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Sunday, November 17, 2013

It's DONE!

Oh my gosh!

I thought I had one more scene to write, but all of a sudden I looked at what I had and realized.  It's done.

Exactly 31 days after I started writing, it's done!  I can't even begin to explain the emotions and they are nothing I expected.  I figured I would be doing the happy dance, but instead, it is very bittersweet.    I feel sad that I won't be spending every day with Mason and Luke.  I can't tell you how much I will miss their voices chattering to me.  They have become so real to me.

I sent the finished first draft out to two beta readers and I heard back from one today.  I was so incredibly scared to open her email.  I was literally shaking.  My husband had to drag me into the office and sit me down.  He made me open it.  He said, "After living without you for a month, I want to know what she said even if you don't."  Ugh.  Yeah.  He has been living without me.  For real.  Without conversation.  Or food.  He would slice and apple and lay it on my desk everyday.  Can I just say here how blessed I am to have him?

So...I clicked on the email and...she loved it!!  She actually said she couldn't put it down!  Squee!!!  was so flipping exciting I just have to share some of her comments:

"I just finished Stay.  Thanks for asking (other beta) to pass it on because once I started reading, I couldn't stop until I finished."

"I loved it.  It's the perfect mixture of angst, sexy times, romance, all of it."

"Your story is awesome and I look forward to buying a copy when it gets picked up later.  I have no doubt it will because it's just everything you could want in a love story.  You write like you're a seasoned pro and this is your tenth book.  It's polished and the plot works and the story and character arcs are just spot on."

I'm not making this up!!!  That's really what she said!!!  But what made me happiest (believe it or not, something made me happier than that!) is that she "got" Mason and Luke.  I think that means more to me than anything!  I love them SO much and I want my readers to love them too.  Here are her comments about my boys:

"Mason?  Tall, dark, sexy and...::whistles::  Who wouldn't love a cowboy like him?  Giddyup."

"Luke is funny and I love his thoughts as he comes to terms with his own identity."

Those two comments literally made me bawl.  I want them to be as real to all of you as they are to me and I want you to love them.  I think you will!

So, at the risk of sounding like Sally Field...  She liked it!  She really, really liked it!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

NaNo Week 1

Today is day five of NaNoWriMo.  I've been good!  I have been disciplined and have managed to log at least 2000 words a day, which is over the expected 1600 NaNo guidelines.

Now, mind you, I actually started writing about my boys about a month ago, and had 27,000 words by the end of October.

I am totally enjoying the interaction with other writer friends that I have met on Twitter or Facebook who are doing NaNo as well.  I'm actually kind of surprised at how many established authors sign up.  For instance, Shoshanna Evers is one of my writing buddies!  How cool is that?

I had a great Twitter friend beta my story when I was about 9000 words in.  She gave me such wonderful advice and I am so glad I got up the courage to ask.  One of the things we talked about was "show vs. tell" and I have been struggling with that.  I understand what it means, but I don't have an easy time applying it to my writing as yet.

The best ideas are when you are in the shower, right?  So, the other night I was in the shower and I thought about this whole "show vs. tell" concept.  I thought about my favorite author, Tiffany Reisz and how phenomenal her writing style is.  It was then that I heard the angels singing.  Well, one angel, actually and his name is Michael.  He is one of the main characters in Tiffany's book, The Angel, which is my all-time favorite book (read it six times as of this blog post).  I thought about my very favorite scene where Michael's feelings become too much for him to bear and he runs from the room and hides in the bathroom.  Nora comes to check on him and he crumples to the floor in her arms and pours out his heart to her about his feelings for Griffin.  Now, mind you, this is a boy who basically doesn't speak.  In the book, his diatribe is about two pages long.  At the end, he whispers to Nora, "You won't tell him, will you?" and (I have chills just typing this) Griffin, who has been standing in the doorway says, "She doesn't have to."

