We interrupt spring for winter again 5



You know how I said it was spring on Sunday? It’s winter here again. There’s a blanket of white stuff covering my poor little crocuses. *sob* Ah, well, at least I know it’ll probably gone in a couple days as the temperatures are supposed to go back up into the 40s soon.

Gizmo Guy’s been home with a nasty cold the last couple days, and now Guitar Hero has announced he’s got it too. I suppose it’s only a matter of time before I catch it. I know, I know, think positively and wash my hands a million times to stop the spread of germs.

Yesterday I got in a lovely package of bookmarks for Personal Protection. I never ordered any for Private Property since it’ll never be a book, so these are a novelty. They’ve got my website header on one side, and the cover of Personal Protection along with the blurb and info on the other. They’ve turned out quite nicely. Now I just have to figure out what to do with them. Anyone want one? I’ll send you one along with an oversized postcard of Private Property’s cover … just sayin’.

I am still working on the second draft of Andy’s story, which means that I’m filling in a lot of scenes where I left myself placeholders like [insert sex scene here] or [you need something here about how Charley (that’s the heroine) is threatened by Roger … figure it out!] Which means I’m writing fresh a lot. It also means I’m having to turn off the internet and not check my mail, and NOT follow Twitter. OMG it’s so addictive. I love it, but it’s fatal to my productivity.

Yesterday, with Twitter turned off for most of the day, I wrote 3001 words – which is really good considering partway through, I sent Dani and Marley a panicked email saying I’d written myself (and my heroine) into the proverbial corner and had to make a door for the heroine to get out of it. Marley, bless her, phoned me and very quickly extracted the pertinent information from me (never an easy task). She made a couple suggestions that were real *face/palm* moments. Of course! It was so obvious! I’d already written a solution that could be used, why didn’t I think of it? Because I was too close to the story. I don’t know what I’d do without my critique partners some days.

Thing is, I plotted this one. In fact, I plotted Sam’s story. Yet as soon as I start writing I realize the plot isn’t working, or my new writing is better than the plot, and my notes get trashed and I have to start again. I’m tired of writing 130K for a 70K book. One of these days I’ll figure out how to write more effectively. I can only hope.


5 thoughts on “We interrupt spring for winter again

  • Leah Braemel

    Natasha: Drop me an email with your snail mail address to leah AT leahbraemel DOT com and I’ll pop it in the post. Or send me a DM over on Twitter, or send it to me on a note on Facebook. However you want to get it to me, works for me.

  • Natasha

    oh and yeah…the snow? it needs to go now! We are driving up to near Ottawa on Thursday…..

  • Marley Delarose, Author

    I was thinking about the forest for the trees thing. Its more like too close to the tree to see the branches and leaves. All you can see is bark!!

    We got the freeze too. Killing the crawfish harvest not to mention sales. :=((

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