I’m not an especially social person. I like people, but as a spice that accents my more ordinary, sit-in-front-of-my-computer habits. A sprinkle here, a dash there, but nothing overpowering. I like my alone time–a lot. My husband wanders in and out during the day, but he gives me plenty of writing time. So it’s really unusual when I fill my calendar with social events.
Last week, we had my daughter from Florida, John’s brother from Oakland, and Tyler from college at Bloomington, come to stay with us for five days. And I enjoyed every minute of it. Then on Thursday night, John and I took my sister, Mary, to see So You Think You Can Dance at the beautiful, restored Embassy Theater downtown. (We used to grab Mary and go to Chicago once a year to see dance shows. Now we hope something comes to us.) On Saturday, I had my sisters over for an afternoon tea. We’d planned it before everything else filled up our time, and I’ve been dying to use the blue glass, luncheon plates I snagged at an antiques store, so we decided not to reschedule. And today, Sunday, my sister and I went to see the Parade of Homes on the far, far north side of our city. We walked through homes neither of us will ever be able to afford, but they’re fun to visit to see the latest trends. Everything was wonderful and fun, but now, I’m ready to hibernate and hide in my office and write.
I’m still working on plotting my new book. I’ve been adding scene ideas sporadically. And it’s occurred to me, as I go, that there are other reasons to do at least a smidgeon of plotting before you start your book. One, I’d have never realized that some of the scenes in my head would have a lot more punch if they were told from Angel’s (the 10-year-old’s) POV instead of Enoch’s. In my head, I “saw” the scenes, but I couldn’t see that Enoch would just be a distant bystander, where Angel would be a particant. And the scenes would be a lot more vivid and powerful if SHE told them. I also couldn’t see where the VERY slow building romance between Ulrich and Scarlet would sag if told by Enoch, but might sizzle if told through Ulrich’s POV. (That vampire has no patience). And the romantic tension between the two of them just wasn’t going to be enough, in and of itself, so I needed an extra oomph going on between them somehow. Scarlet needed a big problem of her own that she’s trying to overcome. When I hit a wall in the plot points, I knew I didn’t have enough to carry the story. That’s a lot easier to fix when I’m doodling with plot points than when I hit page 100 of my novel and don’t have enough threads to keep the tension going.
I also tried to do a little bit of marketing last week. And for any new, indie authors out there, I can only say that my numbers go up when I market and they fall when I don’t. Readers don’t find your books if you don’t help them. And if they don’t like your book covers, none of it makes any difference. I paid $10 to be on http://awesomegang.com/advertising-on-awesomegang/ last week. I also tweeted about my new novella bundles three times. And my rankings rose on a few of the novellas/novels I have online. Nothing has worked as well as Bookbub, but that was $90, and it’s hard to get them to take you now. But for $10, I was happy.
So, all in all, I spent a lot of time socializing last week, but I squeezed some writing stuff in. And the more I do plot points, the more I’m convinced they save me time later on when I’m hitting the keys and the story’s flowing.
And last, for Unikorna, a fellow author and blog friend (www.unikorna.blogspot.com) –she asked to see a picture of the boys since I talk about them a lot. This is for you: