Is this me?
Yes, it is. I’m sure you’re dying to know why, right? Because it’s bound to be an awe-inspiring tale.
I’ll give you a minute to catch your breath from that bout of hilarity.
So what has Lori Armstrong and Lorelei James been up to in the last two weeks? I’ve nixed several covers, I finished a proposal, sent in a round of final copy edits, I’m working on round two edits for another book, and I’m slaving on a book — NONE of which are the same project. So yeah, I’m a little scattered. Add in a FULL kitchen remodel, even while we speak hammering going on all damn day, getting promo ready for Romantic Times in Chicago in two weeks, and my brain? Looks like that – this is your brain on drugs ad from the 1980s.
So maybe I’m filling up this blog with pictures because I have nothing to blog about today. Who wants cookies?
Seriously. I have a confession. I like posting fun stuff on here. So much of my writing has a dark theme, if you will, that it’s quite refreshing just to write whatever strikes my fancy. One week it’s about vacation, another week it’s gushing about…cookies. My idea of a “meaty” blog post? Talking about…different types of meat I like to eat. I know, I’m literal girl, right?
And here’s another confession. I’ll probably never write a post about the craft of writing. For several reasons. Wanna hear them? You’re sure? Okay then. Bear in mind these are MY opinions and not those of MSW
One: I don’t always know how a book comes together in the end and dissecting it might ruin the magic. That is no joke.
Two: I don’t feel comfortable telling people how to write. Or what to write. Or how to fix what they’ve written that is wrong. Or sharing that my editor gushed about my last book and I had absolutely ZERO edits on it, it was so freakin’ perfect (HAHAHA, um, that’s NEVER happened to me) You’ll also probably never see me leading a class or a workshop about writing. I’m a writer, not a teacher. I have no problem being on a themed panel at a conference, or no problem talking one on one with aspiring writers, but even after 30-some finished published works, I don’t feel I know enough about writing — to tell other people how to do it.
Three: I’m superstitious. I don’t talk about works in progress in public. I’ll talk to my editor or my husband — that’s it. Oh, I might complain a little that the book is taking a different turn, or my male character needs his butt whupped, but besides that? Nope. <Shrugs> That’s my issue, I own it, and I don’t apologize for it.
Four: I’m still in the honeymoon phase of my career, stunned people pay hard-earned money to buy and read the books I write. It’s humbling. The more I talk about myself and the writing “process” the less interesting the books become. I’d rather readers knew little about my personal life and writing struggles and everything about the books.
Five: In my experience, most readers don’t want to know about writing process anyway. They want to know about the characters. They want to know what’s coming up next. They want to know if I’ve done some of the kinky things I’ve written about
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