Responding to Comments

I was online getting ready to answer questions and comment on all the comments recently and then thought, hey, why not answer these in a blog posting? Which worked out great because I ran out of steam today. Could have something to do with the massive cleanup of the garage that was way overdue. So, here we go.

Mom asked: What’s next on the horizon?  I’m going to Disneyland! Um, sorry, I couldn’t resist. That seems to be the most common response to something along the lines of what are you going to do next. J Actually, I’m currently working on book 2 of Relic Defender, The Skull of Doom. This one is Jackson and Marisol’s story with a bit more thrown in about Asher and Kat. It draws on the tales of these crystal skulls, you know, like the one in the most recent Indiana Jones’ movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. No, my skull isn’t part of an alien. It’s very loosely based on a “real” skull, the most famous crystal skull in the world today is the Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull, named after a real-life “Indiana Jones” of the 20th Century, British explorer and adventurer F. A. Mitchell-Hedges. You can read the first chapter by clicking on one of the page above.

I’m also trying to decide what I should do with the futuristic romance that I got the rights back for. Expand and try to market  to New York (Samhain’s policy is to have two books before looking at previously released) or update, get a new cover and publish straight to Kindle. I think I’m leaning more toward going to Kindle. Any thoughts?

Sue said, I was just chatting with XY the other day about his favorite movies and why they are his favorites (Shawshank Redemption, Lord of the Rings, The Unforgiven) and mine (Casablanca, Godfather, Taxi Driver) – and I realize mine all include an element of a love story. Well…this is interesting. I’m looking at XY’s and with not having seem some of these (even though I’m familiar with the stories) I’m trying to see how they connect. Does XY know what he likes about these? I’m just curious because I see a connection between Lord of the Rings and Unforgiven but am at a loss on Shawshank. For yours, yeah, I get the romance. But your story is a romantic suspense, right? Do you plan to make that more romance heavy versus suspense heavy? Readers – Sue is a chapter member and she’s working, or at least was working (unless she changed her mind and is writing something new) on a romantic suspense that got some interest at Emerald City (writer’s conference in Seattle). That’s pretty exciting.

Vonnie commented – For me, plotting excites me but characterization is challenging. I really prefer a roller coaster ride of a plot because it keeps the reader interested and turning the pages. Oh yeah, I completely agree. I struggle with characterization as well and while others are hard at work on a character’s emotional arc, I’m more concerned about blowing things up. Well, not quite that much, but I’m certainly more focused on keeping the plot moving and shaking. I gotta have things going on and you’ll not see my characters, as a rule, spending a lot of time chatting while they are cooking dinner or eating. In fact, as I recently discovered, I have to actually go back in and put them doing some regular tasks. After all, even fictional characters have to eat.

Jessa Slade said, in her own unique way, I’ve always been amazed how twisty we humans are. For every darkness, we have a light. And a thousand shades of gray in between. Our restlessness knows no bounds. It got us kicked out of heaven, out of the garden, out of the Commonwealth. It’s taken us overseas and off planet. Even in our “leisure” time, we prefer stories with conflict. What is WRONG with us?!  LOL! Seriously, though, I liked this view. I think conflict reminds us we are alive. Now, I don’t think that works for everyone. I’m sure there are more sane people who don’t feed on conflict, but overall, I really think that is human nature. Without getting into any theological debate, I really believe this is why Adam and Eve made their choices. Even when everything is perfect, there seems to be a certain restlessness that craves conflict. Now, there are levels of conflict and sometimes people find more severe conflict than they anticipated, but conflict seems to breed a sense of comfort. And I can speak on that since there are times when life seems a bit to blah and I go looking for conflict. Thank goodness, it’s usually just hearing the latest scuttlebutt at work and there’s always plenty of that. But sometimes, it’s even about getting rejection on my latest query. Now, THAT is wrong.

Thanks for all the visits and all the support and great comments. Now, I’d like to ask you. Is there anything you’d like to know that I haven’t told you about? Ask away and I’ll either reply or who knows, answer in another post.


7 Responses to “Responding to Comments”

  1. March 6, 2011 at 8:34 am

    In terms of your futuristic romance, is it expanding your current brand? If someone buys it on Kindle, are they going to want to read your new Samhain story? Or is it something completely different?

  2. 2 Jessie
    March 6, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Thanks for taking the time to answer everyone’s questions!

  3. March 6, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Kim, go right to kindle with your first book and I loved your answers. I’m still mulling about Jessa’s question, drat her…

  4. March 6, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Terri, always glad to cause mulling 🙂

    > massive cleanup of the garage

    Cassiel, is this a euphemism? I know when I’m done with a writing project, I feel like I have a mental workshop of mess to sort through. One of my favorite quotes: “Nuthin’ here that a gallon of gasoline and a match can’t fix.”

  5. March 6, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Cassiel–I look forward to watching your career really take off! I always like to ask what other platform building you’re doing (out of curiosity) besides publishing books. 🙂

    Ann C.

  6. 6 Mom
    March 6, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    That week went by very fast but congrats, again, for #6. It’s not over with yet.

  7. 7 Vonnie Alto
    March 6, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Cassiel–Hopefully I didn’t miss something but I’m still curious as to what incited you to choose King Solomon as the subject of your book? Did you always like his story? Did you initially read about him in the Bible? Or did you stumble upon it while doing research? Research perhaps on witchcraft and sorcery? What went through your mind to think of such an interesting story premise?

    Ann Charles is right. Platform building is so important to a rising, thriving career. I, too, would like to know what other things you’re doing to build your platform–of which the foundation seems quite solid. Great work! I’m impressed!

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