Thursday, April 17, 2014

HERE'S DORMAINE G

I'd like to thank Dormaine G to come here today and sit in the HOT STEP as I interview her.

Robin Leigh Morgan: Please introduce yourself.
Dormaine G: I was born in New York and lived there with my family until I was eight when we moved to Mississippi. Ten years later, I went to college at Xavier University in New Orleans, LA for about two years then moved to Lynn, MA for life experience. I decided to move back to NY on my own where I finally became an RN. I worked there as an RN for years then decided to do travel nursing for a few years until I decided to stay in Colorado.

I may be a nurse by profession but I am an author by heart. I have been writing stories for many years, both in my head and on paper because I’ve always had a love for books ever since spending Saturdays at the library as a young child. Within a book, the mind can travel to worlds of the imagination and the beyond. I finally took the plunge and published my first novel last year, a young adult urban fantasy titled “Connor” and an adult horror short story titled “Madame Lilly, Voodoo Priestess”. Both are the first editions of many to come as I stay locked up in my office in Colorado spinning more tales.


Robin Leigh: Tell us about your latest published novel.
Dormaine: I recently published “Madame Lilly, Voodoo Priestess” in February 2014. It’s a short story historical fiction about a woman seeking revenge through voodoo.


Robin Leigh: What are the two latest books you’ve already published? Give us about a five sentence description for each?
Dormaine: So far the books I published are Connor and Madame Lilly, Voodoo Priestess.
Connor: Connor discovers she has the gift of invisibility, among other gifts, but what she doesn't realize is that her life is about to change for the worse. She meets five other teenagers who have abilities similar to hers but not everyone is so eager to find answers as to why they are different. Sensing their lives are in danger, Connor is determined to figure out the truth by any means necessary. Then there is Ronin, he is young, smart, and breathtaking. He is set on taking his revenge out on Connor but she has no idea why.



Madame Lilly, Voodoo Priestess: Is set in the late 1800’s New Orleans about a Creole woman, Odara, who entered into a common law marriage under Placage. Soon after getting married she finds out that her husband is not who he pretended to be. For twelve long years she suffered unbearable hell by his hand forcing her to get revenge. With no one to help her out of suffrage Madame Lilly a voodoo priestess is born. Lilly gets her revenge but in order to do so there is a price, one she was not aware of.



Robin Leigh: What can you tell us about your current writing endeavor?
Dormaine: I am presently writing on book two of the Connor series of which I still have not named. I just recently finished my first rough draft.


Robin Leigh: Can you give us an excerpt from one of your favorite scenes in your latest novel?
Madame Lilly, Voodoo Priestess:
Standing up, Lilly’s body stiffened uncontrollably. There was something wrong. A force was pulling her in. That wasn’t supposed to happen . . . she was supposed to feel in control at all times but she was losing it.


There was something else here, something she hadn’t invited. Despite the humid night air her body turned cold, rigidly cold, making her teeth chatter. Her followers saw the change when she stood up so suddenly. They stopped beating the drums since they could tell something was wrong by the way she held herself so tightly.


A force had a hold on her. Lilly could feel it in her bones. She desperately wanted to close her eyes but something within her wouldn’t allow it.


The wind howled and the dirt flew around them, making it almost impossible to see. Something fierce was coming for her. The other spirits knew it because they stopped walking but instead hid in the shadows of the trees, finally showing themselves as they moved swiftly past the other spirits that were coming right at her. There were two of them, no longer holding human forms, but white shadows of their former selves.


Lilly held her arms rigid as the forces rapidly circled her body, spinning her round to see her. Stopping close to her face, they intertwined with each other as if to figure out what she was. They appeared identical with hollow pits for eyes and mouths but she could sense they were not truly the same. They hovered in front of her for only a moment before they shot through her body, taking a part of her with them and knocking her to the ground from the blinding pain.


Robin Leigh: What was the inspiration for your latest novel?
Dormanine: I lived in New Orleans at one time and still visit there as often as I can. I love the history there and since voodoo and Placage, both of which intrigue me, play a big part of its culture I decided to put them together in a book. I plan on keeping Madame Lilly around for some time.


Robin Leigh: How did you decide what the title of this book would be? If this book is part of a series, then the books in the series.
Dormaine: I usually wait until the end of the book before I come up with the title. I decided by what feels right and since she went through a lot I thought it fitting to name the book after her.


