Saturday, July 11, 2015

How's the Book Coming?

I knew you'd be asking!

Okay, maybe you weren't. "A Game of Murder," the third in my Community of Faith Mysteries, is getting closer to publication. I'd hoped to be able to offer it for sale a month ago, but it's taking longer than I thought to revise. It always takes longer than I think it will.

An author and her book go through stages in their relationship. With me, out of the bleakness of the I'll-never-be-able-to-write-another-book-again phase, I'll read a newspaper article or see a television show or overhear a snippet of conversation and get an idea. I'm sure it is the best idea ever!

For a few days or weeks or months (it all depends on what else is going on in my life, where I'm at with the current or last book, etc.), other pieces come to me. At this stage, I start writing things down, either in a new notebook or a new section of one I've already started for the series. I poke around the Internet, doing "research." I bookmark web pages, save photos of people who look like they could be my characters, follow lots of rabbit trails from interesting things I find. It's forming a mental, physical, and electronic collage of what this new story might be. I'm in love with the story.

As I get closer to writing, I set up a Scrivener project, start creating virtual index cards for each scene, move the research into the project. The index cards form my outline for the story. I'll usually sit down with my story notebook and interview my main characters, write sketches that reveal to me what makes them tick.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Project Plant Update

I almost forgot to do this today since I've been so busy with critiques for my critique group meeting tonight. Not much change so far, but it takes time for new plants to acclimate themselves. I am a little concerned about one having some browning along the edges of a couple of leaves. I'm not sure whether this is too much or too little water.

This one has the browning leaves:

And, just because it's so pretty, here's Cajun's Code Blue, a plant I bought from another member at the spring sale. It's just so lovely. I think it's thriving because, unlike the project plants, it was grown locally, so has already adapted to Tucson's dry, hot climate.