Monday, September 22, 2014

I Have Been Writing

Stephen Summerville
Arianna
Good Morning. I have been writing. With gusto, and zeal, and non-stoppedness. I added 13K to #Summerville last week. (If you missed me on Twitter, I posted my word count every couple of hours.) I also wrote and delivered a short infomercial for the PTO meeting last Thursday night. (I volunteer at Monster's school as the Gift Card Coordinator, hence the PTO.) For this job I wrote a new order form, a "we regret to inform you, your services will no longer be needed" letter, and a four page outline for the Oversight Committee report I have to file by October 1.

Bella
I'm also working on a short "lecture" series for my other blog Anne Gallagher Regency Romance Writer. I
Edward
 discuss how I wrote my series, and things I learned along the way. I don't know if you're thinking about a series, but we're all writers. Take a look, maybe I missed something. Add your experience.

I have to tell you, though, I am loving working on this new book, The Seduction of Mr. Summerville. I can't remember when I've ever been so in love with my characters. Bella is so deliciously bad, and Arianna is so not. Stephen and Edward are ready to kill each other, Reginald wants to kill Olivia, while she's laughing her ass off in the corner watching Reginald's downfall all play out. And Constance remains in hysterics. It's such a soap opera. Which is why I have such a high word count. I hate to leave it.

Reginald
Olivia
I have also been cleaning my house, rearranging furniture. Last weekend, I flipped part of the living room to make room for the dining room. Yesterday, I flipped my office into the dining room. The living room went into the den. I swear that has been the catalyst for my sudden efficiency with a pen. Keyboard. Whatever.

Okay here's the thing... I have been so sick since I came back from vacation. I've had pneumonia, and bronchitis, and sinus infections that two doses of antibiotics couldn't get rid of. So they gave me these horsepills full of some kind of penicillan, and corticosteroids. I have been high as a kite since last Monday. Is it any wonder why I stayed up until well passed my bed-time working. And then tossing and turning when I finally did force myself to lay down. Whew. Three days on speed. Yeehah. I couldn't take it any more. That stuff was messing with my head. And I had to give a speech to the PTO at large.

Constance
(My infomercial was a huge hit. Several people said they hadn't realized how funny I actually was.)

I have also been cleaning my files and folders and saw all my other projects in the contemporary romance realm of my writing, which has long been neglected. I have several that I'd like to finish up, and publish this spring. If I can. I have no idea what they even look like now, which is good, in a way, fresh eyes and all. So it should be quick. But I'd like to get my personal "back-list" off my back, clear out some of my old files before I buy a new computer. (Goes with moving the office.)

Anyway, I am feeling much better, now that I stopped taking the steroids. At least I can sleep. However, I haven't been able to get back to Summerville since Friday. It's a shame too. Bella and Stephen were finally going to have their confrontation conversation.

Tell me -- Do you think physicality improves your writing? Have you been writing? Have you been moving furniture? What are you working on?


Anne Gallagher (c) 2014


6 comments:

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I can relate to falling in love with my characters.

If you didn't enjoy it...why would you do it...eh?

Shelley Sly said...

I hope you're feeling better!

Your "Summerville" story sounds like so much fun. I love lots of drama between characters. Glad your PTO speech went well, too.

Maria Zannini said...

You accomplished all this while you were sick and medicated?

I'll have what you had. LOL.

Glad you're feeling better.

Anne Gallagher said...

Mac -- I guess it would only be a problem if the characters fell in love with us in return.

Shelley -- So. Much. Drama. Just like a soap opera. I love it.

Maria -- Believe me, you do NOT want what I had. I crashed hard and burned right after I stopped taking the meds. Spent another weekend in bed. Not fun.

The Spooky Whisk said...

Sounds like you're on a roll.

Bish Denham said...

Wow! You are hot! I'm on the serious final approach to publishing my next book! I'd LOVE to move furniture around but I've learned after years of experimentation that the way it's set up is the more efficient use of the space.