Thursday, August 30, 2007

xPost - Dessert #2

Hi guys,

I"m a little late posting this, so I apologize for that. EGYPTIAN VOYAGE hit the cyber-shelves yesterday and I'm still stoked. Woohoo!

On a different note, I got on this dessert kick last time with the big chocolate turd (see post entitled, "Dessert - A New Perspective?" to see what I mean), and thought I'd post another to see if this one does any better. Whatcha think?

"What: Brownie Extraordinaire with Saint Louis
Where: Tropicana Casino and Resort; Atlantic City, New Jersey
Price: $1,000

The priciest selection off the restaurant’s three-part Crystal Menu (each of which begins with an amuse sucrée, followed by the featured dessert and ending with petit fours), the Brownie Extraordinaire comes with a Saint Louis crystal atomizer, a $750 keepsake filled with a shot of rare 1996 Quinta do Noval Nacional port wine to be sprayed into the mouth between each bite of hazelnut-coated brownie."

Compliments of Forbes Magazine.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Sydney & Location Research

It's no secret that I love Sydney. If you've read any of my eBooks, you'll know that most of them are set here. It was never an intentional thing for me, it just came naturally. I would sit down, start planning or writing, and wow - the characters were walking around some part of Sydney.

And to be honest with you, I love doing that. I love casting my tales somewhere within the city boundaries, and putting the reader in a place they more than likely have never been to. I mean, as a reader, most of the books I read are set in the US or somewhere else I've never visited. And I love that! I love the way a writer can throw you into a scenerio somewhere else in the world and let your imagination run wild.

So, even though Sydney is a city I've worked in and visit often, when it comes to details I still like to get them right. For some reason, when I sit down and write a scene I find that some of the nitty-gritty details get a little fuzzy in my mind. This year, the hubby, daughter and I have been going to some of these locations on weekends. I take our digital camera, snap as many shots as I can and just feel the surroundings, watch the people that happen to be there at the time. It's a fantastic way to research specific details.

Now I'm going to share a few pics I've snapped so far this year...

This is in the Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Harbour:

This is in The Rocks:

This is in Circular Quay:

Of course, then there are other places that I can never actually visit. Like Breena for instance. This is the faerie land featured in my Fae-Hunters series. Although it only exists in my mind, the details are just as vivid as the places I can actually visit.

The next place I want to research is Savannah, Georgia in the USA. It sounds like such a lovely place. I can't wait for my virtual visit. ;)

So tell me... as a reader, do you enjoy reading a book set in places you've never experienced before? And as a writer, do you like to set your stories in places around you, other locations, or a bit of both?



Come Over to Ellora's Cave Today!

Hey everybody!

I'm hosting a List Mom day at the Ellora's Cave readers group on Yahoo today. Since it's release day (SQUEEE! Egyptian Voyage hit the cyber shelves!) we're doing a half day release day hype type event. Lots of excerpts and prizes, so COME GET SOME ;D

Starts at 1:00 pm EST and ends at 6:00 pm EST

Get to the readers group here: Ellora's Cave Reader Chat

Also, LAST DAY for the ARCANE AUGUST contest! Better get your entry in so you can have a chance to take home your share of TEN books! For details, visit The Scoop page on my website HERE: The Scoop

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Do you buy used books?

I was reading a post on Dear Author about used bookstores/internet used book sales. Interesting post, meaty, with some fascinating statistics. The overall theme, for those who haven't read it, was that retailers (both online and brick and mortar) are not hurt by used book sales. I know for a fact they don't hurt the store I work at. But for publishers and authors, it's another story. Based on 2003 sales figures, and an estimate of .3%, over $45 million dollars. That's not chump change.

Now, according to the individual who originally posted the study (Read for Pleasure), it's a simple matter of increasing new book prices slightly to make up for that loss. I wonder, however, if that would work, or would it simply increase the demand for lower priced used copies?

How do authors feel? Several have voiced very firm opinions. Rosina Lippi doesn't buy used, as long as the author's alive. Susan Gable has a post titled, Save a Writer, Buy a New Book! on another author's blog. Clearly, there are some authors who do not see any potential gain from used book sales.

Me? I'm somewhere in the middle. I get a pretty good idea of what goes on in a used bookstore. I see the drawbacks and the benefits. Loss of potential sales, but an increase in potential readership, buzz and word of mouth exposure.

