Progress Report: Earthbound and Unprepared


I recently had occasion to visit the Chemung County Historical Society and took a few pictures of the displays from the Mark Twain exhibit. I’ve always loved old desks and his is a beauty.

I don’t find myself working at a desk much. I favor spiral bound notebooks, bright blue pens and my little Netbook for typing but, sometimes, the desktop computer is easier for editing, like this weekend.

Saturday I finished an edit on my paranormal romance, Earthbound, and sent it on to three new beta readers, (who will let me know what new errors I may have added in my last round of editing.) Soon I’ll do a final edit before submitting to a publisher. Then it’s simply submit, submit, submit along with any editing that occurs to me, until it finds a home.

Sunday I began reading through my pandemic based science fiction novel, Unprepared. It already has 75,000 words but needs a fuller ending before I’m satisfied.

I also started a new poem about the line between intellect/reason and emotion in art that I hope to have ready to post on Friday.

The evolving descriptions –

Earthbound – Ally is a veterinarian and a raptor rehabilitator with healing hands. She loves what she does and she’s good at it, but otherwise she keeps to herself high on her Upstate New York hill. Ally has secrets that she hasn’t even shared with her best friend. Then she is called to take on the rehabilitation of a raptor by the Janet L. Swanson Wildlife Health Center at Cornell University. There she meets Matthew Blake. He has quite a few secrets of his own, and some of them are about Ally.

Unprepared –  When a particularly virulent flu pandemic hits Upstate New York, an agricultural engineering professor is quarantined not far from home with his wife, a medical doctor, and daughter. As the pandemic rages on, the professor feels helpless but he may be one of the few people who can help put his town back together again when it’s all over.

The Friday Poem: Frayed Wires


Earthbound: The Final Edits


I’ve been working on edits for my novel Earthbound, based on suggestions from my beta readers. I’m so close!

I have just a couple little, tiny bits to write before I send it to the next set of beta readers. I’ll apply whatever edits they suggest, that fall in line with my vision for the book, and it will be off to the publishers.

I’ve really enjoyed writing this book, and am still enjoying editing it.

Poem: The Void

The Friday poem.


Ghosts on the line.


I’ve been working on a story the past week that was inspired by this very old phone from my attic.

My main character cleans up the phone and hangs it on the wall where it used to hang, according to a picture she found. Then she starts receiving calls on it from someone who is no longer among the living.

I’ve been trying to look for old pictures online of phones like this but none of them are quite the same configuration. Has anyone ever seen one like this?

Poem: Imperfect Solutions


Earthbound: first beta review is in!


Already had feedback from my first beta reader on my paranormal romance, Earthbound, and . . . she loved it! Yay! Things to improve but I’m on the right track. I might build cover art around something like the picture here. It’s from a trip to the Catskills last year.

Poem: How rude . . .

The Friday poem – I hope you enjoy!