Sunday, December 22, 2013


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From Christina: Robin stopped by my author page one day and left a comment. I replied, we chatted back and forth, and she told me about her debut YA novel, I Kissed a Ghost. I loved the title, and I invited Robin to share a few thoughts about her experiences as an author.  Enjoy!


By Robin Leigh Morgan…

Thursday, December 19, 2013


Well here we are another Thursday and another prompt word from Lillie for us to create our own little five sentence fiction response. This week she’s given us SILVER, and I feel like taking a somewhat different approach to what many of us will consider doing.


As we enter our senior years what do we as a grandparent remember of the ones we had? We remember the home cook meals our grandmothers made for all of our family gatherings. We remember how we could always go to them to get the things our parents wouldn’t get for us.  They were our second home when our parents wanted to go on vacation go they could get away from us spoiled brats for a week or more. But most all we can remember the twinkle in their eyes and the SILVER in their hair.

Friday, December 13, 2013



Whose shoes are these which have been left on my back porch?  Perhaps they belong to the kind gentleman who carried me home on his back after my car got stuck in the mud a mile down the road.  I wanted to invite him to stay until the rain would stop falling and he could dry himself off, but he said he needed to leave, just like the husband I once had who used to wear the same kind of shoes, but he's buried with them on. Could they be a sign that someone will return one day to claim them?

Thursday, December 12, 2013


Just a quick note:

My inability to write anything further is developing into a definite dry period in which not an ounce of movement can be seen on the horizon to write the next word. Anyway in the meantime I've gotten five flash fiction submissions accepted for an anthology whose theme is HIV/AIDS. Most of the submissions have been rewrites of previous FSF endeavors, and one which I'd originally written with the prompt word of "ALONE", the word has now been used as the prompt word by Lillie McFerrin for her Five Sentence Fiction blog site.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Well today I'm back giving my response to Lillie's current word prompt for this week and not the retro ones I've been doing recently. I also want to THANK Lillie for choosing the word I'd sent her as this week's prompt and I hope everyone has fun responding to it.


All had been marvelous in Alice’s, an unwed mother, life since she’d just given birth to a gorgeous baby girl.

Loving her child came easy as she also had a job which paid her enough so her child would never go wanting.

Only there was a dark specter looming over Alice and her child that no one saw coming, a specter which came during a normal occurrence which everyone at one time or another might have experienced during a hospital admission or a visit to the emergency room.

No one would have expected that the blood transfusion she’d received during the caesarian delivery of her child could have been contaminated with the AIDS virus.

Ellen, the gorgeous child Alice had given birth to, now has to go through the rest of her life with the love of strangers and not that of her own mother.

Notice the acrostic format this week, some which is almost becoming a trademark of my responses.

Friday, December 6, 2013


My worst fears have materialized.  After writing 21 chapters, 140 formatted 6″ x 9″ single-spaced pages, and about 40,700 words in about 20 days during November, my mind is blank on what to write next. However, I did write about 750 words / 3 pages for part of a scene in which Jessica and Warren are discussing something related to her dream house for abused women and their children.

If anyone has read any of my Five Sentence Fiction posts, you’d know by now I loved to do them. So in the interim, I’ll be posting about three or four retro responses for the Lillie McFerrin’s prompt words I’ve missed prior to my following her site. [].  I’d love to hear everyone’s response to what I’ve written, and I’d like invite everyone to consider following her site for the wonderful writing exercise her prompts gives each week. You might be able to attract some new followers for your own sites,

Thursday, December 5, 2013


It’s Thursday, and once again Lillie McFerrin [http:/] has posted her weekly prompt word with which we’re to base writing our Five Sentence Fiction. The word Lillie has given us for this week is  HIGHWAY.


HIllary knew precisely what she’d love to do for the rest of her life once she’d graduate college.

Gaining the sheepskin while important it wouldn’t do anything to move her closer to her ultimate goal.

However, meeting the right guy who possesses the right amount of money and power could move her within inches of her desired success.

WAiting for the green light on the HIGHWAY of her destiny would now only be matter of time and patience.