In our store, there are those who buy new because they want the latest release--the one they've read about in last month's RT magazine--and they want it NOW. Not tomorrow. Not next week. And definitely not a month or two after everyone else has bought it.

Then there are those who rarely buy new. They're willing to wait. So, if my books weren't available used, would the used book readers buy them new? Chances are, they wouldn't.

What about the buyer in the middle? The one who sometimes buys new, sometimes buys used? They aren't as common as the extremes, at least at our store, but IMO, they are the ones an author could actually benefit from. The exception to the rule. These are the readers who might buy a backlist title used, and then find other titles and buy those new.

Benefits and drawbacks. To me, they seem to balance out. Probably won't make me the most popular person among my peers.

Some people might suggest I'm on the fence because I work at a store that sells both used and new books, that I wouldn't be if I didn't. Perhaps that's true, to a certain extent. But not because of any loyalty I feel to the store. If anything, it's the insight I have into the book buying habits of our customers that have kept me from taking a hard core anti-used book stance. New book buyers almost always buy new. But used, rarely.

Any thoughts? Insight? Comments? Rotten tomatoes? Let's talk.

Vampilicious Erotic Romance
Sydney's Romance with Sassitude

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Psychic Schtoof

All right folks, Cie here (Yeah, I'm logged in as Cathy. I can't seem to log in as me. But don't blame her for my posts. ;) I am taking an informal survey.

Who believes in psychic schtoof?

Which kinds?

I will go first.

I do. I don't WANT to, but I do. But I've run into it WAY too often to be able to ignore.

AND I do **NOT** think it is evil or the people who have it are evil or bad. I think it's a talent, like an ear for music, or artistic ability. You're either given it out of the box, or not. Oh, you can work to develop it. (Just like you can learn to be a better artist of whatever kind.) But if it isn't there, it just isn't.

As to which kinds, well, I think there are a whole LOT of different abilities out there. I try to keep an open mind. Still I kind of draw the line at pyrokinesis and telekinesis. (Firestarting and moving objects with just your mind). I just don't buy it.

There you go. Your turn.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Rockstars & Actors

So, I got to thinking the other day... see, there's a band that's REALLY caught my attention lately. They're certainly not a new band, but they are to me. It's Thirty Seconds to Mars. You guys know them, right? I remember hearing their song "The Kill" on the radio several months ago. The hubby and I loved the song, and their sound. So we went out looking for it, couldn't find it anywhere. But we did find their single, "From Yesterday". Another awesome song!

The biggest surprise for me was that Jared Leto was in the band. The lead singer! My gosh, I was pretty surprised. I mean, it's not that I don't think he's talented, because he's a really cool actor. I remember him in Fight Club and that other really uncomfortable movie that I don't like to talk about. Hell, I wanted to forget I'd watched it right after it was over. Anyway, he was really good in it but I never thought much of him. He was just another actor.

Fast forward to now. He's in a band! Man. Dude, that's got my attention. All of a sudden I'm thinking he's quite the looker, and that dark hair suits him. Hell, the eyeliner suits him too, and all that black clothing? Hell, yeah! All of a sudden I'm totally fascinated and intrigued by Jared Leto. Can you believe that? Lol.

And you know what this made me realise? That I've always had a thing for rockstars! Yep, that's right. I mean, there are a LOT of actors that have caught my attention throughout the years, but rockstars are the ones that ultimately fascinate me. It's been that way for years. Since I was in my early teens.

I think it might be the mystery attached to them. Or just the fact that they're on stage. Maybe it's just because listening to their music has always inspired ideas and daydreams. Or could it be that we see too much of actors? I'm not sure what it is, but there you go. A revelation. ;)

So, I was wondering... which one do YOU prefer? Given the choice between an emo-clad Jared Leto, and the lighter Jared, which do you prefer? Which gets your inspirational juices flowing and gets the muse tingling? You know which one I'd choose. ;)



Tuesday, August 21, 2007

New Book Release-itis

Time for a confession.

Today I'm pacing my office, hitting refresh on Amazon every five minutes, expecting the preorder button to disappear.

What am I talking about? It's that time. Real Vamps Don't Drink O-Neg is shipping. Boxes are rolling into bookstores all over the country. I know this because our order was filled at work (for those who don't know, I work at a used and new bookstore).

Do readers have any idea how we authors agonize over the release of our books? Particularly authors who've only recently broken into the NY publishing world? I want to be all confident and everything's-going-to-be-great, but I'm too new to the game to be.

