Archive for January, 2006

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006
I’m Playing Hooky

You can check out my entry at Romancing the Blog. Tomorrow, I am going to share what I found at the Writer’s Store.

Monday, January 30th, 2006
Brother and Sister-in-law

We received news that our brother and sister-in-law are coming for a visit. They should arrive sometime this evening. We haven’t seen them since 2004, so it’ll be nice to catch up.

Brother-in-law works in the movies. He directs and does special effects. If you think the publishing business is tricky, you should hear what someone in the movie industry has to put up with. :-O

Sunday, January 29th, 2006
Waiting for New Arrival

A couple of months ago we ordered a credenza for our living room. (Dh doesn’t like to stare at equipment or wires.) It took us months to find one with enough slots to hide all our toys. You wouldn’t believe how many variations there are of this particular piece of furniture, and most aren’t pretty. We finally found the one we wanted in Ethan Allen. (A furniture store for those of you unfamiliar with the name.) They told us we might get it before X-mas, but that was soon changed to the first of the year. Weeks passed and we heard nothing. :-/ Finally yesterday we received a call saying they’d be here on Tues. Yah! So today will be spent touching up paint on the wall in preparation for the credenza’s arrival.

I’ve started reading my RITA entries. The book I picked up seems really good, but I have a question for those of you who read romantic suspense. Is it common to start a book out with three different threads? I have an entry where I was introduced to three different characters, only two of which seemed to have anything in common. Every time I think I’ve started to expand my reading world, I come upon something that reminds me that I’ve barely scratched the surface. Sigh.

Saturday, January 28th, 2006
Little Sister’s Birthday

Today is my ‘little’ sister’s birthday. She’s five years younger than me and off playing in a softball tournament. It’s funny, all the while we were growing up people always asked if we were really sisters. (She had blonde hair and well, I don’t.(wg) Our personalities are pretty night and day too. She was always the one who blew up in a fit of anger and then immediately got over it. I was more of a rolling boil. You didn’t want to ever get me beyond that stage because I never forget and I rarely forgive. *ggg*

Anyway, my pat answer to the sister question has always been yes. You don’t have to look or act alike to be a sibling. What you need is a common history, shared memories, and LOVE. So, Happy Birthday, sister. May you have many, many more…because I still need someone to fight with…and beside. 😉

Friday, January 27th, 2006
There be Monsters out there

I read through a partial that I sent off to a publisher six months ago (because I’m thinking of sending it somewhere else). I knew the story was dark when I wrote it, but I never realized how dark until I finished rereading it. All I can say is wow and uhoh. Wow, because I didn’t think I had it in me to write this dark. Uhoh, because I can only think of a few publishers who’d print something like this.

There is no way to change the tone, due to the events happening in the book and the over all storyline. And even if there was, I wouldn’t. I purposely painted a dead world.

I suppose I could take the cowards’ way out and change the manuscript, but then that wouldn’t be the book I set out to write. And to be honest, I’m getting REALLY tired of compromising. When I say that, I’m not talking about thumbing my nose at edits. Goodness knows, I’m incredibly grateful to receive those. What I’m talking about is compromising your vision of a story because you’re concerned it’ll go over like a flying dog f*ck.

More and more of the stories I’m coming up with are dark and unapologetic. They get in your face, make you feel uncomfortable. Do I still want to write humorous tales? Sure. But I also feel like stepping into the pit occasionally, where darkness is a living, breathing entity that exists inside us all.

Do you have a writing yin and yang?

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006
Titles are approved

My EC editor, Bree wrote me today to tell me that my titles for the Phantom Warrior series have been approved. Yah!!! Bacchus and Saber-tooth welcome to the world of ebooks. *g* I edited/added 4K to Bacchus’ story to make it novella length. Saber-tooth will be an EC Quickie. Now, I’m just waiting on the contracts.

Today, I mailed off a copy of Revenge of the Sky Goddess to my agent. I thought he might like to read it too. 😉

I still haven’t decided what I’m going to do with my category length book, Rose’s Rapture. It needs editing and some additions to address a few of the problems that my critique partner brought up. (For example, what to do with the sneaky gargoyle who’s trying to take over the story.;)

Tomorrow the cleaners come, so I’ll have to tidy before they get here. I hope everyone is having a productive week. If you haven’t caught Jo Leigh’s Romancing the Blog entry on fear, do so now.

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

First, I’d like to start by saying that I finally mailed my Blaze. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Now say it twice more, but faster. *g* The manuscript is currently winging its way to Canada. Oh Canada, oh Canada…I can’t remember the rest of the words. Yes, I’m in a goofy mood. I think it’s because I’m swamped. Every time I check something off my list, something else gets added. Fun. Fun. Fun. Now to the ‘serious’ portion of the blog entry. *ggg*

As a writer, there are certain things that give me the willies. One is single title length. I so envy those writers who can lay down 400 pages without breaking a sweat. How do you do it? I don’t have a problem whipping out 80 to 90K, but as soon as I go past that page count my pulse starts to race and panic sets in. I can do it, but blood will flow–my blood.

The other fear is first person POV. Why? I have no idea, but for some reason I find writing in that POV daunting. I think it takes incredible skill to write an entire book in first person, while holding a reader’s attention. The latter is the key. I’m one of those readers who don’t like many first person books. The voice has to be ‘just so’.

Here’s my dilemma: when I write in first person, I think it’s some of my strongest and freshest writing. The characters pop off the page, the mood of the piece becomes richer and more vibrant, and I, as a writer, invest fully in the story. It’s weird, but it almost feels like a different person is doing the writing. (I told you it was weird. 😉

I don’t understand why this happens. Why can’t I experience the same thing when writing in third person? You’d think it would be easier, but it’s not. And yet, I get palpitations at the thought of writing 400 pages in first person. You’re talking about combining my two greatest writer fears. I suppose I could just put those stories aside until I’ve gained more courage as a writer. Trouble is I don’t think that would stop the little voice inside my head, daring me to try. It’s a double-edged sword.

Sometimes I think if I could just plow through a manuscript (kind of like ripping a Band-Aid off quick) it would make things easier. Then I remember how slow my writing pace is when I’m working in first person and dismiss the idea. Yes, even my writing pace changes when I switch from third person to first.

My question is what do you do when you fear what should be your greatest strength?