Saturday, June 30, 2012

Focus & Make It Happen

Hurray for Saturday! It's already after one in the morning here in the land of La. A few hours ago, I sent off a short story, and now that it's out of my hands, I just have to sit back and wait to see what happens next.

That said, I'm pretty happy with everything I've accomplished this week. I managed prep one story to for publication, and kicked a second story out the door. And somehow, between Point A and Point B, I managed to get a few words in on a couple other projects, too.

Despite the progress, I'm by no means at a point where I can drop the ball. I still have plenty to work on in the days ahead, and quite a bit of that needs to be finished before the fall. As it stands, I have two projects ready to be revised, and the rest are at various stages of completion.

At this point, my goal is to have one more book ready to go out by the end of the summer. I know I can do this. I just have to focus and make it happen.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Wondering What's Next

Not that long ago, I read about Amazon buying Avalon Publishing, a publisher that had been focused on providing sweet romances, mysteries, westerns, and select non-fiction for the library market. Now, just this morning, I read that Amazon is buying  Dorchester Publishing's remaining backlist titles. The company has stated that Amazon is going to pay those authors the back royalties that are due to them, which is mega superdy awesome. Authors have fought hard trying to get their money from Dorchester, so it's good to see the money going where it should be going - into the authors' pockets.

Still, watching the whole Amazon buying out publishing companies thing is a little like standing along the publishing industry roadside watching an invading army roll in. They look like friendlies, and they're only taking over the small towns in order to help them out. Really, though, behind the scenes, the invading army has a much larger target in mind further up the road. We just don't know what it is yet.

I can't help but wonder what's next for Amazon. All these changes so far are subtle, but I keep expecting to hear something major take place with them. I really don't think they're out buying up little companies without a larger plan in place.

But enough of my conspiracy theories! Okay, they're not really conspiracy theories, but that sounds so much more cool and adventurous than "observations", don't you think? ^_^

I've got a ton of writing stuff to catch up on. For the past few days I've focused mainly on revising a couple of stories. Now I have a to-do list of scary proportions growing on the cabinet door beside my desk. I gotta get some of that stuff knocked out asap!

That's it for now. It's busy, busy here, and I want to get as much done during the daylight hours as possible so I can listen to the Zoe Moon show tonight. What can I say? It's my Thursday work incentive. ;o) Happy writing, everyone!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Working Through Wednesday

Happy Hump Day! It's after 1:30 a.m. here in the land of La, and I'll be going to bed soon. Before I do, I wanted to catch up on blogging. Even in the summertime it seems like there aren't enough hours in the day to do everything I need to do.

Yesterday, I reformatted and made an editing pass over one of the stories going in the Twilight's Edge collection. I have two more stories to work with before I'll be ready to compile everything into a single file. I also need to order a wrap-around cover that will work for CreateSpace, since I plan to release this book in print and digital formats. Those are just a few things at the top of my to-do list right now.

Also, I'm trying to get the next Werekind story together for release. I hope to have it ready to go at the end of the summer/early fall. This book is going to be Gemma's story, and the final, direct tie-in with the Under A Midnight Moon micro series.

If you haven't downloaded a copy of Under A Midnight Moon, and you want the original version of that short story for your collection, I suggest you grab a copy while you can. Once Gemma's book is up, I'm considering taking down the currently posted version of Under A Midnight Moon for good. It's been available for free download for six years, and of all the short stories and novellas I've written, that's the story I've taken the most hits over. It's time to put that leg of the series to rest.

Today, I have a couple of chapters to revise on a short story for an anthology. This is always such a slow chore for me, the revising. It's probably my least favorite thing about the entire story writing process. It has to be done, though, and the sooner I get through these chapters, the sooner I can have this story off my desk and out of my hair.

Well, it's almost 2, and I need to hit the sack. I'll be online later if you care to catch me on Facebook. I'd love to hear your recommendations for runaway/reluctant brides romances - preferably those in the contemporary category genre. I don't know why, but that's currently what I'm wanting to read. And apparently it's kind of hard to find?  Fill me in if you know of any good books.

That's all for now. I hope you have a great Wednesday!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Updates & Upcoming Writerly Events

It's been quiet over here at the blog for the past few days. Mini spent the weekend with my parents, so it was just me and the hubby with the house to ourselves.