Hold my hand this week, won't you? While I wait for Real Vamps to go "live" on Amazon and land in bookstores? I'd *really* appreciate it!

Tawny (the temporarily needy author)
Vampilicious Erotic Romance
Sydney's Romance with Sassitude

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Better Late Than Never?

Cie here. I've been posting instead of Cathy because I'm more of a blogger than she is. However, as I've stated before, my blogs tend to be. . . um. . . dull and yawnworthy. Still, I decided that I would go ahead and cross-post my newslettery kind of stuff here. Hope y'all don't mind.

Hi guys! I am writing this bulletin because. . . well. . . because. The draft of Touch of Darkness, the final book in the Kate Reilly/Thrall series is in the hands of our esteemed editor, Anna Genoese. We made it in ON DEADLINE. (WOOT!)

Cathy is working on the first draft of a stand-alone novel which is the next book due under our contract. It has a seriously cool premise and everyone we've talked to about it has been very excited to see what we can do with it. (And no, I'm not giving any hints yet. LOL)

The galleys are here on Timeless Moon. (This is the Sazi book with Aspen Monier as the lead female character). So that's first up on the plate for yours truly.

We are also working on completely revamping our website. At this point we're getting permissions for some of the content we want to include (like photos, banner, and so forth) and are brushing up on our web building skills. (That have grown a little rusty with disuse). But since Cathy and I are both very "hands on" types, we're actually kind of excited about having the chance to create it exactly (we hope) the way we have in mind. Wish us luck in pulling it off. When the time comes (which won't be for about a month I think) I'll send around notice and ask y'all to take a look and give me some feedback as to what does and (le sigh) doesn't work.

We're also looking at some promo items, but that's still in process as we wait for permission on some of the artwork we want to use.

FINALLY, Upcoming events:

Cathy and I will both be going to FenCon September 21-23, 2007. For information on the con go to www.fencon.org.

AND we will be part of a multi-author book signing on Saturday, October 20, 2007 from 11-2 or 3 at the Hastings in Stephensville, Texas. I'll send out more details when we get closer to the date. In the meantime, anyone who wants autographed copy of books by Cathy and I can call and order them from the Waldenbooks in the Sunset Mall in San Angelo, Texas. We periodically go in and sign their stock. The phone number is 325-949-7040.

Well, that's it for now. Hope you all are well and happy. Keep reading.


Thursday, August 16, 2007


Yes, guurgeous is a word...I just made it up and it's the perfect way to describe my new cover for Egyptian Voyage. I just got it the other day for my August 29th release and I'm just wiggling and jiggling my butt all over the place (it's called dancing, I promise) ;D Take a look!

I'm having a website redesign done so my site at www.tjmichaels.com will be down for a few days. My webchicky says it'll be back up on Sunday, so if you're participating in the huge Arcane August contest you'll still be able to get the answers you need from my site with plenty of time to spare.

Okay, now on to some other non-writing related stuff. And after you read this, give me your honest opinion.

Now I don't know about you, but this girl needs her batteries. With all the electronic gadgets we use around my house we are forever shoving one, two, or four into the recharger every darned day. But now there's something new to take care of our battery needs...and I'm not sure if I like it or not. Check it.

"If you crack the back off of an iPhone or any other modern portable electronic device, you'll find a big honking battery that takes up a huge amount of space and contributes to a large part of the device's weight. Fuel cells and solar power have both been floated as promising solutions to the battery weight/capacity problem, but new research suggests that carbon nanotubes may eventually provide the best hope of implementing the flexible batteries and supercapacitors needed to shrink our gadgets even more."

Yes, it's a paper thin battery that can use electrolytes from the body to charge it. I can see the applications of this and certainly would appreciate a lighter eBook reader (it's about the size of a paperback book, but could certainly weigh less), but I'm not sure I'd want an itty bitty battery that can be used inside my body. Hmmm. What do you think?

Here's the link to the full article: Itty Bitty Battery Article


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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

A List & Great News!

Okay, first I'll start with a list:


The Moon by Michelle Hasker
Birth by Diana Bold
Innoncence by Lia Morgan
Life by AL Debran
Hunger by Sophie Athens
Chalice by Ericka Scott
Power by Ava Rose Johnson
Battle by Lia Sebastian
Fever by Sapphire Blue
Lust by Jade James
Sin by Antonia Pearce
Sacrafice by Leila Brown
Love by L. Shannon
Harmony by MG Braden
Shadow by Karen Erickson
Sunlight by Moira Reid
Ashes by Contessica Ryans
Death by Yolanda Sfetsos
Sleep by Eugenia O'Neal
Tomb by Rebecca Goings
Awaken by Eliza Gayle
Rebirth by Lyric James
New Life by Emma Petersen
Wisdom by Sable Grey
Circle of Life by Deanna Lee

The Vampire Oracle is a series which will be release by Cobblestone Press, in both eBook and Print formats. How exciting is that?

