Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Your choice... My inspiration...

Well guys, you chose him... And your wish is my command!

And for this I am entirely in your debt. Because this particular choice for hero casting would appear to have pulled my muse out of it's little hiding place. Ain't life grand when that happens??

So, as the basis for the hero in Anticipation we have Colin Farrell - Ta-Da! And having won the poll, I went in search of some more pics that cover the basic 'essence' of my hero.

And may I just say ladies... Good Choice!

In fact, so good a choice that my hero took on a life of his own over the Bank Holiday weekend here and the word count (as you'll see from the counter) has positively exploded. Now I can make several suggestions as to why that might have happened; First off my Editor phoned to tell me that the pregnant heroine book I struggled so badly with of late has gone through (and she loves it!) - and seeing as I have a real problem with running more than one set of characters at a time that meant I was released, free, unburdened by the problems of one couple and able to move onto another... Secondly, the internet died here. So there was no temptation to go see what was happening on the boards, or the blogs or the Big Brother website every time I turned on the computer... Then there was the reappearance of my muse. Bit damn difficult trying to write without it and I think I've worked it so hard this year that it decided to take a bit of a holiday...

But what tempted it out was a firmer idea of my hero and that is down to you guys. So much so that I've decided to rename my hero Rory Farrell... will be interesting to see if anyone else picks up on it but in the meantime it will be our little secret... deal?

The clincher for me was this pic - cos I needed a hero who could look all dark and sexy in his everyday surroundings, but who also, with a haircut and a bit of muck, could look dangerous in a bodyguard kinda way and loads of you guys agreed that Colin has that edge. This pic confirmed it.

And, as I may have mentioned a time or two before, I'm a 'film' type writer. I cast my hero and heroine as I would for a movie, and I write scene to scene to scene as if I'm watching a movie. I find this means that when I get going, even without a detailed outline of where I'm going, that each scene will fall into its place as I go along. They follow on. So if one scene ends with a cliff-hanger then the next will automatically start with the repercussions of that cliff-hanger. If it ends with the thoughts of one character then the next may well start with the thoughts of the other... and as we all can see something and interpret it differently, conflicts naturally arise...

This means, having a set of photos I can work a scene around can help with the whole flow, the changing of scenes in the same way a movie does. And the soundtrack? Well for this one is fairly mixed... The main thing is, thanks to you, I have my Director's hat back on... These are no longer pics of Colin, they are pics of Colin as Rory, in my new Romantic Comedy (at times) - Anticipation... hopefully coming to a deadline near you by June 12th...

Fingers crossed...

Monday, May 22, 2006

Teasing my muse out of hiding?

So, I may have gotten off to a stonking start with Anticipation - my new Modern Extra (the one due second week of June - hahahahaha) - but at some point this week I would appear to have set my muse down somewhere 'safe' and now I can't find the damn thing. So, I've ground to a halt. Big time.

I know all about my hero and heroine. I know their motivations, their conflicts, the journey I want to take them on. And, as it's centred a whole heap round my heroines self esteem issues linked to her weight, I have also done all my research on calories burned kissing (26) and making love (depends how energetic you get apparently) and technically, I'm good to go...

But I'm stuck. So I could do with some help. I think maybe I'm having hero issues! I don't know about anyone else but to me, the guy is the central part of the story. Yes, I have to understand my heroine, be able to get inside her mind and walk in her shoes... But the hero, well, him I have to love, laugh with, want to slap silly occasionally... want. And therefore it follows that the whole casting thing is crucial. I have to see my hero, let my imagination run free...


So far I have had him based, surprise surprise, on Nathan Fillion. Because, well, if you were here for the recent 'war' with my dear friend Ally Blake, you will know the because...

Then there's Colin Farrell, who, if you saw S.W.A.T. you will know, has that dark and brooding edge that I need for my hero this time round... Mmm...

Then we have the ever sarcastic, and yet with a brooding edge, Jensen Ackles who I already cast for my hero in Fighting Fate. (which kinda begs the question of whether or not you can cast the same guy over and over and over... and still keep the hero's, well, fresh...if you know what I mean?!)


