What a week! Still huddled inside the house with a flu virus. I finished one course of antibiotics but had to get on another one when my asthma aggravated, and my throat inflammation persisted. Today, I feel I'm on the mend, although I still have a cough. One startling thing the doctor told me was to get rid of all soft toys (stuffed animals). The reason is because of the little critters that breed in the fur and leave little presents (faeces) that won't go away with the wash! Yuck!!!!! He did tell me that if I wrapped them in a plastic bag and put them in the freezer for a while, the problem would be solved. Of course, I'm not going to throw away my son's toys. However, I will do the freezer thing because now, every time I look at a stuffed animal I am utterly grossed out!
Notwithstanding, I was determined to make this "time off" work for me. When I couldn't sleep, I got up and wrote, sometimes all night long. I drank lots of green tea. It helped. Chugging through, I edited a 360 page book, trimmed it down to 320 pages, and wrote about 4k in new scenes. An Eternity of Roses is definitely a labour of love but when I started it I didn't do much plotting - a big mistake as this series thrives on the plot. There's the main plot that threads throughout - the life, government, society, hierarchy, battles and activities of the Valthrean immortals, and then there's the story of my hero and heroine in each book, as well as any number of sub plots.
In the next month I want to try my hand at a short story. Meanwhile, I'm going to be busy planning out the next 7 books in the series. I already have a profile for the Valthreans which I can expand on, as well as basic data on the characters of the series. However, there's still a lot more work left for me to do before I can start working on the next Valthrean novel.
Something else happened to me this week. I found the perfect song for my hero and heroine in An Eternity of Roses. Some may know that this book is about two star-crossed lovers who are separated by an evil witch's curse. The heroine has to pull through many setbacks to finally get her man.
That's why when I heard Make Me Feel Your Love (by Adele, and written by Bob Dylan), I felt shivers going down my spine!
In her soulful contralto voice, Adele sings,
When the evening shadows
And the stars appear
And there is no - one there
To dry your tears
I could hold you
For a million years
To make you feel my love
And yes, there is nothing Emmaline wants more than to hold her lost Adrian for a million years.
Then she continues...
I know you
Your mind up yet
But I would never
Do you wrong
I've known it
From the moment
That we met
No doubt in my mind
Where you belong
When Emmaline (who becomes Emma) sees Adrian (who has changed his name to Adam) for the first time after two centuries, he doesn't recognize her because his past is a dark blur to him. It is a heartwrenching, bittersweet moment when she is facing him, seeing his beloved face and wanting to run to him and embrace him, but knowing she cannot.
And finally Adele sings that there's...
Nothing that I wouldn't do
Go to the ends
Of the Earth for you
To make you feel my love, To make you feel my love
This is how my heroine feels. There is no stone she'd leave unturned to find her love. She has nothing left to lose.
Isn't this the perfect song for my story, then?
Here's the video of Adele live on the Dave Letterman Show, singing this beautiful song:
Do you dedicate a song to every book you write? I find it helps me keep my GMC grounded, and to dig deep into my characters.
After having so much motivation this week, my manuscript is now in the hands of my lovely crit partner, Zee Monodee, who also blogs regularly about her works in progress. Please check out her page.
And last but not least, here's some eye candy for the weekend. The darkly sensual Italian actor Gabriel Garko...(Auntie Yvonne, you'll like these :-D)
~ Angela ~
No Rules. No Formulas. Just Love. "Mile High to Heaven" and "Mr. & Mrs. Foster" available at Whiskey Creek Press Torrid.