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The Three-Timing Writer

Last week, Erin Kellison blogged over at Darker Temptations blog about story brain. I had to bow my head after reading her post because I knew myself to be a two-timing cheater. Yes, I’ve cheated on my WIP with another WIP.

Oh, sure, I covered up my actions by saying it was for NaNoWriMo. It even worked for a while. I went through a whole week working on two WIPs, the word count creeping higher and higher. When I lost momentum on one story, I moved to the other and vice versa. It was lovely.

And then I woke up this morning, my heart racing. Not with guilt, but with anticipation. I could see the characters forming, the plot linking together so perfectly my hands itched for a keyboard. The dialogue flowed from hero to heroine and back again, their motivations speaking to me. I started to twitch with the need to write. The temptation followed me through my morning routine and on the morning drive. It dogged my steps, leaving me with the urge to toss my other two loves aside and gather the newest one to my bosom (I’ve been reading a lot of historicals lately).

I have a new story idea. Well, that isn’t entirely true. It’s an older story idea, one I’ve let stew for two months. I tried writing that story, giving it the old college try, but the spark didn’t ignite the fires of my imagination. I put it aside and turned to my other love (read WIP). Until this morning when that same story returned with gale force winds. Yes. It’s ready to be written.

Except I already have two WIPs to work on. Does it care? No, it doesn’t. Even now it taunts me with witty dialogue and steamy love scenes. I try to look away, but I can feel it in the back of my mind.

Do you know what this means? It means I’m a three-timing writer. Yes. I’m going to work on that story as well as the other two, balancing all three like jealous lovers. Will I survive? Well…come November 30th, we’ll find out.

And I leave you with the words from my paranoid 17-year-old cousin:

Don’t judge me!


Was that melodramatic or what? Lord, I had no idea I had it in me. *makes a note to save this post* How about y’all? Are any of you two-timing, or maybe three-timing, writers/readers? Because you can be a two-timing reader. I’ve never managed that, but I’m sure it’s possible.


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Giveaway Winner and November

I apologize for not blogging yesterday. After spending the weekend with my darling nephew, I was exhausted and barely moved out of my bed all day. But that doesn’t mean I forgot to pick a winner for the 100th Fantasy Man Giveaway.

The winner of autographed copies of the Veil series is….Cindy McCune! Now, Cindy, I already mailed your romance trading cards to you yesterday, so I’ll just send the books along this week. And I already have your address! LOL Congratulations and thank you to everyone who joined in the giveaway. I wouldn’t have half as much fun with Fantasy Man Fridays if it wasn’t for y’all.

It’s hard to believe today is November 1st. It seems like the year just started and now it’s almost over. Why does that happen the older you get? Used to be the year took forever to end (because you know, Christmas is the biggest part of the year as a kid) and now I dread it ending since it means having to do shopping.

It’s also the first day of NaNoWriMo. I’m going to take part, but I won’t be working on the project I thought I would. Instead, I’m going to have to split my 50k between two stories. The one I’m currently working on (I’m perverting Blitzen right now) and the one I plan to work on. Blitzen’s story needs about 20k words and the other would be 30k, which would give me 50k, the requirement for NaNo.

Now, the real question is can I do it? I’m pretty sure I can. I just have to alter my plans a bit. How about you? Are you taking part in NaNo? If so, what do you plan to work on?


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The Waiting Game

As most of you know, I sent queries out last week for my most recent manuscript, Tie Him Up. Now, I can’t say that I’m the patient type. Okay, no, I don’t have a drop of patience. This isn’t a good quality for a writer. There is no instant gratification in writing.

I’m not even going to discuss the agonizing writing process because I’ve done it many times before. No, we all know that’s like Chinese water torture. You write, revise, edit, revise some more, edit, then send it to your critique partners to check your edits. Then they have edits and you’re back to editing. But in the end, you should have a polished manuscript.

You send your pretty new manuscript out into the dangerous world and pray that it survives. You send a prayer up to a Higher Power that someone will want to read more of what you’ve given them, but you still have to wait. And waiting, is truly the hardest part.

