Be a brick in the sheltering wall of love and tolerance. Mortar yourself to others to fortify everyone standing against the darkness. 

-bethany

~ Tuesday Teaser ~

~ Tuesday Teaser ~

I don't have much this week!  Life's been pretty quiet other than getting ready for Christmas, buying Christmas gifts, ordering chainmaille (which I still need to do) for Christmas gifts and playing with kitties. What else can I say is going on?  Not much other than...

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What Does It Mean To Be Done?

What Does It Mean To Be Done?

Is it true?  Could I be done?  I am not sure.  I finished the latest book rewrite/edits based on beta feedback, and I feel like the story is more solid.  It feels weird to be 'done' and not stressing about finding time to write.  I've got other project ideas, but...

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That time I wished I could snap my fingers and be done

That time I wished I could snap my fingers and be done

On my best day, I'm not the best blogger.  On my worst day, I'm pretty terrible.  I struggle with finding time to write, and I feel an ever-increasing pressure to perform to impossibly perfect standards that no human should ever have to hold themselves up to....

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Safety in Security

Safety in Security

I liked Benjamin Franklin's quote that I used for the featured image of this post because it speaks to the safety of security.  How distrust and caution can lead to the feeling of security and protection.  It's true, too, that exercising caution can prevent injuries....

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The Distractions of Travel

The Distractions of Travel

I always have grand ideas to write or to plot, plan, and finish things when I travel.  I'll have all this time, I tell myself, surely I can get it all done.  Invariably, I overestimate the amount of viable available time I do have.  I usually stay up too late, sleep...

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Little Month Around the Corner

Little Month Around the Corner

I begin with an idea, and then it becomes something else. ~ Pablo Picasso This statement is very true for me.  As I close in on the last part of Origins -- which may yet undergo another name change -- the final product looks very different from that first NaNoWriMo...

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Unintended Excerpt

Unintended Excerpt

Creativity is intelligence having fun. ~ Albert Einstein So I didn't mean to grab this screenshot (I have a bad habit of accidentally grabbing images of my home screen), but since I did, I thought I'd share. I'm terrible at sharing things before they're ready, so this...

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Back in Business: An Update

Back in Business: An Update

I am terrible at blogging, so I'm trying to tie blogging into something I love: coffee.  So here we go, unwinding the complication of internalization of experience into a cohesive (and enjoyable) layering of expectation.  All with a cup of coffee in hand.  I theorize,...

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The Kitchen Sink Update

The Kitchen Sink Update

What a whirlwind summer!  Not only did my husband and I celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary, but we also bought a new house and moved.  I've had very little time for anything OTHER than being sick (all of July) and moving (all of August), and now we are in a...

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Food: Bracing for Impact

Food: Bracing for Impact

Lunch comes around, and it's way too hot to go out.  I mean, skin-meltingly hot.  Okay, maybe not for other parts of the world, but for San Diego, it's hot.  I both love and hate food.  I've never been a particularly robust eater (I am very picky), but in the last...

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A Snail’s Pace

A Snail’s Pace

What a crazy month!  And it's almost over, somehow.  My birthday is zooming closer and closer, and that means the end of the month looms.  And then "my month" is over.  Which always saddens me, because I LOOOOVE my month. In the midst of work busyness, we might be...

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All Roads Lead Nowhere

All Roads Lead Nowhere

My roads are always under construction.  But not the good kind.  Not the kind that gets better each time you drive through them, no.  I feel like I'm the 30-year construction project that only ever seems to get worse, causing traffic backups and delays.  The kind...

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Life Lessons

Summer is nearly upon me.  June is my month!  Not only does it hold my wedding anniversary (15 years this year!!) but it also has my birthday!  I love my birthday.  I've never been worried about the years building behind me because I've never bought into age being a...

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The First Summit

After two years in the making, I have finally written the final word on this Manuscript.  The Fucking End.  Only it's not, right?  This is the first mountain, and it might feel like the largest peak to scale, but even that's not true.  Now it's time for the first...

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On the Road; Well Traveled

On the Road; Well Traveled

efore Christmas, I was stuck in the curve of failure and the loop of confusion.  I couldn't wrap my head around how I was going to tie everything together.  I had different ideas that only loosely connect....

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The Origin

Tonight, I fully intended to settle down and write some more meat to this story that is hammering to get out.  Instead, after a long day, I lazed about the living room and watched science shows on television. I had, after all, just pumped out 50,000 words over the...