Yet, there’s only one small problem with this happening any time soon; for you see Hillary is only twelve years and is full of the dreams and expectations of a woman beyond her years.

Thursday, November 28, 2013


Besides being involved with the second romance novel I’ve been asked to submit a short story for an anthology which will be out next year. One of the topics for this anthology is HIV/AIDS, so I’m using Lillie’s prompt of HUMAN this week to write the following as one of my contributions, so I would truly love to hear your comments this week.


H enry had always enjoyed the life style he had chosen to live for as long as he can remember.

U nwearied he was in his efforts to help anyone less fortunate suffering with AIDS; he uses each free hour of each day to renew a sense of purpose in his life by helping his fellow man, without any desire to become rich or gain any fame.

M any people continuously admired Henry’s undying efforts, but unfortunately not one of them wanted to become involved for they’ve always been only interested in themselves.  

A ll around him people struggled to eke out a living, not asking for much, but only to survive for another day.  

N ow to be a little like Henry it doesn’t take much; just a little time to act kindly to someone else so they can feel, even for a brief moment that they’re somewhat HUMAN.




Tuesday, November 26, 2013


It’s been four days since I last wrote an update. Well here’s up I’ve been up to since then.

On Friday, aside from personal errands and having lunch at the senior center [guess I’m that old], I spent the entire day marketing my 99cent promotion on KINDLE which ended on Saturday at 11 PM [PT].

I now have three flash fiction submissions accepted for an anthology which is due out next year. And given their length, I’ve been asked to submit some more. It’s a great a way to get some additional exposure.

On Saturday, my OH and I watched “Monsters University” on a DVD from NetFlix. Yes we both still enjoy watching animation films.

As far as my writing is concerned on

Saturday 11/23 I wrote seven pages with approximately 2,300 words.
Sunday 11/24 I wrote six pages with approximately 1,600 words.
Monday 11/25 I wrote two chapters, consisting of nine pages and four pages with approximately 2,900 and 1,100 words respectively.

Given I’ve written 20 chapters, 136 pages and approximately 39,700 since the beginning of November, while I fear the steam has run out for my ability to write at the same rate anymore, I’ll still endeavor to reach 50,000 words by the end of this month.

My Total Count Now Stands AT:
Chapters = 34
Pages = 234
Words = 68,367

Friday, November 22, 2013


I did so much to do a post here yesterday to report my activities and status report, which is the same for Wednesday regarding that day’s activities.  However I’ve been swamped with promoting my 99cent promotion on KINDLE for “I Kissed a Ghost” which ends this Saturday @ 11 PM [PT] [GMT/UT].

On Wednesday, as you read from my post I “got interviewed” by Nicky Wells on her award winning blog site which meant promoting it on Twitter and elsewhere.

I did some more promoting of my Five Sentence Fiction endeavor for the prompt of “LETTERS” which dedicated to OUR VETERANS for which I’m getting quite a few personal message, with each needing to be personally answered.

And I had to spend a few hours taking care of personal matters.

On Thursday, I had been more of the same. And in addition I wrote my response to this week’s prompt of “PIECES” from Lillie McFerrin.

Some good news, I’d been invited to write a short story for an anthology which is due to come out next year. I first submitted my idea for one of the topics of the anthology, and it got accepted. Once I received this acceptance I did a rewrite of my FSF response so it would be appropriate for use on the topic of AIDS/HIV, and submitted it. I’m HAPPY to report my submission got accepted, albeit she actually wanted to have a short story. [But isn’t Flash Fiction a short story ]which has a great deal of “brevity”]

As far as my status is concerned:

On Wednesday I wrote nine pages with about 2,650 words. On Thursday I wrote five pages consisting of approximately 1,350 words. I originally had planned for Chapter 30 to be a few pages longer, however I saw an opportunity to have a chapter break where I left off with my writing   

My Total Count Now Stands AT:

Chapters = 30

Pages = 208

Words = 60,400

I’m using the NaNoWriMo - National Novel Writing Month guidelines; which requires an author to write a minimum of 50,000 words in a month as my motivation. And as of yesterday, I’ve written approximately 32,800 words, making the target figure quite attainable.

