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Thursday, September 27, 2007

dark and interesting

Forerunners are in my family. That is what we call them, anyways. They are deja vu, precognitive dreams, visions or warnings of what is going to come along. A lot of folks from Nova Scotia might call it the 'second sight'. We've just always called them forerunners. And Stevie, my character, has them bad. 

There is always the spooky story that my friend tells me, just before she discovered she had cancer. She was lying in bed and heard what she thought was the cat running through the house up to her room. She waited for cat to jump up on the bed rather than turn over. Whatever it was took it's 'claws' or fingernails and ran them down her back, all the way down her back in a very human arc. Was she asleep? No, she'd been feeling sick to her stomach and was lying down to settle it, not sleeping and she hadn't taken anything. As a matter of fact, she got up afterwards and heard the cat scratching at the door. She tells me she knew that whatever it was wasn't friendly and wanted her.

There are always other stories. I'll post some others soon.

27 sep 07 @ 12:00 pm          Comments

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

I have an interesting dilema
Stevie, my character for the second novel -ish idea, has decided to make an appearance. She isn't as strong, I thought. I really didn't like her as a person when I started getting to know her. She let her mother do so much to her over the course of her life that I really didn't like to write her and so put her on a back shelf to purcolate.

But in getting something together for my writing group this week, Stevie came out. She's in a crisis in her story. But it's where her strength comes out. She does not freak out or fly off the handle like Aislyn would. My strong and independant Aislyn would have a minor melt-down if she suddenly had to face what Stevie is going through. But Stevie is calm and solid, angry but controlled. So, my dilema is, do I continue planning Nano for Aislyn, or do I give Stevie the chance she is obviously ready for.  Do I even have the choice still? Will the characters decide for me? hmmm
26 sep 07 @ 11:59 am          Comments

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Oooooo look who got fancy!
Yep, that's right! I actually saved enough dough to be able to put up a few more pages. I will defintely edit these and see if I can actually get some of the other stuff I am learning about in my 'business side of writing' course up and running here.  For now, enjoy a brief sojourn into my writing career with the 'about me' page. I'll be working on other stuff soon enough. Ta for now!
22 sep 07 @ 3:44 pm          Comments

Friday, September 21, 2007

Alas, do not abandon me...
hey, I haven't posted in forever, I know. I've been working behind the scenes... a lot. I've got the local writers' group off the ground, I'm working at the one part-time job, the second that takes up full-time hours and I'm with Samhain and working on business stuff. I have a plan to improve the site over the weekend. Bare with me folks. It's coming.
21 sep 07 @ 12:12 am          Comments

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Who knew you'd be so hard to write?
My good ol'Southern boy, Jackson, is driving me nuts. I just can't get him to go where I want to. Rodriguez is my cop, he's fine. Aislyn is a shifter and she's fine. Dominique, who's new to the club, is playing ball just like the rest. So Jackson, I ask you, what's up?

Maybe I should take a break and see how complicated I can get things without him. He showed up at the page last time I did that. We'll just see. It's not like Aislyn is lacking for company this time around anyway.
6 sep 07 @ 10:45 pm          Comments

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Life is crazy
Life takes many weird turns...
New job opportunity on the horizon. Tomorrow will tell. That may mean a day job, part-time gig on weekends, editing for Samhain and organizing the local writers group while trying to write the next book. Anyone who thinks writing is easy, think again.

4 sep 07 @ 12:36 am          Comments

Saturday, September 1, 2007

My life, interupted
I think I became a writer because I can do things slower. I have more time to process things, get it right, which is obsessively important to me. Probably why I never got a career in customer service. Until now. I am making so many mistakes it makes me feel powerless, helpless and foolish. The new job will work out, I need it to, so I will persevere (as long as they let me stay).

On the plus side, I've had a few moments, here and there, to work on the Aislyn sequel. Sad isn't it. You guys haven't had a chance to read the first story, and here I am working on the second.

I learned so much from writing the first one, where all my mistakes were, what I can do to improve, that I couldn't wait to get started on the second. Reasoning out the world I've created is so much fun! I outline, in case you are wondering. For me, it cuts down on the actual writing process. Some authors might be able to do this in their heads, but for me, I have to use the cue card system. It really helps when it comes to the writing process. I panic when I see my pages of written outline. I think "I can't write all that! It will take forever and I'll never get it done!" Then I remind myself that I don't have to write it all right now. All I have to do is take one of my index cards with the scene on it and write it, one at a time.
1 sep 07 @ 7:42 pm          Comments

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