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Mother Hen Update

An update on Mother Hen is way overdue. Let’s just say that between insurance issues, doctors appointments, and helping to take care of her, there hasn’t been much time for the writing side of life. That includes the blog (thank goodness I have the entire serial scheduled to post automatically until done).

So, we get really good health insurance. What happens? Everyone BUT THE SURGEON takes it. And the surgeon wants all the money up front. No way could that happen. So, we went into yet another holding pattern until Mother Hen turned 65 and got on Medicare. I thought that would fix it.

Um, yeah right.

I won’t go into details, but lets just say that both Medicare and Medicaid did a few strange things that took a bunch of time on phone calls to straighten out. One day I was on the phone for so long that it depleted the battery of my cell phone completely. I think at least 4 hours? That’s way too much time on the phone!

Right now, the surgery is scheduled for this Tuesday. It’s been scheduled and rescheduled so many times that I refuse to believe it will happen until it actually happens.

Mother Hen is nervous, of course. Anyone would be with the prospect of brain surgery. So, we’ve been giving lots of hugs and I-love-you’s. If all goes well, she will have surgery Tuesday morning and be home by Friday.

As for the writing, I’m not going to stress about it right now. Mother Hen needs the attention. I’ll get what I can done and be happy with it. The writing will be there waiting afterwards. 🙂


Yes, seriously. I’m still alive. At least, I think I am.

A lot has been going on. For one, the MRI in January showed the tumor is growing back, and is now impacting the emotional and short-term memory areas of Mother Hen’s brain. Yes, that was a real blow. Doing so good, and then BAM! It was back, and growing in very bad places.

Add to that delays in getting the insurance situation figured out. I hate waiting for other people. That really messed us up with something we don’t have time for playing around. But, it is now figured out. The moment the insurance goes live in March, Mother Hen has appointments with oncologists and surgeons to see what they can do. Everyone keep their fingers, toes, and everything else, crossed!

Onto better news.

I’ve been working on the website. New color scheme, an update of the theme, added content, and other small stuff. I’m still tweaking, but I like it better.

Oh, and the Bibliography has been updated. There were quite a few items not on there! Tis fixed now. 😀

More stories are coming down the pipeline. Here in a few days I’ll announce a big one. Writing is keeping me sane right now.

Hey, 2014! You were supposed to be better than 2013! Shape up, you!

TMHSWP: Unexpected – But Good – Additions

“The Mother Hen String Weaver Project” is slowly winding to a close. Today I put the finishing touches on the last String Weaver book. I thought it was done before, but it turned out I was wrong.

One day, while I was walking, I realized that the story wasn’t yet finished. I came up with at least three scenes that the story needed towards the end. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that instinct was right.

Why did I even doubt the idea that it needed more? Because with a project that has gone on for as long as it has, because of how much I love it, because of how much others have loved it, it’s easy to get into the ‘perfect’ mentality. That it is never done. That it’s never good enough.

If a writer gives in to that too much, it can cause the project to never end. “Just one more thing.” “just one more tweak.” “Need to add or redo this section.”

It would be very easy to fall into that with this project. Oh, so, easy.

But, the ending needed these scenes. So, I started in. I thought the additional scenes would add a thousand or so words.

It didn’t turn out that way once I really got started. I should have know better. (hehe)

I started writing, and the scenes took on a life of their own. In a good way. In a great way. The scenes really came to life. Characters I didn’t expect showed up.

It resulted in the additions bringing a lot of closure to a lot of different areas and to characters. In the end it added a little over 3500 words, and I’m thrilled about all of it. In the process, it made this book officially the longest one of the series by just a little bit.

Something unexpected appeared, though. Something I’m a little worried about mentioning here, as I know I will immediately start getting pestered about it. Yes, looking at you, Nyx, Grey, and Tobe!

Um, the additions gave me ideas for three String Weaver short stories and novelettes. EEK!

