Monthly Archives: September 2014

Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 15, Scene 7

Posted this week is Chapter 15, Scene 7 (1.15.7).

What a week! Very little walking, but today I did part of the fertilizing of our third of an acre – sprinkling Hollytone on myrtle, perennials, pachysandra, coneflowers, black-eyed Susans, and miscellaneous bushes and trees. With walking being a little easier.

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

I left the rest of the fertilizing to a nice young man who is helping with the yard – we are getting too old for some of these things. Not that we can’t get to them, but that they lead to sore days after, and it takes us forever – instead of most of the job being completed in a day or two of someone else’s time.

And, ahem, if I’m having some good time, I have a book to finish – and I can’t farm that out (nor do I want to – I’m having too much fun). The beta reader is happy with the latest (Phew! – thanks, Rachel).

Additional beta readers welcome – contact me if you’d like to participate (and get to read things earlier). Pride’s Children is a mainstream contemporary novel, suitable for mature adolescents and adults, set in the world of those who entertain the rest of us. It asks questions such as who is allowed to want? And what matters in the long run? And how will fame and fortune break you? And who is foe and who is friend?

Typo reports, etc., extremely welcome! Thanks!

PRIDE’S CHILDREN Table of Contents

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PRIDE’S CHILDREN, Chapter 15, Scene 7  [Bianca]


Copyright by Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt 2013-2014.

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Reinventing the writer every day

Every day I reinvent myself. As a person, as a mother, as a writer.

It seems as if it were from scratch, that I have leaned nothing from the previous day, from the rest of my life.

This summer has been hard for our family in many ways, and with CFS the first place it hits me is in the ‘free’ time: the writing has been slow.

The pieces of daily reinvention come from many places, and some of those places are the words of other writers – and bloggers that I follow. It seems to me lately that source has slowed as well.

In others’ words:

Bob Mayer, tough guy, former soldier, writes about being kind because we don’t know what someone else is laboring under.

Patricia Wrede write about the kind of stress that cuts you off at the knees.

Maybe it’s the change in season, and the abrupt change in the way NJ FEELS, and the fact that, all of a sudden, it gets dark at 7 PM instead of 8PM – and I didn’t get out there to do a bit of SOMETHING outdoors.

Eric J. Baker writes on his blog  post entitled Self pity never fueled a single accomplishment that “With so many of you on summer hiatus, I’ve been forced to troll WordPress in search of blogs to read.”

And I realize that this fallow period, when it has been hard to keep myself supplied with intelligent posts to read, is an opportunity to look for things within me that might need writing about.

Why blog at all?

I’m so focused on finishing Pride’s Children, Book 1, that I have been eschewing the pleasure of just writing out a blog post and hearing myself think (navel-gazing in progress; you may leave if you like).

The point of putting something out in public is that it forces me to focus my thoughts, clean up my sentences, choose carefully among ideas, and think clearly. Okay, relatively clearly.

Otherwise, I can think vague thoughts, have them churn chaotically in the recesses of what serves me for a brain, and not even realize, for days on end, that I’m ‘lost in thought.’

Is blogging dying?

I don’t know if anyone else has noticed it, but Eric is right: the sheer quantity is way down.

Maybe some of the bloggers are quitting, if not just taking a break. Maybe a few will come back. We will get new ones.

When I mentioned to my youngest that few people seemed to leave comments, she said, “Mom, nobody comments on blogs.”

This is not true – the right posts still elicit many comments – but I have noticed a reluctance in myself to stop and say a word, and maybe that is me picking up the general malaise.

In this world of the wide nets, fashions come and go with terrifying regularity. If something isn’t popular, it disappears. If something is determined to be passé, there is a much smaller number of people doing/reading/writing it.

I’m probably nuts. Probably, most people are hard at work on the next book. Maybe people are just taking vacations (though we are at the END of September already), or having a hard time getting started up again.

I’m tentatively out of the summer doldrums

I think MY break is over.

I spent time this morning in a very odd way: finding the enthusiasm for revising the current scene (18.1, if anyone’s counting), and having it snap into focus when I discovered that what I had been missing was that it is a PIVOTAL scene, and, if I skipped it, or I don’t write it right, the whole chain of logic I’m so carefully constructing snaps right here.

I LIKE the pressure of that. When I’m finished with a scene, if I have that feeling, I feel as if I’ve avoided a catastrophe.

