Run Forrest Run!

January 3, 2011 at 7:00 am (Random Thoughts)

Here we are, 2011. I haven’t made any resolutions or feel the brand new and shiny feeling I get around Labor Day and the start of the school year, but I am excited about what the next 12 months are going to bring. But before I get into future things, let me tell you what’s been going on recently.

Yes, I finished my edits on the current book. Right now I’m waiting to hear from a beta reader or two, and depending on the polishing needed, will then be sending it to Barbara. (And yes, that means back to checking my email and voice mails eighty-kerzillion times a day. I have no shame in this—I’ve accepted the fact that I’m a twitch about these things.) Since this book was written so differently than any of my previous, I felt a little like I was in one of those human gyroscope contraptions.   But the lovely part is from my view of the final edit and from those beta readers who have checked in, I’m doing pretty well. I may have evolved in my writing process this year, going from amphibian to primate, and let me say that even as much as I hate monkeys, I’m quite happy now being one.

And just last week I was able to come up with a smoking title for this baby. As much as I loved BLINDED, I had the feeling we’d need to come up with something else to pitch it with and I wanted to be prepared for that. The only problem was I couldn’t think of something that didn’t pop or stand out or was reflective of the book. And, oh yeah, wasn’t just chokingly, disgustingly, syrupy, full of purple prose in 6 words or less. Gargh! Some of the ones I started with were just awful and those sheets of paper should be burned!

I do promise to post the title and back cover copy as soon as I can, and you, my lovelies, will have first crack at it. Well, second or third, but you know what I mean.

So what else? I’ve been updating my website, and hope to publish that soon. I’ve come to realize that these social networking sites are taking the place of needing to update my website so often, and believe you me, that is a load off my mind. And I know it’ll need to be updated again after this and will take it to a different tone, but that’s in the future. But the beauty of it is, when I work on it, I do have fun. I think I have some graphic designer deep in my soul. Maybe it’s part of us creative types, eh?

It’s been a fabulous fall as far as the girls go—they’ve been sending me so many ideas and scenes and book ideas that it can be a little frustrating trying to keep up with the sadistic little bitches. Seriously. I’ve got fabulous ideas for at least 3 other historical romance pods (or lines or series or whatever you want to call them)—wait a minute, make that 4.  Forgot one. I have a thriller I’ve been working on (with ideas for the next 2) that makes me drool with delight and gluttonous glee. And I’ve got an idea for a literary work that makes that dark and twisty part of me just writhe in anticipation. I wants it, the precious, and it burns in the waiting. I’m not trying to taunt the little red gods or encourage a slap-fest from any of you by complaining about this—I’m more excited and anxious and desperate and just going stark raving mad in wanting to write all of these and write them now! I feel like I’m trying to run, like Forrest Gump run, but I’m wearing a strait jacket that’s harnessed to a drag parachute. So yes, I’m super excited about 2011 and what I’m going to write.

More delight is some recent discoveries that are just pouring new colors and textures into my creative well. The first is Mumford and Sons and they had me hooked from Little Lion Man, enough that I instantly purchased Sigh No More. (And similar to them, The Avett Brothers—just started to take a listen to their stuff last week, but I’m liking. If you’re curious, the first song I heard from them is Shame.) Thanks to Montana, I’m devouring the Spitalfields Life blog. The area, the history, the little gems this person uncovers and posts gives me reason to get up each day and turn on my computer. If you, like me, are rolling in the East End of Victorian London like a cat with a stuffed mouse full of catnip, then bookmark this site immediately. And one of my more happy discoveries of the fall is Robert K. Lewis. He is also a client of Barbara’s, and a thriller/noir and urban fantasy writer. Number one, he is so freaking nice which by itself is enough, but number two, his wife sounds so incredibly awesome, and that seals the deal as far as I’m concerned. Hard to go wrong with somebody whose spouse is so cool. You can follow him on Twitter or check out his blog, but stay tuned—he’s another one who’s going to have an awesome 2011 and you can say you knew him when.

Okay, enough for now—these books aren’t going to write themselves! Wishing each and every one of you a spectacular new year!!!

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8 Comments

  1. Marilyn Brant said,

    Pam, I love the excitement you’re feeling about the writing process — your enthusiasm jumps off the page and inspires me!! I wish you incredible success with your latest finish manuscript (may a sale at auction be in your near future!) and all good writing vibes for the projects that I calling to you. Hope 2011 will be the best year ever for you and Montana 😉 .

  2. Caryn said,

    Sounds like a great start to the year! Though I have to say it’s so mean of you to tease us like that, talking about this perfect title and the back cover copy. Can’t wait to hear more details.

  3. Robin said,

    Happy New Year, Pam! It’s so great reading about all the wonderful writing mojo brewing in that awesome mind of yours. Happy writing, my friend! And I’ve got a strong feeling we’re going to hear about many good things from you this year. 🙂 Best wishes!

  4. Pamela Cayne said,

    Marilyn–thanks for the vibes. Always appreciated! 🙂

    Caryn–I hope to post it soon, but a little tease is never a bad thing! 😉

    Robin–From your lips to New York’s ears! 😀

  5. Katie Reus said,

    Sounds like your new year is off to an awesome start! And yay on finishing those edits 🙂 I hope to hear good news about that story soon!

  6. Pamela Cayne said,

    Thanks, Katie–I’m sure you’ll be able to hear the screams from where you are! 🙂

  7. rklewis said,

    Thanks for the AWESOME mention, P!!! You’re good people, and then some! 🙂

  8. Pamela Cayne said,

    Thanks, Robert–takes one to know one. 🙂

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