Friday, July 18, 2014

Vapors

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Have you ever made promises to yourself for things you want, or need, to do only to find them vaporized in the morning? You get up, look around at those things and decide they can wait. Nothing is urgent. Necessary, yes. Urgent? No.

The carpet needs to be vacuumed, but if I pick up the obvious clumps of cat and dog hair, twigs and stuff the dogs bring in on their feet, etc, it’s not so bad. I need to do laundry, but I still have clean clothes and bedding. It can wait. Sure, it’s procrastinating, but still…

I’m working on a mid-September deadline for a novel and it is going so well I can’t stop. I must write, I must get it finished. Because, at the same time, there’s another deadline riding alongside. And that, my friends, IS urgent.

My first contracted full-length novel and I can’t afford to mess this up. The other is a third contracted novelette that I can’t wait to write.

So, the housework and laundry get ignored. Does my conscience bother me? Of course. 

Vapors.

Intentions that have vaporized when faced with the urgent need to be writing.

How about you? Do you, as writers, find yourself in this situation?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Computers! Gotta love ‘em

I’ve been messing around in my blog settings today and I just might have fouled a few things up.

Just bear with me for a few minutes. As soon as this post appears I’ll know and I’ll take it down.

Thanks for indulging me.

Reading and Writing

But no arithmetic.  Not this gal.

Anyway, I’ve be busy writing on my contracted novel which is set in 1905 Las Vegas, the year of its founding. And I’m having a great time. My female main character is a proper young city girl from St. Paul, Minnesota, who finds herself more or less stranded in the new railroad town because her brother, who sent for her, died of rattlesnake bit an hour after she arrived. There’s nothing back in St. Paul for her to return to, so she must decide what she should do next.

Molly’s spirit hides a bit of rebellion. And she has one quirk, if you can call it that: She does not speak using contractions. None. Does not even think in contractions. Fun to write but difficult to remember to make sure I don’t use any contractions when in her point of view.

And my main male character, a cowboy from West Texas, drops the ‘g’ from all words ending with ‘ing.’ Like settin’, thinkin’, workin’. – well you get the idea. Another difficult thing to remember as I write. I’ve had to backtrack to make corrections  a number of times when I realize I’ve added that ‘g,’ although in his inner thoughts all his words have the proper ‘ing’ ending. More fun.

Anyway, his way of speaakin’ aggravates Miss Molly Dugan.

That’s all I’m going to reveal right now. I know, not fair. But I promise a good read when it’s released sometime this fall.

This blog title is about what writers go through during the writing process. It is said that writers read! We must. It keeps our mind refreshed, and no matter the genre, or the era, or whatever, we learn our trade by reading other authors.

Case in point.

I am currently reading a three-book series by R. S. Ingermanson called “City of God.” It is a time-travel story set in first century Jerusalem, thirteen years after the death of Christ. Now I’m not one for science fiction, speculative, paranormal, etc., but I personally know Randy and I read this series years ago when he first released them. When he re-released them as eBooks I decided to read them again. (Because these days I

Randy has a Ph.D in Physics and his writing is full of it. I don’t pretend to understand it, and, of course, no one in Israel and Jerusalem at the time do, either. It is truly fascinating reading.

I say all that to show you a contrast. My current work is set in the fifth year of the twentieth century. Randy is way back in history to first century Jerusalem. Add to that I also have a series in progress that is set in modern day Las Vegas and another that is set in early 1930.

So you see, in my writing I’m jumping between at least three different eras. Can be confusing sometimes, but it’s also a good thing because when I get stuck somewhere I can switch to another manuscript for a change of pace.

And with Randy’s series, I escape into Biblical history for total distraction.

What about you other writers? Do you do anything like that? Do tell.

About Randy’s City of God Series:

  • Book 1: Transgression (AD 57)
  • Book 2: Premonition (AD 57-62)
  • Book 3: Retribution (AD 62-66)

 

If you’re interested in reading this series, hurry over to you favorite eBook publisher  on Amazon, (Kindle) or Barnes & Noble (Nook) or at Smashwords in any electronic format.

Whether you purchase this series or not, I do hope you’ll share how reading has influenced your writing.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Whispers in Purple Has a New “Do”

I’ve spent the better part of the last two days trying to come up with a blog “look” that I can live with.  Of course my viewers have to like it as well.

Because this place will now become my website as well as my blog and as such, I didn’t want it to look too “busy” – it should have a clean and welcoming appearance.

As I posted the other day, I have a tendency to pour on too much. It’s taken me a while to realize that “less” really is

“more.”

I’ve tweaked and played with templates and colors, backgrounds and the like but have never been able to find that exactly right combination. So I started from scratch with one Blogger template and made it my own.

The only thing I may still change is the banner. I’m thinking it might look cleaner (there’s that word again) if I lop off the right-hand side image on the banner header. If you visit here over the next few days (Monday I hope to be back in full swing) let me know what you think.

As my combination website and blog, there will be new pages for different stuff to keep from crowding the main pages. But that will come along in time.

When I finished this last evening I had that “Ahh, I’m home” moment. This is all Peggy, all me.

Besides, all the scrolly stuff on the left looks sort of Victorian to me, and that suits me just fine.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Happy After Independence Day

I know I haven’t been posting here much lately. Way too much happening to keep up with everything.

However, now that I’ve felt a new spark of creativity, I thought I’d play around with pretifying the blog design a bit. I have a tendency to be a little heavy-handed when I get a theme in mind and what I really want is to make it simple, less jarring, and soothing.

So, this is the result of several hours’ work and I’d like to have you test drive it for a few days. Kick the tires, slam the doors, make sure all the lights work. Heh, heh,

Anyway, I’d like to know what you think. I will take all suggestions under advisement. If I receive more than one suggestion along the same line, I will take it into serious consideration.

One thing remains constant: The overall theme / scheme will always be PURPLE — but you knew that already. Right?