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Well, I hate to say it again....

It seems like I'm saying it a lot lately, but I'm sorry for no new updates.  I had hoped to get back into a groove, but so far... nothing.  Sadly, it's not like I don't know what I want to happen, but every time I sit down in front of the computer to put anything down... I'm struggling to find the right words.  Bailey and Declan haunt me nightly to finish their story.  I'm constantly falling asleep to their story (and sometimes Kayden's next one  ).  I even thought trying out a story for the hal

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Thank You All For Your Well Wishes

I just wanted to thank everyone for their wonderful notes and prayers for my mom. November was really hard as my mom first found the lump in her hip and we waiting for her to go have it biopsied, then of course another wait for the results... B-cell lymphoma... the dreaded "C" word. And just before thanksgiving, so more waiting and stressing about just how bad it was and what would happen. Fortunately, last week after her PET scan, we were given the good news that it is in Stage 1 and has NOT

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As Falling Apart Comes To A Close... Here's Where I Am...

Well, after ten long months, Falling Apart is coming to its conclusion. Sorry it has taken so long, but it is also my longest story to date. I hope it was worth waiting for. So now that FA is done, I'm asking myself, what next?   I did write an anthology story for the Fall Blindsided theme. I am still trying to think of a follow up for Santa's little Helper, hopefully even in time for this Christmas. And I'd really like to maybe use a few prompts again. Maybe even do the Special Antholog

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Brady's Story Hits Close To Home

Okay, so yesterday I woke up to check my emails, and I get a daily 'news' email from our local news feed. And the headline hit me: Loudoun Teen Overcomes Heartbreaking Obstacles in Life..." A teen here in my county (I'm sure there are so many others that we never hear about, sadly) who has been struggling with his sexuality for years was outed by his parents when they found "incriminating" messages on his computer. And they threw him out in his senior year of HS. It was so sad to read it ha

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Sorry For The Delay...

Sorry about missing a posting last week for Falling Apart. I hope you will understand that it was a very trying week last week as my brother-in-law (my husband's younger brother) died of a heartattack. It was sudden and very unexpected and left us all reeling. I was in GA (as some of you might already know from my status update) for most of last week for the funeral. Then I was sick when we got back and slept most of the weekend (except for another trip up to PA for a gymnastics meet on Val

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New Story Is Up

Hey All,   I decided to start posting my newest story. Parker and Caz have been helping me with it for a month or more now, and I so greatly appreciate their help and input.   I'm actually a bit stuck on this story--at ch. 14--so I thought posting might get me motivated to write instead of reading all the time. I really feel I need to get it out of my head, but I just keep putting it off. I'm hoping it was maybe just the busy-ness of the holidays and now that they are over I can get back

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What's Up Next...

Just thought I'd drop a note now that Lie of the Serpent is done to let anyone who was curious know what I have going on in my head now.   Well, apparently, I've deviated from my original plan. I have a couple ideas floating in my head, one of which was the gymnast one I mentioned in one of my poems and in a previous blog. And I actually started it--one chapter, sort of.   But then another idea hit me--okay, pounded me over the head--because I started it as well. I think I'm more inve

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The Final Frontier...

The last few weeks I've been working on really cleaning out the house. It started with the girls' rooms and has slowly progressed one area at a time. As a former teacher, I tended to keep everything, sure I could use it for something--some craft, some project, etc--plus, I have a husband who has to keep every computer, monitor, old laptop, keyboard, etc that has ever come into the house. I finally decided that it's time to purge the house of extraneous items. I don't plan to go back to teach

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What's Next

So with Beneath the Current now complete, I have three stories now rattling around in my brain. So you might see a new story coming soon. It's a bit different than my usual, since the MCs are already in love when the story starts. I'm thinking of posting this one as I write it, probably a chapter a week, unless I get really going on it. The first chapter is written and I'm halfway through the second. Unfortunately, it is not a sequel to any of the story I've previously written. As much as

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Again, Sometimes The Fix Is Easy...

Okay, so here's my funny for today....   The safety release cable that connects from the engine to the handle on our lawnmower broke at the end of last season. We thought we'd have to buy a new mower but we managed to fix it and get it running again.   So I come home after dropping my daughter at her golf lesson, and there is one strip of lawn cut. My husband said that's all he could do before it just quit.   When I asked if he knew what was wrong, he said, "I'm just a computer guy.

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Ingress Anyone?

