I'm having challenges.

As if ragweed season isn't enough to battle with major allergies and being a 'lifer' on the shots, I got sick on top of this infamous time of year. Came down with sinus, bronchitis, and bronchial spasms, so I'm back on the inhaler and an antibiotic. Herbal remedies failed me. Sigh. Unless I would have been that much worse without them. Like dead.

It's hard to write when you're blowing and coughing your head off. Inspiration fades and there's no snap, crackle, and pop (except in my chest). This is when I long for the writing elves to come and work on my novel while I doze in between bouts of hacking. An insightful dream would be most welcome, but mine are weird, cold med induced hallucinations. Nothing useful. 

I'll just have to make something up, I tell myself. Which probably sounds odd because that's what most people assume authors do. Actually, I don't. I have this deep sense of the story and of being led in its creation. Just making stuff up doesn't happen with me. The characters speak, if I can hear them over the honking.

Meanwhile, I have good news to share. My latest historical romance novel, Traitor's Legacy, is out this month. Published by the Wild Rose Press. A big book signing event is in the works for Historic Halifax, NC in October. The bulk of the story is set in that area. The event coordinator tells me the interview I had with the editor of North Carolina's Eastern Living Magazine is out, and he did a fabulous job with it. I'm waiting for my copies to come in the mail. The story I'm struggling with is the sequel to Traitor's Legacy, entitled Traitor's Curse

I was sailing along. Then my grandbabies found two abandoned kittens for me to care for, which I undertook with exhausting devotion. Resulting in a lack of sleep, which may have led to my hack, sniffle, honk derailment. But the kittens are doing well. I've named the buddy brothers 'Peaches and Cream'. Perhaps they will inspire me. Possibly show up in the novel. I don't know when readers will pick up on this, but I have an orange tabby cat in nearly everyone of my stories, unless the characters are on the run in the frontier and can't take care of a cat. The orange tabby makes an appearance in Traitor's Legacy, in the wonderful old home featured in the story called Thornton Hall.

“A kitten is the delight of a household. All day long a comedy is played out by an incomparable actor.”
― ChampfleuryThe Cat Past and Present

Two kittens, double the delight. And the work.

“A kitten is, in the animal world, what a rosebud is in the garden.”
― Robert Sowthey

Yep, you're getting kitten quotes. Because this is a random post.

“The only thing a cat worries about is what’s happening right now. As we tell the kittens, you can only wash one paw at a time.”― Lloyd AlexanderTime Cat


  1. Josie Riviera // August 31, 2014 at 7:01 PM  

    Precious kittens, Beth. But, more importantly, best wishes on your latest release. And...hope you are feeling better and sorry about the allergies.

  2. Beth Trissel // September 1, 2014 at 9:55 AM  

    Thanks so much.

  3. debjulienne // September 2, 2014 at 3:35 PM  

    Hope you're feeling better soon....last week must have been Kitten week..I think 3 of us posted kitten pictures.

  4. Beth Trissel // September 2, 2014 at 9:12 PM  

    I'm cautiously better, thanks Deb. Yep, kittens are playing beside me as I write this.

  5. Beth Trissel // September 2, 2014 at 9:12 PM  

    I'm cautiously better, thanks Deb. Yep, kittens are playing beside me as I write this.

  6. Barbara Monajem // September 2, 2014 at 10:32 PM  

    Those kittens are so cute!! I've been having challenges, too, but not as bad as yours. It's just been so busy at the day job that I'm getting no writing done. Oh, well...

    Ragweed -- yuck! I wonder, is that plant good for anything? It sure causes a LOT of suffering.

  7. Mary Ricksen // September 3, 2014 at 11:11 AM  

    Good luck with the new book. Take a step back to take care of you!!!