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If only I was getting paid for my fanfic writing ^.^)



Aiko’s Haunted Hairbrush


hiar brush reference

In Quirt and Brody: Ride#2, Doppelgänger, Suki finds her mother’s hairbrush on a visit to San Francisco.

Suki, Quirt and Brody go on a ghost hunting trip with Josie Taboo to San Francisco.

Suki believes after she finds it, that her mother’s ghost is with her and is helping to keep her and her friends safe.

My Blog

A couple of months ago, i combined my three blogs into just one, with different categories. I had three blogs that no one reads, at least now I have one blog that is read, rarely 😀 When i used wordpress’s tools to combine them, everything seemed to go well. Just now that I’ve had a few days off and with Internet Access, I’m seeing that all of the photos didn’t import. I’m working on cleaning up and fixing the errors.


Indenting in Word, after the Document is written

Click on the “Page Layout” tab, at the top of the Ribbon in Microsoft Word.

Go to the section that is headed “Indents” and “Spacing”. Click on the little arrow in the bottom right-hand corner. This arrow opens up the Paragraph Dialog Box.

Look for the heading “Indentations” in the Paragraph Dialog Box. In this section, there is a drop-down box with the heading “Special:”. Click on the drop-down box and select the “First line” option.

Choose the amount you want the lines indented by, in the “By:” box. Here, 0.63 cm was chosen, because this is a commonly accepted indent size.

When a new paragraph was started, Word automatically indented the first line.
Click on “OK”, and continue typing. Now, Word will automatically indent the first line every time you press Enter.

Note: I used the steps above, but to add or change indents after the doc is written, select all, and then follow steps above,



Okay, what kind of ‘help’ is this. MS Word 2007 ‘Help’

When I write, the first drafts, and second third etc I just make straight breaks between paragraphs. Then i go back and indent all the paragraphs at once when it is ready for someone else to read and hopefully edit it.

I’ve done it before, and know how to do it with Open Office, but because of publishing formats I go back to word when its getting close to being finished. I’ve done indented the beginning of all the paragraphs at once in MS Word too, but I’ve slept since I did it last and don’t remember.

I typed “indent first line of all paragraphs”
in the help search.
the results were:
“Troubleshooting Short Battery Life”
“Use and configure your Bluetooth enabled headset”
“Install a Blue tooth enabled device on this computer”
and four more things that had nothing to do with what i was looking for.
They didn’t have ANY of the keywords i used. How come it seems like what used to work, doesn’t anymore since i got my new ’64 bit’ computer.

It’s probably not the computer, so what is it? I’m still typing English, and have everything set for English. Could I be becoming more inept or senile already? I eat my whole grain cereal and take my Ginkgo biloba every day.
My goodness.
Well, I still don’t know how to do it, So instead of ranting and raving anymore or using Windows/ms office help, I’ll randomly check on any one of dozens of websites that have nothing to do with microsoft and the answers’ll be right there.

Quirt and Brody have a fan site at Facebook!

The most exciting part of writing

The most exciting part of completing a story, is not finishing it, but having someone else read it.
~Chloe, Smallville

The Author’s Own Riding Experience and Horses

Since I am writing about characters that ride horseback, much the same way, and doing the same things I did, I thought I’d post a picture from time to time. Although I never ran into a secret lab underground in the desert and got captured by a mad scientist, but I had great fun and most of the time during those 30 years, I was on a saddle from before sunrise to after sunset, and in the summer we really did go on moonlit, midnight ‘weenie rides’ just like Quirt lead Brody and Suki on in the first book, ‘Rattlesnake’. We’d be out all night, riding, and only stopping long enough to road some hot dogs on paloverde tree sicks.  Pictured is me and ‘Robby’ a horse given to me for ‘experience’. He was a ring-soured dressage horse and I was to put some rough miles on him to show what work really was. And boy did I!

Mia riding Robby

Mia riding Robby

My writing.

As many of you know, I started writing fan fiction in 2008 after I lost the bookstore and moved from Williams, AZ. It was a rough couple years, still is, since the job I found only lasted a year and I am once again unemployed. I got lost in the fan fic and wrote a lot of it. Just out of curiosity, I went back to one of the sites where the fan fic i wrote is posted, and people are still reading my stories. A few are for a more popular show, but most are for a rather obscure show that most haven’t even heard of. Readers have found typos and such, and pointed them out, but no one has ever left a negative comment on any of them. The only two stories that had no hits last month are short fluffy pieces, that didn’t get many readers even when i wrote them.

When I look back, and reread those, especially the first ones, wow, I can really see how much I’ve improved. I know i still have a long way to go. I have come to think of the time i spent writing fan fic was teaching me how to write at all and marketing research I think i have a pretty good idea of what a section at least of teens like to read.

The stats in the image below are for November, 2011. About three years after I wrote them, and the one show went off the air after only one season.

My dream, is to have that many readers per month buy my own, original Quirt and Brody stories that I’m working on now.

The Third cover for the upcoming Quirt and Brody book, Bizarre Ranch

Quirt and Brody Ride #3 Bizarre Ranch

Quirt and Brody Ride #3 Bizarre Ranch

Ride#3 Bizarre Ranch, a demon kidnapped the spoiled rotten teen, Quirt and took him far from home, to Wyoming where he learns what really hard work and being mistreated is all about.