Monthly Archives: July 2012

PYT

This month I’m having fun with acronym songs. There are a lot out there and they’re not all extremely modern songs either! Last week we had Harper Valley PTA which I loved as a child. This week, we’re jumping two decades into the 80s.

I’m sure if you’re familiar with Michael Jackson’s music, you already know which song I’m going to play. But back in 1982, this was the best album ever. I was six. I remember my cousin had this album and we would roller skate in her garage, or jump on the trampoline and sing along. Of course, we switched Michael Jackson out with Kool and the Gang, but that’s beside the point.

P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) was a great song. I’m not saying it was better than Thriller or anything, but it was one of my favorite songs on the Thriller album. It brings back memories and every time I hear it, I have to sing along.

So enjoy!

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The Writing Break

I feel like a slacker. I haven’t written anything in several days. For the last three years it seems like I’ve written every day, or at least every other day. But I took a break after submitting my latest book to my editor and getting an acceptance.

That doesn’t mean I’m at a writing end. I think sometimes writers need to stop writing for a little while to help recharge their brains. Instead of putting words to paper, I’ve been brainstorming in my head. I’m not a big fan of plotting. I’ve tried several different ways to plot, have taken several courses on the subject, but I’m a pantser. Nearly everything I have planned for future projects is in my head and when I’m in between works, I’ll pluck one of those ideas from my brain and ponder it.

Now, I’m not saying this method works for everyone, or that I never write anything down. I currently have six blurbs for writing projects and several opening scenes written and waiting to be worked on. And that’s the key word “waiting” because they will be written when my creative mind is ready for it.

So I’ve been playing games and brainstorming my next book. I can see my heroine so clearly. I know who she is, what she wants in life, and how she’s going to get it. It’s the hero who’s giving me fits. I wanted to take the story one way with one particular hero, but then I realized he didn’t feel “right” for her. She needed someone who is the opposite of everything she thinks she wants in life. And I may have hit upon the perfect way to bring them together while driving this morning.

That’s how it works for me. I can spend hours brainstorming in the comfort of my home, sipping a cup of coffee, staring off into space, but most of my ideas are sparked when I’m doing something routine. I’ve mentioned before that I’ll get ideas while taking a shower or brushing my teeth. This time it was while driving and it’s that spark of an idea that helps me start my stories.

I’ve been asked before, by writers and by non-writers, how I come up with my ideas. I don’t really know. They just sort of hit me like a two by four and then the story consumes my brain. Some people can plot. Others can’t. I’m in the latter category. Some people can write even when their creative juices aren’t flowing. Others can’t. Again, I’m in the latter category. I have to feel the story to put words down. If I try to force it, I end up throwing away entire scenes because it doesn’t flow well for me.

I think the most important thing to remember about writing is that no two authors are the same. We’re all as different as snowflakes and what works for one won’t work for another. You have to find your own method to writing and plotting (or not plotting) and go with it.

How do you write?

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Fantasy Man Friday

Is it just me, or did it feel like we had two Mondays this week? I’m not sure I like that middle-of-the-week-holiday thing. We had a nice Fourth, until the sun went down. I had to work the next day, so when the booming of fireworks (the kind you normally see for display shows) right outside my window, I was not a happy camper. I may have even stormed outside in my pajamas to say something along the lines of “some of us have to work tomorrow, do you think you could stop?”

Yesterday I was operating on about four hours of sleep which does not make Danica happy.

But today’s Friday which means I have no choice but to be happy! Oh! Oh! Hello! I got the release date of my the first book in my Cajun Heat series, Primal Song. It’ll be coming out August 3, 2012 with Ellora’s Cave and check out the blurb:

Deputy Daisy Picou is not impressed when Ram Reinhardt prowls into town all rock star swagger and big cat ego. She’s been burned by a lion before and has no intention of playing the fool twice. But with one scorching glance the mating frenzy ignites and passion trumps reason. An intense first encounter levels Daisy’s reservations—and most of her living room. And she’s not so sure she minds.

