Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Well, Janet, here's the plain old truth.
Writing multiple books in a year can be daunting, only because you actually have to PRODUCE that volume of words. Really. And what makes it hard is that once you're published, you have so much more going on than the actual writing - or at least I do. I know some authors keep a low profile and at times I'll be honest I wish I did...but the truth is I love just about everything about this business with the exception of reading my contract (YAWN!).
But do I have trouble coming up with ideas?
It's very funny and I think it's just simply because after so many years writing my brain is now "trained" to see new ideas. I used to finish a manuscript and be worried I wouldn't find another idea and then I'd take a few days off and the ideas would start coming. Now...there's not enough hours in the day to write everything bouncing around in my brain.
But not all ideas will work, and sometimes part will work and another part you save for another story and set of characters. And I don't really keep an "ideas" file...though I do have spare synopses/proposals that I pull out as needed. For example, we did a brainstorming exercise in groups at a workshop I was at recently. I asked the two people I was with if I could then use our idea because I really really liked it. So I have those notes.
This really started after I sold Hired By The Cowboy to Harlequin and I'd been working on another ms (which has been buried on my hard drive ever since and that one day I really want to resurrect). I had ALWAYS had another Romance in the hopper in case I got rejected so I could send another one right away, lol. But then I sold and I had NOTHING when my editor said "What else have you got?" The book I'd been writing was not right for the Romance line and we both knew it.
So I came up with 3 proposals....two fairly detailed and one a little more sketchy.
Guess which one she picked?
Yep - the sketchy one. Which became Marriage at Circle M. And one of the other proposals became The Soldier's Homecoming, which is out in March.
Then I wrote Maggie and Nate's story because it is related to Hired and MCM and I didn't want to have more time between them.
And while I was waiting on that one, I wrote the first in a duet about an Italian brother and sister in Canada.
So here's case in point....for various reasons (all of which I happen to agree with), the Italian got put on the shelf for now and I was asked to write another cowboy. So....I still have the Italian's sister's story begging to be written, another book that's going to get a start in January and that pesky one from back in 2006 still sitting on my hard drive patiently waiting for its turn.
So like I said, coming up with the ideas isn't that hard...it's finding the time to get them all down in the midst of the business part of writing, families, and other parts of my life.
And to repeat myself again...I really do think it's a matter of practice. I'm definitely coming up with ideas and characters faster than I did when I started.
Hope that helps!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The solution to this is probably just to write the darn thing and fix it. I even tried jumping ahead to another scene, thinking that something might twig so I know exactly what happens where I left off. But it didn't feel right either.
Then last night I had a minor breakthrough in the shower...why is it baths and showers provide such clarity anyway? Maybe it's a scent thing...aromatherapy of sorts when you mix steam and fruity bodywash or something. I don't know. Anyway I was running over what needs to happen next and asking why. He doesn't want her going through the files. Why?
Cue orchestra...the answer arrived and made a whole lot of sense.
So I'm hoping that once I've done the school run I'll sit down and things will work out a lot better. And if they don't...well I'll just keep writing and torture my critique partner with it and see if she can see what's wrong.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
I'm not completely leaving cyberspace though - check out The Pink Heart Society on Saturday and Monday in particular.
Of course if there is any news of interest, I'll be sure to pop in.
And I won't be gone long....just enough time to get caught up on a few things and move that old word count meter on the side.
Meantimes, feel free to post in the comments anything you'd like me to blog about, whether it's writing or otherwise! My favourite part of workshops are the Q&A sessions where you just talk shop, so if there's anything on your mind let me know!
See ya on the flip side....
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I sat in the doctor's office with my youngest again yesterday, and the wait at least wasn't as long as a few weeks ago. This time we went to our family doctor and even as a walk-in without an appointment we waited half as long. Which was lovely. More lovely was our doctor. I love him and will cry buckets when he finally decides to retire. We have had him since moving to Calgary over 10 years ago.
Anyway he's looking at dear daughter and I mention a vacation I'm planning for next year. He says, "So how IS the writing business anyway?" I laugh, say I've had a crazy fall, I'm a little tired, but pretty darn happy."
So he steps a little closer. "Do this," he says, and makes a face.
So I do it.