We went out to eat, did some shopping, that sort of thing. We also watched True Blood, and a couple of movies like The Divide, stuff we aren't able to watch with the Minibeast wandering through the house.

I spent the rest of the time revising and rewriting a short story. I finished it earlier today, and tossed it to aside to "settle" for a few days before I do a final read through and send it out. We'll see what happens. 

Right now there's a 3 month prep program going on for Harlequin's So You Think You Can Write (SYTYCW) contest. I have no idea if you can participate if you've already been published (epublished, etc.) but it looks pretty interesting. 

They already have several really good writing articles posted, and there is more going on in the Harlequin community forums on the eHarlequin website. If you're interested in participating, you can find out more about it here:

The June Camp NaNo writing session is almost over, but there will be another session starting in August. I joined in for June, and...well, I'm no where near my projected 50k. But I did manage to get over 15k written, and that's certainly better than nothing! I need to go update my word count before the session ends, since I never did go back in to update after my last writing jag. 

Anyway, there you have it. A few things currently on my mind. I've met my quota for the day so I'm going to turn off the net and read for a bit. What am I reading? Demon Eyes by L.H. Maynard & M.P.N. Sims 

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Short Story That Wouldn't End

Oh how I'd love to be lying on a pool float right now, sipping a margarita, and reading a book that I didn't write. Instead, I'm pages away from finishing this latest short story, and I'm a little worried it's going to run long. Le sigh. If that happens, I'll have to go through it again and make more cuts. {pitiful crying noises}

Anyway, it's after 10:30 p.m., and I just got the kidlet to bed. I don't know why he's so restless this evening. Tomorrow, I'm taking him to mom's and letting him run wild in the yard for a bit. The goal is to thoroughly wear him down before bringing him home.

Now that the house is quiet, I'm going to work on this story, and try to wrap it up. I swear, if I do nothing else this weekend, I'm finishing this damn story and sending it out. I mean it. For reals. No kidding. Grr!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Grass is Always Greener

This week has been sort of a blur, hasn't it?  Is it just me? It just doesn't seem like it should be Wednesday...erm, almost Thursday, since it's already 10:30 p.m. here in the land of La.

I do believe our household is almost ready to come out of quarantine. Mini is feeling better, no more yucks in the evening, although last night he had a near miss. I told him even though he feels better, no hopping around, it just stirs the germs up and he's right back to hugging the toilet. Today he listened to me, and before bed he seemed so much better. That's a big relief for me.

Today I felt a bit crappy, but not enough to send me to the couch or anything. I worked throughout the day, walked the dog several times, and did all the housewifely/motherly expected duties...dishes, laundry, bleh. I'm fine, just a little tired, which really isn't all that noticeable until I'm hit with an annoying bout of fever.

Anyway, I've been taking aspirin and going on about my way. There's so much to do and it seems like my list is growing daily. I did manage to scratch a few things off my list, though. I edited several pages of a short story today, and I also updated the Grrl X Publishing website to reflect the new templates. They are much cleaner and easier to change. Me likey!

Early, early on Wednesday morning, I updated the website again. Minor tweaks, mostly, except that I added the blurb to Wicked Promises, the final story the Immortal Lovers trilogy. No cover yet, but the rest is there.

I going to work on the short story some more tonight. I have plenty of time until the deadline, but I'm trying my best to get that one wrapped up asap. I have two more scenes to weed through and it should be ready to send out. Then I can get back to the other projects I have waiting in the wings. :o)

And I'm over and out. Whatever's going on with you, I hope it's going your way. Bye for now!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Juggling Projects

Busy, busy, Tuesday! I have so much to do. I wrote 2k on a novel this morning, and now I'm switching over to editing a short story I want to send out this week. In all honesty, I need to pick a day of the week to do nothing but revise, edit, scrap, rewrite...that sort of thing. The question is, would I stick to a schedule like that?

I'm well behind on my Camp NaNo Project. I need to update my word count over there, though, because I did clear the 15k mark. Still, that's no where on par. I'm pretty sure it's next to impossible to reach 50k on time at this point, but the story is steadily growing, so I won't complain.

Speaking of projects, I'm nearing the end of one of my Grrl X projects. I've been keeping my eye on the RWA loops for people who are editing and formatting for CreateSpace. Once I have Edge of Twilight ready to go, I'd like someone else to look over it for me before I send it off to Amazon. However, price is going to be an issue. I'm mostly concerned with the formatting, because I can somehow manage to screw up the formatting, even when I'm following detailed instructions. It's a talent, I swear.

