Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The book is up to 25 pages and I'm doing a first draft as I'm going through - meaning that I'm writing several pages, then going through and editing and adding and changing things around. My head is filled with ideas and I have to get them down in the computer whether or not they run in a sequence. So long as I have the ideas down - I can add them where I feel it's necessary. It's a lot of fun writing and you can put down on paper things you would never say to others. My book started out as a love story and is turning into a mystery. I've had a lot of pointers from several books I've been using as guidelines 'How to write a mystery', Janet Evanovich's 'How I Write'. The latter is filled with so much useful information and is a virtual lifesaver when writing. If all prospective writers used Janet's book as a guideline - they'd all end up as published authors. Right now, I"m not too worried about a publisher - I just want to get my book written. I may even go the route of self publishing, so that I have complete control of my work - but I'll give that more thought as I go on.

To help pay for all of my time on the computer (the bills still need paying), I'm joining up with Partylite. It's an amazing candle company and is such a great help in paying the bills and repairing my 15 year old Jeep. With the Christmas season coming up - it can't help but do amazing. I had a party myself a week ago and the money made was astonishing. So, now I"m looking for people in Sooke/Sidney/Western Communities who are interested in holding a party for me or if they belong to a group or organization that needs to do fundraising - let me know. You also don't have to have a party but can contact me anytime to place an order. If you're a realtor, the candles make a great 'thank you' gift to your buyers when they first get into their new homes.

I'm still doing gel nails too although I can't realistically do more than two sets a day.

More on my book soon - it's starting to get exciting!

Have a great 'rest of the weekend'

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Day 2

I just got up and I'm waiting for my coffee to finish dripping. Today is going to be a busy day. My hubby and I have an appointment this morning and this afternoon/tonight, I"m working at the gift shop. I won't be taking my computer with me but I'll have to take my notebook to write in. I always get ideas when I'm working and talking to the cruise ship passengers so I need an outlet to write down my thoughts.

Today, I'm working on my characters and I'm aiming to get one or two pages written about each of them. I still have to come up with names for a few but I know in my head what they're going to be like. The names will come with time and by the time this book is finished, everyone will have a name and a purpose.

I'm surprised I'm awake this early today. I went to a friends house last night for a 'candle party'. It was beautiful when it got dark and she had candles lit all around her back yard - what a sight to see!

Thank you for popping by and reading my blogs.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

my first blog about my book

Last night, I went to see the movie 'Julie & Julia' with my husband. It was a wonderful movie and well worth seeing again. After watching the movie, it made me realize that with the committment of writing a blog, I may even get my book finished - just like Julie Powell did.

For the last 8 months, I've had an idea running through my head and about 2 months ago, I started doing research on location, characters and what type of book I wanted to write. For years, I've had people telling me I should be writing a book so now I'm going to try and get that dream to fruition.

As of now, although that could easily change due to where my characters lead me, my book is set in the town in which I live. I live in a rain forest where we have lovely summers and rainy winters. The longest research for me is coming up with names for my characters. I have finally decided on some 'old fashioned' names that work for them. Without giving away the story line - of which it is changing regularly - it is about a young woman who is being followed by this devastatingly handsome man. She doesn't know who he is, she has never seen him before. He's new to her community but he shows up everywhere she goes. She is starting to get a little creeped out about all of this but tries not to let it get to her. She's confided all of this to her best friend, who is curious about the strange situation. And so the story goes on . . .

I am hoping that by keeping a daily blog of my writing that this book will be finished within a year. I hope this will keep me on track and keep me writing like it did with Julie Powell. Thank you for the inspiration for committment to continue writing. I look forward to reading any comments about this venture.