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My Writing Day with an Unproductive Brain

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me: Okay, this isn't going to work. I have these characters drinking tea again. They need to do something else immediately. These words are chopped. Two hundred gone. And let's see, the confrontation is coming up soon. Any suggestions?

also me:Oh. My. God. Why bother? No one reads your books. No one thinks they're anything more than adequate. You can't seem to change your style to fit what people want. You're old news. OLD. NEWS. Stale old voice. There's no point in writing yet another book that no one will wants--

me: How about if they finally talk instead of just hinting around? Yeah, and maybe that guy will say what's been on his mind since chapter two.

also me: Jesus. So boring. Talk, talk, talk. You know that your--

me: How about if they--

also me:--you know your books are worthless because people want conflict and angst. They don't want to read another book with so little at stake.

me: Good point for once. Let's get some conflict with an actual mean…

Return to routine

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I just noticed that Lois McMaster Bujold likes Ben Aaronovitch too.  I saw that mention on her blog which shows up on her Amazon page.  Which reminded me of my own blog and .... maybe this will show up on my Amazon page?

If it does, and you've clicked on the link, hello! Here it is, my new cover for a new novella -- the first new book in a while, actually.

Have you missed my writing? Whoops, never mind, not going to rub a toe in the dirt and peek over at you to see if I get some pats on the head.

I've missed it and that's going to get me cranking again



This was inspired by Bonnie Dee who wrote to me and said, hey, want to write a story about dogs and guys? 

Yes please. Yes. A nice break from reality and, hoo boy, I have missed routine and fun stories.

Thank you, Bonnie. I'm going to include an excerpt to her book at the back of mine. Hers will show up May 20, I think.

HOT UNDER THE COLLAR will be out in May too -- probably May 15.


fading away...but 2 glasses of wine make it ok