Michelle Rowen

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Cats and other angels

My cat is a wannabe writer, I think. Whenever my manuscript is out he likes to lay (lie?) on it and then look up at me all cute, like, “What? Am I in your way?” He doesn’t have any love of paper unless it’s a manuscript stack and then he’ll be all over it.

Still working through my edits on the YA. This book started out as my Nanowrimo ’06 project. I’ve written two books that began their life as Nanos. Angel with Attitude and my YA. Both of those books when finished bear little resemblance to their original story or structure. I think I have learned my lesson when it comes to Nano. I can write fast. In fact, I can write very fast, but I need NEED to have an outline or I end up with something that needs a whole lot of work. Luckily my YA doesn’t need tons of work now, but it sure did in the beginning. The core story still remains, but what I  have now doesn’t look much like what I had two years ago. And that, my friends, is a very good thing.

In fact, I did a new full rewrite of this book in February just before it was sent out on submission. I have to say, I’m very fond* of this story. (*understatement) I love my adult books, but there is a special place in my heart for YA. YA is what got me focused seriously on writing eight years ago. I’d been a wannabe romance writer for so long, and never finishing any books I started, and I was seriously disgruntled. I don’t know why I picked up a L.J. Smith book, but I did, and I absolutely devoured it and most of the other stuff she’d written, especially her Night World series (which, wonderfully, has been reprinted and repackaged). This was paranormal romance before the sub-genre even existed, IMHO. And it’s what really hit me. I loved this stuff. So that’s when I started writing my YA ghost trilogy, which is probably my favorite project just because it was the first thing I really committed myself to. One day those characters will see the light. Alas, I must totally rewrite that as well since I didn’t use an outline then and the plot is kinda wonky.

Anyhow, my point is that YA is the genre of my heart and I am so thrilled that I get the chance to be published in it. I have tons of ideas for YA — moreso even than light para rom — so this particular book means so much to me. And, I originally thought it would be out Spring ’10, but it’s going to be out next Fall, which is MUCH closer! So I’m pumped. I can’t wait to see the cover.

But in the meantime, I guess I better finish these edits…



4.2 – Are You There God, It’s Me Dean Winchester

First off…great episode title. :)

Dean and Sam and Bobby (whom I adore almost as much as the hot brothers) are bombarded with angry, vengeful, gut-ripping spirits of people they couldn’t save. Including Meg. Was that the same actress? Couldn’t they have gotten her a wig? Is that also out of their budget? In any case, she can act circles around any of the other bimbos they’ve had lately.

Great episode. The best eps, IMO, are the ones that push the series mythology forward and help in the character arcs. Or something like that. Dean grudgingly accepts that angels may actually exist. Another appearance from hottie Castiel (please powers-that-be, keep this actor all season!!) I’m hoping that he’s not going to be a Big Bad. However, I do have a strange feeling that he’s… (highlight to see Michelle’s speculation)…

Actually Lucifer himself

…but I could be wrong. We shall see.

Loved the episode. A+ from me.

Also loved The Mentalist. It’s, hands down, my favorite series premiere I’ve seen this season. And Simon Baker is lovely. Also, his character is wonderfully messed up. Good supporting cast, and a fantastic premise: an ex-psychic fraud uses his talent for observation to help the police solve mysteries. Fairly simple set-up, but what they’ve done with it! LOVE IT.

2 comments to “Cats and other angels”

  1. Stargazer
     · September 29th, 2008 at 11:08 am · Link

    My fat cat thinks he can fit into a RING box! Its soooo funny. smiles*

  2. Dru
     · September 30th, 2008 at 12:24 pm · Link

    Just wanted to say here that I LOVE your new layout. ;)

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