I’ve been a published author for a week. There are times where I forget, doing what I need to be doing (reading books for school), completely unaware and then, I’ll remember. I have a book. People are buying it and reading it and ENJOYING IT! This includes people who don’t know me (because you know my friends and family are probably biased). I discussed my characters in length with a friend yesterday in my kitchen, trying not to give anything away (she hadn’t finished it quite yet) and it was brilliant. Apparently Nick is getting some love from several of my readers. I hadn’t expected that, but it’s cool.
I’m drinking coffee this morning. I haven’t had any for a few days (tea instead), but getting myself up lately has been a struggle. My bed is so lovely when I wake up, I just want to stay there forever, thinking about my stories and whatever crazy dream my brain just concocted. That’s what I do. Before I fall asleep, even as a kid, I’d make up stories in my head. Before I started writing, I’d see some movie and redo it in my head, throwing myself in (I wanted to be an actress back then). Now, it’s how I marinate scenes in my stories. Quite often I can’t get them out until they’ve been in my mind a while, sort of cooking until it’s ready to be put down on paper (or computer in this case). Which means, I really need to write today.
Oh, and I got flowers as well this week. On Friday, from my parents:
and then yesterday from some bffs:
And they make my kitchen so cheerful now (including the dishes that need to be washed). Some other friends got me tea (I love tea!) and another got me an amazon gift card, with the express orders to get some Tom Hiddleston with them (I bought Thor & Midnight in Paris). Feels like my birthday.
Speaking of, technically today (July 12th) is my half-birthday. Yes, I don’t care how old I am, I still make note of when I’m my age and 1/2. It’s what happens when your b-day is near Christmas. You’re overwhelmed (in the best way possible) by presents in the winter and come summer, there’s nothing. So, yeah, half-birthday, don’t mock me too much.
So, I’ve added another song to the Phase Soundtrack (I know, there’s not much, yet, I’m getting there). I’ve also added a new feature over there: Outtakes. Because if you haven’t learned this yet, allow me to enlighten you. When you write, you write wonderful things (scenes, quotes, moments) that eventually get thrown out. It’s heartbreaking, but the nature of the beast. Phase began differently once upon a time, with the first day of school for Sophie, but I cut it out because of the pacing (too slow) and in so doing cut out one of my favorite Sophie moments. So I’m including it for all of you. There will probably be others as I go through and remember how the story first looked. It was originally going to be a stand-alone novel (can you imagine?) with this weird massive battle at the end that Sophie was significant in. Now that seems so incredibly off.
SOTM: Feel Like Makin’ Love by Bad Company
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