Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Battle Wounds

It's been a hectic couple of weeks, my battle wounds are fresh. Are you wondering what I'm talking about? Let me explain.  When Absolute was written, all I had to do was focus on writing, there was no blogs, websites, marketing, PR, none of that had to be done, Michael and Rose had my full attention.

These past couple of weeks, I found myself spinning my wheels trying to keep up with it all and still write Saydi's and Nathanael's story, it wasn't working, so I made an executive decision -- I had to focus on them and them only, letting everything else fall behind.  In other words, my battle wounds.  I'm paying for it now trying to get things caught up, but I will tell you, they were worth it. I'm excited for them to have you read their story.

Have a great day.

Monday, 12 December 2011

A Mind Change

First off let me apologize, I know the blog has been quite sporadic lately, you can blame Saydi and Nathanael. Now, having said that...

As I was going through another round of edits, there was a scene that was bothering me, so I changed it... Argg! What was I thinking?  Changing a scene after a book is completed is like going back in time and changing your mind. Think about it... if you made a different decision and went a different way, what happens? Everything after that moment changes and that's essentially what I did. With the small scene change, emotions were different, the outcome of certain things switched, peoples' attitudes towards each other went from good to bad or depending on who they were, bad to good. Some fighting stopped, others escalated. The list goes on and on... Not my brightest moment, though I do like the scene better.

Then last night I couldn't help but think how close to real life changing that scene was -- how a simple decision could have such a different impact on your life. Here's hoping we always make the right ones.

Have a great day.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Tis the Season

How many of you have all your Christmas decorations up? I'm not one of you, but this weekend is slated just for that.

However, I noticed some people had their trees up by the middle of November and have you noticed how the stores start playing Christmas music and have their decorations up practically the day after Halloween?

I love Christmas as much as the next person, but it seems to me with all the running around, buying gifts, food, all in preparation for the season, sometimes we lose sight of what it's truly about.  Not that we do it on purpose, but sometimes the meaning gets lost in the shopping cart that is overflowing with gifts.  For me, I'm going to try extra hard this year to remember -- it's about giving, not of material gifts, but of one's self.

Have a great day

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

The Genre

As you know Absolute Obsession was my debut novel and you know that I've been working on the sequels to it, and that novel branded me a Romance writer (which is fine by me), however how often does a writer jump over to a completely different genre?

I don't know why, but for some reason I was thinking about that. Nathanael and Saydi are a romance novel (keeping  fingers & toes crossed, when I submit the query to Wings, they want to see the whole thing), but with a surprisingly different audience base, it would be categorized as a young adult, super natural romance -- yup you heard right, they came from the complete opposite side of the spectrum.  So I wonder... How often do writers stray from their "genre"? Is it common or is it a no, no? This I don't know, all I know is, for me, whichever characters enter the stage that are loud enough for me to hear them, their story will be told,  regardless of their background or what their story will be branded.

Have a great day. 

Monday, 5 December 2011

The Dread

We all have at least one nemesis in our lives, some have more, some less.  I'm sure I have more than one, but right now, my biggest one is rearing its ugly head... The Query Letter. Yikes!

Yes, Nathanael and Saydi are getting to the point where I'm going to have to hunker down and write the most dreaded thing in world -- my nemesis, the query.

It's been in the back of my mind all weekend and every time it pops up, my stomach tightens and a shiver runs up my spine.  How is it that I can write a whole novel in a month or less? But the query is my biggest mental challenge and always manages to detach my brain from any capability to form a sentence.

Here's my plan, I've got about sixty more pages of edits, then I'll tackle the query... keyboard key indents in forehead, then I'll go back over Saydi and Nathanael with fresh eyes. 

See, I have a plan, now if only my fingers could focus instead of shake in fear.

Have a great day.