Romances and Creepy Paths

So even though I am re-reading The Hobbit right now in preparation for Peter Jackson’s film release in just a few weeks (can you say excited?), I promise you that I didn’t have it in mind when I wrote my bit today. It just so happened that the path that leads to the witch’s house kind of acts like the Mirkwood elves partying in the woods. So if you’re familiar with that scene, then you’ll have an idea of how that works. In addition to that fun bit, my MC and gunslinger girlfriend got into a bit of an unexpected romance scene. Totally didn’t anticipate that happening, but that’s where the characters decided to go. Those unexpected moments are really what make me love the writing-by-the-seat-of-your-pants method. Also found out that Rennick chugging down half a glass of whiskey makes for some much needed hilarity.

In other news, I’m finally caught up with my word count in NaNo. I’m over the halfway point, so it’s all downhill from here, right? The plot has totally veered off course from the very loose outline I started out with. Kind of expected, but makes it a bit more difficult with how to wrap up all these loose ends. Somewhere ahead there’s going to be another kidnapping, and plenty more unexpected magical hijinks, cause you know, these are actual witches not herbalists like my poor trio thinks they are dealing with. Though I suppose the long, windy path with creepy mirror qualities should have been a major clue.

Project: Smoke & Witchcraft

Summary: My trio of protagonists (a werewolf, a half-vampire, and a sharpshooter) head to New Orleans to investigate a series of unexplained abductions. So far this pulpy paranormal will have plenty of banter, a slew of fistfights, undercover operations that fail miserably, battles of magic, a necromancer seductress, a coven of witches with a bad rap, and a ton of zombie alligators. Also I plan to toss the damsel in distress idea on its head since both guys will likely need saving. Oh, and did I mention awkward romance?

Current Word Count: 32,240

New Words Written: 2,234 (Today), 5,034 (since last post)

Progress: Ex-boyfriend gets the gunslinger pissed off? Check. Unexpected romance with new boyfriend ensues? Check. Cue the creepy magical wards, disturbing illusions, and yep, now they’ve spotted movement. I swear, I don’t think I’ve given this group a break since they stepped off the train and into town. That’s a good thing though, right?

Total Words for 2012: 145,253

Car Chases and Unexpected Romances

That pretty much sums up the progress in the book so far, both of which were completely unexpected. I have to admit though that the car chase was a heck of a lot of fun to write, and although I haven’t been in any in real life, I can attest to driving quite a bit on the interstate. I’ve decided to retcon Ben’s background and turn him into a truck driver because that totally fits better with his personality and his attitude. He’s kind of grown on me over the book even though at the beginning he was just a side character. It’s funny how frequently that happens when you write from the seat of your pants.

As for the romance, that was also unexpected. I was trying to push it onto another pair of characters, but it totally didn’t fit. They didn’t like it and they certainly weren’t going to keep it up. This one kind of slipped past me and suddenly there it was, glaringly obvious and staring me right in the face. It is a bit odd considering who the two characters are, but somehow it works perfectly for them and explains quite a bit of off the wall behavior. I’m amused by how these romances find their way into my stories, I’d say they were the equivalent of gremlins but that wouldn’t be quite fair, would it? Ghosts of Pikes Peak also had a similar unexpected romance, and going with it led to some much more dynamic and interesting characters. I’m hoping that happens here as well. Anyway, sometimes it’s best to let the characters decide, right? (Crossing my fingers!)

I know this is a commercial and I’m sure some of you have already seen it, but it just struck me as being some of the more uplifting stuff I’ve seen on the internet lately. With all the thousands of youtube videos of folks getting injured or hurt or robbed, this was a nice dissenter.

Here’s the progress:

Project: Secrets of Leekston

Summary: Leekston is an unassumingly quiet southern town, but it hides many secrets. An unusual government entity studies the supernatural activity in the area, but for what purpose? A crazy scientist runs a research lab of particular patients, and his daughter may pay the price for the people he’s maimed. Six years after the incident at the Kayak Hills subdivision, sixteen year-old Suzie Daper once again must protect her family, this time from a bloodthirsty werewolf pack bent on destroying anyone standing in the way of their vengeance.

Current total words: 80,000 (Uhh, seriously? *checks again* Yep, that’s right. Mind is blown.)
New words written: 3,395

Total Words for 2012: 93,001

Favorite Quote: They’re talking about a car in case you hadn’t guessed. 😉

“How much would you say your father paid for this, Kate?” Ben asked.

She blinked, “What?”

“This baby must be worth a small fortune the way she moved. Mm! If cars were women, eh Rolph?” he laughed.

Rolph shook his head and sighed, “If cars were women, I don’t think you’d be nearly as interested in her.”

In real life: Looking forward to celebrating father’s day with my Dad tonight! Not sure where we’re going or what we plan on doing, but I’m looking forward to it! Also I started season 2 of Game of Thrones recently. It’s so darn addictive!

Night Walker: New Paranormal Romance

Giving a shout out to a very good friend of mine. Today is Lisa Kessler’s big release day for her first novel, and if you’re into the paranormal romance genre and haven’t heard of it, then you’re definitely missing out! The book is already getting incredible reviews over on Goodreads. The book is also up for a free giveaway on Goodreads, and Lisa’s also doing all sorts of celebratory gift-giving. What’s not to love about that?

My First Release Day – Night Walker | Lisa’s Lair

So be sure to mosey on over and check it out. It’s Book One of her series, and it’s great to see that it’s finally getting the attention it deserves!