I’ve spent the day running around. It started off early – out of the house at 7 a.m. to pick up Guitar Hero from work since he wanted to start learning to drive. Again. I drove one block to the grocery store so he could help me load the groceries then he drove home from there across the top of the city. When we got home, he asked if I talked so much because I was nervous about him driving.
Hmm. Actually I thought I was being unusually quiet, deliberately trying NOT to talk so he wouldn’t yell at me the way he did last time when I told him to ‘whoa’ when he was approaching a corner way too fast. But considering I don’t have many people to talk to during the day face-to-face, maybe I was taking advantage of having a real live body in the vicinity? Or maybe I was babbling from nerves – he does make me nervous. Or maybe he was just overly conscious as he was trying to concentrate on gearing and such. I have no idea. But it didn’t overly endear me to taking him driving again.
I got the groceries put away, and checked my email while trying to decide whether to work on Sam’s story or the Harlequin story. Realized I’d really like to print out the outline of both, but my printer was out of ink. And I wanted to read some more Harlequin stories to figure out more about them. So out I went again. This time to the local mall where there’s a Staples – for the ink, and a dry-erase calendar I wanted to use for plotting, and a Chapters to look for some Harlequins. And somehow I ended up meeting Gizmo Guy for lunch there which killed another hour. I decided not to buy the Harlequins there as I knew I could get them cheaper online, but I did end up picking up a copy of one of Angela Knight’s books – Mercenaries for $4 – it was on sale, as were a lot of books there. The clerk said they’d slashed prices on a lot of their books to clear the shelves. Pity I didn’t find that out until the checkout counter. Another book I picked up and is now close to the top of my TBR pile is Michelle Rowen’s Lady & the Vamp. Figured it was the best way to support such a supportive TRW author! I tried to put Lady & the Vamp in the labels, but Blogger doesn’t like the ampersand, sorry, Michelle.
Anyway, I didn’t get to sit down at my computer until Curly was coming home from school late this afternoon. Then I sat and listened to one of the eHarlequin podcasts from the Silhouette Special Edition people, and did a bit more research. It’s disheartening to hear that the SSE people only signed one new author this year. Won’t stop me from writing, but it does give that nasty internal editor ammunition.
But the good news is, even though I got a really late start today, I started writing the first draft. And I’m really pleased that I won’t be having to research letter bombs, and car accidents, and FBI agents, and … well, all that detailed stuff. This story will be all about the romance, and it’s set in … yeah, you had to have guessed this one … Quebec City!