I'm not sure how I plan to release the book yet. Electronic first. Then CreateSpace. Simultaneously?  I'm still not happy with Amazon's return policy concerning digital books, and if I hear the "one-click defense" one more time, I can't be blamed for an bodily injury that takes place. I mean, really, if one-click purchase is that tricky for you, turn that shit off.

There's a lot to think about before that particular book is ready to go, and its looking like it might be fall before it's ready to post. In the meantime, I'm going to keep chipping away at it until it's finished.

That's all I've got for now. Mini is wanting more macaroni and cheese, so I'm off to the kitchen to do Mom duty. I hope you all have a great day. Happy writing!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Soapbox Sunday :: Now With Books!

Happy Father's Day! We're going over to my mom and dad's house in a little while. I stayed up until one a.m. making a huge potato salad to carry over there. The summer heat has been intense, and I didn't want to heat the house up by cooking during the daylight hours. I know, I might as well be a vampire considering the hours I keep.

Saturday I drove into Monroe and went to the craft store. I needed black elastics for a pair of cyber falls. While there, I picked up a tin sign that's perfect for my dad, plus a bunch of other stuff I didn't really need. Hobby Lobby is a major temptation for me. I can't leave there without blowing fifty bucks, and yes, I retained my track record. I noticed they had some glass display cases for small objects, and I'd like to go back next weekend, if I have the time (and the money) and buy one for some of my collectibles. The case, when painted, would look very cute mounted to the wall.

After Hobby Lobby, I stopped by Books-a-Million and picked up Father's Day greeting cards for hubby and my dad, and a couple of books. I have noticed lately more and more horror novels are being shelved as "fantasy". They're even being imprinted with it on the spine. I mean, I understand why. It saves them from being lumped in the general fiction section, since there is no longer an independent horror section in most bookstores. And yes, I guess in someways it is fantasy, but's misleading. There is a big difference between your classic Lord of the Rings fantasy and ravenous zombie hordes rampaging merrily through the countryside eating brains. You get the idea. If they're going to put the genres on the same shelf, couldn't they at least change the section sign to reflect Horror/Fantasy/Sci-Fi?

Another thing I noticed, is that all the dreaded copies of 50 Shades of Grey are being sold on a table near the doors. There wasn't a single copy of 50 Shades in the romance or erotica section. Now, if I were running a book store, it would make sense to me to put at least a few copies of the trendy book in those areas, on end caps or something, just in case someone who is a trend book only buyer/reader can see there are other books out there of a similar vein. Don't you think they might flip a few other books over to read the blurbs? Maybe make a spontaneous purchase along with their 50 Shades? But no, not one flippin' copy. The same books were in the erotica section that were there last time. And that erotica section is ridiculously tiny. Even the guy who was putting out books on Saturday admitted that particular section needed more shelf space.

I bought my books and left thinking is it any wonder bookstores are in trouble? The hot, of the moment books are tabled alone so readers can grab and go, and you have to sift through the sales tables looking for your genre because publishing companies give some urban fantasy a romance stamp on the spine, and horror is now "fantasy".

Okay, okay, I'm stepping off my soapbox.

I've been writing on and off for most of the weekend. I have a short story almost ready for submission. I need to tack on another five hundred words or so, then clean it all up. I read through it yesterday evening, and it's shaping up nicely. It shouldn't need too much pruning. However, the big sad is that all those lovely words won't count toward my Camp NaNo project, which probably has no chance of finishing on time. Boo hoo. I'm not giving up on it though, since it motivates me to write more, faster.

I better go for now. The guys are getting ready to head over to mom and pop's, and I still need to find my shoes. The gnomes have them, I'm sure. I better check under the bed. Le sigh. Happy Sunday, everyone!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Feature Fiction Friday :: Morning, Noon, and Night

Coming November 2012 ;o)
Cleis Press
How hot is that cover? I can't begin to tell you how jazzed I was to see it posted over at Alison Tyler's blog last night. This anthology is my first foray into physical, hold-it-in-your-hands print, so you can imagine how excited I am. *pant, pant*

Morning, Noon, and Night: Erotica for Couples {edited by Alison Tyler} is currently available for pre-order at Barnes & Noble, and, and has a listed release date for November 2012. 

