Thursday, November 24, 2011

It's a great day to be thankful!

Happy Turkey Day!

Even though we didn't travel as planned to KS today (due to a low-grade illness) we still took a short drive. As we were leaving the neighborhood, the clouds dissipated and the sunlight came pouring through! It made for a beautiful drive in the country. We weren't gone but an hour and once home, it was time for another wonderful Thanksgiving tradition: Detroit Lions football! I predicted that the Packers would prevail in today's game, but didn't think that the Pack would dominate like they did in the first half!

I've still hammering away on the second in The Land of Betrovia series. Patrik and Galena and their journey to Lycentia is the focus of the first three chapters. I'm trying to "blend in" more Vellein family history as I move these two from The Lonely Fox Inn onto the road to the capital city.

Today, I had a thought about adding another minor conflict/subplot related to Teophelus. This small diversion from the main plot won't occur until late in the book and I hope that I can successfully tie it into the main plot.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Continuing with Part Two

In little over a week, it will be Thanksgiving. Today is the first day of deer season (gun variety). Yesterday was Veterans Day. And since Halloween has already come and gone, it's "the Christmas Season"! Wifey spent a few hours with other ladies and made Christmas angels and wreathes last night.

Yes. it's a busy time of the year!

Ryan and I spent some "quality time" together this morning dismantling a small sofa-sleeper. While we separated the wood, metal, fabric and foam into separate piles, I had to think that we were doing to that couch what deer-hunters were doing with their trophies! The main difference was we created a small bonfire in the backyard to burn the oak skeleton while everything else ended up in the dumpster.

As I watched Georgia dismantle Alabama this afternoon, I worked on chps one and two of Part Two of The Land of Betrovia.

Since chp one begins the morning after the events of chp sixteen of Betrovia, it feels like I'm working on chps seventeen and eighteen of Betrovia. That's what I intended to do as I finished the first book.

That does make sense, doesn't it, to just continue the main plot from the first book?

Friday, November 4, 2011

It's November already?!?!

It's very passe' but I have to say it: Where has the year gone?!

September and October are my two favorite months of the year (especially since I'm not teaching any more!) and they came, they left, and I can't remember much of either! I think the weather was pleasant and not too rainy since I don't remember having to reschedule any window-cleaning jobs. But why did the great weather of those months have to end so quickly?

So, it's now November. In less than two days, we have to say "Goodbye" once again to Daylight Savings Time." I suppose it will be nice to not have to drive to Freeburg Monday morning in the dark. But the drive home after 5:30 will be in the dark!

Someone told Wifey that a country radio station has been playing Christmas music 24hrs/day since the beginning of the month. And she is so excited that now she can hear hear the music of her favorite holiday whenever she wants... for the next seven weeks!

Now on to a few Betrovia things:

I've almost decided on a title for the second book of the trilogy. The title will relate directly to a new group of characters that Patrik, etc. must deal with. But that's a good thing since the members of this group will challenge Patrik even more to desire an even closer relationship with the Creator!


The current version of Betrovia contains both a list of important characters and the map that Anna and Jared Deutsch finalized. The plan is to enhance the map a bit more for the second book in the series to coincide with a few of the new settings of that book.