(I posted this video just because its such an interesting scene. It’s perfect for the Halloween season and I love the soundtrack to Frances Ford Coppola’s, Dracula.)
October’s been a busy month and I can’t believe how fast it’s flying by.
Monday night I finished writing a 90-page romance that I started working on the first week of September with the intention of writing a 24 page Quickie…
The plan changed as I wrote, the characters immediately took me in some surprising directions. From one day to the next I had no idea where they would take me. I just had to have faith they would lead the way, and type. The story quickly morphed into something that really surprised me. It’s a little different from the content I usually write. It’s more sensual romance than erotic romance. I didn’t do that by design the character’s time period and personal ethics demanded realistic behavior.
I enjoyed writing this way and I wanted to challenge myself. There’s a contemporary romance with an affair from the past embedded within it and a switch between first and third person POV. This story has ancestor ghosts, a strong sense of fate and a journey of souls across seventy years of history to the present. Its actually two romances in one with a happy ending for the contemporary couple.
I know this is self-serving to say, but I blubbered as I wrote this story because bits and pieces of it felt so real. Having this set of characters speak to me and share personal things, felt like a privilege. Finishing the story and pulling away from the creation phase was a bit sad. My mind is scattered today. I’m really hoping this type of character connection happens again.
Aside from all my WIPs that need to be finished, I have a new project to jump into and I know it will be fun. Its something I’ve wanted to try for a long time—co-authoring. The lovely Amber Skyze and I are going to collaborate on a set of short stories. She came up with an idea I loved and several big synchronicities quickly followed that pointed the way for me to say, “Yes” to this project in a big way. I’m looking forward to clearing the decks and making way for this collaboration. Amber is a good influence on me, not only does she have great ideas, I’m also hoping her speed and excellent work ethic rubs off on me! (I’m so slow…lol)