In the Beginning

Yesterday, I had a winning start on the next book. Well, actually, I  have several in process right now. But I was reading a medieval romance and it finally got me into the mood to write The Viking’s Highland Lass and so I wrote 6,700 words yesterday. It doesn’t always happen that way. Often, I’ll be thankful to write a 1,000 words, 2,000 words being my goal for a day. But one scene led to another, and I finally had to quit, well, printed off pages of that and Cougar’s Mate, and edited them last night so I’m working on the revisions next, hoping to have 10,000 words by today.


Sometimes, we just need a little inspiration–seeing a movie, or reading a book. Some writers say they never read. Ever. How can  you not read a book? And be a writer of books?


The joy to me is in creating a story, but I love jumping into worlds other authors have created too. To lose myself in the conflict and the fantasy and just enjoy. Sometimes I’ll watch a futuristic story and think, oh, what if my character has a similar vice or strength? Not that it would be futuristic in nature, but just something about the character resonates and I want to make my character like that.


The temperature went from a high of 73 yesterday, to a high of 37 today. There should be a law against temperature extremes like that. But in the story, a snowstorm is wreaking havoc.  Did you know that a storm or a setting can be as much of a character in a book? Anyway, we have 80% of rain, with 25 wind chill right now. So you know what that means? Perfectly stormy weather to write my snowstorm in.


The other day I saw the movie Shadow Recruit with my daughter and son-in-law. Lots of action, CIA is soooo perfect, it’s funny, but it has a lot of suspense, thriller, cute love story, and I enjoyed it.


Sure, it’s a total fantasy that they can take a guy who doesn’t know how to be a real agent–despite that sure, he’s an ex-marine, and really, really smart–but it’s fantasy, folks. LOL


Have you ever noticed stories that say: Based on a true story? Based on actual events?


But how much of it is true? Okay, so the sun sets every night, and it rises every day. Now, we know that’s true. So if we have a story where it shows the sun setting and the sun rising, then we can say it’s based on actual events, right? Those are two events that truly happened. Really.


So here’s my rendition of a true event:


trees with moss in magic light and haze in background
The bears and the girl and the forest are real.


The fantasy? She is not sitting in that forest. And the bears are the same height, 10 1/2″ tall.


I rest my case. And now I’m back to creating my fantasy worlds!


Stay warm if you’re cold and cool if you’re hot, and I’m off to write!


“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male!”

9 thoughts on “In the Beginning

  1. Congratulations on nearly 7000 words. My goal is 1000 a day so I know how hard seven times that can be. Just wanted to say good job and keep on writing.

    • Ah, thanks so much! Sometimes it’s a real mind game. Force yourself to write just a little more. Wait, nearly to that next level. Finish that, and they’re you’re done. Plus, leaving at a cliff hanger can really help for getting started the next day! I wish I could write 10K a day! Just think of how many books I could have completed in a year??? 🙂

  2. Not sure what’s going on with my WP today, but having lots of glitches. No paragraph breaking, fixed that, and it looked perfect, then it added weird stuff. So giving up on it today. In truth, I know what’s going on. It’s the fae. If they learn I’m working on anyone else’s story, they get upset. 🙂

  3. My phone died and I got a Google phone, that’s made in Houston, its called a moto x. Now I’m trying to figure out how to work it 🙁 . Not fun. Congrats on the word count !!

    Stay warm and have a great day.


    • Hi Peggy!

      Here is the order for the Heart of the Wolf Series:

      Heart of the Wolf Series: Heart of the Wolf, Destiny of the Wolf, To Tempt the Wolf, Legend of the White Wolf, Seduced by the Wolf, Wolf Fever, Heart of the Highland Wolf, Dreaming of the Wolf, A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing, A Howl for a Highlander, A Highland Werewolf Wedding, A SEAL Wolf Christmas, Silence of the Wolf, 2014, Hero of a Highland Wolf, 2014, A Highland Wolf Christmas, 2014; A SEAL Wolf for Sale, 2015

      The jaguar series weren’t really connected until I wrote Jaguar Fever and had zoo man Thompson from the Heart of the Wolf make his appearance in the jaguar series. 🙂 But it’s not necessary to read the wolf books to read the jaguar books.

      Heart of the Jaguar Series: Savage Hunger, Jaguar Fever, Jaguar Hunt, 2014, Jaguar Pride, 2015

      It’s fun reading the books in order, but not completely necessary. The first four wolf books are stand alone titles. They were of different wolf packs, different areas of the country, only Liedolf Wildhaven has a role in each one until the had his book in Seduced by the Wolf.

      Thanks so much for your interest, Peggy! 🙂

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