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Yes, despite the promises, the excuses, the lies (oh the lies!), I haven’t posted as regularly as I once (often) promised myself.

I’ve been in the depths of creativity (which is not as well lit as you’d expect).  As a result I’ve got a short story done, bar the shouting, screaming, wailing and crying – which is also known as editing.  The fruits of my labour will appear in an anthology to be published February 2012 alongside esteemed names like Mel Teshco and Tracey O’Hara and Rhian Cahill.

I’ve also entered one of RWAus’s most prestigious awards – the Emerald.  Now I need to write 60k by February on the off chance I get into the next round (which requires a full ms – of which I have, um 30k from 90k done).  This not only illustrates how busy I shall be over the coming months, but also that I have a good grasp of basic mathematics.  Which I’m rather chuffed about, as maths in general makes me break out in a rash and look around helplessly for a calculator or someone else to blame.

Because of upcoming events, I’m investing in Dragon Dictate.  This has caused many a laughing comparison (not on my behalf I assure you) in our household to the children’s movie ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ as I will now have my own Dragon to train – i.e. recognising my speech patterns so I don’t end up with ‘He shitted nervously’ when I really meant ‘He shifted nervously’.

I shall leave you now – to slide silently and mysteriously back into the writing abyss.  Yes, okay, it’s more like wallowing in a kiddies wading pool and throwing a tantrum after too many lollies.  But you get the basic gist.

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What the heck am I doing?  I’ve already got on ms on the go and I’m editing another one.  I have a couple that are languishing half-done in their folders and what do I do?

What is completely natural.  I start a new ms.  I’ve justified this with some damn good excuses, even if I say so myself…  I’ve been battling a particularly virulent virus for three weeks that refuses to leave, and in between bouts of sickness I can’t concentrate worth a damn.  Not good when you’re handling angels – those boys are harder than you think.  *wink*  Ah, I also justified my new ms with the idea it would not be huge – a mere 10…20…30k  not the usual 90-130k which is my range.

Knocked over in a week I assure my stern school mistress self (who lectures me on not finishing current projects).  I reassure this incarnation that I’m doing well on my editing of the vamps and my angels are okay without me and knocking out a few quickies is good for me, in between naps of course.

But am I fooling myself?  Is this just a pathetic excuse to avoid the grind of editing, the creative exhaustion of wrangling angels?  Or am I just being super efficient.  Working on one ms while stalled on another and out of energy to edit a third?

Or do I simply fear school mistress me and the fact she may well have a big stick?

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Okay, I have to admit it here and now – the whole genre/sub-genre/classification thing, that seems to predominate the romance sector of the literary world, is confusing me.

I thought I wrote romance.  Then I found out that what I write is termed ‘paranormal romance’ (cause I generally write about a variety of creatures you won’t find down the back of the couch).  Okay, seems simple enough you say (I hope you’re saying that or I’m going to look like a right idiot).

Yes it is simple.  However… here is just some of the rest of the menu: single title, category, erotica (which is not the same as erotic, which is different from sexy), contemporary, romantic suspense, romance with paranormal elements, paranormal with romantic elements, sci-fi with romantic elements, romance with fantasy elements or you can have a paranormal romantic sci-fi fantasy with other elements (possibly a small iguana named Ignatio).

I’ve had to ask (quietly, with much embarrassment) exactly what people were talking about when they’d mention something.  For e.g. I thought YA was something to do with a Village People revival (and being the abbreviation generation the middle two letters had been cut).  Steampunk completely confounded me – did it have something to do with an industrial laundry run by punks?  Single title – well, wouldn’t a book only have one title?  Did we have to give our work two?  Why hadn’t I heard of this?  What the heck is contemporary as opposed to urban – and can you have both?

Now I have a handy printout so that when someone mentions they’re writing an ST contemporary romance with paranormal elements aimed at the YA market, I actually know what they mean.

And, after much deliberation, I do believe I may be writing an erotic paranormal action romance with human elements.

Otherwise known as a book.

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Somehow this month has  eluded me – it has flashed past like a meteor headed for a vulnerable spot on an inhabited planet (which, when it comes to Earth, seems to be Paris – why?! There are plenty of really ugly cities).

I was dawdling around my other blog, admiring my last post (actually I was checking it for mistakes and reading the comment which I wasn’t notified about – curse my email!) (more…)

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I’ve written before on this blog about secondary characters taking over.  The first time it happened wasn’t so bad, as the hero and heroine weren’t interested in each other.

So I was rather grateful for my secondary character to step into the role of hero.  He’d been trying to take over the story anyway, so it was a simple case of substitution.  With the added bonus that my former hero suddenly emerged as a far more interesting character. (more…)

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When you’re writing romance, there’s always the juxtaposition of the emotional relationship with the hot sex (anything less is just sickly).

So, is it the rising music or is it something more potent rising that needs the focus?  Can you have the two of them together without canceling each other out? (more…)

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In the relatively short time I’ve been writing Paranormal Romance, I’ve discovered that a great deal of decision making goes into the genre.

Apart from choosing your supernatural hero/heroine, forming a story line/other characters; you also have to create a world for them to live in.  In other words, apart from the drinking of the blood and the ‘turning’  during the full moon, the hot sex, the long teeth and claws, the hot sex, the fur and wings and the hot sex… (more…)

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