Monday Shuffle

Coffee MondayMonday. Again. I don’t know why it surprises me that this day pops up every seven days. Weird how that works, huh? *rolls eyes* I’ve got a bad case of the “Don’t Wanna’s.” Don’t wanna write. Don’t wanna market. Don’t wanna sleep. Don’t wanna eat–unless it is sweet, gooey, and very bad for my caloric intake. *sigh* Why yes, I am nearing the end of a difficult book, why do you ask?

Okay enough of that Downer Debbie shit. Let’s get to the roundup of weekend activities! Tally ho!

Sports: 1 out of 3 ain’t bad, right? Or I guess, actually 2 out 4. Cardinals won one game, lost one. Game 3 is today. OSU Cowboys beat West Virginia, as the underdogs, but they had to score a touchdown in OT to do it. OU lost to unranked Texas. The state immediately went into mourning. You think I’m kidding. I’m not. OU/Texas is a HUGE deal. OSU (the REAL OSU) is now ranked 16 and OU is ranked 19 in the NCAA Top 25. This almost qualifies as a miracle.

TV: Didn’t do much DVR catching up. Lots of baseball on and I can read while semi-paying attention to the game.

Reading: Not reading anything new either. I’m in the doldrums and doing the whole comfort read thing. I’ve just reread the first few In Death books and rereading them 3 times in a year would be excessive even for me. So I’m sort of team reading Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series and Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter/Archangel series. I’m telling myself I’m doing this because they are best-selling authors and I’m trying to figure out what their magic is. Reading them since I’m working on my own Urban Fantasy series should be a big no but I’m ignoring my own rules. Surprisingly, I’m not intimidated as I have been–sort of–in the past. They’re all (IA is a wife/husband team) excellent writers with good solid worldbuilding and compelling characters. And you know what? My Penumbra world is solid and I like to think the characters are compelling. We’ll see. Part of me is just really frustrated. I have enough ego to believe that I’m just as good as they are so what “magic” do they possess that they sell hundreds of thousands of copies (if not millions) and I just limp along… Ah well. Rather than hanging it up, it just makes me want to write harder.

Writing: Speaking of… Looks like RDR#3 will have a Summer 2016 release. Not sure of the exact date and no title has been determined yet. When I post a title here for the Harlequin books, it’s with the knowledge that it’s a working title. I was lucky that COWGIRL’S DON’T CRY (the original/working title) made the cut. THE COWGIRL’S LITTLE SECRET came from my editors with a little help from marketing. I should know something this week or next. I’m tying up some loose ends in THE DEVIL’S CUT. I have maybe 2 or 3 more chapters and an epilogue to write. Or less, if I just snip the threads. *bwahaha*

How many of you have read the Kate Daniels series? Kate, who I guess is technically the main character, has issues. Especially when it comes to relationships. Enter Curran, the Beast Lord. The dude arrived on the scene and took over the shapeshifter population at the ripe old age of 15. He’s 30 now and not only a force of nature but a force to be reckoned with. And he wants Kate. She wants him. It’s painful to watch their struggles. This is a case of me wanting to slam their heads together and scream, “Damn it! Just sit down and freaking talk, you idiots!” But…issues. On both sides. The authors really set this up well and rather than bouncing my Kindle off the wall, I just seethe quietly and wait for them to see the light. It’s a fine line to walk and the Andrewses do it well. I have to admit, when I first got Sade and Sinjen together in SEASON OF THE WITCH, I considered making them dance around each other. For several books. Sade would be watching her friends get their mates and HEAs and she’d be fencing with a master vampire and then, when Nikos appeared on the scene, a suave but dangerous dragon. They wouldn’t let me, or rather Sinjen wouldn’t. But I’m learning something with this 3rd book (since Sinjen doesn’t interact with Sade until the second–BLACK MAGIC being a prequel that was written AFTER SOTW but takes place before). Sade, too, has issues. Sinjen is already committed. Now he has to convince her. I know when she commits to him. It’s a book/novella away. I’ll talk about my weird brain and story/series arcs some day. All I can say is thank goodness for Scrivener so I can keep track of it all.

