Archive for September, 2004

Thursday, September 30th, 2004
Hot Blooded

Is the name of the new paranormal anthology by Christine Feehan, Maggie Shayne, Emma Holly, and Angela Knight. I can honestly not say enough good things about this anthology. It was everything you’d want from these spicy writers. The stories were tight, entertaining, and super hot. This is the first anthology since one of the Secrets books that is going onto my keeper shelf. If you haven’t picked this book up, run out and get it. You will NOT be disappointed.

Wednesday, September 29th, 2004
Cha, Cha, Cha, Changes

It’s sad, but once again I’ve changed my mind about what I’d like to work on. I’m still going to continue to write AQ4, but instead of continuing with the contemporaries I’ve been working on, I’m going to write something historical. Haven’t decided exactly what yet, but I have a few ideas. I’ll let you know when things are firmed up in my mind.

Monday, September 27th, 2004
Plotting Part 2

I’m rather mad that I created a long response in my feedback section only to have the computer eat it. Grr… So I’m going to post my response here.

One of the best plotting books I’ve ever come across is Donald Maass’s ‘How to Write the Breakout Novel’ and it’s companion workbook. It walks you through writing a book start to finish. By the time you complete the workbook, you’ll have enough info to write an indepth outline for your story with layers and layers of plot. If you ever get a chance to attend a workshop by this man–go! ‘The Plot Thickens’ by Noah Lukeman is good for coming up with ideas for your story. ‘Goal, Motivation, and Conflict’ by Deb Dixon is supposed to be really good. I plan to pick it up after the holidays.

At the RWA National Conference this year Emily McKay and Robyn Ratliff did a workshop on character plotting. I definitely had a few ‘aha’ moments while listening to their cassette. I hadn’t realized until that moment that I was a character plotter. For some reason, knowing that made a difference.

I started out as a ‘seat of the pants’ kind of writer. I find the longer I write the more my style is changing. I think this is a natural progression when you write professionally. My storytelling is deepening, so I need to find other ways, beyond seat of the pants, to keep up with the story threads.

My dh pointed out that most of the questions I have on plotting are geared to screenwriting, not book fiction. With that in mind, I picked up ‘Myth and the Movies’ by Stuart Voytilla this weekend. It breaks down tons of popular movies into the hero’s journey. I’m finding it extremely helpful being able to look at movies in this manner. The hero’s journey is making more sense to me now. The good thing about this book is that it breaks down movies by genre, so you have action, horror, romance, romantic comedy, drama, war, thriller, western, and sci-fi/fantasy. If you’re as much a movie geek as I am, you’ll enjoy the book. I definitely need things spelled out for me, before I’ll understand. Hope this helps.

Sunday, September 26th, 2004
Plotting and other black holes

I was surfing the web today and ran across Jennifer Crusie’s site. In it she talked about having non-existent plotting skills. I almost fell off my chair. If Jennifer Crusie thinks her plotting skills are non-existent, what does that say about mine? Yikes!

I admit plotting is NOT my strongest area, which is why I’ve been spending so much time reading through plotting books. I think my biggest problem is not understanding what a plot is. My dh says the plot is what happens in the story. If that’s the case, then every story has a plot. Obviously, that would make some stories more interesting than others. If I tell you a story about a trip my doberman and I made to the store. It isn’t going to be very interesting unless something happened along the way like my dog biting someone. (Which could realistically occur.)

Lately, my stories have deepened. I’ve added more layers. I feel like my writing is on the verge of a change. (For the good. 😉 With change comes instability–at least for a time. (Something that’s not great for the control freak inside of me.) I’m trying to ride out the uncertainty until I come out the other side. Hopefully to emerge a better writer and stronger storyteller. Wish me luck because goodness knows my balance is crap. LOL!

Friday, September 24th, 2004
Wasting Time

I think today is going to be a ‘waste time’ kind of day. It’s already noon, Mozart lunch is on the radio, and I haven’t done a thing beyond drink a cup of coffee and have a protein bar. Sigh. I should be writing or reading about writing or writing or discussing writing or writing. You get the picture. I’ve been like this the past two days. I don’t know if it’s due to the diet change, exercise, or what. I hope I snap out of it soon. I’m just not sure what I need to do to bring the ‘joy’ back into the writing. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004
News, News, News!

A couple of groovy things happening today. I found out from Jen Nicholas that “Wicked Women On Top” and “Bad Boys Over Easy” are officially available for pre-order on and Woo Hoo!! How exciting is that?!

Secondly, I’d like to thank you all for your patience, if you are amongst the readers waiting for Atlantean’s Quest Bk. Four: The Return. I know it’s taking me forever to finish this book, but I’ve had a lot on my plate lately. To prove that I’ve made some progress there is a New Unedited Excerpt for AQ4 under my books section. Please let me know what you think. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 21st, 2004
Back on the Diet

Yesterday dh and I started a new diet and exercise program. We’re planning to see family over the holidays, so we’d like to be in better shape. So far it seems to be going okay. The regular exercise is the hardest to get into the habit of, but we’re doing it…slowly.

On a separate note, I also decided to set up a minimum word count to write daily. I figured if I was going to get organized, then I might as well REALLY get organized. I’m hoping in time the whole routine becomes a habit.

The excerpt for AQ4 will go up this week. I’m going to work a little more on it today. Yesterday I started a contemporary that I brainstormed with a couple of terrific writers, Kathy Love and Julia Templeton. Thanks guys! When it’s more together I’ll tell you all about it.