Friday, January 28, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Ack! Thought I was farther along with that novella

In going over my partially completed time travel novella, I found that although I'd written the first three scenes, I'd only plotted out the first eight scenes. So, before I resume writing, I have to go back and plot out the second half of the story.

I'd thought I'd finished that, so was a little disappointed, but I'll finish plotting, then get back to writing the first draft.

That's what happens when I leave a project midway through.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Finished another story!

I just completed the first draft of a short story today. I printed it out and put it in a folder to edit and polish up later. I'll probably give it another look-over next week.

Tomorrow, I'm going to reaquaint myself with my time travel novella. I'm still not sure what I want to title this one yet. It's based on my Civil War time travel romance, Erin's Rebel, but takes place after the war.

I was writing the first draft but stopped to get the revisions done for Cassidy's War. I'll look over what I did so far and try to get back into the swing of the story.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Getting back into the swing of things

After months of revision, edits and two proofreadings of my novel, I wondered if I could get back to actual writing--on something new--after sending Cassidy's War off to my editor.

I did do a little bit of writing during that time, however, on a short story I also submitted just last week. But mostly, I've been immersed in working on an already written novel.

So, after sending off my manuscript, I wrote down six new ideas for short stories--my second writing goal for the new year. The following day, I picked one idea, came up with a title for the story, then made notes. I took the weekend off and was wondering if I could get right back into writing new words for a brand new story.

I'm pleased that once I set up the file, the words for this new story flowed and I wrote 1043 words today. I hope to pick up where I stopped off tomorrow and tack on another 1000 words.

This is the reason why I don't stop writing between projects. I firmly believe taking that break hurts my creativity. A day or two is fine, but no longer.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Weekly Excerpts at Slip Into Something Victorian

At my group blog, Slip Into Something Victorian, we're starting a Saturday Excerpt post featuring all of our published books, as well as contracted and even unpublished works.

Today I'm featuring a new excerpt from my Civil War time travel romance, Erin's Rebel. And come back every Saturday to view a new excerpt post from of one the Scandalous Victorians.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Victorians in Disguise

My new post is up over at Slip Into Something Victorian today. I'm talking about the disguise a prominent Victorian wore, or at least was rumored to wear.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

First goal of 2011 accomplished!

I just sent off my new novel, Cassidy's War, to my editor. And I've already started on the second goal to list 6 or 7 ideas for short stories. Just one more idea and I'll be there.

I think I'm on a roll!

Saturday, January 08, 2011

The holidays are over...time to get back to work

In truth, I never stopped working, just slowed down a bit.

I'm at the final stage with my novel, Cassidy's War. I'm part-way through a proofread of the print version of the novel, then it's off to my editor. I'm eager to finish this up, so I can get back to work on my time travel novella.

Here's the new blurb for Cassidy's War. My revision changed the story a bit.

The Civil War is over, but Cassidy's war is just beginning.

Cassidy Stuart longs to attend medical school. Her training under her physician father and her time serving as a nurse during the war, have only increased her desire to be a real physician with a practice of her own. When the man who'd left her at the altar five years before returns, she's determined not to let him upset the plans she's set for herself.

Unknown to his former fiancee and her family, George Masters is now a Pinkerton agent sent to investigate a physician now living in George's former hometown. When he finds Cassidy hasn't married, he hopes he can have another chance with her, but can't reveal his real reason for returning, at least not until his mission is accomplished.

Can love be rekindled with a doctor bent on revenge against them both?

Once I send this out, I can cross out my first goal of 2011. Won't that be a great start to the year?