I receive e-mails on my cell phone and I’ve found myself checking my phone every five minutes to see if there’s anything new. When I do see that little logo pop up on my phone, I can’t open it there. No, I have to get to a computer to open the e-mail because yes, there’s a chance I might need to sit down when reading it. So I hurry to the nearest keyboard to open my e-mail and…it’s another offer from DSW for shoes, or Victoria’s Secret telling me about a sale, or it’s one of my critique partners (I don’t mind those e-mails).

The disappointment weighs on you because you want so badly for someone to say, ‘Hm, this sounds interesting, I’d like to read more’. That’s all I want right now, but when nothing comes and I’m getting e-mails from retail stores, I want to cry. No, not cry, I want to send out flurries of “Did you get my query?” e-mails, but that won’t do. It’s only been a week! But again, patience is not my forte.

That’s part of the reason why I signed up for NaNoWriMo this year. I wasn’t going to do it, but I know if I didn’t have something else to concentrate on, I’d buy one of those eyelid pry things from A Clockwork Orange to stare at my inbox and hit refresh every thirty seconds. No, NaNo just may save me from insanity, if it doesn’t drive me crazy first.

On an entirely different note, tomorrow we have a special guest and another book giveaway. Yes, you heard me, another book giveaway! Actually, two books. My critique partner extraordinaire, Daisy Harris, has a new book out and she’ll be stopping by for Fantasy Man Friday to tell us a little about herself. She’s also giving away two ARCs of Mere Temptation, the first book in her Mere series. Be sure to stop by to find out more about her, the book, and to see what delicious man I conjure up in honor of shapeshifting dragons, dolphins, and sharks 😉


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A Long Way To Go

There’s nothing quite like Jerry Reed singing about The Bandit. Oh sure, it’s about driving, but there’s a line in this song that makes me think of NaNoWriMo. “We gonna do what they say can’t be done, we got a long way to go and a short time to get there…” To be honest, this should be the theme song for NaNo.

It’s only the second day and I already feel the pressure. My mind is constantly flipping through possible scenarios surrounding the very vague plot I have for the story I’m working on. I’m not on the verge of pulling my hair out or anything, not yet at least. However, I do feel the pressing need to write, to make my word count (whatever mysterious number it is).

I know I said I’d only write about it once a week, but since it is the beginning and since I was at a loss for something to write about today, I chose NaNo again. Oh!! And I just had an idea for my story. See? This is why blogging is good. It pushes your thoughts in different directions and next thing you know, you’ve figured something out you didn’t even realize you were pondering. Go me!

So is anyone else feeling the pressure? Should we nominate this song as the NaNoWriMo 2010 Official Theme Song?


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Got A Monkey On Your Back

Well, happy November 1st everyone! When I worked for the parish government, we had this day off because it’s All Saints Day. It was lovely. It should be All New Orleans Saints Day since we won last night, but that’s another story.

Before I get into the meat of this post, I’d like to announce the winner of a book by Shelley Munro! Drumroll please….The winner is….Melinda Pierce! Melinda, e-mail me at danica.avet@gmail.com so we can hook you up with Shelley to claim your prize. I’d like to once again thank Shelley for honoring us with her interview and thank everyone who participated! It was a wonderful end to October Horror month.

Now for November. Last week, Lynn Rush scared me by asking what my theme would be for this month. Er, well, I don’t really plan to have a theme, but with NaNoWriMo underway, I’ve decided that at least once a week, we’ll talk about NaNo’ing and progress.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to participate or not. I did last year and won. It felt wonderful. The story I wrote was…well, it’s not that great, but at least it let me get a particular character out of my head. I know I can do it since I wrote an 80k manuscript in September. Yes, between September 10 and September 30, I wrote my latest work, Tie Him Up. I know I can do the same again this month.

Yet, isn’t there a fear that you won’t finish? Knowing you have a goal to meet (even if it’s just something between you and your peers) leaves you with the feeling that you should write constantly. It’s like having a monkey on your back. When you’re doing something that doesn’t pertain to writing, you can still feel that knowledge creeping up on you. It’s…well, it’s sort of like this:

Mia was sweet enough to pose for this picture. She has a monkey on her back and you can see the confusion in her face. Of course, that might have had more to do with the fact that she’d just been playing with her stolen monkey (yes, she stole it from my sister’s dog years ago) and suddenly it was on her back. Doesn’t her face just scream, “Mom, what the hell do you think you’re doing?”

