I’ve adjusted the word counter to reflect my final goal.  I still have a little more story to tell, but it’s definitely getting down to the bitter and the sweet.  This book has the murkiest ending of anything I have written, maybe because we are in the throes of winter.  It is cold and dark, and I’m sure that is affecting my mood in subtle and not so subtle ways.

But it is also a happy ending too, so don’t be put off!

Still no firm plans on what to write next.  I swing from one side of the compass to the other.  I think I just need a bit of a rest.

Tomorrow I am doing an interview with Kim Smith, for her podcast Introducing Writers. We are going to talk about my books, my writing style and who knows what else.   I’m pretty fired up about it, and also a little nervous, because I have no idea what kind of questions she will ask, or what I might say in return!  Hopefully I’ll keep my foot out of my mouth…

Tune in if you get the chance.


Please give a warm welcome to Pat Bertram as my guest blogger today.  Pat is celebrating the publication of her first two novels with a virtual book tour!

Pat Bertram

Pat Bertram

Pat Bertram is a native of Colorado and a lifelong resident. When the traditional publishers stopped publishing her favorite type of book – character and story driven novels that can’t easily be slotted into a genre – she decided to write her own. More Deaths Than One and A Spark of Heavenly Fire, available at Amazon and from Second Wind Publishing, are Bertram’s first novels.

Suzanne Francis and I have celebrated many firsts together. About the time her novel Heart of Hythea was first published as an e-book, I started my first blog. She was one of the first to leave a comment on that blog. When I entered More Deaths Than One in a contest on, she was the first to sign up just to vote for me.

She was my first cyber friend, my first author friend, my first international friend. She was the very first person ever to read one of my manuscripts, and the first to call it “brilliant.” (So far she’s the only one who called Light Bringer brilliant, but then, so far she’s only one who’s read it.) While we’re at it, I might as well add another first: here is the first announcement that, if everything goes as planned, Light Bringer will be published at the first of next year.

Eighteen months after we first “met,” Suzanne and I had our first books released in print form, and we wrote our first endorsements for each other. So when I decided to do my first blog tour as part of my first book launch party, I wanted Suzanne to be a part of it.

Normally I would have written one of my usual blog articles for her to post, but when one is celebrating firsts, there is no such thing as usual. Hence this personal journey into our shared firsts.

Suzanne, thank you for being part of my first book launch party. I hope we celebrate many more firsts together.



After an amazing time in the USA I am back in Dunedin.  The highlights of the trip were visiting with my lovely family, riding the Sunset Limited, and seeing “Spamalot” at the Von Braun Theatre in Huntsville.  And, of course, finally getting to hold a copy of Heart of Hythea for the first time.

Ketha’s Daughter will be out on March 10th, assuming I can do the big list of stuff my publisher sent me before the first of the month!  I’ll be pretty busy…

The good news first.  C25K is going well, and I’m eating very healthily.

But I don’t seem to be getting much done in the way of writing.  Partly because of the weather–for here, its been pretty good and we have been taking advantage of it by going out for walks.  I’ve also been hung up on other writing responsibilities that I have slowly worked through.   I just finished the last one yesterday!  I’ve said no to everything else sent my way, so I have a clean schedule for the next few months.  But will the motivation return?

Sometimes I think I have a motivation dispenser in my head.  It works well for writing when I am not doing other things like exercise.  But when I am really motivated by diet and fitness, then my writing discipline suffers.  Could it be that there is only a finite amount, and I have to spread it around?

I’m gearing up mentally for my annual trip to the USA.  This year we are going in January rather April so the time is nigh.  We’ll do the usual trip on the Sunset Limited across the West, and end up in New Orleans on January 25th.  I’m looking forward to that part, but not the airplane.

I’ve been listening to a hypnotic induction by a guy named Paul McKenna to help me conquer my fear of flying.  I’ve used his stuff before and found it helpful, so it will be interesting to see if it has any effect on me this time.  I am, from past experience, very suggestible when it comes to hypnosis, so it might work.  I hope so.  Spending thirteen hours on an airplane being freaked out by every bump and engine burp is no fun.

The paperback!

My book, Heart of Hythea, is up on Amazon in the paperback edition!   🙂

If any of you lovely people have read it, or even if you haven’t and want to be nice, could you visit the page and leave a review?  I’ll be ever so grateful…

Just like the economy, my word counter has gone nowhere this week.  Not really due to lack of story (negative inspiration?) but rather to having the kitchen counters redone and the addition of a new freestanding gas/electric cooker.  (Made by Smeg…)

The holidays are here but I would like to think I’ll still be able to do a little writing.  Maybe I’ll cut my goal back to 500 words a day.

I’ve been trying a running program called Couch to 5k.  I’m on week 3.  So far its been OK.  I wasn’t exactly a couch potato when I started because DH and I walk two miles most every evening, but running is definitely harder.  I have a fantastic podcast to help me get through it.  It tells you exactly when to run and when to walk, along with some really great music!

I have to confess this is all because of my 50th birthday, coming up in March 2009.  I have three goals:

1. Get back down to the weight that is listed on my driver’s license (135lbs.)  I have ten pounds to go.

2. Do ten proper push-ups.  Right now I can’t even do one, *sigh.

3. Finish the C25K program.

Now I have told the world I’ll have to be really motivated.

One of the main characters of Sons of the Mariner, Jakob Faircrow, has been interviewed by Pat Bertram.

See it here…

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