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Series Update

Book 2 just keeps coming at me. 

I came up with a supporting character for this book who I figured would probably get a bigger part later on. 

While I was out grocery shopping the other day, because driving is often good for my head, I had an idea for a hero.  Just a sense of a guy, what he looked like, and what his ability was.  I had to text (I’m really lousy at creating text messages, btw) the idea to Kettle to make sure I didn’t forget it. 

In notes from forever ago, I always knew there would be a child in the series.  One about whom I knew almost nothing and called “special child”.  The other night when Kettle and I were brainstorming, I decided that the child was someone they encountered on this mission that’s been giving me so much trouble.  But because the mission was failing, they weren’t able to rescue the child, so s/he would become the focus of another book.

Then I said hey, let’s put this character and this character together and have them go after the child in the next book.

And that’s how we got to doing that sort of overview of Book 2.

Last night I blogged as the heroine of that story and loved what I got from it.  I was really pleased with the complexity of the relationship.

Last night I said that I wished I was as excited about Book 1 as I am about Book 2.  This morning Kettle suggested that I just write Book 2 first.  With only a week to Nano, I just don’t know if I’m ready to jump into it, and I think it will be even better for my spending some time in their world in Book 1.

 Today, while doing that exercise thing, I got a huge amount of backstory on the hero.  Came home and spent an hour writing it down and am so excited about it.

I’m supposed to be sewing a gorgeous Halloween costume for my daughter.  In the immortal words of Dante Hicks:

“I’m not even supposed to be here today.”

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I Feel Backward

There’s a happening that occurs toward the end of my story that I pretty much always knew was there.  It’s something that comes up and forces one character to face their demons to save the other character. 

And, for the life of me, I can’t figure out how to bring this about.  Ugh.  You’ve no idea how complicated this gets.  What are the conditions (involving medical stuff, uck!) under which they would have to do this?  What kind of event would cause such conditions?  What kind of event in the story might cause that?  And how do I tie it in with this subplot that also needs to relate?

It just seems like normal people know what the story is and don’t come up with things in this bassackward manner in which they have to figure out what happens coming from how many different directions to come to one point to get one character have one emotional event.  Or maybe they do and it’s called mystery.  I don’t know.  Man, I’m tired and my brain is totally fried.

Kettle and I have been brainstorming on this for the past 2 hours, bless her heart, and I’ve read Wikipedia beyond my daily threshold for new information.  I summarized my ideas and have put it before my scientific advisor and await her input. 

And now I’m going to bed.

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Sweat 2: First Check-in Day

Should have done this earlier.  Did you remember?   Just a quick post before I go check in with Sven, partly just to figure out what to tell him.  Also partly because I told you that I’d talk a bit more specifically about my as yet unnamed project.  Hey, wanna give me a working title?

So no words yet.  Yes, I’m one of those people savin’ it up for Nano.  Honestly, it bugs me no end the whole not starting until 11/1, and I think it’s a lousy rule.  One of the things that made me fall in love with Sven was that he doesn’t care where I’m coming from as long as I just do it.  So anyway, the upside is that I get two more desperately needed weeks to get my stuff together and really know what I’m doing so when Nano starts I can just write with less duh…duh….  You know. 

So I told you superhero fic.  There’s good guys and there’s bad guys, and they’re both recruiting.  By different means, of course.  I’m really solid on who those two groups are.  They’ve got names and stuff.  The good guys have a base of operations and a female leader with name, backstory, and possible future various stories already noted.  The bad guys are a bit hazier.  They need a location and facilities.  Their head guy needs a name, appearance, personality, and supernormal ability.  Ditto the sort of lead bad guy in the field for the story. 

Another thing I really need are words!  Man, I get tired of saying “ability”, “gifted”, and “normal” in my notes all the time.  I need a better vocabulary, even if I have made up words.  But I just have no clue what to do about that.