The book contains 25 sexy stories - over 24 hours of hot lovin' for fans of erotic fiction. Check out the lineup below!

24/7 by Aisling Weaver
4 a.m. Wake-Up Call by Jax Baynard
5 a.m. Walk of Shame by Dante Davidson 
6 a.m. Coffee by Heidi Champa 
7 a.m. Change of Shift by Cheyenne Blue 
8 a.m. Morning Wood by Georgia E. Jones
9 a.m. Office Briefing by Justine Elyot
10 a.m. Kickoff by Donna George Storey 
11 a.m. Elevenses by Jeremy Edwards 
Noon: Lunchtime Rendezvous by Kat Watson 
1 p.m. Test Drive by Angell Brooks 
2 p.m. Biker Bar by Thomas Roche 
3 p.m. Closed-Door Meeting by Sasha White 
4 p.m. No Show by Cora Zane 
5 p.m. Somewhere by Kristina Lloyd 
6 p.m. The After-Dinner Hour by Sommer Marsden 
7 p.m. Kinky Craft Night by Teresa Noelle Roberts 
8:00 p.m. Appointment Tee Vee by Victoria Janssen 
9 p.m. Victoria Coach Station by Kate Pearce 
10 p.m. Portraits by Preston Avery 
11 p.m. Strip Poker by Ashley Lister
Midnight: Movie Date by N.T. Morley 
1 a.m. Girls’ Night Out by Vida Bailey 
2 a.m. Date Night by Sophia Valenti 
3 a.m. Last Call by Alison Tyler

For more stories like those you'll find in Morning, Noon, and Night, check out Afternoon Delights, edited by Alison Tyler. It's one of my favorite erotica anthologies. Hawt stuff! 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Cover Tease :: Vampyre Night :: TBA

I haven't been very blog talkative lately. So sorry about that! Things are thankfully a bit slow here at home right now, so I've been taking advantage of the downtime to focus on writing.

I'm currently about 13k into my Camp NaNo story. I need to really up that count if I'm going to finish that particular project on time.

I'm not too worried about it, though. I've been splitting my writing time between several projects, and if I were allowed by NaNo rules to report ALL the words I write, across all my projects, I'd probably be above par on my word count.

Right now, to be on par, I think you need to be at roughly 23k. I'm right at 13k on my Camp NaNo project. Not too bad, considering all the other writing I've done along side it! I'm going to try to bring my word count up to par this coming weekend. But! If I'm not able to do so, I can at least celebrate that I have been very productive lately.

Let's see...I finished a short erotic story earlier in the week, and I've almost written my way through a second one. I have a partial submission almost ready to go out - Oh! And the At the Edge of Twilight erotic fairy tale collection is cleaning up nicely. I hope it won't be much longer on the fairy tale collection, but I'll continue to make passes over it until it sounds as smooth as I can make it.

Anyway, I'm about to hit a 1k1hr before going to bed, but before I do that, I want to point out today's picture - it's my latest book cover. Isn't it beautiful?!  I tell you, this is one of those "books of the heart" - a book I wrote for me, because I totally fell in love with the characters. They just wouldn't leave me alone until I finally agreed to tell their story.

Vampyre Night will be available later this year through Grrl X Publishing via Smashwords. In 2013, I plan to release a trade paperback version. When the book goes live, I'll announce it here on my blog, on all the social media sites I belong to, and over at my website I also have a yahoo group listed on my sidebar if you'd prefer to subscribe and find out about the book release through yahoo groups instead.

I have a proper sneak peak for Vampyre Night planned in the weeks ahead. I'll be posting the blurb and an excerpt, and I'll also be talking about the book's unofficial soundtrack. ;o) I love this book, and I do hope you'll keep checking back to find out more about it!

Wow, is it really almost 1 in the morning? Oh dear. I'll be feeling it in the morning. LOL I've been keeping the craziest hour lately. Anyway, I better call it a night. I hope you all have a wonderful Thursday! Happy dreams!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Monday :: Small Efforts, Repeated

Hello, Monday! I'm so ready to kick off this new Jupiter luck cycle I've been reading about. Our family certainly needs a fresh start and some good luck. I hope it starts off with Oldest receiving his papers in time to get his passport.

