Saturday, May 31, 2008


I'm assuming Paty is going to be unable to post the check-in as she's been having trouble this week with the internet. Paty, if I'm wrong, oops and I'm sorry. Go ahead and post something else if you'd like.

Meanwhile, since building a book is a lot like building a house, the photo above. I heard from my editor yesterday -- she had read the proposal, liked the book I was worried she wouldn't like, had good ideas and suggestions for revising the proposal for the other other two books. I'm working on that now with the hope of sending them to her on Monday.

How are you doing? Karen, you back on the ground yet, honey?

It also occurs to me that we don't really have a challenge going on -- is anyone feeling the need to issue one or are we all doing fine rambling along at our own pace?


Paty Jager said...

Ah Alice, you beat me to it, but that's fine. When I first started up my computer this morning I didn't have internet and now it's on. Very frustrating!

I agree building a book is like erecting a house. You need a good foundatioin of the whole thing will crumble.

I managed 3400 words on the WIP this week. Wrote 500 on a shortstory I'm dinking with. Wild Rose Press asked its authors to write up shorts to give away as a promotion for the different lines and authors. So I've been toying with an idea.

And while having lunch with my friend on Wednesday she gotme talking about the contemporary and I had to go back and read what I had and visit them when I returned from lunch. That book is calling to me big time. Wish I knew which one would attract more attention.~shrug~

Has everyone enjoyed the little bit of sunshine we finally got?

Alice Sharpe said...

Paty, I absolutely don't know what came over me. I got up, went to the computer, checked the blog, saw it hadn't been changed and thought (my first mistake, thinking before coffee or even talking) "I'll post something, I bet Paty's internet is still messed up." So, I did. But yours wasn't. I'm sorry.

3400 words, you're an inspiration. I take it the contemporary you're excited about is a different book from the others you're working on? You didn't ask for advice, but I'll offer this: work on the book with the strongest pull for you.

And wasn't the sunshine something else? I'm glad we enjoyed it because it's gone now.

Genene Valleau said...

What sunshine? Did I miss it? LOL!

Paty, sorry your Internet is still acting up. Glad you're being productive. And isn't it nice to have several stories tugging at you? So much better than worrying if you'll ever have another idea!

Alice, of course your editor loved your proposal! Have fun incorporating her suggestions for the other two books.

I'm still "rambling along" on plotting my nine-book series. That expression fits exactly what I'm doing right now, but it's focused rambling. :)

This weekend I'll finish the Author Information Questionnaire for my December release, FEATHERS ON THE FLOOR, which will include the back cover blurb and the longer description that will be posted when the e-book goes on sale.

Today, I'm also making the two-year pilgrimage to my hair stylist to have my hair cut to donate to Locks of Love. I'm taking along my camera so will hopefully get some decent photos of before, during and after to give Locks of Love a plug on my Web site. We'll see how the pictures turn out. Danita especially knows how I am about pictures of me!

Any suggestions on a clever way to incorporate the hair donating into the drawing for my latest contest on June 4? I'm focusing on roses for this contest drawing since my hero and heroine were at the Rose Festival in Portland during this time of the year in their story. The hero is a former rock star, so I could include some flashback stuff to the 70s, even though their story doesn't start that long ago. Flowers (and barrettes and hair ties) in your hair, tie-dyed T-shirt, that sort of thing, and I usually include a CD of oldies songs, as well as chocolate!

Does anyone have other suggestions?

Happy writing, everyone!

Karen Duvall said...

Yeah, Alice, I'm back on the ground at last. I'm not feeling too great today, though. You know that stitch you get in your side from exercising? I woke up with one and it's not going away. I looked it up on the Internet and apparently it's a straining of visceral ligaments. Usually caused by over-training. I've been hitting the aerobics classes pretty hard lately. I screwed up.

My agent sent me her suggested revisions yesterday and made it a point to let me know they're just suggestions, that we can discuss anything I don't agree with. I actually agree with all of them, I'm just not sure how to go about a couple of them. Kind of reminds me of what Eli went through when her agent asked her to fix something. It's a bit like that.

For me, it's a pacing issue in that I have a couple of pretty long sections of dialogue that may go on too long. I introduced backstory I felt important for the reader to know. So now I'll have to judiciously cut, and speed things up. I figure adding tension to the scene should take care of it, but we'll see. Any other suggestions?

