Today – Dead Man’s Chest comes out on DVD! I’ll be at the store at lunch to get my very own copy! WOO!Â
I’ve been thinking a lot about my first MAGIC book – the one that was recently rejected by Harlequin. I guess the fact it’s been rejected has been bothering me and I really want to figure out what about the storyÂ is so unappealing to editors. I think I agree with the editor that there are a lot of characters introduced right away. It may be too much at once. And so last night I was discussing this with a writing colleague and told her what I thought I needed to do with the beginning. Sometimes it just helps to bounce ideas off each other. So in discussing this, she gave me some ideas of where to start the story.
I’m a big fan of instant action and I honestly think the story doesn’t start in the right place. I also think I’m trying to hard with the story and reading over it now, I can definitely tell it’s the mark of an inexperienced writer. I think there is still a lot of potential with the story – as well as the following book – but I need to revamp it. I took shortcuts and cheated the reader. As my friend said – throw those characters off a cliff and let THEM figure out how to get back up.
So that’s exactly what I’m going to do.
Not only have I been thinking about writing – but I’ve been thinking about other things too. I’ve come to a decision. A potentially life-changing decision. I have more determination than ever to see it through. The next few months will not be easy but I know this is something I have to do. I will never forgive myself if I don’t take action. And if I fail, at least I know I tried everything within my power to make it happen. I know all this sounds mysterious but I can’t talk about it fully until I’m close to a resolution. And that could be some time away.
In other news… saw The Man last night for a brief stint. Even though the moments I spend with him are short and sweet, it makes me tremendously happy I was able to see him for that brief amount of time.
Gaw I better stop writing this blog entry before I get too sappy. I suppose I’m feeling rather wistful today.
And did you know?
20 days until Christmas.