Archive for September, 2008

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Today is my anniversary. Ten years ago in New Mexico my Highlander and I exchanged vows in the ruins of a church. (Yeah, I’m not very traditional. *g*) It was a beautiful day. Perfect weather. Blue skies and wild, rugged country for as far as the eye could see. I walked down the aisle with my mom to a piper playing and was surrounded by men in kilts. I recall a lot of laughter. Wild butterflies. Quite a few sunburns. And some tears.

Thinking of that day still brings a smile to my face. It seems like yesterday, instead of ten years ago. He was my hero then and has remained so. No, he doesn’t show up in any of my books. I couldn’t begin to do him justice with mere written word. He’s far too romantic, courageous, intelligent, witty and sensitive. You’ll just have to take my word for it. 🙂

Happy Anniversary, S.

May we have a hundred more…because one lifetime with you will never be enough.

Thursday, September 18th, 2008
Questions…Answers…and BS

I’ve received a lot of requests for interviews lately. It’s cool, but also a little odd because it’s almost as if this is the first time I’ve been published. At least that’s what it feels like from the reactions I’m getting. RED is drawing attention, which is wonderful. I’m beyond grateful people are interested in reading the book. Overall, the early reviews have been good. A huge relief given I believe this book is a love/hate novel. You’ll either love it or you’ll hate it. There isn’t a lot of in between. Many readers have found it disturbing. Understandable with its graphic nature. But, and here’s the thing, RED is my thirteenth published novel. Part of me can’t believe that I’m on novel 13 (not counting Scarlet and Crimson, which are both finished and due out next year). I sold my first book in 2002 and it came out in 2003. I had five books published in 2003–four of which I wrote that year. The breakdown is as follows: I’ve written 5 single titles, 6 category length books, and 8 novellas. As you can tell by the numbers, a few haven’t sold yet. Also, I’m not counting books that I’ve started, even if they’re sitting at over two hundred pages. The sad thing is I feel like I’m not producing nearly enough. But that’s not the point of this part of the post. My point was how weird it feels to have one book looked upon like it’s my first novel, instead of lucky thirteen. *g*

Yesterday was a pretty cool day. I received copies of the new Romance Sells catalog and a signed print of RED from Chris McGrath. Have I mentioned how very cool he is? I plan to frame it and put it on my office wall.

I know I’m jumping around from topic to topic. Lately, I haven’t been able to utilize my critique partners. Either they’ve been busy, I have or I’ve written up to deadline. The latter seems to be happening to my critique partners, too. I only have one regular critique partner and several other part-time critique partners, which I utilize on occasion (they utilize me, too). I do miss the regular give and take, but don’t know how to ‘fix’ the problem. The book takes as long as it takes to write. Sometimes that’s a short period of time and sometimes it’s long. I do think having critique partners look the work over makes the books stronger. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible. Yes, I’m procrastinating to avoid cleaning. *ggg*

Been thinking about moving to Europe lately. Haven’t narrowed down the country yet. There are a lot to choose from: Germany, Switzerland, England, Scotland, Monaco, New Zealand. Yes, I know the latter isn’t in Europe, but it is a possibility. *g* I also know that England and Scotland aren’t considered ‘Europe’ per say, but they’re close enough. If you could live in any other country, which one would it be and why?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
Laundry, Scalzi and Books

I’m currently doing my best impression of a domestic goddess. Yes, I’m doing laundry and tomorrow I plan to clean the house. Not my favorite thing, I must say. I know some people enjoy cleaning. I enjoy having a clean house. Not the steps it takes to get there. *g* Anyhow, along with cleaning, I’m writing up my ‘Big Idea’ story for John Scalzi’s site. It’s taken me a while to put something together because frankly, after reading most of the entries, I was intimidated. HUGELY intimidated. I hope to have it finished by the end of the weekend and sent in to him. (He was kind enough to offer to feature RED at BEA.) I’d be a fool not to take him up on the offer, intimidation or not.

Thanks to the upcoming election and the news lately, I’ve been feeling increasingly stressed. I never thought I’d see an election in this country that would boil down so clearly to race, sex, and age. No one seems to care about the real issues. It’s all about winning at all costs. What’s the most frightening is that people don’t seem to care about the truth. No one on television is called out for their lies. And when they are, it’s brushed off like it’s no big deal. Has anyone else noticed the similarities between us and the Roman Empire? 😥 We all know how that ended. If you don’t, look it up. Here’s a hint: The word ’empire’ no longer applies.

I do find in times of stress that I have a difficult time focusing on new books. It’s not the writing. It’s definitely my monkey mind. When that happens, I go back to reading old favorites. Right now, I’m almost halfway through Devil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens. I’m sure I’ll pull out Mine to Take by Dara Joy next. These reads are like mashed potatoes with gravy to me. Yummy and comforting.

I think now–more than ever–we need romance novels in this country. We need to know everything will be all right in the end. I’m not saying what’s happening in the world will change my writing. Maybe it will. Maybe it won’t. But I’m damn glad there are a ton of writers doing their best to deliver a happily-ever-after. May you continue.

When you’re stressed what do you fall back to? Is it a favorite book? A movie? If so, which ones? If it’s something else, what is it?

Monday, September 15th, 2008
Slogging Through the Inbox With a Weed-Whacker.