Robin Leigh: Would you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser?
Dormaine: I am most definitely a panster. I do not plot or outline anything. The development of my stories comes to me as I write. My midbrain is constantly working about the next situation or idea so when I sit down to write I go from what ideas I came up with. Of course I go back and tweak what I write but that way works for me. I don’t like to stick too much to a plan because I feel it can limit me.


Robin Leigh: What made you decide to become an author?
Dormaine: I have written stories off and on for years but at the end of 2012 I was laid off and decided to finally finish my book Connor. I feel everything works out in the end.


Robin Leigh: In your latest novel, who’s your favorite character male/female? Tell us why?
Dormaine: My latest was named after the main character Odara aka Madame Lilly who is my favorite character. I like her because after all that she has gone through she survived in the end. I feel she is strong and powerful even though she doesn’t realize to what extent yet.


Robin Leigh: Do you set aside a specific amount of time to write, write/answer emails, and market/promote your book[s]?
Dormaine: I set a goal each week of how much I will write on my books; usually write at least five thousand words a week. I try and put about one hour a day into marketing but then set one full day a week aside for just marketing. I try not to work every day so not to burn out but with me loving what I do, it’s hard to walk away.


Robin Leigh: Do you read books outside the genre you write in? What are they?
Dormaine: Yes I read books outside my genre. Besides my genre of young adult urban fantasy and historical fiction, I will read just about anything fiction or fantasy. I like mystery, thriller, a great detective novel, paranormal romance/dysfunctional romance and anything supernatural.


Robin Leigh: What must you have around you when you write; food, drink, music, etc?
Dormaine: I have the television on in the other room just to sense it but not to hear it and it most likely will be on the Syfy (SciFi) channel. I just need to have the essentials around like my laptop and I’m good to go. When I write I’m so into it nothing else matters so having anything else around is not really necessary.


Robin Leigh: When you were an aspiring author you needed advice. What advice would you give to those aspiring author in those shoes today?
Dormaine: Grow a thick skin and fast, do not read reviews good or bad as they may influence your writing, be true to yourself when you write and keep striving to be better than what you were on your last book.


Robin Leigh: Is there anything else you’d like to briefly tell us about your book, your writing, or yourself.
Dormaine: I’m one of the biggest SciFi geeks who loves anything supernatural and yes that includes vampires. I may be an adult but I don’t believe in growing and never will. I love to swim, write and my two favorite things to eat in the world are New York style pizza and mint chocolate chip ice cream. Also, that another volume of Madame Lilly should be out by June and the second book under the Connor series will most likely be out in July. Also, I plan on writing a short story under the Connor series to explain the San history.


GENERAL_INFORMATION
Where can we find your book? Connor is everywhere including book stores. Right now Madame Lilly is located on Amazon. My website and blog links to all my books and their locations.
Where can we find you on internet?:
BLOG: http://www.Dormainegblog.blogspot.com
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/dedeblu?fref=ts
FACEBOOK FAN PAGE: http://www.facebook.com/dormaineG
GOODREADS: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7329928.Dormaine_G
TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/dormaineg
WEB PAGE:  http://www.dormaineg.com/


THANKS for your time in allowing me to interview you.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

FIVE SENTENCE FICTION - Feathers

I’d would have responded sooner but I’m now in a great support as you probably tell from my previous post entitled “WEEKLY STATUS REPORT # 7.”


Anyway for my response this week for Lillie’s prompt word of “FEATHERS,” I’ve decided to return to the acrostic format I’ve done so many times previously.



Patience Has Its Rewards


FErn has enjoyed her summer job at the local zoo for several years.


AT one end of it you had all the wild animals like lions, bears, giraffes and elephants.


HEre and there you might spot one of the ten peacocks which had free range at the zoo.

R
oaming through the zoo Fern’s job included helping its visitors helping help in find the animals they came to see.



Saturday Fern finally found her 25th peacock feather, enabling her to complete the open fan of feathers on the wall of her room she started on the first day of her summer job ten years ago.

Monday, April 14, 2014

HERE's ELIZABETH N. LOVE

I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce ELIZABETH N. LOVE who has graciously agreed to be my second victim, I mean guest, in the HOT SEAT as I interview her;


Robin Leigh Morgan: Please introduce yourself.

