of the Pines” Blog Tour

Hard to believe it’s almost December, but that means on December 1 my first published work will be available from Dreamspinner Press. I have a blog tour to mark the occasion. The first is coming up on November 25 with M.A. Church! Be sure and stop by, leave a note or twelve if you’d like.



MA Church

Nov 25

L.M. Somerton

Dec 1

Shira Anthony

Dec 5

JC Wallace

Dec 6

Rob Colton

Dec 8

Renee Stevens

Dec 10

Lily Sawyer

Dec 12

A.R. Von

Dec 15

Julie Lynn Hayes

Dec 17

Cia Nordwell

Dec 19

45,000 words NaNoWriMo

Today I passed the 45,000 word mark with my NaNoWriMo novel. I’m glad I got ahead during the first part, or I would be concerned now.

It’s been interesting focusing most of my writing on this one thing for the month. I can write it fairly quickly I discovered. I also think giving myself permission to “fix it later” is the only way this novel would have ever came to life. Too many terms and names that I would have considered forever have evolved over the course of writing it. For example, I didn’t want it to feel contemporary, and in the case of time spans I didn’t want to use modern terminology. So I have sunspin as a day, a moonspin is a month and…I’m still working on an hour. But the culture is centered around weaving and spinning, so I wanted tie backs to the culture.

Okay, getting ready for anther push. One more week!

Controller: Chapter 5

Wednesday BriefsHere’s the next episode for Controller. The prompt for the week was snow. Hope you enjoy it as the story starts to come together.


Chapter 5

The words I’d screamed into the quiet room seemed to echo forever. If there had been a time I wanted an undo button on my life, this would be that time. In spite of my careful logic, I prepared myself for the reaction I knew was coming. The sound of a ripe melon being thumped sounded in the room, followed by a yelp. I traced the noise to find Michael frowning at someone who was rubbing the back of their head.

“You clumsy dumbass. Plug the fucking thing back in.” Continue reading

#NaNoWriMo – Day 17

Time for a small cheer, my novel is over 40,000 words. Yay! It’s somehow a big relief to pass that mark. The story is at a good point too, although I have one of them grumbling about his name…again. I thought Taksil was a perfectly good name, but he disagrees.

It’s been interesting to do this. I don’t usually do much editing when I write the rough draft, I just try to get the words on the page as fast as I can so I don’t lose the story. They take a lot of editing to get in a form I want anyone to look at, and still I think they’re painful for my writing group of read through. Yes, I do outline. I think Obsidian Sun has had more planning than anything I’ve written before, but it has certainly deviated from the outline. For the better I think, of course there are places where it’s going to need heavy editing. I’m discovering the little time outs I usually work on beside whatever is my main project let me do more planning than I was giving them credit for.

So, anyway. No guesses as to when it will be done, but I’m in the final stretch.

NaNoWriMo – Day 15

Half way through NaNoWriMo and I’m at 35,000 words. This week has certainly conspired against me so far as writing. Too many obligations and draws on my time.

Also the story has taken a few twists and turns, but it’s coming along. Another character has been added, a second love interest. But all in all, it’s getting there. I’m hoping to get another burst of inspiration over the next few days and give my word count another boost.

Controller: Chapter 4

Wednesday BriefsWelcome to chapter 4 of Controller. I hope you’re enjoying the story. Thank you for the comments. This weeks prompt was time, which was a challenge.


Chapter 4

“Nathan. Come on in, ignore the mess. This game’s been going on since early this morning, and these animals wouldn’t leave the room to go to the bathroom if I didn’t insist.”

Creeping into the room, it was obvious what held their attention. A huge flat screen television so large that the avatars were almost life size. I was so absorbed in the game playing out in front of me that I barely noticed when Jamie closed the door.

The group were deep in a multiplayer Halo game. I’d spent more time playing Halo than anything else I’d done. The game had become an obsession for me. I’d played video games my whole life, but this enormous size was even changing the sense of time passing.

When the shock of the giant ass TV started to wear off, I began to notice the other people around the room. A small crowd pressed close, some in various states of being slouched over the furniture watching while others gunned down the current round of bad guys. Continue reading