Hubby spent an insane amount of money on Friday to send Oldest his documentation via overnight service, but when he checked the tracking number Saturday morning, the flat was in Pennsylvania.

Um, wrong side of the country, USPS.

Hubby is pretty ticked off about that, but what can we do about it? At this point, we can only wait and see if it arrives at all. I hoped this wouldn't happen, but I suspected it might. The last time I sent a package Oldest's way, it ended up in Tennessee. I got a notice that the package had arrived but wasn't deliverable. However, when I called Oldest about it, they had sent it on to the AFB, and when he checked at his local PO, the parcel was there. So, who knows.

Eventually the package I sent made it's way to Mississippi, but it definitely took the scenic route getting there. I'm hoping this is kinda sorta what happens with Oldest's documents - only faster. The whole worries me a bit because of identity theft. Le sigh.

At any rate, my guess is something about the address at the AFB totally throws the post office for a loop. Whatever causes it, they seriously need to fix that mess!

Anyway, moving along... Time for a recap of the weekend. Hubby finally managed to get in to the Guild Wars 2 Beta, so there's one thorn removed from my side. {The Guild War 2 problem, not the hubby!} I managed to carve out enough time to take Mini over to visit my parents for several hours, and I still wrote enough on my Camp NaNo project to push me over the 8k mark. I also finished a separate, short erotica story, although I haven't revised it yet. I'll get around to it soon enough.

I recently read an article at Savvy Authors by the lovely Jessa Slade about keeping tabs on your word count with an Excel spreadsheet so you can keep check of your productivity. I'm going to try using it. She posted a screen cap, and I used it to make my own version (one that doesn't require as much math - lol).

I've written a ridiculous amount of throw away words this year. By throw away words I mean stuff that I completed, but didn't feel it was good enough and tossed it into file and haven't gone back to look at it. A lot of those pieces I wrote while going through classes, but whatever. I can't afford to keep doing that. I read somewhere - I'm sad I can't remember where - that if you keep better track of your projects, you'll see them listed and feel more compelled to go back and complete/revise/edit/whatever them in order to get them off your plate. I'm hoping that's true, because I need to toss a few more stories out into the wild this year.

Well, I've written, read, tweeted, blipped, and blogged until it's almost 3 a.m. I have a few more words to put on the page, then I'm calling it a night. I have to get up in a few hours and run errands. Joy, eh? At least I'll have Mini to keep me company. I hate bill paying, but his happy chatter makes it tolerable. That said, happy Monday, y'all. I hope you have a great day, and wish for your luck cycle to take off in a positive direction starting today. ☮

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Gold Star Saturday :: Needs More Hall Tree

So, yesterday, that was Friday? Holy cow, that totally sucked.

First things first, hubby had to deal with getting Oldest's paperwork on the way to him so he can get his passport, and he also had to drop by the vet's office to get meds for SassiePup's traveling flea circus. Of course the girly dog didn't want to take the meds, but we eventually managed to get a pill down her. When her passengers finally began to die off, I gave her a bath - the second bath in a week, bless her heart - so you can imagine she no luvs mommy right now. Boo.

Around noon hubby tried to get into the Guild Wars 2 beta, to which is he supposed to have "guaranteed access", and again he wasn't able to play. He missed the last beta weekend because GameStop had given all the pre-purchase participants the wrong kind of codes.

I tell ya, I don't play GW, but I am none too ecstatic about this crap. He paid $150 for this bullshit collector's edition so he could get a code that has done nothing but give him a reason to tear his hair out. If it were me, I'd take that pre-purchase code back to GameStop and get a complete refund. My opinion of it all: Fuck Guild Wars. If anyone opens a class action lawsuit revolving around their "guaranteed access" beta pre-purchase codes, we will be jumping all over that. So far, it's been nothing for us except headaches and added problems I do not want or need right now.

At least this week is almost over. I had a laundry list of things I'd written out to do for Saturday, but after the past few days of pure anxiety, I tossed that list right into the shredder. I'm tired of jumping through hoops. I'm taking the day off. I've been so stressed out lately over Bahrain, and pets, and life, and drudgery that I'm breaking out in hives and having panic attacks. I refuse to do anything I don't want to do today. Saturday is mine. If something comes up that is even remotely stressful, it is instantly off my list. Someone else can deal with it, or it can wait until Monday. As of right now, I'm officially off the clock for the rest of this week.

