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New Characters

I sat down and read the first 2k of the new manuscript and knew I had a problem. My main character was all over the place. SHE didn’t know who she was. She was just there on the paper tagging along because her book was next.

Enter spotify.

Yesterday I worked on her a lot, trying to mold her into the person she needed to be with goals and motivations. Hopefully with the right attitude to lead to great conflict with the hero.

Thanks to Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies, Cassadee Pope, Kacey Musgraves and the Dixie Chicks, she’s quite the spitfire.

Thanks to Susan Gable’s Character Motto, I found her tone of voice: Mama said “Catch more bees with honey.” I figured squish the damn bee with my shoe. If I miss and it stings me, at least I down fighting.

Thanks to Scrivener, I’ve got the main character sketches done and an opening.

Tonight I love this book. Tomorrow…well, if you’re a writer, you know how that goes. 🙂

 

FYI: The next Sharlene Gallagher Guardian book is out with beta readers. Not long until Angel Eyes hits the market!

 

 

Dear Summer 2013 #MyWANA

Ross Castle, Killarney IrelandI loved you. You were a life-changing summer.

I started in Ireland, the most beautiful place on earth, ended at the computer writing and designing book covers and formatting books so everyone has access to the Mary Beth Lee and Liz Lee books, not just kindle owners.

I survived the summer cold from hell, discovered Zeal, spent July in yearbook camps, said goodbye to a fellow J-adviser who’s retiring after 31 years in the district.

I found a new favorite author: Sarah MacLean <3, finished Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series and reread the SEP books I love so much.

I re-embraced Pilates since it helps with the pain caused by the purse and fall-inflicted shoulder injury AND I learned the chiropractor hurts like heck, but makes the pain better eventually.

I wrote and wrote and wrote some more and edited and edited and edited some more and had a blast with Mom and Dad and learned to play dominoes with an ancient set of the game that had been in the bottom of our game closet in the old house.

I rediscovered the anxiety of an empty nest and the joy, too. And learned that blue sticky tack is from hell.

I lost big at poker, but decided the stop at Fischer’s in Muenster was worth it.

I fell more in love with the dog and she fell more in love with me. There’s a chance this is a codependent relationship. We’ll see when school starts Monday.

I slept in late and stayed up late working on books and maintained the weight loss from last year and stuck with the low carb lifestyle.

I had a blast writing the third Sharlene Gallagher book and rewriting To Trust a Prince. I coveted Karen Kelley’s new RV and decided one day DH and I would have one, too.

Thanks to DD’s insistence I finally saw Pitch Perfect and learned to my surprise that no, it’s NOT a baseball movie. I saw I Love You Man and laughed and laughed and laughed some more. And I started Scandal. Wow. Just wow. Shonda Rhimes is a genius.

You were a great summer. I’ll miss you. But it’s time to restart the day job. I love it, even though it’s frustrating some times…especially these days when the powers that be, people who aren’t in classrooms or campus admin jobs, keep asking for more and more and more to the point that effectiveness suffers system wide, but as a former principal told me once: you do what you can do. That’s my non-summer goal for the day job this year. Do what I can do. And try to continue last year’s “keep in positive” goal by focusing on the good part of the job: the students.

Goodbye summer. I’ll miss you. xoxo

 

Reading, Writing, NO ARITHMETIC

From my front flowerbed.

From my front flowerbed.

I love summer.

So far I’ve finished the Codex Alera series (OMG, sooooooo freaking amazing) and Dead Ever After (the last Sookie story–loved it!), read the first Santini novella (hot and fun, interesting concept and set in San Antonio), started Unmasked by Anya Karin (finally, I’ve had it on my kindle for months!) and Clockwork Angel (I know, I’m late to the party).

I’ve also done some deep copy editing on a friend’s novel and another friend’s memoir.  I  love deep copy editing others’ work. I wish I could work on my own work the same way!

AND I’ve fallen in love with the TV show Longmire. Holy cow, I love it so much! It’s like a BJ Daniels book all played out on the small screen.

What I haven’t done much of is write. DH asked me about that yesterday. I mean, we built this new house for my office (jk–sort of).

I told him I wasn’t going to feel bad for taking a week off after the school year. I love my job (see the bajillion posts written about that since 2005), but it takes a lot out of a person. I needed to regroup, get back into my creative place.

I’m there now. 🙂

Have I mentioned I love summer? Because I really, really do.

–MB

If you like contemporary romance, check out my latest Liz Lee Kindle title, Close to Home. It’s free for Amazon Prime members with Kindles.

War reporter Donovan “Tex” Nelson returns home looking for a way to escape the horrors of all he’s witnessed. He’s ready to find solace in the arms of a woman who understands the sanctity of the one night stand.

The last thing he expects is Kacie Jo Jenkins all grown up and ready to fulfill that request.

She’s his best friend’s little sister.
He’s her fantasy quest.

When the fantasy becomes real leaving Kacie Jo pregnant, everything changes. 

Everything except the nightmares that haunt Donovan.