“The only reason for being professional writer is that you just can’t help it.”
So this next one is both a question and not-a-question from Kim of Temporary Insanity (who you simply must follow if you’re not already. Kim is one of my favorite people on the planet. Nuff said. Or not. I could talk about her all day.)
Kim said, I have to confess to a burning desire to know more specifics about your WIP (Work In Progress) but no worries if that’s private for now.
Well, I have to confess that it’s quite flattering that anyone would feel a “burning desire” to know anything about me, let alone my WIP! *blush* Seriously, can you see why I adore this girl?
Another confession here. (Wow, it’s a reveal-all day!) I know I haven’t been very forthcoming about my WIPs on my blog. It really doesn’t stem from a wicked paranoia about idea thievery (though it does and has happened to people I quite care for) but comes from that part of me that asks, “Does anyone really want to know or will I get that glazed-over dull sheen that happens so often when I talk about my writing?”
Although I think Kim would listen with rapt attention if I chose to talk about the polarity of water and oil and how it’s the only thing from my high school chemistry class that I still use on a frequent basis, her question did make me wonder if I’m a bit too miserly about my WIPs.
So in an effort to de-Scroogify, I’ll shed a little light on what I’m up to. Feel free to duck out now if the urge to yawn is coming upon you. I have more ideas than I know what to do with but I’ve narrowed down my options (yes, I have to force myself) to just three.
1. Blood Oath: This is a fantasy story that’s been written a couple of times. However, I took an unplanned slice of it to a conference on what I can only call a divinely inspired whim and an author that I quite admire finally gave me the permission to write this story the way it was meant to. Unfortunately, that meant an enormous overhaul with more outlining and plotting than I have heretofore delved. This has taken a lot of time but I’m now happily writing the story I always wanted to write but was never brave enough to do before now.
2. Unnamed Steampunk. This baby was a dream that came to me the night before NanoWriMo. It was one of those rare dreams where I got to watch my entire novel like a movie. Kevin Spacey was the villain and man did he rock. Kudos, Kevin. Can’t thank ya enough.
3. Model’s Club. My first foray into the world of contemporary YA. I know—bizarre. This one also came from a dream I had and I hated waking up from it. Really. When you’re a size 3 with great hair and legs, you don’t ever want to wake up to the reality of me. And I’ll never get to be that tall. =P
Still with me? Anyone still awake? ;) Kim also asked me: What things transport your to your “happy place?” Sights, sounds, smells…
Music really transports me. It can change the tide of an entire day. Particular modes of transport: Nessun Dorma sung by Pavarotti, Consider the Lilies by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, I Will Show You Love by Kendall Payne, and Your Song sung by Ewan McGregor on the Moulin Rouge Soundtrack.
As for sights and sounds, I’ll stick with rain. God is in the rain.
Tell me what you’re working on. What takes you to your happy places?
Thanks to Kim for the great questions and see you guys soon!