A new year, a new direction! I have been a busy little bee. By the end of the week, I will have four books out to four different publishers. Trying a different approach. I sent off two of the books I had held on to because I wanted to keep them together in a series, but they can stand on there own, The Sun Will Rise and Another Night Falls. My baby, Whisperings of a Southern Heart, is out but I tend to doubt it will be a go. I shot pretty high on my first submission for Whisperings. What's the saying? Shoot for the stars and land on the moon! Or it could be- Can't get there from here! But hopefully by the end of the week, I'll have out my first submission on a fantasy I've been working on. You know one of those triologies, Book One is Shadows of the Past. Fantasy! Some people might say I live in my own little fantasy!
Now maybe I'll go back to my revisions on Patriot Secrets sequels. I just have to get in the mood. Or maybe I'll start a short (ha) historical. I always start with the intention of it being short. Well shorter than the last one and then I just can't get my story in that confined space.
I really like the Five Roses of Prose Blog. Great bunch of writers. I feel especially grateful for the opportunity. They have come up with a progressive story to do on the blog. Sounds like fun! Going to highlight the group on Novel Works this week. One of the group, Laura, is going to be a guest speaker up here at the New England Writer's Conference in April. I had a blast last conference. I met so many other authors.
Dexter and Colbie are getting so big. They are hysterical to watch together. Although Dexter is away alot of the time now. Colbie is beginning her training of sorts. I'm convinced she can do an obstacle course, but how do you train a dog when you have a foot of snow in your backyard? You train her in your family room! Yes, I'm training Colbie to go inbetween furniture. Well, I should clarify. Go inbetween furniture on command. She squeezes inbetween the couches, runs through end tables, and under chairs all by herself. Might as well teach her to do it on command. When it gets warmer, we will have to set her up something outside. Max, poor thing, I'm worried about. He's getting skinner. I only took him to the vets a month ago, but I'm thinking he needs to go back. I know he's old, but God I love that dog! He's been the smartest dog I've ever had. He is almost human, you know. I mean he understands every word I say.
Also dread this week. The weather man is calling for another winter storm and I'm working. I've lucked out so far this winter. I haven't worked when we've had a storm. Not this time if they're right about the forecast. I called Mom yesterday. She was excited that they got enough snow that they called off school for the kids! I like the snow too when I don't have to get out there in it.
Tracy, bless her heart, just got back from Minnesota with her hockey team. She didn't get to play obviously because of her bad concussion. She said she had a hard time on the plane, too, but at least she got to go. Stubborn, she's mad because she can't play. I don't think they're going to let her back on the ice until after season it was that bad. I hope they don't. Worry about her now.
I started the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Saturday. Almost done with the third book. The first one, I have to say was one of the best books I've read in a long time. The other two are good, but not like the first one. They're suppose to be young adult books. I'm selfish I guess because while I was reading it, I was thinking I would have liked to know more, seen more, but it was detailed enough. Some kids I don't think could read it anyway. The subject matter is powerful, kids being pitted against each other to the death. Its been on my mind since I read the first chapter of the first book. I guess that's when you know its a good book when you can't stop thinking about it.
Okay, I'll admit it. I wish I could write a book someone couldn't stop thinking about.