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Found my Diego!

Posted on 2010.07.05 at 10:21
This entry's Mood: thankfulthankful
Theme Music: True Companion
Has it really been TWO YEARS?  How deplorable!

In my defense, it's been a busy two years.  My dad died shortly after my last post.  A month after that, I met Tim, who became my husband last August.  I am so blessed to have found such a kind, thoughtful man!  I'd given up on dating and expected to be alone the rest of my life.  Now I am facing the daily challenge of loving a real human being, which is less romantic than the ideal relationships I write about, but ever so much more rewarding.

I also bought a used bookstore.  That has taken all my time, and to be honest, will probably continue to do so.  I don't know when or if I will get back to writing.  I do get the itch, though; especially when someone responds to one of my stories.  I WILL try - and if I can't do it, I'll remove the incomplete stories.  It's not fair to leave them as they are.

Thank you for all of your kind comments.


Invisible Chapter 29

Posted on 2008.07.16 at 23:56
This entry's Mood: happyhappy
Theme Music: Give Me Forever ~ James Ingram
I don't generally care for sappy-style songs, but "Give Me Forever" is such a perfect song for a wedding.  And since I may never get to hear it at my own wedding, I'll play it while writing about my alter ego's.  (If you're not familiar with it, search for it along with the name "John Tesh" ~ the song is on his Greatest Hits album.)

I don't have a very suitable picture for this chapter, but like this one of Diego traveling.  Call it "A funny thing happened on the way home..."


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Many apologies

Posted on 2008.07.06 at 23:18
This entry's Mood: thankfulthankful
Theme Music: Eric's Song ~ Vienna Teng
I'm sorry for the long delay.  I was working two jobs for a while, one of them typing all day.  Then my father took a turn for the worse.  We're pretty sure he has cancer, but he is too weak for treatment.  He is not expected to live more than a couple of months, at most.

I have slowly been rewriting the rest of Invisible.  The first version was quite sketchy in the final chapters.  I also found that I had written myself into a corner.  I had hurried to post the last chapter without checking what came next, then found, to my embarrassment, that I had intended that last thrust to be the second touch.  Since it is now fixed as the third, I must make use of a weak contrivance.  My apologies!

Also, I apologize for the implausibility of Diego's recovery.  I had originally intended that he should remain a bit impaired, that Toronado would go home after Diego runs away and lead the others to him, and, reassured of Victoria's love, would marry her.  But Alejandro didn't approve of that idea, as we've seen, and apparently Diego didn't, either.  So I speeded up his recovery and made it more total than it should have been.

My last apology is for the tone of the final chapters.  It feels like an entirely different story, now that Diego is well, but I don't know how to recapture the sober realism of the early ones without hurting him again, and he's suffered enough for one story.

All that being said, watch for chapter 28 shortly.  Thank you for all of your support and encouragement.

~Amy (who is 46 as of today)

Invisible Chapter 28

Posted on 2008.04.19 at 22:55
This entry's Mood: relievedrelieved
Theme Music: Save Yourself ~ Sense Field

Diego's shirt ought to be black, but it's so-o much work to change colors!

Diego had taken his sabre in his left hand.

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Invisible Chapter 27

Posted on 2008.04.11 at 22:28
This entry's Mood: determineddetermined
Theme Music: Fight for Your Honor (Glory of Love) ~Peter Cetera

I love this picture!

She hadn't told him everything.

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Invisible Chapter 26

Posted on 2008.04.09 at 19:43
This entry's Mood: hopefulhopeful
Theme Music: Until I Find You Again ~ Richard Marx

I thought I saw you walking down a street yesterday.
I dream I hear your voice though I cannot hear just what you say.
And I am waiting . . . I am waiting here for you.
I am whispering your name; I will tell it to the wind.
Your love has brought me here --
'til I see you again.
~Mark Schultz

If only Diego could see her!

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Invisible Chapter 25

Posted on 2008.03.28 at 00:39
This entry's Mood: jealousjealous
Theme Music: Here Without You ~ 3 Doors Down

This is for you, Mary Beth!

What was she doing here?

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Invisible Chapter 24

Posted on 2008.03.28 at 00:31
Theme Music: I Will Be Right Here Waiting for You ~ Richard Marx

I'm staying here!

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Invisible Chapter 23

Posted on 2008.03.28 at 00:26
This entry's Mood: disappointeddisappointed
Theme Music: I Know You're Out There Somewhere ~ Moody Blues

He has to be here!

