Saturday, August 30, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I'm on a new WIP and feeling pretty good about it. The first chapter is going well, and as we all know, that's critical -- this one is tricky because it's the second book in a series, so I want to give a bit of history but not too much. I have to introduce the characters quickly but not give too much detail for those who know the characters from the first book.
A challenge ... I are up to it!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Off to the State Fair today, that extravaganza of eating, people-watching, and gossip with my friends. I'm wearing my pedometer and if it's like last year, we will walk about 10 miles today.
Feet, don't fail me now!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Isbel, Dru, and Bron are half-siblings, which is part of the continuity thread running through the books. The other thread is the political upheaval on their planet -- Dru, Jak and Bron are leaders in their government and they face a lot of challenges in this third book.
As you can tell -- it's complex, but that's not the part that has me worried. With each book I need to slip into the mind of a different person, a different personality. I have a good sense for this book of 'who' Bron is, but Jessa has me a bit worried. I'm not sure I'll so easily slip into her mind for her chapters. So I'm spending a lot of time fleshing out her history (none of which will appear in the book except by allusion to it) so I can get a sense of who she is.
Most of my characters are loosely based on people I know or on archtypes, but Jessa is a bit of a conumdrum. So I may need to postpone her entry into the story until I know her better.
Thoughts and musings on the writing life for a Tuesday ....
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Yep, another book out today! I didn't get the buy-link until just a few minutes ago. Here's the blurb (it's REALLY a fun book):
Nick Baxter, an undercover FBI agent, thinks his BRILLIANT DISGUISE will fool the hicks in New Providence, Iowa. They won't suspect he's there investigating widow Shannon Delgardie, under suspicion of treason. What Nick doesn't know is that everybody in town is conspiring to protect her and investigate him in return.
Shannon needs help. The men her late husband blackmailed are closing in and the FBI might be involved. When Nick approaches her, can she trust him? With the aid of computer hackers and hair stylists, she uncovers the truth, finding a love she never expected in a tiny Iowa town.
Saturday, August 09, 2008
I doubt I would have had the fortitude to read my work aloud, although as I think about it, maybe I would. I'm getting pretty confident about my writing, although I do still find myself pausing sometimes and thinking, "hmm, is that a good way to handle that?"
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Once again: pause, think, and reflect. Health is the most important thing, followed by financial security, emotional security, etc.
This news came as I was worrying about whether I was releasing too many books too fast. It's a reminder to me:
This is life. It is not a rehearsal. We may not get tomorrow.
I'm going to release the books as I see fit and not worry about 'saturating' the market. I think it can handle 4 books a year.
A timely reminder, albeit a grim one.
Saturday, August 02, 2008
It's useful to have this kind of 'inspection' now and again. It helps clean up that "To do" list!