So what else.  I have a hero.  His name is Mac.  I had it in my head that I wanted him to go by a nickname so I wanted him to have a truly terribly name that would make a nickname mandatory.  Apologies to anyone else who has this name, but what Kettle and I came up with is Beauregard MacAvoy.  Mac is an exceptionally well-structured, deeply tanned house framer with curling blond-streaked hair and light green eyes.  He also has a tendency to accidentally electrocute people, an ability he’s been struggling to control and to hide all his life.

Enter Colby Sinclair.  She’s been sent by the leader of the good guys to recruit Mac because they specifically need what he can do on some mission that comes later in the story.  Unfortunately, I don’t know what that is.  Colby’s ability involves absorbing energy, and we’ll learn more about her and her painful past with that as the story goes along.

There are a lot of ways that Colby’s and Mac’s past experiences have shaped who they are, and there are a lot of ways in which who they are make them both perfect for each other and opposing forces at the same time.  Seems like something’s gotta change. 

My problem is, of course, coming up with the right plot points to inspire the changes and keep everyone interested and reading.  I like creating characters and plotting out their emotional journeys, and if they could angst their way through in internal monologues that would be sweet. 

But, since that would suck, I will be trying to come up with waaay more plot stuff in the next few weeks. 

And damnit, I give.  It’s just a working title, for goodness sake, and it’s going to be “Current On Demand”.  Maybe it will grow on us.  I’ll call it COD for short.  K?

Off to tell Sven about my 0 words. 

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Sweat 2 Begins…Somebody Save Me

So today is the first day of Seventy Days of Sweat Round 2.  Seems like that should have a catchy tagline. 

So what am I doing?  Nothing much, besides trying to give Kettle some needed encouragement.  I’m definitely not ready with my ideas and I’m glad I have another 2 weeks before Nano starts to get my stuff together.

I’ve been trying to decide when I should come out of the closet and tell you guys what I’m doing, and it’s not like I can talk about “my project” until January and manage to not mention any specifcs.  So, rather than waste a lot of time soul-searching and trying to figure out why I’m afraid to own up to it, I guess today is as an appropriate day to just tell you what I’ve been up to. 

I want to write romance about superheroes. 

There.  I said it.  It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long, long time.  But I haven’t felt qualified.  Hmmm, good Thursday Thirteen topic: 13 Reasons I’m not qualified to write Superhero Fic… 

Well, I was going to list some of those reasons, but changed my mind.  Anyway, not feeling qualified now, but I guess, among other things, I’m feeling like I want to work on something really challenging and since I don’t actually have, like, a career or anything to get in the way of writing whatever I damn well please, this would be a good time.  Right?

Anyway, despite the fact that I don’t read comics, don’t like most sci-fi I read, and am an idiot when it comes to all things science class and most things abstract, I love superheroes.  Love. Them.  I think I’ve got a few Thursday Thirteens that speak to that.  I love their honor, and their angst, their darkness, their loneliness, the tough choices…  I love all that stuff, and I’m finally going to give it a shot and be the drama queen I’ve always wanted to be.

Anyway, I have a premise for Book1 but no title.  I have some ideas about my world and how things work.  I have some characters and plots we’ll see in a few different stories.   I don’t have a playlist for this story which is really kicking my butt. 

That’s all the outing of my story I can handle for today.  I’ll have more specifics for you soon!

 Ps.  I really am looking for Sweat/Nano buddies who are going to take this thing seriously and intend to post about it at least once a week.  If that’s you and you’d like me to come by and read and comment, please let me know so I can add you to my sidebar.

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WOTM Update: Plotting the End

I just dumped a few more words I’ve been working on into the draft, updated my counters, and then I went back to the post where I started the Sweat and checked my math.  Turns out I was off by a few hundred words.  In my favor, so that was nice, but I’m still over 8500 words behind with 7 days to go.

So you’d think I’d be writing like the devil.  No such luck.  I’ve still been stuck for how this all works out.  But Kettle’s been really cool about taking time to brainstorm with me the last couple days, and I think I’ve got some ideas that are going to work just fine.

