Novel? What novel?

I’d say I’m disappointed in myself, but whatever.

I finally figured out how to state what’s been going on. There is a fine line between perfection and professionalism. I’m reaching for the latter, knowing that perfection is a myth. But every time I think I’ve hit it, someone finds something else that’s wrong. (The latest is TO BE = wrong wrong wrong/do not use at all costs.)

The editing is in shambles. Chapter 27 is currently broken all over my computer and in desperate need of a rebuild. Chaps 28-33 await the same fate. They need it. And I have big plans to fix things and answer questions my 1 amazing critique found. Big plans. And no motivation. None. Not since February have I seen forward motion in this area that doesn’t look like I’m writing the next See Spot Run.

Chapters 1 and 2 have been reworked so many times that I’m not even sure they’re from the same story anymore. Chapters 3 to 9 have been gone over sixteen billion times and desperately need some more editing. Chapters 10 to 22 could use a lot of work. I’ve got notes up the ying yang—these after the huge list of changes I already made. Chapters 23-26 should have been perfect…should have been.

And in all of this, I simply wish for a mentor, a person who can take my novel and help me (correctly) apply what I’ve learned. Erm, not going to happen. Stop dreaming, writer.
Since this is November. I decided to do Nano again to help me get back into the story. I got 3700 words before life got in the way. This sucks. I used to know how to write before I discovered the rules.

All of this may sound like I’m depressed as hell. I’m honestly not. I’m just stating the facts, and they don’t look good. I do (should) have the next two days to just write. We’ll see how that goes.


Book Covers 46


With This Kiss   The Viscount's Surprise   Devil's Match

Starkissed  It Sucks Being Romeo and Juliet  Breaking the Arm Healing the Heart

The Ugly Duckling Debutante   The Lazy Bachelor   A Duke in Shining Armor

Only a few hours after I saved it, A Duke in Shining Armor had a new cover:

A Duke in Shining Armor New

Do Your Part: Go Vote!

My husband and I after voting early Friday night:

These are the candidates you’re looking for.

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EnticedFatal ConsequencesSeductive SecretsHer Cyborg Awakes

A Vampires KissLove SickHomecomingHappy Anniversary

(Images are from Amazon and owners retain all rights.)

Getting to Know You (NaNo Day 4 Procrastination)

1. How do you like your steak? Medium (Can’t wait until all this dental work is done so I can eat it.)

2. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Cloud Atlas

3. What is your favorite TV show? Person of Interest and Covert Affairs

4. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? I already do.

5. What did you have for breakfast?  Cheerios

6. What is your favorite cuisine? Dessert ;)

7. What foods do you dislike? Burnt ones

8. Favorite Place to Eat? Epcot Food & Wine Festival

9. Favorite salad dressing? Ranch

10.What kind of vehicle do you drive? Dodge Grand Caravan with conversion package

11. Your favorite thing to wear?  Jeans or shorts and a t-shirt

12. Where would you visit if you had the chance?  Paris; Italy; and Cologne, Germany

13. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? Waitress better be coming by soon…

14. Where would you want to retire? Already am.

15. Favorite time of day? Dawn (but not if I’m getting up to go somewhere)

16. Where were you born? In a hospital. Actually, across town from here.

17. What is your favorite sport to watch? Superbowl – for the commercials

18. Bird watcher? Just cardinals and doves.

19. Are you a morning person or a night person? Night owl

20. Do you have any pets? 2 cats

21. Any new and exciting news you’d like to share? No.

22. What did you want to be when you were little? A grown up. Found out it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

23. What is your best childhood memory? Family time.

24. Are you a cat or dog person? Cats.

25. Always wear your seat belt? Yes

26. Been in a car accident? Yes, several

27. Any pet peeves? Bad writing. *sigh*

28. Favorite Pizza: Yes.

29. Favorite Flower? Red roses

30. Favorite ice cream? Yes (well, except black walnut and green tea)

31. Favorite fast food restaurant? The one with the shortest drive-thru line.

32. How many times did you fail your driver’s test? None. I r nerd.

33. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? An office supply store.

34. Do anything spontaneous lately? Went out for sushi and a movie.

35. Like your job? It has its perks.

36. Broccoli? With butter.

37. What was your favorite vacation? Driving to Illinois and back via New Orleans with my sister in 2003.

38. Last person you went out to dinner with? My husband.

39. What are you listening to right now? DJ Tiësto Break My Fall

40. What is your favorite color? Green, blue and black

41. How many tattoos do you have? None.

42. Coffee Drinker? No. Some days I wish I was.

I love learning about other people, so please, take a moment, find a question and leave an answer in the comments below :)

Cloud Atlas

…or, as my husband says, now try to go home and write.

Nanowrimo has begun, but I’m still trying to process this movie.