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A new review! November 19, 2012

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in reviews, SQUEEE.
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A new review, and the first review for Like a Cunning Plan… and the reviewer though that Fools Rush In was the best story in the anthology!

“My absolute favorite was Fools Rush In by Elizabeth Schecter. What a fantastical story! The author gives us a glimpse inside the mind of a thief trying to prove something. First that the impossible can be done and second that he is in control. My thoughts are still reeling from this story. It featured my the hottest sex scenes in my opinion. This story alone is worth the price of this collection, but the other stories are all well written and entertainingly sexy as well. Get this book and enjoy!”

I love reviews like this!!!

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State of the Writer November 15, 2012

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in a-writers-life-is-never-dull, Can-2012-be-over-now?, Ta-da, to-dos, why-the-writing-is-slow.
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And brother, am I in a state!

Boy, 2012 has been one LONG omnishamble (that’s the word of the year, if you didn’t know. I heard it on NPR yesterday. Loosely translated, it means something that’s gone wrong from beginning to end. In other work, a clusterf*ck).

Now, in order to explain where I’ve been, and why I’ve been largely ignoring this blog for over a month, we need to backtrack to the summer. When things went down in an interesting fashion at my husband’s work. He’s still employed, thank Bob, but from 1 August until 31 October, it was a rare week when my darling husband did NOT work at a minimum 50 hours a week. Sometimes 60. A few times 70.

At the same time, I started a day job. And my son started school, which includes required parental involvement as a school volunteer. Now, I don’t mind that. I volunteer in the library and they love me there. But honestly, for the past few months, time has been at a premium.

And writing? HA! I’ve been working on Sapphires and Gold for months, a novella that started life as a short story, and that my editor requested that I expand on. (Jenn, I will have it to you by the end of the year. I PROMISE!) I was planning on doing Nano, to finish The Willow Sword. Again, I say HA!

Add to that behavior issues for my son, school related issues not related to behavior, various illnesses and broken bits and the related doctor appointments , and one HELL of a car accident that totaled the car but did not damage the husband…

… and I suppose you can see how it would be kind to say that I’ve been just a little bit distracted.

Which is something like saying that water is a little damp, fire is warm, or the Himalayas are just a wee bit tall….

Now we’re coming up to the end of the year. And I’m trying to get control over whatever I can.  I tend to channel Marian, the Eyrian hearth witch from the Black Jewels series when I stress, so the house is almost spotless ( “This house will be CLEAN!” ) Almost because I have a small boy of my own, and one who I borrow 5 days a week.

Now, I need to get control over my writing, and over my diet.  I’ve been on a plateau, because when I stress, I find consolation with my good friends Ben and Jerry, and cleaning isn’t quite enough Activity Points to offset a pint of S’mores. We’ll see how that works on Saturday, when I weigh in.

And I need to get back in control of my writing. And so, for my first step in that direction, here’s my long-neglected to-do list:

To Revise:

To Write:

  • Sapphires and Gold
  • From Dusk ’til Dawn
  • The Willow Sword
  • Sea Prince (To be written with Danielle Jones)
  • Tales from the Arena
  • Wanderer’s Moon (next book in the Midnight Moon series. Not to be done until we sell Nomad’s Moon)

To Outline

  • The Navigator (Steam and Screw, Book 1)
  • The Captain (Steam and Screw, Book 2)
  • Coral Throne (sequel to Sea Prince)
  • Hidden Things (Mystere Book 1)
  • The Lady and the Sword (Mystere Book 2)
  • Ashes and Light (Mystere Book 3)
  • Tablets of Stone (Mystere Book 4)
  • Rainbow Wars (the teach-in idea. Definitely a  YA. And it needs a better title)
  • Holy Orders ( Sequel to Heart’s Master)
  • Temple of the Mysteries (maybe a shared world thing)

To Sell

  • Nomad’s Moon
  • Exile’s Moon
  • Heart’s Master
  • Kidnapped by Pirates
  • Holy Palmer’s Kiss