I’m still alive and looking for a little help…

It’s been a few months.

Since then I was given a large enough Christmas bonus to replace my laptop that I constantly wanted to throw through a window. I once again have a MacBook and I’m much happier.

Letters is still with my editors. They have lives too and theirs decided they was much more important than mine there for a while. Work still continues and I hope to have a book ready soon.

Writing on Patience is a Virtue continues as well. The new laptop means there are no more excuses and I’ve started to set goals several days a week to keep me going. I had a major case of writers block that I am doing my best to bust through with the writing goals. SO far so good. I now have roughly 38,000 words typed in and things are progressing. Lady Catherine is a revelation and I think you will enjoy how she is turning out. I admit I have a soft spot for the haridan, and she just keeps proving she has unexpected depth.

As you have probably heard, plagiarism is a huge issue in our fandom right now. I have struggled with what to do about it and have decided to leave all of the stories completed before 2013 free online for the foreseeable future. Most have been there for years and I really do not want to take them down just to publish. To me they are a gift repaying those who went before me.

I’m to the point where I am writing to publish. Ive said that before. I need to pay for my son’s car insurance!

However, there is another expense that is more pressing and if you have enjoyed my writing over the years and would like to help, it would be appreciated.

I’ve talked about my son over the years. He is a talented trumpet player with a passion for the marching arts. He’s a sophomore at Arizona State University majoring in Music Education. It is a very prestigious program for his degree and very difficult to get into, especially on trumpet. Additionally, he has 2 years of eligibility left in Drum Corps International (marching band on Steroids). For him, drum corps is more than a love of performing, it’s also an internship and as well resume building for his future career as a music educator. He earned a spot with the 17 time world champion Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps for the 2016 season. He will spend three months rehearsing, traveling and performing all over the US with the corps. This takes money – over $3400.00 worth for him. If you would be willing become a sponsor for him, either leave me a comment or email me and I will give you information on how you can do so. Every little bit helps. If we pay in full by February 28th, we even get a $400 discount.

Thanks for your consideration and your continued patience with my sometimes MIA muse!



More of Letters – Part 34 is posted

My son starts his second band camp at Arizona State tomorrow. This is their 100th anniversary of the marching band so it should be an interesting season. To kick things off, how about a new section of Letters? Yes, I think that will work.

Our couple is in the middle of almost 2 months without seeing each other. Will Elizabeth be able to hold out with her vow of widowhood much longer? We are getting close to the answer!

Go to Part 34.


I could not be more proud

Today was a big day. A REALLY big day for my one and only son. Today he was officially accepted as a member of the 2014 Army All American Marching Band. He is one of only 125 high school seniors in the USA who were chosen for this elite group. Thousands applied and only a handful made it through the audition process. As I said, I couldn’t be prouder.

You can catch the US Army All American band preform live online at They will march their show during halftime of the US Army All American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas on January 4th, 2014. We’ll be there cheering him on.

You’ve worked so hard for so many years. Congratulations, son!


Life is settling down

The Progeny is off to drum corps for the summer and my muse is starting to awake! Meawhile, if you are interested in seeing what the hubbub is all about you can see a show in the air conditioned comfort of a movie theater. Click on this banner and check out the info. Go Cavaliers!


It’s already April?

Oh my, the first 3 months of 2012 are gone! I’m still trying to figure out where they went.

I’m alive, as you can see. Life has been full.

The Progeny has won a spot with The Cavaliers to march this summer in Drum Corp International. That was a huge surprise to us as we thought he would need one more year with The Academy before he was ready musically to make a top-three corp. Obviously, we couldn’t be more proud of him. Needless to say, it has been an emotionally draining time.

I’m also coaching track and field right now. This year they are even paying me for it!

All this to explain why absolutely no writing has occurred since I last posted an installment of Letters. I’ve been reading in my spare time to help me through the stress and as a way to get some studying in. I do learn a lot by reading and feeling what works and what does not. And yes, I would rather be writing!


One last plea – and a new posting in Letters

I’ll post another bit of letters in the morning after I have a good night’s rest to edit it. Before then, I would like to ask you to do one last thing. There have been some issues with people’s votes getting registered if they were using Google Chrome. And Academy has also seen people who have “liked” Academy, but not actually voted. So if you would take just 30 seconds more and follow this link to The Academy’s Chase Community Giving page. If you voted, you should see in green letting “Thanks for your vote” and a green checkmark in a green box next tot he total number of votes. If you do not see that, and instead see a green box that says Vote, you haven’t voted or your vote did not register.

Finally, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, if you haven’t voted, do so. If you have, and you have someone else in your household who has a Facebook account, have them vote. This is a really big deal to The Academy and it will set them on a solid financial footing for the next 6-10 years! The food truck desperately needs renovation. And you get a double bang for your buck because this truck is “on call” for use by the American Red Cross, Arizona chapter, for disaster relief duty should it be needed in The Academy’s off season. So far it hasn’t been called to that duty, but it could be at any time.

And if you wish, you can unlike Chase Community Giving. Just wait until after the contest is over.



More incentive to

The final 4 days of voting in are upon us. The Academy is holding onto a position in the top 5 and this weekend are trying to make a huge push to get the message out and the votes in. I’m got two more incentives to get you to vote, or get your friends and family involved.

First, I’ve posted another 5 pages worth of “Letters”. You still have to scroll down to Part 6 because I am still lazy.

Second, I’ve decided, with a great amount of personal angst, to offer to make No More Tears available on Kindle. Not sure how pricing works, or of I can offer discounts, but we will cross that bridge if we come to it. If you all can muster up 100 votes, I’ll do it. that may seem a lot, but it is really just 1-2 more from each of you and we are there. And to make things really exciting, for each subsequent 100 votes I’ll make Kindle versions of other of my stories. You have no idea how big an offer this is from me.

If you are unsure whether or not you have actually votes, on the Chase Community Giving App, select the Leaderboard pull down menu and select My Votes. You can see who you have voted for there. And please, as always, I encourage you take a few minutes more and see if there is a non-profit that you would also like to support. You have a total of 10 votes you can use. Chase is giving away $3 million after all.