Writing Stories in a Version of the (11 years ago) Real World

Now that The Perils of Panacea is in beta-land, one of my projects has been getting Sydney’s World organized. I write in Scrivener now, but I transitioned to that program after writing Back to Lazarus, and I still haven’t figured out a note-taking system that works for me. That means I have notes in multiple formats, on multiple devices, in multiple notebooks and maybe even on parchment in the freezer. (Just kidding; the parchment in the freezer is not for public consumption.) Yesterday I started a new Scrivener file that I hope will be my Master File, the Repository for Read more…

The Perils of Panacea: Cover Reveal!

For those of you who aren’t on my email list (hint, hint, because they saw it in my January newsletter), the moment you’ve been waiting for… the cover reveal for the next Sydney Brennan novel! I’ll be putting up the back cover blurb soon, but for now I had to share at least this much. And I’ve included it in a ginormous size–not just because I love it, but because there’s something awesome hiding down in the bottom left corner, a little cover lagniappe. Have I mentioned how much I love my cover designer? (There’s also a thumbnail version at the bottom.) Read more…

Stories I Love: Foyle’s War

I’ve noticed an interesting inconsistency. I don’t often read historical fiction, but according to my Stories I Love track record, I love to watch it. 😂 Adding to that long list of lusciously layered stories is the ITV mystery drama—Foyle’s War. (Once again, thank you Acorn Media.) Foyle’s War takes place in coastal Hastings, Sussex, England during World War II. DCS Christopher Foyle served in World War I (there are episodes that give hints of his experiences during that time), but he’s been told that he is of most use to this war effort maintaining law and order on the Read more…

Postcards from the Punatic Edge

Okay, so this is the part of the blog where I share the trials and tribulations of living in Hawaii so you don’t spend your wintry days pining for far, exotic shores and feeling resentment toward the people who live there. Our challenges admittedly do not include snow flurries, but we do have flurries of white stuff. (Not sand; we don’t have white sand in east Hawaii.) I live in lower Puna on the Big Island, the home of the active lava flow. Kilauea has been continuously erupting since 1983, but a particular portion of the June 27, 2014, flow Read more…

Heigh-Ho, the Derry-O, A-Editing We Will Go… Plus Scenes from a Marriage

[Am I the only one who feels like An-Editing would make my brain feel less ‘splodey? I’ll leave it that way to find out.] Sydney’s next novel, The Perils of Panacea is in the final stretch! Okay, maybe not the final stretch, but at least the penultimate stretch. I had hoped to finish the edits by Monday, but I got sidetracked and lost a day Friday, so we shall see. Then out to beta readers and proofreading (that one is still up in the air), and the formatting scramble. I do my own formatting, and the ebook usually isn’t too Read more…