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Invisible Chapter 22

Posted on 2008.03.24 at 22:55
This entry's Mood: worriedworried
Theme Music: Wherever You Will Go ~ The Calling
I'm running out of photos of secondary characters - Alejandro, Felipe, and DeSoto.  If anyone has any they would like to share, please let me know!

My son may surprise you one of these days!

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Invisible Chapter 21

Posted on 2008.03.24 at 22:31
This entry's Mood: lonelylonely
Theme Music: You Can't Go Home ~ Kenny Loggins

He couldn’t go home . . .

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Invisible Chapter 20

Posted on 2008.03.19 at 00:47
This entry's Mood: scaredscared
Theme Music: I'll Be Watching You ~ Sting

Zorro finally makes an appearance in this story.  But will his impaired memory give him away?

It’s a trick!

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Invisible Chapter 19

Posted on 2008.03.18 at 22:35
This entry's Mood: anxiousanxious
Theme Music: I Could Be Your Hero ~ Enrique Iglesias

Oops: wrong music in the last chapter (Chad Kroeger's "Hero"--I've changed it to Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are," to reflect Victoria's attitude).  I had intended to include this section.  I doctored the final photo in this chapter a little bit: gave Diego more hair on his forehead and a smaller nose!

Zorro had to save her!

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Invisible chapter 18

Posted on 2008.03.04 at 18:36
This entry's Mood: disappointeddisappointed
Theme Music: Just the Way You Are ~ Billy Joel

I've been working on pix while my internet connection is down; in this one, Felipe's shirt was over-exposed and blindingly white.  I also added one to chapter 16; I gave Victoria longer, curlier hair and removed some of Diego's (he had that Donny Osmond pouf).

I wish I could be Zorro again!

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Invisible chapter 17

Posted on 2008.03.01 at 20:09
This entry's Mood: disappointeddisappointed
Theme Music: How Long? ~Lifehouse
Alejandro takes charge, but can he deal with Diego and Victoria?

This was going to be a problem.

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Invisible Part 2

Posted on 2008.03.01 at 18:50
This entry's Mood: chipperchipper
Theme Music: Back in the High Life Again

I am finally getting the rest of Invisible typed in.  I'm so sorry for making you wait so long!  

LiveJournal has changed some things since last year, and I'm just getting the hang of it, having a lot of trouble with the Cut text, so I hope it's readable.

Chapter 16 is a few entries down; I started posting it a while ago.  Two more chapters coming soon; I just need to proofread them and find pix.  The next one is mostly Alejandro; Chapter 18 is Diego's first attempt to be Zorro again.



Two Hearts

The Courtesan part 14

Posted on 2008.01.24 at 22:15
This entry's Mood: mischievousmischievous
Theme Music: Wrapped around Your Finger ~ Police

I've finished revising The Courtesan, but LJ is giving me trouble; it keeps telling me that chapter 14 is too big, even though I've added virtually nothing to it! So I've divided it and put the final scene in as Chapter 15 (with new mood music, etc.).  I've made small changes to every chapter, but probably the most to these last two.

Hooray!  I can't wait to get back to Invisible.  I've written a new scene for the next chapter and will hopefully start typing and posting this weekend.  (I also revised the first half of that story, but made no plot changes.)

So once again, here is Zorro's moment of truth . . .


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Update and thank you

Posted on 2008.01.14 at 23:02
This entry's Mood: okayokay
Theme Music: Long December ~Counting Crows
Hello, friends,
It's been way too long, but recent comments posted here have inspired me to get back to my writing.  I have to finish writing out a new short story before I lose it, but then I'll hopefully return to the unfinished ones here. (They are all done in rough manuscript form, but I will need to rework them and then find the time to type them in.)
I just reread "The Courtesan" and noticed that a chapter is missing!  I don't know if it was never posted or what, but it made me start revising that story.  I'll let you know when it's all back up.
My father came home from the nursing home last spring.  He slowly regained some strength, but is still in a wheelchair.  Recently, he's shown signs of failing again, but he is still at home.  My home business has been blessed so much that I've been able to stay home and thus be available to help my mom take care of him when she needs a break.

Thank you for all of your kind wishes and prayers.

