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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Scene Breakdown

Am re-plotting book 2 in Birthrite. I'm trying to condense the overall arc of the trilogy and realized Morganna's story lacked something. Spent yesterday vacillating between Philadelphia 1882 and today's stock market. I much prefer the past.

Back to Morganna. She's a much more organized character now. Sure, she always knew what she wanted, but now she's got a plan. Lucian isn't the background character in his own romance, either. Stronger and more forceful, he's a true hero.

Told ya my plot needed help!

And now back to the real world in all its depressing incarnations...oy.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Nor'easter

So the North East is anticipating a nor'easter. I'm battening down the hatches, charging my laptop, digging out pen and paper, candles, flashlights, and well, anything else I can think of that I even might possibly need. Sure, power outages are rare but they always happen when you're least prepared.

And since I plan on doing a lot of writing this weekend...ok more planning than writing. My Birthrite Trilogy seems to have sparked the interest in Ravenous Romance, and I need to do the synopsis for book 4. I know, I know trilogy and book 4? What?

The plan was to have a trilogy but once book 1 was finished, I felt bad for Raven's best friend. She needed her own story, and so, book 4! It's that simple. So the weekend will be spent tweaking the trilogy outline and synopsising book 4.

I hope you stay warm & dry!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Motivation

On a writing group I'm on we're talking about depression and writing. Not that the 2 go hand-in-hand but it seems that one does affect the other. Without writing, we get depressed. So we write to make ourselves feel better even though we're not published yet. And for some of us, it's taken years to get even this far with no contract in sight. So we're depressed...see? One giant circle of grief.

Luckily, fate intervened and I now have a contract! It's what I've worked for over the years, and I'm thrilled, beyond thrilled. Check out the new e-publisher, Ravenous Romance. They're not live yet but will be December.

As for the wait...these 5 or so years have been worth it. I've learned a lot, met fantastic people, and wrote a story I'm proud of. Several, in fact!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Back in the saddle again

OK so it's from an Aerosmith song. But the statement holds true.

It's hard to get back into the swing once you've been out for so long. I honestly never thought it'd be true for me, I love writing too much to ever stop. But there you have it. I haven't stopped but it's been hard finding my groove again. I read and edit old stuff. I think up new stories and plot them in my head but no actual writing.

I miss writing! I want to get back to it! Maybe this week. I have a great new story in my head, plus an already plotted one, so something's gotta spark. It's a combination of tiredness and sickness. Which are directly related.

But it's no excuse! That's it, I'm getting back. I'm writing something tomorrow, and it will be good! :)

Just gotta be back in the saddle to make it work. Right?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Recovery

I've been sick, so have neglected my blogs. I'm feeling better though not 100%, but want to get back to my life, this included.

Today's tidbit is sick time. As in if you have it, save it! I'm serious about this, I'm lucky enough to be able to accrue sick time, so have 90 working days worth. I've now used 20 of those days. Lucky I saved them! Let my illness be a lesson.

On a brighter note, I've sent in my Civil War anthology story to The Wild Rose Press, and have signed a contract with Ravenous Romance for Birthrite-Raven! My time in the hospital hasn't been dull, I'll tell you that!

Busy month for me, and I hope many more of this kind to come. (Minus the hospital stay.)

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