Time For the Real Work to Begin


First, meet Arnold and Jack, just granted their faces this afternoon. Although you can’t see it in this photo, Arnold has a smooshed-in face and a crease-like scar running through his squinty eye.

I received the editing notes from my editor today for Hell’s Dodo. I will look over them and get started on the changes and revisions this week. There is one scene that I will be deleting per request, although the event will remain in the story. The scene is not vital to the plot. In fact, I’ve been toying with editing it out ever since I wrote it. It is a rather disturbing, graphically violent torture scene. The only reason I even plan on leaving the event in the story is to explain a character’s behavior toward another character later on.

I’ve been planning to add a “free reads” section to this blog. I will probably do this over the Fall and Winter months. It will include the Once Upon a Tide sections from the Waves of Darkness series, excerpts I’ve used at convention readings, deleted scenes, and other short works (eventually).

Arachnophobes, do not read past this point. You have been warned.

Found this beauty hanging out next to my porch chair today.


She’s about the size of my thumbnail (not counting her leg span), and her web anchors ran from the porch roof to the porch deck. Thankfully, she didn’t attach it to my chair. I didn’t want to disturb her. It has been unusually warm this past week, which probably explains her presence. The cooler temperatures due this week will probably drive her back into hiding. Meanwhile, she can have all the flies she can catch.

Everyone have a safe, happy, spooky Halloween.


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