Oh! There was one thing good that came out of Friday. Mom called me roughly mid-morning, and she was all excited. She'd gone to one of the dollar stores in town, and found a hall tree. Yeah, a retro coat rack.  That's the one thing I had on my Christmas list for 2011. I didn't get one, though, because little did I know, you practically have to order them online to get them nowadays, and I'm the only person in the family who shops on this new-fangled thing called the internets.

Anyway, so mom was gushing about this hall tree, and I'm asking her about fifty questions a minute trying to find out what kind it is. I still don't know. But if it's works, even if it's ugly, I'll be thrilled. Currently, I have this storage box that we drape our coats and jackets on it. Never mind the hats all over the house. Pfft. The guys just toss their ball caps onto whatever surface is nearby, usually the table, the bar. I have to move them into one corner or they'd take over the house. Anyway, the storage box is silver and hideous, it's in our dining room, and I want to get rid of it forever. That's why I want, no, that's why I need, this hall tree.

Well, mom bought that as yet unseen hall tree for me today, and that was my high point. My big moment of joy. I'm now the proud owner of a tall stick with prongs all over it to hang your coats and hats on. So be it. I'm happy about it and that's all that matters. I told mom I'd bring her the money for it when I pick it up this weekend. I'll probably go over there after I have a cup of tea and complete my morning GW voodoo ritual.

That's all for now. It's one thirty in the morning, and I'm getting sleepy. If you read this far, give yourself a gold star for listening to my whine fest. Here's hoping Saturday will be better, and I won't need to have a whine fest for a good, long while.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Practical Thursday

A picture I took at Jacksonville Beach, Florida a few years ago.
I'm stressed, tired, and feeling kind of drained. We found out yesterday Oldest is about to be stationed in Bahrain. Telling my parents was't easy. They already feel the service took their grandson away, and there is really no way to put a positive spin on seeing your kid sent off to the Middle East. This is definitely not one of our happier moments.

Moving along...

Today I fixed an annoying formatting error in What She Doesn't Know, and reloaded the file at Smashwords.  The .pdf came out looking clean, so I hope that means everything has been ironed out. The e-book contains five short erotica stories for the price of $1.25. That breaks down to 25 cents a story, y'all. Not too bad! If you've already bought a copy of the collection, you'll have access to both the new and old versions through your Smashwords dashboard, so no worries.

I don't know if anyone has noticed, but my website has a new look. Hmm. It does the job, so I guess it's okay. I liked the way it looked before, but I went in the other night to add information about an upcoming anthology I'm going to be included in, and there was a button that said the website service had updated the templates. It also said you could activate the template, and if you didn't like it, you could change it back.

What it didn't say was that you could change it back as long as you didn't move anything. Bleh. I activated the template, and tried to fix my banner image, which no longer fit the frame on the page. I couldn't get it to fit, so I tried to revert to the old template, but by then it was too late. I'd adjusted the page elements. So, from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. I had to rework my entire website. Yeah, that'll teach me to activate buttons I'm not too sure about! {g}

With all the latest drama, I'm a few thousand words behind on my Camp NaNo project, but I don't think it's so bad that I can't catch up. We'll see. I'm going to try to catch up over the weekend, if we're not driving to Biloxi to hand off Oldest's birth certificate.

One more thing before I go...a bit of good news! I noticed Morning, Noon and Night: Erotica For Couples, an anthology edited by Alison Tyler, is now available for pre-order at both Barnes and Noble, and at Amazon. {trade paperback} My short story  Four P.M. - No Show is included in this book. Cool beans!

Anyway, I'm about to go hang out in the living room with Mini. I've been busy most of the day, and he's bouncing up and down trying to get my attention. {lol} He's such a ham! That's all for now. I hope you all have a happy Thursday. :o)

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Fixing It :: Romance Plot Bunnies

Is anyone else feeling the effects of the post-lunar eclipse/upcoming Venus transit vibe?  All Monday I was in a very dreamy, romantic mood. Le sigh. This is probably a good thing since I have a romantic scene to write for my Camp NaNo characters.

Speaking of my NaNo story... I had to go back and rethink the entire first half of the book in order to get the characters on the same page together. Talk about a total nightmare. This is something like that fourth or fifth rewrite to the beginning of this book, I kid you not. If you heard someone sobbing around 1 a.m. CST Monday morning, that was probably me. The laughter? That was likely my muse.