Elizabeth N. Love: My name is Elizabeth N Love, but most people I know also know me as Bee. I’m the 6th of 7 children, and I grew up in rural Kansas. I now live outside of Kansas City with my family. During the day, I work for a small company that does nation-wide business in healthcare, and whenever I get a free moment between that and domestic obligations, I write and read, watch birds, sew, and draw art. I’ve been writing stories since the third grade, when I was about nine. This led to my degree in Creative Writing from the University of Kansas. I am also a French horn player, which I play during the summer in a local community band.


Robin Leigh: Tell us about your latest published novel.
Elizabeth: Pouring the Cup is my first published novel, which became available in October 2013.

This is the first book in a series that focuses on a human colony many years in the future and about a hundred light-years away. The colony has been established for a little over 300 years when we start our story with an introduction to Axandra, a woman who would prefer to live out her life in obscurity. Despite her desires, she is destined to be the vessel for a creature referred to as “the Goddess” and she finds she has no way to escape the consequences that accompany the possession. She leaves her long time home to travel to the capital city and take her place as the Protectress, essentially the queen of her entire world.


Robin Leigh: What are the two latest books you’ve already published? Give us about a five sentence description for each?


Elizabeth: Right now, I have Pouring the Cup, and then a small volume of short stories entitled Through a Window. There are five short stories from 1000 to 7500 words each that have been favorites of my beta readers. I included in illustration and a brief introduction with each story. The topics range from the faith of an ape-bird hybrid species to the races on two planets sharing a close mutual orbit discovering each other.


Robin Leigh: What can you tell us about your current writing endeavor?


Elizabeth: I have at least two works on the table right now. The first is the second book to follow Pouring the Cup, which is going to be called The Dark Days. This story, which should be available mid-2015, will bring closure to some open ends from Book One, and open up some new adventures to lead into a third volume. The characters find out that some important facts from their history books may be incorrect.
The other is a non-fiction depicting the brief life of our first daughter, Sydney, and will show not only a narrative of facts behind her birth defect and the emotional reaction of the family, but will also discuss the struggle we have with allowing human beings to die when their time comes, instead of artificially keeping them alive and suffering. I’ve been working on this for the last 4 ½ years. It’s very difficult to write, and at this point, I still don’t know when I’ll actually finish.


Robin Leigh: Can you give us an excerpt from one of your favorite scenes in your latest novel?
Elizabeth: This is still in the stage of a rough draft, but this excerpt sets a menacing mood for the upcoming novel.
From The Dark Days: Axandra’s own whimpers woke her from sleep. For a brief moment, her body refused to move. She feared the dream was true and the Prophets had her trapped in the Haven. She waited tensely for footsteps on stone, for thunder to crackle through the air.
The darkness of the room, the softness of the bed, and the sweet night noise of the garden reminded her that the terror ended months ago. Fifty kiloms away, the rocky home of the Prophets sat abandoned. Without the protection of the Great Storm, the isolated subspecies moved elsewhere to find solitude. No village would take them in, not after the crimes they committed. She last heard they had sailed to an uninhabited island to the south. There was no proof to this rumor, yet she clung to the idea as an anchor to avoid drifting further into the sea of paranoia. She could not continue to heal if she thought the devils watched her every move.
Trying to still the pounding of her heart, Axandra lay flat on her back and used every muscle for the strict purpose of breathing. Despite her effort, sobbing spilled forth, followed by hyperventilation, and a very real need to flee.


Robin Leigh: What was the inspiration for your latest novel?


Elizabeth: My inspiration has always been finding a way for people to live together peacefully, have the necessities of life, and still have the freedom to believe what they want and do what makes them happy. The world I created for Pouring the Cup explores how human beings might be able to accomplish this, which has a socialist/humanist approach that actually succeeds (unlike communist and socialist states on Earth). It’s not just a government mandate, but an entire paradigm shift. And in this case, it takes moving to a new planet and starting over from scratch. And this type of society isn’t easy to maintain at all times, particularly when the way of life is threatened by war from an outside force, or upset from an inside force.


Robin Leigh: How did you decide what the title of this book would be? If this book is part of a series, then the books in the series.


Elizabeth: Originally, Pouring the Cup was going to be the entire work, but the novel turned out to be about 200,000 words, and as I discovered, that is really long for a first novel. I decided to split that into two to three pieces. To come up with the title, I threw around a lot of phrases from the book itself, and chose Pouring the Cup because it epitomizes Axandra’s struggle as a vessel for another being and how that creature is transferred down her family line. The quote from the book is a conversation Axandra has with her new found lover. “They transfer her from one woman to the next, like pouring wine from one cup to another. What if they don’t pour the cup?”


