Thursday, January 31, 2013

I'm FINISHED!



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Lets all take a moment to do a little happy dance because More Than Jamie Baker is finally complete! Yeah! I feel like I can breathe again!

Okay, so it's only an early draft. I gave it to my lovely story editor yesterday so I'm sure I will have to make changes soon enough, but, for now, at least it's written. YAY! Because this manuscript was a PAIN IN MY BUTT. I love how it turned out, though, so bring on those rewrites!

Seriously, I feel fantastic right now. There's not much that's as awesome as finishing a novel. It puts you in a great mood, makes you feel completely rejuvenated, and renews your love for writing. For me, it also makes my head explode with ideas. It's like I put a lock on my brain while I know I'm supposed to be focusing on one specific story, one specific world, or a certain set of characters. Then I finish and that wall comes down. My brain goes crazy, like it's been storing up all these ideas, just waiting for me to give it the green light.

So yesterday I sat down to write something new, just because I was allowed to, and out of nowhere this idea starts screaming at me to write it. When something shouts at you that loudly, you must listen. I obeyed and after only two days I already have 40 pages written! (Say it with me people: AWESOME.)

It is the cutest idea too! I'm so excited and already in love with the characters. This might be one of those spit-it-out-in-a-month jobs. I don't know, we'll see. I'm just so happy to be working on something completely new, because obviously I've known Jamie for years. (Even though it was a new story it sort of felt like "Been there, done that.") Then, before Jamie 2, I had been working on my supernatural series for like a year and a half. Serial Hottie and V were both written before the Supernaturals novels (aside from the rewrites) so it has been a long time since I could just start with a completely blank page.

I think starting from word one with a brand spanking new idea might be my favorite part of the writing process. Right then anything is possible and everything is allowed. There are no expectations. You characters don't have a will of their own yet (because you're still shaping them), and it's all so fresh and exciting and easy. I LOVE IT!

Anyway, back to the story while my babies are taking a nap!
Peace out!



Wow. After rereading this blog post I'm wondering if maybe someone should cut off my caffeine supply...


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Today was a good day.

Good news! I don't have to chuck a brick through my computer and quit writing forever!

*Kelly takes a long deep Ryan-style yoga hippie breath and smiles at the feel of weight slipping off her shoulders*

Today was a good writing day. I've been love/hating this novel for months now. Yesterday, as I sat there staring at a blank page for over TWO HOURS and realized that I needed to change a major plot point (again!) that was going to require I scrap the last fifty pages I'd just written and start over, (for the 5th time!) I kid you not I almost scrapped the whole manuscript. There might have even been tears. I know there was hair loss.

BUT... (Yes, thank heavens there is a but, as you may have guessed from the title of this post.) Today was a good day! I sucked it up and made that change. True, it did require me to discard almost fifty pages but with my problem solved I escaped my blank page and wrote almost 4,000 words today. Not my all-time record by any stretch, but not too shabby either. And I'm so happy with the changes. Yes, I hate rewriting myself, but I love to watch a story improve. And now I'm not struggling with the problem I was, so it should be smooth sailing from here on out. (KNOCK ON WOOD!) Home stretch here I come!

Anyway, I feel so much better today than I did yesterday. I can love writing again. Also, I can love Ryan and Jamie again. Which is a good thing, because yesterday I didn't love them at all. Yesterday I hated them. But today I love them. And I love writing books. And I love Sour Patch Kids, and shall now go eat some. But I shall leave you with a few of today's 4,000 words. Because I am in a good mood.
 *rough draft... subject to change...typos... blah blah blah... you know the drill...

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“Hey!” Teddy moaned and rubbed his jaw, but, really, it couldn’t have hurt that bad. Ryan’s punch hadn’t had a whole lot of force behind it considering he’d just been shot and all. “What was that for? She kissed me!”
“Yeah, well, you didn’t have to like it so much.”
I smiled and ran my fingers through Ryan’s now sweat-soaked hair. “Cut him some slack babe. You know how awesome my superkisses are. Remember how you reacted the first time you got one?”
“Excuse me," Ryan balked. "Who straddled who that day sunshine? I totally dominated that kiss and you know it.”
I snorted. “Sure you did. Which is why I started stalking you after that day?”
Ryan frowned at me and then glared again at Teddy for good measure. “Fine. But it’s definitely time for another trip to the cabin for a practice session. We’ve got to figure out a different way for you to transfer your power to people so you never have to do that again. From now on the only person getting superkisses is me. Got it?”
I grinned at my boyfriend then bent down to give him a quick kiss. “Promise.”




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Ah, Ryan and Jamie. Good times. 
(At lest today. But then, there's always tomorrow... Wish me luck!)