Neil Gaiman has it right

I agree with this quote so much!

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Some thoughts on writing, and driving in fog, and the usual

Posted byNeilat9:42 PM

“It’s a weird thing, writing.
Sometimes you can look out across what you’re writing, and it’s like looking out over a landscape on a glorious, clear summer’s day. You can see every leaf on every tree, and hear the birdsong, and you know where you’ll be going on your walk.
And that’s wonderful.
Sometimes it’s like driving through fog. You can’t really see where you’re going. You have just enough of the road in front of you to know that you’re probably still on the road, and if you drive slowly and keep your headlamps lowered you’ll still get where you were going.
And that’s hard while you’re doing it, but satisfying at the end of a day like that, where you look down and you got 1500 words that didn’t exist in that order down on paper, half of what you’d get on a good day, and you drove slowly, but you drove.
And sometimes you come out of the fog into clarity, and you can see just what you’re doing and where you’re going, and you couldn’t see or know any of that five minutes before.
And that’s magic.”

Blog Hop

Cate Ashwood tagged me in her Next Big Thing,, so this week it’s my turn. The idea is that I answer some questions about my latest project, Exposed, and tag a few more authors to follow me.

What is the title of your book?


How did you come by the idea?

The book involves a big deception, where one man is trying to actively “expose” the other. Ironically, they both end up being revealed in various ways.


What genre does your book fall under?

Contemporary m/m romance


Which actors would you choose to play your characters if it were a movie?

Well, since the phenomenal Reese Dante is completing my cover right now (gasps with joy), I can only picture them in that way. Hopefully, I will be publishing a peek at my gorgeous cover soon.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A star athlete and a reporter collide in a game of ambition and pride.

Will your book be self-published or traditional?

It will be published with Dreamspinner Press.  Look for it soon!

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

The first draft took me roughly 4 months, but I have done a year of revision on it —I’m a bit of a tweaking addict.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

I love a story with a big secret. I really wanted to write a love story with that element, and it’s a novel full of misunderstandings and assumptions.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Rafe, a determined reporter, will stop at nothing to scoop a blistering expose on Daniel Andrews, believing the man to be an arrogant coward for hiding his sexuality. But Rafe, openly gay, and without any qualms about revealing Daniel’s secret to the world, doesn’t count on interference from the intense attraction he feels for Daniel. It’s only a matter of time before Daniel discovers his secret, or will he?

And that’s my Next Big Thing. Here are the writers I’m tagging:

Due to posting conflicts, they will be posting their Next Big Thing on various dates (some in January and some now), but be sure you check them out!

Writer-Girl Friday

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I got the nod to write my dedication page for my upcoming book. At first, I was ready to just write “for my family,” hit send, and be done.

The problem is that I love dedications in books.  I often read the dedication page and the acknowledgement page before the actual novel to see if I like the feel of the author. Some dedications make me laugh, and other dedications make me cry.

At that point, I broke out in into a cold sweat. What the hell will I write for my dedication?  I have searched the internet and my library and examined some of my favorite dedications. When it comes to my own, I am still stuck, but I thought I’d share a few that I liked here:

“To Vik Lovell, who told me dragons did not exist, then led me to their lairs.” – One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey


C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

My Dear Lucy,

I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand, a word you say, but I shall still be

your affectionate Godfather,

C.S. Lewis


(Wow! Why couldn’t I have a Godfather like this one?! Mine sat on a plastic sofa offering me tap water and some stale chips.)


From Shaman’s Crossing: “To Caffeine and Sugar, my companions through

many a long night of writing.”

“To my mother, who liked the bit about the horse.” – Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams


From Lemony Snicket:

To Beatrice –

My love flew like a butterfly

Until death swooped down like a bat

As the poet Emma Montana McElroy said:

“That’s the end of that.”


Those are so much fun!

I am more confused than ever about my own dedication page. What are some of your favorite dedications? If you are a writer, do you spend time on your dedication or not?

Trope Tuesday

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Hey all,

Welcome to Trope Tuesday!  This is the day where I’m going to babble on about some of my favorite and least favorite literary tropes.

Today, I was thinking about a personal favorite trope of mine: the big secret. I love romances where the protagonist has a huge secret. It’s so much fun as a reader to worry and wonder how and when the secret will be revealed. In heterosexual romances, the big secret is often a pregnancy or love child. I like these, but only if they are handled right. I don’t like it where the man finds out a child was kept from him for years and just forgives the woman immediately. On the other hand, I do enjoy watching an honest struggle over the revelation take place, and I’m a sucker for some earnest groveling and forgiveness.

Actually, the big secret trope is one of the main ideas that motivated me to write my upcoming novel, Exposed. The novel centers on a secret that Rafe is keeping from Daniel.

What do you think of the trope—The Big Secret?  Tell me!