And still, hovering around as he so often is, is the ever tempting Hugh Jackman, who, although I have used 'bits' of him in hero's before I have never actually 'used' him... ahem...


I may just find as I get going again that my hero takes on his own form and shape, as usually happens, but maybe a kick start with the basics would help me out of this slump??? Looking at pics of these guys certainly helps...

So, help me out here... We are casting for the part of Rory Mulligan. He's a bodyguard in the Middle East who has come home to recuperate after being shot in the leg. At home he runs a chain of Gyms with his brother and this is how he meets our wise cracking heroine, Cara Sheehan. Rory has seen a lot, has been separated for the first time in years from the group of guys who have become his family. Now he has to decide if he can leave that family to put down roots at home in Ireland... So, who would you cast if you were me? Who looks like a Rory to you?
Who should I cast as hero for ANTICIPATION???
The ever gorgeous Nathan?
The darkly brooding Colin?
That cheeky chappie Jensen?
The dependable Mr. Jackman?
A.N Other... The hero yet to be discovered...
Free polls from Pollhost.com

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Request for a thirty six hour day

You Should Be a Poet

You have a way with words... and a talent for drawing the pure emotions out of experiences.
Your poetry has the potential to make people laugh and cry at the same time. You just need to write it!
So... I'd like to say that my addiction to blogthings has been improving but apparantly not...
Because the very fact that I've gone and found one to do when I really don't have enough hours in the day to begin with is not a very positive sign, is it?
And I really really don't have enough hours in the day right now! Apart from the obvious panic over the now three week and six odd days deadline and the 2000 odd words I'll need every day (thank Natasha for that piece of joyous information...) I should also point out that it's a busy time here at home. With late spring and the hint of summer in the air which equals warmer, still wet weather, there has been a rainforest effect while I've been away. It's almost like someone made a set change. And now there is no hint of the bare trees and muddy brown colour there was everywhere when I left and everything is green, green and varying shades of more green flipping everywhere I look. Which is great. But it signals time to get busy...
Let's take tomorrow for an example shall we? I have to go order a pallet load of shavings for the horses. Get fertilizer (which we'll have to spread by hand this year a-la the olden days with bags of grain and hands- watch while I bribe small children...). I have to try and get Charlie out seeing as he's been stabled the entire time I've been away and will be a nightmare on the roads for at least three days... We have fences to mend and treat with dark wood stain (ten acres of post and rail may look pretty but it ain't exactly maintenance free)... There is fencing to order and wire and nine animals to feed and laundry from when I was away and a cabin to tidy and my website hasn't been updated in over a month and I have loops to catch up on and boards to read and blogs to visit and banking to do... and my 2000 words...
And then in the space of four odd months good weather we have fields to roll and three acres to fence in and weeds to spray and grazing to rotate and a stable block to finish and landscaping to complete and and and and... Oh and somewhere in there we have to lift the cabin I live in and move it off this part of the land and onto another part by the river and replace the roof and have a porch built before the winter comes... which means I have to pack yet again (and having moved five times in the last six odd years I really can't face packing again). So...
Can I please put in a request now for a thirty six hour day?? Please?
My answer to all this chaos so far? Go look at blogthings. Go me!
Meanwhile, thanks to Jopee we have a new nomination for the hero database in the form of Ed Burns... Thanks Jopee. And I'm glad you approve of our selection of men so far!!! Jopee sent me a link to a pic of this gorgeous potential hero with longer hair that flopped deliciously into his face. But in my current life of chaos my computer refused to upload it! So, with a little search I came up with this shot... Not bad, huh? That smile certainly has my imagination running riot! What about you guys??
I'll be back tomorrow with the promised new members for The Pink Heart Society and a bit of a preview of the book I have to do by, oh I dunno... yesterday???

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Normal Service Resuming....

Yes indeedy - I'M B-A-C-K!!!! Did anyone even notice I was gone???

