THAT ENGLISH LADY. Draft One Complete!

The first real draft of That English Lady, my new book, is complete. I actually typed “THE END” after chapter fifteen and the Epilogue.

Cover 1 TEL fourth draftAnd, as you can see, I have a “provisional” cover. This likely won’t be the final cover, then again…one never knows 🙂 I really just wanted to put a picture in here, truth be told 😉

The much appreciated and continued assistance of my critique group, Northwest Arkansas Writers Workshop, is invaluable to me, especially during the next stage. Cleaning up/editing/polishing. A lot, up to chapter four, has been done, (first time around anyway). I have been trying to keep up with it as I go, so that perhaps it isn’t so daunting to go through the entire book and have to do EVERYTHING all at once. I had to do that with all three Blue Door books and found it rather overwhelming.

I do have a couple more things I would like to add to the first two chapters, (more fore-shadowing, hints, and magical happenings – but NO spoilers for later events!). I am already in the process of that, though. The rest is tweaking and polishing.

So, I think I must crack open a Boston Lager this evening in celebration of completing the first stage 🙂 Long way to go still, but the biggest hurdle is out of the way – finishing the first draft. The editing, I really don’t mind. In a lot of ways I find it as much fun as writing the story, and I get to see my work come even more to life through the process 🙂

Thanks to everyone who has stood by me in my madness of being an author. Especially my husband, Huey. I love you, Honey.


Ridgeline by Pamela Foster, a book launch party.

WP_20140601_002[1]I had a wonderful time and very much enjoyed seeing everyone yesterday at the Apple Blossom Brewery. They and Oghma Creative Media did a great job hosting Pamela Foster’s book launch party for her new book, Ridgeline.WP_20140601_006[1]

Pam read two short sections from the book, which had everyone enthralled. Not only does her writing captivate, but when she reads one is drawn into her story even more.

The Dave Bright Band kept our spirits… well, bright 🙂

WP_20140601_005With their own versions of songs by the likes of Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash. Wonderful voice and that steel guitar…oh man, I love that sound!

Pam even managed to find time to dance with her lovely husband, Jack.

Back to a new normal…

Huey is home. Got him settled with the next dose, trying to keep that all on track. They said he had to stop smoking and have given him nicotine patches. So… before he came home, I went around the house… and the cars… and collected all the smokes (his and mine) and hid them… along with lighters They are in my red room – somewhere 😉. That is now the only smoking room in the house, as it’s far away from the living areas. I do not plan on giving up, but plan to be very considerate and supportive of him, so will only smoke cigs there, or on the porch. I have drug out my electronic cig for use in the rest of the house and the cars, if needed, so that no smoky smell will be there. That should help him. It is currently on charge and a new filter awaits it when it’s ready. SOOOOO glad to have him home! The dogs are all happy, happy, joy, joy too. Loki in particular has missed his dad something awful. He was laying by the foot of Huey’s chair every night, looking at me as if to say ‘now what? where is he?’
So good to be back to normal again… a new normal, but normal nevertheless 🙂
Huey is now down to 8ml in a day… about half what he was on with the pills. The hospital said that would have taken 8 weeks… he did it in 5 days 😉 I had called this morning to make sure if he checked out or not, and the nurse I spoke to said that Huey ‘was a pleasure to look after’, when I thanked her and the other staff for taking such good care of him. He made them laugh every day. That is Huey 🙂