I’ve let a lot of few things slide while I worked on Crimson. Okay, I’ve let just about everything in my inbox slide, while I finished the book. I’m trying to remedy that at present. If you’ve asked me for an interview and I haven’t gotten back to you, you should be hearing from me this week. Sorry it’s taken me so long. (As an aside, can someone please point me in the right direction for Amazon’s blogs (or plog)? I can’t find out how to get started. I’m obviously looking in the wrong place. Thanks!)

This week will be my version of catch-up. I’m going to clean the house, answer the emails, workout, and mail off the last of the ARC’s to the booksellers. (I have three or four left.) I also plan to start holding contests next week. I will be giving away two RED ARC’s a week until the third week of October. It’ll be your chance to see what all the excitement is about. Snort. 😉 If you feel like blogging about the book after you’ve read it, I won’t stand in your way. *g* I know not everyone will like the book. I’ve made peace with that bit of knowledge. 😀

I’m a little peeved that my DVR didn’t record Primeval the other day. Now I have to wait until Saturday, when they repeat the episode to see what happened. Grr… If you watched it, don’t tell me what happened.

I finished Rachet and Clank: Quest for Booty. The new game won’t be out until NEXT fall. Yes, I’m bummed. I was really enjoying myself, which is why I’m currently replaying Rachet and Clank: Tools of Destruction. (You get to keep all your weapons and collect double the bolts, but the enemies are a LOT harder to kill.)

It looks like the primetime season is about to return, starting next week. I see CSI Miami premieres, along with Criminal Minds. I’m very curious to see the latter episode because of its outstanding season finale. CSI, not so much, because I know Horatio is still alive despite the teasing. At least Bones is back on. I’ve said it before, but I’m not very excited about this year’s television season. The cancellation of Moonlight really took it out of me. Yes, I’m still bitter. I lost Henry and Mick all in one year. Not good. I caught Fringe the other day. I do understand why they compared it to the X-Files. It’s a lot like that, but with a tinge of science involved. It should be decent. I didn’t think it was great, but it was entertaining enough. If you watched it, what did you think?

Friday, September 12th, 2008
Down Time

I forgot how much down time I need after finishing a book. I played Rachet and Clank to the end. I may start the next game because I was having a lot of fun. I also started Zelda on the Wii. It’s fun, but a bit slower paced. There is more exploring at present, when I’m in the mood to blow crap up. *ggg*

Ideas for the YA/UF are still coming. It’s looking like it’ll be a fun world to play in. I’m hoping to dive into the book within the next week.

I always go through a lot of soul searching when I finish a book contract. I assess where I’m at to see if I feel like I’m on the right path. I’ve been doing that for the past few days. Looking at my work, looking at what’s being published, trying to figure out what I should do next. I’ve also been trying to think long-term. Not just a year from now. It’s one of the reasons I’ve been so quiet on the blog. I really haven’t felt like having many distractions, including blogging. Hopefully that will turn around soon, but for now, I hope you all will bear with me.

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
Cosmic Floating

I must admit I haven’t felt much like blogging lately. I don’t feel like I have much to say now that I’ve turned in the final Tor book. It’s a really odd place to be. I still have work floating out on the sea of publishing, but I have no idea when I’ll hear back about it or if it’s been eaten by sharks. *g* I suppose I’ll know if I see body parts floating on the surface. 😉 Okay, I’m done with the water references.

I’ve found it interesting to read through some of my old ideas. I’m actually surprised by the quality of some of the work. I didn’t think I was writing crap at the time, but a lot of stuff doesn’t stand up once a few years have slipped by. So far, all my contemporary work is holding its own. I’m still making notes on my YA. I haven’t quite decided where it should start. I have a couple of beginnings down on paper, but I’m not sure either is going to work.

Tomorrow is my aunt’s 87th birthday. I can’t believe it. Doesn’t seem possible. Happy Birthday, V! May you have many, many more.

Shiloh wanted me to mention that she’s doing a fund-raiser for the victims of the hurricanes. If you’d like to help, check out her site HERE.

Today I have workers crawling all over my house. We have a year to get everything repaired for free, so we’re taking advantage of it, while we can. I’m currently waiting for the carpet guy to arrive. Hopefully he won’t have any problem re-laying my carpet now that they’ve fixed the floor squeak. 🙄

I’ve been playing a lot of video games since I submitted the book. My current obsession is Rachet and Clank: Tools of Destruction. This game is so incredibly fun. I can get lost in it for hours and plan to tomorrow once all the repairs are finished.

I taped True Blood, but I haven’t watched the episode yet. If I enjoy it as much as I think I will, I’ll be buying it by the episode. We recently got rid of HBO because we weren’t watching it. If you caught it, what did you think?

And before anyone asks, yes, I’ve seen these posts. I find them interesting.

Friday, September 5th, 2008

It’s always weird coming down after a book. This one more so than others because it’s not just one book I’m coming down from. I basically wrote the last two back to back. Of course, that doesn’t stop me from thinking I should dive right back into the next projects. Right now those projects are looking like an UF and an UF/YA. I’ve started the UF, but not the YA beyond a few notes. They’re both going to take some time. The UF because I haven’t finished charting the book yet and the YA because I have to get the voice right. After that, I’m looking at putting something together for Harlequin. Not sure what yet. I was reading through some partials that I wrote quite a while ago and two have a lot of potential. (fun premises) I just don’t know if I want to bother with either. I may try to come up with something new. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Tomorrow I’m going to a Mad-hatter tea party. A friend’s daughter is celebrating her 18th birthday by hosting the party. Should be fun. 🙂

Today, now that the workers have left my house, I think I’m going to spend my afternoon watching movies and playing video games. Yep, that sounds like a plan. 😉