Monday, August 26, 2013

Another Monday

It's about two-thirty in the morning and I'm writing this post on my iPod, so please excuse the typos. For the past few days I've been making revision notes for the desire (book) I'm writing, as well as revising Ophelia for Trick of Light. This is the third pass I've made over Ophelia, and I got some really good feedback from a crit partner earlier tonight. Finally, I think the story is taking shape and headed in the direction I'd originally intended. What can I say? Stories can sometimes get away from us. They take on a life of their own once the character are developed to a certain level. Their thoughts and feelings directly lead the stories.

Anyway, on top of writing and editing, I've also been reading Angela Knight's Passionate Ink. A guide to writing erotic romance. What a brilliant book! I can't post the link at the moment, but a simple search on a book shopping site like amazon, BN, or BaM will bring up the book in a snap. I highly recommend it, and as soon as I get some free time I'll be doing an indepth review of Passionate Ink on Goodreads. 

My birthday is on Wednesday, so I'm going to be scarce on social media for for a couple of days. However I doubt it will be that noticeable. 

That's it for now. I hope you all have a wonderful week. Until next time, happy wishes! 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The House in the Hills

Photo (c) Thomas Bush
Last night I dreamed Mom was driving me and Shanna up into the hills. I'm not sure where it was exactly, but to me it looked like Virginia. Shanna's family had an estate there, and mom was the only one who knew how to get to it.

The place was nothing fancy, really. It was just a huge white farm house with black shutters and trim. It was attached to a lot of land, though, mostly pine forest, so that made the estate quite valuable.

For miles and miles there was nothing but old growth forest with visible red clay cliffs where the roads cut through the area. Finally we rounded this sharp curve and there was the house. It was high up on a hill overlooking the road. At first glance we could tell the house was in a sad state of disrepair. Shanna gasped at the state it was in. I guessed she had planned to live in it. Mom said, "These old Southern houses, if you don't live in them, they go to seed quickly." And it's true. Heat, humidity, and the elements wear them down really fast.

We reached the house and got out to explore the ruins. At one time the house had been lovely, but it had since been vandalized. There was trash littered everywhere inside, and the floors were rotted. The roof was caving in places. To walk through it without falling through the floor, you had to brace a hand against the remaining wall beams, because they were the oldest parts of the house and the only thing really left standing in decent shape.

We walked through the back half of the house - it was too dangerous to go near the front windows - and the whole structure was creaking and trembling while we walked through it. I expected it to come down on us at any minute. However, we made it through a side door to what had been at one time a covered porch. Once outside, I noticed someone had backed up a flatbed trailer to the porch to make it easier to haul stuff away, but they had abandoned the project. There were boxes piled on the trailer that had been left exposed to the weather. The box nearest to me was full of books, and one of the covers caught my eye. It was a red cover of a very old Harlequin romance novel. The pages were yellowed and the back cover was ripped off. I picked up the book, and Mom said to me, "That's the first book we ever found in the house."

I knew this information was somehow significant, but when I tried to show it to Shanna, she walked ghost-like past the flatbed, and as she neared the front corner of the house, she vanished. That's when I woke up - with a nagging headache.

Stress is getting to me, I think. I'm currently working on two projects. I'm revising the final story in the Trick of Light collection, and I'm working on draft two of the Desire with the full request. It's going by soooo slowly, too. I can understand my frustration with editing the collection. That takes time, but I should really cut myself some slack with the Desire. I wrote the entire book in a month. It's all there on the page, it's just going to take some time to get it sorted out.

That said, it won't be much longer on the collection. I thought the final story was kind of wrecked, but after taking a break from the material, I can see it's not so bad after all. Just a few more passes and it should be ready to paste into the main file.

That's all for now. Mini just got home from school, and I need to help him with his homework. Until next time, happy wishes!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Rainy Sunday

Rain, sunshine, and horses.
I've made two editing passes over the last short story for my collection, and it still needs work. I love the premise behind it, but it's been a major pain to write. The story keeps expanding, and when I went back to read over the final three scenes last night, they don't read so much like a finale. Instead, they read like an inciting incident. What does that mean? It means: uh-oh. Now what?

