Thursday 31 March 2016

Too many words

This morning I was inspired by a dream, but as I woke up, the images evaporated.

On my dog-walk, a whole heap of words flew at me, for a completely different story.

Sitting here, after lunch, and staring at an unexpectedly high water bill, another story jumped up, waved about a bit and disappeared from view.

I haven't been able to capture any of these stories, because the words are currently reminiscent of abstract oil paintings with wings.

Three stories, though... If they ever decide to gravitate towards me, I'll be busy.


Anyway, it's the last day of March, the day when previously sane bloggers worry about the A-Z Challenge they're about to undertake. I've done it twice since I started my blog, but April is usually a bad month for me, and I can't always spare the amount of time that it takes. I'll sit back and enjoy everyone else's posts though. Have a great month!

Thursday 24 March 2016

Cover Reveal - Seismic Crimes by Chrys Fey


An Internal Affairs Investigator was murdered and his brother, Donovan Goldwyn, was framed. Now Donovan is desperate to prove his innocence. And the one person who can do that is the woman who saved him from a deadly hurricane—Beth Kennedy. From the moment their fates intertwined, passion consumed him. He wants her in his arms. More, he wants her by his side in his darkest moments.

Beth Kennedy may not know everything about Donovan, but she can’t deny what she feels for him. It’s her love for him that pushes her to do whatever she has to do to help him get justice, including putting herself in a criminal’s crosshairs.

When a tip reveals the killer's location, they travel to California, but then an earthquake of catastrophic proportions separates them. As aftershocks roll the land, Beth and Donovan have to endure dangerous conditions while trying to find their way back to one another. Will they reunite and find the killer, or will they lose everything?


Saturday 19 March 2016

Bad week got better

Thank you for all your support and hugs after my last post. Today I finally got to the end of my revisions, only a few days late!

After realising the best words I'd ever written had disappeared into the ether (and therefore I can pretend they were the best words ever), I got down to re-writing them pretty quickly in case I lost the thread of what I'd been trying to say.

Some of you suggested waiting a few days, but I was far too worried to do that. By Wednesday evening, just before Castle started at 9pm, I reached the stage I thought I'd got to on Monday evening. And from there, I was able to proceed to the challenging end-of-the-novella. It's not the best ending in the world, but I'll be having another read through next week, and hopefully some new problems will rear their head.

Am I alone in thinking that if I can't find a problem to solve, the whole thing must be atrociously bad?

I'm pretty pleased with myself because since starting to rewrite this novella at the beginning of February, I have added 9000 words, hopefully made the main character a little more sympathetic and made the 'nasty husband' slightly less nasty so the end of the story makes sense.

My aims for the next round are:
  • turn the colours blue and green and red into more descriptive colours using this site
  • make sure the weather accurately portrays the time of year
  • possibly cut a few words, depending on whether I want to enter it into a competition or submit it
So, that's it. My goal for March was to get this novella finished, and I'm very securely within that. I deserve chocolate!

Did you have goals for March?
How are you doing with them?

Tuesday 15 March 2016

In the middle of a crisis

I'm currently right in the middle of a crisis. I worked hard last night, and made some revisions to my current WIP that flowed so well. And then...


I didn't notice until this afternoon, because this morning I went back over a different part of the WIP and didn't think to check the end - why would I?

I actually felt sick when I realised. And then I sobbed - proper they-cancelled-Firefly sobbing. I shared my anguish on Facebook, because I needed immediate sympathy, and the dog just looked confused by the noise. Isn't Facebook fantastic for that kind of thing? My dear friends said just the right things.

I've been struggling with this novella for quite a while, and yesterday just seemed to work. I'd written the scenes out longhand, but then changed them as I went along, moving sections around so the story made more sense. And now, I can't remember a single thing.

I'm writing this post because every time I look at the WIP I want to cry all over again. This chapter is now going to be very different to how it was yesterday, which will have a knock-on effect on the ending. All the problems I'd figured out yesterday are now right back where they always were, and I have no idea how I solved them. I wish I had a photographic memory - it would be so useful right now.

Sometimes, writing isn't fun...

Sunday 6 March 2016

My cover reveal

I saw my new cover for the first time yesterday afternoon, and a couple of hours later it was finalised and I was given the go-ahead to share it.

I could have set up a cover reveal 'tour', but it all happened so fast and I got too excited to wait, so I splurged it over Facebook and my website. And now, in case you missed it, it's here too.

Due in June 2016