Random Writerly Thoughts

I had a great time in Houston. The reception the Honors College put together was one of the nicest experiences I’ve ever had as a writer, and I think it was for a couple of reasons. One, it was fun and I was introduced by a great friend of mine, Dr. Jesse Rainbow, who was hilarious and set a great tone for the evening. And two, the questions that the students (it was mostly attended by writing students) had were, for the most part, phenomenal. It’s a pure pleasure to talk with young people who are receptive, thoughtful, and curious. They asked great questions, and I have no doubt in my mind that I will be seeing some of their names on the front of great books in the future.

I wish I’d had time to talk to more one-on-one. There was a student who came up to me at the very end and I didn’t have much time to talk to her, but I wish I’d had more, because she was asking about taking a more traditional publication route in this new era of publishing. And I got the feeling that she was asking if that was still worth it. (If you happen to be reading this, and I misunderstood, then I do apologize.) It’s something I want to address at a later date, though, because it’s a great question.

Random: Have you seen these splat balls? I got some for SmallBoy in Houston. They’re hilarious. Just don’t throw them on the ceiling. Trust me on this.

Reception for THE SCRIBE continues to be really positive, which is gratifying. I’ve had such a good response from readers, when in complete truth, I was kind of expecting some backlash for choices I’d made in the plot. I never give you all enough credit. Silly me. I should know by now that you’re amazing.

Moving this month has been easier than I’d imagined, but it’s still pretty busy. The hard thing is not being able to write regularly because I feel really scattered. And not writing makes me feel unproductive and cranky. But writing crap makes me feel even worse, so I’ve kind of resigned myself to just taking a break until life calms down a little. (I always tell myself I’m going to take a break and then I never do, so this is probably a good thing.) No worries, THE SINGER hasn’t left my mind at all, so once I’m back in the groove, I think it’s going to come really fast. I’m still planning on a release for Spring of next year.

Random: SmallBoy bought me a mini pumpkin when I was in Houston. He named it Henry. Which is an excellent pumpkin name, in my opinion.

I’ll be happy to be home. As in, my own home. For real. No renting. This is the first house I’ve bought on my own (my ex bought ours right before we were married), but it’s been a great, if a little overwhelming, experience. It’s an old house with lots of character, so I’ll be sure to post pictures of the new place when I’m settled.

I walked into that house, particularly into the office, which has great windows and opens right into the back garden, and I thought, “I could write good books here.” Atmosphere is important. Feeling centered is important. I think I’m going to feel very centered in that house, if that makes sense, so good books will be written there, I have no doubt. If they’re not, I know you’ll let me know.

Just wanted to touch base. I should probably do some big Halloween post or something because “Hey! Paranormal writer!” but I have a lot going on, so I’ll leave you with a picture of Henry.

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  1. Glad to hear you have a home office with a view and lots of ambiance! They say Jane Austen wrote at a tiny table in a drafty hallway, but I say, give me a desk, a view, and lots of comfy cushions!

    Congrats on the house and the great event in Houston. Enjoy the break!

  2. Loving the pumpkin, its too cute to eat 🙂 and one of our cats is called Henry! He’s a big black fluffy thing that thinks he’s a dog. Sounds a wonderful house, sure that centred atmosphere is going to help produce some wonderful books, good luck with all the sorting out.

  3. Never question the choices you make in your writing! One of the things I love best about your work (and I’ve read all of your books) is the unpredictability. And the great characterizations. And the richly detailed paranormal worlds. And… Anyway, thank you for your wonderful books. I have sent the first two in the Elemental Mystery series to an 18-year-old blogger I know (The Literary Connoisseur, on Facebook and http://theliteraryconnoisseur.blogspot.com/) for her to read and review.

  4. I think human nature is such that the minute you give yourself permission to take a break from work you relax and start working. Crazy, huh?

  5. Wish my schedule had allowed me the trip from San Antonio to meet you! I considered skipping work, but my conscience got the better of me. 🙂

    Thank you for sharing so much with your readers and followers, both professionally and personally.

    I’m very glad your Houston trip was a success, and hope you take some time for yourself and for small boy to enjoy your new home. Coming from someone who piles her plate too high – make time for you, because no one else will!

    Congratulations! I look forward to all there is to come!

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