Thursday, June 29, 2006

Right around the corner (literally and figuratively)

One of the nice things about the house is that my office (yes, I finally get my OWN office) is right beside the bedroom, which makes it handy for when I get up at 5:30 in the morning to write. The bad thing is that in order to function at 5:30 in the AM, I have to load up on coffee first. And of course, the coffee maker is on the opposite side of the house (downstairs, in the far right corner). For some reason, staying in bed seems so much more enticing than stumbling around a dark house that early in the morning.

However, after a few weeks of trying (and failing), I finally got out of bed at 5:46 this morning. Maybe it's because I'm starting to have fun again with my writing. When I start a new manuscript, it's always tough to get through the first few chapters. But when I finally break through, the writing comes quick and it flows easy, and that's when I really enjoy the process.

I've found that I really, really like my main character. You would think that an author is supposed to love all of his main characters, but that isn't always the case. Some are too bossy, or too whiny, or sometimes they just make bad decisions that I hate. But I really like Joshua (that's his name, for now). Maybe there's more of myself in this character than there has been in my other MCs. Maybe it's because Joshua is a -

Oops, I almost told more about Joshua than I was supposed to. But don't worry, if everything goes according to plan, you should be able to read all about Joshua by sometime in 2010. That's not too far away, is it?

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Everything except writing

The worse thing about buying a house is actually moving into it. We've been in the process of moving for over 2 weeks. I've made more trips to Home Depot in these two weeks than I have my entire life. But we're close to being finished - I hope.

With all the house stuff going on, my writing has been suffering greatly. I just can't seem to find the time or the energy to get writing done. Hell, I haven't even unpacked all my office stuff yet. This week looks to be just as bad; Mrs. V and I are headed back to my hometown for a long weekend, so we have a bunch of house stuff to take care of before we leave town.

While I haven't found the time to get much writing done, I have found the time to google my name and my novel's title. On Saturday afternoon, I stumbled across the most peculiar thing - a My Space page that's named after my novel. I don't think the owner of the page has even read the book, but apparently she feels like a red polka dot in a world full of plaid.

I think I should be flattered. I'll let you know how I ultimately feel once the shock wears off.