July 2012 archive

This is the man…

…who is currently responsible for all of my problems right now.  Well, not all.  A few, I guess.  Remember that little partial that I was complaining about for weeks?  And that I was too chicken to send off to my editor directly so sent it to my agent first?  Being the super-woman-super-agent that she is, got back to me the same night with a reply…

She loved it-but felt the first few pages weren’t necessary.  So she suggested I re-work the opening, but said it was just a suggestion.  Of course, I went and flipped open the document, re-read it, and thought, D’OH! why didn’t I think of that??  She was so right.  I emailed her back and said of course I’ll change it-and have it back to you by the end of the week.  I guess tomorrow is technically the end of the week.  This is going to be a short post, because well, I need to get back to this.

As I was reading through the first few pages again, all I kept thinking was how could I have missed that the opening of this book was really just the thoughts and inner musings of this man?  I’ll tell you why-he’s very charming.  Deceptively charming.  And he says and thinks a lot of very clever things.  And quite handsome.  I think I had a little too much fun writing him.

So now, he makes his appearance on page 4…and we begin with action-because my heroine is a force to be reckoned with herself. This proposal will be officially gone again as of tonight.  And then I really will be heading back to that other, um, book that my agent asked about…

Can you believe I actually hit SEND?

Yup, I finally emailed this partial and synopsis to my agent.  I have been told I could just email it to my editor…but guess what?  I’m a chicken-total chicken.  So I sent it to my agent first, to get her thoughts on it.  I was blogging about this book today over at The Hot Pink Typewriter.  It gave me a lot of grief.  But I worked through it, I got the opinion of two trusted advisers (HPT ladies) and tweaked it until I knew there was nothing else I could do to this thing.

Since there’s no time to waste these days, tomorrow I need to jump right back into the final book in my Red River series…so that means it’s back to that small town setting I’m so comfortable with.  The one with the eccentric, meddling elderly townspeople, LOL.

I’ll leave you with the image of the castle that my hero and heroine are travelling to in France…tough life, huh?

The Revelation…

This seems to be a recurring theme for me:  I’m chugging along at the WIP smoothly-a little too smoothly.  Because inevitably something begins feeling amiss.  The feeling sneaks up on me…when I’m falling asleep at night, loading the dishwasher, stopped at a red light…the niggling suspicion that something’s wrong.

So this is that France book-the one with lots of external conflict.  The one with glamour and money and settings that are fairy-tale like.  But now I’ve figured out that I haven’t really revealed enough about my heroine.  It’s a tricky balance because I don’t want to reveal everything, but at the same time if I don’t reveal enough, she’s not coming across as very likable.  The frustrating part is that I’m done writing the partial.  Another read-through and I’d be ready to hit send.  Even the dreaded synopsis has been written.  I just can’t send it in like this.  So, now I’ve got to go back and add in a few scenes and some dialogue and make my gal a little more sympathetic…

This is turning into a fun one to write…my couple is leaving Paris for a Chateau in the French countryside…I’ll be sure to post a picture of the castle I’m using as inspiration!

A Productive Weekend!

First off, Happy Canada Day!  Hope all you fellow Canadians had an awesome day…I celebrated with Tim Horton’s, of course!

My MIL came over to help out with the kids, so I was able to catch up on laundry and do some major cooking and then freezing.  DS helped me and rolled out a bunch of meatballs all by himself.  They look slightly crazy, and I wouldn’t say they’re exactly round, but I’m not complaining!  I’ll take the help!

It was also a super productive weekend writing-wise, and I really needed that, coming off last week.  I managed to ‘almost’ finish up the partial and tweak the synopsis for the proposal I’m going to send my editor at Entangled this week.  I’m going to read it over one or two more times and that’s it, then I’m hitting ‘send’.  I’m really excited about this book and at the same time nervous.  It’s set in France and has a lot more glamour than the last three books I’ve turned in.  The last three have all been set in small towns.  This book also has more external conflict than I’m used to, so when I look it over again, I’m going to really try and focus on whether or not I have a good balance.  It feels like there may be too many moving parts to it.  Or that may just be because I usually don’t write this way.  Hmm.  I’ll have to figure that out.

So tomorrow is still a holiday down here.  I’m hoping I’ll be able to get some more writing done before my MIL leaves tomorrow night, so I’ll be in good shape to start the week.  It’s going to be another busy one…