Friday, 30 August 2013
.. Because sometimes you just have to.
It has been a long and busy week for me. My boys have been traipsing all over England and Scotland while Bug and I have had five straight days of cheer. Well, to be fair, Bug only had three, she's spent the last two at nursery.
What I wouldn't do for a day to do nothing. It won't happen, though, the boys come back tomorrow and I have a party I want to go to. Not a wild, drunken party, of course, a house warming. My days of drunken parties are long over. I also have to clean out Hunter's fish tank and go have the water tested in mine. By the way, getting a marine tank was such a wonderful idea. I love it!
So another busy day awaits me tomorrow. Then there's coaching on Sunday and the start of another full week. So tonight, now that Bug has stopped throwing up and fallen asleep, it's wine and donuts for dinner. You know you're jealous. ;-)
Monday, 26 August 2013
So, Bug and I are home alone. It might have been fun if I wasn't working every day. But I am. So, even though I have a friend coming to stay for a couple of days and we plan on drinking a fair bit of wine, making bows, and watching girly movies it is still going to be a very long week. Not to mention, school starts next week, so I need to get school uniforms ready. And right now on my to-do list is 7 items long-- all writing-- about 14k words worth. Speaking of work, I should get back to it...
Sunday, 25 August 2013
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
How many personalities are too many personalities? Or in other words, how many pseudonyms can a writer have? Now, don't get me wrong, I have heard of writers who have written under ten or twenty different names, but that just seems like too much work.
I do wonder, though, if I need another one... Or two even. I already use Christy Kate McKenzie. It's on this blog, my website, my Facebook, my Twitter-- everywhere. It's the name I plan to use when I finally write my magical realism stories. It's also the most fitting name for my small town romances, but it just doesn't seem right for my intrigues. Back when I started writing with the goal of being published in both the Harlequin American and Intrigue lines I thought I'd have a pseudonym for each line.
I still think I need a different name for romantic suspense, but now I'm wondering if I need to separate my small town romance from my magical realism. My favourite author, my idol really, published one book with Harlequin before she began to publish magical realism and she used two different names.
Now, I know that I am putting the cart before the horse here. I am not published. In fact, I have only just had my first request for a partial. But I am confident that I will be published eventually, even if I only self-publish. My time will come and I want to make sure that I am going about this right. There is so much importance these days on branding and platforms, it is vital to get it right from the start.
I am torn. Part of me thinks that I should separate my romance from my magical realism to appeal to a larger audience; part of me thinks I should use the same name for both to lead romance readers to my non-category work. I also have three pseudonyms already to go should the need arise.
So, my question is this: Do I write intrigue in one name and everything else in another and do I also choose a third to separate the romance from the magical realism? Anyone have experience with this and willing to chime in?
Monday, 19 August 2013
Two more weeks of summer vacation. I don't know what to think about that. Part of me is desperate to get Hunter back to school; part of me is dreading going back to work. Although, it should be less stressful than the last few weeks of summer camps. God, shoot me if I decide to open camps to the general public again. Seriously, just put me out of my misery.
To top it off, I have spent all of my time at camp and working on cheer stuff and my WIP so I am dangerously behind in my real work. And my boss asked today if I can get it to her by Friday. Ahhh!! It looks like it's going to be a long week. Unfortunately, I am also behind in my WIP by one chapter. But with the new work deadline I may just have to leave it behind and catch up in a few weeks. On the plus side, I haven't had any mommy melt downs lately. So that's something I guess.
I'm going to run now. I have to work on my WIP a bit more (I've already done all I can on my real work today without going mad). If I can just get through one more scene I'm going to reward myself with a little crafting time-- I made a pattern for a mermaid doll for Bug ( okay, I'll probably make one for myself as well) and I'm anxious to cut out the felt!
Saturday, 17 August 2013
I have one more week of summer camps!! Yay!! Maybe after that I'll ge some time to really write. It's not that I haven't written anything, just not nearly as much as I would have liked to. Mostly because I have been working 69 hour weeks and coming home to do hospital work, then crashing. But soon I'll be back to normal work, Hunter will go back to school, and my Mondays and Fridays will go back to being MY days.
In preparation for this, I have started to redecorate my office at home with things that remind me of home and of my goal of moving back to NC, or more specifically to he Outer Banks. Soon my office will be really beachy! I bought some great pictures and have picked our a light. Just need some new curtains. I need to start using my office again. I have been so tired that I have moved the computer into the bedroom. I'm getting a bit done, but not as much as I could if I didn't just want to sleep.
Once I get it done (and clean-- it has become a bit of a catch-all), I'll post some pictures. Until then, here's my favourite piece so far...
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
Monday, 12 August 2013
And still there are five things on my to-do list for today. At this point I plan to do three before I crawl into bed: this blog, wash the bottles, and check my list of level 1 stunts for the stunt manual I am writing. Then I can sleep. At least, until Scarlett wakes up in the night. God, I hope she sleeps through. I have to be up at 6am tomorrow to start a 14-hour day. Tomorrow, I will be taking the kids home. I'm not going to keep them out so late.
I think we did okay today. On the Mommy front, that is. Aside from Bug being a mischievous monster most of the day, I didn't yell as much as usual. Of course, I got nearly no work done. Fingers crossed that tomorrow will be okay...
Friday, 9 August 2013
Oh, and edit chapter 4 of my WIP. I really do need to get on with that.
Instead, I am working. Sigh...
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
Monday, 5 August 2013
No, kids are certainly not conducive to writing for me. Bug has been running fevers and vomiting, so that's always fun, but for the last two days she hasn't had either a fever or been sick, instead she has just cried nearly non-stop. She cries to be picked up, I pick her up, she cries to be put down. She cries to get on the couch, I help her onto the couch, she cries to get down. You get the idea. And, of course, Hunter is his usual ADHD, difficult self with a little added bratiness which has caused him to wind up Bug at every possible chance. Yes, today has been fun.
The only good to come out of today (aside from the fact that I am almost asleep) is that today I sent off my first requested partial. That's right! The partial that was requested in the Harlequin Intrigue Fearless Pitches contest is now sitting in the editor's inbox.
God, that's scary.
I'd like to think I did my best, but honestly, with the amount of stress I've been under this week, I just hope I spelled my name right. So, I'll let you know what comes of it, but it might be a while before I hear. I plan to get to work finishing the book, but not tonight. Tonight, I need sleep.
Friday, 2 August 2013
No time to blog today. I'm working (no surprise there) and I have polish my partial and write the synopsis. Too much to do and not enough tim to do it in. So instead of a long post, I'll leave you with the blurb for my WIP tht I'm working on the synopsis and partial for...
Jilted bride, Maddie, doesn't trust men... especially sly, sexy ones like New Orleans homicide detective, Remy. But when she realizes her prophetic dreams are FORETELLING MURDER, she must trust him to help him catch the killer. Remy has always prided himself on staying one step ahead of the bad guys... and anything resembling love. He doesn't think that his feelings for the fiercely independent and infuriating, Maddie could be anything more than physical attraction. When Maddie's gift makes her next on the killer's list, both must face their fears about taking risks, trusting each other, and falling in love.
What do you think?