Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Ups and The Downs

A writer's life is filled with many ups and downs. Sometimes all at once.

On the up part of things these days, I got a release date for An Unexpected Blessing! My Thanksgiving novella will be out the day before Thanksgiving (November 21). I'm so thrilled it made it for this year. I've spent the last couple of days working on promotional considerations: ordered post cards, started setting up a blog tour, updated my web-site. All that fun stuff.

On the down side of things, my bull rider story got sent back with a request for more revisions. I'm really stuck on what to do with this mss right now. I changed the heroine's career to make her motivation for her dislike of dangerous sports more logical, but now the editor wants a deeper romantic conflict. My hero was left at the altar, so that's his, but I'm stumped as to what to do for the heroine. I had set up the story to be country vs. city as the external conflict, and the dangers of bull riding as the internal, but that doesn't seem to be working. So now I need to dig deeper. And I'm not sure where to start. What I need to do is set it aside for a while and just let things percolate in my mind. Something will come to me. It always has in the past...hopefully it will this time too. I'd hate to see this story go by the wayside as it's the completion of my trilogy. Can't have a trilogy unless there's a third book, right?!

So how about you? Any ups and downs for you these days?

Until next time,

Happy Reading!



Morgan Mandel said...

The fun news is my new book, Her Handyman, has been released. The downside is the amount of time I spend promoting it when I have another book that needs to be finished, the second in my Always Young Trilogy.

Morgan Mandel

Debra St. John said...

There never seems to be enough time for everything, does there?!