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Living in Eden‘s coming along. I wish I could say it’s been an easy write. It hasn’t. Sometimes I think there is no such thing as an easy write and this is simply something we tell ourselves after the book is finished — so as to avoid any potential post traumatic stress issues. But some books are harder to write than others. This one isn’t particularly hard to write, but since I’m really wanting it to be good, that has put a great deal of pressure on the act of writing itself. And I’m babbling. Yes, I am. What is your point, please?
It may not be an easy write, but I think I’m liking what I’m getting. It’s going to need a brisk rewrite, that’s for sure. My descriptions are pedestrian to say the least. I’m okay with my dialogue, rambling though it is. The characters seem to be coming out through dialogue. Darrak, my hero, is great. So far. He’s so funny. I’m not used to having a funny hero. Actually, scratch that. Jacob from my Blaze is kind of funny, too. Maybe I’m going through a funny hero phase before I get back to my darling emo angstmeisters.
I might have to inject some additional humor in the next draft. I don’t know how funny this is right now. There was a recent workshop at my chapter on how to write funny, but the speaker goes about it in the exact opposite way that I do. Different strokes. My humor comes from the characters and their observations and I think it’s fairly organic that way. I don’t specifically add in comic beats as if there should be a laugh track and my book is a sitcom. Dunno. Besides, I’ve never really thought of my books as hugely comedic. I much prefer a mix of comedy and drama, laughs and tragedy. You know, just like real life. I want to make you laugh and cry with my books. Whether or not I succeed is another thing altogether.
Luckily I’m going to have enough time to give this book the attention it needs. I’m staying on track to finish before Christmas (it won’t be easy, but I think I can, I think I can). I’ll take a couple days off and then go into the next draft. I have approval to start on the second book right after I finish so that will be interesting. There are a lot of things I had planned for the first book which I just don’t have room for, so I’ll be pushing that off to the next or (hopefully) future books in the series. This first one is to establish the world, the problem, and the characters. Everything is new and fresh.
Speaking of new and fresh, I’m supposed to be getting a new cover for Stakes & Stilettos soon. Very soon. Hopefully very soon. I have held off on making any postcards or bookmarks since I know the purple cover is only temporary. I would assume checking my email every half hour for cover art is probably excessive. Less than four months till the release!!
Today’s plans… writing and making banana muffins. I don’t bake, usually, but I have some bananas going bad. Glamorous life! Yes, it is!!
Oh, and I’ve decided to pony up and go to the Romantic Times convention. Me in Orlando, Florida at the end of April. Where is that bikini of mine? Oh right. I don’t own one. Ever. The end.