Fly on the Wall Sunday: The Truth About Writing

It is only when you open your veins and bleed onto the page a little that you establish contact with your reader.  If you do not believe in the characters or the story you are doing at that moment with all your mind, strength, and will, if you don’t feel joy and excitement while writing it, then you’re wasting good white paper, even if it sells, because there are other ways in which a writer can bring in the rent money besides writing bad or phony stories.  ~Paul Gallico, “Confessions of a Story Writer,” 1946

What a highly potent confession and true. I find when I believe in my characters, when I want to know what happens next, that is when I crave to write their story. Even if I turn off the computer I feel them calling me back to write just one more scene. Those are the stories I breathe in and write with the excitement of solving the mystery of what they’ll do, what will happen next, and how will it end.

For stories that fade on the excitement level I find that trying to finish them feels like a child having a string tied around their tooth and tied to the door knob just to get that need to be shed tooth out–it’s not fun. Since I don’t feel a need to torture myself I tuck those stories away. Sometimes they get finished later with new excitement and new ideas. Sometimes they don’t get finished. For the stories that I finish and I’m not thrilled with, they don’t release simply because I no longer connect with or believe in the characters; without that passion and belief I don’t feel as if I’m putting my best work forward so I don’t put it out there at all.

Writing my soon to be released book was one of those books that raged within me to be written. It was hard, definitely one of those stories that made me cry for my leading lady, but the passion that came from within on this story gave me a finished book that I fully love and believe in. I shall share the cover and details on the book soon. Currently Kill List deserves a little more chatter and attention so I shall not shadow it’s fairly new release status with talk of the next book just yet.

Happy Sunday you all.

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All vegetables ~ Bell peppers, red onion, and romaine lettuce made for a yummy light dinner meal.

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Other than spending a little time in the kitchen I am writing, working on a story that I am eager to see where it goes and what my characters do to react to things that have just happened to them.

I am also prepping the next book for release (later this year like May or June or later I think) and I will share the cover closer to the release date along with details about the story itself. It’s far different from Kill List and many of my other works too, but it’s still me.

I’m plotting and planning a makeover for something I do actually have the ability to do without needing help doing it, and of course I am still sewing. Once I finish the projects I have left I think I will take a break (unless I fall in love with yet another fabric) and spend a little time knitting and actually getting out of the house for something more than business and errands.

I’ve decided I don’t like my makeup (which I don’t wear often) because I think it’s a little too dark for me. Although I could swear I wore this shade before. My mother thinks it is fine but I don’t. Perhaps there is something wrong with my eyes, or I just don’t wear makeup enough to get used to me in color. But seriously, it looks off to me.

Anyway, that’s the Saturday Scoop on what’s going on in my neck of the woods. I hope you all have had a great week and that you have a great weekend too.

Wednesdays with the Arts: Weeping Rose

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Happiness is a choice, so choose it. No matter what evils are thrown at you always know your self worth and never let anybody try to steal it from you. They can’t take your value unless you give it to them. They can’t break you unless you let them. You are so much more than the negative vibes slinging your way so always remember that.

Happy Wednesday you all. I hope you can do something that makes you remember why you love being alive.

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Roses weep but not with sorrow. They weep with joy because with every fall they realize how strongly they rise. ~ Capri Montgomery ~

Ideas They Do Come

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The great thing about being a writer…well, an active imagination to the max kind of writer, is that ideas come to me no matter what I’m doing.Cooking, working out, grocery shopping…it just never fails. The stories they just keep on playing. Both of my current WIP have solid ground and I’m forging ahead with the hopes that the ground does not shake and conjure up another WIP to take over my thought process before I make a huge impact on both of these. One of my WIP is…well, a challenge, but I can’t wait to see if I can really bring it all together.

I hope everybody has had a great day today.

Monday Musings: Much to Do

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If you are hanging out near or on my Knit This ~ Sew That blog then you’ll notice that I have redone the blog layout and it’s growing in a good way.

I plan to make changes here and changes in general to my author online habitat, but those changes are just in planning. I’m not going to rush it because I don’t have everything I need yet, but I am working on it.

