Connie: Well, here we are in our second week of working on our new books. Julia is busy helping her youngest son get acclimated at college this week, so she will be adding her own update at the end of this post when she has time.
Personally, I had another pretty good week. I wrote 12 more pages, which gives me a grand total of 28 so far. While some of that will eventually be scrapped—this is, after all, a first draft—I’m still feeling very good about how this book is coming together. Today I have to write a scene that’s going to be one of the most difficult in the book. I’m not looking forward to it, and in fact I thought about it all day yesterday, which limited my forward progress. But that’s writing. It doesn’t always sail smoothly along like you hope. By this time next week, I expect to report that I successfully finished this scene and was thus able to move on. Stay tuned.
Julia‘: Driving to Stockton’s University of the Pacific for the second time in three days, what story did my mind work on? The murder mystery ghost story novel? Heck, no. That would have been too logical. Instead, at the tail end of my second coffee on the road, the perfect details to finish another story I wrote about 11 years ago ( a story, not a novel or even novella) came together. Just now I wrote them down on my laptop, and saved.
Of course my main project is the new book, but sometimes the muse asks for peculiar favors. I have asked Connie if she has had this problem, but I do not remember what she answered. I know I will have to get back on task or there will be nothing polished to read at our meetings!