Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 15, Scene 2

This week’s post continues Chapter 15 with Scene 2 (1.15.2).

It took me a week to get over the cold – which has settled into my chest with a nice cough, but for a while there I could sing Old Man River with the best of the basso profundos. Really. I meant to get around to recording myself…

From the scene:

Some of the things learned this week:

Setting up a proper website – without WordPress holding my hand. Scary!

Buying my domain http://www.prideschildren.com – and no, it’s not open for business yet.

Getting an EIN from the IRS so I have it to give to Amazon (it’s like a Social Security# for businesses and the self-employed).

Picking a WordPress theme – and learning how to customize.

Tackling Pixelmator – lots of nice videos on YouTube for this powerful Mac graphics program – which I will use to re-do my cover in a more powerful way (sez me) – and permission from my friend Jon Gwenn to use his photos, for real and in writing.

Learning and starting to use Wattpad (don’t worry, they’re way behind here for serializing). I hope to have PC Book 1 serialized several places as the easy start to reading. And of course I hope no one who reads past a couple of chapters won’t stay for the long haul – we’ll see.

Writing – remember that part? And editing – the last chapters are in rough shape, and no one sees them that way.

Plus: learning to walk with my new AFOs; riding the bike; some tiny amount of weeding; paperwork for my Dad; family stuff; …

The list seems endless – and didn’t come with any more energy attached. I get things done by an iron discipline: two hours up – and get thee to bed for that nap; repeat. Boring – but at least some things are getting done.

Additional beta readers welcome – contact me if you’d like to participate (and get to read things earlier).

Typo reports extremely welcome! Thanks!

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PRIDE’S CHILDREN, Chapter 15, Scene 2  [Kary]


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Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 15, Scene 1

This week’s post begins Chapter 15, with Scene 1 (1.15.1).

I never get colds! My immune system is always on – and heads these things off at the pass, usually within 24 hours. Well, I have a cold – and my head is stuffed with cotton, and I can’t think even as well as usual. I hope it will be gone tomorrow. So please forgive bobbles this week – and let me know.

Progress is going on behind the scenes, I promise. And I’m bursting with blogging topics, but those are fun to do, and I’m trying to get WORK done first. Your patience is appreciated.

Additional beta readers welcome – contact me if you’d like to participate (and get to read things earlier).

Typo reports extremely welcome! Thanks!

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PRIDE’S CHILDREN, Chapter 15, Scene 1  [Andrew]


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Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 14, Scene 11

This week’s post is the end of Chapter 14 (Scene 11, 1.14.11). Phew. Finally. What is she thinking you ask?

I went on a little hike! In the mountains of PA. Ok – not a real hike, but at least 15 minutes of walking up and down in the hills around a cabin community. The freedom of walking is unbelievable – in previous years I’ve sat and chatted with the other stationary people in the lawn chairs, but this year I stood up and walked. The gratitude quotient is way up there.

I paid for it that night: needed extra calcium, magnesium, and a muscle relaxant to tackle the unbelievable cramps in my legs – but who cares – I walked. The next day wasn’t bad, and I’ve done a bit more walking since with no major consequences. I’ve ramped up the isometric exercises I located on the internet for all kinds of foot and leg muscles – I think I just caught my body by surprise. Be cautious. Build up. Don’t exhaust self. But I’m going to do this – and the freedom is exhilarating.

The website design, cover, formatting, and, of course, writing, is all on course – I’m just very slow, guys. No huhu, as Heinlein has a character say in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

And here is this week’s quote (thanks, Quozio.com):

17.3 coming along fine. Stressful. But the harder they are to write, the better they come out.

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PRIDE’S CHILDREN, Chapter 14, Scene 11  [Bianca]


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Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 14, Scene 10

This week’s post is Chapter 14, Scene 10 (1.14.10).

I can walk.

So much better than with the walker. And I can stand – which was unexpected – longer than I can lean comfortably on the walker. I am so grateful. It made my trip last week to Mexico to see my family much easier. Still a tough trip, but I could get around better. I will increase time, work on the padding, and get used to having my shin connected to the bottom of my foot, but these things actually work. Hallelujah!

I am still finding a typo here and there, so don’t be afraid to report them. I either finish the story before I post it here (Book 1 is 20 chapter), or you guys have to wait. Sometimes finishing puts demands on the writing mode. The more things happen in Real Life, the harder it is to get everything in, but I really need to get to the end of Book 1 asap, so please forgive – and report – the occasional slip. Thanks!

And here is this week’s quote (thanks, Quozio.com):

Additional beta readers welcome – contact me if you’d like to participate (and get to read things before they’re posted here). Finished 17.2 yesterday after my trip – not a word today as energy backlash hit. Oh, well.

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Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 14, Scene 9

This week’s post is Chapter 14, Scene 9 (1.14.9).

Otto Bock WalkOn Reaction AFOs (ankle-foot-orthoses) are here and I’m picking them up tomorrow! I might walk again! ‘Tis biblical!