Thursday, November 21, 2013


Every Thursday Lillie McFerrin [] presents her readers another prompt for which we’re asked to simply write a Five Sentence Fiction. This week the word she’s given us to use is “PIECES.”

Wisdom Out of the PIECES

P eter didn’t know what to expect when he first heard the news of the approaching storm.

I nstead of paying attention to the precautions being transmitted over the radio and television, he decided to matters into his own hands and headstrong wherever his two feet would take him.

E ver sure he’s doing the right thing; he kept on ignoring all the warnings he heard from everyone around him. 

CE rtainly wisdom would eventually take over; but when?

S hattered PIECES of his life is all that he could find now, after the storm had passed, leaving him with the wisdom he didn’t possess before.
I would appreciate hearing your comments.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013


I’m going to be brief about yesterday.

A good part of the part I’d been busy promoting the 99cents promotion I’ve got running for “I Kissed a Ghost” which ends this Saturday at

[UK] 11:00 PM [GMT/UT]

[US] 11:00 PM [PST]

I also did some promoting of my Five Sentence Fiction endeavor for the prompt of “LETTERS” which dedicated to OUR VETERANS.

And most important I kept my one chapter a day commitment by writing an additional seven pages with approximately 2,040 words

My Total Count Now Stands AT:

Chapters = 28

Pages = 194

Words = 56,402


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Welcome to CentreStage!
Today, it's my great pleasure to welcome the wholly unique Robin Leigh Morgan to my blog. Robin has put together an interview to tell you all a little more about herself... and an anniversary promotion that she is running for the next three days. Read on to find out more! Robin, the stage is yours....
Let’s begin by you telling us a little about yourself?
Today I feel truly honored as I'm the featured guest of the award winning blog belonging Nicky Wells, author of "The Rock Star Romance Trilogy." I'd love to hear all of your questions/comments here as well as my own blog.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


Despite the face I’d been busy during the morning and afternoon yesterday, as well as having to attend a four hour community after dinner, I still managed to write my chapter for the day consisting of seven pages and approximately 2,000 words.
I’ve also received several wonderful comments for my latest “Five Sentence Fiction” for the word “LETTERS,” and if you haven’t done so already, I’d like to invite you to read it now and hopefully decide to leave me a comment.

My Total Count Now Stands At:
Chapters = 27    Pages = 187    Words = 54,360

Monday, November 18, 2013


For this past Friday and Saturday I’d once again failed to write the chapter a day I’d promised myself to write for the month of November. It isn’t that I didn’t want to; I got side-tracked interacting with people regarding the post I’d made this Thursday [Nov 14th] for my Five Sentence Fiction endeavor regarding the word “LETTERS,” which has made quite an impact on those who’ve read it. And given this, I spent several hours working the social media letting people know about this.

On these two days I also had to prepare for the marketing of my $.99 cent celebratory promotion for the KINDLE edition of “I Kissed a Ghost” [see my previous blog entry.] I’d love for everyone to consider getting a copy during this promotion which ends this Saturday, November 23th at 11:00 PM [UT/GMT for the UK and PT for the US]

The good side of all this social media interaction, yesterday my Klout score had gone up 1.09 points to my new high score of 63 [63.24]. It’s about 6:00 AM [ET], my new Klout score hasn’t been determined yet, however I see a strong possibility of it hitting 64 today.

Well yesterday, it had been more of the same for most of the day; that is until the later portion of the day when it became time go out for dinner [we chose OutBack Steakhouse] to celebrate my OH’s birthday.

Anyway, to make a long story short when we got home I was determined to write my chapter for the day, which I did. Although it only contains seven pages and about 2,250 words, this chapter which is part of a back flash, is chockfull of emotions, which I found to be quite difficult to write since I wanted to make the future readers of this Contemporary romance novel will feel the same emotions as my character.

Right now my Total Manuscript Count stands at:
Chapters = 26 
Pages = 180
Words = 52,358

Sunday, November 17, 2013


I so much wanted to do some writing the past two days, however the best laid plans of mice and men oft times go astray.

