Archive for June, 2015

Thursday, June 25th, 2015
Strolling In London

I love London in the summertime. You never really know what you’re going to get weather-wise in the UK, but when it’s nice, it’s genuinely beautiful. It isn’t until I get here that I realize how much I miss dappled lawns, ancient trees, cool breezes, playful fountains, and birds chirping. And although Londoners will rush by you (they’re always in a hurry), they’re quick to chat and laugh when engaged. It’s a genuine friendliness that I find refreshing.

There’s just something about this old, yet futuristic city that draws people from around the world. It certainly draws me again and again. It’s no wonder that two of my upcoming books have this barking, brilliant city as their backdrop. How does that old saying go? If you’re tired of London, you’re tired of life.

I can’t imagine ever being tired of London. Enjoy your summer.

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015
Been A Long Time

I promise I will get better at blogging. I know I’ve said that before, but I do mean it. I’m in the process of redesigning my website. It’s slow going because frankly I have no idea what I’m doing. LOL! Sigh. Hopefully once it’s done things will level out. In the meantime, if you want to know about upcoming books, events, and/or free reads, it’s best to sign up for my newsletter. I’m not one of those authors who send out a newsletter a month (shocker, I know). I only send them out when I have announcements to make or free reads to share.

Anyway, I’m currently in London, England. Really enjoying the change of scenery, the weather (stop laughing), and all the crazy accents. I’ve been coming here for years. It’s interesting to hear the change in the local London accent that’s taken place in the last ten years. It’s now this odd combination of typical British mixed with immigrant. What I mean by that is it’s English, but like anyone familiar with the south and New York in the states, there’s a distinctive accent change. In this case, it’s like the typical British accent has become flavored with the mix of immigrant accents that have joined the soup that is London. It’s especially prevalent in the young males of all races running about the capital. It’s going to be interesting to see how the ‘sound’ changes in another ten years. I feel like I’m fortunate to be witnessing the change in a language firsthand. Quite fascinating.

On a completely different note, I was in Foyles’ bookstore yesterday (A fantastic five story bookstore near the heart of London’s theater district.) and picked up a ‘Improve Your Handwriting’ book. Like a lot of people these days, I don’t do much long-hand writing outside of editing my books. Because of that my handwriting has become atrocious. We’re talking shaming doctors’ prescription scribbles here. I’m pretty sure five year olds could do better and a lot of them aren’t even being taught to write anymore. I don’t like that, so I’ve decided to work on improving it, if for no other reason than to be able to read my own notes. Snort!

While I’m here, I am also going through the partials in my dropbox account. I know I did this a few months back, but that was to see how old the ideas were. This time I wanted to count how many partials I have written. There are currently 27 partials sitting on my computer. They range from a page to over 15K in length. For those without an author decoder ring on, that’s 27 books that I’ve started and haven’t finished yet. :-O

Today I plan on plotting a few of those stories. I noticed while going through them that I have large chunks of the plots done on some, but they’re missing a few vital pieces that prevent me from finishing them. (I used to write by the seat of my pants (and can still at a push), but I find the stories are much stronger if I take the time to plot.) That doesn’t mean that the stories won’t change once I get the plot done. They often do. I read something the other day that Ilona Andrews wrote about her/their writing process. She said that her plots don’t change because for her storytelling is a dictatorship. What she says, goes. I LOVED that. But my brain don’t always work that way. Of course, that’s probably why her stories are so frickin’ amazing. 🙂 Anyway, those are my plans. Once I get a decent amount done on them, I’ll work on craft. Show vs. Tell here I come. *ggg