first drafts


Finally everything has slowed down and I can get back to writing Rey’s story.

I’ve been writing this story for a while, and it’s good to get back to it. This is one of those stories that you piece together rather than run off all at once, and the pieces are coming together nicely.

I told you the one sentence blurb a while ago, but here’s a bit more about it:

Reynaldo Gunnar is the biggest cattle rancher in the Nitivali. For the past twenty years, he’s driven his herd round that domed city, overwintering home with the couple he loves.

But a day out of the auction fields, an encounter with a new, young, pretty hand begins a chain of events which changes his life. And when he finally reaches home, what he finds ensures his future will never be the same.

 

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You’d think I’d have more time for writing these days: book #2 is merrily on its way (even getting some sales!). NaNo isn’t until next week.

So why only a few sentences?

Fucking marketing.

It seems to take up my whole day – social media, especially. By the time I get to the writing, I’m wiped out. Plus I guess I’m doing a bit of looking over my shoulder. Even though the kids are grown, the idea of them seeing their Parental Figure writing hot stuff gives me pause.

(another reason for the pen name)

How are you all doing?

 

I never knew publishing a book was so much work. Between that and the day job (yeah, it’s at home but it pays the bills) this blog has to be feeling neglected.

But I have had a few nights to get some writing in, which is always good.

I’m mulling over a title. How does Ghosts of the Past sound? It sums up the book pretty well but I’m worried it sounds like a paranormal. What do you think?

 

Is this thing on? Anyone still here?

Well —

I got to preview Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel, and the first lesson is pretty good! I dug out the original copy of Freedom that I got bound in that offer Lulu.com gave back during NaNo 2005 to use for my revision. That book has given me more fits than any other one I’ve written, so I figured it’s a good test run as to whether this class is any good. 😉

If you want to be in the first class in January 2010, just go to the link above and sign up to be on the announcement list for when enrollment starts.

Lots going on here: sons just finished out marching band season (did pretty well!), got two paying non-fiction venues, was asked to contribute to a non-fiction anthology. Way behind on the Think Sideways class. Two novels to crit. And the holidays are coming. So what do I do?

NaNo. (well, unofficially)

Yeah, I know, taking on too much again. But I got this idea for a world that I had to explore, and this is a good time for it.

This is more a seat of the pants thing than anything else, but it’s going well. Off to a slow start from migraines brought on by too much weekend, but today is looking very good indeed.

While I don’t want to jinx this, I have been stuck, now I am less so.

The problem? Not letting the character be who she is.

She’s a rough woman, a gangsta’s moll, a drifter who cheerfully “cut a few people” to get out of a rioting city. Yet I had her acting nice to a girl who pissed her way off.

I couldn’t figure out why my story stuck in mud until I backed up and really looked at the scene.

(got that tip from lesson 13 of the Think Sideways class, btw)

I read that last post again, and I still don’t like my story sentence, as it doesn’t quite capture what I’m going after. My MC is penniless because her life savings was stolen, for one thing.

But the story’s going pretty well. I tend to worldbuild on the fly, and since this location is an actual place (Los Angeles) I’m spending a lot of time poring over maps of the LA Basin, making sure as to where a road crosses the river, things like that.

Anyone out there writing? How’s that going? Seems awfully quiet here.

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