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Saturday, November 06, 2010

Busy writing...


So sorry to leave you without new content! Hope those photos of bulging man-bits didn’t bore you too much.

The election ate my life for a few days. We worked late Tuesday night, laughing at all the stupid things TV journalists were saying. And we got a little punchy ourselves late that night.

One guy from Channel 9 said: “Sometimes people say they think they can win this thing because they feel like they have to say they think they can win it, and then sometimes you know people are saying they think they can win because they think they can win.”

Uh, wow. Put that online as your quote of the week.

I feel sorry for broadcast journalists in the sense that they have to fill time and they can’t edit things once they’ve said them during a live broadcast. I’ve done lots of live radio and live radio call-in shows, so I understand that. But sheesh! I don’t think I’ve ever been that inarticulate. Some of the blather was highly entertaining.

But the election is over. Thank God!

I’ve shifted straight into working on Breaking Point. My goal is to finish Chapter 28 and then get at least halfway through Chapter 29 before the end of the weekend, because next weekend I’m taking for myself.

It’s going to be a BFF gangsta weekend, with SueZ flying in from Ohio to hang with Libby and me. There will be good food and drink. There will be laughter. And time will go by much too swiftly. That’s all I know for certain. We don’t have anything specific planned beyond spending time together, something we rarely get to do.

One member of our gangsta foursome can’t make it — Kristi! — so we’ll be missing her. But we hope to do a video chat of some kind so that she can share in the fun.

Last time I saw Sue and Kristi in person was in August 2008 when I was driving home from dropping my son off at college in NY. They supplied the alcohol. I cried, my heart completely broken at having to leave my boy behind and return to my empty nest for the very first time. They were my salvation on that trip.

Libby and I manage to see each other a bit more often — which is good because she only lives 20 minutes away.

But back to Breaking Point... Some of you have been pleading for an excerpt. If I can find one that doesn’t give something key away, I’ll post it. But this is my most action-packed I-Team novel, and future scenes give past events away. I don’t want to ruin it for anyone, so I am being cautious with excerpts.

I’m reaching the emotional and action climaxes of the story in the next couple of chapters, so it’s some pretty intense writing. I deliberately manipulate my own emotions for these scenes, playing music that puts me in the right frame of mind, whether it’s fear or grief or despair or whatever the emotion is. Then I end up going through a box of tissues and feeling as wrung-out as the characters.

My new deadline is Nov. 29. If I don’t meet it, the publication day moves further away. So I must meet it! I won’t be around as much between now and the end of the month as I finish weaving words together for this story.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

5 comments:

Rachel said...

Don't beat yourself up, Pamela! You can do it!! I'm doing National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and I'm plugging my way through my own deadline, which coincidentally is only a day after yours, haha.

Good luck to you, have a fantastic weekend and don't worry about us, we can happily scroll down to see manbits when we need to keep ourselves busy in the meantime! ;)

Reg said...

I second Rachel, Pamela. I'd prefer you be fully content with the story you produce, which in turn will mean we read something extraordinary (no pressure!), than try and finish it off quick sticks... having said that, I can honestly say I am very excited for the release of this new I-Team novel. I'd really like to see if 'Breaking Point' can knock 'Unlawful Contact' off from the glorified pedestal that I've placed it on... on second thoughts, no, I love Marc too much! Zac's gotta pull some serious heart strings on my front if he wants top job, haha :)
On a related note, I placed an order in for my own copy of 'Unlawful Contact' today. I think my library is going to start placing up flyers that say: "Do not loan this book to this person", I borrow it so much! Enough is enough, Ima gettin' me my own damn copy! Anyway, I digress. All the best on this final leg, Pamela.

Debbie H said...

Do what you need to do to get the book in by the deadline. We understand. Trust me, we will be emotionally drained by the time we finish reading the book. Or, at least, I know I will be. I always am. LOL

I'm sorry I haven't been around much. The son and family kind of put a kink on how much time I have on the computer. Don't want to miss anything cute the little ones do. :)

Thanks for the update, Pamela. You do what you need to do to make your deadline, that's most important! And I'm not just saying that because I think I need to say it, I'm saying it because I really think I need to. (Playing on the quote from the person at channel 9)

We're all here cheering you on!!!

Hi, Rachel — Thanks so much. I hope the manbits are keeping you happy. I did get some chesticles up this evening. Managed to finish only one chapter, however.

Hi, Reg — Thanks for the support and good wishes. I refuse to rush the books, which is why sometimes it takes so long between releases. This one I've actually written fairly quickly. I laughed out loud when I read about your dilemma with Unlawful Contact and the library. Too funny!

Hi, Debbie — Good to see you. I don't blame you for taking every moment you can with your grandkids. That's what they're for, right? Thanks for the kind words. :-)

Hi, BB — I cracked up when I read that quote. I realized instantly what you were imitating. I'm getting down to the last three or four chapters, so that's a relief.

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