When the proposal submissions were announced in June, I had a wonderful time checking out the covers and meanings as they were released. A handful of them appealed to me so much that my muse started tingling. I mean, why wouldn't she? The cover art on ALL of the cards is gorgeous. Sable Grey - who also happens to be a Diva here - did an awesome job. But I couldn't write proposals for all of them, so I only sent in for the ones that totally grabbed me.

Even out of those, there was one that shone brighter than the others for me. It was the DEATH card. I just knew I wanted that one! And the story that came to me for this one was so vivid. So full of heartbreak, deception and the cost this character had to face for what happened to her. It was amazing. And it all filtered into my mind as I was walking home from dropping my daughter off at school.

So when I got word from Deanna, and was contracted for the DEATH card, I was SO excited. I'm still excited, can't you hear the sound of SQUEEEEEEE all the way over in the US? Of course you can. That's still me.

This is a fabulous opportunity, and I'm honored to be a part of the excellent list I've posted above. I'd also like to say congrats to fellow Divas, Sable Grey and Emma Petersen. Yay! :D

At the moment, though my muse and fingers are itching to get stuck into the Vampire Oracle tale, I'm happy to let it percolate for a little bit. Not too long, because I can't wait to write it. I've collected several gorgeous and very inspirational vamp art pics, and fragments of the story are already slipping into my mind... but the greatest inspiration is the actual card and its meaning.



Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Market News with Tawny

Original source Cindy Myers:

Bantam/Dell Publishing editor Shauna Summers announced at the Romance Writers of America Conference that in Spring 2008 Bantam will launch Bantam Discovery, a line of books that will be released simultaneously in mass market and trade paperback editions. The plan right now is to release one book a month. The idea is to market the books to different audiences. 2008 slots for Bantam Discovery are already filled.

Ms. Summers also said she's interested in acquiring straight contemporary romance. While paranormal continues to sell well for them, she's not keen on acquiring new paranormal right now. Bantam is also interested in romantic suspense and thrillers. Ms. Summers is interested in both previously published and unpublished authors. Bantam will consider queries from unagented authors -- snail mail only, please. Send your queries to 1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10009

Interesting. But this news bite is a little on the vague side. Details like what kinds of stories they'll be publishing, etc would be good to know.

I'll post as soon as I get more info.

Also, for those who've been waiting, Samhain Publishing has opened for submissions again. From their website:

Samhain has now reopened to general submissions with a few stipulations. Please read the guidelines below carefully and submit accordingly. Any deviation from the guidelines will lengthen the time it takes for your work to be given the consideration it deserves.

All submissions must be new material to be considered for publication, no reprints. Once you’ve had a new work accepted by Samhain, you are free to submit previously published works to your editor for consideration.

Only one manuscript at a time per author please! And, if the manuscript is being offered elsewhere simultaneously, please keep us informed of its status.

And finally, a reminder that the submissions window is about to close on the the Gather.com's First Chapters Romance Writing Competition. The grand prize is a contract with Pocket/S&S. For unpublished authors only. Read the rules HERE.

Vampilicious Erotic Romance
Sydney's Romance with Sassitude

Saturday, August 11, 2007


Alas, I have finally admitted to myself that I have, indeed, become a fuddyduddy. An old, OLD, fuddy duddy. (I don't know if it qualifies as one or two words, so I did one of each and figure at least one should be right).

It is Saturday morning. I am not sleeping off a hangover. I am not plannning my Saturday night. No, friends and neighbors. I am cleaning my house. More specifically, my OFFICE.

OK, I don't know about everybody else, but there is only so much me to go around. I mean, there's plenty of me (I'd like to lose several pounds of me to be sure) but there is still only so much I can do. So, sometimes, particularly when I'm on deadline, something's got to give. Usually, it winds up being the housework. So that by the time the book actually gets turned over to the editor I feel as though I'm living in a PIT. And since I am living mostly in my office when I'm awake and not at the day job, the office is the epicenter of the explosion of YUCK that has become what once was my home.