After laying out the skeleton of what I wanted to write in my next chapter an idea came to my mind, and I've been busy carrying it out.

What idea came to my mind?

I said to myself that since my OH is having a birthday and we’re having our 20th anniversary I decided TO CELEBRATE these two wonderful occasions my having a $.99 PROMOTION for the KINDLE version of my first YA Paranormal/Time Travel/First Kiss romance novel entitled “I Kissed a Ghost”

The promotion runs from:

Sunday, November 17, 2013 12:00 AM [PST] until Saturday November 23, 2013 11:00 PM [PST] 
Sunday, November 17, 2013 12:00 AM [GMT/UT] until Saturday November 23, 2013 11:00 PM [GMT/UT]

Please feel free to pass this information on to your friends or family, and of course, I'd love for you to consider getting a copy for yourself, your daughter or any other young girl member of your family.

THANKS for kind support and being one of my followers on this blog.

Thursday, November 14, 2013


My prediction came true again concerning my inability to keep to my commitment to write a chapter a day. Monday had been the last day for my OH to be with me for the entire day, so we spent the day getting our hair cut and dyed. Yes, we both dye our hair; how else will we be able to look a little younger than we are. After taking care of our hair we went to have some Baked Eggplant Parmesan, fried is out due to our diets.

Tuesday became a day in which I spent a great deal going through the hundreds of emails I hadn’t had a chance to read. I also had to take care of the backlog of posts needing to be approved as well as the requests to join the three LinkedIn groups I own.  If this wasn’t enough I also had to deal all the requests to follow on Twitter, the requests to become my friend on FaceBook, as well the confirmations of the friend request I made; each of these had to be answered individually.
Yesterday, Wednesday, had a day full of prior commitments, from my monthly meeting of the retiree club for the union I once belong to [9 AM to 4 PM including the time using public transportation] and an important community meeting [6:30 PM to 10 PM]; I wound up with no time to write a single word.

Luckily a sense of normalcy has begun to return today. I cleaned up all of my emails and items related to my presence on the internet. I then responded to Lillie McFerrin’s prompt word of “LETTERS” to this week Five Sentence Fiction.  Of course I had to watch two episodes of Season Three of StarTrek: Enterprise streaming on NetFlix to catch up with the entertainment I’ve missed during this same period of time.
As the final hours of Thursday approached I finally sat down and wrote my one chapter daily commitment, this one consisted of five pages and approximately 1,100 words.

My Total Manuscript Count now stands at:
Chapters = 25
Pages = 172
Words = 50,096




It’s Thursday again and Lillie McFerrin [http/] has once again present us with another prompt word, which we’re to use in endeavoring to write a Five Sentence Flash Fiction. The prompt word for this week is “LETTERS.”

This week I decided to be a little more poignant especially since we’ve just celebrated Veteran’s Day here in the US. I’ve also been successful in using the acrostic format which is starting to be my “TradeMark.”

LE slie sat in the den of her home crying.
T he tears which came flowing over her cheeks weren’t ones of sadness, they were ones of the bittersweet remembrances she got as she read the LETTERS which her then future husband had sent her during his first assignment in the Middle East.
TE resa, Leslie’s daughter, sat by her mother’s side trying to console her, but to no avail.
R eluctantly Teresa started to read the LETTERS herself to see the reason for her mother’s dismay.
S adness became infectious because these LETTERS allowed her to get to know the father she never knew, as she fell victim to the words in the LETTERS as well.

Your comments would be appreciated,

Robin Leigh Morgan is the author of "I Kissed a Ghost," a MG/YA Paranormal Romance Novel

