31 March 2017
Bronchitis and Author Down
More of this quarter has seen me sick than not—and I never get sick. No really. I get mild symptoms for two or three days, maybe four, and that’s it.
But Tuesday 10 January was different.
I had a scratchy throat when I went to bed, fully expecting it to be gone when I got up. It was not. Not only was it not gone, but I had a fever and chills (only recognized when I got up the following day without fever and chills—again a rare-to-never occurrence.)
From there I developed a head cold which sank into a chest cold and graduated itself to full blown bronchitis. Two inhalers and an injection later, it’s STILL not completely gone!!
The blog has suffered, but worse, the writing has taken a crushing hit—I am two months behind schedule. The next several weeks will be dedicated to making up for lost time.
To that end, I made an executive decision (I can do that, it’s my blog! LOL.) For the month of April at least, I have suspended interviews. After writing my own posts (which I had already suspended for the duration of writing this series) interviews are the most labor and time intensive posts I do. What’s In Your Kitchen, although not nearly as labor intensive, will also be suspended simply because that’s the one feature that’s the most… expendible.
And per the previous article, the month of April is devoted to getting caught up and back on track. The four stories in Seasons release back to back (July, October, January, and April)—a tall order for me.
I have designated April as my own personal NaNoWriMo, with the goal of writing (at least) 50K words in The Tilting Leaves of Autumn.
The Languishing New Series
I’m 100% Pantzer, well okay, maybe 95-5 split. That said and guesstimating from my unsavory stories which came in between 120K and 130K words each, I figured (with no rhyme or reason) the Seasons books would be closer to 100K even. I have, however, now surpassed the 100K mark in The Long Shadows of Summer, and at this writing (Sunday the 26th) have a few more loose ends to tie up. 110K maybe??
Coming in July.
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Robin E. Mason, Stories by Design Takes a New Direction
That tag at the bottom? That’s the core of my writing. The struggle for identity is a battle within, that I believe we all have to face in our lives. Some own the knowledge they’ve always had, while others—including this writer—have to claw our way to the surface to discover who we really are.
And thus the tales begin…
Coming in 2017
The saving grace with this series is that it’s one.giant.story, told by four main characters, each with their own contribution and perspective to the story. One set of characters, one fictional setting, one timeframe to research (1912 – 1913.) I already have a smattering of words written for each story, and have dipped my toes in Tilting Leaves, and know much of Scarlett’s story. And I know what it is that’s tilting….
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Bonus Feature for Release Day Reviews
Inspired by the lovely Sydney Anderson over at The Sing Librarian Books – http://www.singinglibrarianbooks.com/ – I created several new mini bonus features to hightlight new books on release day. In the line-up are the Blurb, and Excerpt, Mini-Interview with the Author, About the Author, Quotes, Bloopers, Top Ten, and, of course, my Review.
I duplicated them for Wreading Wednesday as well, for books I have not [yet] read but feature when I can to help celebrate the release.
Family Wise – Love is (Still) in the Air
I mentioned last time that all three of my nephews popped the question (and all three gals said yes) First wedding was two weeks ago and it was a spectacular event! One of my granddaughters was the flower girl.
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