 Ram Reinhardt has burned through and brushed aside just about every adrenaline-inducing thrill life’s thrown at him. But Daisy sets the gold standard for a premium rush. Her combative personality should turn him off, but every time they fight they end up in bed, or on the floor, or against a wall—and the sex is always more combustible than the time before. And he’s not about to give that up. Ever.

Yowsa! I’m so ready for Ram and Daisy’s story to hit the virtual bookshelves. You just don’t know. I also sent off my contract for the second book in the series, Primal Design. *rubs her hands together* I itch to start writing the third book, but I’m trying to be a responsible author and work on other projects. Heh. I know, that’s what I thought too. So yup, I’ll be writing something soon.

And now for the most important part of the post. The Fantasy Man. After watching Magic Mike, I was inspired, I say. Inspired!

I’ve been singing “It’s Raining Men” all week and if they look anything like this man…I can promise you I’d be outside with my bucket to catch me some-some.

I’m not sure if I was a dirty young lady before I started posting Fantasy Man Fridays, or if it was something that developed over time, but I’ve embraced my naughty side. Now you have to ask yourself one question. Do I feel pervy like Danica? Well? Do you? Do you wish you could rip those undies off of this handsome man and give him a severe tongue lashing for being a tease? You can tell me!

Happy Friday, y’all! Have a safe weekend!

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The PTA

It’s time for What’s Playing Wednesday!

Since acronyms are so popular nowadays, I’ve decided that’s going to be the theme for our musical Wednesdays. Trust me when I say I worked hard to find these songs.

First up is by a lady named Jeannie C. Riley. The song is “Harper Valley PTA”. I believe it came out sometime in the 60s, which was before my time, but I do remember listening to this song a lot as a kid. Probably because it was one of my mom’s favorite songs. To be honest, I could see my mom pulling a tell all at a PTA meeting. (Which she never went to.)

So I hope this song brings back some fond memories for some of y’all. If this is your first time listening, give it a try. You might find that you like it.

And, lest you think I forgot, Happy Independence Day!

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Lots of Writhing Bodies

For once I’m not cranky because it’s Monday. Why? Because I had an amazing weekend.

Saturday night I headed to the Big Easy for the burlesque show and it was unlike anything I’ve ever seen. I keep thinking back and all I can say is how happy I was to see that the women who performed weren’t surgically enhanced within an inch of their lives. They weren’t ‘perfect’, but they were beautiful all the same. Probably because they were so in tune with their sensuality and their bodies. It was actually kind of empowering.

It must have been the same for the other women in the audience. Another surprise was there were definitely more females in the audience than males. And they appreciated those swaying hips, tassels whirling in one direction and then the other, the jiggling butts, and all the glitter. I saw more boobs and butts than I’ve ever seen in one place, but it wasn’t uncomfortable because the dancers made it seem so natural.

I’ve been lucky enough to strike up an email friendship with one of the dancers, Ginger Valentine, who is also the Queen of Burlesque 2011 (I believe). She’s a very nice lady who has been helpful during my research and she put on one hell of a performance. I only got to speak with her for a few minutes after the show, but she made sure to ask that I email her if I had any more questions. Hello? I’m a writer! I have a million questions! I just can’t think of them all at once. So yes, I’ll be contacting this lovely lady again.

And as if that wasn’t enough, on Sunday I headed out with the “girls” to see Magic Mike. Oh. My. God. What can I say? If they would’ve just stuck to the dancing and gyrating and all, it would have been the perfect movie. Between Channing Tatum’s sexy-oh-my-god-look-what-he-can-do-with-his-hips dancing, Joe Manganiello’s scruffy, hot as hell body, and Matthew McConaughey’s dimples and Texas drawl, I was a moaning mess. Seriously. After the movie, my sister-in-law said “I kept hearing you moan, but that’s okay because I kept blushing!”

I’m not going to give any spoilers, but seriously, this movie is hot. Oooh, hot. Don’t go in expecting to be enthralled by anything other than bulging muscles and other…things.

I had a great weekend and I’m ready to write! All that inspiration, you know. 🙂 How about you?

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