Incidentally, working with Kettle today was funny.  Not funny ha ha, but funny strange.  Usually, I feel like I want her to like my ideas.  If she likes my ideas then I can get excited about them and and run with it and start coming up with more stuff in that direction.  Today, she was skeptical.  Very skeptical.  But since the tiniest flicker of Plan A was all I had to present, I sold it.  I pleaded my case.  And in doing so, probably fleshed it out a lot better than if she had said “I like it; go with it.”

Whooda thunkit?

Tangent: That’s triggering some random “Eight is Enough” memory in which the kids are sitting at the table and Susan keeps saying “Who would’ve thought?”  Why is she saying that?  I don’t know.  I think maybe David and Janet broke up and she’s saying “David and Janet.  Who would’ve thought?”  But I’m not sure.  Bradfords stuck in my head is always somewhat disturbing, and I really need to get back to Matt and Alex, so– /Tangent

Back to plotting the end.  I didn’t really have a solid end in mind for the action plot.  You know, it was something about facing off with the bad guys and surviving, blah blah.  I thought as I got to know the characters and found details of the story, that it would just come to me.  But no, not really.  I decided to jump to the very end, try to think that through, and then think backward to where I am.  Ok, this would work for a satifsying ending that would tie things up nicely.  Great.  For that to happen I need this to happen.  So I need them to do this first.  And gradually I’m working my way back to where I left off.  It’s not what I’ve been doing, but I’ve found that the Sweat Challenge is really quite motivating for making someone desperate enough to try anything! encouraging new avenues of thought.

Unfortunately, I’ve not been getting a lot of words down, just notes.  So, for the “in case my counters blow up” update:

792 since last check-in, 48,416 for the Sweat, and 84,700 total.

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WOTM Update: Skippage

I ended up skipping over the fight last night.  During the day, I could really see the scene that follows it, so I did that instead.  I wrote a bit more than half of this scene, and left off right before they find out the thing that sends them on the run.

Right after that comes the last love scene, and who knows how long that will take me to get through.  I roughed out a speech by one of them last night. 

After that I have to get them to the place where they finally face off against the bad guys.  I’ve been hoping time, place, and circumstance would just come to me out of what’s going on.  Nothing so far.

In addition to the fight scene, I’ve got a few other little holes to go back and fill, but nothing that’s a such a big deal.  I know the end of Draft 1 is just around the bend.  I just wish I could see it.

Anyway, I’m trying to write about 1450/day to catch up on 70 Days.  I did 1534 last night.  I’m at 47315 since the challenge started (still over 6K behind where I’m supposed to be), and 83908 for this draft.

8 days left.

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WOTM Update: We’re Caught in a Trap

For those of you who are now plagued by Elvis and “Suspicious Minds”, I apologize.  Me too.

But hey.  That’s where they are.  Caught in a trap.

Tomorrow, hopefully, there will be much sexy fighting.  Tonight, hopefully, there will be sleeping for me.

1652 words.  I’m at 82374.

Goodnight.

We’re caught in a trap
I can’t walk out
Because I love you too much baby

Why can’t you see
What you’re doing to me
When you don’t believe a word I say?

We can’t go on together
With suspicious minds
And we can’t build our dreams
On suspicious minds….

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WOTM Update: Another Day Leaves Me Aching

So I’ve been laying a-ha lyrics on you lately…

Another day leaves me aching
I try to wake up
But somethings breaking
Here inside me
Deep and hollow
A sound that no other sound could follow
I know the pain
Before the wound
East of the sun
And west of the moon

I dumped 5085 words into my draft today.  It’s the first stuff I’ve finished since I wrote my Black Moment.  I’m up to 44007 for the Sweat Challenge, and 80,720 for the draft.  I don’t know if I’ll catch up and finish on schedule.  I think maybe I’ve come to a place where I’ll be ok if I don’t.  How about that?

Anyway, what happened?  Well, Matt reacted to Alex’s reveal of her secrets.  Alex learned that something she believed was not actually true.  There was some sad tension between our h/h because they want to be together but can’t get past what’s just happened yet, and now they’re on their way to a meeting with someone they don’t realize poses a threat.