A little smile creeps up his face and he says "Hmmm."
I say, "I know, I'm getting wrinkles."
And he says...no word of a lie...."Yes, you should look into botox." Of course said with a wee smile and a twinkle in his eye. He's so cute I wasn't offended at all - instead we had a bit of a laugh.
Ok, so I'm NOT getting botox, but I can tell you why I'm looking not 100%. One, I'm tired. Two, I've put some weight back on and when I had it off I was eating very well and my skin reflected the proper nutrition it was getting. Three, I haven't been looking after my skin as well as I should and I was also in a ponytail and sans makeup.
I have an appointment for myself in December. Boy am I gonna show him. LOL!
Today I'm at the school instead of my regular Thursday because the Calgary Opera is putting on a performance and I don't want to miss it. I'll do up the laminating at the same time.
And in the cyber world, I'm at Tote Bags 'N' Blogs today talking a little about priorities.
Carry on, and catch you on the flip side tomorrow.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
The winner will be announced in my holiday newsletter on Monday, though I'll be in touch with them by e-mail before that.
There will also be some fun stuff in the newsletter, so yet another reason to sign up!
Now I'm getting caught up - there's a brand new post on the Harlequin Romance Author Blog spotlighting Rebecca Winters...as well as a Christmas Anthology out right now. I LOVE this time of year. There are so many special reads out there.
And I've nearly finished my edits for my editor so I am going to zoom off and get those tidied up and sent, and then get to work on the WIP. No rest for the wicked!
But before I go I do have to share something. At the signing we were talking to some people about what we write - all four of us write different types of Romance...Brenda's books were a sampling of her romantic suspense, Vivi's were her paranormal Nocturne's, Pam writes romances for Kimani, and I write traditional romance. Of course I was the only one there that is deemed non-explicit.
So when the question came up, I said that it didn't mean there wasn't potential for lots of sexual tension. It just meant that when it comes to the actual consummation, the bedroom door is shut.
Then I grabbed Marriage at Circle M, went to the end of a chapter, and BRENDA NOVAK READ ALOUD FROM MY BOOK.
This was a thrill for me. A really big thrill.
And I got to thinking...damn, Mike IS hot! Wooooo!
I didn't get a picture of her reading mine, but we did get a pic of her reading from Pam Yaye's latest.
And now I'm off to get to work. :-)
Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
Thursday, November 08, 2007
So, today is Thursday. Thursday is what I call my "other" day. I have volunteered at the school since my kids started there and this year took on the role of "laminating lady". I also do some prep work if time permits. But I could see it becoming crazy so I said at the end of last year that I would come in one day a week and do everything, but only the one day.
So Thursday is my other day. I'll start with some random jobs while the laminator is heating up and then I'll go most of the morning. Over lunch I'm working on my aa's - my kids are visiting lunchroom today and catching up with their friends - and after lunch I'll finish up as much as I can. After school is Author Club - week 4 with some grade 3 and 4 students who are writing stories - and I'll get home sometime after 4:30. And then tonight is choir practice.
I do love Thursdays. I really enjoy being at the school and seeing the staff and the kids. Making it all on one day was a time management issue for me. I'd rather take a whole day and do things rather than get called to do a couple of hours here and a couple there. Plus, they know I'm coming so when I get there this morning everything will be piled up in the workroom waiting for me.
Speaking of - I'd better get at it. Will be back tomorrow.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
My good buddy Michelle has had a fab review today from the Publisher's Weekly blog. Go here and read what this new "convert to Romance" has to say about A CHRISTMAS WEDDING WAGER!
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
That's all for me today...I'm off to run a few errands and then come back home and cloister myself to work on the WIP. I will be sitting in a waiting room though so I'm going to take the opportunity to finish up Julie Cohen's Featured Attraction.
Monday, November 05, 2007
Thursday, November 01, 2007
I was thrilled to bits when I read this: "I laughed with them; I cried with them, I cheered them on, hoping they would reach the point they could heal each other. Donna Alward has penned a truly uplifting story of pain and the healing power of love. This one is truly a must-read book for anyone who loves a great love story."
I did a fair amount of laughing and crying with Grace and Mike myself. :-)
Anyway you can read the whole thing by clicking on this link.