Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Too Darn Hot...


Okay..............

My MAN IN A WETSUIT inspired summer read is going RAAAAAAATHER well.

And I just had to post this picture.

Cos it's making me go gooooooose-pimply everytime I look!

It really is a crime to love what you do THIS MUCH!!!

jx

Monday, October 30, 2006

Summer Lovin'



Okay - so here's what happened...I saw this call for Summer read novellas and copied it to my CP. Not seriously...just for info. And then wham, bang, boom. I sit down at the old keyboard this morning and hey whatd'ya know...this whole story comes flying out. Chapter One complete. And I'm loving it.

So...don't want to cook my goose by crying out too early. But hopefully I've a wee project that will keep me going for the next few weeks with a view to submission. How exciting is that.

And Jodie and Angus are one feisty pair - see pic (phew! It's gonna be one hot summer read!)

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Gone With The Wind

The email has gone. The email containing the reworked manuscript is out of my outbox and into the big wide sent blue yonder inhabited by decision-making editors with the power to crush your writing ego in just one blow (big squeezy thanx to beloved CP for looking over - squigy cheek pinch to Nat).

All I can say is I did my best. Added the most convincing additional line of conflict for the heroine. And layered throughout. Let's leave it at that.

So all I have to do now right is forget about it...not recheck my email fifty squillion times a day...not pretzel myself like crazy that she hates it/it's too long/in the opposite direction than she wanted bla bla bla! Nuff already.

I know. It's at times like these I wish I did macrame...or had a serious knitting frenzy going down jx

Friday, October 27, 2006

What a difference a day makes...24 little hrs...


Well - last night I sat down and worked out my extra conflict.

And today I sat down and BICHOKed. Almost six thousand words - I know can't believe it myself. Tho my back is killing me (talk about bad PC posture!)









But my lovely CP is kindly looking at the tosh - sorry exceptionally crafted wordage - and hopefully by the end of this weekend I should have some sort of plan for writing back to the Editor with a way forward.

:)

Or here's hoping. Here's a nurse - snapping on her surgie gloves. Much as I snapped on my writing gung-ho-go-get-em-buster attitude today. Now it's time to go nap and forget about it for a while. Frankly I'm daredevil doctored
out!!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Ooooooooooh...now the work begins...


After Nat's amazing two rounds of revisions with M&B for her book (now spectacularly titled All Night With The Boss - hoho!) I'm getting deja vu.

Why?
Because Daredevil Doctor has been read by the lovely US pubber editor I sent it to. And she likes it - she even stayed up til 1am to read it (ahh lovely lady). She can't offer me a contract yet...(gasp) because she wants some more revisions...

Some more internal conflict layers and more internal conflict motivators to the ending. There will also be some work to get rid of colloquialisms (gash my Scottish roots!)

But all in all it's good news. I'm very pleased to have an ed excited about my book and wanting to see Daredevil Doctor in print. So Woo Hoo! But let's just hope I can deliver now! Must go mull it all over. jx
P.S. Here's Nathan - aka Max - the daredevil doc.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Hmmmm tasty...

This pic of James Denton (a.k.a. Mike Delfino) is for Linda. Becoz she loves him. He is rather fine it must be said.

And right now he's my inspiration for Gregor - star of my novella (working title Lost Promises). I know the title ain't too catchy but I'm still working on it. So far I've done 5k out of 30k. Hoping to get some more done tonight.

May Mike do the business in inspiring the words to flow.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Leaps of faith


My writing is taking some dressage steps at the moment - sideways tangents with an aim to publication.

Next year will be my fifth year of RNA membership. I joined because I wanted to be published. Maybe I should try other routes (whilst still trying ultimately for MnB!)

So I'm writing a novella. So far it's going okay. Why not try something new - better that than waiting and never developing in anything new? Here's a fab squirrel pic to commemorate the fact that there's a squirrel in Daredevil Doctor and currently it's being read by an Editor (no news yet - but my squirrel is under consideration and that's what counts!) jx

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Flash - aaaaaaaah!


My lovely brother - yep he can be quite zazzy sometimes - bought me a lovely, much appreciated gift. A FLASH drive. And already I love it. Why hadn't I got one already? Why hadn't I realised they are the writer's essential?
Now all my writing stuff is backed up easily, it's all accessible wherever I go. I'm very happy. My bro is a star. Maybe he'll get something nice for Xmas.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Two Babies And A Book Sale!


It's a BIG CELEBRATION day today because - cue drum roll purleease - my New Zealand Crit Partner Natalie (aka Saskia) sold to Modern Extra. Wowzer.

Yep and she well deserves the sale. Not only is the book great, the hero dreamy, the plot pacey etc etc - she did TWO SETS OF REVISIONS around the same timing of her twin babies coming into the world by emergency C section!

I know PHEW!

So Natalie - here's to you. You've sold and here's to a fabby writing career. May many of your future books grace shelves both close to home and far - and hopefully I'll still get to read them first (hehe!)

A toast - to my buddy's babies and her book!

jx

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Suddenly Action...


Well after rather a long time in life lately when not a lot seemed to be happening...right now it's action-a-go-go.

My CP had twins, then some terrific writing news that I'll blog about sometime when it's on general release. I have great personal news brewing that's keeping me occupied and interfering with daily life in a good but very tangible way. And then yesterday four days after a 'what the heck' submission query to a US publisher I get another mini move of positive news...a request for a full manuscript. Excited - you bet.

I'm crossing my digits and hoping they like it as much as they liked the partial. Watch this space and I'll tell you the outcome. But for now I'm happy that there's action in my writing life again.
jx

To celebrate here's a pic of a rather nice chap, the hero of the book that's under consideration - Nathan Fillian. NICE!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Double Congratulations

Just a quickie to congratulate my lovely NZ CP Saskia - now proud mummy to two extra little bundles. Twin daughters beautifully named Sylvie and Evelyn. They're special little treasures - here's hoping they're fit and strong and home with mum and dad and big brother and sister soon. jx

Kids and Kettles



Today my wee treacle bun daughter, grandma and me all trooped along to see The Singing Kettle - a much loved by kiddies magical song and fun show!!

Darling treacle bun unfortunately got totally FREAKY DEAKIED out by the loud music and blackout lights at the start and promptly hid behind the balcony barrier sobbing and looking v distressed. But worry not...luckily a small boy from our village, whom treacle has hero-worshipped for the last year was just a few seats along...happily this coincidence saved the day. Within five minutes of standing beside her idol all was well and she was clapping with great gusto to all the songs from Music Man to One Potato Two Potato.

It's nice when things turn out okay isn't it? Only up-shot of the whole debacle was - teacle toes is now obsessed/awe struck/kettle fixated/watching the DVD all day long and doing the actions at every opportunity possible. She even kissed her small miniature momentoe kettle five times before bed. Talk about a turnaround. Oh to be a small person again. :)