Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.
- Napoleon

Monday, June 16, 2008

Life, The Writing and Everything

You know, I thought about blogging this weekend, but I just couldn't think of anything worth talking about. Of course, it didn't help that I got next to no sleep due to various life issues - which I won't bore you with.

On the writing front, I'm making some headway with editing Manhunter. Things are coming together, and the biggest change is that I'm weaving more of a burgeoning relationship between the heroine and the hero. I still don't think this is going to be the sweeping romance of the century, but more along the lines of suspense with romance elements. He's attractive in a Bruce Willis sort of way. She sort of reminds me of Mary in that new USA Network show 'In Plain Sight'. (Or rather the other way around since I wrote my heroine before the show even existed.) They'll get together and fall in love, but probably not so much on the pages of Manhunter. After all, they've got other things on their minds right now - like catching a killer.

I'm also making some real strides with Nano. Last night I didn't get much work done on either book, but the little lightbulb went off over my head and I figured out a significant plot twist - which I then had to go back and rewrite the end of a scene for. It only added about 150 words to the chapter before last, but it'll be so much better with what's to come next, it still feels like an accomplishment. The book is shaping into something I really love and unlike Manhunter, I think this one will be equal parts romance and suspense. Although, as with everything when you don't plot, that could change by the end of the book.

Now I must go work on some querying things so I can get RTL sold. With the help of my awesome CP and the wonderful Jackie Barbosa (who I won a query critique from), I really think I can get some more agent interest. To recap, I have a full out and a partial out - with the lead times for both being sometime toward the end of the summer. Of course, I feel really great about my chances with both of those, but you know the drill. If you expect something to happen, you have to work to make it happen. So, I'm wading back into the query world again with my next round of letters. (After spending another couple hours doing research and updating my agent info post on the blog and my personal database.)

Oh, and just because I'm still squeeing over the full request, I'd like to tell you that the agent in question said my premise was interesting and my writing was engaging. SQUEE!

Okay, enough about me. Tell me what's up in your life.



Travis Erwin said...

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you.

I was finished until me crit group raised some very valid points and now I'm tweaking not what happens in the end but how it happens.

Jackie Barbosa said...

Good luck with the new query letter! I think it totally rocks now (and it wasn't bad to begin with). Here's wishing you many requests and an offer from your dream agent.

It was fun working with you on it, and if you ever need anything else, just give me a holla.