My informant tells me…

…the blog police are gaining on me.

Yes, I know I haven’t written in a long time, but I don’t even have time to READ the blogs I’d like to, let alone write on mine.

Here’s the problem:

1) I have had exactly 3 days off of the regular job since AUGUST 1st. THREE DAYS! Granted not all days are full days, but even so, I have so many other things to do that not having days off means I have to do the “things” on my partial days.

2) I’m beginning to have to think more about and do more promotions for VENUS ENVY. This is seriously more work than I anticipated, and I’m not even that close to the release date yet. Most of the work is trying to figure out what I need to do, or should do, or can afford to do. That doesn’t even count DOING any of it.

3) I’ve been promoted to Contributing Writer at iParenting Media. It was such an honor to be asked! It means I will get a few more assignments, I think, bringing in some extra money, but taking a bit more time than it did before, I’m sure.

4) Did I mention I’ve only had three days off since August 1st??

I haven’t had much time to write, either, which I know is just an excuse, because I could make time, but I swear that every day I finish 2 things on my to-do list and 4 more crop up that have to be done on a deadline and I’m trying to have family time at some point, and I have to have a root canal next week, and a crown put on two weeks after that, and I’m trying to get ready for the Emerald City Conference (YAY!) in two weeks, and…and…

Well, you see how things have been.

Writing-wise: I hope I’m getting the characterization thing down pat. We decided at our RWA meeting last week that secondary characters are much easier to write, because you can make them as wacky or weird as you want and it doesn’t matter because they aren’t the focus. Venus is “technically” a secondary character. I had no problem bringing out the worst in her because it didn’t really matter whether anyone liked her. Funny, everyone who’s read the book, though, LOVES her. Anyway, we decided at the meeting that maybe we should write books with no central characters…only secondary characters. 

I have about 27 pages written of my new WIP, called WHAT ABOUT ME? Only I was getting so bogged down in the heroine’s backstory and characterization that the book was starting to get really depressing. Not my style! I was stumbling along until I realized I’d so focused on what had happened to make her who she was (you know, those sometimes bad things in the past that shape us) that I was actually focusing ONLY on that stuff and forgetting that I wanted a fun book. I write funny, and when I forget that and get too dark, I lose all joy in the writing. So, I’ve been working on making it funnier again. I need to re-work my outline to focus more on the humor and fun, along with the problems. That’s my job this week.

Okay, now, see? I’ve blogged. No yelling please! I have to go write, write, write. 
Shannon