The other things she brought up will to be fun to. Not that adding tension isn't fun, but making something scarier, adding information, or tying up some loose ends I'd intended to leave the next book. The story could use more words. It's pretty scant at only 80K.

So that's my weekend.

Congrats, Alice, on pleasing your editor! And you, too, Paty, for getting all those words written. You're on fire!

There was sunshine in Bend this morning, but not anymore. I hear thunder.

Alice Sharpe said...

Genene, I don't have any ideas for including the Locks of Love message in with your prize basket. The ones you outlined sound great.

I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures! (And once again, on behalf of all the people you're going to help by sharing your beautiful strawberry locks, a round of applause...)

Alice Sharpe said...

Karen -- I suspect you'll be surprised by how much dialogue you can cut without doing any damage to your story and in fact enhancing it. I've been tackling a dialogue passage in my WIP the last two days and can't believe how convoluted it got in places. Pacing, tension -- they're the keys to a good, fast read. I bet you're going to have fun with it.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Genene, good luck with the haircut! Can't wait to see your new "do" in June. I'm impressed...Locks of Love wouldn't want my hair. It just doesn't grow. I'm amazed (and jealous) that yours is so healthy and beautiful, and I think what you're doing is wonderful.

I also think your ideas for your giveway tie-in are awesome!

Elisabeth Naughton said...

Alice, we already talked about your proposal but I'll say it again...woohooooo!!!!!! I know you'll work through the revisions for the second two books. Can't wait to hear more about it.

Elisabeth Naughton said...

LOL, Karen. You don't want to do it my way. My solution to the "I don't know how to fix this" revision problem was to ignore it for a month THEN get busy. ;) (Though I did finally get it done.)

I can't offer a whole lot of help in teh adding words issue...that's never been my problem...but I think you're on the right track with trimming the dialogue to increase pace. And like Alice said, it's amazing how much can actually be cut without it impacting the story (or in my case, introspection.)

Good luck!!

Elisabeth Naughton said...

I wrote 4300 words this week on deadline book. But I've been having "opening" doubts which have me stymied. However, driving home from a baseball game today, I had an epiphany. Will have to see if it will work. It means adding in a prologue, which I've never done, so we'll see. ;)

Paty, glad to hear you're plugging away. I agree with Alice - write the one that's calling you most strongly.

Paty Jager said...

Looks like everyone who checked in is cooking!
Congrats on the proposal acceptance, Alice!

Genene, it's so awesoem how you give your hair to locks of love!

KAren, goodluck on your revisions.

Eli, isn't it great when you figure out how to get out of a tough spot with your writing?

I managed 2300 more words today! I figure if I can get this book in first draft by the end of the month that will give me a month to work on the contemporary. Which I'm getting more stoked about because I FIANLLY have a meeting set up with a bare back bronc rider for Monday!! So I'll be even more ready to work on that book.

Alice Sharpe said...

LOL, everyone, the proposal wasn't accepted. I received suggestions for making the books stronger, hence the proposal stronger before it is put before a senior editor. I can see how I mislead everyone. Words, tricky little devils, aren't they?

And Karen, I hope you feel better soon.

Genene Valleau said...

Karen, thank you for sharing the process of revisions with an agent. I can have that experience vicariously through you and Eli without having to do the actual revisions. LOL!

Eli, woohoo on the word count!

Paty, you had an incredibly productive day! Sounds like you're going to have fun with research on the contemporary too.

I am disappointed that you all didn't come up with something outrageous for a contest prize. :) I don't think much about growing and donating my hair as I've done it several times. Thank you for reminding me this is indeed a blessing. (Duh! Locks of Love makes wigs for kids who can't grow hair.)

If I get the timing right on the before, during and after photos on my Web site, it will look like a re-enactment of my stylist cutting my hair. She split it into two sections, so in one of the photos I have short hair on one side and it's still long on the other. LOL!

Since Danita went through my trauma of photos of myself, I'll bet she's ROFL. Of course, I may airbrush a few strategic wrinkles and sags before I put these up. We'll see how they actually look when they are downloaded off the camera. :)

But first, I need to work on the author's questionnaire and some plotting on that series of books plastered on my wall.

(And, Alice, please share the good news on your proposal when your editor calls to tell you she absolutely loves it!)