Monday, April 18, 2016

Writer's Block...no, not really

It’s April 16, do you know where your taxes are?  Mine, thankfully are done and have been done for a whole week.  We didn’t procrastinate quite that long this year.  I know some of you are currently at the moment I am typing this, furiously clicking through PDF versions of your return trying to get them done before the deadline.  I feel for you.  Sincerely. 

So, since our minds are currently over loaded with income and interest and numbers from hell, I will keep this blog short so that those that need to, can get back to work!  We don’t want any penalties and interest being allocated this year. 

I know you are dying to know how the work is coming on book three in the Howl series.  Well.  Actually.  I’m stuck.  Yes really.  I hate killing off characters.  I know that sometimes we have to do it, as that is what the story calls for, but I hate to do it all the same.  I am staring at death in my book at the moment and feel stuck because I don’t want to move forward and face it. 

What will I do then?  I think I will start writing and work my way forward in the book to the point where my outline is stuck.  Maybe I will feel better about it once I have it all set up and see that there is nothing else to be done for it, but to bring on the end to someone. 

I’ve had to kill off characters in the past and some break my heart even if they are in fact the “bad” guy.  I wonder if that is just me?  I know some people think we writers laugh evilly when we do in a character, but I don’t.  I’m not saying I have never, but in general I don’t.  There was one character in my Shadow Dancer series that I enjoyed their demise.  I did.  I’m not telling who, if you haven’t read the books I don’t want to ruin it for you. 

Is it only me that is conflicted in death in a book or is it an issue all writers have to face?  Regardless I will get through the “stuck” and move forward one way or another. 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Blog Schedules

For the better part of the year I try to blog once a week, usually on Mondays.  I tend to slow down during the summer months to twice a month or every other week, as I get really crazy busy during the summer months. I also tend to go to a every other week once the holiday winter season gets moving for the same reason, as well as all I can think about is whining about the cold and no-one really wants to hear about that. 

I know it’s not quite summer yet, but I will be starting the summer slow down now.  Why?  I know how my blogs will be missed terribly, but I am almost finished with the outline for Book Three in the Howl in the Night series, which mean I want to get started on the first draft as soon as possible.  First drafts for me tend to take up a lot of my free time.  I only have about one hour a day to write and I don’t want to take up that one hour every week.  I am very excited about where this book is going and I can’t wait to get started. 

I am still working on a title for the book.  I like to have a nice title in mind before I begin but after I have the outline.  I don’t have one yet.  Twilight ruined a lot of good moon type titles for me.  Darn it all!  I am thinking along the lines of “The Blood Moon” or something dark like that.  It would be fitting if I stay with the outline I have going.  Ooo I just thought of another option.  "Darkness before the Dawn".  Oh, I like that.  I think we have a winner.  I will give that title a whirl for a bit and see what I think. 

As I was saying, I will be off and on the new few months as I work my way through the new book as well as get loaded down with my summer and events.  Have a great week everyone.  I’ll be back soon.  I promise.