Saturday, February 24, 2007

Anybody have a coin?

Hmm, I'm trying to make a decision. I'm at the point where I have all of the historical facts in place for BBH and now the characters are speaking to me. This is always good. The thing is, when one character starts going, others chime in. Again, all good. However, with COF still in limbo, I have thought about sending more queries. I am trying to decide if I should send them now, before I get too heavily involved with BBH, or if I should just ride out what's already out there and bury myself in book 2. My thinking is, if I send more, I can consider my query process finished and concentrate solely on writing. If I don't send more, I will constantly be nagged with the notion of unfinished business. What would you do?

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Research, research, and did I mention, research

I needed to add more base to BBH. After scrutinizing each research book at B&N, I found Patriots. I love this book. This book not only tells of the events that occurred but also goes into so much of the behind the scenes action. It gives details as to why things occurred, the thoughts of everyone while it happened, and what would happen if it had not occurred. I became so incensed with the things I read. I hope to pass this passion on to the reader of BBH. And fwiw may I just add, Sam Adams is my hero--and not because of the beer. I truly believe if it had not been for him constantly sticking people's noses back into the British actions toward the Colonies, we would never have become a country.

Friday, February 9, 2007

Time to get back in there.

Splitting my attention between the demands of editing and soliciting Cost of Freedom while trying to write Bound by Honor is quite taxing. I am very glad I can focus on one project now. For a little while, I was afraid I wouldn't be able to get back to writing. To be honest, it scared me. I like the story I'm working on and was bothered that I would lose my relationship with the characters. (Fellow writers, you understand.) I think it all stemmed from knowing what's ahead and wondering if I can live up to the expectation. When you write your first book, there is such a blissful naivety that all you do is write, no thoughts to anything else. I spent last night re-familiarizing myself with BBH, checking to see if I had enough research, scrutinizing plot lines--these types of things. This morning, I started at chapter one and reread it. Something clicked. My fingers started tingling, anxious to thump keypads. I can't wait to get back in there and see what happens next. Hope you'll follow along with me. :)

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Oh, boy.

Whew! I thought once the full was underway, I would feel better. I think I have only exchanged my relentless headache for a nauseous stomach. It's out of my hands now, so I will try to concentrate on BBH. Actually, it will be good to get back to writing opposed to editing. I hope I remember how. (g) *sigh* I will try to remind myself that even if nothing else happens, I have experienced something very unique. Who am I kidding, come on full!

Friday, February 2, 2007

One step closer.

I have been asked to submit a full! Woohoo!! The request came in response to a regular mail query. I'll admit it. When I saw the envelope in the mailbox, I had attitude. For some reason, I associate regular mail with rejections. This could be based on my experience. Anyway, I ripped it open, expecting the usual reply. This time, there was a hand written note at the top of the page. Again, attitude. I've had a few hand written 'not for us' scribbles at the top of rejections. Halfway through the first sentence, I stopped and reread the note. This isn't reading as I expected. This is rather nice. My mind has become so accustomed to mail rejections, it refused to accept a positive note. I glanced down at the letter and noticed this is quite a bit longer than the usual rejection. Let's start again. I can't be reading this correctly. She wants to read more--she wants a full.

I spied my laptop, neatly packed up. It would take forever to get an Internet connection. I had to tell someone. Never has my laptop booted up so quickly, especially with me chanting, "come on, come on." Jen was online and if anyone can relate to what I was feeling, it was her. Having just gone through the same thing a week prior, her emotions were still fresh. She was so patient with my jabbering and slow typing. Thank you, Jen for being there.

So, I am in the process of one last polish for any stray threads that need to be snipped. Gotta be picture perfect. I'm certain at some point, I will look back at this time and think I was such a goof, but for right now, yeah, I'm a goof but at present, there's no other way to be.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

While we wait...

I thought it might be interesting to address a few of those curious looks that come across non writer's faces when they listen to writers talk.

Yes, it's true. Writers look at their characters as completely separate entities from themselves. (And yes, we are aware they are figments of our imagination. :) )

Also true is the knowledge that a character can and will do and say something that will catch the writer completely by surprise.

Writers also lose control of characters and have to follow/stumble behind them to see where they are going and what they plan to do next.

New characters will pop up and demand equal attention.

And, yes, sometimes we have to deal with attitudes that, if a character isn't careful, could cause an unfortunate occurrence to be met with in their near future.

I reiterate. Yes, we know they are fictitious, but if we don't experience these emotions, how can we get you to experience them, hmm?