We went to Indianapolis for two days this week. Had a wonderful time, but I wrote the fourth part of Ophelia early, so here it is (in the left column). Hope you like it!
This has been a good writing week. It's summer, so I'm still working around people and stuff to do, but that's what summer's all about. My daughter's coming to stay with us tomorrow. She's going to spend the night on her way to Detroit to see her BFF. She and Heidi have been friends since grade school, and Heidi spent a lot of time at our house. We call her our adopted daughter:) I bought thick steaks to make for supper tomorrow. Holly's a vegetarian during the week, so she's ready for meat on the weekend. I bought gnocchi to make for her, too. Her tastes are much broader than our usual. She loves gnocchi, and I bought fresh strawberries for a dessert that's one of her favorites.
Between the grocery store and visits, I still found enough time to finish the last scene of the Babet and Prosper novella I've been working on and to write two more parts of Ophelia's story. There's something freeing about writing in first person, present tense. Either that, or I just really like Ophelia. Probably both. Anyway, Ophelia--Part 3 is in the left column. Hope you like it. And Part 4's ready for next Friday. I'm ahead!
It's Friday, so it's time to post the next part of Ophelia's story. I have to admit, I'm having fun with this! I haven't used first person, present tense for so long that at first, it felt awkward. But for this particular story, I like how immediate it makes it feel. Anyway, here's Part 2--in the left column. I hope you like it. And if you enjoy it, or not, I love comments.
I'm usually a pretty disciplined writer, but there's something about summers. More people drop in. My husband gets the itch to take off and see this or that. I write in short bursts more than usual. Sitting at my desk for three or four hours gets tricky. And my mind wanders more. That's what I'm claiming anyway, and that's why I thought of a short writing experiment for myself. I like trying new things once in a while, so I decided to try another five-part story. I really enjoyed arranging Freya's story that way. Only this time, I want to make my protagonist--Ophelia--make one bad decision after another until the end segment. I like Ophelia, but I'd like to see how much trouble she can get into. It won't be fun for her, but I might have a good time with this.
You can find Part 1 in the column on the left under the Babet and Prosper short-shorts. I hope to put up a new segment every Friday until it's finished.
I finished the first draft of the romance novel I was working on and put it in the hands of my true, faithful Critique Partners. I've gotten some feedback from them, but not all, and bless them, they've given me great ideas for making the novel better. I love, love, love my critique partners. I don't know about other writers, but I always miss SOMETHING. It's in my head while I write, and I think I've put it on the page, but not so much:) Either that, or I've gone in the wrong direction--even after I do plot points. What can I say?
In the meantime, while they read and mark up my manuscript, I've been working on a new Babet and Prosper novella. I like to write something short between novels. It helps clear my mind, so that when I go back to do rewrites, I'm more detached from my novel. A good thing. I can be more objective.
A reader wrote a review and said she'd like to see more of Evangeline in the Babet/Prosper series, so that's what I'm writing. I thank her for the suggestion.
Thorn, Morpheus, and It appear in the 3rd Wolf’s Bane novel, Magicks Uncaged. Thorn only had one, tiny, little part in the whole book, but he interested me so much that I wanted to know more about him. So I wrote this short-short. You can find it in the left column. Hope you like it!
If any of you love to read or write women's fiction, I just posted a Q & A on my blog with my friend, Karen Lenfestey. Karen writes great character-driven novels and shares her writing process with us. She's recently released a new novel, A Mother's Conviction. http://writingmusings.com/
My sisters are taking me out for a late lunch today, but later tonight, I'll post a new short-short with a character I only got to use for a few pages in my latest Wolf's Bane novel. I instantly liked Thorn and wanted to show just how awesome he really is. I hope you'll like him as much as I do.
In the meantime, have a great Sunday!
I just put up the 11th lunch hour read for Babet & Prosper. It's 99 cents. There was a time, when I first started writing--before Kindles and Nooks--that word length was taken very seriously by editors. Flash fiction could range from 300 words (sometimes called micro fiction) to 1000 words (now expanded to 1500 words). Short stories ranged from 1500-7500 words, novelettes from 7500-17,500, novellas from 17,500-40,000, and anything over 40,000 was a novel. I never see the term novelette anymore, so when I decided to write my Babet and Prosper stories, I wasn't sure how to label them. I aim for about 11,000 words or 40 pages for each of them. For a reason. I like the punch that comes with a short story, the focus that you lose with a longer piece of work. These are designed to read in a short setting, maybe before bed or while you commute. In this story, I wanted to return to Lillith and her brothel. I like Lillith, and I wanted to find a partner for her, but who'd hook up with the very first female ever created? The woman who jilted Adam in the Garden of Eden? A succubi who can breathe in your life energy? Slate Riske, that's who.
I write Babet and Prosper novellas as treats for myself. They're sort of like snacks, since I call them "Lunch Hour Reads" and try to keep them to about 11,000 words. Just long enough for a fun, quick afternoon read. Of course, they take me longer than that to write, usually a week and a half. It takes me more time to write 40 pages of a short story than 40 pages in a book, because every word matters more in something short. Anyway, Babet and Prosper are always "fun" writing for me. And I pick covers that might not be traditional, but they speak to me. When I found this image, I rejoiced. I knew Michael could make it awesome. The magician looks exactly like I picture Slate Riske, the sorcerer I introduce in this story. And the strange, clown painting has the human/eerie duality of the demon he's chasing. The novella should go online soon, but in the meantime, here's the cover:
Damian is my cerebral, hunky gargoyle in the Wolf's Bane novels. He's patient and kind, so other characters often get to overshadow him, and he doesn't mind. He likes to stay in the background. The books are told from Reece's point of view, so it's harder to get to know Damian. That's why I decided to dedicate a short story just to him. Hope you like it. Damian's Story is in the the left column.