All right, people. I don’t go off topic too often. And I don’t normally get this frenzied over football. But we’re having a bunch of people over later today for 3 football games on 2 television sets.
My husband is an Irish fanatic, and of course has been ecstatic that Notre Dame has done so well this season. Pins and needles for their last regular season game against USC. So I’ve chosen to share in his treasured past time (even though I’m an Arizona State grad. Personally I’m happy whenever USC loses).
Whoever you’re rooting for across all the college games today, I hope you enjoy it. Because this is where all the fun stuff starts!
Happy College Football Day!
I’ve finished plotting my third manuscript over the week. I couldn’t get enough- my brain was flourishing with ideas, even over the hard parts of plotting (like overcoming the climax and how to resolve all the conflicts in the end). It feels fabulous to have these ideas come to a temporary close. I’m sure I looked something like this:
I say temporary close because there could always be tweaks and turns from my outline as I start writing the rough draft. There always are.
No, that's not me. But I write in a notebook like this.
But the best part, my friends:
It’s all on paper!!!
It’s in ink on a physical white sheet, as well as a digital file on my trusty Macbook. I can see it. Touch it. Absorb it on my skin and leave ink marks all over the place. Or maybe not, my husband would be mad with black fingerprints all over the furniture. But it’s not in my head, swirling in a massive cloud, much like the pensieve in the Harry Potter books.
But the characters are alive in my brain, each whispering their dreams, pet peeves, sense of humor, and even what turns them on. (Hey, it’s a romance. I gotta know the juicy details better than anyone).
And it took about a week to put the whole thing down. So cool!
Although don’t get me wrong folks- I’ve had this idea for the third novel in my head for over a year. I have just been more focused on the second novel and finishing the first draft and sending it out for revisions.
But I love being this productive. It’s hard to go to sleep at night because I have so many ideas churning and bursting to get out. I love this part of writing!
Yes, folks, this is how I feel right now!