It’s chilly out this morning and I want to weed!!!! It’s just beautiful out. But, they moved up the deadline on my novella because my editor is going on vacation. I wrote 7,000 words on Friday, yesterday got the last 3,000, and now it’s finished. I just need to type the changes to the last chapter, add the epilogue, and then send it off.
The best laid plans. I still need to write the marketing materials for Wolff Bros 2, oh, and the letter to the reader for Dreaming of the Wolf and then I’m off to write the Halloween cougar novella, earlier than I thought I could. Yay!
So weeding??? We’re under tropical storm warnings today, so not sure if I can get to it after I finish edits.
Have a great day! I’m soooooooo super excited to finish Tangling with the Wolf which will be in the 10th Anniversary of Dreaming of the Wolf! Woohoo!!!
I was working on another fruit picture, figuring it would take a while to get my portfolio reviewed, so I’m a good way into it when I got a Pass on my portfolio! Yeah. So I’m starting on portraits now, though I want to finish the new grapes picture too. I know practice makes for better work.
I did get my Wolf Wore Plaid edits done last night and turned in, yay!
So now–back to Wolff Bros.
I was struggling with what to add to my heroine to give her more character–internal conflict. All the ingredients are there. The story is practically written and I had all the elements in there to make this work, but I needed more of a reason why she sticks to beach resorts for vacations and chooses to live in Florida.
It’s been bugging me all along. What is the reason? What? What? What?
And then my beta reader and I were brainstorming and I had it!
So now the question is, do I add a prologue to show the trauma she experienced? Or do I just show her fear in the beginning of chapter 1? That is the question.
When I wrote one of my vampire books, I had a riveting backstory for the hero and heroine. A reason they had been separated. A reason he was desperate for her to remember him across the ages. I talked about it. Telling. And then I realized the only way to really show their love was to show it. In a prologue, way before the modern day present situation. Forbidden Love. I had to show it in the scene, them loving each other, being torn apart, and….present day. He is on her terminal list. She’s a huntress of vampires. He’s a vampire. He has to convince her she is the one he has loved and that she loves him and has for all time. But she doesn’t even know who he is…
So in that case, trying to avoid writing a prologue didn’t work. It had to be shown.
In this story, I think I’ll begin writing a prologue, see how it turns out, and then I’ll have my answer. I think I’ll also have showing her fear in the opening of chapter 1. Sympathizing with a character is so important.
I weeded, it’s way too hot out even at 7 am. Next week when it cools down on Wednesday, I’m walking and doing yard work. As long as it’s not pouring. But it’s miserable out there right now.
Off to work on the new prologue, the opening of the first chapter, and then I’m off and running on the story. AND, starting my first portrait.
Next up on the art agenda will be painting people. So this is the last one I’m doing for practice on similar items to what we’re doing in the practice sessions. I’m afraid I’ll bomb in the people painting class. I’m just waiting for this to be critiqued and then once that’s done, I can send all the 5 paintings into be reviewed, and then if I pass, move on. Though, while I’m waiting on this, I’ll keep working on some other oil paintings I started to complete them and get more practice in. They said 5, I’ll have done 11. I needed the extra work.
In the meantime, I have a doctor’s appointment online in half an hour, never done before, so hope I don’t screw it up.
And for now, I’m going to start working on–not sure. It’s a toss up to continue working on Wolff Bros, or grab the edits on Wolf in Plaid and finish that. It’s due Sept 9th, so I think I might open it up and begin work on it today. I have way too many things on my plate right now. I need to get something done!
100 degrees Fahrenheit, tack on 12 for heat index. Took my walk early and man is it muggy. I was trying to take pictures of ladybugs, a whole crop of them are eating away at the bugs on my plants, yay! And my lens kept fogging up.
I’m getting a little bit better at this. But this is like the 2nd time I’ve worked on it, so practice makes better. We have eggs to do soon. Ugh. I can’t imagine trying to keep sharp edges on the eggs. lol I had uploaded the wrong picture at first. I thought I had redone it with a better background. The backgrounds are a lot of fun to make.
It’s fun to do though. Anyway, back to the story. Getting together with the kids in a little while.