Writing Update: May 26th, 2017.

writingupdateOne thing I never hear from fellow writers is, they never run out of ideas. As it is with me. If you look at all the WIPs I have, you could say I’m working on six at any given time. That doesn’t include scripts either.

WIP Novel #1: EarthenStone

I haven’t worked on this story since last month, so no update for it.

WIP Novel #2: Survival Rules (plaque/zombie)

No update.

WIP Novel #3: Cashe (cyberpunk)

No update.

WIP Novel #4: Untitled Alternate Reality

No update.

WIP Novel #5: Arlington Creed, Detective (Steampunk)

No update.

WIP Novel #6: Down Finnegan’s Hollow (Thriller)

Oh yeah, all over this one again. I haven’t touched it since my little incident with the bus stop sign, but it’s one of two that is complete (the other is my Gothic story that I put on hold because I’m not sure what to do with it). I’ve been working a lot the last month at ‘job that pays’, so I’m only able to revise a few pages at a time. I’ve also come up with a more plausible ‘death’ element. I’m also trying to make it more creepy. I want the reader’s mind to play tricks on them when the put the book down, or maybe jump a little when they hear a strange sound. I’m half way through the manuscript. If I keep working on it, two pages per day (as that seems to be all I have time for) I could have this revised by the end of June. I’ll have to go over it once more, to make sure the old ‘death element’ is not mentioned and that the new plot idea merges with the rest of the story. I’d be looking at the end of September as a deadline for both revisions.

Not even looking at my scripts. I am so behind on those.


I’m getting better with my blog post. I have idea’s marked out for the rest of the year. I don’t try to push myself. If I don’t have an idea, I won’t force it. I just let that post go and hope I can find something else to write about. I missed a few last month, but I think I got them all done for May and June looks pretty complete too.

How about you? How has your writing been progressing? Anything exciting you want to spill?

From The Garden: Spring Bulbs 2017

Last fall my mother and I planted 150 bulbs. I’m not exaggerating. We had so many bulbs, it was nuts. In particular, we planted special Canada Day bulbs – tulips that were red and white. Now that spring is here, we’re starting to see the first of our efforts pop up.


Husband said he saw someone stop in front of the house and take a picture. The red and white tulips changed colour on us and are yellow-cream and red. We may have to move them and replant.

Cherry tree is looking nice this year too.

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This is a wider angle of the front gardens.



































And here are a few from the backyard.













































And these are the special tulips Mom got for Canada 150.

A Company of Writers: Organizing your story plot ideas.

companyofwritersIt’s a great time to be a reader. There are so many books out there, in every possible genre and sub-genre that it would take several lifetimes for you to read them all. It’s a great time to be a writer too. Every day more aspiring authors take the leap and follow their dream, only to learn that it isn’t as easy as it looks. There are many things that new writers need to learn if they want readers to keep coming back. One of the biggest obstacles is a plot that makes sense and that doesn’t veer off and away from the original story. I know a few writers who are ‘pantsers’ and that’s wonderful (each writer is different), but even a pantster needs to plot out their story for a synopsis, and so the idea for this post.

I’m an outliner. I outline just about everything for my novels. It helps to keep me on track, but it’s an organic outline; something that changes with a new plot element. There are writing programs that can keep things in order (like Scrivener) or if you’re like me, you have a dozen word files going for just one story.

I’ve put together a small list of online sites that can help you figure out just where you want to go with your novel. Some of these are for world building too.

Story Plot

Writer’s Digest:


Life Hacker: (for Scrivener users)


Write Non-Fiction Now: (specifically for non-fiction writers)


Snowflake Method:




Word Hunter: (story structure)


(another link on story structure)



Brainstorming Techniques:

Blog Entry by Tina Hunter:


Women Writers: (useful article on keeping everything on track)



Women Writers: (link on POV)


As I stated earlier, every author is different and will have their own way of writing novels, but there’s nothing wrong with stepping out of your comfort zone for a moment if things get stuck.

50 Shades of Red Nail Polish: #15

VinyLuxPinkLeggingName: Pink Leggings by CNC VinyLux


I stepped away from my regular brands of polish for a while. I like to experiment and see how the others work for cover and possibly future nail art. The first colour I chose is PINK LEGGINGS by CNC VinyLux. I swear to the nail polish gods, this color is haunting me. This is a nice bright pink that reminds me of Revlon’s CHERRIES IN THE SNOW. It also reminds me of BACHELORETTE BASH by Essie. It’s bright like a neon in the sun, and goes quite dark with indoor lighting.

The formula is in between Essie and O.P.I. I found this colour a little gloopy and too thick for my liking.

Application Process:

Even with the gel nails, I have to use a base and top coat. I experimented with just the polish and wasn’t surprised to see that it started to wear off after a day. Also, as the gel nail grows out, the polish clings to the edge and I end up with an oval mark across the nailbed.