The changes to the Knit This ~ Sew That blog were both inspiring and almost idea crushing. Before I started the changes my original idea was to just make a different blog all together, but I really don’t want to have to deal with three blogs so why not just work with what I have…plus I wasn’t spending a lot of time on that blog so it’s still relatively in the starting stages with fourteen followers of whom I appreciate for following a neglected blog.

I liked the layout a lot and once I decided to jump in instead of waiting until I took the other step I was thinking about I was very excited to start working on it. But, as always, something happens to slow me down, throw the train off the tracks, or take way longer than anticipated. That very something…a lot of somethings…made me wonder if I really wanted to go through that with this blog. This blog is way older with way more posts so the thought was definitely leaning toward an “I don’t know about this.”

But I do want to make some changes and while I am not sure it will fully go as planned, in fact I’m sure it won’t, I am still going to work to see if it’s doable sometime this year or early next year.

I hope you all are enjoying Spring and bringing some positive changes to your world.

Fly on the Wall Sunday: Kill List

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With help from the Witness Protection Special Conditions unit this Marine is calling in old favors and bringing in his team of elite military men to get justice for his sister’s murder while keeping the woman he loves alive. When a simple killer takes on more sinister shades of darkness can this Marine pull this mission off with success, or will the man he’s prepping to go to war with add another kill to his list.

Available Now:

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Inside Look:

“I don’t know what he was, Chogan. I mean, why kill her? Why do that to her? And the only thing I can think of is that there was something about those photos in the case that he didn’t want anybody to know about.”

“Photos?” A red flag went up and he went to Defcon 1 in his alert. The highest level of alert as if nuclear war was imminent and in his mind it fit this situation perfectly. Photos plus an execution style murder from a now vanished man and crooked cops to handle the cleanup definitely was a highest level of alert situation to him. This definitely was a war, one that very much could detonate like a nuclear bomb. Destruction was imminent. The question wasn’t if it would happen, but when it would happen. There was no possible way, whoever this man was, that he would just walk away and leave a witness behind to identify him. The gun used obviously had a silencer so this man wasn’t just some sordid criminal with a gun. The room occupied was on the higher end of the price line so he wasn’t a poor man either. Photos?—Photos plus silencer, plus well connected, meant assassin to him. This man was an assassin and Amber had found his kill list.

“Jesus,” he growled. He was going to need a lot of help here. Sure he could take the guy out if he knew what he was looking for, but a high paid assassin wasn’t a fool. That man would find Olivia fast, kill her and move on to his kill list. And if he had cops on the take then that was going to make it even more difficult. The only thing he could use Autumn to help him with now was pulling the right strings to get two men from his unit in here now. Maybe she could let him borrow one of the safe houses too. There was no way he could do what he needed to do in the city.

“I’m sorry, Chogan. I’m sorry I couldn’t save her. I’m sorry I dragged you into this. I’m sorry I slept on your couch and used your blankets. I’m sorry for all of it.” She started crying again in large gasping hiccups. He tossed the knife onto the counter and went to her, pulling her up into his arms and holding her tightly.

“Do not apologize to me for this, Liv. Do not apologize for staying alive. What you can tell me might help me get this guy sooner rather than later.”

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Foodtastic: What to Do While Writing

I have a couple WIPs going right now, but one I’m working on more. I am torn between suspense romance and a more contemporary romance story. Why am I torn? Because I see the story going both ways. The movie is in my head and the rabbit is bouncing around two different paths. I like them both, but there can be only one.–That just made me want to watch Highlander ;).

Anyway, while working on the next book on the to-finish list a woman has to cook.

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I’m going to try something a little different next time, but I do love making this meal no matter how much I change it up it still turns out yummy.

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I think once I grocery shop I will do an all vegetarian dish because I haven’t done one seriously in a couple weeks. I miss my all veggie dishes.

Anyway, tomorrow is a Fly on the Wall Sunday post so I will talk a little about Kill List. I know I haven’t done a full Fly on the Wall when it comes to books lately so I shall give a deeper inside look tomorrow.

Kill List is still available in print on Lulu, e-book on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.