I think this story was meant to be a novel, but right now I don't have time to write a full book with these characters. I considered pulling the story from my collection and just going with what's there, but that will run me about 2k short of what I'd anticipated, so I'm thinking I may have to write another short. (wailing and gnashing of teeth)

Anyway, that's my current writing dilemma. This story was supposed to be 2k max, but it exploded to almost 7k within two writing sessions. What's worse, I can easily see how to expand this thing to a full novel. The characters have a lot to say, it seems.

At any rate, I'm torn with what to do. I hate to ax the characters entirely. To me, they're interesting, and I think the story has legs, but I believe it may already be too long to include in my collection. My plan is to go ahead and revise what I have. Proof it to the nth degree. Once it's cleaned up I'll figure out what to do with it. Where to go from here and whatnot.

Tonight I'm printing up the rough draft for the category novel I wrote. It's way short on the word count, and many scenes need fleshing out, but the story is on the page. That's the important thing. I can build from what's there.

I still don't have a much needed new printer, so I'm going to have to print this thing a page at a time because that's all the old behemoth can handle. Yay, me.

That's all for now. I'll post more as things progress. Now, I'm off to eat dinner. Happy Sunday, everyone.

Friday, August 09, 2013

The Friday Skinny

I finished filling in the plot holes for the vampire story going in my Trick of Light collection. That's a big relief. I need to make several passes over it before sending it off to beta readers. Once that's done, I only have the introduction left to write.

All that aside, I'm about to start the second draft for my category romance. I've had time away from it, so I'm ready to tackle it with fresh eyes. I'm really looking forward to this project. I say that now, I may be crying in my teacup down the road. 

That's all I've got going on at the moment. Hubby made it home about an hour ago so we are cooking and internetting, and just hanging out as a family doing stuff. I'm going to spend my evening writing and watching horror movies. I'm totally addicted to Hulu and Crackle.

That's all for now. Happy weekend, and if it applies--happy writing!!

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Updates from the Fainting Couch

Mom, will this story never end?
Kips, you always ask me the tough questions.
I'm working on the short story that wouldn't die. It's the final story for the Trick of Light collection. Just when I think I've hit that smooth sailing point, the story grows a little larger. A little longer. I just want to be finished with it already. *fainting couch*

Nevertheless, I'm taking my time with it. I added in one scene today, and I need to add in one more to fill all the gaps. Then I just have to tidy up my sentences before I do a solid edit. Sigh. So close, yet so far away. It won't be much longer though, and the whole book will be ready for proofing and betas.

After that one, I have to print up the Desire I wrote and start going through it with a red pen. In other words, I have a lot of work ahead of me. Right now, what I really want to do is eat donuts and watch Hotel Transylvania. But that will just have to wait. 

Thursday, August 01, 2013

August 1st :: Thursday Grind

Hmm. It's been a few days since I last posted, so I'm not sure if I've already mentioned that I recently finished the draft for my category novel.

I wrapped up all the loose ends a couple of days ago, and I've set the manuscript aside for a couple of days before I print it up. Definitely need some distance from that project before I begin breaking it down for revisions. Once I start working on this book again, I won't stop until I finish the rewrites.

That said, I have a lot to do this weekend. I have a workshop proposal to complete and turn in, and I'm trying to blast my way through the rough draft of a new novella for EC. Today's pic shows a couple of the index cards from the EC project. It will probably go over the estimated word count, but I'm okay with that.

I'm still working on edits for Trick of Light. The cover is finished, and I've made a half dozen passes over the story I'm currently stuck on. I'm going to wrap that one up tonight, though. I've written off a block of time to tackle the project. Onward and upward, as it were.

So that's what I've got going on in my universe. That said - holy cow, it's August. My birthday month and month of woe. Everything snowballs on me in August. This year I'm anticipating it. School starts soon for Mini, and I have a testing date coming up. Incidentally, I'm trying to get as much finished as possible before our schedules change again. Wish me luck!