Robin Leigh: Would you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser?


Elizabeth: Mostly a pantser. I have general idea in my head of where I would like to end up, along with some major plot points I would like to incorporate, but how I get there depends a lot on how the characters behave. To avoid stilted dialogue, the characters interact with each other as naturally as possible, as if I’m on one side of the conversation or the other. They don’t always go down the path I chose. Characters who were originally conceived to assist the Protagonist sometimes end up being the worst enemy. I’ve also found this leads to some interesting twists I hadn’t previously considered. This approach can make the writing process longer, but I end up more satisfied with the final work.


Robin Leigh: What made you decide to become an author?


Elizabeth: Writing was always a hobby, something I enjoyed doing. I’m an introvert by nature, so it appeals to my desire to have alone, quiet time. I use writing to explore my universal questions. When I started letting other people read what I wrote, I got tremendously positive feedback. I sent stories out to contests, and was rewarded with placing in the top 10 entries a vast majority of the time. This helped me decide to write a full novel and put it out there for the world. The responses have been positive so far. And despite all of the backend work marketing, I’m very happy I made the decision to move forward.


Robin Leigh: In your latest novel, who’s your favorite character male/female? Tell us why.


Elizabeth: This might sound trite, but it’s difficult to pick one favorite. I spend so much time fleshing out the characters to be more than two-dimensional, that I love them all, even the ones with nasty dispositions.


Robin Leigh: Do you set aside a specific amount of time to write, write/answer emails, and market/promote your book[s]?


Elizabeth: With two young children and a busy husband (high school band director), I don’t always have time to schedule. I make time waiting in doctor’s offices, writing at lunch, and sometimes I plan a day off from the day job when the kids will be at school so I can make it a writing day. As the little ones get older, I hope I’ll be able to make more solid plans.


Robin Leigh: Do you read books outside the genre you write in? What are they?


Elizabeth: I write in social science fiction, but I will read hard/tech sci-fi, fantasy, poetry, and main stream. While that last several years have seen a lot less of me reading, my goal this year is to read at least six books.


Robin Leigh: What must you have around you when you write; food, drink, music, etc?


Elizabeth: Depending on what I’m writing, music is a huge part of the atmosphere. I try to chose music that fits the mood of the scene. This is mostly instrumental, since I tend to sing vocals when they are playing, and it’s difficult to sing and write at the same time. I have several New Age and Classical albums that suit this purpose. When I’m in the zone, I pretty much forget about food. What I don’t want around are other people, if I can avoid them. I’m not a coffee shop writer, unless I’m looking for new character traits.
GENERAL_INFORMATION
Where can we find your book?
Pouring the Cup is available on Amazon.com [as a KINDLE / paperback]
http://www.amazon.com/Pouring-Cup-Stormflies-Elizabeth-Love-ebook/dp/B00GAA0YGY



My short story collection Through a Window is available on Amazon [under Bee N. Love] http://www.amazon.com/Through-Window-Short-Story-Collection-ebook/dp/B00J457AEG
It’s also available on Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble websites.
Where can we find you on internet:
BLOG: http://www.writerbeeblog.wordpress.com


FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/writerbee


FACEBOOK FAN PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pouring-the-Cup/586497788065264


GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7376912.Elizabeth_N_Love


TWITTER: http://www.twitter.com/bee_writerbee


THANKS “Bee” for allowing me to interview you.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

HERE'S WENDY STORER

I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce WENDY STORER who has graciously agreed to be the first person in the HOT SEAT as I interview her;
Robin Leigh Morgan: Please introduce yourself.

Wendy Storer: I write fiction for children and young adults, inspired by real life – although of my two current works in progress, one of them is a novel for women (also inspired by real life). I am interested in human drama with positive outcomes, which I guess relates to my past life as a hypnotherapist and creative writing therapist.  

 I live in the beautiful Lake District in England, and as well as writing books, I teach writing and help other writers through Magic Beans. (www.magicbeans.co.uk)

Robin Leigh: Tell us about your latest published novel.
Wendy: My latest published novel is a YA story called ‘BRING ME SUNSHINE’. It’s the story of Daisy, a teenage girl, whose dreams of being a drummer and running off into the sunset with the gorgeous Dylan are thwarted by her Dad’s fading mental health. She’s a young carer, and finds herself looking after dad and little brother Sam, while her own life is put on hold.
 