I do write for the edge, odd as that sounds in a mainstream love story. I think I’m back in the groove.

I have words to finish, Amazon et. al. to master, a new website to finish up, this one to rearrange and maintain so it’s easier to find things, and Pixelmator to wrestle into submission.

If the world would just kindly hold still for a couple of years, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

Have you noticed a slowdown in blogging – or do you think I’m all wet?

Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 15, Scene 6

This week’s post is Chapter 15, Scene 5 (1.15.6).

Exhaustion is hard to write through. Enough naps, care, kindness to self – it passes. Temporarily, but it passes. Liebjabberings must be considered still under construction. Le sigh. The good news is, the more I fail, the more I learn, and the number of possible failures is finite, right?

I keep telling myself I would be writing so well by now, if only I were healthy and mobile – but then I wouldn’t be writing THIS story, and I kind of like it. Forewarning: this scene had parts that were very hard to write.

Some of the exhaustion is due to diving into Wattpad – a very different place to serialize, and a new set of formatting oddities (sorry, WordPress) to navigate and wrestle into submission (though I’m not sure either Wattpad or I would call it a win).

I’m there as @ABEhrhardt, if anyone here Wattpads. Different readers and commenters – and they’ve made me feel welcome.

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

I tried a couple of other quote generators, failed, went back to Quozio. There’s only so much learning space in my head.

Additional beta readers welcome – contact me if you’d like to participate (and get to read things earlier). Pride’s Children is a mainstream contemporary novel, suitable for mature adolescents and adults, set in the world of those who entertain the rest of us. It asks questions such as who is allowed to want? And what matters in the long run? And how will fame and fortune break you? And who is foe and who is friend?

Typo reports, etc., extremely welcome! Thanks!

PRIDE’S CHILDREN Table of Contents

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PRIDE’S CHILDREN, Chapter 15, Scene 6  [Kary]


Copyright by Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt 2013-2014.

Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 15, Scene 5

This week’s post is Chapter 15, Scene 5 (1.15.5).

I am walking, and riding my bike. Not a whole lot – but more than before, and more than for a long time, and the freedom is amazing: just going tonight to a Chinese buffet, and not having to struggle to walk back and forth with plates, was amazing. You guys who walk all the time: you’ve been keeping the good stuff for yourselves.

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). Pride’s Children is a mainstream contemporary novel, suitable for mature adolescents and adults, set in the world of those who entertain the rest of us. It asks questions such as who is allowed to want? And what matters in the long run? And how will fame and fortune break you? And who is foe and who is friend?

Typo reports, etc., extremely welcome! Thanks!

PRIDE’S CHILDREN Table of Contents

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PRIDE’S CHILDREN, Chapter 15, Scene 5  [Kary]


Copyright by Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt 2013-2014.

Blog redesign over for now – like?

Why do I blog?

I started my blog for two quite selfish reasons:

  • to have a place to express myself
  • to jump in the digital waters before publishing the WIP, Pride’s Children.

I have blogged, and I have posted most of Pride’s Children, Book 1, and I have met and bumped virtual elbows with readers, writers, bloggers, and self-publishers all over the internet.

Why a different design and why now?

The work – and finishing Books 2 and 3 – has become more important than the blogging (which I still love), partly because I can now publish, and partly because it turns out – which I had no way of knowing when I began to blog – that I am different from most other writers. Continue reading

Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 15, Scene 4

This week’s post is Chapter 15,  Scene 4 (1.15.4).

Pride’s Children is a mainstream contemporary novel, suitable for mature adolescents and adults, set in the world of those who entertain the rest of us. It asks questions such as who is allowed to want? And what matters in the long run? And how will fame and fortune break you? And who is foe and who is friend?

It is serialized with a new scene going up every Tuesday.

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

I strive to polish each scene as much as possible within the limitations of blog formatting, and your comments are always wanted. Typo reports extremely welcome! Thanks!

Writing has resumed at a slow pace – I’m always behind. So what else is new? 15.4 is new – for here.

PRIDE’S CHILDREN Table of Contents

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PRIDE’S CHILDREN, Chapter 15, Scene 4  [Andrew]


Copyright by Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt 2013-2014.

Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 15, Scene 3

This week’s post is Chapter 15,  Scene 3 (1.15.3).

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

Typo reports extremely welcome! Thanks!

It has been a tough week for the family; I’ll leave it at that.

PRIDE’S CHILDREN Table of Contents

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


Copyright by Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt 2013-2014.