Four Projects; No Time
Working on multiple projects is the story of my life really. It's rare that I don't have one I'm drafting, one I'm on some level of editing, one or two I'm plotting and about three or four more that are trying to lob ideas at me and take up space in my head. No complaints. I'd rather that than no ideas at all.
So I'm sitting here on the couch. It's quiet and rainy and I've already written my words for the day. I thought, why not...? Let's do a blog. This is just going to be a chatty thing to dump some thoughts out of my head. Since most of my thoughts tend to revolve around writing some days--and today is one of those days--it will probably have a lot to do with that. This is really the type of blog I'd like to do most often. I hope you don't mind.
So first up, by now, you probably know that Paws for Love came out yesterday. And if you didn't, HEY!! Paws for Love came out yesterday. I just wanted to share something about it. You can probably tell what it is from the graphic.
So there am doing edits and I came across this in Chapter 13: Never leaving you, Ariel. Never giving you up. Nothing could make me.
That's not exactly what was there before my edit. What was there before edits was practically a Rick Astley song lyric. I'd accidentally Rick Rolled readers. Thing is, that would totally be a Miles thing to do. (Miles is the hero of Paws for Love). Since this is a casual post, I don't have the link handy (bad author!), but if you click on home at the top of the page, you will find the book and it will take you to all the info.
So, yeah... Casual blog, no links, totally unplanned. You're welcome, LOL.
Another thing I'm thinking about is doing a free story on my blog/website. I'm not sure what it will be or even if it would be a smart thing to do, but I'm contemplating it. What do you think? Would you like that?
So this is one of the projects I'm working on right now... Actually it will be my next book release (which is #150 btw). People have been asking for another Bad Boy book so this one is on the way. Finally, Ryder and Charlotte's story (Charlotte AKA Lottie). She's a sassy little thing. I should have known that from writing her sister's book. She was a little hard to handle--in fact, she tried to take over the section she was in. Then when I started working on Bad Boy Bandleader, she jumped right in and took over again. It's all good. It's easier that way.
Once I'm finished with that...
Okay, time to back up that train. Once I'm finished with that? Who am I really kidding? WHILE I'm working on that, I'm also writing Rule Breaker. I am so excited about this book. The hero took me by surprise, and while I was doing my character work, he said yeah, I do this THING (sorry, reader love, I can't tell you what it is--you'll have to read the book or look out for later teasers).
Anyway, I was like: WAIT. WHAT?
And he was like: Well, duh. You've been laying the groundwork for it for two books now.
Seriously, these characters. No respect for their author. But he wasn't wrong. I HAVE been laying that groundwork.
I can't tell you the number of times that happens to me. I'm writing along on a book or on a series and this thing will come up and I'll think, shoot, now I have to go back and fix what I already wrote. Except...when I go back, I already wrote exactly what I needed to write for the new point to make sense. It's like magic or something, LOL.
This makes it sound like I don't write using a plot and I make things up as I go along. Well, yeah, I mean it's fiction. I am making things up as I go along. But truly, the way I plot, I leave room for play. As far as this THING that the hero of Rule Breaker does? He told me before the plotting, so we're all good.
And then there's this. While I'm drafting Bad Boy Bandleader and Rule Breaker, I have this TOTALLY DIFFERENT thing that's dumped into my head. And I can tell you almost NOTHING about it. Secrets and all that.
I will say:
It's a series with a highly connected arc. Each book will be about a different couple, but there is a cast of characters who appear in all the books. Readers will be seeing characters over and over throughout the whole series. The books are a little bit dystopian, a little bit sci-fi, a little bit contemporary and a teensy bit mystery over the whole situation. They'll definitely be full-length books.
So the other thing that's joyfully taking up my brain space is that I welcomed a new little person into my family this week. My son and daughter-in-law had a beautiful little boy, my 1st grandson. And he really is gorgeous (that's not just grandma saying so). I got to hold him at the hospital for over an hour yesterday and it was amazing. And he's such a content little guy--at least right now. I've volunteered to be a baby holder whenever needed, LOL.
Tip of the day: drink more water than coffee.
Quote of the day: Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened. (Dr. Seuss)
Thing I learned today: Gray whales exclusively mate in a threesome. You are welcome!
Have a great day!!