It was runner up in the Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition last year and was mentioned on The Guardian newspaper readers’ recommended list of indie published books.

Robin Leigh: You’ve published two novels so far, can you tell us a little bit about the other one?  

Wendy: ‘WHERE BLUEBIRDS FLY’ is the story of Ruby, a teenage girl grieving for her grandmother. She’s fallen out with her dad, and when she hears that her parents may be getting back together she goes completely off the rails. As a result, she is sent to live in a residential school for girls with problems at least as bad as hers. It’s a story about making friends with your enemy, dumping your past, and daring to hope.

Robin Leigh:  What can you tell us about your current writing endeavor?

Wendy: My main work in progress – Still Breathing Air – is about a drunken loud-mouthed woman who is serving a community sentence after punching a pizza delivery boy, a year after her son has supposedly committed suicide.

My other WIP is another YA – How to Be Lucky – and it’s really only sat there waiting for me to find the time to do a final edit. This is a story about luck, friendship, and grabbing your chances while you can.

Robin Leigh:  What was the inspiration for BRING ME SUNSHINE?

Wendy: I’ve worked with young carers at different points in my life, and have tremendous admiration for carers (of any age, actually) because they really do a wonderful job and make the world a better place for all of us. So I already had the idea for Bring Me Sunshine (then called Ladder to the Moon) when I read Eckhart Tolle’s book, The Power of Now.  His belief is that, “In the Now, the present moment, problems do not exist. In the Now, we discover that we are already complete and perfect…” The two ideas (of caring for another person and living in the moment) sort of combined, and Bring Me Sunshine was born.

Robin Leigh:  How did you decide what the title of this book would be?

Wendy: The title came to me whilst working on one of the rewrites. First and foremost it’s a song title (as are all the chapter headings in Bring Me Sunshine), but it seemed so very relevant since the book is set in the UK’s very rainy Lake District, and rain is constant in the story; so it works as a metaphor. But it’s also about focusing on something positive – about asking for something good to happen, rather than complaining about the bad stuff.

Robin Leigh: In Bring Me Sunshine, who’s your favorite character male/female? Tell us why.

Wendy: That has to be Daisy’s little brother, Sam, because he’s so quirky and funny and sharp.

Robin Leigh: Would you consider yourself to be a plotter or a pantser?

Wendy: Pantser – veering towards plotter… but I’ll never give up the pantser approach because I think that’s where so many creative ideas are born.

Robin Leigh: What made you decide to become an author?

Wendy: I’d written stories and been a regular at writing groups for years, and it just wasn’t enough anymore. When I read The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson, I was inspired. Here was a book about real life, about young people with problems (like the kids I was working with at the time) and I thought, this is the kind of thing I want to write too.

Robin Leigh: Do you set aside a specific amount of time to write, write/answer emails, and market/promote your book[s]?

Wendy: I wish I could be that disciplined.

Robin Leigh: Do you read books outside the genre you write in? What are they?

Wendy: Although I mostly read YA contemporary fiction, I do venture into other areas – paranormal, women’s, comic… anything that grabs me.

Robin Leigh: What must you have around you when you write; food, drink, music, etc?

Wendy: Silence – I can’t work with a noise. I do like coffee. Food is good too, but I’m whimsical what and when I eat. Depends on my mood and how the writing is flowing…

Robin Leigh: When you were an aspiring author you needed advice. What advice would you give to those aspiring author in those shoes today?

Wendy: Two things:

  1. Stop aspiring to be something you can be today. Just write. Authors are molded from the number of words they write and the number of hours they put into the job.
  2. Find yourself a group of fellow writers to share your work with, and take criticisms with an open mind; they are the stepping stones to success.

Robin Leigh: Is there anything else you’d like to briefly tell us about your book, your writing, or yourself.

Wendy: My favorite color is violet.

And thanks for interviewing me J



GENERAL_INFORMATION

Where can we find your books?