(I really shouldn’t be surprised. In a universe like this, ANYTHING can happen.)

Oh well. I’ll live with it. At least I’ll never run out of things to read. 😛
The String Weavers Book 7

Yesterday’s Revision Session: 3593
Total for Novel (Out of 100k): 104726


What is the “The Mother Hen String Weaver Project?” I’m glad you asked! Read here to find out.

To help out with Mother Hen’s treatment:

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Mother Hen’s Go Fund Me page.

TMHSWP: Making Revision Choices



Wow. What a project. What great stories. What a great accomplishment!

Yes, the big revision pass is done! The story went to just above 100k, which is where I estimated it would come out after revision (first draft was about 94k).

I finished the pass early enough in the day that I was then able to start going through the revision notes to make sure I included everything. Well, everything I still agreed with.

That’s an important note, and one that illustrates the choices every writer must make when it comes to the revision process.

When I finished the first draft, and the weeks after, I made all sort of notes on things to change and rearrange. For some parts of the story, I figured it was going to be hard to revise it. Some of it I wasn’t looking forward to.

While in the process of the actual revision, I decided I didn’t agree with a bunch of those suggestions. I liked the first draft version. It went with the story, it progressed logically, it made sense for the characters. So, some of those revision notes were crossed out without any of it going in the story.

Meanwhile, I did find a few notes that I didn’t take care of in the first pass. Little things. Nothing that meant I needed to make big changes. I zipped through those changes, and they added a little over 1000 words to the story.

By the end, the book ended up as a nice tidy story. Not only in itself, but bringing together the threads through the other books. Answering those last few questions.

I have one more checklist to go through for the entire series. Once that is finished, though, the entire series will be done!

So, onwards to that final checklist! Then need to put this book through the final technical check (spelling, grammar, a few pet problems). Oh yeah, we’re getting close here!

The String Weavers Book 7

Yesterday’s Revision Session: 8,828
Total for Novel (Out of 100k): 101,133


What is the “The Mother Hen String Weaver Project?” I’m glad you asked! Read here to find out.

To help out with Mother Hen’s treatment:

Click Here to use Paypal
Mother Hen’s Go Fund Me page.

TMHSWP: Revising With Nano On the Horizon

The move is over, and it’s time to get back to revision!

I’m nearing the finish line in the big revision pass. Good thing, considering the NaNoWriMo season officially starts this coming week. On Tuesday, October 1st, the site is due to be reset. Then the insanity of the new Nano season shall commence!



But, first, to get the revision done. Then I can concentrate on the Nano stuff. Easy to say, but hard to do. The brain keeps wanting to switch to the Nano projects and get them into shape. I also have a Nano workshop starting at Forward Motion Writers this coming Friday (a free planning class).

Wait. Revision first. Then Nano. Right…

Last night’s revision did take a little more work. I had to change how something worked, as it wasn’t consistent with what I had set up in previous books. Which meant a lot of deleting and rewording. However, I did not have to write or rewrite entire scene like I thought I might. Thank goodness.

The book is really closing in on the end of the entire saga. I’m liking how I tied up some of the threads, some in ways I don’t recall having done.


The String Weavers Book 7

Yesterday’s Revision Session: 9,194
Total for Novel (Out of 100k): 92,305


What is the “The Mother Hen String Weaver Project?” I’m glad you asked! Read here to find out.

To help out with Mother Hen’s treatment:

Click Here to use Paypal
Mother Hen’s Go Fund Me page.

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Mom (A.K.A. Mother Hen) Cancer Fund

Yes, our very own beloved Mother Hen is now struggling with a GBM tumor. The family is struggling because of no insurance and we are desperate to get her the life-saving treatment she needs. If you have a little extra and would like to help out this very deserving person, please consider giving a little donation to help her along the way. Thank you!

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Writerly Progress

2015 Yearly New Words
47.15%  188600 of 400000
2015 Yearly Revision Words
9.53%  38100 of 400000


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