Instead of entertaining you with juicy facts about moi, I'm just sharing about a book I read that helped me with an ms I wrote.
This is because I planned to follow erica's suit for sharing fun facts and a pic and I'm just too lazy to get up and get my camera and plug it in and find the pic and save it to pics and upload it....
So you'll have to wait to see me and my baby bump until my next post, probably Friday.
What I will tell you today. I read Anna and the French Kiss the other night. In fact I stayed up until after 2 AM (reading in the dark with my nifty, attached Kindle light). I felt like a teenager again. I knew I'd regret it when my three year old started tweaking my nose at 6ish, but I didn't care. It was bliss. (I could probably have competed for world's crabbiest mom during breakfast, but still. No regrets.)
While reading, or after, I realized what my contemp romance ms is missing. More conversation between my protag and her love interest. And more conversations ABOUT the items important in their seventeen year old lives: interests, post-high school plans, dreams, pet peaves, etc. (sorry if it's peeves. Lazy, remember?) I also realized that while my initial "plan" put friends in the love interest's life, I never actually included them in the book. Um, yet.
Since 2 AM, my protag now loves rocks and fossils and has aspirations in the geological field. THIS (acually was not way off because her dad had mentioned in a phone convo with her that she was his math girl...now I added in her correcting him by saying, "Science, Dad. I like rocks.") led me to a new setting for a scene or two and a way to get my protag and love interest together by tying in a subplot that I was stuck on! AND two scenes: one with boy who IS love interest and one with boy who is competing for this role to show how one reacts to her interests and how the other reacts..not so well. (don't even tell me this is cliche.)
SO...MY POINT...YAY for me. :0)
and thanks stephanie perkins and anna and hot english/american boy w/french name (etienne).
that's all folks!