Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Two days before Christmas

My gosh, it's two days before Christmas and I'm scrambling to get everything done. Today we will shop for the newest member of our family, Anaheim. We are looking for a Santa present. Of course it will have to be something she can use later on (she will be 6 weeks old on Christmas day). Then we will assemble the Young family cookbook, new recipes of the year. We started this last year and we plan to add ten recipes each year. Most, if not all, of the recipes will be weight watcher recipes since ww became a major part of my life this year. This is such a wonderful time of the year. To everyone out there in cyberspace, don't stress, learn to relax and don't worry about what you can't get done. Everything will fall into place. The most important part of Christmas is family. If you can be with those you love most, you are indeed fortunate.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Emotion in writing

A fellow writer and friend asked about writing emotion. How does one go about writing emotion. When the point of view is one of another woman, I close my eyes and try to envision the scene. I feel everything the character is feeling and then I write. Many times I will layer and relayer as the scene develops and I better understand what my character is feeling at the moment. The author must consider everything that came before the scene and everything that will follow. What the character does in the scene that is being written will effect the character's actions later in the story. And the emotions within the scene must be consistent with that character.

It is harder for me to write emotions when the scene is in the male point of view. I make sure the scene is critiqued and when I'm doubtful, I ask advice from both male and females. The basics, however are the same.

How do you write a emotion. Leave a comment. And don't forget to scroll down a ways and sign my guest book for a copy of The Wager yet to be released by Awe-struck.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Looking for a book cover

Wow, I'm still looking for a cover for The Wager. And I'm still wondering if they will let me approve the cover. The publishing house is a new experience for me. It has the same name, Awe-struck, but it is managed differently. I don't really feel part of a family. I'm just another book. I don't feel as if anyone really cares about me as an author and a person. I miss the old Awe-struck. But maybe I just don't like change. Perhaps this is better. Only time will tell.

Monday, December 14, 2009

This feels very strange!

I have a day at home to finish the last 50 pages of The Wager. For those of you who are wondering, this is legit, due to an appointment time that was out of my control. So here I am, putting off the inevitable. But I will be so happy to send this back to my editor and hopefully I won't get it back again. Perhaps I have fixed all the problems that were created when I change the year it was set in at least three times, maybe more. I went from Indians to pirates. The 1200's, to the 1700's, to the regency period. So get to work Chris and finish this for the third time. Perhaps when this is done I will have the energy to finish the third book. Ravyn's story.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Will the edits ever end?

At this moment, as I reread The Wager for what seems the millionth time, I wonder if this book will ever be published. We are well past the pub date (November 28th) and I've yet to see the new cover. Will I have approval of the cover? I wonder about that too. So as I start the morning, I plan on rereading 100 pages today and then perhaps I will be able to finish it (again) and send the revised story back to my editor.

After that I will think positive thoughts but I doubt if I will be surprised to get it back for a third time. I must have all 327 pages memorized by now. No, think positive Chris. Think positive. T h i n k p o s i t i v e !!!!!