My new philosophy!

Why do I need a philosophy, new OR old? Well, it seems like something great writers have, so am hoping something good rubs off from the association.

Never give up, unless your head is leaving blood on the wall.

I thought of it as specifically pertaining to writing, but wow, doesn’t it cover the whole rest of Life too? LOL!

There you have it. I may have to make that into a banner for the blog 😀



Weekend Writing Warriors 12/20/15 Something is brewing

Hi peeps, welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors, the blog hop that lets you sample a wide range of stories, published and unpublished. It’s a great way to find new interesting new authors 🙂

I’m changing my first chapter a little, after I said I wouldn’t 🙂 This bit refers to a conversation between Devorah, the POV character, and her friend Azura, that happened earlier in the chapter.

At the apartment, I threw some espresso beans into the grinder and tried to let the unbelievably rich smell soothe my nerves. Primo Italian espresso, vodka imported from Russia, an apartment that was a cross between a techie paradise and an antique shop—one day I’d have to ask Kazimir point-blank where he got his money. I drummed my fingers on the counter as the coffeemaker hissed and burbled. Something was brewing, all right, and it would be way less pleasant than the stuff in that carafe.

I replayed the conversation with Azura in my mind. The problem was that the angels would insist Kazimir and I try to find out more about that shakeup being planned at the top demon ranks before we did anything else. Crosser oath to keep the balance between Light and Dark in check, and all that. I wanted to do that, absolutely, but no more than I wanted answers about my father.

This excerpt is from my 2013 NaNo project with the working title Night Shift. I describe the novel this way: The POV character, Devorah, wants to find out why her father was killed; as police chief he had enemies but she believes it’s something more. But then comes news of something big the demons are planning and it’s up to Devorah and her mentor to find out what it is. As a Crosser, she’s sworn to do whatever it takes to keep the balance of power even between the forces of Light and of the Dark, but can she set aside her personal need to do that?

This story is still very much a work in progress and I plan to share bits of it with you as it gets refined into something marketable. It would be great to have you along for the journey! Thanks for reading today, and commenting if you’re so inclined.

Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy Yule 🙂


You know, I’ve never had to do worldbuilding for entire world before. I’ve done some for a couple continents on a planet and a single country on a planet, but nothing on the scale of *building a world*. How’s it done?

My draft 3 is working its way through a critique group and I will not start revisions until the entire story has been critiqued — so until then, once I’m done giving the critiques I owe my group, I have time on my hands. I thought I’d play around with figuring out how the world depicted in Night Shift changes after that story ends.

But it’s daunting. There’s been destruction on a global scale, but like many disasters, some areas are better off than others. How to decide on a single scenario?

Gave this further thought and realized the single biggest issue facing the world is the fact that demons caused the destruction. That would cause backlashes against organized religions; possibly against secular states too, by religious people who feel there wasn’t enough spirituality in the world to prevent an attack by demons.

Then consider how that would affect all the nations. We are a global community, interdependent on each other for so many services and goods. Transportation would be disrupted, getting fuel and energy where it needs to go would be difficult, communication would be impossible in some areas by phone or digital technology. We’re talking armies turning against their own countries type of destruction.

Still, I don’t want to come up with yet another dystopian story. Oh the world is falling apart and we’re all at each other’s throats! What’s next, sparkly vampires? LOL!

So am still working through the details, but it’s good to have a start. I’ll let y’all know how it goes!

Weekend Writing Warriors 12/13/15

Hello all 🙂 Welcome to my new blog. I’m still in the process of setting it up so it’s bit sparse, but I hope you’ll check back from time to time.

I’m sharing the beginning of my 2013 NaNo novel, working title Night Shift. It’s currently in draft 3. This is the beginning of chapter 1. The chapter will undergo changes as it’s already clear from early critiques that there’s too much going on, however, this part will probably stay somewhere in the chapter.

Here is my excerpt in 10:

I slipped my phone out of my purse, turned away from the other people at the bus stop, and pulled up elemental energy from inside myself. Water droplets seeped from my fingers onto the surface of the phone. I wasn’t good at this yet but Kazimir hadn’t answered a conventional ringtone. “Aqua,” I whispered, “connect me to Kazimir.”

Tingling ran from my fingers up past my elbow. The droplets turned a deep blue as they sank into the phone, which flashed repeatedly in a fit of digital coughing. Seconds later, Kaz’s number appeared on the display. I considered how to catch his attention if he was ogling some hot young thing. I took a couple more steps away and kept my voice low. “Kazimir Barsukov, answer your fucking phone, you sorry excuse for a KGB agent!”

Be sure to visit the WeWriWa homepage for links to some pretty great writers!

As a member of, I’m running this draft past teammates in the Ubergroup. As described by Jerry Quinn, group leader: “The principles of the Ubergroup are work ethic, positive attitude, teamwork and helping each other becoming better writers.” Ya can’t beat that!

Do let me know what you like, and don’t like, about my excerpt.WeWriWa has some seasoned readers, writers, and critiquers and I value your input. 🙂