Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Releases & Routines

It's a very special Tuesday here at the bordello. Today our beloved Wednesday Word-Whore Linda has a new book on the shelves!  Three Woots and a Hoo for Linda!

Shattered Circle
Book 6 in the Persephone Alcmedi Series

It’s tough being a modern woman, but Persephone Alcmedi has it worse than most. Being the prophesied Lustrata has kicked her career as a witch into high gear, and juggling a wærewolf boyfriend who is about to become king of his kind and a seductive vampire who bears her magical Mark isn’t easy either. 

Seph’s beloved foster daughter, Beverley, is causing more trouble than these two men put together. The young girl’s been playing with a magical artifact that’s far more dangerous than she realizes. Now Seph must summon help from a mystical being so potent that even vampires fear him . . . and the cost of his aid may be more than she’s willing to pay. Seph, Johnny, and Menessos face threats from all sides—and a few from within. Will the forces of destiny cement their tenuous supernatural union, or shatter it forever?

That, dear readers, is what comes at the end of a writing routine. That is also just the beginning of a marketing & promotions routine. Yep, I aspire to need the latter. I'd like to make it to the end of the former ... now that I mention it. I will wax poetic on routines of creating the story, but I'm not much use on how that routine adjusts when editorial input arrives.

Wouldn't you rather be reading Linda's book right now?

I am a creature of habit. The routine of writing is important because my brain is trained to perform certain tasks at certain times. If I deviate from the routine, then story-stuff doesn't happen. I'm not the sort of girl who can "sneak in" a "few hundred words." No, no, I'm either in the world I created or I'm tuned to the real world. My brain does not play the hokey-pokey.

Seriously, why aren't you settled in with Seph and Johnny?

While the routine of writing is fairly straight-forward: ass-in-seat, write; it is different from the routine of editing. How? When I create, I write the events in the order in which they happen. When I edit I start with the biggest change -- wherever that may occur -- then follow the ripples of changes it creates. It may mean I fiddle with Chapter Six eighteen times while Chapter Twelve loses a few sentences once. So be it. At the editing stage I'm essentially playing Cat's Cradle keeping track of the plot threads. Strangely enough, when I edit, I sit in a different place than when I create. It's part of the brain-training.

Menessos: the name is awesome and the vamp himself is... 
You should read about him, right now.

What comes after the editing? There's the WiP to WoS routine. After that ... I'll have to let you know once it happens.

How about you, dear reader-writer, do your routines change as you progress through the creative process? How? When?


  1. I love this post, KAK. Way to rock the subliminal messages.

    Big congrats to Linda!

  2. THANKS!!! But what about Kerry? I'm adding her to mine for tomorrow/today. :)