Saturday, September 30, 2006

Just Had A Great Idea...


Hey, I'm excited. I've just had a GREAT idea for a new book. And I mean - a cracker, a lightbulb. I'm very excited.

Yeeeha!

Monday, September 25, 2006

Jane Eyre - Hmmm!


I'm very happy. Last night I watched the BBC's new adaptation of Jane Eyre - and Mr Rochester is gorgeou-stafa!

I've also just read my excellent CP's revised book - and it's fab and I'm feeling tres proud of her for all her hard word and brilliance.

Then there's some mega personal news that I can't spill yet but that I'm turning quiet cartwheels about. It's not about writing - but it is good news. Watch this space for a few months but for now I'm keeping it to myself.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

It's Gone!


My latest Mod X manuscropt Sipping Bliss went in the post yesterday. Cue nail biting. And imagining I've made all sorts of mistooks therein (I haven't I've rechecked again). It's just the paranoia. Ho hum...time to wait and forget about it.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Here's My Character Basics for Writing A Book With Trish Wylie




Okay - here's the deal. I'm still intending to do Trish Wylie's Write A Book With Trish workshop - see below for link - highly recommended. Why not come and join in the fun???

My heroine is Kelly Love 28 Glasgow city girl and confirmed single girl. She runs an online dating club. I'm loving the pic of Kelly (played by Jenni Falconer) above - because it's so sassy and that dress will just have to feature at some point in the book (my oh my!) It's OUT THERE.

My Hero Joe MacKenny is a 30 year old Malt Whisky Masterclass Tutor. I LOVE the above pics of Dougray Scott as Joe - especially the near kiss moment with Kate Winslett. I mean talk about drooool! Just look at it! I also love the dancing pic. Makes me want to write a dance scene in just for the thrills.

So this is how the tiny creative nugget of Sweet Harmony is coming along so far. Two character sheets. Oooh how exciting.

Introducing Kelly Love





So yesterday you got my hero Joe.
Today my lovely heroine Kelly - aka tv presenter and cutie pie Jenni Falconer.
And I have to say what a perfect pair - I'm very happy. They're going to go brilliantly together (ultimately) but they're also going to spar like nobody's business - hurrah! I'm so looking forward to doing this...

And if you want to take part in
Trish Wylie's excellent Book With Trish workshop come along and check out the fun at her blog.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Dougray Scott


I'm mulling over a new story...Dougray Scott is featuring rather heavily in my ideas for the hero Joe. I know the hero a bit already because he featured as the heroine's brother in my previous book. So right now - I'm musing on Joe.

The Nurse's Longed For Family


Judy's Top Reader Tip - buy this book. Fiona Lowe's wonderful The Nurse's Longed For Family. Tis fab. I couldn't put it down. Loved the heroine, the hero, the setting. And a great little kid called Woody. Go buy it and read you must - says Yoda Judy.

Eureka!

Had a major lightbulb THUNK moment today.
My Sipping Bliss mss is finished - except there's something about the ending that needs more oomph and I've been pondering what exactly it is...
Then today I get the lightening bolt.
Foreshadowing the black moment....
And suddenly it all becomes a breeze.
So that's a new tip I've learned. How to give your emotional conflict the most possible resonance for its buck...foreshadow...gently but appropriately and make the reader feel the emotion, the moment, the conflict - what's at stake.
Wow - I feel like a real writer. And it feels good.
I'm now really excited about going away and transforming the scenes I have in mind with the foreshadowing emphasis - it's churning inside me all ready to spill forth. Maybe tomorrow...
I'm so hoping they like Sipping Bliss. I finally feel like it's coming together - but there's the always risk they just won't like your story isn't there?
P.S. Mega big congratulations to my lovely very own NZ CP - who has achieved the mega status of a revisions request. Wowza! Now go to it girlie.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

How Did It Know I Like That One?

You Are Dublin Mudslide Ice Cream

You won't remember any of this in the morning

Am I Quirky?

Your Quirk Factor: 54%

You're a pretty quirky person, but you're just normal enough to hide it.
Congratulations - you've fooled other people into thinking you're just like them!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

He's Finished! Ahhhhh!


Sipping Bliss is finished - yeeeha! The end is done in rough format but I'm looking forward to polishing it up. And it means next week I can relax and forget and not lie awake thinking about things to do with Cameron and Fran. Wot bliss...
And now I can do the big darn print out. Which is a stage I like.
And get the syno socked in prep for sending in a partial. Wot joy.
So here's a pic of Cameron. Just to commemorate today.
And now I can sit back and read Fiona Lowe's latest - ahhh!