Monthly Archives: October 2014

Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 16, Scene 3

This week’s post continues Chapter 16 with Scene 3 (1.16.3).

Writing from a bit further down the coast from Cancún. We finally got a vacation; the weather’s gorgeous, the water in gigantic pool and clean ocean transparent; I am getting used to not writing (being extremely lazy in that department this week).

The truth is that it takes an enormous amount of energy to get around the Grand Palladium (there’s MILES of walking), and we’ve been eating every lovely resort offering, so being on vacation is taking our full time. I hope to come back rejuvenated – and ready to get those last chapters out.

Thanks to Quozio for the quote software.

I wish to note diligence: I did most of the work to get this scene and post ready before I left, so I wouldn’t miss a Tuesday. Didn’t want to disappoint, or break a streak. I should have been sleeping.

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PRIDE’S CHILDREN, Chapter 16, Scene 3  [Andrew]

Copyright by Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt 2013-2014.

Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 16, Scene 2

This week’s post continues Chapter 16 with Scene 2 (1.16.2).

Gorgeous NJ Fall – the leaves are starting to flame, but they are mostly still on the trees – and I haven’t had time to go outside enough! Durn.

Even the temperature has been perfect – and the humidity finally took a hike.

And just as I was getting set into early writing, and going to bed before midnight – things happened, and I’m back to going to bed and getting up too late. We’ll get through the rough spots, but sometimes it seems the Universe conspires (all writers have these conspiracies – hmmm).

The Universe added a few more – we will prevail, but it isn’t easy. Now it’s a matter of principle.

Thanks to Quozio for the quote software.

The end of Book 1 is doing better; I love it when I find the trail markers again.

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PRIDE’S CHILDREN, Chapter 16, Scene 2  [Bianca]

Copyright by Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt 2013-2014.

Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 16, Scene 1

This week’s post begins Chapter 16, with Scene 1 (1.16.1).

Fall has fallen on NJ, though we’re still supposed to get some very warm days for our annual Indian Summer. The days are already too short – I’ve had to dig out the Daylight light-therapy light to keep the depression tendencies at bay.

I had the furnace on!

And I have to make the commitment NOT to eat carbs, and to get up at dawn so as to get the maximum number of hours of daylight. I’m working on it – I have what is called Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome, and my normal bedtime is  after 2am, which doesn’t go well with getting up at 6 or 7am to write. The things we go through!

The To Do list is full. Really. No more. There is no space for whatever it is you want me to do. Uh uh.

She fought the impulse to shred the unopened missive, to reduce it to a powder so fine it could be used, without further processing, as raw material for toilet paper. Consequences, Kary. - Kary Ashe, Pride's Children, Chapter 16

Thanks to ProWriteAid for the quote software.

The end of Book 1 is staring me in the face: I know how it ends. I made it end that way. And I’m still worried about it. I think that’s standard.

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PRIDE’S CHILDREN, Chapter 16, Scene 1  [Kary]

Copyright by Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt 2013-2014.

Added PRIDE’S CHILDREN – Chapter 15, Scene 8

This week sees the end of Chapter 15, with Scene 8 (1.15.8).

NJ had a good week, weatherwise: sun, some rain, weather in the range I consider normal: 68 – 75 (okay, some days were more humid). That’s what happens when you;re born in Southern California and grow up in Mexico City: you take nice weather for granted. Well, I’ve had enough of mid-Atlantic weather (is that what they call it?) to last the rest of my life – you can stop it now, and go back to normal. No? What’s the problem?

Oh, well.

The garden looks glorious, and for once I didn’t have a huge amount to do with it: I could get used to that. OTOH, Life doesn’t seem to be getting any easier – it’s always something!

Here is this week’s quote (thanks,

She inspected the man who stood on her doorstep looking oddly determined, and who had taken the trouble to wear a suit and tie under a navy cashmere peacoat. No plaid? “You drove all the way out here, at night, to dissuade me?” - Kary Ashe, Pride's Children, Chapter 15

I seem to be doing relatively well lately getting up, taking my B1, and getting to the writing within a couple of hours – and actually finishing some of those scenes up ahead (as we get closer than I’d like here to the end of my reserve). It helps not to eat carbs, for my brain. Too bad – I’d eat nothing but if I had my druthers.

BTW, doing everything yourself around the house is vastly overrated. And interferes not so much with writing time – as I can garden, etc., after I’ve finished writing on some days – as with the mental condition required to write the NEXT day. It feels good – and the next day I stare at the wall all morning, with nothing to show for it, not a word. Delayed reaction – quite common to us CFS folk. I just can’t afford it.

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!

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

Copyright by Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt 2013-2014.

Writing the Great American Love Story

Say what you mean, mean what you say.

What are you trying to do?

Sometimes you have to take a stand, and declare, in public, exactly what you're trying to do. - Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

 Every writer reaches the point: fish or cut bait

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Writing, despair, hummingbirds, and goldfinches

Musings before resting:


Something Rachel said to Mike Ross on Suits last night has stuck: “You need to decide if you love me more than you hate what I did.”

I have to decide if I love the results more than I hate having to nap frequently to get them.

I hate the naps, but I hate feeling lost and unable to think MORE.

Yes, I hate having to nap. Yes, I hate that my brain doesn’t work most of the time.

Sub-optimal solutions

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