It’s Wednesday, which is the work week hump day but I’m feeling heat that it’s Wednesday and I don’t have enough done. However, the world keeps turning and things keep happening like The More magazine issue with me in it has hit the stands and the photo isn’t as scary as I feared. I have the magazine piece here on my website and as you can see, the photo editors chose a shot where I’m wearing a rashguard (thank you, Jesus) and I appear remarkably calm, confident and strong.
I’m going to draw on that place of strength and confidence because right now the writing is demanding. I’m at the keyboard from 8 am until 10 pm every day now, and sometimes later. The writing isn’t impossible. It’s just slow. I am spending hours on a single page and I have to remind myself to be patient. On the plus side I should hit chapter ten sometime today so progress is being made. I’ve had Lee read the first seven chapters and she says she likes it. Megan Crane read the first two and liked those so I’m just going to keep the faith that everyone else will like it, too.
I’ve been living for days in my pjs. I do get dressed now and then to hit the treadmill and weights in my gym as I leave the house only if my kids have an event like the talent show (my youngest danced like a zombie to Thriller last Friday and I loooooooved it. He was so cute and I was so proud as the boys never had a dance class in his life.) or swim meet or awards ceremony. Both my boys swim and I love swim season even though its still like January here. It’s gray and cold again and I’m praying that New Jersey will have some sun. My muse needs it!
The other night I had a brief conversation with a friend and she was a bit put out that I’m not more available right now and as I hung up I found myself thinking, she doesn’t understand that even for me, especially for me, writing’s hard. I know I write books for a living but I battle. I struggle with the story, the characters, the plot, the pacing, the emotion, all of it. I work and work to make sure the story flows and that dialogue is real and that what’s happening is as honest and true as possible and that doesn’t come with one draft, or two, or three. In my case its an endless relentless write and rewrite and rewrite until I’ve got it the way it needs to be.
Tonight I attend another book club meeting, this time in Renton and it’s my last bookclub meeting until September when I have quite a few more scheduled for the Fall. For those of you who love to read but don’t have time to actually physically attend meetings for discussions, I thought I’d mention Marlynn’s Mama Lit Online Book Club. Their url is www.mamalit.com and their June selection is, yep, Mrs. Perfect.
Speaking of Mrs. Perfect, Mrs. Perfect is developing quite a fan base, and it’s a different fan base than Flirting with Forty. Women might not like Taylor Young in Mrs. Perfect but they find her fascinating. It’s almost like they love to hate her and then discover they feel sorry for her and then eventually they start rooting for her. For those of you who wonder, no, I didn’t like Taylor in the beginning, either. She wasn’t someone I admired but by the end of her story I loved her because she was trying so hard and that is what I respond to in life. The effort, and the attitude.
Now I’m back to hibernating in my office with my modem unplugged, my phone turned off and my headphones on. Today’s my last day at my desk before jumping on a plane for Newark in the morning. I’ll be speaking to the New Jersey RWA chapter on Saturday (giving my Alpha Hero and Compelling Heroine workshops–my two favorite workshops I do!) and then speaking and signing books in Northvale, NJ at Books & Greetings.
Both events are listed on my event page here and I’d love to see you this weekend if you’re in the area. Meeting my readers is unbelievably cool. It sounds corny bit it’s 100% true–you and your support keep me writing and fighting for the real story and the best possible ending when the writing gets tough. You are amazing, and I thank you, and want to know you, so please continue to comment here, chat on my b-board, email me and just stay in touch!