Tuesday, February 27, 2007

More of Yesterday, Less of Tomorrow

I added back over 4000 words to the beginning, also wrote some new. Oh me, oh my is that better or what? At least, it is better until writing partner reads it and gives me another big eyed look. He was more than a bit astonished when I told him I transfered 19000 words to the leftovers file.
The beginning is much better, I promise. I will have this baby born by next Monday.

Monday, February 26, 2007

That was Scary

I just deleted 19154 words from the Got Rocks story. Deliberately. Right from the front of the story. I think I need smelling salts, a hot bath and a long rest.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Doing the Splitzies

Remember months ago that writing partner Brian suggested that I should combine the Rocky books into one bigger and better. I didn't want to do it then, I wasn't finished writing the second one. He could see that I was going nowhere with the second story. I'm now doing the splits taking from Load of Rocks, adding to Got Rocks and new writing, shorter more intense beginning and I'm seeing that he was right.
I'm also writing the fantasy story. Writing partner Brian is into that fantasy stuff ,I am mystery/techo thriller. We cannot always write what I want to write and so I am writing fantasy. The story line is nice, it is clever and will be romantic. It is a lot easier for me to write something that rolls the heroine down the backside of a river and attempts murderlizeing her then write about the fairies who live in sentient trees. And if the damn fairies and trees don't do something soon, I will scream. Thank the sentient tree god that this thing is only goaled out at 25000 words. Brian has promised me mean fairies, somewhere.
Could be why I'm doing the splitzies to get some relief.
I have a new keyboard that is very stiff and full of spring. I writeaparagraph and discover the space bar stike is not firm enough. I'm trying not to whine or at least whine to self. Brian bought a basic keyboard, that is what he wanted, I want my bells and whistles back, I love my calculator button and my internet access button and volumne control and the cut,paste and copy keys are my favorites. I'm putting the bells and whistles back on this morning. Dang the splits takes too long doing the control this and control that keys. So I'm a diva, I'm from a long line of divas, so kill me, at least that would be some action to write.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

I Just Have to Love It.

I woke up with two really, funny ideas for the book. Don't know how they are going to be worked into the stories but they will appear somewhere.
Yeah, I wrote them down. Today I'm probably not going to be writing much, because I'm planning on the Romance Divas Valentine's Day Read-Fest and the Running with Quills Blog Romance authors are having a Valentines party tonight so I want to be there after I run to the pharmacy to get meds for both of us. Crass me, I hope to win a prize!
I'm going to watch "The Devil Wears Prada" this afternoon. So much is written about the book and the movie that I have to see it. Meryl Streep is an amazing woman. If I ever get another chance to write a screenplay I would want her and Judi Dench in it. What a fest of acting that would be. Note: Judi Dench is "M or X" or whatever in the recent James Bond movies.
Happy Valentines Day. Write hearts and flowers today. I promise not to dispose of any of my heroines today. Everybody gets a pass in the mystery.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Ten Odd Things About Me.

M G Braden tagged me for this meme. Ten odd things about myself..everything is odd about me, so ten of the oddest.
1. I'm the only person in my family who is left handed and has curly hair.
2. I can remember the first story I wrote, I was about eleven. It would be classed as chick lit today. Even I thought it was awful. It did make me feel good inside while writing it ,though.
3. I can knit throwing the yarn with either hand. Bless being left handed.
4. I like getting up between 4 and 5 AM.
5. I don't think it is odd, but some might: I make handmade soap.
6. Chocolate is not my sweet of choice. Tho' York Peppermint Patties and Cadbury Eggs had better run for their lives.
7. I read my first ever Harlequin book and my first ever vampire story yesterday. I enjoyed it.
8. I'm related to Sir Isaac Newton. Not directly 'cause he didn't have any children. My ancestor was his assistant and biographer who married old Uncle Newts niece Caroline. Wish old Uncle Newton had peeled some apples and not invented algebra. Blast him.
9. My goal is to write screenplays with great parts for women. Women who do things and are funny, who don't scream.
10. I hate telephones.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

If You Ask Me

This truth I hold to be self-evident.
Mashed boiled cauliflower with artifical butter is not mashed potatoes.
The two options for tomorrow are clean house or write, nothing else may be substituted. Especially cauliflower.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Jumping Forward

I found a title for the romance novel. The working title is going to be "Freeze Out". Doesn't sound like any hot steamy romance novel. Jheeez, but the novel is set in Antarctica. I think but not positive yet, the title is referring to the freezing out of the unwanted attention of the gicky type when the Yummy Dude is standing around with his tongue flapping like a winded Labrador retriever. I can not see Yummy Dude yet, so he is just YD1 in the notes for the meanwhile.
I decided that there is no reason that I cannot re-write Load of Rocks, write Liberty and also Freeze Out at the same time. Load and Liberty should come in around 75000 and Freeze Out may be around 35-50000. Whatever am I thinking? I would be editing three books at the same time..that is as nutty as squirrel guts. Bad idea, you did not read it here.

