I had the opportunity to blog over at You Gotta Read Reviews over the weekend and I gave them a little insight into my mad scientist method of writing. If you get the chance, and you want to know how I do this, what makes me tick… check it out HERE.
I do kinda have a method to my madness. It’s not much of one but mostly I have this GPS in my head that steers me toward what I need to do. First and foremost is hie myself to the cemetery and do the best I can at the job I’ve held there for 10 years come June 14. Like any job, there are things about it that annoy me on occasion, but the truth of the matter is, I’ve been there a significant amount of time which means what I like about it completely outweighs the annoyances.
Once I’ve satisfied my requirements for the job for the day, and I can go home, the mad scientist inside me takes over. I go through my email and if there are no crises to avert, no people to help, no promo to do, no posting of hot naked men to my Tales of the Darkworld yahoo group, then I write, or do my plot work, or do subs for FB/WCP, or work on trailers for other authors.
In the mad scientist mode, I write like the wind as my friend author Z.A. Maxfield says. Sometimes this is in Word Wars and sometimes not. Weekend before last, I ruled by knocking out 11K. This past weekend… meh, not so much. A measly 2K mostly written on my netbook from bed. God I love that netbook. I wish I could get the fucking email to work though… all the settings match the ones on my desktop but damned if I can’t get the stupid thing to SEND. Okay, I digress.
A lot of writers get in mad scientist mode like I do. They live with the characters in their heads. I dream about mine a lot. Which is kinda weird because, as most of you who’ve followed this blog over the past 15 months know… I don’t sleep a lot.
All of this must somehow work for me and the GPS in my head keeps me on track with things cause this weekend I got a contract for Runaways, the companion story to Mating. On top of that my editor sent me the Mating edits and I worked on them for an hour and sent them back to her. Within a half hour she’d sent it off to the proofreaders and I sent her a cleaner version of the manuscript for Runaways. Then, M.E. Ellis sent me a cover for Runaways. Because this story is a companion story to Mating and Emmy did Mating’s cover, I’d wanted her to do Runaways cover too. I just didn’t expect her to do it in a half hour. It was a great weekend despite only writing 2K. I can’t say I didn’t do anything because I did get the blog post out, finished the edits, and had some forward progress on Fire Season.
Also, this past week seemed to be the week that all the authors I know found Twitter. Having been on Twitter about a year now, I ended up helping a lot of people. Lost count of the times I said the tweet in Tweetdeck is because someone you follow twatted. They didn’t understand the whole twat versus tweet thing either. Which is okay. They are not PRB after all. We seem to have our own language in the PRB. It’s like secret code, which also goes with me being a mad scientist type so I like it.
Now, that I’ve babbled away about my mad scientist life, I’m going to share a NEW Marcus photo. I just got this one and I’ve never seen it before. I’m already in love with it…
The man looks good for 40. If we all can’t look that good, we should have a partner who does. HEH. I could sit here all day and look at that photo and let my mad scientist have free reign, but I do have to go to the cemetery.
You lot have a great Monday!