So, once I've had the opportunity to collapse for a day or two and indulge a little post-librum depression, I find myself shoveling my way back to a tolerable level of cleanliness. Because I can't seem to start a book when the place is a mess.

So today I got going on it. In the process I've found some receipts I need for taxes; a couple of the copy-edit and galley pages from previous books, several ARCs (advance review copies) of the upcoming novel. (Giving us more to send to reviewers. WHOOO HOO.)

You see, I just went on for three paragraphs on HOUSEWORK. For crying out loud! Surely I should have something more exciting to post. Unfortunately, not yet. Books are doing fine. Kid's doing fine. Animals are fine. Work's fine. I mean, really, I should be grateful for the lack of excitement. After all, there are two kinds of interesting:

(1) I WON THE LOTTERY!!!! WAHOO!!!! Exciting. or

(2) I TOTALLED MY CAR! ARGH!!!! Which is at least equally exciting (at least while the semi is bearing down on you in the rear-view mirror.) But is SOOOOOO not what I (or you I would guess) would want.

So, I suppose, HOORAY FOR BORING. I'll just have to save the excitement for the books I'll write in my freshly cleaned office. But I have to admit, I do feel a little. . . dull. Forgive me.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Dancing Badly

Hey all,

I'm teaching a class at work and sneaking away to put up this post. Why? Because Lauren Dane posted about Chaka Khan the other day on our group blog at www.dynamicthree.com and now the darned song is stuck in my head...and I'm wiggling around in my chair singing "Ain't Nobody" in my head!

By the way, I got a peek at my cover for EGYPTIAN VOYAGE and... I absolutely LOVE IT! I think it's the best Torrid Tarot cover so far! As soon as I get the official copy, I'll put it here on the blog.

Gotta run...time for class ;D


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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

BIAM & Progress

Today, I have to admit that I didn't plan anything to chat about. You see, I've been a little busy the last week. Remember that little question I asked about whether or not I should take part in the Cobblestone Main Street BIAM? Well, I decided to take part. But I didn't dump the other story I'd already started. No, I decided to write two novellas at the same time.

I just couldn't pick one or the other. So, I'm working on both. And I have to say, that I'm very happy with the progress so far. As far as word count goes I've passed the 10k for the BIAM, and am almost at 20k with the other story.

Considering that I've also completed a bunch of edits while writing these tales, I have to say that I'm very happy with how it's going.

I think that both characters and stories are very different, too. I usually devote my time to one story, and just write like a maniac until it's finished. So this is a little different. Still, it's not as hard as I thought it would be to keep them separate in my head. I supposed it helps that I'm having fun with them.

Anyway, it's 6am here in Sydney, on Thursday morning... so I better get going.

I was wondering, do you make a habit out of writing more than one story at the same time? Do tell...



Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Cal for Submissions: Urban Phaze

This program sounds like fun. Good luck to those who submit!

Vampilicious Erotic Romance
Sydney's Romance with Sassitude

Coming in 2008! Urban Phaze

New York, London, Paris, Munich, everybody talkin' about...PHAZE!

So tell us, what is your favorite location for a passionate fantasy? Do you dream of slow, eternal kisses in Times Square on New Year's Eve, or would like to snuggle with your lover in the dunes of a secluded Honolulu beach? Does the idea of doing it on the Eiffel Tower grab you, or maybe a tryst in an elegant suite overlooking the Chicago skyline?

You might say we like a bit of travel with our sex. We'd wouldn't mind christening each of the fifty states, and we hope you feel the same way. This is why Phaze is proud to announce our upcoming Urban Phaze line - hot novellas set in major cities around the world. Look forat least two to be released every month in 2008, each to be set in a different major metropolitan city.

Get on the Phaze map!

We are looking for steaming hot stories to include in this line - contemporary erotic romance (sub and cross-genres okay) of anywhere from 15K-25K, set in a major metropolitan city. Only one city will be accepted per story, and the entire tale must take place in that setting.

In particular, we are looking for the following locales. If you have a particular city in mind, please query us first.

Buenos Aires
Dallas/Fort Worth
Hong Kong
Mexico City
Rio de Janerio
Washington, DC

So, take us someplace nice, and make sure we never want to leave!

Please see our submissions guidelines for formatting and detailed dos and don'ts. When you submit in RTF format, please include Urban Phaze- [NAME OF CITY] in your subject line. Urban Phaze will remain an indefinite open call until we decide to close it. So get your pens and passports to work!

