The Writer Against The Forces Of Evil and Promo

First of all, I must apologize for no vignettes. I am sure the vignette team have given me the word but my hotmail is more gifted than usual.
In fact all of my communication means are more gifted than usual this week, up to and including the actual snailmail.  More on that in the forces of evil.

But for now the promo post.

Book Promo

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FROM LEIGH KIMMEL:  The Shadow of a Dead God.


While investigating an ancient ruin in a distant star system, archeology student Liu Shang discovers a mysterious pendant. When she examines it, she sees the past through the eyes of a woman whose choices will change a world.

FROM MARY CATELLI:  Curses And Wonders.


A collection of tales of wonder and magic. A prince sets out to win his way to the dragon’s lair. A woman fights a curse on her lands. A man returns to his castle, bringing a magical sword, and worse things. And more tales. Includes “Dragon Slayer”, “The Book of Bone”, “Mermaids’ Song”, “Witch-Prince Ways”, “Sword and Shadow”, “Eyes of the Sorceress”, “Fever and Snow” — and “The Emperor’s Clothes”, which is not sold separately.


The Forces of evil were exceptionally strong this week.  They came to my life with a vengeance starting Monday, with what we will call “The round of doctor’s appointments.”

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Not only is it really hard to manage your time when you’re continuously being interrupted and having to wait and ….

For reasons of really bad lighting (got to be) the mathematician appears blond in this image.

Well, let’s just say The Writer lost an entire day, and on Friday was convinced it was still Thursday.
Which — let me tell you — was a moment of sheer horror, since I still had three short stories to deliver, and nothing had been done on the novels.


So there the writer was with the devil to pay and no pitch hot.  And she thought “never mind, I’ll just fight the forces of evil really hard, and get at least one story out today!

Fighting back
The writer looks unusually masculine in this picture, but the glasses are about right.

The writer did get one short story out and a good way towards finishing the next one, and she was determined to work all weekend.  And then…

News came that The Writer and The Mathmatician would have to pick up some mail at our remote, auxiliary office.  They immediately saddled up!


But the forces of evil were truly unusually active, and every possible trick, plus some, was deployed to delay and derail their (relatively short) journey.

Okay, maybe not quite that dramatic. Actually nothing wrecked, but we even managed to somehow get lost practically in our own backyard.

To make things worse, the things that were supposed to be there and The Writer and The Mathematician were told were there…. were not in fact there!


So next week, The Writer and The Mathematician will have to track down a package and a check, AND they have another doctors round, though only one day (two days probably, with tracking down stuff thrown in.)


But The Writer and The Mathematician are united in this, and ready to face the challenges. Right now The Writer is going to get off the net and go finish a short story, and maybe even another, as well as do some work on Other Rhodes.

Again with the strange lighting making the Mathematician look blond!

Wish them luck until next week!

32 thoughts on “The Writer Against The Forces Of Evil and Promo

  1. Waiting rooms suck. And packages with quantum indeterminate location also suck. And I find myself firing up that woman who lives in my phone for directions even when the destination is known just so I don’t have to think about it. Plus I have her set on her Oz voice and I enjoy hearing that voice model trying to pronounce the local spanish-based street names.

    Best of luck with the writering and in your adventures in the coming week.

    1. There was a traffic jam and we took the wrong turn, and suddenly we were in a part of town we might have driven through once or twice in thirty four years. It wasn’t that we didn’t know how to bet where we were going. It was the crazy one ways taking us further and further away.

    2. I try to take a Kindle when I’m due for a medical wait, though that’s not always practical.

      The NOAA autovoice tries to pronounce Chiloquin (“Chill-O’Quinn”, pretty much) as “Chill-O-Queen“, getting laughter from us whenever it gets mentioned in the weather alerts. I only have navigation in one vehicle, and I haven’t let Rhonda-chan near Chiloquin with navigation on. Yet.

  2. That beats the massive mis-communication with a foolish admin chaser. (Great plans had been made that would smooth the path for a number of people. One administrator with a computer and an unwillingness to inquire “why is this so?” derailed everything for everyone.)

  3. This seems to be the week for rotten luck. We’re still dealing with unresolved issues on the home repairs, which has not been making it overly easy for me to get books re-released with new covers. I’m just surprised that I’ve gotten as many done as I could.

    And I did mention this week’s promo over at my LiveJournal.

  4. Glad to hear nothing was wrecked. Liked the “Dead End Rhodes” story. Liked “For Want of a Pin”, too. “To Save the Republic” was very interesting. Looking forward to what’s next.

  5. “I am sure the vignette team”

    I misread this as “vigilante team”, which threw for a bit of a loop.

    Also, great retro-comic images.

    1. Nothing so dramatic.

      Though for irony — I mailed the word AND the promo request within the same minute.

  6. A couple of times while leaving my sister’s neighborhood in Salt Lake City going to southbound I-15 I have missed turns and been diverted into suburban neighborhoods. The streets were twisty and windy and looked all alike. It was pitch black. I thought I was about to be eaten by a grue.

    1. Kevin Anderson has a “forget me” wave machine within 10 miles of his house as protection. I’m assuming, at least, since we get lost so often going to his house, a path we know almost as well as places we’ve lived in.

    1. I always used MARTA. I could stay on trains only, and it was less “interesting” back in those days. Saved me trying to park. (I actually knew the guy whose family owned the land under the parking lots. They only leased it to the airport. The income was a tidy sum, even divided up among the family members.)

      1. I was stationed in Alabama and we thought MARRA was nice the one or two times I rode it when visiting family came from out of town in the mid 90s.

        1. Hewlett Packard built its Palo Alto HQ and several manufacturing/design/lab buildings on Stanford University land along Page Mill Road. I was told it was a 99 year lease.

          1. Lots of companies here on the East Coast (Massachusetts in particular) seem to have done similiar with buildings (not insubstantial ones either) built on land for which they had 99 year leases. I wonder if there wasn’t some tax advantage to that strategy at some point.

  7. I find it rather disturbing to realize that I have (or have had) most of the comics from whence those panels came.

  8. Hotmail? Feh. Not worth what you pay for it. Who hosts your web domain, Sarah? They should be able to provide you with personal email addresses that are more secure and reliable than any of the big email providers.

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