I mean, I knew this story had some issues to start with, but I thought I had most of the big problems ironed out. Like the slow beginning. I fixed that. Or so I thought. Until Sunday night, around midnight, when I realized the way the story was playing out, the hero and heroine were going to be apart for a good chunk of the book. In fact, they'd be apart for about half of it, and let's face it, that just won't work in a romance.

As soon as I realized what was going on, I stopped writing immediately. I'm lucky I caught this before I got much further, because I had to go right back to the beginning of the story. Initially, I took out all my notes and outlines and tried to find a work around. I rewrote and rearranged for about an hour before I finally accepted that this story would have to be ripped apart. Again. 

By the time I figured all this out, it was late (or early, depending on you want to look at it). I wasn't accomplishing anything, so I decided to go on to bed. Well, around the time I put the wip aside and headed toward the back of the house, hubby got up. He was pacing the floors and feeling sick. :*(

I can't rest when someone in the house is sick. It's like I go into hyper mom mode or something. Between hubby's retching and coughing and my half-delirious/semi-waking dreams of trying to fix my book, I didn't get any quality sleep. I ended up trying to nap on the couch, but I didn't fall into a sound sleep until around 6 a.m. When I finally woke up (and got up for the day) it was already 11:30 a.m. Ugh. I hate losing half of the day, and I there I was starting off a Monday with a glorious headache.

I checked on Mini and made something to eat, then I went back to my office ready to face off with these darn plot bunnies. Instead of writing, I sat down with the wip, read through it, and once again began breaking the book down element by element. I had a ton of questions that needed answering: Where is this story going wrong?  Why aren't these damn characters talking to me? Better yet, why aren't they talking to each other? They're supposed to fall in love practically at first site, so why won't they stay in the same room for five minutes straight? Those were just the questions at the top of my list.

After much pacing, grumbling, and gnashing of teeth, I came to several understand several things about my story. First things first, no matter how I rewrite the beginning, the hero and heroine have to come together as soon as possible. Period. This story is a romance. It's not an adventure story. It's not a volume of women's fiction. The very basic requirements must be met, and getting them on the page together is requirement number one.

Secondly, I realized I was trying to be too evasive with the core of the story - the hero is a werewolf. It's perfectly okay to hide this information from my heroine, but I was trying to keep this a secret from the reader. That's all fine and dandy if you're writing a mystery and you want to keep a specific secret from the reader until the end, but once again (let me hammer it into my own skull, plzkthnx) this is a romance. The paranormal aspect is going to be one of the selling points of this book. The reader is going to know before they ever start reading the book the hero is a werewolf. Heck, they'll probably know the minute they look at the book cover. Instead of trying to keep the hero's secret, what I had to figure out was how the hero is going to reveal this crucial information to the heroine.

Once I accessed the story's major problems, I figured out what I have to do to make the story work. I'm going to have to rewrite the entire beginning just like I feared, but doing so will allow me to keep the core theme and its supporting elements - the main reason I wanted to write this book in the first place.

Whew! Anyway, that's what's going on. Writing, headaches, sickness, and...well, pinterest. When I can't figure something out, or I get frustrated, I go over there and categorize things. It's like a visual sorting of ideas. It's really helpful, actually!

I should get back to writing. I'm trying to salvage my word count. I'm dreadfully far behind, but I guess that's just the way it is sometimes. Gotta beware of those plot bunnies! ;o)

Friday, June 01, 2012

NaNoWriMo Summer Camp

Can you believe it's June 1st?  It seems like summer has been here for a few weeks already. Then again, that could have something to do with the fact it's been hot outside.

In the spirit of summer, I signed up for summer camp today. Really, I did! Come sign up over at Camp NaNoWriMo and work on your novel throughout the month of June. This looks too fun to pass up. I joined a little earlier today. If you care to look me up, I'm registered as PinkPaperClip. :o)

That's really all I have going on at the moment. Hubby mowed the lawn today, and between mom duties I've been catching up on workshops and sorting through old bills for shredding. Oh, and my ACT study guides for intermediate algebra, plane geometry, and trig arrived this afternoon. Let the fun begin, right?

Anyway, I hear hubby scrabbling around in the kitchen, so I better go check up on the guys. It's after seven so they're probably getting hungry. Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you have a great weekend. :o)