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    I’m Back!! … Well, Sorta

    The website look has been updated, I’ve actually put words to the new manuscript and I have one manuscript in with the editor as we speak. So! I think this means that I’m back to work… Maybe. We’ve hired on a little co-worker. He’s two feet tall and weighs about the size of a small dog food bag. He’s cool most of the time, then other times he vomits, passes out and craps his pants. Most of the time he’s asleep on the job so I can get a bit of work done. Though he’s begun to yell at me when I’m working, wants to show me this, or that.…

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    Snow Day!

    Highland snow [image via] While the snow pours down outside and my husband has absconded with my computer to deliver an online technology workshop (don’t ask why it had to be my computer, something about compatible OS’s…) I’ve got sometime to bring y’all up to speed on books n’ things. The sequel to The Legend of Lady MacLaoch was speeding along merrily then somewhere near the start of my third trimester the line went dead. I’m not sure why, though I keep hearing things about “pregnancy brain”. I assumed it pertained to memory function but now I know that Pregnancy Brain affects creativity too. It’s sort of like slipping yourself…

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    Legend II – Writing Interuptus

    The sequel focuses on Lady MacLaoch’s love, the Minory swordsman. [image via]  I’ve been a major proponent for finishing a book even if you’re not sure what in the hell you’re writing about half the time. And for the most part I still believe in this philosophy, especially for new writers who have yet to finish a manuscript. It’s the thrill of finishing (even a shitty first draft – as Anne Lamott would say) that propels new writers to have it reviewed then actually pursue editing it. At least that’s what did it for me. But not any more. The sequel to Legend stalled, mostly because I had morning sickness…

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    Good News, It’s a Keeper

    Just a quick update folks! Over here at Author Becky Banks headquarters we’ve been working madly on two manuscripts at once. AKA – Becky’s about to lose her mind or accidentally have Rowan show up in futuristic US during an environmental scare…. Here’s the 411 – EPA Agent (to be getting a new name shortly!) got the thumbs up from the editor, it’s good, needs a few tweeks and more introspection but well on its way to publish later this year/early next. We’ll be holding naming contest for it in the coming months, plus getting its blurb up on the site and its very own page. (!!!) Stay tuned! Legend…

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    Working Hard, Real Hard

    Why yes, that towel does say “It’s five o’clock somewhere.” And your point is? As you can see I’ve been working diligently on writing…. The temps in Portland swooned up to 100 degrees yesterday, so refuge was sought in the chilly mountain runoff called the Columbia River. AAAHHHHHH…. Today? Back to the grindstone. And sweat. Dribbling out from under my arms…. Which makes working on a Scottish novel set in wet-chilly-foggy Springtime Scotland hard. As I mentioned on Facebook today, no doubt this heat will infuse itself into my writing somehow, like: β€œRowan, suddenly hot and sweaty from the blast of furnace heat, reaches back and pulls his shirt off.…

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    Birthday Treats Continue: Sequel Blurb!

    Scotland church…. *sigh* so beautiful! [image via] Today we have a very special treat. I’ve teased with short blurbs from the sequel before (see the short excerpt here) but today, I thought we’d dive into the first chapter. The first FULL chapter. Not just three hundred words but a full 980 words. :0) One thing to note is that this is also the first time that my editor will be seeing this so, um, yeah grammar/spelling has not been fixed yet. :0) The Legend of Lady MacLaoch II CHAPTER 1 The church was situated comfortably for several millennia in the place I came upon it that afternoon. Green pasture land…

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    Excerpt: The Legend of Lady MacLaoch II

    View of Dunvegan Castle from the loch. Castle was the inspiration for Castle Laoch. I thought it might be fun today to paste a short excerpt of the sequel to The Legend of Lady MacLaoch. I’m still working on the manuscript so this snippet isn’t edited, and um, if I get crazy with my Red Pen of Doom in the editing process this excerpt might come out. And um, it’s super short, so don’t get your hopes up too high and, um, can you tell I’m a touch nervous on posting unedited work? Okay here it is: Rowan says, breathing heavily, “I love you.” There, I hope you liked it!!!Just…