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I entered the Intrigue pitch contest and I won. I get to pitch Missing to Allison Lyons in a live chat in a couple weeks. Woo Hoo!


You Are an Espresso

At your best, you are: straight shooting, ambitious, and energetic
At your worst, you are: anxious and high strung

You drink coffee when: anytime you’re not sleeping

Your caffeine addiction level: high

Movies for inspiration

I’m spending the day watching movies to help inspire my new book. It’s set in a Texas/Mexican border town. I figured I’d rent El Mariachi, Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. DH said I was crazy. He said I’d hate the movies.
He was wrong. But what surprises me is what I found.
El Mariachi, a low budget indie film has somewhat of a cult following, The other two, continuations of that early film are HUGE big budget films. Robert Rodriguez writes and directs them all. But that early film is a thousand times the movie the others are. There’s this amazing sense of irony from the very first frame, a stark cinematography that matches the films’s setting, a sense of foreboding that follows the main character,a hero that’s not quite a hero. I loved El Mariachi, I thought I’d love the other two also. Nope. They’re okay, but nothing in comparison to that early low budget film.

Down time

In the last two months I’ve submitted two complete novels. One needed a little work, one needed about 200 pages. 🙂
Now I’m planning my holiday writing schedule. I have two options. One, work on my next Intrigue wanna be. I love this book and it’s very now. A little Mexico, a little drug trafficking. Nothing earth shattering, but I think I have a good spin and a strong mystery.
The other is my next inspirational women’s fiction. It’s a little Steel Magnolia’s and a little Luke. It’s exciting. But it’s more focusing on the women and their growth both emotionally and spiritually and less romance, although there is this sheriff… 🙂
Anyway, I’ve had good luck getting requests for my category stuff. I’ve had no luck with the women’s fiction. I think it’s great. My CP’s LOVE it. They think it’s the best thing I’ve ever done, and they’re stingy with their praise. But it’s women’s fiction and most WF houses require agents and agents aren’t so easy to find these days. Not to mention the fact that writing the WF drains me. It’s so emotional. It’s like a huge roller coaster of emotions. It was easy to write in the summer because I could focus on it. But the holidays might not be so easy. The Intrigues drive me crazy because I feel like I leave plot holes and have to go through questioning the validity of everything, but I feel energized when I write them. Plus I like writing the romance. It, and this is corny but true, soothes my soul. The WF makes me focus on my own life, my own struggles with faith and trust and my major control issues. Soul soothing in the end but major struggles during the writing. 🙂

So it’s decisions, decisions. I’m not sure what I’m going to do, but I better figure it out. I only have two weeks until I get to be a full-time writer again. 🙂

** When I do get an agent I hope she wants to discuss this kind of stuff!


Well, sort of.
I embraced the You can’t fix a blank page philosophy for this book. Let’s just say I’ve got plenty of word-filled pages to fix now. 🙂
300 to be exact.
Still the draft is done. The mystery worked and it enhanced the conflict. I actually think it ended too soon. The last twenty pages are relationship pages. And that’s okay since the end of the mystery led to the relationship break, but I think Intrigue readers want the tension of the mystery to last a little longer.
My heroine stubbornly held to who she was even when I tried to change her early on in the novel. By the end I understood why.
During the revisions I’ll work harder at delving into my hero’s conflict. It seems a little forced toward the end. I love the book. Love the romance. Love the mystery. Revision should be fun. ahahahaha.

So why is it?

That I’ve been blogging for almost a year and I still pushed delete instead of send on the messages I replied to yesterday? UGH!

The book’s heading into the big YIKES then the black moment then the HEA. I hope it’s not too complicated. It made perfectly logical sense to me and my CPs when I plotted it. But now, I’m not so sure. After this draft is done, I’ll work through all the plot lines. Make sure they’re logical. Then flesh it out. I’m not going to rush though. I plan on having it out the door by Nov. 18. That’s still a month to polish it, make it shine. Make sure the words work. 🙂 With the other request, I’m still shooting for Halloween.

I got contest results back on my Romantic Elements ST. And yep. Split decision. One This is ready to send with minor errors fixed. One this is okay but…. And one, the writer is obviously a newbie…. UGH!!!! 🙂
Actually it doesn’t bother me a bit. I got great feedback and I’d enter the contest again no question.


I started my new Intrigue proposal tonight. I just decided to go with what I felt like working on, and since I have no contracts, I have that luxury. I can’t wait for that to change. 🙂
I’m over the half way point on my WF and I have the next one plotted. This Intrigue kept popping around in my brain, so I figured get it on paper while it’s there.
And now it’s 1 a.m. and I feel guilty for not working on the 1/2 done women’s fiction—which is crazy!
The Intrigue was fun. It’s suspenseful and sexy and the hero is yummy. It was nice to take a break from all that angst in Prodigal and focus on Missing. My conspiracy theory brain needed an outlet.
I’m just glad I have the time to write.
I’ll be teaching Thursday and Friday, so I’ll only get to work at night, which I seem to do anyway. I just needed a schedule. Hopefully I can keep this up once school starts. Writing the synopsis first helps a ton! Hard to believe I wrote those words. A few months ago, I thought writing a synopsis first completely shut me down. Now I use it as a road map, but that’s all. And sometimes maps are wrong, but that’s okay because if the map is there, you can just take another route to get where you’re going.