Wednesday, July 16, 2014


This week Lillie McFerrin gave us the prompt of “PAGES.”  So this week I’ve decided to respond my giving a micro-bio of my writing endeavors.

What To Write As My Response ???

Here I sit at my computer, an aspiring author of romance, racking my brains of what to write next on the blank screen in front of me.

I once had started to write a Contemporary romance novel for several without any success in getting something I felt would be good enough to self-published.

Finally, I took the advice of someone to write something for a younger audience, and wound up writing a YA Paranormal romance novel entitled “I Kissed a Ghost.”

I followed this with several projects, I’ve now got an anthology of Flash Fiction I’m editing; a YA Urban Fantasy entitled “The Secret of the Well, which is now a sequel to my first novel; a total rewrite of my unsuccessful attempt at writing romance which is now entitled “His Darkest Secret,” and finally I’m now writing Haikus, with the hopes of compiling another anthology.

The problem I’ve got at this very moment in what to write on the blank page in front of me as my response to Lillie’s prompt word this week of “PAGES”


Monday, July 14, 2014


This past week started off slowly, had some loose ends I’ve neglected to take off for some time. Yes, I do have a life outside of my writing. One which had been to approve the grave marker design for recently departed cat.

Not having written anything for the past few weeks for my YA Urban Fantasy novella, The Secret of the Well, I had to re-read the last four chapters to refresh my memory of what I need to write next. So after this slow start I’m happy to say by the end of the week, I’ve made substantial progress in writing it in three days. This week I’ve been able to write 4 Chapters consisting of 14 pages and about 4,300 words; bring the total to 19 Chapters, 77 pages and approximately 23,900 words which is about 75% of I’ve intended to write for this endeavor.
The self-editing of my adult Contemporary romance, His Darkest Secret has been place on the back burner as I concentrate on my other writing endeavors.
My Haiku anthology now stands at 62 or 15.5% completed. I’m still searching for sites where I can find Haiku prompts. I’m still planning to sort the Haikus I’ve written into categories to their readings somewhat more enjoyable once I search 100 of them.
This week, I’ve also begun the somewhat tedious project of reviewing my Flash Fictions checking for what can be best described as cohesiveness and by the end of the week I’ve completed about 15% of this task.  

Monday, July 7, 2014


Well with our cat dying Sunday as he slept, he was almost 20 years old and had diabetes for the past 6+ years. Late Sunday morning my OH and I brought him to the pet cemetery in a box he loved to lay in. We had cremated on Tuesday, and buried in ashes on Wednesday. Thursday I went back to the cemetery on Thursday to order the granite grave marker. So naturally, as you’ve probably surmised, my writing this week took a back seat to all these emotionally draining events.

Even so I still managed to get a few things accomplished.

As for my other going projects, I’ve finished searching for the word “THAT” as part of my self-editing of His Darkest Secret. Since last week I reduced the total number of this word by another 116, reducing the total number of times it’s used down to 69 from the original 375. The total number of words has increased slightly to 77,075.

I also really need to get back into the routine of writing something each day for my YA Urban Fantasy, The Secret of the Well, by the middle of August. Right now I set to begin writing about the second cycle of three which the ancient prophecy mentions.

My Haiku anthology now stands at 56 or 14.0% completed. I’m constantly searching for sites where I can find Haiku prompts. Once I search 100 Haikus written, I’m going to try to sort them into categories.
I’ve completed the simple portion of the self-editing process for my Flash Fiction anthology by using SpellCheck/GrammarCheck. Next week I’m going to start a detailed review of each of the 100 Flash Fictions I’ve written, making sure there’s no issue regarding the contents; i.e. there’s logically no problems.

Sunday, July 6, 2014


This is the second time I'll be responding to the Haiku prompt from the Haiku Horizon blog site.   This week's Sunday prompt word is "PARTY" and here is my Haiku response.

Annual birth rite
Strangers come together here.
Big party to have.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Well I’ve completed compiling my anthology of 100 Flash Fictions and I’ve recently found a few blog sites on which their owner writes Haikus to which I respond in writing my own. Haikus is a Japanese form of poetry, highly structured, consisting of 3 lines containing a total of 17 syllables. The 17 syllables are broken down into the 3 lines in the following manner 5 – 7 – 5.  I’ve just found a site  [ ]

similar to the one I write my Five Sentence Fiction responses. The site has only been in existence for 19 weeks, and this will be the first time I’d be responding to.  This week the prompt given on the site is “DECLINE” and this will be my first response there.


Economy down
People don’t work, no spending
Depression sets in.

Monday, June 30, 2014


Well if finishing the writing of my Flash Fiction anthology and beginning the self-editing process; or writing my YA Urban Fantasy as well as my adult Contemporary isn’t enough, I’ve discovered I love to write Haikus, and I’m now searching the internet to find blogs, websites, etc. where I can respond to a prompt or another Haiku by writing one of my own. So with this new genre to write in I’ve decided to compile an anthology consisting of about 400 Haikus. As of the writing of this report, I’m already written 31 of them, or 7.75% of my desired target. Not bad considering I’m doing it for only a week.

As for my other going projects, I’ve done another round of self-editing of His Darkest Secret by searching for what I call “demon” words. When I search for “NOT” I found 40 which could form a contraction with the preceding word. Each time I found one which did I quickly gazed at the surrounding for possible additional editing. The total word count got reduced to approximately 76,775. Then I moved to the word “THAT”, when I began I had 375 of them, now halfway through the manuscript, I’m down to 185 of them, increasing the word count by 275 to a total of 77,050. Each time I eliminated one “THAT” I also mentioned to tighten up what I’d written around the sentence it appeared in.

I really wanted to write more, however, the cat my OH and I have owned for almost 19 years, died at age of about 20 as he slept on Sunday. We’re having him cremated on Tuesday with his ashes being buried on Wednesday.

Hopefully, I writing this week will help me deal with his loss; and this coming weekend we’ll look in getting another cat from a nearby shelter.

Monday, June 23, 2014


Hopefully this coming week will allow be to finally allow me to get back to writing much more than I’ve done for the past few weeks.

As you know if you’ve been following these Weekly Status Reports you’ll know I’m quite involved with the groups on LinkedIn and that recently I became a Manager of my third LinkedIn group [Writer’s Hangout] We’re getting almost 500 requests a week to join so far, and I’ve just got a handle on reviewing each request in addition, to the other seven groups I handle. And with everything finally setting into place, normalcy has finally returned

On Thursday, I got back to work on my YA Urban Fantasy novella, The Secret of the Well, and discovered the error which had led me to believe a character all of a sudden became missing. With this resolved I finished writing the chapter I left in the middle, and then wrote another, brief but important, chapter bring the total for this week to six more pages and about 1,600 more words. This brings the stats for this endeavor to 16 Chapters, 63 pages with approximately 19,450 words; which in essence means I’ve completed just over 55% of what I’ve planned to write.

Friday I wrote another Flash Fiction response to Lillie McFerrin’s prompt word for the week of “FENCED,” which brings me to the final item I’ve planned to write for my Flash Fiction anthology. It also brings me to the task of my self-editing the manuscript, and formatting the appearance of each of the full paged-size pages [6” x 9”]. Hopefully, by the end of next month, I’ll be finished with this phase self-publishing and formatting. I’ve also got to finalize getting the cover designed.