Sunday, November 10, 2013


As I wrote on Friday, with my OH home for this week my ability to write a chapter a day would be almost impossible and I’ve been correct again. From Friday until Saturday I only wrote about three pages. However, today, with the change of weather we stayed home and I had a wonderful marathon session of writing for about six hours writing nine pages for a total of twelve and approximately 3,825 words for the chapter I’ve just finished.
Chapter 24 is the longest I’ve written so far and it’s also one of the most important ones.  It is in this chapter that Jessica tells Emily, the head nurse on Bill’s ward and alumnus of the high school they went to, how Bill and she met.
In this chapter we hear about Jessica’s first experiences with Bill’s innate ability to read her thoughts, and the warm, secure feeling she gets every time he embraces her. 
Not only has this chapter been the longest and one of the most important ones, it has also been the most difficult.  After I’d finished my first draft I noticed it had been nearly pure dialogue without a trace of a narrative. I had also written it in the first person which I found somewhat hard to follow as I read through the entire chapter. This meant a total rewrite consisting of changing the POV, adding a narrative, allowing us to hear Jessica’s thoughts on what’s happening, as well as a change in the dialogue itself.
Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day so I’ve got OH home for one more day before things will return to their former crazy normalcy.

My Total Manuscript Count now stands at:
Chapters = 24
Pages = 167
Words = 48,955

Friday, November 8, 2013


As I predicted, with my OH home for this week my ability to write a chapter a day would be almost impossible.  Luckily we had a slight change in our schedule.  We went up to the mall in Stamford CT on Wednesday instead of yesterday as planned; and with the rainy day we had yesterday [Thursday] I stood home doing my writing, while my OH had gotten an earlier appointment with the foot doctor than originally planned.

Yesterday, I got to write one chapter. However, before I copied and pasted it into the actual manuscript, I read it one more time and realized I actually could split this chapter into two.  The end result is I got two chapters, both with six pages; the first one had about 1,725 words and the second one had about 1,650 words.

My Total Manuscript Count now stands at:
Chapters = 23
Pages = 155
Words = 45,117

Thursday, November 7, 2013


It’s Thursday and once again Lillie McFerrin  [] has offered up another one of her prompts for her Five Sentence Fiction blog.

This week she’s chosen to give the word “DANCING” as the word to base your endeavors. Hopefully you’ll enjoy my endeavor where once again I’m using an acrostic format.  I await your comments so I can respond.



DA NCING has always been the favorite pastime for Michael and Charlene ever since they met at their high school prom.

N  early fifty years ago there, they sat, two wallflowers staring at each other while everyone danced.  

C  ursing themselves that no one had come over to ask for a dance all night simply because no one would have thought they had the ability.

IN secure, Michael finally got up the nerve and timidly turned to ask Charlene for a dance, which she nervously accepted.

G  racefully they started to dance to the amazement of everyone there; their dance card now filled for the rest of the night, and their lives.  

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


I should have done this by last Friday; however I became totally engrossed in my endeavor to complete the manuscript for my second romance novel by the end of November. In the last six days I’ve written eight chapters containing forty-nine pages and approximate 14,150 words; making the total my manuscript to be 21 chapters, 143 pages and 41,750 words.

With my OH home since yesterday and not scheduled to return to work until this coming Tuesday. This means I’ll be out and about each day, losing the time I might have been able to devote to my current writing endeavor. Anyway, sitting down at my computer to check my emails I realized I almost forgot about my response to Lillie McFerrin’s – “Five Sentence Flash Fiction” prompt for this week of “ERASED”

The Dream Continues

E d had always dreamt of becoming an astronaut as long as he could remember.
R ealization of this came true when he reached his twenty-ninth birthday.
A las, being the show-off he is, he couldn’t resist the offer to finally jump out of an airplane to get the feeling like a bird soaring through the sky, being held up solely by the air below his body.
S uddenly the air died and disappeared causing him to go blank for a moment, a moment in which he couldn’t find the ripcord.
ED now, his dream being forever ERASED from the world of possibilities, can only sit in his wheelchair to watch the spacecraft he should have been on takeoff; yet he still dreams of becoming the astronaut of his youth, but this time he’d be piloting is spacecraft from the seat of his wheelchair.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Today’s Tuesday, and it’s Election Day. My OH has a day off before beginning a “three day holiday.” We decided to stay home the entire day today resting.  While I went over to the senior center to have my lunch my OH stood home and had a frozen entrĂ©e.  After lunch we met at the community center to vote, and while there my OH bought two chicken dinners from a community group raising funds for their programs for the children in the community.  The two dinners turned out to be quite tasty, and for desert we had also bought two pieces of a sugar-free cake at a cake sale which was also being held there.

