Thanks again to all my entrants and winners of O COME ALL YE FANGFUL. It was a lot of fun!!
Well, Xmas has come and gone for another year. Santa never sticks around very long, does it? He’s kind of a fly by night kind of guy. Ha. Fly by night.
My brain is (obviously) a bit melty today because I finished up the first draft of STORMY WEATHER on Monday. This is my second book for Harlequin Blaze, and despite the short length (they’re only about 55,000 words compared to 90,000 for my other books) they’re darn hard to write! At least, I think so. They have a much tighter focus than a single title and there are certain plot points that have to be hit just right. Ahem. And by plot points I mean sex scenes.
Anyway, this particular book was a bit of a challenge for me — to put it mildly — but I’m glad it’s done and I think I like it. I took yesterday off and today I’m jumping right into the second draft, starting with a full read-through to see where the weak areas are. And by weak areas I mean the sex scenes. Ha. I’m going to have to flesh them out a bit. No pun intended.
So……..2009 is almost over. 2010 is almost here. Craziness. I’ve been writing full time for two years now. Also crazy. (heh). While it hasn’t exactly been a transition without it’s share of bumpiness, I don’t regret quitting the day job one little bit. Ugh. I have been saying that writing full time is like watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Even the bad episodes are still better than anything else on TV.
Some highlights of 2009 for me……….
Fave movie of the year: UP IN THE AIR – loved it. George Clooney is deelish. I would have thought some sparkly vamps would be my fave of the year but for some strange reason, that movie didn’t do it for me. It was okay, but Georgie was better.
Fave book of the year: TALL, DARK & FANGSO…….errr, I mean, CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins! I was lucky to read an ARC of this, but I’ve just bought a copy to go on my keeper shelf.
Fave TV show of the year: SUPERNATURAL. Of course. Even with the hit or miss episodes, I’m still in luurvve with the Winchesters brothers.
Low health point of the year: I had Shingles in July. SHINGLES. I didn’t mention it here or on twitter since it was rather unpleasant. I mean, what kind of a disease is called Shingles? It sounds like part of an extreme home makeover. Anyhow, it sucked, but luckily I only had a mild case and it went away rather rapidly with some antibiotics. Blleeechh.
High health point of the year: I’ve lost (almost) 40 pounds since last January, the most I’ve ever lost in one fell swoop. I’ve done it with a combination of Jenny Craig, general portion control, personal training sessions (recently), and A HELL OF A LOT OF patience. The key for me there is patience. I don’t lose quickly, and I don’t do well with being on restricted diets. In the past I’ve had a very gung ho, black and white attitude toward weight loss. I go at it like a crazy person for two weeks and when I don’t see major results, I cheat. Fall off the wagon. And the cycle spins again. This time I’ve been trying to pick at it a little at a time. I quit Jenny a couple months ago to instead use that money to hire a personal trainer and have since lost a couple of pounds, but weight loss progress has ground to a halt so I think I’m going back to see if that can get me over this hump. So…40 is less than I would have liked for a whole year, but it’s better than staying the same or gaining. 2010 is the year I finally get this aspect of my life under control once and for all and I’m feeling ridiculously positive about it.
On the writing front: This year I wrote four books. I can barely believe it myself. That’s a whole lotta words.
What I wrote:
SOMETHING WICKED (Book #2 in the Living in Eden series): 90,000 words
REIGN CHECK (Book #2 in the Demon Princess YA series): 70,000 words
NIGHTSHADE (Book #1 in an urban fantasy duology): 90,000 words
STORMY WEATHER (Harlequin Blaze): 55,000 words
Various short stories and proposals: approx 50,000 words (probably more than that)
Total words of fiction written in 2009: approx 355,000!!
Whew! No wonder my brain hurts. 2010 is shaping up to be about the same amount of writing and I’m more than ready to plunge on in. After the second draft of STORMY WEATHER is done, I have to immediately start on book 2 of my urban fantasy duology. I’ve given it a new title of DEVIL’S APPLE (it was previously NIGHTFALL), and I am REALLY looking forward to this one. Everything’s so shiny before you start it, right?
Anyway, 2009 has been a great year (except for the Shingles), and 2010 is going to be even better. Thank you to my awesome readers for buying my books (just noticed yesterday that BITTEN & SMITTEN is now in its sixth printing! It’s the little book that could!) and for your general awesomeness. Thank you to my friends, writing and non-writing, for being there for me when I’m feeling angsty. I’m really hoping 2010 will be the best year evah. EVAH.
In the new year I’m starting a new blog feature – RowenChat, which is a very informal and fun interview with fellow authors (basically a chat that’s been edited down for your reading pleasure). My first guest is my pal Liza Palmer whose third book A FIELD GUILD TO BURYING YOUR PARENTS is out now. She’ll be generously giving away a signed copy to a commenter. This will post here on Saturday, January 2nd, 2010!!! See you then!!
Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!