Ok, so I didn't write anything last night. Not the next vampire scene, not a single word on A Secret Well Kept (new title for BN project, what do ya think?), and not another sentence on the romance. We had company. They arrived about a half hour after I walked in the door last night. I had time to change my clothes and eat dinner. But I enjoyed myself and I'm glad they stopped in. I don't get to see my baby sister very often now that she lives in Florida. We played cards, talked, laughed, looked at my photo albums, and made a date for tonight.

So, guess what? No writing tonight either.

Although, on an up note, my sister wants to read Dragonborn: The Beginning. She just needs to get it away from Mom, who still hasn't read the darn thing. (Likely because it's not a romance and that's about all Mom reads.)

So, until next week.....be safe and have fun!

It's a wonderful day! The sun is shining, my major pain-in-the-tooshy project at work is out of my hands and into the printers, I got a 103 points out of 101 (extra credit is great!) on my mid-term, and I'm writing again.

I haven't worked on my BN project but I will. First I want to focus on the short vampire story. I haven't written anything dark in a long time. It feels good in a sinister sort of way. I'm being mean and getting away with it! I intend on writing the next scene tonight. I expect some blood....

I also started a fantasy romance. Pure romance in a fantasy setting. It's fun! Of course, right now I'm doing this one the old-fashioned way: by the seat of my pants. I intend to change this. Once I get the initial scene down, I'm going to go back and apply the BN class homework to the story. I expect the characters, plot, theme, and symbolisms will improve dramatically once I've had a chance to think things through. I just didn't want to lose the story....sometimes by waiting I lose.--lose the idea, lose the momentum, and lose the passion.

The fantasy romance was inspired by the romance board challenge at Forward Motion. Only I couldn't keep it to 500 words and my characters haven't even met yet. That happens at the end of the chapter when he drags her from the cellar where she's hiding from him and the dragon he rode in on.

I have quite a bit to do at work right now but it's much more manageable than it has been since September 5th when the semester started. Hard to believe seven weeks can be so rough. Sometimes, when the phone is ringing and the emails are stacking up, I'm certain I won't survive it but somehow I always do.

Well, I took my mid-term exam today. I think I did pretty well. I'm certain I didn't flunk. :-)

I'm writing a short story about ghosts and vampires. Halloween inspiration, I suppose. It's turning out better than I expected and I'm finding it very entertaining to write. I just need to get it finished, proofed, rewritten, and out by October 30th. A week and a half goal. I can do this. Really. I can.

I'm also going to do two chapters on my BN project this week. Rough only. I'm not going to worry about proofing or editing. Just write. Write and write and write.

My comments aren't working. Wonder why.....don't have time to look into it right now...maybe later.

Me again. Taking a couple of minutes to blog, then it's back to work for me. (Dratted day jobs. They take so much effort!)

Someone at Forward Motion started a thread on working full-time and trying to write. Since that pretty much describes me, I composed a hasty answer.

No wonder I haven't been able to get anything done lately!

October 1st! Can you believe it? I can't. Next thing you know...it's Halloween and I have to take the kids trick-or-treating. Of course, this is something I love to do! I love getting the little munchkins all dressed up and taking them out into the night. Since we always take them to the same small town I trick-or-treated in as a child, the activity invariably brings little bits of nastalgia my way. (insert sappy grin)

I have been a bad student and I mean that in more ways than one. First, there's my BN class. I have hardly touched my story. I got scene two done--I think. That leaves one more scene for Chapter One. Maybe I'll get something done tonight. It just depends on the kids, the hubby, and the housework.

The other class I'm taking - you know, the official this-shows-up-on-your-college-transcript kind - is very interesting. When I'm in class, I'm enjoying myself. When I'm home, I hardly have time to crack a book. I know this won't last indefinitely. I just have to get through the next couple of weeks....by then the Winter 2003 Schedule booklet will be in print and available on the web. I might have a life after that.

Later!