06 September 2017

A Surprise Genre

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I feel like I'm having deja vu from last month's post because once again, I am so busy I barely have time to write this post! Because I'm going on another vacation in a few days. Hubby and I are going back to Las Vegas for our first wedding anniversary (today is actually our dating anniversary--ten years!). I haven't started packing. I've been preoccupied because Gizmo was sick last week with another stress related UTI (I tried to change his food to a gentle formula...big mistake!!!). He's doing much better now, but I've had to clean EVERYTHING and do so much laundry.

*deep breath*

So, needless to say, I've been doing zero writing. And of course I'll bring some work on the plane but I'll probably just end up watching TV.

I think this month I'll defer to the optional question (I don't usually like to do them because EVERYONE does *shrug* but I also liked this month's question a lot): Have you ever surprised yourself with your writing? For example, by trying a new genre you didn't think you'd be comfortable in?



Let me put it this way: did I anticipate finding a very strong POV voice in a slightly sociopathic gay teenage boy? GOOD LORD NO. Literally none of those things. The only part of that I was familiar with was the teenager aspect. All my other narrators had been teenage girls. Jordan was a HUGE leap from anything I'd ever written. And it was scary as hell. But sometimes you have to go with your gut.

My story and I have been through hell and back but I love it to death. And Jordan has sunk his claws so deep into my brain that all my new story ideas have gay main characters, too, and I'm just fine with that. It was weird and unexpected at first, but now it kinda makes sense to me. I found a genre that fits. Now if I could just finish writing those ideas................

I'm hoping to get back into some kind of writing/blogging routine when I'm back from my vacation. I need to finish this damn book, after all.


  1. Have a fun vacation and don't feel guilty about not writing. Anniversaries are important to celebrate.

  2. Vacations are good. Even if you don't do any writing during them, they recharge your writing batteries when you return. Sorry about Gizmo. It's always nerve-wracking when they get sick. Hope he (and you) feel better soon.

  3. Never know when a character will latch on.
    Enjoy your anniversary trip! Hope Gizmo is all better by the time you leave.

  4. Have fun on your vaca! I love it when I can't get a character out of my head.

  5. I love those characters who grab on and refuse to let go. The best stories come from them.

    Enjoy your Vegas Vacation. Hope Gizmo's doing all right. Sick kitties are never a fun experience.

  6. Hope your vacation is a blast! And woot that Jordan came as a surprise. They always make the most interesting of characters.

  7. Isn't it cool when new characters introduce themselves to you? Happy anniversary!

  8. Another vacation? Wow. You know how to live. ;) Enjoy!

  9. My first fiction books were in YA/NA - not what I read at all. But those characters stuck.

    Go ride a roller coaster for me! And the Big Shot. None of them were there when we honeymooned in Vegas.

  10. Happy anniversary! A trip to Las Vegas sounds fun. I'd like to go back there someday. I only went there once, when I was a teenager, but I think it'd be more fun to go now that I'm actually old enough to go to the casinos.

  11. Have a happy and wonderful Anniversary trip! I've never been to Vegas. Maybe one day.

  12. And Jordan just took over, didn't he?
    Have fun on your trip.

  13. Enjoy your vacation, a break from writing. That's hard to do.

  14. I love it when a good character sinks in like that!
    Happy Anniversary! Happy Vacation! Happy return to writing ...

  15. Happy Anniversary and have a great trip!

    And may other unexpected characters unexpectedly weedle their ways into your brain unexpectedly! ;-)

    IWSG September