So about a month ago, my husband started playing this google maps game called Ingress. If you don't know what it is, it is basically an overlay of google maps with things called Portals. There are two teams--the Green Enlightened group and the Blue Resistance group, of which you pick your side when you join. Then you 'hack' the portals and attack the portals from the other team to gain points (AP). The part I like about the game is that it gets me out walking to new and interesting places.

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Thank You

Yesterday, I went out to Goodreads figuring I would add Tears of the Neko their books list. I went through the whole process to find that some kind soul had already added it! I assume it was probably someone from here as this is where I'm most active, so thank you so very much.   Right now I am working on getting it associated with my account as there are several other Taylor Ryan's out there. Hopefully they will get back to me soon.   And thank you to anyone who has reviewed it there as

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Neko is on Amazon

Hey everyone!   Tears of the Neko is now available on Amazon if you feel you must have a copy for your kindle so you can read it whenever you want! Or want to leave a review over there too ...   No, really, just wanted to let you all know that it is published there under the pen name Taylor Ryan, in case anyone sees it there and wonders if it's me or someone trying to steal it (which I know has happened to people unfortunately). So it is me, just under a pen name, since my young adult works

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So... What's next?

Okay, so Blood of the Neko is completely posted now, and I'm so glad that so many readers enjoyed it. It has made me think about writing a third story--as well as more Neko shorts, of course. I really appreciate all of the reviews asking for more neko, as well as the abundance of ideas. So I'd say one will be coming, I just don't know when, maybe by the summer.   Currently, I'm working on another fantasy/romance (think shifter, but not wolf). I haven't been able to get very far yet (three cha

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Another Neko Update

So, I just want to first thank everyone who read, liked, rated, and/or reviewed What No One Sees. I hope you enjoyed the story, and I greatly appreciate all the comments. Thank you so very much. I am considering possibly using Avery and Matt for some short stories/prompts like I did for the Neko. I dunno, we'll see.   Anyway, to the reason you probably clicked on this link--I have actually completed the sequel to Tears of the Neko. It will be called Blood of the Neko. It's about 60k+ wor

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craftingmom

 

Sometimes the fix is simple....

Okay, so here's my 'here's your sign' moment.   About six months ago our ice maker just seemed to stop working. We knew it would cost probably about $900 to fix (because it stopped working when we first got it, and the repair guy told us we were lucky it was still under warranty or it would have cost about $900). So that's what we figured had happened now.   Well, since I don't really use ice, my husband had taken to buying bags of ice as he needed them. He's been doing it for six mon

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craftingmom

 

Oh, how I love my technology

After having to live without my tablet for a week, I'm realizing just how much I really, really love it. My old tablet had been slowly dying--constantly rebooting randomly, freezing, etc. So my husband bought me a new Galaxy tab 4 for Christmas, and I had it all set up with my Kindle, Moon pro, Handwrite apps, etc. until I tripped over my daughter's shoes in the foyer on new year's eve and the tablet went flying down the stairs, cracking open. *sigh*   It still worked but fortunately my hu

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Avery's Story

For those who have read my CSR November author interview, you may be aware that I have a third m/m story hiding in the background--Avery's Story which is called What No One Sees. I had not posted it here as it is even darker, more intense, than All In, steeped in abuse (mental, physical and sexual) by a boy's father. However, I did offer to send it to anyone who asked me for it.   I had several requests, and after reading it, I had many say that I should post it for all to read. Therefore, I h

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Neko update

Just wanted to say that I'm nine chapters and 20k+ words into the Tears of the Neko sequel, so it is coming along. I expect it will be shorter than the original, but we'll see after my betas get back to me. I have sent the first six chapters to them today, but of course, being the holidays, I don't expect to hear from them soon.   I have been sick the last two weeks, and that has slowed down my intended progress quite a bit. But I would still expect to have it out in January, just maybe not ri

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More neko on the way...in January

Okay, so just wanted to let those who want to see the sequel to the Tears of the Neko soon know that I have actually started writing it. I've written the first chapter and I'm in the middle of the second. I think the beginning of stories can be hard to write since you have to set things up. So it's a little slower going than others I've written.   I also just wanted to let people know that the Neko Shorts are not keeping me from writing the sequel. I know it may seem like because I am post

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She doesn't get it from me...

Okay, so last night, I discovered that my daughter (13yrs, 8th grade) was supposed to have written the rough draft of a story about a painting. And it was due three days ago. Apparently, it had to be between 1500-4000 words, and my daughter was avoiding the assignment because she didn't want to write. Obviously, she doesn't take after me in that respect... (Ask her to read a 300 page book in one night, no problem, but write more than 50 words--like pulling teeth)   So after discovering on

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