I hit 3,000 words yesterday - and the story really moved for me. So I'm feeling pretty good. Keeping away from the Internet as much as possible and basically having no life at all during the day is doing wonders for my writing. I love it.
But, I'm still far off my planned schedule and the deadlines haven't changed. So, just letting you know this blog will go dark for a little while unless something amazing comes up that I have to share.
So, as I'm writing this next installment in the Manor House Mysteries, it occurs to me that I don't often call it the "Manor House" series. I tend to refer to them as my "Grace books" - and that got me thinking.
(Btw - did 3,700 words yesterday and am at 2,000 today. Hope to get back in and crack 3k today.)
Here's my thought - what do you think about keeping "Grace" in all the titles? I think it has the potential to brand the series better and make it more recognizable. I also think it could be tough to come up with Grace-based phrases, but it could also be a lot of fun.
Right now I'm considering a new title for my second Manor House book. The storyline deals with a Civil War reenactor's murder on Marshfield grounds. The new title I'm thinking of?
Killer Characters is kindly posting about the release of Grace Under Pressure today. I hope you check out the site, but not because of Grace -- because this is a wonderful new blog where a couple dozen characters get a chance to talk. Yep, I said characters!
The blog started June 1st, and we've already had visits from Olivia Limoges (A Killer Plot), Jeff Resnick (Lorraine Bartlett's psychic protagonist), Charlotte Bessette (The Long Quiche Goodbye), Charlotte Adams (Closet Confidential) and so many more. Read back through some of these posts and you'll come to love these folks as much as I do.
Tomorrow is Grace's turn to talk to readers! Please come see what she has to say.
I hope you bookmark this fun page and get to know some of these ladies and gentlemen. They're eager to talk to you!
Too much play over the past few days (er... weeks? months?) and now I'm buckling down to write. I don't intend to come up for air until I make some decent headway on Book #2 of the Manor House series (tentative title: MURDER MOST CIVIL)
I should have taken more pictures!! Shoulda definitely taken pics of all of us in the jumpy on Friday night. Way too fun! Loved it even though I had a hard time keeping my balance. The kids were great and "bounced" me a lot. I think it was because I'm a pretty good screamer.
Anyway, despite the hot, muggy, rainy, windy, cold day... everything went great! More pictures and a recipe for raspberry bars on Mystery Lovers Kitchen today!
Today's graduation party day. Looks like it's going to storm but good. Of course. We Hyzys tend to always have parties during a monsoon. But we were able to get in to the jumpy yesterday for a little bit at least. All the craziness begins shortly as I finish up the decorating and cleaning.
Do you know Kaye Barley? If not, you should! She's one of the sweetest, most wonderful people in the mystery world and she runs a fabulous blog where lots of people congregate daily to meander through her posts and muse about them. Join me today as I guest blog: Link
Finally able to post! Blogger kicked me out for a while. Some system outage that affected certain users. It's nice to be able to access the site again!
The book launch party yesterday for Grace Under Pressure was *wonderful* and that is thanks to all the great people who showed up to help me celebrate - despite the fact that Centuries & Sleuths advertised it beginning at 1:00 and I told everyone it started at 2:00! I was so happy that the people who came early stayed for a while to listen to the talk and share some snacks- Thank you all so much!!
Here are a few pictures from the event yesterday...
I'll post more tomorrow!
Always fun to hang with the McGuires, Vanders, and Springers!
It was so nice to see Gayle again!
I met Suzette (second from right) at Printers Row a couple of years back. So thrilled she came to the launch! And thrilled to meet new friends, too!
We somehow missed getting Linda and Sandi in this shot, but these are my good friends from my writing group, Helen, Lydia, and Scott.