Something different happened today in my blogging world. I was tagged in a Lucky Seven post by Melissa Pearl. This is a blogging game for authors that I have never heard of before, but one that I’m delighted to play.
The rules are that you must post an excerpt from one of your books and this excerpt has to be seven sentences, lines or paragraphs from page 77, seven lines down.
Now – how cool is that?
So here is a small snippet from my book The Mediterranean Source for you to have a squizz at.
She heard someone clear their throat, and froze. As she pulled away from Tom, she saw his eyes harden as he turned towards the door.
“Um…” Brooke said with embarrassment, refusing to look at them directly, “Josh wanted me to tell you that he has cooked up the steak, and dinner is on the table.” She quickly backed out the room, and they heard the door latch shut a moment later.
Ruby sighed with irritation, and sunk against him.
“Fuck,” he muttered under his breath with annoyance. He looked into Ruby’s eyes with defeat and sighed, “They were bound to find out sometime.”
I also get to tag seven other authors in this post for them to play this game as well. So here they are – and I can’t wait to see what everyone else has written.
Something is once again stirring within me. I would like to say that it’s the ‘writing bug’… but it feels as though it’s more than that. It’s more like a primal urge that is getting my creative juices flowing again. The fact that our new daughter is starting to sleep now is probably another thing that is prompting this change within me.
Many things have been circulating through my mind over the past six weeks. What projects I need to complete, what books I need to edit, and what books I need to plan. Believe me – the list seems to be continuously growing. I guess that is what creative people do though– they constantly generate and process new ideas. I know that there are many things that I really need to complete before I start the next new thing.
In January this year I started writing Tijuana Nights. I hadn’t been writing properly for a long time due to my addled pregnancy brain… and I loved writing it. I loved sinking my teeth into new territory, and exploring old and new ideas that I had been stewing on for a long time. And then I had to stop that project because I need to give birth to our daughter.
The other day I was talking to a friend, and she was telling me about her book success. Then she turned around and said, ‘I just know Talent will make waves in YA once you are ready to put it out there.’ Yet another project that I need to complete. I really need to complete this one. It’s been hanging around for far too long. Besides – there is going to be a lot of editing and rejigging once I finish writing the trilogy. All that aside – it was really lovely to hear my friend say that about those books. Really lovely. She has faith in the trilogy.
I also need to do one last edit on The Mediterranean Source. Some readers may remember that I did a really big edit on it in November last year. Well – after that I sent it out to a couple of readers and they provided some seriously valuable feedback on the book. This is the last lot of feedback that I think I will incorporate into the book before submitting it out into the world. But yet this is another task that I need to set my mind to completing.
But I have faith. I have faith that I will finish off these things. I also have faith that whether or not they are ever published in the future, I know that I will be happy within myself just for being tenacious enough to get through these enormous projects. And I also have faith that one day in the future… my daughter may just pick up one of my books and read it. Whether or not she enjoys it will be another story all together.