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Oct. 22nd, 2012

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Emerging From Cover : released! (Win a copy)

From the Publisher | on Amazon.com

PDF copies are available upon request for reviewers!

Please comment to win a free PDF copy. Let me know how I can contact you if you're the winner. :) Thank you!

(Drawing will be held Oct 26, 2012: winner gets one PDF copy of the story.)

Oct. 1st, 2012

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Men and Dragons - accepted!

I need a new icon. One with dragons in it.

My novel Men and Dragons has been accepted by MuseItUp Publishing, with the tentative projected ebook release date of May 2013. They have print options, too! :)

Yes, I'm excited. And scared. And excited again! :D

Aug. 12th, 2012

Writing

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I'm writing a new story! I don't know yet whether it will be just for me or turn out to be something I submit somewhere. But it's from my heart. :-)

I'm also getting some ideas for how to revise "Knight and Wizard." I'm thinking about a total rewrite, and maybe changing a lot of things. :)

Jul. 14th, 2012

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bromance challenge~!

Participating in this challenge:

http://bromancestory.livejournal.com/


With this story:
Pistols and Brothers

By Bailey Montagne

When Myles Hudson comes up to Everard Crowe in a gaming establishment, accuses Everard of killing his brother, and then shoots him in the leg, how could the two possibly end up as friends? Read this story to find out.
7,700 words
Violence; Rated PG

Jul. 5th, 2012

Writing

update

Hard at work on "Emerging From Cover edits."

Reading Georgette Heyer lately. :) I love this author's work!

Hoping to send out Men and Dragons again soon, after I have the time to do one last tweak of a few scenes and add a bit more description (I hope). :)

Also, I just had a burger and now I'm eating too much toast. Apparently I love toast!

Jun. 21st, 2012

Writing

Editing~

Hi! I'm working on edits. "Emerging from Cover" edits, and also going over Men and Dragons yet again. (I love this story SO much, but I realize that doesn't necessarily mean it's actually good.)

Jun. 10th, 2012

cat & teddy

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Augh. I have so much to figure out!!!!

I keep thinking I'm starting to really figure out writing, editing, subbing, publishing industry, and stuff like that. Then there's more...

Maybe someday I'll figure it out. I've got to keep trying, I guess.

I really really really hate the feeling that I should be waving my hands in the air whenever I try to talk to somebody and shouting, "I have Asperger's! Stop misunderstanding me and try to make sense when you communicate!"

Can't do that, alas.

May. 27th, 2012

cat & teddy

Writer's Block: Pigs or Peas?

I fall in the middle. :) I'm not a vegetarian, but I don't eat a lot of meat most days. Sometimes I don't eat any. It just doesn't always sound or taste good to me.

One of my favorite foods is tapioca! I don't have a recipe for it, I just follow the directions on the box. Yeah, I'm sophisticated. ;)

May. 24th, 2012

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Soldier Boy - Musings



http://musapublishingbloghops.blogspot.com/


My publisher is doing a Blog Hop with the theme of support the troops (for Memorial Day). This is my first blog hop, so I hope I do okay!

I've been informed that if you add me as a 'friend' on Facebook and leave a comment, you can be entered into a drawing for a free book from my publisher!! Here's the link: (me on Facebook

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One of my favorite songs is an Oldie: "Soldier Boy." It's melancholy, mushy, sweet--and gets stuck in my head for days on end.

I've never loved a 'Soldier boy' so I can't say I understand the experience. I just like the song, the idea of the faithful girlfriend waiting and rooting for her soldier boy.

When I was ten years old I had a crush on a neighbor boy who was my age (but always seemed much more mature!). He grew up and got married and right now, he's serving overseas, someone else's 'soldier boy.' It's so hard to think of that little boy as a hardened soldier. He always amazed me even as a kid, so I'm sure he's doing a great job.

I don't get to see life as a soldier's girlfriend, and sometimes I'm very grateful because I know it must be harrowing to worry about the ones you love. My mom's best friend is that boy's mother, and it takes a toll on her, hoping every day that her son will be safe.

I can't imagine how hard it is to give your all, serve your country, and come back home injured or with inner wounds. I want to support the men and women who do, though.

I was watching a TV show about Vietnam with my dad a few months ago, and it really stuck with me how hard it was for the men who served there, what a hellish experience it was, and then when they finally survived and felt so glad to come home... there were people who hated them, and blamed them for everything people hated about Vietnam. I never want to see that happen again. We need to support the men and women who go overseas to die for us, and if we don't agree with the politics and decisions, then we need to work on making changes--not shaming or ignoring veterans.

Even though I can't really know what the veteran experience is like, it's a theme in my novella (Emerging From Cover) that's coming out from Musa publishing soon. The main character, Hanson, had a really hard time in Vietnam, and has been hiding out in the forest of Pennsylvania till he feels better. The story is about his journey from the forest, "emerging from cover," back into life as a civilian, and the people he helps along the way, and who help him. I love to read and write about friendship and emotional healing, whether in the context of veterans or others.

Even though I don't really know how anyone can heal from the wounds that sometimes come with serving in the armed forces, I'm grateful for those who don't give up.

My own dad was a 'soldier boy' (actually, a 'sailor boy!'), before I was born. It's so hard for me to imagine him as that 18-year-old dressed in his white hat--the same hat he let us kids use for dress-up years later.

There are so many people in America who are veterans or have loved them. Maybe that's enough reason to like 'Soldier Boy.'



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May. 10th, 2012

cats read

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reposted from: http://xhebepiv.livejournal.com/319284.html

Beautiful. <3 <3

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