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Enroute to publishing:

Oct 30. Received 2nd edits to complete. There’s not nearly as many comments/page and I’m feeling happy with the results. Now I have to decide if I’m going to try to get them all done in the next two days prior to Nanowrimo starting or just do them slowly.

Nahhh, it’s not a decision. Nano is for fun, so if I start later or go slower, I will. I thought I might attempt a double Nano this year, one story for me, one for my daughter. That plan is up in the air.

Because I’m doing all of this for fun and if it’s not fun, I’m not going there. I have the official edits on Wolf Signs and I’m still working through revisions/edits on Rocky Mountain heat getting it ready to submit.

Those have to take priority. As much as I like to get obsessive and attempt something like getting a ms submitted once a month, I will take the time to not only have fun but do a good job.

In the end, it’ll be worth it.

SOOOOOOO…….

What else have I learned? My sweetheart of a writer/reader friend from down under, Jess Dee, gave me some excellent feedback on the cowboys. I think I’m guilty of trying to show not tell so much that I’m forgetting that I NEED to tell what the hero/heroine’s motivation is. Where their heads and hearts are at.

So I’m trying to add more of that to the story.

AND

The official blurb for Wolf Signs is done! Plus I know the publication date. Heart pounding excitment!!

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Robyn Maxwell doesn’t care that her brother has to cancel out on their backcountry ski trip. She can do it alone. The fact she’s deaf doesn’t make her survival skills any weaker. The chance to get away from it all and relax in the Yukon wilderness is just what she’s been craving.

Meeting wilderness guide Keil at the cabin starts cravings of another kind. Keil’s one hot hunk of ripped, tasty male. Now she has to deal with raging hormones as well as strange questions about wolves and mates and challenges to the death.

Keil was trying for a nice reflective retreat before challenging for the Alpha position of his Alaskan pack. He wasn’t planning on meeting the woman destined to be his mate, or finding out she’s not aware she has the genes of a wolf.

Between dealing with his accident-prone younger brother, a deaf mate with an attitude and an impending duel to the death, his week—and his bed—is suddenly full.

Far from the relaxing getaway any of them had in mind…

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Coming March 17, 2009!

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Thursday Things

Thirteen Things to check when I edit (Disclaimer- your list may vary depending on your writer idiosyncrasies.)

1. ‘ing’ words: make them more immediate and descriptive.

2. ‘look’: do I mean expression or seeing something?

3. directionals like ‘up, down, out’. In many cases they aren’t needed. Sat implies ‘down’. Stand implies ‘up’.

4. ‘eyes’ rolling around the room. I mean, really, it’s a simply wonderful visual, isn’t it? Make sure your eyes are in your characters heads and their gaze is doing the roaming.

5. ‘could’ do things. If it’s hearing then they ‘heard’. makes the writing tighter and clearer.

6. Garbage words: Somehow, just, again, so, now, but, really. There is often a better way to say what I want to say without using these words.

7. begin/began/started to: Get on with the sentence, I don’t need to intro the action.

8. think, know, realize: ditto with number 7. Tell WHAT the character has realized, what they think.

9 … : This is one of my baddies. I really like to use … for emphasis and for people trailing off their words. But too much of anything is too much.

10. move: Another of my common oopsies. People don’t simply move. They walk, strut, shift, sneak, plop. So much more descriptive than ‘move’.

11. and then: Jane sat on the rock and then Dick pat the dog. Jane laughed and then she pat the dog too. A little too step A, Step B, Step C.

12. characters saying each others names: While I have to make sure that the he’s and she’s line up properly I have to avoid my characters slipping names into every sentence. A habit that I’m trying to break.

13. spell check is not always your friend. Shutter means something totally different than shudder. :)

and rule 13B, remember to ignore the rules when appropriate. Characters who speak a certain way need certain words. My writers voice may call for some garbage words. The goal is not to blindly obey the ‘rules’ but to make the story tighter, cleaner and more enjoyable to read. If that means throwing back in a few things I’m going to do it.

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Thursday Things

I’m still planning for Nano that starts in a few weeks. It’s interesting that I’m in the middle of first edits on ‘Wolf Signs’ and while I’m learning a ton there’s not a lot that I’ll do different when I write my next story.