Exceptional Erotic Fiction

Monday, August 6, 2007

Too Taboo to Write About?

Is there any subject matter that you consider to be off limits when it comes to your writing? I can honestly say I write about everything. Rape, murder, lynching, slavery, genocide, kidnapping. I've written about it all.

In a historical and present day setting. I've never considered any subject matter too taboo to write about yet...I received an email. For the sake of the person's anonymity I won't divulge what was in the email but I will say that she was concerned about my use of slavery and the genocide of Native peoples as subject matter.

I realize not everyone is going to like what you write or how you write it but...I don't know, I was just a little bit troubled by the email. After all history is history and it's not something we can change or even hide. Brutalities occurred here and everywhere else on this planet so why would we ignore the past? I know I can’t even if it does make some readers uncomfortable.

So what do you guys think? As authors is there anything you try to steer clear of?


Saturday, August 4, 2007

Post Librum Depression

Hi! I'm back. And unlike all of those clever souls (LOVE the video clip!) I'm just writing a blog. Kind of a dull blog today. Because, as is usually the case after I've finished the basics of a book and am waiting for the edits, I'm suffering from what I call "Post-Librum Depression." It's sort of like post-partum depression only your book is your baby.

I love writing. I love the work. I love the rhythms of it. I absolutely adore taking these little building blocks called words and using them to create people, places, and events that are real enough that other people actually CARE what's happening to them. Sometimes care enough to laugh, or CRY over it. That, my friends is really flipping cool. A rush like adrenaline, only longer lasting.

BUT when I've written that 100,000+ word manuscript, and poured everything I've got into it I'm pooped. Usually, (not this time thank heavens!) I actually get physically ill from having pushed myself too hard. And I'm depressed, and worried. Will they like it? What if they hate it? (Yeah, I really am that insecure. No, actually I'm MORE insecure than that. At least about my writing.) Did I get this right, or that right, or do the words just lie lifeless and worthless on the page?

On, and on (and on and on) in boring circles, my thoughts chasing themselves like a dog chasing its tail.

And it is during this time of hypersensitivity that I get the first round of edits. Which usually makes me feel WORSE, and I wonder if I should just quit.

Except I love this. It's what I've always wanted.

AND now I've come to know that this is just a part of the process.

So, I rest. Or I do stuff around the house that I've had to neglect while I was writing (particularly if I was on deadline). And I go look at the old books, or reviews, or (BLUSH) fan letters.

Eventually, the worst of it passes.

And I will get an idea. A really, really COOL idea---if I can pull it off. And I'm off and running again.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Nothing To Do With Writing ;D

Today this author of paranormal erotic romance just wants to have fun. So, compliments of my son, this isn't quite Hard Gay hilarious, but it's pretty close! Promise to watch the whole thing and give feedback. Also, don't forget the Arcane August contest is going on. For information on how to enter, Click Here.

Happy Almost Friday!


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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Something New & Indecision

This week, I started a new story. Well, it's a different character within a world that I've already written three stories in. But I've become totally captivated with it. It's a place I would love to spend more time in. And judging by the amount of story lines that are hounding my brain, I think there'll still be plenty of tales, and opportunities to visit.

So far this week I've written 8,243. I'm aiming for somewhere over the 20k mark. Not sure where it'll end up, but I do know that there's going to be a lot to deal with in this one. Plus a bunch of things that'll need to get resolved. The strangest thing is that the one person that I'm used to being the main character, will be stepping back into the secondary character role. This isn't the first time I've done that, but it's still strange. :)

I'm having a lot of fun with it so far. As I usually do when I'm in this world. This story has been ready for a while now and it's unfolding very quickly.

So... you're probably wondering where's indecision come into any of this? Well, the thing is that the 1-31 August marks a new BIAM over at Cobblestone Main Street. I love to take part in these challenges. They're fun and an awesome way to connect with fellow writers. Plus, I always love a challenge. ;) Except, the tale I've already started does not fit the criteria. But I'd still love to take part.

I've been toying with the idea of starting a new story - I already have one in mind BTW. If I write the required minimum for it every day, I should be able to make the deadline. As well as continuing with the story that's already started. I mean, they'll be two very different stories in different point of views, with two very different main characters.

It's the second day of the month (here in Australia) and I still haven't decided...

Tell me, what would you do? I'd love to hear your opinions. Should I keep on writing just the one tale, or be daring and get stuck into two at the same time?