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I think it’s time for me to take a little break.

I mean, I came into 2015 determined to fix up this blog, get a new layout, do some exciting Layla stuff, and write about it in these pages. I even told you that this was the plan.  But what have I done?


Which isn’t fair to any of you lovely readers.  Talk about broken promises.

Sure, on the bright side I’m enjoying writing again.  It looks like I’ll finish my screenplay, get my Charity books into print, and probably finish my weird little sci fi novel.  I’ve even faced the fact that I must start some kind of marketing plan for my books and eventually for me as a writer (self-promotion is so weird).

This means I really must work on a new blog layout and approach, some social media, and all that other promo stuff I’ve been putting off forever.

But because of this and life in general, I’ve been feeling overwhelmed.  Something has to give.

So I’ve decided to take a break from Becoming Lalya for a month or two.  Then when I do come back it will be with the changes this blog needs.  And of course in the meantime I’ll keep visiting all of your blogs.  I want to hear your news, keep up with what you’re writing, and hopefully read about the good stuff that’s coming your way.

That’s it.  No big deal.  I’ll be back (does that sound like a threat?) at some point.

May all of you have a splendid week.

Happy Writing

on April 19, 2015 in Misc 10 Comments »

I’ve got nothing exciting to report this week.  Or even barely interesting.

Didn’t do much ‘cause I was under the weather the last couple weekdays and this whole weekend.  Not really sick.  Just run down .

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Because I hung around at home I got some serious work done on my screenplay, and you know what? It was lots of fun.  If I didn’t have to go into work tomorrow, I’d exercise in the morning and then happily spend the rest of the day parked at my desk, scribbling away.

It really has been too long since I’ve enjoyed telling a story.  Maybe the trick is that screenplays don’t get published, so I’m not worried about going indie or anything like that.  And yes, I’m maintaining a silly fantasy of someday seeing my screenplay on the big screen.  But I know it’s a fantasy.  Even a delusion.  Doesn’t matter.

What does matter is that I am now actually truly really having fun writing. I love how the characters and scenes are falling naturallly into place.  Of course there’ll be days ahead when I get literary constipation and will have to struggle.  And sure, I’m only one-third of the way through this script.  But I’m anxious to see how the story turns out.

And that’s the jist of my little egotistical rant.

I hope all of you have a very productive writing week.  Any short stories or novels or serials in the works? I’d love to hear about them.

Wigging Out

on April 13, 2015 in Misc 10 Comments »

Remember how I was planning to stalk someone?

My target was Cruella deVil (without the fashion sense), who was scheduled to be one of the speakers at a lawyers’ conference.  So I took a couple hours off from work, walked the couple blocks to the hotel where it was held, and mingled with the small horde of attendees.

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I knew I would blend in because a) I was wearing dark clothes of a nondescript nature without a speck of pastel or interesting touch (these were attorneys, after all); 2) I tamed my reddish mess of curls into a dull bob; and c) I slipped on my reading glasses and frequently checked papers in the leather binder I was carrying.

No one gave me a second glance.  I was accepted as one of them.

That much was easy.  The bad news is… CRUELLA NEVER SHOWED UP!  It seemed she was out sick.  Very, very, deathly sick, I hope, after disappointing me like that.

Anyway, I’ve already stepped up my disguise game by buying, just today, A WIG!  My first ever.

Yes, it’s a cheap but good one from a local games-and-costume store (the kind at which the gang from The Big Bang Theory would buy their games).  I tried on several and chose the one with long, dark brown tresses and bangs.  When I added a pair of tortoise shell glasses (fake–the lenses are clear), I looked seriously different.

I think this disguise-and-stalking stuff might end up being kinda fun after all.  But first I’ve got to try out this wig and different looks and outfits on my friends.  The more I can fool them, the better I’ll get.

BTW, those papers in the leather binder were pages of my screenplay, and as I waited for Cruella’s lecture I edited them.  This weekend I wrote a couple more scenes, and now the story is coming to me more quickly and clearly.  Maybe I’ll finish it after all.

I hope you have a great week. Any literary or stalking plans of your own?

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Oh please, you expect me to write a post after a massive Easter supper?  (Mostly salmon and pirogues and pie.  Thank you Ann and Rich.)  I ate so much I can barely move, let alone think.

Besides, tomorrow night I’ll be posting an announcement on Tuesday for Alex J. Cavanaugh’s launch of Dragon of the Stars.  I’d love to see y’all back here for it.

bunnyMeanwhile, I’ve made some progress on my disguises and stalking plans.  If I can take a few hours from work this week I can track someone on her way to a seminar.  I especially want to be invisible because this is a nasty person with a short fuse.  Think Cruella de Vil without any fashion sense.  She’ll definitely be a challenge.

Thank you, by the way, for giving me some great disguise advice. Mike Offut (SLC Kismet) was very right about how people in uniforms (mailman, UPS, etc.) are usually invisible to everyone.  And Hart Johnson (Confessions of a Watery Tart) made a smart reference to Sidney in the Alias series and how she often changed her appearance and identity; I have the DVDs to one season and should re-watch them.  Also, I just read the chapter in Carol Kilgore’s Secrets of Honor where the heroine disguises herself in order to meet clandestinely with the First Lady; her tricks included silicon patches to fill out her face, which I didn’t know about.

I also went to Goodwill to get ideas.  Turns out the place has plenty of medical scrub duds for sale if I ever want to dress as a doc or nurse, and then there’s stuff like cutesy grandma sweatshirts.  I mean, what’s more invisible and harmless than a sweet old lady?

Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful week.  See you back here tomorrow.