(Shudder....)  Ok.  Had yours truly been writing that scene, I would have had Michael from from the room and hide in his bedroom thinking all those things about Griffin.  *yawn*  What a difference Tiffany's version makes.  HUGE!  It takes "my" boring version and turns it into something that still makes me tear up when I think about it.  Tiffany showed me the anguish in Michael's heart, not just told me about it.

Ding! Ding! Ding!  I get it now!  I really, really get it!

So, I had to email Tiffany and give her a virtual hug and tell her, once again, how much that passage impacted my life.  She sent me this reply:

"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass."  -Anton Chekhov

God, I love that woman!  So, armed with that inspiring quote, I'm ready to tackle NaNo today with a whole new outlook.  I have plastered the quote everywhere and hopefully I will actually be able to apply it much easier now than in days past.  Wish me luck!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

NaNoWriMo'll be honest.  I've been reading instead of writing.  (And deck-staining, and barn cleaning, etc.)

You know how it is.  One page leads to another page.  One chapter leads to one more chapter.  One book leads to another book.  One series leads to another series.

And don't even get me started on the ease of "one click".  Ugh.

But, the good news here, is, in the course of all this reading, (let's call it "research", ok?) I have discovered that I have a new favorite genre.  M/M  (For the uninitiated, that's Male/Male...or, more bluntly, Man-On-Man).

It started with The Original Sinners series by Tiffany Reisz.  If you have not read this series, log off of here NOW and go download it.  It is phenomenal.  I actually had the pleasure of meeting Tiffany a month ago and she is my new girl-crush.  But I digress....

The second book in the series is The Angel.  I have never read a book that reached out and grabbed by heart as this one did.  There is a M/M relationship in it, and, frankly, it is the most beautiful love story I have ever read.  Ever.  Like, in my whole life.

This lead me, by way of like-minded Twitter friends, to the Cut & Run series by Abigail Roux.  That entire series is M/M and I could not get enough of Zane and Ty and their story.  And it's not the sex.  Now, mind you, the sex is smokin' hot....but it's the added angst involved when two men try to admit their feelings for each other.  And I LOVE angst.  Like, REALLY love angst!  Especially male angst...and this genre gives me double the pleasure, so to speak.

This all got me thinking of a new idea for a book.  And these characters started clamoring in my head much louder than my other characters.  Enter Mason & Luke. They have a story and they seem to want it to be written.  I started writing it yesterday and now they won't leave me alone.

As fate would have it, a good Twitter friend introduced me yesterday to NaNoWriMo, which is short for National Novel Writer's Month, which is in November.  So, with the help and pep-talks of NaNoWriMo, I hope to actually get this story hammered out.  The goal is 50,000 words in a month.  I think I can do that.

As long as Mason & Luke are louder than all the other characters in my Kindle.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Not Enough Hours In The Day

Thank goodness I retired so I could write!

I'm not sure how people write when they have jobs and children to raise!  I have spent the past week getting all the "little things" set up, like my website, business account, twitter page, facebook page, etc. with the hopes that once I actually start writing, I will not have to be sidetracked by all those things.  Add into the mix having to set up a new computer.  I wasn't really planning on doing that, but I believe everything happens for a reason.  Thank God my old PC crashed before I actually started writing.

It has been educational process!  I feel much smarter than I did one week ago!  I have a feeling that by the time I publish, my IQ will be up by at least 50 points.

Then...throw in a dreary, rainy, day and a partially read book that is calling my name...

Must. Not. Listen.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Am I Really Doing This?

So, after working a nine to five job for many, many years, one day I finally decided that I was done.  Just done.  Without a whole lot of forethought, I turned in my notice and I am now "retired"!  It's been just short of two weeks and I'm loving every minute!

I've joined a gym, which I've wanted to do forever.  And...I've decided to try to write a book.  I figure I've got nothin' to lose, right?

I bought an iMac to replace my old, trusty PC, which, ironically, decided to crash yesterday.  I set up a business account, a website, Facebook account, Twitter account and now this blog!

This is ALL so new to me, but I've got nothing but time now and I'm so excited to actually get started!