What I'm reading: French Pressed, by Cleo Coyle
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Friday's special treat of seeing one of my Free Reads, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PAGE, get some unexpected publicity still makes me smile. If you missed it, you can see the article here. The link to the download itself is here . And, for the record, Hubster even downloaded the Kindle app for his phone so he could "buy" the story and help keep its sales ranking up there.
As you read this, contractor gods willing, our guys should be finishing up installation of the new "front" door and getting the new lights and mirrors in the bathrooms. We finally got delivery of our nightstands, so no more cardboard boxes. Next up: exterior pressure cleaning and a new coat or two of stain.
As for writing …
Plotting, or the lack thereof, is back in my mind. I'm doing a workshop for the Emerald City conference based on my story tracking system, and they're asking for a copy of the handout so they can print and distribute them at the workshop. A boon, to be sure, considering airline luggage restrictions.
The workshop is based on the way I wrote Hidden Fire, and at first I considered revamping it totally using more examples from my WIP, but the marketing muse flapped around my desk and reminded me that I'll be signing Hidden Fire at the conference, so wouldn't it make more sense to entice potential readers with glimpses into that one. I acquiesced (not in small part because it means less work) but am still dealing with plot issues in the WIP. It's seriously time to drag out the idea board and tracking board and go back to chapter 1. Since I had no room for them in our living quarters when I started writing this one, I've been far too lax.
If you're not a plotter, you can't be afraid to make changes as you go. Trust your subconscious. My heroine took something of value from her husband when she fled his abuse. When I started writing, it was going to be a large amount of cash. But then I realized I was tied into some plot points established in Where Danger Hides, which is in production, so I can't go back and undo them. She was broke in that book. If she had cash, why wouldn't she have used it? And it can't be easy to liquidate, either, or she'd have done that.
So, time to find something else she could have taken. It has to be small, and something that would lead her husband to her if it was sold. I posed this question to the Yahoo crimescenewriter's group (and thanks to those of you who responded there), and got some good suggestions ranging from art to gold coins to baseball cards or comic books.
I went back through my WIP to see what I might have already said. Lo and behold, I'd already laid the foundation that the husband was a collector of things that would increase in value: This from Chapter 5:
She remembered cowering on the floor, watching him put the ledger into his wall safe. The one behind the dreadful abstract oil painting by some unknown artist Victor swore would be famous someday.
Now, I'm not locked into art, because all I have to do is tweak that paragraph with some references to his having other collectibles locked up somewhere, and I can still pick and choose.
Tomorrow, my guest is Autumn Jordon who will be talking about "less than perfect" heroes. While she's here, Hubster and I will be spending the night in Cripple Creek for our 41st anniversary. Please make her feel at home.
And Wednesday, I'll continue dealing with plotting when you don't know the actual plot. Since I won't actually be "here", responses to comments will be slow, but I'll check in sometime Wednesday when we get back. And, no, I'm not giving up anniversary time; these posts are all scheduled ahead of time so I can enjoy the time away. Want to give me a present (aside from buying one of my books)? Send some traffic this way. Follow, or get someone else to follow. Leave comments. Enter my contest. Surprise me with a great hit count!