Tackling Stuff: Project List

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That’s right, Batman. Simplify. I’ve been waiting forever to use that graphic. Also, if it’s yours, let me know and I’ll credit you, because I saved it so long ago I forgot where I found it.

I took the ROW80 goals I posted Sunday and am hitting things one at a time. First on the list was writing daily, but I’ve skipped real quick to evaluating my project list. I need to write daily, but I need to use my time effectively and I’ve got a few things sitting out there that are demanding my attention. First step is to see where I’m at with each so I can plan my attack.

His Sweet Pretender (formerly Small Town Love), Briarfield Brides #1

This one’s currently out for consideration with the Harlequin Special Edition line. It was rejected by Harlequin’s American line (they’re now focusing on just ranchers and cowboys, fyi) and the very sweet editor over there called it a “feel-good love story” and recommended I try Special Edition. I’ve just passed my three-month marker and moved, changing all contact info but my email, so it’s time to follow up and also update my address and phone number. If I’m going to get “the call” (think positive!) I don’t want it to be to a disconnected phone number.

Status: 57,858 words. 100% complete. Out for consideration and requiring follow up. Continue reading

Okay, I don’t do it very often…

But I have a little promo. Eep! Only 99 cents!

Sorry, all done now. Happy Friday! 😀

Quirks

We all have them.

Some of us more than others.

I don’t think my quirks are particularly interesting, really. I can cross my eyes, like the lovely lady above. I tend to overshare with random strangers. I prefer cold coffee to hot. My definition of a good time is a nap on Sunday or a Little House on the Prairie rerun. I also like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain.

But I really like writing quirky characters. Like in Lucky in Love, my heroine is vintage-obsessed. She works on antique cars. She watches soap operas. She has an evil, one-eyed cat named Louie. She takes swing-dancing lessons. She’s got a weakness for hard-boiled, emotionally-repressed Marines.

Who sounds more interesting to you: me or Lucky? Wait, don’t answer that. Do you have any personality quirks you’d like to share? Any favorites in characters that you’ve read or written?

And bonus for writers, here are two writer references on coming up with quirks for your characters:

Personality Quirk Generator

100 Character Quirks

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Funny

Funny. This is a word that’s been on my mind a lot lately. Especially since I’m going to be doing a mini-session on the topic of writing comedy into romance at my RWA chapter’s retreat in a couple of weeks. (What’s really funny is how terrified I am about that…)

 

I’ve written some funny stuff. To me, anyway. I go back and read parts of Lucky in Love and just giggle. But what’s cool is that in the course of researching for this class, I’ve found out why some of that stuff is so funny and how to do it on purpose, instead of just sticking words and scenarios out there and hoping they make your readers laugh. No presentation spoiler alerts here, since I’m not going too much in depth, but some of the most interesting info I got was about word choice and letter sounds. Continue reading