I'm Jumping Backward.

It is driving me sleepless that I have shelved Load of Rocks as an unfinishable dud. It has been bugging me, serious cosmic annoyance that I did not finish what I started. Everytime I write something on Liberty I find that my mind wanders off to fixing Load. I knew this morning what I am going to do with it. I feel better, even though I'm not sure that this is the problem. I know that I bored the readers that I sent copies. I'm hoping that this will be the beginning of a good solid story.I decided to move the opening to the "to be saved file" and move the middle scene to the opening and just basically rewrite the entire 65489 words.
The really funny part of my mother insinuateing herself into my thought pattern, she will shortly begin screaming at me that I was supposed to be working on Liberty and the e-publishing romance. I do not have a conscience, I have a mother in my head. The writing partner and I are working on the Liberty project this weekend, and I still haven't found anything on the Presidential Palace in Argentina. I think that sounds like a wonderful reason to go to Argentina and look for the palace in person.

Monday, February 05, 2007

It Is Monday Again.

I love Monday, I really do. I feel like the pet that gets the house back to herself when everyone goes back to school and work on Monday. Yay, the place is mine to do as I wish.
This morning I get to continue on writing the plot highlights for Liberty, the next book. I get to work on the time frame for finishing this new one. The date in my head to Jan 2008, all duded up and ready to go. I'm going to try a short story in between pages of the novel. I want to experiment with e-publishing, but I don't want to invest the time that a novel takes into doing it. Oops, I got sidetracked again...the house is almost mine again, so do I care?
I wanted to say that spring is sprung in Las Vegas, it was above 70F yesterday and when I got up at 4AM, it was 47F. Today is predicted to be in the 70's again. Yay, the pressure gradients smoothed themselves into whatever configuration my sinus likes again, so I should be racking up the outline this week. I also have to find out everything I can on the Presidential palace in Argentina. Don't even ask, it is for what the writing partner is about to write and I just have to do the research, at this point I don't know what it is for. I wish he would write a comic book.
So this is the week, stew in the crock-pot,pie in the oven, book outline and synopsis into the computer,Argentina to make my brain smarter,bean soup tomorrow in the crockpot. Continuing through the week, I'm reading a book that even though I'm finding it interesting as it jumps from Isaac Newton's cohorts to a nanny in the court of Charles II, and I'm not sure when this author is going to connect the two stories, I will finish it this week and let you know.
Have a wonderful day. Write lots of words.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

New Title, New Book

I changed it to Liberty Tree Deja Vu, or Liberty Tree Redux. Sooo sorry that took me all day yesterday. I think I can write this without a title that knocks me socks off, but it seems to help when I pick up the file in the morning and it sounds like a book-y title. Could be "Bookies #4", or "Sex and the Sr. Center". Oh, geeshy.
Right as of this moment it is Liberty Tree...though I think there is already a book wih that title. Works for me for today.
Have a wonderful Saturday and write lots, because tomorrow is FOOTBALL.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

The New Story

Another action adventure story is in the works. Around the sinus meds yesterday I wrote five single spaced pages of plot and people. I must have been a tiny bit spacey because the story now has one of those big draft horses. A dappled grey Percheron like my Grandparents had, except they had a set of two for plowing and Dolly the horse is out wandering on her own. Not sure where this is going in the story, funny what I write when I'm "under the weather" or "three sheets to the wind or just plain miserable. Yesterday was the miserable part.
So the story is going to be a hybrid action/adventure cyberpunk possibly romantic but maybe more likely erotic romantic. I have accepted the challenge from my writing partner to write a romance with hot love scenes. He, being in his thirties, seems to think the old broad can't do that. I wonder if he ever considered how he got here, hatched out by the sun? Not even.
Anyway, where was I? I have one male character described, one horse described, okay so she is dappled grey with big feet, white mane and tail (big stretch there), there is a dog sled team of 10 dogs, and no invaders from other planets. It is set in 2027,the working title is now The Longest Trek, but that will probably change soon as the brain clears. The heroine is going to be fairly ordinary looking, but of course she will do things, I haven't described her other than 5'4" brown hair and brown eyes. In my mind is she nice looking but she wouldn't get a job modeling for Versace. The main hero, who I think I'm going to have to kill off around mid story, is just the funniest man. Have you ever noticed how truely sexy funny men are. Not the Jim Carrey kind of funny, but men who are infused with the sense of play, joy, I guess. I'm hoping that I can write that into this guy. I'm going to be upset with myself if he comes off as a dimwitted doofus.
I'll tell you some more about this when I get it out of the head and onto the 'puter.