Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Years Eve- What do I want to do next year?

This year has been full of interesting twists. First books written and accepted, first books written and turned down. First year of reading 100+ books since I was a teenager.

I can't wait to see what is in store for 2012. I am going to try and get a plan together, but you know how plans go. They are much like the outlines of books... take time to create and are rarely followed! :) 

For sure I will be writing. It is a balm to my thoughts and feeds that creative self that I have been starving for years. I have the following books to write (for sure):
Adam
Catch of the Day
All the Pieces
Garden of Eden

Beyond those I have lots of others that could be created. We will see how many characters make themselves known as well once I get All the Pieces (Willie's story) and Catch of the Day finished. Adam's book will be next I think. Maybe I will write another sci-fi book along the same lines as Maggie's. There are other players in that book that could get their own story.

All in all 2012 offers nothing but hope and open pages to fill with fun stuff.

Everyone my hopes and prayers go out to you!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Emotional rollercoaster

Last night was a typical emotional rollercoaster night for me. Received an email from one publisher informing me that Cain made it through the first screening. YEAH! Let the happy dance commence. Then, shortly after that I received another email stating that Toy Box was not a good fit for their lineup. BOOOOO!

Of course I am thrilled about Cain's progress but then to have my parade rained on shortly after was just irritating. I'm just glad I got the good news before the bad.

I have thick skin and that I know that not all of my books will be picked up right away. Reality is that there are thousands of people writing and submitting books, some much better than mine I am sure. So, for me to be accepted at all is a miracle in itself. Well, and the enjoyment I get from writing far outweighs the blow to my ego I take every time a book is rejected.

3 sleeps til Christmas! I don't know how much writing I will get done between now and then but I'm going to try and keep some sort of focus for the rest of the year.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Books I want for Christmas...

Below are the books I plan on either purchasing with gift cards or for myself starting Friday. Now, you might ask me why I am waiting until Friday to buy some of these because they are out already, and I will tell you why. Because if I buy them now I will be reading instead of writing and working. The list is growing each day because more and more from my favorite authors are being released this weekend.... so to keep myself motivated and on schedule for work I am forcing myself to abstain from buying or reading anything new. It is absolutely the hardest thing I have ever done... well, okay that is not true. BUT, it is one of the hardest things I have done recently.

Feel free to add books that you are looking at buying for yourself so I may partake in your guilty pleasures, too.

Laurann Dohner- Justice
Laurann Dohner- Brand (comes out Dec 27th!)
Sophie Oak- Found in Bliss
Kallypso Masters- Nobody's Hero
Patricia Cornwell- Red Mist
JR Rain- Christmas Moon (breathlessly awaiting the next Samantha Moon book!)
Cassandra Carr- Caught

Monday, December 19, 2011

Creative Juices Flowing.... sounds disgusting

How many times have you heard that phrase and pictured something not so appetizing? I am going to write today, or at least the characters in my head are suggesting we write today. I had one of those weekends that puts gray hair on weaker people and beer in the guts of others. With the sunrise on today I have decided that all the stress and angst from the weekend will just fuel the fevered typing and see if I can't get poor Willie finished and off to some publishers. I sometimes wonder why I can write pages of worthy material one day and nothing the next, but I guess its all because of these bodily fluids that must flow and stream someplace within myself. Still disgusting, right?

Wish me luck. Willie is facing off with the vampire Council of the NE USA today in my pages. She is pissed and scared, so I am sure she will utter some funny and irritating lines!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Catch of the Day

I love how stories come to me, or at least I understand the process now. I was working on Willie's story pushing her to conform to the outcome that I had originally thought would work... and out of no where comes another story entirely. So, Willie is sitting back, drinking coffee watching from the sidelines of my mind as I work through Erin's love affair with Jared and Brent. Erin, btw, is very happy about this because her relationship prior to her story was sad and miserable. Now that I am pouring her story on screen she is a much happier lady!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Maggie's Abduction accepted by Siren

Okay, so I had this story pop into my head about a woman who gets kidnapped by aliens. I wrote Maggie's story and she finds happiness in the end with her big hunk o' burning dominating alien. I submitted the story to Siren and guess what? They want it! YEAH! I am looking at an April 2012 release date. I'm so excited about this news.

I am still plugging along on Willie's book. She is at a cross roads right now and fighting me on the way the book should go. So, until she will relent and put her kittycat self to bed I am waiting. In the mean time, though, I am working on a MFM book about Erin, a woman scorned, and two beefy fishermen. :)  She is going on a vacation that was supposed to be for her and her fiancee. She finds her man in bed with another woman and decides that she really could use some time away and in the outdoors. This is the first menage book I have written. I can't wait for the characters to play out the book.

Cain's story is still out there with a few publishers to review. I will find the right fit eventually. I am waiting until Cain's story is picked up before I start work on Adam's book. His will be a lot of fun to write because the female character is more kick ass.