Leafies and Weedies

Under the sea, tra-la. My mermaid worldbuilding for book three of Ysabel the Summoner takes me, yes, under the sea. I’ve discovered bioluminescent fish and jellies, giant clams and blue-eyed scallops. Today I found these wonderful little creatures. Seadragons are related to seahorses and grow up to 18 inches long. The leaf-like protrusions provide camouflageContinue reading “Leafies and Weedies”

Giant clams and many-eyed scallops

Book Two of the Ysabel the Summoner series is in the capable hands of my editor. On to book three. In this third book, my girl Ysabel is under the sea with the mermaids, recovering from a terribly injury. Bioluminiscent fish and jellies light up her underwater world. Strange creatures abound. Scallops! With blue eyes!Continue reading “Giant clams and many-eyed scallops”

Establishing a writing practice: time and place- the two biggest obstacles

Raising children, working a job, having relationships, when do we find time to write? A good way to start is to write a mere 15 minutes a day. Those 15 minutes soon will fly by and you won’t want to stop. You’ll feel anxious and irritated when your normal life interrupts your reverie, but that’sContinue reading “Establishing a writing practice: time and place- the two biggest obstacles”

In the deep

My next book of Ysabel the Summoner is set deep underwater in the realm of mermaids. Their dark world is lit by bioluminescent creatures. The jellyfish can be gorgeous:   This is a siphonophore, a colony of hundreds of jellies living along a central core. The fireworks display are the toxic, bioluminiscent tentacles used toContinue reading “In the deep”

Perseverance, or do I hafta?

It’s raining heavily this morning. The gutters are overflowing and it sounds like I’m living under a waterfall. I feel hammered by the rain. I can’t focus, my current story feels overworked, and I’m tired of my characters. I’m experiencing letdown after sending out query letters for Queen of Incense. Five days later, I’ve receivedContinue reading “Perseverance, or do I hafta?”