One of my biggest goals for this quarter was to finish the Icarus rough draft, but plans have changed.
It's not something I can really talk about at this stage, but I'm helping on a big project that will be ongoing. I might talk about it once things are more settled, but suffice to say the most intensive part of it will take place over the summer this year. Because of this, my time is going to be very limited. Things here on the blog won't change much, if I can help it, but I'm going to have to put drafting Icarus on hold until at least mid-August.
I apologize for the "secrecy," but rest assured, I'll let you in on what's going on when I can.
We're back to the Myth and Science Universe today with a story set a day or two after the events of "Fateful Meeting" and "Friends at First Fight."
Having read at least those two stories helps fill in the backstory, but it's not necessary to understand what's going on in today's flash fiction.
I apologize for the delay in posting. I prefer to wait until I have the audio ready to post at the same time, and I wanted C. L. to help record the male voices as he's been doing with the last several audios. However, with the beginning of warmer weather, our neighbors have been mowing lawns and playing on four wheelers until late in the evening, meaning we couldn't cut a clean recording. So I finally gave up and just recorded it all myself this morning.
Recording narration and voicing three characters is no joke, even for such a short piece, is no joke! Props to all the voice actors out there. You don't really understand what a physical strain that kind of vocal gymnastics can be until you actually give it a shot.
Sorry folks. I haven't felt well at all for most of a week, so I've fallen behind schedule. I'll post as I catch up as soon as I can think clearly again.
The lesson on pronouns that was supposed to be posted today should go up on May 23.
C. L., our eldest, and I will be heading back to one of our favorite conventions and the one we consider our "home" event, Con Kasterborous, in just over a month.
This family friendly convention focused on Doctor Who has become something of an institution in Huntsville, Alabama in just a few years. It's one we've made sure to attend every year, and I don't see that changing anytime soon.
This year Con Kasterborous will return to the Westin at Bridge Street in Huntsville on June 10-11.
Make sure to go check out their website for full details on guests, venders, panels, and ticket prices.
In addition to both books, I'll have all of the permanent fragrances carried by Contented Comfort available at our table in the dealers room. Work began on designing and manufacturing this year's new nine last week. Fragrance introductions will release each Tuesday morning, starting next week, over at Eng Family Vlogs.
I haven't decided if this pair of stories is in any universe in particular yet, but this is the same Honey found in "Leave Sleeping Cats Be." It takes place several months after that one, but you don't need to have read the other flash fiction for this one to make sense, just a general idea about typical cat personality traits.
If you'd rather listen to the story, you can find the audio version here.
With the more complicated “basic” elements of English grammar out of the way, let’s dive into the nitty gritty. Today’s lesson begins a mini series on parts of speech, which will help you continue to refine the way you utilize the grammar rules we’ve covered so far.
Let’s start with some of the first words we learn, nouns.
Today's story takes us back to the Super's Universe an hour or two after "Broadening Horizons." Having read "Meeting Ms. Truseau" and "Broadening Horizons" can help fill in backstory, but it isn't necessary to understand todays flash fic.
You can also listen to the audio here.
Have you noticed the slow down on writing Icarus that's happened lately? There are a few different reasons for that. I can't get into all of them, but here's what I can tell you about the reasons I can discuss right now.
Planning has been more than a little tenuous for the past couple of months for a couple of different reasons. Ill family members, a large project that may or may not happen dependent upon any number of factors, and the usual spring health issues for those of us with allergies meant plans could change any time. Honestly, that's still an issue, although a lesser one now. Because of this, I've been working on what absolutely has to get done on any given day first, projects that are more time sensitive next, and I've been working on longer term projects if there's time left. Obviously, I haven't had a huge amount of time left over for Icarus the past few weeks.
To be quite frank, I've only kept up with regular posting on this blog and the one over at Contented Comfort because I've set aside time on Saturday mornings to write and schedule them for the week. Eng Family Vlogs hasn't been quite as fortunate, although that has as much to do with my phone's camera glitching so much and often we were forced to break down and invest in an actual camera again as it does time management issues.
We're back in the AI Universe today, a couple of centuries before the events in "Bad First Day." You don't have to be familiar with the universe to understand the story.
Today’s lesson is about one of the least often used punctuation marks, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to know when or how to use it. When used properly, colons can add impact, clarity, and conciseness to your writing.
You can think of them like a flashing neon sign that reads, “This is what I’m talking about,” over a section where you clarify a statement you’ve already made. They’re added right before a phrase or list that explains or adds to the sentence before it.
They only had two ways out: fight their way through a small army or risk waking a family of sleeping bears.
There are three states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas.
In both examples, the colon lets the reader know they’re about to be told exactly what the options are in that instance.
A. B. England is a small business owner, home-schooling mom, novelist, all around geek, and avid crafter. She loves fantasy, mythology, and all flavors of science fiction.
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