So as far as my writing is concerned for today, I had a SPECTACULAR day.  In fact, today I wrote two entire chapters.  The first consisted of six pages with approximately 1,800 words, the second consisted of eleven pages with approximately 3,325 words; making today’s total of two chapters, seventeen pages and approximately 5,125 words.

Given I’ll have my OH home with me until this coming Monday, Veteran’s Day, which is another day off for my OH; I doubt if I’ll have any time to do any writing, or to read and answer all the email I usually do. But such is life when you’re married; you’ve got to set your priorities each day.

My Total Manuscript Count now stands at:
Chapters = 21
Pages = 143
Words = 41,735


Monday has come and gone and my OH, with the Election Day holiday from work today and Veteran's Day next Monday, has taken a few additional days off to have a decent week away from work and we can spend entire days together.

Hopefully with my OH home I still will be able to keep to my goal of writing at least one chapter a day for my current romance manuscript. I know I might have a stuff time going through and responding to my emails the way I usually do.

Anyway, yesterday I once again met my minimum writing goal of one chapter. This one consisted of six pages and contained approximately 1,670 words. Remember, these are 6"x9" formated pages, the same kind of page you usually see in books this size.

My Total Manuscript Count now stands at:
Chapters = 19
Pages = 126
Words = Approximately 36,600

Sunday, November 3, 2013


It’s Sunday night, and about 11:15 PM. It had been a late this morning, I remained in bed while my OH got dressed to go out to get our copy of the New York Times.  I ate no breakfast so I could be free to indulge myself at the Indian buffet we go to once a month.  After all, today they celebrate Dewali, the joyful festival of light [if I’m not mistaken], and I knew from past experience today’s buffet would quite extension, with additional hot/cold items, several desserts [which they usually don’t have].

Returning home and having over indulged “slightly” at the buffet, I knew I needed to take a nap. With nap time over, I caught up with all of my emails.  I so much wanted to watch to tribute episode for Marcia Wallace on “The Simpson” however I didn’t know it would be shown at 7:30 PM.  The good thing is our cable provider has a free On Demand for Fox’s Sunday night lineup.
Yes my OH and I love watching Fox’s Animation. However after “The Simpsons” I decided I needed to keep to the commitment I made concerning the writing of my current romance endeavor, which is to write a chapter a day.

Well today, I’ve succeeded in doing it for a third time. The chapter I wrote to day has eight pages with about 2,350 words.

The Total Manuscript Count now stands at:

Chapters = 18
Pages = 120
Words = Approximately 34,925

Saturday, November 2, 2013


I woke up somewhat early this morning, still half asleep, the first thing I did was to check my email where I found an interview where I did a few weeks had finally gone live. I immediately reblogged this interview onto two of my blog sites, then to begin spreading the word about it.

Being still tired about 45 minutes later I found myself needing to go back to asleep.  By the time I finally got up again it was almost noon, and luckily for me, my OH had already done the laundry.  With my OH out for a few hours to do some banking, run some errands, pick up a prescription me, and eventually return with some food around 4:30 PM.  Having such a late lunch is a good thing for me; heavens know I could lose a few pounds.
Anyway by the time my OH arrived home, I had already typed about three pages, finished checking my email and did some more posting about my interview on the internet.

After consuming my much need sustenance I returned to my writing until around 6:00 PM.  I had started the day out only wanting to type a single chapter however as the chapter began to form on the pages on my computer screen I noticed that instead of only one chapter today, I’d be better off creating two; making the split where there’s a shift/time change where I would have only typed three centered asterisks before continuing the chapter.
The end result today for my writing efforts today resulted in my having written two chapters, consisting of nine pages and approximately 2,500 words.

Manuscript Count now stands at:

Chapters = 17

Pages = 112

Words = Approximately 32,600



I want to tell everyone about one of the best, if not THE BEST, interview I ever had. I wait reading your comments. I'll respond to them as soon as I can.