It’s been a rough couple of weeks for me.  I appreciate everyone who’s hung in and read my intermittent and whiny posts.  I can’t believe I almost didn’t post a snippet this week.  Comments to that helped me sooo much in giving me the kick in the pants I needed to get back to work. 

You never know how much what you take the time to say might mean to the person you say it to.

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Jo Leigh’s Kidnapped!

Kidnapped!When I finally realized my mental health would benefit from picking up a book and getting away for a while instead of trying to do everything, I picked up Kidnapped! by Jo Leigh

It was a really enjoyable read.  One of the things I love about category romance is that when you find an author who knows how to write at category length, the story really moves without extra baggage to slow the pace.  That’s how this book was.  I was never bored.  I picked it off the shelf in the evening and tried to read it, and wouldn’t you know that that’s when my husband, who rarely speaks, decided to be all interactive guy.  See book, cue conversation mode.  After he went to bed, I read for a few hours, didn’t really want to put it down but did, got up this morning and finished it. 

It’s a bodyguard story; gotta love it.  Michael’s been Tate’s driver/bodyguard for about six months when the story begins, and there’s already an unspoken attraction between them.  Tate’s an heiress who’s already had two traumatic kidnapping experiences.  Her father and her own fear keep her in a very controlled and secure lifestyle which she begins to feel is keeping her from actually living.  Her therapist suggests that she try hiring a “fake” kidnapping, so that she can face her fears in a pseudo safe environment.  Michael thinks this is a lousy idea, and then everything goes wrong.

I’m not going to say any more about it, because I like to be surprised when I read.  It was a solidly good book that kept me turning the pages.  Recommended.

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WOTM Update: Boys Don’t Cry

Last night I wasn’t going to write anything.  I was doing that regrouping thing, figuring out the next bit to come.  What that really means is that I DID NOT want to write my Black Moment and was stalling like anything.

Well, Kettle pops up, and of course she’s writing.  That girl is always writing in whatever snatches of time she has.  Makes me feel like crap sometimes, let me tell you.  “Progress?” she asks.  “Depends on your perspective,” is my reply.  “I knitted a sweater for Blythe and I’m just about to write up the pattern before I jayne fan blytheforget what I did so I can do it again.”

Bad Susan.  It’s 100°+ every day.  Like Blythe needed a sweater.

Anyway, since Kettle was writing, I was like ok, I guess I can write the intro to the Black Moment scene.  So I pretty much whipped that out at 725 words, showing that it was right there ready to be writ and I was just being lazy and/or stubborn.

Kettle went to bed and I wasn’t sleepy, so I decided it would help my mental health to try and get some notes written about this Black Moment scene, so I wouldn’t forget to include stuff once I got into it, and so I’d know where I was going and wouldn’t have to fear the writing of it so much.  So la dee da, and the next thing you know, it starts pouring out onto the screen, in that very rough way I tend to write things in the present tense with no proper quotes or format.  And almost 3000 words later I was through it.  Whew.  It was after 1am and I was on a roll.  As Alex left the room I was ready to jump right into Matt’s head and get his reaction.

I turned around, and he’s sitting there crying.  Oh no.  Oh.  NO!  I freaked.  I admit it.  I cannot stand to see men cry.  It scares me.  I hate it.  I shut the lights on that scene so fast you’d have thought a transformer had blown. 

Yeah, I’m pretty much afraid to go back now.  Don’t be surprised if you see me rewriting and tweaking the Black Moment a whole bunch to avoid it.  I don’t know what’s going to happen now.

Men crying in books has to be handled just right for me.  It’s very dicey, and generally, I wouldn’t recommend it.  So what do I do now?  I like me my brooding, stoic, Alpha males.  How did I end up with Emo Matt?  When he’s not blowing sunshine out his butt, he’s emoting all over the damned place.

So do I fix him?  Do I deny him the emotional outlet?  How much do I not want to go back there and not only be Matt in tears, but also watch and record at the same time!

How about you?  How do you feel about teary men?

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