August 14th, 2011
Feeling the Changes

For the last couple of weeks or so I’ve been loosely following a work schedule. I gnashed my teeth when I first considered the idea because I’m ornery that way. *g But then something changed, I was actually getting work done and even more than that, I’ve been getting a lot of craft studies in. I’ve felt the shift in the latter most keenly. The way I look at my prose is changing. I’m actually remembering the suggestions from Word Painting and incorporating them into my writing. The fact, I’m editing my first YA probably helps, but it’s more than that. I feel myself changing as a writer, moving up so to speak. It’s both frightening and exhilarating.

I thought when I put together my urban fantasy romance partial that I was excited about the story (and I was), but not as much as I am about these upper middle grade YA’s that I’m working on. For the first time, I feel free to immerse myself in the story and I am getting a kick out of the worlds that I’ve created. Are they hard to write and edit? You betcha. They are truly challenging. Are they worth it? Hell yes. I’m coming up with new ways (for me) to tell a story. And it’s really cool!

As an aside, I’ve finished the edits on Atlantean Heat. I will put it up for sale tomorrow. It should be available within a couple of days. I think Frauke did a great job with this cover. What do you think?

8 comments to “Feeling the Changes”

  1. Frauke does such great work…and this is fabulous! Congrats. 🙂

  2. Thanks Patrice! 🙂

  3. Lovely and sexy cover, but there’s a typo in the bottom quote: “Ms. Summer’s.” Even if that’s original to the quote, I don’t think it would be wrong to correct it.

  4. Great cover! I remember Atlantean Heat. It was a fast paced romp I enjoyed very much. I hope it sells well for you.

  5. Thanks Ellen! Yep, it is an original quote. I’ve been hesitant to change anything by reviewers because they can be touchy about those kinds of things. :-O

    Frauke re-did the cover for me, so the corrected one will go up today online. 🙂

  6. Bernard, Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it. The story was fun to write. Here’s hoping. 🙂

  7. Oh so pretty. I really love the new look of these covers. And yay for your schedule! So glad it’s working, and really really glad you’re feeling the love for the YAs. Cannot wait to read the rest.

  8. Thanks Charli! I really like what she did with Atlantean Heat. She hit the story exactly with that photo and the ocean colors.

    Yep, the schedule is helping tremendously. I will send you more once I get these first fifty something cleaned up. 🙂