busy with new pages. writing.

I may not have Hope for the Holidays written before Christmas. This isn’t for lack of working but because of newly onset migraines interfering with my work, and post-Hurricane Harvey construction going on all around me.

It’s really hard to work in all the noise. Plus there’s the very boisterous and needy foster dog who’s young and energetic and doesn’t understand how to be lazy and do nothing but lay around in my office while I’m at my desk.

I’m taking December off. Not from writing but from the Internet. Social media. Blogging. I’m going to do my new words first thing every morning. That’s the only way Hope for the Holidays will get written whether now or later.

And if it turns out to be later it might also be a longer book than a novella, and that can’t be a bad thing, can it? Would you mind reading a holiday story in the spring? Or even in the summer? A bit of Christmas in July, perhaps?

Enjoy the holiday season, and I’ll see you again in January!

meeting story people. visually.

We’re having a new a/c unit installed today which means workmen in the attic over my head. So I’ve been outside with pen and paper and it’s been a gorgeous autumn day with lightly clouded blue skies and temps only hitting the mid-sixties.

I’ve been writing on Hope for the Holidays and though I’ve done all the pre-work of learning about these two people, I’m struggling a bit. Part of that is because my writing gears are rusty. And part of it is because I couldn’t settle on their names.

I absolutely must have my names fixed within the first ten pages. Most of the time before I begin. Sometimes, however, I’ll go ahead with what I think works, only to find myself chafing because this person or that person needs a better fitting name.

But these two… I got the names right yet they were still giving me problems. They both have heavy backstories so what I was writing felt real, but it also felt… whiny. Pathetic. Like they’re feeling sorry for themselves when they don’t at all.

And then I realized that even though I’d colored their hair, I had no idea what they looked like. I even changed my heroine’s hair color three times! I used to page through magazines, or even do a Google image search, but not for several years.

My favorite way to see my characters is to find them on modeling sites. And my go-to site is Seattle Models Guild. Of course, they’re beautiful people, ha, but there is always someone of the right age and ethnicity to fit my vision of my peeps.

So this is a link to my hero, and here’s one to my heroine. (I’m linking rather than posting the photos as they are copyrighted images.) I don’t necessarily need readers to see them as I do, but I have to see them to get them on the page!