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Curiosities

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I’m so glad you found me! This is the space where I reflect on random things, tell real-life stories, share story ideas, story snippets, and make odd connections. It’s one of many external repositories for my brain dumps and more crafted bits of sharing.

I have a variety of interests and love learning new things, so there’s breadth to things I read and write about, as well as study. Perpetual student. My formal studies focused on Restoration/18th century British literature but I came upon an idea for a medieval Scottish Historical and played with it for a few years. That’s a story for another time. I liked those characters but they were difficult in their own ways. I needed seemingly straight forward characters to finish my first novel. I say seemingly because everything is not as it appears to be. Isn’t life like that, too? I plotted and partially wrote another Scottish historical and loved those characters, but was sidetracked by life. Years later, I decided to become more and less serious about writing. Oxymoron, yes. I’ll also write about that, later. In part, it’s the principle of holding on too tightly and not relaxing. There were a lot of rules rolling around in my head, some of them conflicting and contradicting each other. That combination didn’t allow for progress. I had to let go of expectations and overly strict rule following, and enjoy the ride.

I took craft classes but had to change that up, as well. Last summer, I was asked to work on a new project instead of trying to fix those Scottish historicals I previously mentioned. It made total sense. However, I had no idea what I wanted to do, moderately stressing myself out. Who am I kidding? I was really stressed out. However, there was one exercise I did for this class that didn’t work out as well for the purpose of the exercise but was a kernel of excitement for me. (If you must know, it was about foreshadowing. I was foreshadowing something bigger and less obvious, but could’ve done better for the purposes of the exercise.) It was totally different than what I had played with previously. With the instructor’s approval and enthusiasm, I ran with it. That kernel eventually turned into a post Civil War period historical with western and romantic elements. It was fun. It was different from what I worked with and what I imagined doing.

So, that’s where this story begins–in the Arizona Territory. I have four novels planned for this series, starting with The Reluctant Bandit. That will be coming this summer, 2020. This is one of the projects where I have a fairly linear idea of where I’m going. I put the inner critics in a timeout (they didn’t stay there, trust me; it was like having them in the backseat of my car as I’m driving–they tried to climb over the seat while I had one hand on the wheel, beating them back with the other, twisted awkwardly while trying to drive safely), yes that was long–I’ll start a new sentence. I allowed myself to enjoy these characters and let them tell me the stories they wanted to tell. Some of the characters surprised me, especially the villains. I tend to be circular with some linear aspects, because, well, I have to. Be linear, that is. It makes logical sense but my mind gets swirly and excited about things, and I have to eventually rein it in. I’m powered by squirrels, distractions, digressions, and random thoughts.

Welcome to my world. I’m glad to have you.

Pinkerton

I love that today’s word of the day is Pinkerton! I’m currently plotting out my third book in the Lawlessness & the Law series featuring Travis, the U.S. Marshall. His heroine is a Pinkerton agent and isn’t what Travis expects her to be or judges her as. She’s also a strong woman, not to be controlled. Travis is her complete opposite–he was the controlled and exacting character introduced in The Reluctant Bandit,…

Scene idea, abandoned towns, and the telegraph

Scene idea, abandoned towns, and the telegraph

In The Reluctant Bandit, Wanted posters aren’t giving Sheriff O’Donnell the answers he’s looking for or needs. He has to find a different way to procure information that’s quick. Enter the telegraph. It may seem odd or somewhat implausible that the telegraph would make its way into a vast and sparsely populated expanse such as the Arizona territory, but it did. It was a boon for both the military as well as…

Pirate Saga, continued…

Pirate Saga, continued…

I went back for a checkup and K said to me, “Oh, I have something from L for you.” She handed me a piece of paper, which is the image above. Lol. Unfortunately, K said I was “too quick” walking from my car to the office that she didn’t have time to put on an eye patch (see parts I and II for the full story/explanations). I have to go back next…

You’re Invited! Sage’s Pop-up for Writers

You’re Invited! Sage’s Pop-up for Writers

Sage Adderly-Knox and Lynn M. Stout are two women I thank in my Gratitude section of The Reluctant Bandit. They, among other people and situations, are the reason I was able to get this book done. Friendly support and being seen and heard are huge. People often think that craft is the only thing they have to worry about when writing a book, but they focus on that to the detriment of…

Monogamy, The Novel

Monogamy, The Novel

I resisted downloading this book multiple times. I kept receiving emails about it and in a weak moment, I downloaded it. I somehow knew that these characters were going to have a personal reckoning that would be a painful process. In these past months isn’t that what many of us have been doing? We’ve been reassessing and re-evaluating our lives, and for many death has been a part of this. Aloneness. The…

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