Three Things:

1. They say to -kill the inner editor- when you write for Nano. I never really got the whole ‘whoa is me, this is so hard’ that people were complaining about. Just write the damn thing. I would go back and change a few lines here and there without a single worry.

Trust me, do NOT try to edit while you write. It’s not worth it. If you are talking about things like avoiding word repeats. Or using garbage words like ‘so’ and ‘really’ and ‘just’. If I was spending time thinking ‘I can’t use that word’ it would slow me down enormously.

Word changes can happen in edits very quickly. That’s what the ‘find’ button is for.

2. POV Some people get really hung up on the point of view issue. I’ve heard you should write an entire scene only from one POV. Then I go read a multi selling author and get to watch them head hop twenty times on a page.

Ahhhh… but it’s Good head hopping!

Get over it. Write. When you edit you may have to throw out a few lines when you mistakingly tell me that the POV characters face turned white. Of course, she can’t see it. Delete and deal with it later. Agonzing over it while you’re writing can make you freeze.

3. As you’re writing so joyfully and quickly, you suddenly notice the extremely high number of crazily descriptive adverbs that have unknowingly snuck in.

For me, trying to deal with the ‘ly’ words while I write is like pulling teeth. If I’m into a writing groove and it means the ‘ly’s are flying hard and fast, so be it.

I’ll do some carefully considered extractions later.

Off to check some more POV errors, and remove a few more lightly tossed adverbs. I’ve already finished filling the trash with my garbage words.

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Thursday Things

I’ve been thinking about what I’ve learned since I did Nanowrimo, the month long writing challenge to complete 50K words in one month, and it seems time to haul out the notes and start planning for this year a little.

Not that I’m really a planner but…

So today’s ‘Things’ are about writing a novel. How do you get from the first line ‘It was a dark and stormy night’ to ‘The End?’ With your mind intact?

There are as many ways as there are writers. For example:

A. The ‘fly by the seat of the pants’ writers who may have the characters and the world and then sit down each day and write, mildly surprised by what the hero does and, what were you thinking, heroine, jumping the hero now?

…to…

Z. The ‘ploters’ who not only know where in the world their characters are going, these writers know what the hero ate for breakfast and how many pages into the story the cat is going to have kittens.

In between those extremes fall all the different levels of planning and not planning, making character lists and not making character lists.
There is no right way and no wrong way but…

BUT

If you are starting out and have no idea what to do and you want to have a novel with some kind of logic the QUCIKest and least planning method I’ve heard of yet that seems to work is…

Plan your disasters.

Without crisis you have no story.

So in a 50K novella if you plan three major crisis you have enough trauma to make your characters have to work for their happily ever after. And when I say plan your crisis I (of the little or no planning type ‘A’) mean simply-

Crisis A:
Heroine gets kidnapped

Crisis B:
Heroine overhears conversation and gets wrong idea about hero

Crisis C:
House catches on fire

Actually, that’s more detail than I’ve had before. Once the crisis I listed was ‘Use the something to trigger something.’ In the end, it worked out.

But it’s just an idea. Take it as you need it.

Nowadays there is lot of unforeseen circumstance which force humanity to take remedies. You can order medicines directly your office. In these latter days the stock you can find in online pharmacy is actually high. Some medications are as a rule used to treat many types of bacteria, such as tonsillitis and infections of the throat. Other ones are used to treat diabetes. Cialis is a remedy used to treat divers afflictions. What do you have to know about cialis order online? Presently many families search for the exact keyword ordering cialis online on the Internet. Perhaps you already read something about it. Having erectile dysfunction can beyond doubt complicate romance. What can cause erectile disfunction? A row of psychological issues can produce erectile dysfunction. What should you discuss with a physician before taking Cialis? Any therapy may cause dangerous side effects. Sometimes side effects can be actually dangerous. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your drug.

Celebration time

Woot!

Finished first draft of Wolf in Flight. Needs some tightening up but there’s some good parts…

Okay,but I need to cool it for October. Maybe I need to just edit or something for a while. That was a lot of words in September:

The Wind and the Sun: 15K
Rocky Mountain Heat: 30K
Wolf in Flight:17K/28K

I just did a Nano two months early!!

Yeah for me. Got to remember to celebrate these moments.

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