Archive for August, 2006

Thursday, August 24th, 2006
Rough Couple of Days

It’s been a rough few days in the Summers’ household. Without going into gory detail, let me just say that I’m glad today is almost over. I’m looking forward to getting back to work. It’ll be weird, but wonderful to have normal stress levels again.

I’ve turned in the blurb and excerpt for Saber-tooth. My editor has sent the story to management, so hopefully I’ll find out when the book will be released soon. I did get another bit of good news today. Apparently, the line editor loved Bacchus. 😀 Here’s hoping the readers do too.

Well I’m going to have an early night to make up for the last few. Hope everyone is doing well. I do miss you all. Check back soon. J

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006
Another Drive By

I’ve written a little over 1600 words in the last two days. Not very good for me, but better than a kick in the pants. I received second round edits on Saber-tooth and finished them this morning, so they’re out the door. Yah! I still have to write the blurb for that book and pick out an excerpt, but then I should be finished.

I’m going to read through the changes I made to my urban fantasy yesterday. I’m trying to decide if the hero’s viewpoint I added into the book works or not. Wish me luck! Hope everyone is having a terrific day. 🙂

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006
Happy Birthday

I want to send my dear friend and critique partner, Julia Templeton best wishes. Today is her birthday. Happy Birthday Julie!!!

Sunday, August 20th, 2006
Gearing Up

There have been some very interesting blog entries as of late around the web. They’ve run the gamut when it comes to writing and reading. My personal favorite was the interview with Nora Roberts in the RWR. That article has been quoted on a number of blogs. I believe mainly because Nora doesn’t put up with BS excuses of why you can’t write. I’ve never met the lady, but just from her attitude, I do believe we’d get along very well. (wg)

I have actually enjoyed reading the blogs as of late. (Always do, when I learn something new.) But once again, I find myself wasting hours of time that could be spent taking notes, writing or charting out scenes. Why am I bringing this up now? Because I have friends coming into town for a visit on the 15th of Sept. They’ll be here for ten days, which is terrific, but that’s ten days I won’t get any writing done. That means I have to get the writing in before they arrive. You see where I’m going with this, don’t you?

I have exactly one month to get a rough draft down on paper. It doesn’t have to be pretty, but it does need to be there. Why the hurry? After our friends leave, my in-laws arrive a week later. They’ll be staying for a month, which means if I don’t get that rough draft done I probably won’t get to work on the book consistently until November. That doesn’t work for me. I’m not good with the start and stop method of writing a book. Seriously. I figure if I can at least get a rough draft done by the middle of next month I can allow the manuscript to sit while our friends are here for their visit. When they leave, I’ll have exactly a week to edit the book. This is a good thing. The book still might not be ready to send to my agent, but it’ll be a whole lot closer than if I wait until November to write it.

What does this all mean? INTERNET DIET ALERT. Yep, that’s right. I’m going to have to redefine the word ‘scarce’. I will be checking in, but ONLY if I have a productive day. Otherwise, I’m not allowed to play on the computer and that means no blogging, no blog reading, no Luxor (whimper), and no IM. I will still pick up my email, but only a few times a day. It’s going to be painful, but it has to be done. What have you been putting off that you should’ve been working on?

Friday, August 18th, 2006
Save a Writer, Buy a New Book! By Susan Gable

I thought this post by Susan Gable was appropriate given our conversation a few days ago about lines closing.

The recent demise of yet another Harlequin line, this time the kick-butt
heroine line Bombshell, got me to thinking, which, as anyone who knows me
will tell you is always a dangerous thing. I heard from a number of readers
who were surprised by the closing, because they had friends who just “loved
that line!”

I’ve also heard things like this: “I can’t believe they closed that line.
I loved that line. I read those books every month at my library.”