US -  http://www.amazon.com/Wendy-Storer/e/B00AFX1LSM/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1397389325&sr=8-1



UK -  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wendy-Storer/e/B00AFX1LSM/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_3?qid=1397389543&sr=1-3

 

Where can we find you on internet:

READ THE OPENING CHAPTERS of BRING ME SUNSHINE: http://www.wendystorer.ws/index.php?id=bmsopeningchaps


BLOG: http://wendystorer.blogspot.co.uk/


FACEBOOK FAN PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/WendyStorer.Author?ref=hl


GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5831804.Wendy_Storer


TWITTER: https://twitter.com/WendyStorer @WendyStorer


WEB PAGE:  http://www.wendystorer.ws/

Wendy THANKS for taking time out of your busy schedule to allow me to interview you.

WEEKLY STATUS REPORT # 7

This week I’ve decided to start doing Interviews, Spotlights, and Guest Post on my blog here, and the two additional ones I have again.


PLEASE DO NOT send me any requests for me to do one with you as any such requests will be DENIED/IGNORED.


Now, you might be asking yourself how will I select those I individuals with I’m going be doing these items with? I’ve recently found a relatively new book review/support site which I’ve fallen in love with and where I’ve already shown my support by following all those members I haven’t followed already. I then began to think of ways in which I could be more supportive of my fellow members. When I saw on their site that they’ve got a Book of the Month, Spotlighted Authors, and randomly selected members for which other members are to help promote them and their books I decided to have them appear on my blog. So if anyone is interested in the possibility of appearing on my blog, I invite you to check out


http://www.ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com ,


and if you decide to join please indicate my name as the person who referred you. THANKS


The end of the tunnel got closer this past week with an additional chapter being completed consisting of 5 pages and about 1,340 words; with the grand total of 40 Chapters, 260 pages, and approximately 75,650 words. The day for the typing of the elusive final period is close at hand.


My anthology of Flash Fiction is up to 89 items with 2 new items having been written in the past week. This leaves me with only 11 more items to write for my goal of 100 Flash Fictions and the long process of self-editing begins before it is handed over to a second set of eyes.


With everything I’ve done above and my increasing my presence on LinkedIn and FaceBook [my regular account and LIKING people] I had little time to write anything else. Hopefully, next week everything will fall into place and I can return to making progress on all four of my projects. If I’m lucky, I can actually see myself completing “His Darkest Secret” and possibly the anthology I’m working on by the end of this month; and then I’ve got to begin my multi-step procedure to self-edit my manuscripts before turning them over to someone else, provided I’ve got the funds, to proofread/edit them; then followed, by raising the necessary funds to actually self-publish them through CreateSpace.


THANKS for being a follower and your kind support.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

FIVE SENTENCE FICTION - Whimsical


Another week is here and Lillie McFerrin has once again posted a new prompt word for which her readers are to write a Five Sentence Fiction.  This week Lillie has given us "WHIMSICAL" as this week's prompt, and here is my response:

The Purple Alien

Helen, after spending a few hours at her gym and exercise class, went to get her hair cut and styled at the popular neighborhood hair salon.

The occasion had been for a Halloween where she’d planned to go dressed as Cinderella.

Running late and still dressed in a skin-tight white exercise bodysuit and matching slippers she quickly left the salon to walk to her car in the nearby lot.

Overhead, a painter knocked over a new large can of purple paint which unfortunately poured all over Helen as she walked over below.

Not knowing what else to do she walked into the party still covered head to toe in the purple paint, where she won the prize for best costume for coming as an alien from another planet.

WEEKLY STATUS REPORT # 6


I had a fantastic week this week, especially in regards to my untitled YA Fantasy novella. This week I wrote 5 Chapters consisting of 19 pages and about 5,800 words; which now brings the total to 8 Chapters, 30 pages and approximately 9,225 words.

The end of the tunnel is moving closer and closer with each page I write now for “His Darkest Secret,” for in the past week I’ve written another chapter consisting of 3 pages and approximately 700 words, which bring the total for this endeavor to a total of 39 Chapters, 255 pages with approximately 74,300 words [which includes a correction from last week.]  Getting this close it’s getting harder to determine the exact number of chapters still needed to complete this endeavor, as the number of chapters are dependent on how each of the final chapter is played out as they’re being written. But the end is in sight and the elusive final period is at long last will be typed.

My anthology of Flash Fiction is up to 88 items with 1 new one item having been written in the past week. This leaves me with only 12 more items to write for my goal of 100 Flash Fictions and the long process of self-editing begins before it is handed over to a second set of eyes.

With all the progress I’ve made in the other three endeavors this week my fourth and final project, “It Had All Been a Game” got placed on the back burner.