Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Updates and stuff

Some of my readers have been asking how things are going with my writing, and since I'm currently sick and tired of editing, I suppose I'll post what's goin' on.
At the moment have 8 and 3/4 manuscripts completed and several started. I've restricted myself on writing over the last month, as I need to finish edits on some to prepare to send into publishers. The problem I run into is all I want to do is write. I have so many ideas piling up that I can't keep up. Knowing my writing will go nowhere without editing and sending them in, I force myself to edit. As you can tell from my posts, I'm not the best at grammar, so it takes me longer than most writers.
The book I'm currently working on is particularly hard to edit. There is a great amount of research when writing anything from another time period. Thanks to fellow writers, they have directed me to where I need to go to get things right. The challenge I face with this book is the time change and difference in characters. It is a time travel Regency (1808 England to be exact), so I have a character from the modern age interacting with those from the nineteenth century. Getting the language right is imperative for my readers.
So, I will edit until my brain is shriveled to the size of a pea.
Writing isn't the only thing that sucks up my time. I have children, which of course takes the most time of all, but when I'm not doing my mommy duties or writing, I draw. Last week I finished a book cover for a fellow writer. It will be the 5th in an Owen Family Saga called, "Gone For A Soldier" by Marsha Ward. She's currently writing said book and is unclear when the release date will be. Once she's done with her book cover reveal I'll post the artwork here on my blog and the link to where you can purchase the book.
As for other art projects, I have a few lining up. We'll see how they come about. I'll keep you all updated.
Last month I had the privilege to attend a few book release parties. One being Julianne Donaldson's "Blackmoore". I was tickled pink to see my artwork in her book. Thanks again Julie! Click here for a look at her book.
Over the last three months I've pushed myself to getting healthier and it's been working. I've gone off sugar, even so far as cutting out some breads that contain sugar and also dressings. There are times when I go out to eat and nothing on the menu will satisfy and I don't want to be stuck eating carrots and celery, so I cave and eat something that contains the smallest amount of sugar or honey possible. So far I've felt and seen improvements. I feel better and went down two sizes in pants. The biggest reward is how I feel and the fact that I haven't been sick in months (knock on wood).
Now that fall is upon us I've got the itch for baking and cooking. It always happens to me at this time of year. I love to bake, and all my favorite things I used to bake have sugar in them. Booooo! :(. As you can see on my previous posts I'm experimenting with some of my usual recipes and trying some new ones as well. The apple pie was mostly a success. I've been able to make my own bread by substituting stevia in place of sugar.
This week I started making my traditional chocolate suckers for the trick-or-treaters in my neighborhood. If I can scrounge up enough time in the day I might make some chocolate eyeballs. I haven't decided what I will fill them with yet. Coconut is always a popular choice. I will also try to make myself some chocolates from sugar free chocolate I mentioned in a previous post. I'm crossing my fingers that they melt well enough.
Well, that about sums up what I've been doing. I'd love to hear from you and know what you think of my recipes. Try them out and comment. :) Pin It

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