Monday, June 4, 2012

Blah, blah, blah says the writer.

Over the last year or so, I've struggled with horrible bouts of writer's block, an extreme lack of inspiration, and a tad of depression thrown in.  I am proud to announce that this period of time in my life is over and I've begun the next chapter.  I know I've already discussed my latest project, but I also want to add that I have high hopes that this is not my last strike of inspiration this year.  As a matter of fact, I want to be sure that the very minute this book is finished, I get it edited, polished, and ready to roll by the end of this summer so that I can begin writing another novel.

There is no reason for this photo.  It's just here because I like it. 

Yes, another NOVEL. 

I don't think I ever want to write novellas again.  Demon Blood will likely be my last.  So, for you Demon King readers, this may be important to you.  My goal word count for Demon Blood is 50K-ish, which will be longer than The Demon King, but still a novella.  There may or may not be a third book. It depends on exactly where Demon Blood takes me and whether or not I can wrap my imagination and brain around writing a third or not.

 I will also definitely write an Elizabeth Bathory novel, but I've come to a firm realization that she's way different than I expected and I do not believe for one second that it will be just a horror novel. Elizabeth Bathory was a real person.  She had real dreams, real aspirations, real goals, and she met very real terrors, horrors, and tragedies in her lifetime.  She was so many things to so many people.  These people are the people who are often left out and forgotten from her story.  She was a healer to the villagers as well as their protector.  She was one of the first women on this planet who fought for women's rights--she often stood up for rape victims in a day and time when that just simply was not done.

Think about how terrifying a thought it must have been for her to stand up for those who could not stand up for themselves.  Women who were raped, usually women of lower ranks like maids and servants, did not have a voice.  Elizabeth did what she could, which meant that she had to stand up to men.  This is just one of many reasons why I feel like I must give her story a little bit more time before I can properly tell it.  I've already written so much in her book, but I have a feeling most will be scrapped.  I don't look at it as a waste of my time, though.  It was my practice. Writing the things that I've already written allowed me to get further into her head, which is a scary place to be, but it was necessary in order to understand her plight.

This brings me to my current project.  Unlike Elizabeth Bathory's book, I didn't have to spend forever getting to know characters because I've known these characters for over a decade.  Their story is one that I was always meant to tell and the time was just right, so I wrote it.  As a matter of fact, half of the story was written in less than a week.  Since then, I've written about 2k per week day and have a steady pace that I'm happy with.  After all, it's not easy to write when there are four kids home on summer break.  As a matter of fact, it's almost impossible and I have to get up at 4AM with my husband and write as he leaves for work until the kids get up.  It works for me, but it is not without difficulty.

On a much lighter note, my dog (Heidi Mills Demon Pup, Heidi for short) has just given birth to a litter of puppies.  There are five of them and they are the sweetest little things!  I'm quite amazed at how well Heidi has adjusted to motherhood and proud that she's doing so well with her babies.  There are two black and white puppies, two brown and white puppies, and one really big white pup with brown spots.  The big white one's name is going to be Bacon and we're keeping him.  The others are free to a good home, but I hate the idea of seeing them all go.

Now, I'm off to finish watching Two Week's Notice.  It's one of my guilty pleasures.