I finished up last week with three main thoughts.
1. Good news comes when you need it
Isn’t that that truth? No matter how lousy life gets from time to time, something always seems to happen to help me get by. I spend a part of every day saying thanks for what I have and for those I love. This week, I had a few extra things to be grateful for. My two personal friends in Japan, Yuri and Sueko, and their families, are all safe, though shaken. And though my son was on the runway waiting for take off in Tokyo at the exact moment the earthquake hit, that airplane was released for take off seven hours later and he has safely arrived in the United Kingdom.
On the writing front, I was pleasantly surprised to find out the release dates for two of my upcoming books. One for the Road will be released from The Wild Rose Press July 13, 2011, and my first Special Edition for Harlequin – my working title – The Runaway Nurse Returns – will be released March 2012. Yes, it is a whole year away, but I HAVE A RELEASE DATE which makes it real, and that makes me very happy.
2. There’s always something to look forward to
As a writer I get excited about the prospect of writing a new book, and it is that time again. I’ve finished another work-in-progress, so now it’s on to something new. I have my conflict grid in place for the next story. I’ve written a synopsis and have a firm idea where the story will go, and now it is time to roll up my sleeves and start writing.
Beginning a new book is like being introduced to strangers. The writing always starts out stiff, but the more time I spend with the characters the easier the relationship and writing gets. Pretty soon those new “friends” are having conversations in my head and I’m rushing to my keyboard to put the words to page. Here’s hoping the introductory period doesn’t last too long on this new book.
3. Never stop learning
Where my writing is concerned, I never stop learning. Each fiction book I read teaches me something new about technique and style. I’m often blown away by another author’s word choices or descriptions, and it makes me want to be better at what I do.
So far this year I’ve taken two online classes, one on body language and another on conflict, and I’m lined up to take a third on how to write a mystery in April. I’m also giving an online class on the revision process for the Heart of the Carolina’s chapter of RWA. (See class description on Home Page) If you’re at the stage in your writing where you’re sending out manuscripts, it helps to be prepared for what may come down the line with the revision process. I hope to help authors understand ways to deal with those requests.
Oh, and I figured out how to download a non Kindle e-book onto my Kindle!
Book: The Mists of Time by Susan Squires
Movies: The Kids Are All Right and 127 Hours
I’d like to leave you with a thought from a bumper sticker I saw at the market the other day: Wag more, bark less.
And that’s a memo…