Monthly Archives: January 2010

How Long Have You Been Committed?

Yesterday, we celebrated my oldest son’s 13th birthday (I still can believe he’s ‘officially’ a teenager ). While thinking about these last thirteen years with him in our lives, I realized 1997 was the year I decided to commit to writing and make it an important part of my life.

How long have you been writing?

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Thursday Threesome

Threesomes are not always equal and open. In fact some of history and literature’s most famous threesomes are actually love triangles. When one point(person) has a connection to two other points, it can be a dramatic and traumatic thing, but oh my, the literary fodder it provides.

The ultimate love triangle, love risks all and loses all, actually. Camelot’s King Arthur, Sir Lancelot and Lady Guinevere have inspired storytellers for hundreds of years.

Rhett Butler, Scarlet O’Hara and Ashley Wilkes. Say what you want about Scarlet, she was the supreme spoiled little bitch turned cold-hearted snake and once again, she was left with neither of the men she loved. (original story)

Maybe TWILIGHT is the next generation’s Camelot or Gone with the Wind. Lord, I hope not but it *IS* an example of a classic love triangle.

What is YOUR favorite love triangle tale?

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

When I’m writing, I’m usually focused on what my characters want,why they want what they want and why they can’t get what they want.

One question  I gloss over is what makes my characters happy.  Not necessarily the happily-ever-after or happy-for-now happiness.  Or the I-accomplished-my-goal-and-I’ve-grown-as-a-person/being happiness.    But the thing or things that bring them joy.

What makes your main characters happy?

Bonus:  What makes you happy as a writer? As a reader?

(I’ll post my answers in the comment section.)

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Thursday Threesome

Three of my favorite quotes

“You better put a condom on – if you’re gonna act like a dick you need to dress like one.” — unknown

“Never Grow a wishbone where your backbone ought to be” — Cynthia Paddleford

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” — Maya Angelou

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Person, Place or Thing?

Last night, while  researching bad pick up lines for use in a future story, I came across a list of questions for couples to  help them learn about each other.  I’m borrowing and tweaking a question from list (found here) for today’s post.

What three nouns best describe your main characters?

Bonus: What three nouns best describe your current wip?

(I’ll post my answers in the comments)

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Songs in the Key of OCD

I’m not the only writer who creates soundtracks for every project. Far from it. I learned the trick early from my brilliant and fabulously stylish crit partner, Barbara Caridad Ferrer, but I know several authors who make separate playlists for every new book or story and use the music and lyrics to inspire specific scenes or even pages of dialogue.

But sometimes I think I might be more obsessive about it than most. I have a tendency to spend far too many hours sorting and re-sorting my playlists, getting the songs in the just the right order so that when I listen to them — whether I’m driving, washing dishes or drifting off to sleep — I can see my current project unfolding chronologically. I’m a plotter, so if I discover I need to move or delete a scene, I find myself tinkering with the playlist yet again. And if my ear grows tired of a piece of music or it isn’t inspiring my muse anymore, I won’t simply delete it, but instead hunt high and low for something to replace it.

On one hand, the whole thing has become yet another complex, glorious and highly enjoyable form of procrastination, and I should cut it out already, because it’s messing with my productivity.

On the other hand, some of my favorite plot twists, character quirks and bits of dialogue have emerged from this endless search for just the right song. Plus, it’s part of my “process,” and I’m pretty sure my muse will stage a revolt if I try to skip that step.

ANYWAY. Here’s my soundtrack for my recent Red Sage release, HARD HARVEST, part of the “Three Kinds of Wicked” multi-author ménage series. You’ll note that most of the songs on this list are from the country genre. That’s mainly because HARD HARVEST — although a futuristic — is set on farm in what used to be Nebraska, and “down home,” down-to-earth and simple, deeply emotional songs seemed to fit the story’s mood best.

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Hannah by Ray LaMontagne

Troubled Land by John Mellencamp

Hard to Love You by The Wreckers

Very Last Country Song by Sugarland

What I’d Give by Sugarland

Helpless by Neil Young

Ready For Love by Bad Company

Angel from Montgomery by Bonnie Raitt

Bring On The Rain by Jo Dee Messina

Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone) by Tanya Tucker

That Lonesome Road by James Taylor

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Each of these songs correlates to either a specific scene in HARD HARVEST or to one of its three main characters, Hannah, David and Trey. The novella — and, in a very real sense, the premise of the entire multi-author series — is about redemption and the hard work it takes to earn a happy ending. It’s my belief that while love may come easy, it doesn’t hang around unless you make the effort to keep it. Hannah and David’s story is about standing up to trouble and learning to compromise in the name of holding on to love.

HARD HARVEST by Selah March

Futuristic, Ménage à trois, Parnormal & Occult

Purchase link

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Time Tracking

A few weeks ago, I participated in a challenge to track my daily activities. I already knew I was wasting time and not being as productive as I could be. This exercise helped me regain my focus and up my productivity. Here’s the link to the timer I used http://slimtimer.com/ if anyone’s interested in tracking their time.  (1)

So what are your main characters doing right now in their story?  I’ll post my answer in the comments section.

(1) I learned of this time management exercise and the website from Bria Quinlan.

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