I like to think NaNo is the same. You write, you ponder, you write some more, but there are times when you need to step back from it. 50k words in a month is no small feat and it can be overwhelming. I suspect it’s even worse for people who plot every part of their story down to the smallest detail. Me? I don’t plot. I’ve tried but I get bogged down by insignificant details. For pantsters, it’s probably a little more, well normal. I’m not sure. But the purpose of NaNo is to just toss the words out there and then clean up later.

Since I was a notorious write, re-write, write, re-write until I was sick of the story writer, NaNo helped me move past that habit. Oh sure, I do still go back and rewrite the beginning of the story, but that’s only if I’ve found myself with a problem that needs to be resolved before I can finish it.

So if you’re NaNo’ing this month, look for me! I’m listed as psychojawea (a nickname I was given in college). We can bemoan our insanity together.


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Countdown to 2010

It’s insane that we’re already at the end of the year. There are so many positive things that have happened this year, but really it needs to slow down a bit.

I’ve decided that my final post of 2009 will be a year in review. So now I have to actually have to try to remember what happened this year. Oy. I don’t have a very good short-term memory. My long-term memory is out of this world, but I can’t remember things that happened last week. It’s annoying. Diet Coke did this to me. I just know it.

I refuse to think this has anything to do with age because if you listen to reports, 50 is the new 40, 40 is the new 30, and 30 is the new 20 which would make me 23. It was a good age, I don’t mind being 23 again. I wish I had the same butt I did when I was 23 (although I was in college and I think that’s when it started to spread). No, my memory loss is all about the chemicals I’m putting in my body when I take those refreshing sips of my Diet Coke.

It’s cold today. Cold and rainy and I have to set out on a golf cart sometime today to take water samples. And as if that isn’t bad enough, this afternoon is my nephew’s first soccer game after his ACL surgery. It’s going to rain tonight too. So I’ll be out there in the cold and rain and yelling at my baby.

So that’s my day in a nutshell. The Saints won last night, WOOHOO! Geaux Saints! and I won NaNo. I WON NANO! No, I didn’t finish my book. I’m still a good 40k words off my goal, but I’m getting there 🙂

How about everyone else? Did you meet your NaNo goal? Are you excited the Saints won last night and are undefeated? UNDEFEATED??! Bwahahaha.


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Baby You Can Drive My Car

I pondered the title of this post all morning. I was waffling (kind of like my man Brett) between ‘Here in My Car’, ‘Jerry Was a Race Car Driver’, and ‘My Maserati Does 185’. I think I chose the right name.

Anyway, I’m NaNo’ing like nobody’s business. The story is finally getting where I want it to be. I found myself writing a very dark scene yesterday which surprised me. I don’t usually do the whole ‘all-hope-is-lost’ thing, but my heroine showed me differently. It actually clung to me after I wrote it and I swam in some negativity for a while before realizing she has serious issues and the only way for her to become what she’s meant to be is for her to deal with them.

Then, I had to write about my hero’s car. In the previous MS (of which he is a secondary character), he drives a very expensive import. Well, I had to give more details about this car and so my droolfest commenced.

I love cars. In fact, I probably love cars almost as much as I love football. I prefer older, monster cars (1970 Chevelle SS to be exact), but I’ve come to appreciate newer models. Usually I only drool for American cars, yet again I’ve had to learn to appreciate imports. Where is all of this blathering going? I’ll show you:

The 2009 Maserati GranTurismo S. It’s luscious, mean-looking with 440hp under the hood. (insert Earth Kitt-esque growl here) Now if only I had about 150 grand to spend (and then I’m not even sure that’s the cost). I configured my GranTurismo S for hours, getting the color just right, making sure I added the carbon fiber enhancements (because you can’t never underestimate the coolness of carbon fiber). Then I just sat and drooled.

This is what my hero is driving, though his is granite colored with black interior. It’s the perfect car for a vampire/demon halfling who has everything he needs except the respect of his fellow Veilerians. Don’t you think?

