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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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I just read a very enlightening article giving twenty-five ways in which to fuck up your characters.  My second sentence in this post was going to be:  I like fucking my characters.

But that just sounded weird. (more…)

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Why is smell so important in romance novels?  Have you noticed how much scent is involved in the average romance?  But even more interesting than this, is the amount you find in paranormal romance.  Everyone seems to be smelling everyone else in HD.

Is it because vampires, werewolves et al have a keener sense of smell?  Or being supernatural, otherworldly type creatures, are they meant to smell preternaturally more than the average human male/female?  (Who in my experience wear those terrible deodorants that double as aftershave/perfume erghh).

I have a theory. (more…)

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Well now – in my last post I alluded to the penetrative nature of vampires.  I find it a curious thing that we don’t mind (ahem, enormously enjoy) reading about them biting humans, each other, stray animals, random fence posts (okay I made that last one up).

The fact is, it’s not only a metaphor for erotic penetration, but in some cases becomes intrinsically linked to the act.  The best authors (JR Ward, Kresley Cole – yeah I’m a fan) make it sound both sensual and delicious and often the precursor or culmination to some pretty damn good sex. (more…)

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A while ago I mentioned an ms (manuscript) I was writing about vampires.  At the time it was the bane of my existence as the hero didn’t like the heroine and the best friend had the hots for her instead.

After having a tiny moment (1 hour) of screaming, swearing, denial and lying in a ball sobbing, I succumbed to the reality that I’d have to change the hero.  But that was just the start on this 130 k behemoth, I mean, manuscript.

So my vampires got shelved and I started a new story. (more…)

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Am I a vampire, werewolf or angel this week?  Writing three books simultaneously can lead to that sort of existential confusion, but it sure beats the dreaded writer’s block!  And who doesn’t occasionally wonder what it would be like to be a paranormal creature?

To be entirely truthful, I’m editing one story, expanding a second and starting a third – because why not pile more on my already heaped writing platter?

Getting into the groove of a particular wip can be difficult – especially when you hit the wall creatively. (more…)

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