The sky bled into the horizon as the night chased the sun away. It bathed the lake in pretty colors. Reds, blues, oranges and yellows… As I watched them twist and shift with the breeze, I moved with them, ascending and descending, rising and falling. It was a heavenly journey, one that took me higher each time I rose.
“Look. Isn’t the sky beautiful?”
He responded with a grunt and a moan.
I smiled and took another slow puff from the magic stick. “We should do this again tomorrow.” I may not reach the plateau of mindless completion on this journey, but at least I had the psychedelic current riding with me.
Some days I find it hard to get into a steady writing groove. On days like these, I type out random flash fictions about nothing and everything. I usually don’t save them, but today I decided to share it with you. I hope you enjoyed it.
Chase is working on a confession for next week. He promised after Scorpion Tail finished their recording session this weekend, he’ll jump right on it.
He guarantees it’s gonna be hot!
I don’t know about you, but I believe him. 😉
I’ve received your PMs on twitter and Facebook. I’ve even received the ones from my website. Due to my busy writing schedule, I may not answer right away, but I SEE YOU, and most importantly, I HEAR YOU. Thank you for taking the time to either tell me how much you love my work and my dirty imagination, or fuss at me about the next installation to THE DRAGON QUEEN SERIES. *smile* I got you. I promise. I know Scattered Flames is a long time coming, but I have faith that you’ll love the end result. Thank you for your patience.
*hugs and kisses*
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I learn something new about my characters every day!
MonaLisa, for instance, is very poetic with her dialogue. Maybe because she’s a songwriter. I don’t know. She says things that come out like lyrics. And I promise you, I’m not writing her like this on purpose! She whispers in my ear and her words make their way into a scene.
I read over something I wrote and be like, “when the hell did I write that?”
“Try as you will to shatter me. In the end, it would be you crumbling at my feet…”
“I refuse to let her drag you down. If you’re going to hell with anyone, its gonna be me.”
“How ironic is this? The snake has the nerve to call the scorpion venomous.”
With every scene she’s in, I’m falling more in love with her.
I hope you enjoy another snippet from my upcoming anthology release,
“Think about the first time you met me. Some dirty kid in ratty clothes, with no home, and needle marks riddled all up and down his arms… What did you think when you saw me? Were you ready to throw me to the sharks and say there’s no hope?”
I have another tease from my current WIP to share with you. It’s profound and dark. It is but a glimpse of the character, Becca, another member of the band, Scorpion Tail.
“At one point in my life, I stopped feeling. The buffet of drugs, fountains of liquor, and endless days and nights of mindless sex dulled my senses. I literally fucked myself into a state of numbness. After a while, my numerous partners all looked the same in my mind. Names ceased to matter. I was lost in a bottomless void, stuck in a nightmare disguised as a dream.” ~ Beckett “Becca” Gianni
On Facebook, fellow author—Dawn Montgomery challenged me to share 7 things about my writing. Honestly, I thought I didn’t have much to tell until I started writing them out. I have many knacks and quirks that you may or may not find interesting, or at the very least, amusing.
Needless to say, challenge accepted!
Okay, here we go…
1. My stories never end the way I thought they would, or more so, the way I want them to end. In my mind it plays out a certain way, but when I start typing, a different story comes out. This is the main reason I refuse to write from an outline, or a drawn out synopsis. I’ve tried to stay on the beaten path, but I always veer off. Does that make me a rebel? *giggle*
When I say my stories writes themselves, I’m not kidding.
2. While writing a love scene, I have to have a glass of wine in reach. Red or white, it doesn’t matter. I sometimes light scented candles as well and play some soothing, baby-making tunes. Sade, Floetry, Jill Scott, Jhene Aiko—just to name a few artists on my “Falling in Lust” playlist… The ambiance gotta be right for the scene to work, just like with foreplay and sex. Wine encourages my sexy thoughts and makes my muse happy.
I suppose I could say, I go all out to seduce my muse and get her in the mood. 😉
3. I write out action and love scenes before I tie the story together. The story never comes to me in order, but when certain scenes emerge, I have to get it out, especially battle scenes. They play out so vividly in my mind… every move, every swing, every strike. Sometimes it takes me days to perfect a fight scene. There’s emotion and a cause that has to scream from the words. If I read it later and I don’t feel that emotion during the scene, I’ll go into rewrite mode. It has to feel like I’m there with the characters or it gets tossed in the bin and I start over.
Hmm… Starting over… There’s a process that happens often during my writing. To make it right, sometimes that’s what it takes.
Alrighty, moving on…
4. I never write for word count. When I used to write for a publisher, I paid attention to word count because I was expected to, and I hated it, with a passion. Even as I type this, I’m grinding my teeth at the notion. In my opinion watching word count hinders my creativity. It can cause me to get too wordy or over-write a scene…
Now that I’m an indie author, word count can kiss my ass. I write the story and however many words I end up with, so be it.
5. When going back through my chapters, I read them aloud. During the dialogue read-overs, I change my voice to sound like the characters. *giggle* I used to do it just to rouse my own amusement. Now, I do it unconsciously. While it sounds intense and dramatic to me, it cracks my sons and hubby up. They love to listen to my read-overs.
6. I make characters out of people I meet and people in my life. Yes, if you’ve met me and made a lasting impression, you’ve probably made an appearance in one of my stories, OR, you’ll show up in my novel in the near future. I’ve only had one friend to see characteristics of herself in one of my characters. Funny thing is, I patterned that character after her. I just never told her. One of these days, she gonna figure it out and kick my butt for it. LOL!
7. I’m always writing, even when I’m not on my computer. My iPhone is my best friend. When a thought for a story, or a scene comes to me while I’m out, Siri jots it down for me. 40% of my writing is done through my iPhone. Thank you, Siri.
And that’s all she wrote folks! Thanks for swinging by my blog. *sips coffee* See you next time. 😉