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Hello everyone! Welcome back to our lair!!
November is the beginning of our Holiday season and the muses and I would like to start celebrating.  We are always looking for something to celebrate, so this makes it easier.  In honor of Thanksgiving, we would like to say we are thankful to all our guest this year and all our wonderful readers that have joined us to meet them!

Friday, November 1, 2013


As I stated yesterday I would be providing regular updates on the writing of my second romance novel.

Help today I've done considrably than I had first anticipated. To start with the entire morning got spent going to an orthopedist regarding the trigger finger I had in the pinky of my left hand.  It's an annoying condition where the first joint first sticks then quickly snaps into the correct position.  The treatment a quick injection of Cortizone right into the base of the tendon for the finger involved in the palm after the area has been sanitized with an iodined [?] solution and then numbed by using a spray which "freezes" the area.

Anyway, by the time I got home and ate my lunch it was already 1:00 PM [ET] when I began to write.  And by around 4:00 PM I had completed another chapter consisting of five single-spaced 6"x9" formatted pages with about 1,400 words.

Manuscript Count now stands at:
Chapters = 15
Pages = 103
Words = Approximately  30,050

Thursday, October 31, 2013


After no real movement occurring in regards to writing my second romance novel for several weeks; today I feel substantial progress has finally been made.  In one day, today, I've been able to write an entire chapter consisting of four formatted pages [6" x 9"], and almost 1,100 words.

Since it has been like a dam had block my creativity all this time, and like a dam springing a leak, I feel I'll be able to make substantial gains each day, for the next few days.  I'll do a quick post each day detailing the progresss I've made.


Feeling Festive! Spirits of Christmas ~ A Rock'n'Roll Christmas Carol

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Ho, Ho, Ho!

1 November heralds the start of the Christmas season in my house. From this day, I'm allowed to put on the Christmas rock songs and crank the stereo up loud. So I can't think of a better day to bring you this, at last. My special mini surprise project, the one I've been promising you since...ooooh... May.
Here's I blog post from Nicky Wells I feel you might be interested in reading.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


On October 19th, I last wrote about the status of my writing my second romance novel, and I mentioned I'd just complete Chapter 13.  After finish writing this chapter and posting about it here I noticed I had a substantial time gap between this chapter and what I've outlined as the storyline for the rest of my manuscript, so I've been busy these past few days tweaking the storyline my notes to drastically reduce this time gap. 

Right now I believe I should have this issue totally resolved by Friday, and that I can now seriously get down to finishing this manuscript by the middle of December.

THANKS for being here with me as I continue on my journey to write my second romance novel.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Another week has gone by and I’ve finally decided how I’m going to respond to the prompt of “DETERMINATION” which Lillie has given us to write our Five Sentence Fiction.

It took me a bit of time, but I’ve succeeded in not only writing my response, I’ve done it as acrostic with the beginning of each sentence containing part of the prompt word itself.

Would love to hear everyone’s feedback on the following:


DE aling with trying to become an established author takes a deal of DETERMINATION, especially when nothing you try takes you a step closer to your goal.

TER ror of failure begins to seep into every part of your being and you become lost in the world of despair.

MIN dful of the rewards you can reap you drudge forwards.

AT no time can you ever look backwards for if you do, you’ll be lost forever.

I ON a path of success is what you must keep on repeating to yourself, regardless of how bad the grammar might; because if you do, you’ll ultimately succeed at the goal you’ve set in front of you.

Friday, October 18, 2013


I’m finally on my way again writing my second romance novel, a still untitled Contemporary romance with a paranormal element running through parts of the storyline. It has taken me almost two months to decide which way I should take the wedding scene in Chapter 13.  We all have experienced weddings before, including that of our own; so the question became what kind should I write about?  Should there be a religious wedding set in a religious institution of some sort, a commercial setting or a private location; or should the wedding be one where the couple writes their own vows? In reality the final location I decided upon had been set previously within the storyline, and changing it now would entail rewriting those scenes/pages from my manuscript.  The type of vows Jessica and Warren decided upon I’m not disclosing at this time, but I might do it later when I start releasing UNEDITED SNIPPETS, much in the same manner I did here for my first romance novel, a YA Paranormal/Time Travel/First Kiss romance novel entitled “I Kissed a Ghost”.  [These snippets can be found under the “GHOSTLY WHISPERS” category for this blog.]

