Monthly Archives: October 2016


It’s not that I’ve forgotten you, bloggy friends, I promise! This tends to be a busy time of year for me. Most of the abuse is self-inflicted, to be honest. So, here’s what’s going on.

In November, I have decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month. A rather large chunk of Shadow of the Portico was written in last year’s successful participation of NaNoWriMo, so I thought I’d have another go.

Granted, I’m still cleaning that up (being a novice and all), and that made me think that perhaps such marathon writing of WORDS (more words, more words…) wasn’t the best use of my time if I ended up spending so much time mopping up the mess. But I changed my mind for two reasons.

First, having a good chunk of my second novel, La Dotta, in the can may be a good idea ahead of my research trip to Bologna. That way, I have two fleshed out stories written as I’m digging up information and sightseeing.

Second, NaNoWriMo is fun in a kind of manic way. In Austin, we have an active group of independent authors who get together a lot for write-ins and other encouragement. So, even if I don’t eek out 50,000 words of La Dotta (I think I will, actually… this story has been rolling around my head for a long time), it’ll be fun to try.

October has been spent cleaning up Shadow and outlining La Dotta. That makes a girl busy. I’m also a U.S. History teacher and many of my students are taking their STAAR state exams in early December. Busy. Trip to Italy December 17. BUSY.

I’ve also been cooking and thinking about posting a few recipes, just for fun. I’m writing that down so you guys hold me to it.

All that and sleep pretty much makes up my life these days. Hope you are having a beautiful autumn. I’m sure I will as soon as it’s not 90 degrees outside. Oh Austin, you weird city with your uniseason…


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