Broken Radio & Jigsaw Puzzles

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I’ve learned I’m just not happy if I don’t have a bunch of creative projects going at once.  Not sure why.  Each of our brains work in a different way.

At the moment, I am juggling:

 

 

  1. Updating my online presence, which has included finally figuring out how to fix my sidebar widgets.
  2. Researching Promo, which has included signing up as a host for a second book blogging company, Prism Tours.
  3. Preparing my previously ePublished novels for Indie Pub, which includes outlet, cover art, and promo.
  4. Doll collecting and donating.
  5. Spring Cleaning my chicken coop.
  6. Resume writing An American Elf.
  7. Jotting down ideas as they come in for other stories, like Bobby Ever After the next book in the A Vintage Heart fictional universe.  At this point, I’ve got that it’s mostly set on a film location in Alaska and the Heroine is plus-size with long, naturally curly brown hair.
  8. Planning our summer camping adventures.  We’re getting a new-to-us RV, so we’ll have a real bed and our own potty!0301811001

I think that’s it.  Only seven things.  No, wait.  Eight things.  The list grows and shrinks every day.  I’ve learned to ride it out.  The trick of it is setting priorities and sticking to schedules.  Raising children taught me that.

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Switching Story Structure in My Brain

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Not long ago, structuring my stories was my greatest challenge.  In fact, I still need to do it very deliberately.  Nowadays, my biggest challenges are transitions and descriptions.  These challenges all stem from one thing.

I think in pictures.

For me, a story starts out a huge pile of images.  The whole story is present in my conscious mind all at once all the time.  I can jump in and out of the story at any point in the timeline.  Very nonlinear.

This is great for story creation.

Turning my story into a manuscript other human beings can both comprehend and enjoy.  Not so much.  cqfqg9zumae_uhp

My last story, A Vintage Heart in Hollywood, was Contemporary Romance.

 

Now, I’m working on a Fantasy.  Yeah, let’s just call it that.  I mean, it’s other things, but that’s the one constant.  It’s also a Time Travel.  With elves.  And vampires.  And bigfoot.  Wait.  Squirrel!  Oh, sorry.  Got distracted again.

Okay, so An American Elf is basically a Fantasy.  That means a lot bigger, more complicated story structure.  Since I’m visual, part of the time_macine60process will likely get mapped out on a large sheet of poster board on the wall.  And also notecards.  Each major character with its own color code.  Oy.  Way different than a simple Contemporary Romance story structure.

It’ll be fun though.  I love all that stuff.  It’s the editing that turns me into a squished bug.

 

Guess I’d better go read some good books in this genre/subgenre to help my brain make the switch to the new structure.  The cover art is from some of those stories.

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For example, Twilight by Stephanie Meyer is an excellent example of First Person POV writing and world-building in the present day, I think.  Never really liked the two main characters, loved several of the minor ones though.

Happy Saturday.  🙂

Okay, I’m Back

john_william_waterhouse_-_mermaidA final polish always leaves me feeling like a squished bug.  Ug.  This is a beautiful mermaid by Waterhouse.  I like her better.

It’s such a relief to switch story structures from the Romance Genre standard to the Monomyth.  I chafe at any kind of structure, but I need it.  So, I deal.  This is another reason why I like to work on two stories, two very different kinds of stories, at the same time.

Not that A Vintage Heart in Hollywood is a standard Romance Genre novel.  I tried.  I tried really hard.  But, Jack, the hero, insisted on telling the whole story himself.  He came bounding in like an overeager Labrador and just would not shut the heck up.  The Romance Genre standard *right now* is to tell the story from both the Hero and Heroine points of view, switching POV each chapter.  (((sigh)))  So, I knew that’d make the story a tough sell right out of the gate.  I gave the Heroine her own Prologue and Epilogue like two bookends for the story, but Jack tells the whole story himself.  Gave me a chance to really dig deep into his character.  I’d never told a story from the male point of view before.  That I can remember.  Anyway…

So, now I’m back with An American Elf and it is so much fun.  This is my first novel written from First Person POV.  And I love the Heroine’s voice.  She is hilarious for to me write, probably because she is so very different from me.  Like I said, I’m telling this one, basically, in the Monomyth structure.  Here’s a run-down on that- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hero’s_journey

There are new freedoms.  Yah!  And new restrictions.  Grrr…  But, it’s a change and that is very welcome.

Besides this Fantasy/Time Travel tale, I’ll also be working on my online presence and researching promotional options and deciding if I have enough passion left to Indie Pub The Newblood and the Ice Princess. 

Better get on that.

 

Professional Childcare Providers & Babies as Human Beings

As a retired Certified Professional Nanny, one of my pet peeves in the Romance genre is when someone is called a nanny who is, actually, a glorified babysitter with no training and little to no experience with children.  Equally annoying is when a baby is treated as cute luggage within the story.

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The Governess’s Secret Baby by Janice Preston is neither of those things.

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The governess is trained and during a time when few were actually trained.  The baby is adored and well-cared for and truly involved in the story.

In case you’re wondering, a governess is a professional who is also qualified to home educate the children in their care.  That is why Julie Andrews was a governess in The Sound of Music.  Her oldest charge was 16, her youngest, 5, and, if you remember, the Captain wanted her to drill them in their studies.  In modern times, this means she also needs a four-year college degree.

The single parent (uncle) wisely chooses a baby-loving governess for his newly inherited niece because she is already two years old, unlike the book cover.  After losing her mother, the baby will not also lose her nanny when she grows too old for one.

Coloring Outside the Lines

This is a Time Travel novel by one of my favorite Historical authors, Michelle Willingham- http://www.michellewillingham.com/book/a-maiden-for-the-marquess/

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*Please Note: I’ve revised my posting schedule.  See the new one on the right sidebar under the old typewriter.*

I’m book-crazy, so, of course, I see and read and hear about a lot of books.  I mean, a lot.

I’m also a girl who appreciates a good buffet.

For these two reasons, I get sick of trends in books fast.  Sorry.

I love Twinkies too, but if I eat too many in one sitting I barf.  It’s like that.

“Better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”  Taking this advice, I will be showcasing books I believe color outside the lines of what is most common in the Romance genre right now.

So, instead of…

…books with the 3rd Person Point of View split 50/50 between the Hero and Heroine, I will promote books that are 1st Person or Deep 3rd exclusively or mostly in one character’s POV.

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Instead of…

…books with Alpha Heroes and Kick-Butt Heroines, mine will have Beta Heroes and soft-spoken florists who find their own brand of strength through the course of the story.

Instead of Raunchy Sex…

…there will be books with lovemaking in which it is believable that the couple truly love each other and have, by The End, the integrity and relationship skills necessary to live happily ever after.

By integrity, I mean things like Honesty, Unselfishness, and Kindness.

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Instead of Glorified Babysitters, Babies as Cute Luggage, and Deadbeat Single Parents…

…there will be Professional Nannies, Babies as Human Beings, and Single Parents who only date partners who bond with their children too.

Instead of Dark Paranormal…

…there will be Fun Paranormal, like Pirates of the Caribbean, and with creatures besides vampires, witches, and werewolves.  Think Elves, Amazons, and Aliens.

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Rather than copycat book covers with headless and half-naked dudes, there will be variety and beauty.

Okay, so that’s it.

I’ll get to work on that and start posting, because I’m planning multiple posts on Fridays and Saturdays.  Some might be long, most will be short, a few will be just book covers and links.

😉