Right now, I’ve got 13 Chapters completed and containing 94 6” x 9” formatted pages and approximately 27,600 words. [I’m formatting my pages as I write them.]

Thursday, October 17, 2013


Well given I’m finally returning to writing my second romance novel in earnest, I’m back here where hopefully I’ll once again use Lillie’s prompts to get the creative juices inside those little grey cells I’ve got inside my heading flowing again.

This week Lillie McFerrin has given us the prompt of “MALICE” with which to write our Five Sentence Flash fiction.  PLEASE leave your comments and if you’re not already following blog here, I’d like to invite you to do so.


M urder is the action Sean decided to take against the person who had cheated with his wife.

AL one on a deserted dark street near the person’s job would be the location.

I n an instant it would happen, in a wink of an eye the ghastly deed would take place, and it was so done.

C arefully making sure he has any evidence which would connect him to the crime, Sean begins to run for his life.

E scaping from the scene Sean immediately trips on the wet pavement and wakes up a moment later; for luckily for him, it had only been a dream.


I’ve been extremely lax about posting here lately. But at the same time I’ve been busy with other endeavors.

I’ve cleaned out all the FANS I used to have on Twitter; they’ve been connected to or simply “BLOCKED.” At the same time I’ve reduced my non-followers down to a level which I’m going to keep my account. I accomplished both of these by using

I’ve also been busy on FaceBook increasing my exposure and getting over 40 new friends each day.

It’s been a lot of work and with everything basically in place, the time to adequately manage these sites have been reduced to an extremely workable amount of time.

With this done I’m finally returning today to writing my second romance novel. This time it’s a still untitled adult Contemporary with a paranormal element as part of the storyline.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

REBLOG of Nicky Wells' Latest Blog Entry # 3

EXTRA TIME! @MichelleBetham shares the release of Book 2 in the Striker Trilogy
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Welcome to CentreStage!
It is with tremendous excitement that I welcome back today the one and only Michelle Betham! It's not terribly long ago that Michelle shared with us the new cover for the first book in her Striker Trilogy and whoa... today, she's telling us all about the second book: EXTRA TIME!

Extra Time - Book #2 in the Striker Trilogy is released!

I've been busy with an onslaught of followers on Twitter for some reason. I'd received almost two hundred over a three day period. Anyway I wanted to share Michelle Betham's latest release with you from one of my favorite bloggers. Please leave your comments there as well as here. - THANKS

REBLOG of NIicky Wells' Latest Blog Post #2

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Welcome to CentreStage!
It is with tremendous excitement that I welcome back today the one and only Michelle Betham! It's not terribly long ago that Michelle shared with us the new cover for the first book in her Striker Trilogy and whoa... today, she's telling us all about the second book: EXTRA TIME!

Extra Time - Book #2 in the Striker Trilogy is released!

I've been busy with an onslaught of followers on Twitter for some reason. I'd received almost two hundred over a three day period. Anyway I wanted to share Michelle Betham's latest release with you from one of my favorite bloggers.  Please leave your comments there as well as here. - THANKS

Sunday, September 29, 2013

REBLOG of Nicky Wells' Latest Blog Entry # 1

I've been one of Nicky Well's biggest followers. There hasn't been a week I haven't responded to her blog, especially on Mondays when she offers a musical selection; and I respond with one which relates to the topic of the entry or the question she asks.  I hope you'll enjoy reading it.

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On this day in 1993 (a Monday, if memory serves), a historic event transpired at Dover Ferry port, at about 10 a.m. Slightly bleary-eyed after a 4 a.m. start, a long drive, and a two-hour journey on the SeaCat across a very 'lumpy' English Channel (the captain's words, not mine), I emerged onto British soil for good. I was 20 years old.
This week Nicky has written a very personal entry which starts with her going to college in the UK from her native 20 years ago, falling in love, getting married, and beginning to raise a family, along with some other tidbits. And from the looks of things she there to stay in the UK. But don't let me tell you everything....READ IT for yourself.