I am working like a fiend on the next three books and I'm loving it... sort of. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy getting totally immersed in the stories, but I'm feeling a fair amount of stress too. The problem is my fingers can't type fast enough to keep up with my brain. I'm so deep in the Argeneau world right now that I am writing two stories at the same time, plotting the third, and have about a gazillion ideas for other future books, or the whole stories themselves, dancing on the edges of my brain. It gets a bit crazy at times.
On top of that, there's only so much room inside my head, which means I'm pretty much brain dead when it comes to anything else. Little things like thinking and sleeping have been left to fall by the wayside as relatively unimportant issues. In fact, my determination to sleep eight hours out of every twenty-four hour period has died a horrible death. I don't think I've slept eight hours the last four days. You would think that would slow the story building, it certainly seems to affect every other department of my brain. Areas such as my memory, my ability to concentrate on anything else, and--though I hate to admit it--my usually unending patience, are all suffering. (Though, to be fair about the patience bit, I'm losing it mostly with the cats. You'll have to check out the story on the bottom for the explanation of how they are trying my patience.)
Aside from my swiftly diminishing memory, concentration and patience, is the fact that with various and sundry characters vying for space in my head and screaming to be heard, I tend to slip into some behaviors considered more eccentric. For instance, yes, I might be caught talking to myself, although muttering is probably the better description. The silence might be suddenly broken by grumbled phrases like "No that won't work." or "What an idiot." or "Gad, you so didn't just do that." I call this talking to myself, but in truth I am addressing the characters in my head…which probably makes it more crazy, huh? Hmm.
While in this phase I don't bother much about make up, or curling my hair. I can most often be found in joggers or jammies, with my hair tucked into a ponytail, or something else to keep it off my face. At least, that's how it starts out. However, after twenty hours or so it tends to be sticking up everywhere, which Terri tries to assure me is cute, but I'm not buying. By the way, I don't know how that sticking up thing happens. I am typing madly from the time I get up till the time I go for my end of day nap so my fingers are too busy to be messing it up. The only thing I can think is that nasty little hair fairies are playing with it while I work.
During this time of story immersion, I also tend to leave a trail of half empty glasses containing either water or diet caffeine free coke around (like the little girl from the movie Signs only it's not nearly as cute when I'm doing it). I also end up with discarded scraps of paper and printed pages building up around me, usually in a semi circle around my desk chair.
What I'm telling you is…I probably seem like a crazy person sitting here with Einstein hair, griping at the cats to behave and expecting them to actually listen, muttering at people that are in my head, and then bursting into spontaneous fits of laughter, or sniffling at the sentimental stuff as I type madly away… On the other hand, maybe you have to be a bit nuts to be a writer anyway. (GRIN)
At this point, I suppose I should give you a little sneak peak into what I'm working on now. I am doing another story set in a little town I first introduced in The Accidental Vampire. Yes, we will be revisiting good ol' Port Henry where the town folk know about the existence of immortals and consider themselves vampire friendly. We will be getting updates on previously met characters like Mirabeau La Roche, Tiny McGraw, and Stephanie McGill, as well as several characters you first met in Accidental Vamp. But you'll also be meeting an Argeneau cousin from Spain named Drina. (Yes, there is a whole world full of immortals in my head that you guys haven't heard from yet.)
Another exciting tidbit I have to tell you is there is now a book trailer online for Born To Bite! I think they did a great job on this. If you liked America's Most Wanted, then you're going to love Rogue Hunters Most Wanted. Hope you enjoy it! <G>
And, finally, the last bit of news is that BORN TO BITE COMES OUT TODAY! YAY! I'm really excited that it will be hitting the shelves, and hope you guys are happy with the way I tied up all the loose ends from Renegade Hunter.
Well, I guess that's it. Time for me to get back to Argeneauland, so I shall hand the rest of the newsletter over to Terri. Till the next time, happy reading!