It is a little crazy – so I’m posting early because the next few days will be very packed. Sorry if I confuse anyone.

And here is this week’s quote (thanks, Quozio.com):

Additional beta readers welcome – contact me if you’d like to participate (and get to read things earlier). In the middle of Chapter 17 in the revision; Book 1 has 20 chapters: we’re in the final stretch, and the pace is accelerating.

Typo reports, etc., extremely welcome! You people aren’t working hard enough. Caught another one today, posting this – courtesy WordPress – one fewer to catch later.

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PRIDE’S CHILDREN, Chapter 14, Scene 9  [Andrew]


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Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 14, Scene 8

This week’s post is Chapter 14, Scene 8 (1.14.8).

ETA: links corrected for Chapter 14, scene 8. Note to self: don’t post when you’re tired!

Otto Bock WalkOn Reaction AFOs (ankle-foot-orthoses) have either been ordered or are very close to being ordered – paperwork in progress!

Worked on Holly’s tiny house – need to put some pictures up. They’re working on the roof! I helped with a tiny bit of the siding – it took longer to work a piece of siding around a window frame than to nail on 10 pieces of siding. It is looking very house-like. It would have helped to have my AFOs already – I hate being unsteady and getting tired when standing.

And here is this week’s quote (thanks, Quozio.com):

Additional beta readers welcome – contact me if you’d like to participate (and get to read things earlier). In the middle of Chapter 17 in the revision; Book 1 has 20 chapters: we’re in the final stretch, and the pace is accelerating.

Typo reports, etc., extremely welcome! You people aren’t working hard enough. Caught one today, posting this – courtesy WordPress – one fewer to catch later.

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PRIDE’S CHILDREN, Chapter 14, Scene 8  [Bianca]


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Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 14, Scene 7

This week’s post is Chapter 14, Scene 7 (1.14.7).

The rehab guy was right – the orthoses make it very much easier for me to walk; seeing my doctor Thursday to get them prescribed. Otto Bock WalkOn Reaction AFOs (ankle-foot-orthoses) – very high tech carbon fiber. Take some of the energy of walking, use it to push off. I strapped them on and felt like the guy in the Bible Jesus said, ‘Get up and walk,’ to. The rehab guy said ‘hiking’ – I’d be happy to walk comfortably around the block. Keep fingers crossed.

It is hot in NJ – but I have been weeding a bit – everything looks lovely. We got heavy rain tonight – so it’s all nicely watered. I love when it does that.

And here is this week’s quote (thanks, Quozio.com):

Additional beta readers welcome – contact me if you’d like to participate (and get to read things earlier). In the middle of Chapter 17 in the revision; Book 1 has 20 chapters: we’re in the final stretch, and the pace is accelerating.

Typo reports, etc., extremely welcome! You people aren’t working hard enough.

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PRIDE’S CHILDREN, Chapter 14, Scene 7  [Andrew]


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Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 14, Scene 6

This week’s post is Chapter 14, Scene 6 (1.14.6).

Rehab guy had great stuff – I’ll blog about it when I get further along the path, so – hope!

Working, conceptually, with site changes – finding it a bit trickier than I expected, but that’s the perfectionist in me. I will stay here for now – I have no intention of doing anything to start other than straight Amazon – one thing at a time.

NJ is HOT – the chinchilla’s AC is working overtime – she hates the noise, and you can’t explain to a chinchilla.

Additional beta readers welcome – contact me if you’d like to participate (and get to read things earlier).

Typo reports, etc., extremely welcome! Thanks!

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PRIDE’S CHILDREN, Chapter 14, Scene 6  [Kary]


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Pride’s Children: Great Website and Blog Redesign Project

If you are a new visitor, an occasional visitor, or one of my wonderful regulars, I crave your indulgence.

Why is my indulgence being craved? (craven?) now?

I’m getting very close to the end of my real (secret and nefarious) purpose for this blog/site: inducing you to try (if you haven’t already drunk the Koolaid) Pride’s Children, in the hopes that you will find it – and my other fiction offerings – something you simply can’t do without. This eventually means Continue reading

Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 14, Scene 5

This week’s post is Chapter 14, Scene 5 (1.14.5).

Sad to say, the  external stimulation device for the calf muscles – and walking – didn’t work. At all. Am pouting. Praying to your favorite deities didn’t work. Sigh – I went in with a positive attitude, so it wasn’t me. We have an appointment with a rehab guy next week – he seemed very positive. Crossing fingers and praying again.

Writing is back on track – I have to stay ahead of you people! There were some knots to work out – they are worked out.

It is getting hot in NJ – the last bike ride was not a long one due to the oppressive nature of Mother Nature, but I still love my mobility.

And here is this week’s quote (thanks, Quozio.com):

Additional beta readers welcome – contact me if you’d like to participate (and get to read things earlier).

Typo reports, etc., extremely welcome! Thanks!

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PRIDE’S CHILDREN, Chapter 14, Scene 5  [Andrew]


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