  1. -basecoat
  2. -two applications of polish
  3. -top coat

Wear and Tear:

With the extra protection to the polish, this lasts well over fourteen days with no chips or wear. Taking it off was another story. It. Took. Forever. At least five minutes for each finger and I used quite a bit of polish remover too. I’m not sure if it was because I used a base coat or maybe just the formula; I even wondered if I bought some shellac by accident. I’m not sure if I’ll use this colour or purchase this brand again.

The Crystal Realm – Protection; Back Tourmaline.

crystalsOne of the more powerful stones for protection and one I use most, Black Tourmaline is well known for its protective and metaphysical properties. For those who are new to crystals, it’s one I recommend all beginners to own.

Black Tourmaline has been used for centuries as a powerful amulet for protection. It’s used as a psychic shield, deflecting and dispelling negative energies, entities and negative forces. Because I deal with the public, I carry one on me when I work to ward off negative energy that can attach itself or rub off in passing. Black Tourmaline is an excellent crystal to carry to deter ‘psychic vampires’ from feeding on your energy.

As well as protection, because of its colour and nature, this stone is excellent for grounding, meditation and will help keep you calm in times of high stress or anxiety.


Black Tourmaline will also aid in the removal of ‘electromagnetic fog’; a term used to describe the influx of energy vibrations omitted by cellular, computer devices and televisions. Add a few crystals to your bedroom or any place you would like cleansed of these vibrations (along with keeping all electronic devices out of the room) and they will aid in creating a peaceful atmosphere. Along with removing negative energy, it is believed that Black Tourmaline changes negative to positive and keeping one under your pillow will cleanse the etheric energy field around your body.

Physically, Black Tourmaline is thought to strengthen the immune system and assist in the relief of pain caused by arthritis and spinal or muscular problems. Place a Black Tourmaline on the Root Chakra at the base of the spine to help balance and cleanse this energy point.

You can utilize Black Tourmaline in many ways; either by itself or as jewelry. Having a Black Tourmaline crystal on you for long periods of time helps your body and your personal energy field.

Movie Night: Rogue One; A Star Wars Story.

rogueoneIMBd Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3748528/

Rating: PG-13

Synopsis:  All looks lost for the Rebellion against the Empire as they learn of the existence of a new super weapon, the Death Star. Once a possible weakness in its construction is uncovered, the Rebel Alliance must set out on a desperate mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. The future of the entire galaxy now rests upon its success.

– Written by Ryan Cullmann


Review:  I know, I know. I’m about six months late with this review. Ah well . . .

I don’t think there’s a Star Wars fan out there that hasn’t seen Rogue One yet. At first I was unsure if I wanted to watch this movie. It wasn’t the sequel to The Force Awakens (which after that cliff-hanger, we can’t wait much longer), but I felt Disney did a pretty good job with that movie so I was willing to give it a go.

All I can say is wow. Rogue One is dark and gritty, reminiscent of The Empire Strikes Back and reminds me a lot of that movie. Our heroes are out-numbered and narrowly escape death several times. It doesn’t have the swashbuckling feel of the series movies, but it’s full of enough action and adventure to please any die-hard fan. With new worlds and a glimpse back in time before the story line of Luke and the gang, there are some references that fans will pick up on. I’m not getting into the ending but I have a feeling we’ll be seeing them again. Maybe?


5 out of 5

Adventures in Restaurants: The Consequences of the Fast Food Franchise.

RestaurantLogoIt feels like fast food has been around FOREVER. As a matter of fact, the first fast food franchises were White Castle and A&W. Both started in the US after WWI, so it’s an anniversary of sorts. Now you can’t drive downtown without seeing at least one burger joint.

There are some places in the US where there are no grocery stores, only fast food restaurants. They have a name for it too – “food deserts”. These are poorer neighbourhoods where access to healthy foods is all but impossible. It’s frightening when you think about it.


There is something insidious going on. If I didn’t know any better, I’d swear it’s a conspiracy.



Yet are franchised restaurants just as bad? You know the ones I’m talking about. Sure the food takes longer to prepare and it looks fresher than fast food, but they have their secrets too. Sithboy’s first job was at one of these franchised restaurants (no, I’m not naming it), and he told me that the side dishes of mashed potatoes were actually instant, even though they used real potatoes for an appetizer. All the pulp of the cooked potatoes were thrown out instead of used because (get this) – consistency. Instant potatoes tasted the same and were easy to keep to the same texture than real mashed potatoes. It was the same when I worked at a franchised pizza place. We had lasagna (and it was good), but it was frozen. People couldn’t tell the difference. It’s still processed food, just made up to look less processed.

If fast food is one of the main reasons for obesity, then who is to blame for their popularity? Is it the consumer? Are we as a society so busy that we can’t take thirty minutes out of our schedule to prepare our food? Have we become so dependent on big chain grocery stores that we are incapable of growing our own? We can’t blame the franchise; they are only responding to a growing need. People have to eat, and in some cases a burger and fries at McDonald’s is the only alternative.

Do you think the owners of A&W or White Castle knew what they were starting?

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