No, really–isn't there an off switch or something?

May 28, 2008 at 1:53 pm (Random Thoughts, Writing)

First, I must offer deepest apologies to those of you who have been looking for my Tuesday Ten. I even had a swell post in mind, listing the reasons I’m hyperventilating about the Southern Cross Writer’s Challenge(a.k.a. SocNoc) I’ve signed up for in June. Then I see my writing bud Carynhas blogged about it and I’d hate to copy her cat, so I may end up doing that next Tuesday. In fact, this may move up to a moral imperative as Montana asked me where my Tuesday Ten was last night. Ye-owch.

I think another reason I didn’t set fingers to keyboard is my writer’s brain is still going. In fact, it feels like it’s racing so fast that it’s making Sunday’s Indy 500 look like a bunch of old ladies in their 1979 Oldsmobiles going to church. The rope I’m holding onto in the middle of this storm is I’m picking up my pace with my writing. (No wonder–I’ve got 50,000 words to do in June. Hang on–I’ve gotta go breath into a paper bag.) I’ve written 15 pages across Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and have plans to add to that tonight. All good, right? Of course right–that wasn’t a trick question.

But, I say, but! In the midst of this writing pace lap to the 500 miles of my book, I’ve had some great conversations with Montana and my CP about Book #4–the parnomal lite romantic comedy (para lite rom com). I’m giving the heroine sucha better goal (and conflict), giving my overly beta male a little shot of personality Viagra, and bringing the original trilogy I had in mind to a tight, cohesive place. This is no longer your grandmother’s edit. We’re talking big changes–not enormous, but big. All with the thought of pitching this at Nationals at the end of July. With the SocNoc challenge for June. (Damn. Where’s that paper bag?) But I really can’t complain about this–these are fabulous changes and are going to make this book (and the succeeding two) so much stronger and tighter and better. How can I kvetch that the girls are sending all of these changes up? It’s money, baby. Money.

So I am a bit scattered. All of my focus is on those two books so everything else is racing in circles around them. (See, tied in the Indy 500 reference again. Guess my focus likes obvious metaphors.) If I were Luke I’d be dropping Yoda on his little green butt.

Luke: I can’t believe it.

Yoda: That is why you fail.


Hmm. Maybe the little green guy was onto something after all.  



  1. jenifer said,

    More from Yoda. Though this is written for when you’re “Lifting a Large Spacecraft Out of a Swamp Using the Force”, I believe it also applies to when you’re juggling multiple stories and a blog and life in general all inside one brain.

    And you’re totally making me want to read your para lite rom com!

  2. Pam said,

    Jenifer–OMG, I almost put that chart in here!!! 😀 Sometime I’ll have to take a picture of my Yoda Magic 8-ball and post it.

  3. Kim said,

    ***Mama Moose raising her hand to be a beta reader***

  4. Robin said,

    I’m SoCNoCing too, baby! Looking forward to your post next week. Good luck starting on Sunday – you can do it! *pom pom swish*

    And Woo Hoo on the exciting direction your para lite rom com is taking you! I wanna read it too! This is going to be an exciting month. 🙂 I’ll be cheering you on and want you to repeat after me…Believe!!

  5. Montana said,

    I think the girls in the basement are channeling Yoda as well. Blog not… write.

  6. lainey said,

    Woo Hoo! Lookit me, hob knobbing with SoCNoCers!

    (um, okay, now I am officially as dorky in cyber-life as I am in real life)

    Good luck with the 50K. Go! Go! Go!

  7. Marilyn Brant said,

    Loved the Luke and Yoda lines…and, yes! You’re doing it, Pam! Trust in where your writer instincts are leading you. Merging craft knowledge with newfound story inspiration is going to equal a fabulous draft–I just know it!!

  8. Alyssa Goodnight said,

    Hi Pam,
    Thanks for visiting! And I love the fact that ‘this is not your grandmother’s edit!’ Sounds like you’re motivated–good luck!

  9. Pam said,

    Kim–hand duly noted. 🙂

    Robin–I know! I’m super excited for June and everything that’s going to happen in it, too. Then it’s July and Nationals. Squee!

    Lainey–I’m actively quoting Yoda and you’re calling yourself dorky? Wait until I do a book report on my X-Men comics. (Granted, they’re written by Joss Whedon, but still…)

    Marilyn–I think that’s one of the hardest things for a writer to learn is to listen to their instincts, but once that lesson is learned, it’s solid! And it tickles me beyond words that you’re one of my cheerleaders.

    Alyssa–Hi and thanks for the good wishes! With such support, how could I not be motivated?

  10. Caryn Caldwell said,

    How did I miss this post? Oh, yeah. Been quite the week. Anyway, I LOVE that you are so excited about your writing. It’s inspiring. And I can’t wait to hear how things go with both books. Update us often, pretty please?

  11. Kyle said,

    Hey Pam!

    Sorry I haven’t commented in a while. Haven’t lost interest–I just moved and was without the internet for two weeks! No, I didn’t die, but very nearly did. I read a lot for a change. LOL.

    It’s so exciting to finally figure out the piece that makes the whole puzzle fit together. That happened to me while workshopping my book at the Maui Writers Retreat last year, and the book is so much better for it! Best of luck with your edits, and with the pitching next month!

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