Archive for January, 2009

Friday, January 30th, 2009
Pass the Popcorn

I’m just throwing this out there since I’ve been out of the country. Has anyone seen Underworld: Rise of the Lycans or Mall Cop or Benjamin Buttons or Inkheart or Slumdog Millionaire? I need to hear some opinions. I want the good, the bad, and the ugly. 😀

Thursday, January 29th, 2009
Character Flaw?

I must be strange because throughout my life I’ve ALWAYS believed I could do whatever I set my mind to. (If I decided I wanted to fly in space, I knew I could make it happen. It never occurred to me that I couldn’t. NEVER.) I didn’t realize the way I thought was odd until recently. I thought everyone was like that.

Take getting published. When I decided to take my writing seriously in 2000/2001, I had no doubt I’d get published. I’d heard it was hard. I listened to a lot of horror stories. Knew the odds. And then blissfully ignored them because in my mind the odds never applied to me. I know how incredibly naive that sounds–and it is, but it’s worked for me my whole life. When I was pursuing music, I queried record companies. Everyone told me that’s not how the business worked, including my ex who had a record deal at the time, but I got a call from one of those companies inviting me out to Nashville to sing. I also received a lot of lovely handwritten letters from presidents of record companies passing on my songs, but encouraging me to continue writing. When I decided to take acting lessons (to get over stage-fright), I was told the odds were enormous to land a job. Any job. And I absolutely believed what the other actors were telling me. They’d been in the trenches. They knew. I also believed without a doubt that I would beat those odds. I was flying. I didn’t need the money. So therefore there was no desperation on my part. I was just out to have a good time ‘pretending and playing’. I got two commercials within six months of my first acting class. They’re embarrassing reminders of my younger naive self. 😳 😆 But the important point is I had jobs. I didn’t pursue acting–even though I found it a lot of fun–because it was never my intention to be an actor.

Are you seeing a pattern yet? I’ve kind of waltzed through life like that, which is good and bad. It’s good because like I mentioned above, it never occurs to me that I can’t do something. It’s bad because it makes me extremely impatient and hard on myself when things don’t happen as fast as I’d like. I know a lot of people (including me) get frustrated by this business. Half the time it feels like you’re banging your head against a brick wall laced with razors. But next time you’re ready to throw in the towel, try a little naive belief. You’ll be amazed how far it’ll take you.

(Note: Although I believed I could do all these things I did work hard at each one while pursuing them.)

What do you believe?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
My Sister’s Birthday and Reader Expectations

Today is my sister’s birthday. Happy Birthday, T! Hope whatever you wish comes true. May you have many, many more.

I’ve been receiving quite a few ‘Google Alerts’ lately. The last few have contained some lovely reviews of my book. Thank you to everyone who’s taken the time to read it…even the ones who didn’t like it. 😉 As I floated from review to review, it became apparent that a lot of readers have started to make guesses about where I’m going to take the Dead World series. Some people have guessed that Red’s and Morgan’s relationship will be explored, others believe I’ll go further in depth with the ‘pack’ relations. All good guesses, but I’ll let you in on a little secret–the only book I had charted out in the beginning was RED. From that story things have grown organically. This is and has always been the story of one woman’s journey of self-discovery. That same self-discovery continues through SCARLET with some not so pleasant surprises arriving at the beginning. The events that take place at the beginning of SCARLET change my hero and heroine, test their relationship. These same events are the bomb that propel them through their final journey in CRIMSON.

I get really nervous (probably because I’ve been doing edits) when readers think/expect/hope a book turns out a certain way. Like any author, I want to live up to reader expectations. At the same time, I realize that’s impossible. There are too many expectations. I can’t possibly meet them all. So I do what I’ve always done, I write the book for me and hope that other people enjoy it, too. For those of you expecting certain aspects, I hope I don’t disappoint you.

Peace, Love and Brownies.

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
Making Progress

Dh is almost done editing the travel videos. Should have something for you all very soon. I’ll do write-ups with the short vids to fill in the missing spaces.

I managed to finish the Scarlet read on Sunday. Yesterday I typed up a cheat sheet for the publisher to go along with the pages I returned. Hopefully I didn’t make any typos and it makes everything easier. Today I’m starting work on the vampire novella. I’ve been reading more of the novellas from the first book. It’s definitely going to be tough. Not the writing, but getting it to fit. I may have too much story. I’ll have to see once I get into it. I do believe I can get the rough draft finished before I receive Crimson edits in a couple of weeks. If I do, then it’s looking like I’m free to do whatever as of March. YAY! (picture me dancing around the room)

Friday, January 23rd, 2009
Don’t Know Why I Do This To Myself

The read through is moving steadily forward. I’ve read a hundred pages. Should be able to finish the book by Wednesday at the latest if I don’t work over the weekend. Once it’s done, that’s it. Scarlet will be on its way to the printers. YAY!!! Then it’s vampire novella here I come. Looking forward to writing this story. I’m setting it in Paris. It’s my ‘dark’ tribute to a fabulous city. Right now, dh is working on the videos. Visuals are getting closer. 😀

Now onto something that’s been bugging me.

I’m freakishly fanatic about paranormal shows. Ghost Hunter, I’m all over it. A Haunting, used to scare the crap out of me…til it went wonky. Paranormal State, love/hate relationship. The latter I keep watching hoping it will get better, but it never does. Until I watched that show, I never knew how many demons ‘haunted’ people. I mean seriously I would think some of them have something better to do than hang out in Pennsylvania. It’s kind of like the rural folk who claim to be abducted by aliens. You never really see anything happen. There’s never any real proof. It’s so frustrating and yet still I watch. 😳 What’s wrong with me? Don’t answer that. *g*

Are there any shows that fall into that category with you?

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
Fly By

Sorry I haven’t been around gang, but I’m swamped. I just sent my urban fantasy in to my agent. The tweaking of the manuscript went on and on and on and on. I’ve made it almost halfway through Scarlet. I decided it would be ‘easier’ 🙄 to make sure the changes had been incorporated into the manuscript before I started reading. (Note to established and new authors: ALWAYS KEEP YOUR HARD COPY WITH THE CHANGES YOU MADE.) That way I wouldn’t have to worry and I’d be able to read for story/pleasure. It’s just taking longer than I’d anticipated. I’ve also only managed to write a few scenes for my vampire novella. As soon as I finish this read through, I’m going to start on it because I’ve been told by my editor that I can expect to receive copyedits for CRIMSON by mid-February. 😯

Now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
We Have A New President

I watched the end of the swearing in with so many mixed emotions. Elation and fear, hope and anxiety. I then listened to his acceptance speech with tears in my eyes. The man can sure deliver a speech that makes you sit up and take notice. I don’t even know why I was crying. This day is historic on so many levels. I can barely begin to comprehend the far reaching ramifications.

I’m not a particularly religious person, especially when it comes to organized religion. But if words have power, then THIS PRAYER is one of the post powerful ever written. May it come to pass.