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[NaNoWriMo] Kingdom of Rust: Chosen

NaNoWriMo Information Rikchikchik / Novels / Halcyon Code: Chosen Gearing Up!   I have set up my Nano page and cobbled together a new synopsis!  It's a working synopsis for now, but that's because I'm more interested in finishing than refining a synopsis.  I'm about...

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Inspiring Inspired Inspiration

What's been happening? It's been a few months since my last update.  Let's see, a lot has happened in even the near three-month gap.  In September, I adopted my two little muses: Summer and Winter.  They've been such a joy and have kept me pretty busy.  Plus, I was...

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Reuse, Recycle, Rebuild

It's been a long time since I last updated.  A lot has happened since then! In the crazy midst of an incredibly hectic work time, I've finally found my stride.  Not only do I feel it is the right decision to re-write the story, I believe that it will be that much...

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One draft, two drafts, three

The hardest part of writing is to not second guess yourself, I suppose.  I had completed the entirety of the manuscript and handed it off to a beta reader, though I suppose she ended up being more of an alpha reader.  I was really excited and the feedback I received...

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100% Complete: Where To Now?

Untitled Novel's Update I have come to the end of the first road for my untitled project.  I completed the book on Friday, April 29th, and now I'm a little bit at a loss as to what to do next.  Not that I don't know what I want to do, but that I want a little bit of a...

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100% of 50k: Excerpt #4

Camp Nano Progress I have reached my Camp Nanowrimo goal of writing 50,000 words.  This is not the end of my story, however, but it is a valued, achievable goal.  I won at the game of writing, and I will continue winning.  This is the last excerpt for a while as the...

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All Fired Up @ 75%: Excerpt #3

Camp Nano Progress All excerpts are lifted straight from the uncut, unpolished, unedited Nano project. This Week's Excerpt: Cam's POV “Cam?  You okay?”  It’s my sister’s voice and the pound of her hand against the old wooden door that rattles it in it’s old frame....

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Halfway Point: Excerpt #2

Camp Nano Progress This Week's Excerpt: Ember's POV “Ember,” Catie turns to me with a tablet in hand, the clear glass lit up with the image results of the scan, “We have a problem.” “Hmmm?” I’m marginally interested because my own reports are coming through, and some...

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Steady Progression: Excerpt #1

I'm about 25% of the way through my word count goal of 50,000 words for Camp Nanowrimo this April.  I'm averaging about 2,000 words per day.  Some days more, some days less.  The point being that I'm using this to get into a habit of writing at least every day or...

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Project: Origins

 

 

 

Built on monetized emotion and hidden behind a Wall, the City hovers on the brink of destruction. Rebels and Government collide when unrest swells. One girl escapes the ashes of betrayal and must embrace her destiny. The City’s fate hangs in the balance of her choices, while an ancient entity stirs.

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People coming together and helping to rescue thousands of horses in Bonsall. Photo by Bryan Jones beautiful sight! #Lilacfire

A lil’ teaser since there’s no new #novel news. .
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#writersofinstagram #writer #amwriting #amwritingfantasy #teasertuesday #author #authorsofinstagram https://t.co/tkpuJU4Ol0

Awesome. @Staples can't remove my email that some dude used on his rewards account because HE didn't call in. I did, but I'm the owner of the account someone used without MY permission. Why do MY rights not matter? @Staples won't even call the customer and fix it.

Being 'done' is more terrifying than having a 'work-in-progress' to hide behind. It's time to figure out the next steps... after another round of feedback. https://t.co/prUbHbChD4 via @authorbethany

Finished the final #novel edits. Then promptly had a sync error and thought I lost 20,000 words. Talk about instant panic followed by instant relief when I recovered the work. #authorlife #writerslife #amwritingfantasy #amwriting

4200 words on the #novel this morning, despite distractions like this one. I feel like I’m back in my creative groove after being away for far too long. #amwriting #amwritingfantasy #writersofinstagram #writer #authorsofinstagram #author https://t.co/Ib2s2PCydR

My #muses abandoned me for the window. Happy #caturday! #amwriting #amwritingfantasy https://t.co/HxYN9rgRO8

Can you tell these 2 apart? #RescueCub🐯 (left) is lighter in color & the Sumatran has a rounder head.
#Caturday #Catpanions
📷:Lisa Diaz

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An old #shortstory I had written with a friend (Nightmare) that got selected for publication in the Dark Heart Anthology! Every time I feel like I'm not an #author, I remember that I have a short story published in this Anthology. #lunchtimemusings https://t.co/fJCt4EiacQ

Instead of #writing last night, I made a #teaser for my #novel. #amwriting #amwritingfantasy #writersofinstagram #… https://t.co/Wmjme0ygT7

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