Someone Else’s Words – Ralph Waldo Emerson on Writers

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Friday Insight #2 – NaNoWriMo And “Of Wolves And Men”

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This month I’m writing hard and fast, in an attempt to get the draft of “Of Wolves And Men” finished. And you’re invited to a peek behind the curtain…

  • Each Friday between now and the end of the month, I’m posting a sample of what I’ve written that week.
  • That could mean you see samples out of sequence, depending on what section of the outline I decide to write.
  • All the samples will be in  unedited form, so you’re getting a deep insight into my writing process…

Click the button below, and bookmark the page, so you can keep track of my progress throughout the month.


There was a very strong odor of blood, that slight metallic tinge to the air was unmistakable. I couldn’t tell if it was human blood, but not whether the source was a mortal or a supernatural with a mortal origin. To be honest, I was only able to tell that much, because I could be sure it wasn’t from any animal that lived in the wilder areas around the city. If I was able to pick up the scent from this side of a locked door, there had to be a lot of it, or the air conditioning units would carry the scent away.

Rattling the door gave me a feel for how deep the bolt ran into the door jamb, and it didn’t feel as though it went too far into the door jamb. I gave the handle another few shakes, just to see if I could pop the lock. The trick worked on my apartment door sometimes, not that I’d informed my landlady. She’d have replaced it within seconds, and I’d have lost the means to get in after a night of drinking.

Why hadn’t the STF covered this kind of situation in my training? Did the Chief not trust me enough to handle gaining entry to a locked room? Despite my efforts, Jimmy’s door remained firmly locked, so I decided to try something I’d seen on TV.

Pacing for a moment, I though about what I was about to do, and then shooed the crowd back a few paces, to give myself some room. I squared up with the door, and stepped back a few paces, before hurling myself forward, before I convinced myself how crazy that this was a crazy idea.

My shoulder and arm slammed into the door, and I felt a sharp pain right down my arm, which I hadn’t been expecting. Of course, I shouldn’t have trusted old movies, because it felt as though I might have dislocated my shoulder.

Then I remembered a trick that I’d seen Feldman use on one of the training scenarios. He’d kicked the door, rather than charging it. Now I just had to remember exactly how he did it, because I had a feeling that it wasn’t as easy as he made it look.

I backed up a pace from the door, and tried to give the door a test kick, almost falling over in the process. Shuffling forward I tried again, and felt another sharp pain, this time in my heel, as it connected with the door handle, and the name plate fell of the door. There was barely even a dent in the door. My frustration exploded at the same time, and I saw red at the thought that a simple door was going to beat me.


Drop a not in the comments below, and let me know what you think of this insight into my writing process…

You’re All AMAZING! – Thank You For 600+ Posts of Love

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Saturday 3rd November Marked 600 Posts

That’s right, you read that right… Ramblings of an Author has surpassed 600 posts.

I can’t believe I almost let a momentous event pass by without comment.

My only excuse is that I got caught up in the whirlwind of the “31 Days of Halloween” event.

I Want To Thank EVERYONE Who’s Followed Me For Years!!!

Readers, Followers, Ramblers… Whatever you like to think of yourself, you’re the people I do this for. What started out as a means to get into the habit of writing something regularly has become something of a passion for me.

226 of you clicked that ‘Follow’ button, but so many more catch my new posts through Twitter and Facebook. I can’t thank you all enough for your continued support and interest.

And To My Fellow Authors…

Writers, Authors, Contributors, Friends… It’s a pleasure to have been able to work with every single one of you. I really love being be able to share your books, interviews, and guest posts. So many of you have invited me into your worlds that I can’t help but feel blessed.

What’s Coming Next?

After running the “31 Days Of Halloween” event for the last two years, I’ve come to see that themed months are a ton of fun.

That’s one reason I’m currently running my “Friday Insight”, which follows my NaNoWriMo 2018 journey. Each Friday you’ll be getting a taste of what I’ve been writing during the week. I hope you enjoy.


Let me know in the comments how long you’ve been following, and what features you keep coming back for.

Friday Insight #1 – NaNoWriMo And “Of Wolves And Men”

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Some of my long-time followers might be aware that I’ve done an event in November called NaNoWriMo. That’s National Novel Writer’s Month, for those who haven’t heard of it before.

The event has a very simple premise: Between November 1st and November 20th, write 50,000 words.

This year, I’m using it to give myself a kick in the backside, and restart work on “Of Wolves and Men (Shadows Over Seattle: Book One)”, the first full novel in the series.

