I don’t know about other writers, but I spend more of my time working on revisions than I do actually writing the story. The story itself never seems to take that long to write, it’s the constant changes afterwards that take up so much time. First draft– write the story. Second draft– strengthen descriptions of the scenery and movement of the characters around the dialogue. Third draft– “Go Deep.” My editor for Eternal Embrace told me that so many times I still hear it in my sleep. LOL That was her way of letting me know the reader would want more… What was the character thinking when he said that? Why was he thinking that? What had brought him to that point? It’s valuable advice, and I use it faithfully now. Fourth–, fifth–, ad nauseum… do it till it’s as good as it can get.
Last week or so I realized that I better get to work on my third installment of The Kindred series. My final beta reader gave it a thorough going over, and I have a lot of work to do. August is literally around the corner, and I have (hopeful) plans to get this to my editor around October or November. In order to even think about that, the WIP needs to be ready. I’m about halfway done, and if my Word program cooperates I should have it where I want it in the next two weeks.
My novella, Save the Last Dance is ready for editing. Patiently sitting on the shelf waiting its turn… which is actually before the one I’m working on.
Once I get those two published, it’s back to work on the other three WIP on the shelf. I wonder if I’ll ever get caught up… probably not. LOL
Till next week,
Two days ago I was thinking about what I was going to write about in my weekly post. I came up with something I thought would be a really good topic to talk, ramble on about. Today is the day for said post and…yeah, I cannot remember what that awesome topic of conversation was. *head desk*
Let that be a lesson to you and me…if you are planning to write something, and the muse is speaking to you…write it down immediately, because even with the two cups of coffee I’ve already had this morning, I am blank. My brain is mocking me with a, “good luck with that” attitude, and no one needs snarky attitude thrown at them during the wee hours of the morning.
Until next week…Happy Reading!
HOLY WINDSHIELD BATMAN!
I’ve been gunning 220, and likely had my hair on fire more than once this month, trying to get so many pieces into the mix…but I’m out of steam. The home office deconstruct-reconstruct officially wiped me out about 36 hours ago when I nearly dropped a 4-drawer filing cabinet down the steps trying to move it. The back is out, the bones are weary, and the mind is heltar-skeltar.
That said…because of the crazy, I’ve decided to hold off the last cover reveal for July until the last day of the month…so you’ll get to see it here on release day instead of waiting. YAY.
I think I’m going to take a day…not that I really have one…but, take a day, enjoy a few Godfather’s. ((sooo yummy///blended scotch with Amaretto over ice) and get my composure back. There’s far too much to do to be down for long.
I have always been one of those readers who will find an error in the story I’m reading. It could stem from my OCD, which I thought had eased up a bit the past couple of years. Whether it’s a typo or the wrong spelling of a word, it tends to take on a life of its own on the page, glaring at me, daring me to call it out.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m far from perfect. My two novels have their fair share of errors. I still cringe when I think about them. Why didn’t I catch them if I’m so observant? Good question. One reason is time constraints. When you’re working against the clock, you don’t have the time to make corrections and still make that deadline. Those errors you learn to let go. The others… I’m human. I try to catch as many as possible, but I have a feeling there’s always going to be a few that slip past me.
I also have a pet peeve. Well, it used to be a pet peeve. Since I’ve gotten older, it’s gotten worse. It drives me up the nearest wall when I see a word that has the incorrect spelling. The word is right, the spelling isn’t. Not a big deal, I know. I realize what the author is saying. I get that. But what does it say if the author doesn’t know he’s using the wrong spelling? That’s where I trip over that line. Especially since I’ve started writing myself. You PORE over a book, you POUR water out a pitcher. You guide a horse by the REINS, a king REIGNS over his subjects. I go through numerous books in the course of a week on my Kindle. Errors abound, and I cringe every time. Authors depend on beta readers and editors to find and fix errors. I know, no one is perfect, and I’m being obsessive. Did you read the title of my blog? I know, I have issues.
Don’t even get me started on the difference between a muzzle and a snout. That’s a whole other can of worms. 😉
Till next week,
When my first signing of the season ended, and The Veiled Path to Destiny was released, I had planned to jump right back into writing and getting the next book on the agenda out. My muse, she’s a fickle one, decided otherwise. So, I took the time to catch up on a little bit of reading. I should actually say, I did a re-read of a book I loved so much I have a pristine, signed copy on the shelf and an e-copy on my Kindle. Do you do that? Buy a book in both formats?
Here’s another question…do you follow an author when they branch out from the genre you’re familiar reading them write? Or do you only want to read the books they write in said genre? For me, if I love the author’s writing, how they bring a scene to life, I will follow. For some, it might take me awhile to make the jump, but for others I jump with little to no hesitation.
Now….I am back to putting words on the page.The book I am currently working on is another Fae romance, but not a part of the Veil series, and will be a stand-alone. At least that is the goal. One just never knows when a secondary character will jump up, waving their hands, demanding their story be told.
The second WIP is a fairytale retelling, but more on that later one. After that, we return to The Veil Series. Celine and Coipeail will have there story told. 😉
What was the book I re-read you ask? Well, I’ll tell ya…It was Sky of Dreams by Jenna Jacob. It’s a departure from the Doms of Genesis series, but OMG…it has all the feels you could possibly want in a contemporary romance. Give it a read. You’ll love it. (link at the bottom of the page)
Until next week…Happy Reading!
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I admit I haven’t been very productive this week, at least as far as writing goes. Instead, I’ve immersed myself in the world of movies. I think I’ve seen every movie that peaks my interest going back to 2005. Every action, adventure, fantasy, and sci-fi movie made. Ask me, I can probably tell you about it.
While I didn’t get words down on paper, I did get ideas. My imagination got a swift recharge. With a little creative juggling, I added names and places to my ongoing list for future stories. Paying close attention to details of creatures and monsters, I noticed the length and curve of the teeth of the Tei Tao in The Great Wall, and marveled at the characters and cities in Warcraft. I watched the expressions on the actors faces as they dealt with difficulties. All these little details serve as inspiration. I absorbed it all; to review and morph to fit my needs.
My mind is reeling with current WIPs to be completed, and ideas for future works. I know what I need to work on first, then get back to the others. So many stories, so little time. Guess I better get busy.
Till next week,