Monthly Archives: January 2013

Unholy Desire – More Changes, More Revisions


antique_typewriter 4 wordpress 200I wish I could write my story the way instructors say it should be done:  get the story down, THEN go through and do the revisions.

It’s such good advice, simply because it makes sense. Get your story down before you get lost in the mire trying to correct everything. If you do not, you risk running out of steam, and that’s how many manuscripts wind up unfinished in a drawer.

However, I’m not a model writer. I truly wish I were. If so, I could’ve had my new story completed by now. But no, I’m one of the weird ones who edits and revises as she writes. What’s worse, I can’t continue forward if something I’ve already written nags at me, even if it’s two, three, or more chapters back.

Well, in this story, there’s been a lot of nagging, and while I thought this morning’s writing session would put me close to the end, it didn’t even come close. Instead, without knowing what exactly was bothering me, I went back several chapters and began reading, again and again, until I realized what was wrong. Then, not sure if my corrections would work, I began the process of revising, moving this paragraph here, that paragraph into the next chapter.

And even though I’m still not sure the flow is exactly right,  I feel better, because finally, that horrible nagging feeling is quiet for a change.

Now I can continue on in peace.

At least I can hope.

 

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Unholy Desire

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Although I’d hoped to have my next novel completed by now, it’s not working out that way. The story has taken some new twists, and while my mystery/suspense books were tightly plotted, this new paranormal is a bit different. This time I’m liking the new ideas, like how the story is evolving. I still hope to complete it in the next month.

For the first time since I began writing, I’m not sure I’ll shop it to a publisher. I may simply go directly to an ebook, and because I’m undecided, I’m having the cover redesigned just in case. I liked the original house and moon, but wanted to add an element to reflect the story changes. I should have some proofs next week – and I’ll share.

I’m also making a title change from Unholy Seduction to Unholy Desire:

An abandoned home on a north woods lake, dreams of a seductive lover from another time – Lindsay Peterson wants the hundred-year-old home to heal her troubled marriage, something unseen in the house wants her. 

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January 27, 2013 · 6:14 pm

Paranormal Investigation

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Just met with Kd Foreman, Director, Cal~Para Research Organization. I actually held a K2 meter, an EMF detector, and an EVP recorder.
Thanks, Kd,  for your time & information. I appreciate it.Kd's equip2

Now to make sense of my notes.

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January 16, 2013 · 2:11 am

Ghost Story

Countdown to Tuesday.

I’ll be meeting with a ghost hunter/paranormal investigator and can’t wait. I’m looking forward to some first-hand experiences, altho I know I’ll be twisting info for my novel.

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Wants and A Restless Spirit

I’m working on Unholy Seduction, trying to complete it this month, but not sure that’s going to happen. I’m doing the physical requirement of sitting in front of my computer, but problem is, I’m looking out the window more often than the computer screen, wanting to grab my keys and take off. Not sure where, but I just want to go. Restless feet, I guess. Or restless spirit, which is a more appropriate phrase since I’m writing a ghost story – or supposed to be writing.

I’d love to be traveling the country, seeing everything I can, but here I am at my desk, dreaming of the day when I can simply take off. I love the sight and sound of the ocean waves crashing on the shore, so I want to drive up the coast of California, see Big Sur, Carmel. I also want to see the east coast as well and have one of those crab bakes on the sand. I want fresh lobster right from the ocean, and I want enough of it so I’m not filling up on salad and potato, saving the lobster for last. I want to see the Everglades – in winter, tho. Mosquitoes and other insects that love to feed on me doesn’t thrill me. Or reptiles. I like to look at them when they’re behind thick glass. Niagara Falls is high on my list, have been fascinated by them since I saw Niagara with Marilyn Monroe as a child.  I want to see everything.

Sometimes I wonder if it’ll ever happen, but in order to keep the dream alive, I must keep writing. I’ll eventually finish the novel, maybe not this month if the wanderlust keeps up, but soon. Then I’ll feel proud of myself, something I need to keep me going.

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Beyond the Quiet, a FREE Download Today!

BQ4Websites2Beyond the Quiet is a FREE Kindle download today.

After twenty-five years of marriage, Lisa Montgomery thinks her husband’s death is the worst that can happen. Then she receives a notice about her husband’s secret post office box.

Beyond the Quiet shares the story of one woman’s struggle though bitterness, loss, and betrayal, learning to cherish each moment and follow her long-buried dreams. It’s the story of how a quiet, passionless widow becomes spirited enough to climb onto her lover’s shoulders for a piggyback ride in the nude.

Readers Advisory: For ages 18 and over.

 

Author’s Note: Altho it’s my favorite story, it’s received mixed reviews. While some loved it, said it’s an emotional roller coaster, others say it’s the worst, that the character is bi-polar. Some say I’m the one who’s bi-polar.

 

But isn’t life full of ups and downs?

I’d love to hear what you think, and I’d appreciate a review. Of course a favorable review  would be wonderful, but no matter what, an honest one is always best.

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January 6, 2013 · 3:45 pm

FREE Kindle Downloads

Today Amazon is offering two of my books as FREE downloads:

3Ch Sampler 2003 Chapters from 3 Novels

With Full Malice:
A deadly secret society . . .
Yucaipa, CA, a quiet community in the foothills below Big Bear, hides secrets – a paroled sex-offender shot at close range, pacts made in hidden chambers.
To what lengths will a desperate person go to protect a loved one?

Ten Times Guilty:
A single mother struggles for worth after a vicious attack, a police sergeant seeks redemption for a crime he didn’t realize he had committed – until the victim died.

Beyond the Quiet:
After twenty-five years of marriage, Lisa Montgomery thinks her husband’s death is the worst that can happen. Then she receives notice about her husband’s secret post office box.

Beyond the Quiet shares the story of one woman’s struggle though bitterness, loss, and betrayal, learning to cherish each moment and follow her long-buried dreams. It’s the story of how a quiet, passionless widow becomes spirited enough to climb onto her lover’s shoulders for a piggyback ride in the nude.

and,

Windows 200Windows: Triumphs, Tragedies, Family Life Stories of Love, Pain, and the Hope for Tomorrow

Six Short Stories about Families in Crisis:

Puddles:
With a failing marriage, a preteen son, and a mother with Alzheimer’s, Karen struggles with anger and helplessness. Then a stray dog enters her life.

A Southerner Moves to Minnesota:
How does a Southerner cope with the frigid north woods life?

Am I Wife or Daughter?
Based on my struggle with my mother’s care, I wrote about Carol, who agonizes over the dilemma of choosing between her mother and her husband. Then, when a life most precious is endangered, she must make a heart-rending decision.

Thoughts of Yesterday:
Looking back at motherhood mistakes.

My Hapless Husband:
When your husband retires after twenty-four years of marriage, you expect a chance to renew your romance. Instead, his early-morning cheerfulness was too much to bear. The solution? Murder.

Death of a Lifetime

 

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January 5, 2013 · 7:28 pm