authors, writing

Work in Progress Blog Challenge – In the Spirit

Yesterday, I was tagged by fellow writer Emma Lindhagen in a Work in Progress blog challenge – thanks Emma! It’s a very simple one: you post the first line from the first three chapters in your current work in progress and then tag four people to do the same. So without further ado, here are the first lines of the first chapter of In the Spirit, the Christmas novella I’m currently editing.

Chapter One
Alyssa shut the front door and slid the bolt across.

Chapter Two
A chill permeated the house, creeping under the blanket to wake her.

Chapter Three
Alyssa could hear birds chirping outside and sunlight glinted through the curtain and off the mirror, right into her eyes.

Haha, waking up. Wonder if I write about it because that’s one of my least favourite parts of the day right now. I don’t think that any of these first lines say a lot about my work, but hey, who knows? This novella will be coming to a digital bookstore near you in early December. I’ll have something a little more interesting to share closer to the date, but not until after I’m finished my final assignments (YES, YES! The end is near!!!). 

So, who am I going to tag? Jeepers. Well….

Leigh K. Hunt, because I know she’s also working on something new – due out in Dec as well! 

M.W. Griffiths, for the same reason. 

I know that T.G. Ayer has a lot she’s working on right now…

And finally, I’ll tag Anthony despite the fact he won’t do it. Because he needs a public reminder that I am STILL waiting for his next book to come out. 


Looking for love

I’m making small progress with my novel. Very small, slow progress. I’m still okay with that – I actually finished the first scene up, finally, and am looking forward to plunging into the next. But it struck me that I have been avoiding thinking about a love interest for Madea. I mean, there is one, and he has some influence and is tied into her story line, but I already know that’s not a lasting match. It’s not passionate or balanced, or anything good, really.

I’ve got to admit that in my writing I’ve been avoiding romance a bit. I overdosed on reading it, so wanted to steer clear of it in my writing. Until I read a few books where it was more subtle. Definitely there, but not the main plot line, not all consuming. It made me think back to my own stories, to the ones that stuck with me the most, made me realize that I really love writing about relationships and that I need to bring that back into my writing – keeping it in an ‘out of bounds’ area isn’t doing me any favours at all. So I’m going to think ahead, find someone unconventional for Madea to get involved with. He’s going to have to be someone pretty special to take her on. She’s not really looking for love, not in any conventional manner, but she definitely has a longing inside her.

And now I have some ideas <grin> see, blogging about stuff, even when it’s not fun for YOU to read, or really very interesting, is an important way for ME to make little breakthroughs that help my writing.

Off to start that scene now.

Thanks for being there while I sorted that out 😉