I got to work with some truly gorgeous horses and they took two firsts and a third at the first major show of the season so I'm glad I was there to see it! And I get to go to two more of my absolute fav shows later in the season too so I mustn't have sucked too badly. But man-oh-man has six months sat on my backside writing done bad bad things to my fitness levels!!! I was hurting in places I had forgotten could hurt by the end of the second day. But I wouldn;t have missed it for the world!!

Now - I came back to 169 emails in my inbox and a few new members for the Pink Heart Society which I shall add tomorrow... And watch out for a new worm arriving for Anticipation - The Modx book that had a six week deadline that now has FOUR... I need help here - good vibes - and possibly a miracle...

ITS GOOD TO BE BACK!

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

New members... great pics... and a bit of a haitus...

Welcome two more members to The Pink Heart Society in the shape of April Alsup and new Medicals Line writer Margaret McDonagh... Great to have you with us gals!!!

Meanwhile I'm going to be popping in and out a little irregularly this next while as I'm off to do some work on the Horse Showing Circuit for a few weeks as a last minute stand in for a very good friend of mine (GET WELL SOON FINN!!!) It means I'll be on the road a while but I'll try and post some more of the great new pics you have all made me search for as often as I can!

Meanwhile some more food for thought....

Mister Eddie Cibrian of Invasion who was my hero inspiration for my first Modern Extra sale White-Hot! And you can see why my Shane was a Fireman when you see this pic really, can't you??? Many thanks to Margaret for re-nominating him for the Hero Database along with some rather gorgeous newcomers...

Next up is Eddie Cahill who guest starred in Friends for a while as Rachel's secretary/boyfriend... role reversal - you gotta love it! But he's now available for our viewing delight in CSI:NY and have we taken a look at how blue those eyes are ladies???


John Schneider - c'mon - don't be afraid to show your age!!! Do you remember him as Bo Duke from the Dukes Of Hazard or is he just Superman's dad Jonathan Kent in Superman: The Early Years??? I'm saying nothing. Except that, for some people, aging really does have the same effect on them as it does on a good bottle of wine...

And last but by no means least, before I go a-travellin - from Kate Walker's list we have Pierce Brosnan... who realistically requires no introduction whatsoever...

Do keep 'em coming ladies... I'll need a search or two to cheer me up while my poor body aches from going back to work... And I still haven't cast a hero for my new Modern Extra Anticipation which is due in *cough* six weeks...

Monday, May 1, 2006

We had a new arrival today!

Today we had our very first new arrival to the horsie family! Not that you can tell from the pic but this little darlin is a baby Miniature Shetland and currently barely hits my knees (think smaller than a fully grown labrador dog). We have three Miniature Shetlands here - Tiny Tim, Superted (daddy) and Flash (mommy) and we have been playing the 'is she - isn't she?' and the 'will she - won't she?' and the 'do you really think she is - isn't?' game for months now....

So we brought her in and she got bigger and bigger and still no foal... Those who had said 'She isn't' were starting to look smug and even the Vet couldn't tell conclusively...(It's really tough to get them to pee on the little stick...) Then we were afraid we were feeding her too much if she wasn't and as the sunshine appeared we decided to let her out for a few hours each day...

Let me tell you... If I'd been that heavily pregnant I wouldn't have skipped around like she did!!!

So we finally came to the stage where I was saying 'I'll believe she's in foal when it arrives.' - I like to bet safe, y'know???

Well, today, my youngest neice came a yellin - 'Flash had her foal!' - so complete with attractive pink fleece pj's and fluffy dressing gown, and, erm, trainers (I'm a night writer - I sleep in okay?!) I went running round to meet our latest arrival... Now I believe she was in foal!

So we have a new baby - boy or girl? Who the heck knows... there was at least six of us on our hands and knees trying to see down low enough to give you an answer to that... Time will tell... If it's a girl she'll be May (For May Day)... a boy... Dougal (from the Magic Roundabout and the Irish comedy Father Ted - the first cos it kinda looks like that and the second cos daddy is Superted - Father-Ted, get it??) Mom is being a super Mom! And we're very proud... The mobile phone companies made a fortune out of us today... But man, ain't he/she just the CUTEST THING?????