and well I am but, um, I’m supposed to be working on JADED. I’m behind, but what’s new?
I spent most of my day today working on a killer blurb for my Pocket antho WHAT YOU CAN”T SEE. The title of my story is REDEMPTION a prequel to a series I’m developing. Think Sin City meets Constantine. I’m very excited.
The antho is a para with New York Times (yes she hit #14 today!!) bestselling author Allison Brennan and Rocki St. Claire. I couldn’t have asked for better company. Anyhoo, I wrote the most sucky blurb. I was truly at a loss. I sat there staring at the blinking cursor for hours. I only had a general idea of this story, which I hope will launch a series. But well, I’ve started writing the book and don’t really know what it’s about. So tackling the blurb today with a little help from my good friends Poppy and Tawny was a very good thing. I have to say, it’s very strong and I’m very proud of it. Poppy was amazing with her slicing and dicing, and Tawny kept asking those hard questions, like, but why does she agree to help him? Argh! Between the three of us we nailed it. Muchas gracias, chicas. By writing the blurb I was able to write a detailed pitch for the series. But best of all, I was able to get a good solid feel of the characters, including the bad guys and an all around tone. It’s going to be dark, modern gothic suspense, and of course tortured hero cops will abound.
Here’s the weird thing about today and this blurb that evolved into a really great pitch.
When I woke up this a.m. I seriously didn’t have an energized bone in my body. Then I remembered I promised to cook dinner for a neighbor who had a difficult surgery. That got me out of bed coz I had to start my sauce. But first I checked my email, and right there amongst the 150 or so of the little suckers was the request for the blurb. I’m like Shit shit shit!
I ran downstairs, fired up the coffee pot, slapped the ground beef and ground pork into the frying pan and put the tomato sauce in another pot, spiced it up, put the browned meat into the sauce, spiced it up some more, covered it and set it on simmer. Grabbed a huge cup of coffee and hurried back to my office. But nothing happened. So, I called my friend Josie and bitched, then another friend called and asked me about single chapter arcs, I bitched to her, then I think I bitched to Allison who was on pins and needles seeing where she debuted. Can you see what is happening here? I was avoiding the keyboard at all costs. Finally I set me ass in the chair and forced my fingers onto the keyboard, then went blog hopping, then came back to the matter at hand. Time was a-wastin’. Oh, then I im’d Natalie and we chatted.
Okay fine, so I did it. I started to work.
Until I actually began to type the blurb I didn’t know who my hero was, or my heroine. I had loosely plotted the story a couple of weeks ago, but forgot what we had come up with, so I just wrote and wrote, and after several attempts something clicked, then I rewrote, then did it again until I finally knew these people! Yay, now to clean up the mess. After that chore, Voila! A perfect blurb!!!
So, while that isn’t the best of processes, it certainly worked for me today.
Sometimes you just have to push through the cobwebs and write.
What do you do when push comes to shove and you have to produce?