It happened. I burnt this perfectly delicious chicken sausage with pineapple, ginger and brown sugar!
Don’t ask me how it happened. All I know is I had one link in a pan with a little water to steam it, and while I was preparing my salad I smelled something. It was one of those strange moments where I was trying to identify the smell. Then I saw a trickle of smoke and flew into high gear to rescue my dinner. Even with one side a little crispy these sausages are so good!
Writing update as of 6/9/2019
I finished editing Love of Thol (book 3 in the Thol series). The story topped off at 86,082 words and 393 pages.
All my novels contain scene break icons. Those little touches add eye candy to the page. When I read a book and the author has taken the time to use something other than an asterisk (*) or a pound sign (#), I appreciate the effort.
I can’t stand it when I read a book and the writer didn’t use anything other than a double space to let the reader know the story is moving into a different scene.
As soon as I receive my scene break icon from son #1, it will get dropped into the book and I’ll replace all the placeholder pound signs with the icon.
Nope, I’m not telling you what the scene break icon is for Love of Thol because it would be a spoiler. You’ll have to see for yourself.
After the icons are in place I’ll email the file to Jeff, my proofreader. He’ll focus his glowing, X-Ray eyes on the pages and send me notes chapter-by-chapter, with a bash alongside the head here and there for my goofs.
I make the changes as I receive them. Sometimes I end up adding scenes when Jeff discovers I left something out, didn’t explain something enough, or just because…
There are times when I have to delete something that doesn’t belong in the story. But, most of the times I end up adding words and pages to the final file.
The last phase is when I email the file to my formatter. Darwin is a genius. He creates the paperback and eBook files, along with a PDF.
Here’s a shocking surprise for you. I started on Tilted, book 3 in the Bonded series yesterday while I waited for the icon. I can’t sit still when I have a book in my head screaming to get out.
Don’t forget, I use the name DG Ireland for this mature series. Sex and violence are predominant in the shape-shifter community.
In the meantime, I’ve been adding to the outline for The Nine.
Tidbit of Information
I have a sheet of paper taped to my wall in front of my desk with all my projects / work priorities. The current project is highlighted. I can see at a glance what phase things are in:
Complete first draft
Out to Beta Readers
Sometimes projects get shifted around, depending on what’s calling me, or rather screeching in my head to get a move on.
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