We just ate my creation and it was actually really good! (no one was more surprised than I was).

This was the final product

Turns out, the stuffing wasn’t as salty as I feared. It all worked so well. Yum!

Best of all, hubby loved it!

And now…

We’re back to our regularly scheduled program here at this humble little blog…or what passes for a program. So, expect a regular post on Tuesday, just like always.

However, this does give me the opportunity to ask…is there something you’d like to see more of? Or less of? Something you’re sick of? A topic that, if you see one more time, you’ll stick your head into a toilet and flush? Something you miss or would like to see? Maybe less questions in posts?

Let me know! I’d love to hear it and make you a little happier.

Of success and computers: update

Finally, after two weeks of agony and waiting endlessly, my beloved machine is back. There are still a few glitches because for some reason some programs aren’t working and some are but it’s back. Having a keyboard in front of me fills me with glee.

All I wanted to do this weekend was reacquaint myself with my beloved machine. My hubby, on the other hand decided this was the weekend to find him a new car. So, off we went. Him, eager, me, grouchy.

My husband is a lovely man, with many talents and abilities. Decisiveness is not one of those. After visiting more than 8 different car dealerships on Saturday and searching all day on Sunday online, he’s changed his mind and now wants to stay with his car.

Does anyone know how to start a voodoo doll?

Olivia’s Choice Page: Updated.

The Page for Olivia’s Choice is getting some exciting changes.

One, the blurb has been shortened and spiffed up.

Two, I’ve cleaned up the reviews and added two new ones. One by the Bookie Monster and another by Romance Reviews.

Three, D. Emery Bunn has run through the book and checked the editing. He’s an absolute grammar-Ninja. Any and all misplaced comas suffered an untimely death. The new, shinier Olivia’s Choice will be up and running as soon as I can update all those changes. See the sidebar for an update to where I am in my fight against those run-on sentences and that dreaded passive voice.

I’m pretty excited about it all. Why not check it out and let me know what you think!

What I’m doing now…

I’m almost done Amy’s Courage. I have the epilogue to write and I’m done. I’m excited and thrilled…and terrified of the editing that I know will come next.

Editing doesn’t come easy to me. I don’t have tons of money for someone else to do it so it’s up to me…and my trusty computer. The very first thing I have to do is look over the plot and make sure that it runs smoothly and that any superfluous scenes find their way to the trash. Then it’s going over the writing until it shines brighter than the stars in the sky.

My biggest editing nightmares are: knowing how to edit and when to stop and the dreaded passive voice.

So, I promise a post with links on how to edit very soon. I’ll add the links to my growing Resources page for easy access. I also promise a post on that nasty ‘passive voice’ and how to avoid it–also with links.

One final idea that you might be able to try: the new version of MacBook Pro has a feature that reads out loud anything you highlight. Hearing any written text out loud immediately highlights all and any typos, misplaced commas, and issues. It’s a very powerful tool…but you need patience because it will read the entire story in one slow voice. Also, you might want to use headphones (or not do it while in a public coffee shop–yeah, I tried it there. Enough said).