Well, hello.

I bet you thought I forgot about you. I didn’t. I’ve been working feverishly for a little bit.

I finished another draft of that story. I changed the title. Added hella info and description and words.
And THEN I immediately sent it off to seven people..and just remembered I need to send it to two other people…anyway, I finished it, sent it off, and now I’m waiting for a good chunk of those people to tell me they even got it. Bless the ones who’ve contacted me who have already read, or are in the process of reading it, and any feedback you provide.

As soon as I did that, I dug out my notes and scenes for something I’m calling “Just Dance” and transcribed 20 “chapters” in the last few days.

So now I have a place to start, and I’m reacquainted with the story I put away a while back. This one should be loads easier. I like the characters already, I know a lot about them, and I connect with them. Now I just have to slog through the mire I created.

I had to type incoherent thoughts, unfinished sentences, just so I could finish a scene, giving enough information for me to mold it and cut it and change it and bedazzle it.

There’s WAY more sex in this story than the other one. Like, WAY more. It’s RIDICULOUS, the amount of sex I already have written. But I think that’s just where I was when I wrote those scenes.

Anyway, I think now would be a good time to do the same background work as I did for my other project. It will help clarify and answer some questions I still have, while I’m waiting for some feedback. Oh, and I posted the 15 chapter story on Book Country as well, so it’s open season on “Physical Therapy,” if anyone is bored.

OH. Get this. Since all but one of my daytime soaps is gone, my whole sleep schedule is SCREWED. I do EVERYTHING in the middle of the night. I am completely miserable with this. I’m kind of used to it already, but I need to do something about that.
But, for now, I’m going to clean my house and post my Sunday tv crushes on Tumblr.

Inspiration Struck…

today after I finished watching the finale of One Life to Live.

Watching the show today, I wasn’t only inspired by the characters, the actors, the words, but the general writing structures and techniques that were employed. I caught some overly predictable and sappy (which I loved), and something not quite predictable and surprising (which I triple loved!)

(OMG, y’all. I don’t think y’all know just how happy that reveal in the last scene made me. THAT is what made me sob like a little bitch.)

I had made sure to ask off of work for this final show, knowing I would be a mess if I went into public today. Instead, I stayed at home, talked about soaps, and finished the next edits for Cracks in the Sidewalk.

Everybody say Heeeyyyyyoooooo!

I’m about two or three weeks behind in my schedule, but I blame Christmas Retail Hell for that. I was just too wiped out to even think about my story.

Now, I’m going to prepare to send it to beta readers and post it on Book Country. Oh, and guess what? So far, it is now 190 pages, 15 chapters, and 50,396 words. I finally met that goal. I added a LOT of stuff.

Oh my LAWD, I hope i am getting closer to a final edit. I’m getting antsy about wanting the writing on this one to be done so that I can work on other projects while sending out letters and whatnot.

I also have to come up with a list of questions to ask my beta readers. Oh. I have to come up with a list of beta readers.

Well, I’ll get right on that. Right about this victory bowl of cereal. Cheers!

PS. I tried a chardonnay this week called Simple Life. It was a fruity, crisp, acidic chard. And it was good. If you’re a wine lover, check it out.

Coming Up For Air

So I’ve spent a lot of time this past month retweeting other people’s thoughts onto my own Twitter timeline. It’s not because I can’t be bothered to think up something original…well, not JUST because…If I RT something, for the most part, it means that someone is doing a better job of expressing my thoughts than I am.

And I’ve been saving myself. Although I haven’t been chatting it up too much in a day on Twitter, I do lurk. Not even going to lie. I see what y’all are talking about. Scary.

I’ve been keeping my quasi-original thoughts to myself so that I have a bank to draw from as I’ve trudged through chapter bloody nine. Otherwise known as Chapter Nine. I had to add quite a bit of new material. An entire chapter. A new experience. And I’m not sure how it fits with the whole shebang, you know?

Except for the new material, things are clipping along. I spent two weeks or so on Chapter One. Then I took a long break, and now I am trudging along. Well, now that a huge chunk of new stuff has been added, the next few pages should be…ok…right?

Oooh. So I saw this tweet on my timeline by someone I don’t follow. She said something about not being a person who wants to write the best book EVER, just getting a really good story out of her head.
I am really just glad I’m not the only one!!!

Also, I did a guest blog for http://www.kathalstead.com regarding this last week of One Life to Live. I will let you know when it goes live.

Cheers, gang!

Happy New Year! It’s 2012!

So I turned on my iPod and pressed Shuffle at midnight. My theme song for 2012 is apparently “Credit in the Straight World” by Hole.

I will have to think on this.

The second song that played was “Schiesse” by Lsdy Gaga. That’s a song about female empowerment. I think.

The third was also by Gaga–“The Fame.”

Now then it played, “I Know You Rider” by the Grateful Dead. And all of it made sense.

I’m not sure WHAT exactly made sense, but it did. It was like a tarot card reading with music.

Anyway, I’m starting to get excited about some blog-related events that are coming up in my mind. I am also back at work on my WiP, which now has the name “Cracks in the Sidewalk.” I’m about to start reworking Chapter 7!

Happy 2012!