I have a feeling should these books be published, readers will see my love of cars. I can’t help it. Cars are the coolest invention ever!

Now for today’s question: do you have a car that you lust over? Have you ever driven your dream car? Do you know a Maserati dealer who’d let me ride in this car?

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Gearing up for NaNo

As most of you know, NaNo begins on Sunday. It also just so happens, that my beloved Saints don’t play until Monday night. I think they did this to make sure I got a little writing done on the first day of the contest, because they know I wouldn’t be able to concentrate while they soundly trounce the Falcons (at least I’m praying we soundly trounce the most hated Falcons). Sorry for those of you who are in our division and just might happen to be Falcons fans. I hate the Falcons, the Bucs, the Panthers (though not as much as the other two cause c’mon, Jake is a home boy!).

Sorry, got sidetracked. Anyway, NaNo starts on Sunday and I can hardly wait. I’m so ready  to write! I don’t think I’ve ever felt this anxious going into a book. I took Jessa Slade’s plotting workshop through the FF&P chapter and let me tell you, that lady helped me tons. I never thought of coming up with a motto for my characters, or actually working out their issues before hand. I was a total pantster prior to that class.  This will be my first story thought out before writing. I’m not sure how I’ll do, but I’m hoping it’ll come together and be the best thing I ever wrote.

I’ve even gone so far as to find pictures of my characters. Just a few things to give me inspiration during the grueling month ahead. My heroine is a shadow fairy. An assassin who’s ready for a break from killing. My hero is a demon/vampire halfling who’s trying to redeem himself in the eyes of The Veil by exposing and turning over his former associates. So, this is what I have.

Meet Noelani Fayard:


And here’s Malachi Cromwell:


With inspiration like this, how can I possibly go wrong? Don’t answer that!

I’ve even got a few songs to put me in Noelani’s mind-set: ‘Blood on My Hands’ by The Used, and ‘Oblivion’ by Mastodon. Then, for the book theme: ‘Forever in Your Hands’ by All That Remains. No sappy love songs for me!

So how about you other NaNo’ers? Do you have pictures for inspiration, a playlist set? I saw someone is working on a storyboard (I’m jealous cause I so don’t have the ambition to do that). What methods are you using to get through NaNo?


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Rainy Day Blues

It is a miserable day here in South Louisiana. It started raining over an hour ago (not that I really know exactly when it started since I was taking my lunch hour power nap) and doesn’t look as though it intends to stop any time soon. Normally I love rainy days because it usually means it’ll be a little cooler while the sun is hidden, but on the other hand rainy days make me oh so sleepy.

It’s my own fault, of course. For about three years now I’ve been sleeping with a white noise machine that plays the sound of rain falling. It’s so soothing and it really does help me sleep better at night. Except now, like Pavlov’s dog, when I hear the rain beating against the roof, my eyes get heavy and I want to start snoring. I should clarify though, that when a hurricane is about to make landfall in my area and it’s raining, I don’t sleep a wink. There’s nothing comforting to me about knowing a catastrophic natural event is taking place. A lady I used to work with said she sleeps better during a hurricane. I just can’t do that.

What is it about the sound of rain that’s so relaxing? Is it the rhythm of the water hitting the shingles on the roof? The way the air turns cooler? Whatever it is, it always makes me want to curl up under a thick cover and hibernate. Gotta love the rain, except when  you’re at your desk and unable to sleep.

In other news, I’ve been writing steadily and managed to knock out 4,000 words on the current WIP. I think it’ll be complete by either Wednesday or Thursday. Yes! I brought 3 packs of different colored post-its to the office just in case I had time to try plotting out my next WIP.

I’ve joined NaNoWrMo this year and I have an idea in mind, two characters (though one won’t tell me her name), and a month to write out plot ideas. I’ve attempted the NaNoWriMo once before with dismal results. Being a pantster during a writing competition isn’t cool, so I’m going to try writing with a storyboard for the first time. I hope it works!

So is anyone else giving NaNoWriMo a go? What’s been your experience with the contest? Have you finished the goal?


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