Monday, August 7, 2017

August 2017 Update

So it's been a while since I updated...some might say too long, and I would have to agree with that.

Sorry about that.

I have been busy, though!

Since you last heard from me, I wrote The Third Wheel...and it just didn't sing to me. I got something wrong, and I couldn't figure out what. So I decided to write a fun rom-com to balance out the heavy energy from The Third Wheel. But then I couldn't tell if the new story was fun or boring...and that seemed like a bad sign.

So I put rom-com to the side and peeked Pimpernel's way.

There was a lot of internal debate when it came to switching over to Pimpernel. I'd told myself (and you!) that I was going to write The Third Wheel first, and technically I did. I just didn't publish it. I debated back and forth as to whether I was going to be one of those fickle creative types, who says one thing on the itinerary and then changes things real-time.

I don't want to be that person. But, alas...I think I am that person.

I am so in love with the Pimpernel world, and it's speaking to me right now, so who am I to shun the muses and tell them to depart to make way for a story that is stalled while I figure out where I screwed up?

The situation is kind of akin to being out in the middle of nowhere with two cars to choose from: one that's stalled out and not even trying to make a sound when you turn the key, and another car that revs right up.

Which car do you choose to get you down the road?

A publisher would never let me get away with this. I would just have to plow through and release the books in their assigned order and just make them "good enough" to go to print. There are definite pros to being pushed like that, but conversely, sometimes (all the time, in my experience) when something is off, it means there's something I need to learn that I'm currently getting wrong.

It definitely happened with Kay, in the Rhea series. Kay was the first muse to snub me. She only talked to me in the first place because of Rhea (who is infinitely more patient). But somewhere along the line, I put some words into Kay's mouth that belonged in someone else's mouth, and BOOM! She was gone with the percussion of a slammed door that had no interest in opening again.

I didn't catch on to her exit immediately, which was the reason it took me so long to figure the sin that had put me into storyteller time out. But once I figured it out, Rhea talked Kay into coming back and finishing the story, as a personal favor.

At least, that's what happened if you believe in muses. If you don't, then...I just got writer's block for a while before I had a breakthrough and finished Kay'sville, and I have a similar block with The Third Wheel now, and I'll let you know when it's sorted.

I'll let you know when Pimpernel has a firm date for release in fall of 2017.

Thanks for your patience and support! It means a lot!!!

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