The Courtesan part 9

Posted on 2008.01.02 at 01:23
This entry's Mood: worriedworried
Theme Music: It's the End of the World as We Know It

[Old comments deleted]

Without further ado, here's Part 9:

~ Z ~

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Invisible Part 2 - Chapter 16

Posted on 2007.03.29 at 22:51
This entry's Mood: touchedtouched
Theme Music: I Was Made for You ~ Martin Page

Invisible Part 2

Did he say anything about hugs?

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Posted on 2007.01.07 at 12:51
This entry's Mood: hopefulhopeful
Theme Music: Long December ~ Counting Crows
Dear friends,

I'm sorry for the long hiatus. I made the mistake of starting that charity story before finishing the ones I'd started here, and it took MUCH longer than I expected.

Then, last spring, my dad collapsed and has been in poor health ever since. I spend a lot of time nursing him (he's partially disabled). Two weeks ago, he was hospitalized with pneumonia and multiple complications and had a risky emergency surgery. He is finally starting to get better and will be in a nursing home for at least a month.

Third, I lost my teaching job and had to find work. I have a temporary one, but will be looking again soon. For supplemental income, I opened an online store last month, selling used Lego pieces. It took off - nearly $1000 the first month! - but has taken all my free time.

I do hope to get back to my stories very soon. They are all finished in manuscript, so it's just a matter of finding typing time (and the will; since both of my jobs are mainly at the computer, I don't feel much like typing at the end of the day!).

Again, I apologize, and hope to do better this year. Thank you all for your patience, encouragement, and prayers for my dad.


Posted on 2006.03.04 at 20:52
This entry's Mood: quixoticquixotic
Theme Music: Story of Life ~ Sierra
Title: What We Are Inside
Author: Petrahca 

Rating: G
Summary: Because what a person reads can sometimes tell you a thing or two about what they are.  For my mother, the bookworm.

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Posted on 2006.01.08 at 01:14
This entry's Mood: lovedloved
Theme Music: "Wonderful World" ~ Sam Cooke, Herb Alpert, & Lou Adler

Invisible Chapter 15


Don't know much about history
Don't know much biology
Don't know much about a science book
Don't know much about the French I took
But I do know that I love you
And I know that if you loved me too
What a wonderful world this would be

I'm not smart anymore!


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Invisible chapter 14, revised (March 2007)

Posted on 2006.01.08 at 00:14
This entry's Mood: jubilantjubilant
Theme Music: Invisible To You ~ Mary Coughlan

Chapter 15 will be the end of Part 1 of "Invisible." I won't post Part 2 until it has been rewritten and typed, so it may be a few months.

Invisible Chapter 14


Didn't see me, you didn't see me at all
Couldn't hear me, so you couldn't have heard me fall
And you never knew though I did everything I could do
'Cause I, I was invisible to you

Please don't let it rain!

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Invisible chapter 13, revised (April 2007)

Posted on 2006.01.07 at 19:20
This entry's Mood: surprisedsurprised
Theme Music: Are You The One ~ Klaus Meine

I can give you a wee bit more of Invisible; then I'll be writing and posting the charity story before I finish this one.

Invisible Chapter 13

I didn't know you could fence like that!

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Two Hearts

The Courtesan part 15 (conclusion)

Posted on 2006.01.07 at 00:54
This entry's Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Theme Music: I'll Be Watching You ~ Police

It has been great fun to read all of your comments and speculations about this story. Thanks!

~ Z ~

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The Thirteen Days of Christmas

Posted on 2006.01.06 at 23:18
This entry's Mood: indescribableindescribable
Theme Music: True ~ Ryan Cabrera

Epiphany, continued

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The Thirteen Days of Christmas

Posted on 2006.01.06 at 23:18
This entry's Mood: pleasedpleased
Theme Music: Giving ~ Collective Soul

™ Epiphany ™

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Posted on 2006.01.05 at 00:00
Theme Music: Drums of Heaven ~ Midnight Oil

On the 11th and twelfth days of Christmas . . .

Woke up, it was a Chelsea morning, and the first thing that I heard
Was a song outside my window, and the traffic wrote the words
It came a-reeling up like Christmas bells, and rapping up like pipes and drums
 ~ Joni Mitchell, "Chelsea Morning"

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The Courtesan Part 13

Posted on 2006.01.04 at 16:18
This entry's Mood: nervousnervous
Theme Music: Will You Still Love Me ~ Chicago

I figured out my error in posting the last part as "Part 13"; I had intended to post Chapter 13 of "Invisible," yesterday, and posted an incomplete section of this story instead.  I'll leave it as Part 12 and add the rest to this installment. 

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