So anyway, I have no idea why I brought that up. Just a little Monday morning musing. I’m dressing up tonight for a formal deal. Lawyer Guy will be in a tux. I’ll be in a fancy dress. His office partner’s father is being posthumously honored with a big education award. Since it’s at the Western Heritage Center and Museum, I get to wear my Justin boots. I will have happy feet. My week is mapped out with getting this freaking book finished! What about y’all? Have a good weekend? How’d your teams do? And what do you have on tap for the upcoming week? Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends and Happy Columbus Day to my American ones.

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About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of two award-winning series--Moonstruck and The Penumbra Papers, Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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4 Responses to Monday Shuffle

  1. bookwyrm217 says:

    Shhh….no spoilers on Kate Daniels. They are currently in my audio lineup. I am alternating with Monster Hunters International. Although with Larry Corriea going to be here the end of the month, I really do need to catch up. At least he’s here for the release of the first book of a new series, which I had the ARC signed at DC, when I ran into him, literally, as I walked in the door at Baen Barfly. Of which I am now a member. WOOT!!
    Yesterday was our 18th wedding anniversary, so we went out to dinner. Old folks that we are, we came home after and I fell asleep curled up with the puppies while watching TV. He fell asleep watching the Giants.
    Have you read the new In Death? Silly question.
    I have the new Lackey upstairs to read before bed. A dead tree book. I’m finding at night I need to put away the electronic one and turn off the tv before I can sleep. And since I no longer have to get up to work in the morning, who cares if I look like the walking dead when I drive him to work. I can nap when I get home, right? Right???? LOL
    Getting ready to put the RV to bed for the winter. Going to Hilton Head to visit friends this winter and scope out parks to see where we want to spend NEXT winter. My plan is to drive Thor out of here in October, and set up somewhere we can spend Nov or Dec until April and drive it back and set up for the summer, hopefully right back at Lake George. Already set for Spring and Fall for next year there. I have told him that if we travel it has to be for at least a week and that depends on the drive time. It’s very tiring having to do everything myself and unlike with Bertha, weekend trips are not an option.
    Now, stop screwing around, go vote for Death Coffee for the day, grab a big cup of your own and write!!!
    and post pics of the two of you all dressed up! I’m jealous. I need a decent pair of boots.

    • Silver James says:

      Read both the new In Death and the anthology almost as soon as they came out, which sent me scurrying back to the first 3 for a reread. LOL I try not to do spoilers. How far along are you with Kate? I just finished rereading…5? Think I’ll stop there for now. Rereading the second in Singh’s Guild Hunter. Have another UF from a new-t0-me author in paper from the library that I need to read, too.

      Yes, you can take naps when you stay up reading all night, take the DH to work, and come home. But knowing you, you won’t. LOL Sounds like things are progressing smoothly for retirement plans and snowbirding. I’m jealous!

      As for pics, we don’t do selfies. 😉 We wore the same outfits we wore for Only’s wedding. 😀

  2. Michigan is totally kicking butt this season, which is nice change from the past umpteen seasons where they blew. I was wearing my 2004 Rose Bowl sweatshirt yesterday and petting it fondly when I realized they screwed up the Rose Bowl, so it’s no longer Big 10 vs Pac 10, so even if Michigan takes the Big 10 (I refuse to call it B1G), they won’t necessarily be in the Rose Bowl. So much for that tradition. Derpheads.

    This week I am on deadline. 5 days left to edit about 200 pages. I will be growly bear, but it will get done. I’m also back and forth with my new artist for the new and improved cover of WIOH – which will be consistent with the coming covers of IDW and UWC. I think we’re on the same page here and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with.

    Okay, time to drink more coffee and work up the gumption to edit.

    • Silver James says:

      The BCS totally screwed up the bowl rivalries and they can’t pull their heads out long enough to figure out a fair playoff system. Ah well. College sports, politics, and money. Such is life. 🙄 I’ll see you on Friday–you with the end of your edits, me with the end of the first draft of this monster I’m working on! And yes, always time to drink more coffee…

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