Before I go any farther with this discussion, I have to offer up a
disclaimer. I love libraries. Especially as a child with a voracious
appetite for story, I borrowed armloads of books from my local library. I
love bargains, too. I shop like men hunt or play sports. It’s a victory
when I score a bargain. (New black cocktail dress, originally $79, marked
down to only $16. SCORE!) Used books are great bargains. Swapping books,
another great bargain. The new websites on-line, where you can “rent” a
book, in a system similar to NetFlix, are also an interesting bargain. Good
grief, even the airports these days have a program where you can buy a book,
read it, then sell it back to them. What a bargain!

But did you realize that those bargains could be putting your favorite line
or your favorite author out of business?

It’s a difficult, touchy subject for authors to discuss. We don’t want to
appear anti-used books (’cause we’re not — not entirely, anyway), or make
readers think we’re money-grubbers, always harping on them to buy our books.
We all know (believe me, we KNOW – most writers don’t make anywhere close to
as much money as people think we do) how tight money can be sometimes,
especially with the rising costs of gas and heating fuel, and food, and
taxes, and.well, you know. Everything.

We’ve been known ourselves to sometimes borrow and trade books, or buy used.
Or go to the library.

But publishing these days is a strictly-by-the-numbers business, which means
if the numbers don’t live up to the publisher’s expectations, a writer can
kiss her slot/line/future contracts good-bye.

“Where’s SoAndSo’s latest book? How come she hasn’t published another story
in that series that I love so much?” If you find yourself asking that
question, it could be that your favorite, SoAndSo, got cut loose because the
numbers of that last book in the series didn’t do as well as the one before
that. How did you get your hands on that last book? Did you buy it new,
contributing to the continuation of the series, or did you bargain read it?
Bargain reads don’t count towards our numbers.

Writers, especially those of us at the “lower echelons” of the publishing
world, need our readers more than ever. Without you, there would be no
point in what we do. (Well, okay, there’s a certain satisfaction in telling
yourself a story, but it’s the audience that makes it truly special. It’s a
shared dream.) But now, because of the numbers, we need your support even

Our careers, our lines, even our publishers, live and die by the numbers.

So please, where and when you can, save a writer. Buy a new book. We’ll
all thank you for it. And that way, you’ll have more choices of books in
the future.

Thursday, August 17th, 2006

I’ve been thinking about my upcoming night at the observatory and wishing once again that we were much further along in space travel. I know much of these dreams are due to sci-fi TV shows, but wouldn’t it be cool to walk through a Stargate onto another habitable planet or fly in a ship the size of the ‘new’ Enterprise? Or even look through a telescope and spot aliens? (The latter would not be allowed to be like the aliens from the movies ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’, ‘Stargate (the movie and TV show)’, ‘Independence Day’, ‘Predator’ or ‘Aliens’. *ggg* There are rules to follow. 😉 Anyway, I think it would be pretty cool.

I finished typing in the changes to Saber-tooth. I’m going to read through it one more time and write a brief epilogue, then it’s off to my editor. It will be gone today. Yah!

I started reading 30 Days of Night by Steve Niles, et al. Vanessa recommended it to me. So far I’m really digging it, but it’s not for the squeamish. What’s everyone reading?

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006
This, That, and the other

Today is my nephew’s birthday. I already mailed him a card, since he lives several states over. I hope he has a terrific day. 🙂

I’m still typing in the changes to Saber-tooth. You’d think I’d be finished by now. For some reason, I’m procrastinating big time on this manuscript. Unfortunately, I cannot afford to do that, since the urban fantasy is waiting. Ugh!!!

I did find out that Phantom Warriors: Bacchus will be released next month. YAH!!! I’m sure Saber-tooth wouldn’t be far behind it if I’d just get off my #$% and finish the edits.

I have to head to the grocery store in a little while (after I put my shoes on). Always exciting. I did find out something very cool yesterday that will give you an indication of how romantic my dh is. He’s booked a private night for us at a nearby observatory, so that we can look at the moon and stars. How cool is that? I’m telling you, I married a good man. 🙂