  • Each Friday between now and the end of the month, I’m going to post a sample of what I’ve written that week.
  • Of course, that could mean you see samples out of sequence, depending on what section of the outline I decide to write.
  • Also, all the samples will be in their rawest, unedited forms, so you’re getting a deep insight into my writing process…

Click the button below, and bookmark the page, so you can keep track of my progress throughout the month.


I raced across the asphalt of the Silver Cloud Hotel’s parking lot, with the stench of early morning exhaust stinging my nostrils. I’d lost sight of my quarry as he’d dodged between parked cars, but I was certain he’d been making his way toward Broadway.

There was no point in him trying to double-back past me to the rear of the parking lot, because that’s where I’d found him crouched over his victim. I’d very deliberately pulled out my cellphone and started making the motions of dialing for assistance. If that hadn’t been enough, I’d also started faking the conversation with an imaginary dispatcher.

He’d taken off fast, climbing the rear wall of the parking structure, ripped off the wire mesh covering the opening to the mid-level and slipping between the bars that stopped cars from driving off the mid-level.

I’d stopped to check on his victim and realized that this was more likely a vampire feeding than a mugging. The middle-aged, woman was smartly dressed, but her purse and everything were still on her person, with little sign that the attacker had tried to steal them.

A quick physical check had assured me that she was only unconscious. There were also no signs of injury, so either she’d fainted, or dropped unconscious from exhaustion. I flagged down a couple of passers-by to watch her and assured them that I had medical assistance on the way. When they asked where I was going I told them I wanted to catch her assailant before he got away.

That had been about three minutes ago, and we’d been playing hide-and-seek among the cars and pillars ever since. There are only so many places to hide in a covered parking area, and I was confident that he hadn’t been able to change floors, because I hadn’t heard the stairwell door closing. I knew from personal experience that it tended to stick for a moment before slamming shut the rest of the way.

The longer this game of cat-and-mouse went on, the bigger the chance that he’d manage to slip past me and into the street or find a hiding place to ambush me from. Since I wasn’t happy with either idea I did something I rarely did around so many people and tapped my inner wolf’s sense of smell. I’d only caught a brief look at the person I was tracking, but I’d spotted a couple of things that most people wouldn’t have thought to look for.


“31 Days Of Halloween” Couldn’t Have Happened Without…

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last month, yesterday concluded my annual “31 Days of Halloween Event”. – 31 posts went out over 31 days.

If you can spare a few moments, I’m also seeking some feedback on the event (scroll to the bottom of the post).

This Wasn’t A Solo Endeavor

None of this would have been possible without the help, and contributions from some wonderfully talented authors. So, here’s my round-up of the contributors, the posts they provided (in the image captions), and where you can find them.

If any of them provided you even the slightest entertainment in the Halloween build-up, please go show them some love… and tell them how much you liked their contribution.

Skyler Andra

Heidi Angell

Stephanie Ayers

Kerry E.B. Black

Anaïs Chartschenko

Elle Cross

Phoebe Darqueling

Katherine Gilbert

Anna Hub

Rebekah Jonesy

Angela L. Lindseth

Rosa Marchisella

Lyssa Medana

Cassandra Page

A.F. Stewart

Remember I Was Looking For Feedback On The Event?

Drop a comment if you have…

  • any thoughts about this year’s event
  • something you’d like to see more/less of something next year
  • an idea for a feature for next year
  • any authors you’d like to see return in 2019
  • checked out any participating authors


Book Spotlight – “Clay and Blood” by Rebekah Jonesy

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Book Blurb

Gillian Gilchrist has no time to rest after completing her first missions for Queen Mab and the goddess Danu. There is still the cleanup to do, and that’s how she finds herself following the trail of devastation left by a rogue fae.
Somehow this one moves through the trees without leaving any trace of its passing, except for the tattered and bloody clothing of its victims.

In the dark woods Gillian can’t tell if the culprit she is tracking is insane, sick, or simply acting out its true nature, but she knows that the only way to find out is to track it, capture it, and question it.
Unfortunately, that means following the scent of the victim’s blood soaked into the soil.

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From The Author

Rebekah Jonesy

Rebekah Jonesy knows stuff about things and isn’t afraid to talk and write about it. Outside of the literary world, she is a mad scientist cook, gardener, Jill of all trades, and military spouse. Inside the literary world she is a devourer of books, publisher, and mentor.

“Rebekah has the best kind of rabies”- JD Estrada
You can follow author Rebekah Jonesy at Twitter, Facebook, join her reader’s group, or her blog Heart Strong.

Where To Find Rebekah Jonesy

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