Saturday, July 15, 2006

Sweet Review!

"Always" just got a nice review. This is the first review for the story that I am aware of so far and I am glad they enjoyed it. I really should be doing more to promote it. I keep promising myself that I will get out there and do just that, but then get side-tracked with projects. Anyway, here's a quote from the review. You can see the full review at the link below and/or get a copy of "Always" for yourself by visiting Venus Press at the link on the left side of the page.

Review quote:

It is well written, kept me guessing, and I enjoyed the story very much. Always does not contain a lot of sexuality, but what encounters it did have, were sweet, tender and extremely loving. If I could have a vampire master, it would be Troy.

Read the complete review of "Always" at Joyfully Reviewed

Friday, July 14, 2006

Editing, Again

I edited and reedited Chapters 18 and 19 in Deluge. I forgot they were so dialogue heavy. Some pages had been almost like talking heads, so I had quite a bit of work to do to flesh it out. But after four or five rounds over those two chapters, I've put them to bed for now. I still have a slight feeling I might need to do more, especially with setting. When the characters talk so much, there is little chance for the that stuff. But, when I read other people's work, they will have dialogue sections like mine, so maybe I'm being paranoid.

Maybe now I will be back on track with the edits. I THINK the rest of the novel went better in the first draft. I guess we'll find out. I am officially at the 2/3rd mark in the novel.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Editing, Seriously

I'm glad I decided to edit Chapters 15 and 16 of Deluge before letting critique partner read those chapters. (Hi, Lori!) These are important emotional chapters and I needed to present the changes more clearly. After heavy editing, I typed in the changes and now I'm going over these two chapters again to make sure I didn't over do it.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Typing Freak

I spent all morning typing in the edits so far for Deluge. This is almost the exact middle of the novel, and with all of the page formating and junk, it looks like 90,000 was a good estimate. It might actually end up closer to 100,000. That'll work. No cutting or adding extra scenes needed to make the word count.

I'm going nuts waiting to hear from the first agent. I picked the next agent to query right away in case the first passes on Deluge. I hate trying to pick the next agent AFTER a rejection has come. It is too depressing.

Anyway, back to the edits. I want to have them done in the next week. Two weeks tops. So that way I'll be prepared if I get a request for a full manuscript. I'm setting Dance asside for now until I finish Deluge. I never did get the little scene I wanted to write, even with writing the three chapters over the weekend, thanks to characters who have minds of their own. So it will definately be a few more chapters before I get there. I've jotted down a little segment in a notebook, just to capture the essence of the moment I wanted, but the full scene has to wait until the story gets there. If it ever does. Tristan and Gabrielle are bound and determined to give me trouble trying to get them together, but that's cool. More romantic tension that way!

Writing Fever

I've been a busy writing beaver. I am exactly halfway through the edits of Deluge, which I am pretty sure will be renamed to "The Secrets of the Dark." I'm jumping the gun on the 'branding' thing, by planning a series called "The Secrets" series, and each title beginning with "The Secrets of ..."

I just finished writing Chapter 8 of Dance, which will be renamed to "The Secrets of the Dance". It's based in the same world as Deluge. It's so wierd how the characters are developing in that story. I keep pushing them together and they keep spinning off in different directions. I have a lot of secondary characters, including the gang from Deluge in supporting roles, which helps and hurts and is completely nesseccary. My hero, Tristan, is extremely funny. At least to me. This book will need more edits than Deluge, I can already tell, because I'm racing through the first draft instead of going over and over the chapters again and again. That's cool, though.

I will be SOOOO disappointed if no agent or publisher picks up the series. I feel so connected to it. I'm channeling so much of me into it. I will be ___seriously crushed___ if nothing becomes of this, especially considering the fact I totally feel that it absolutely will get published and do well. It's killing me to wait to hear back from the agent.

I'm going to do some homework now (gag!) and work on Deluge edits (yeah!)

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Love on the Run

I have been so swept up in the romance novels lately. Last night I wrote three chapters (6-8) of Dance in a frenzy. Itwill need editing, I know, but the foundation is there now. I love my characters.

I'm finally back on track with the edits of Deluge. Thank goodness. I'm through Chapter 10 now and I am in the editing groove today, so I'm going to get back to work on that.