I have to tell a funny on myself. I sat down yesterday and rather than diving into revisions, which I did later, I decided to get today’s blog set up. Because…you know…I forget sometimes what day it is. 🙄 So I open WordPress editor, and I set up the blog, cutting and pasting from the WIP the snippet I wrote last week for a flash fiction challenge and to be used as a post this week. I titled it. I set up the coding. I got ready to save it/schedule it… And realized that yesterday was MONDAY. And I’d just done the post for Wednesday. 🤦🏼♀️ Sadly, this is becoming my go-to emoticon.
However, my “senior moment” has given me a topic for today. I’ve prepared a fresh cup of coffee and I have my cinnamon biscuit to munch on. I’ve mentioned how much I love the Pillsbury frozen buttermilk biscuits, right? They take about 20-25 minutes, look and taste like homemade (way more than the canned variety) and if any are left over, I save them to cut in half to add butter, sugar, and cinnamon before sticking them under the broiler to toast up. Yummers! I do the same with yeast rolls, FYI. Anyway, I have that beside me with my coffee, so that’s the treat section of today’s post. Now for the titles part.
UNDER THE ASSASSIN’S MOON. I don’t know why I have such a mental block about getting this sucker updated. I am, though. I mean, I’ll fold laundry and clean bathrooms rather than work on it. Crazy, right?!?! Part of it is continuity. It’s sort of tied in with ASSASSIN’S MOON. The folks from ASSASSIN’S MOON appear in both, but the romantic leads are different. So is the plot. In the originals, the Delta Force team also appeared. Should be easy enough to switch to my Hard Target team, right? You’d think! However… Originally, those books were written about a year apart. I wasn’t confused. Now, I revised AM and immediately started on UTAM. And screwed up the continuity in the relationship between Duke (Hard Target, who was a SEAL) and Brody, who was Delta, confusing him with Griff (AM–Delta Force sniper who trained with Duke. I think. 🙄 ) You see my problem? Continuity! And a Swiss cheese brain that conveniently forgets facts.
Which brings me to sort of today’s topic–orginazation. Fiction authors totally need a series bible. I am sooo not the organized type. I mean, that should be obvious by the way I actually write a book–in bits and pieces that finally all fit in the same puzzle. Scrivener helps, and I do try to keep current notes as I write but way too often, I get lost in the story and I just toddle along merrily slapping down words to form scenes and then I’ll wake up–not quite screaming but almost! LOL–in the middle of the night and think, “Oh $h!+. I think I f*cked that up today.” Which leads to tossing and turning, blearly eyes and lots of coffee as I madly scramble through previous books/scenes/chapters to see how royally I screwed things. Word of advice: Don’t be me!
Anyway, I’m going to forge ahead with UTAM but before I finalize it, I will go back and read AM just to make sure I haven’t “crossed the streams.” BTW, that Direct TV commercial that combines baseball with Ghostbusters? I crack up every time. Needless to say, it’s not always bad if you cross streams, but be sure the result works rather than repeats or throws the rest of the plot off kilter. Questions? Besides the obvious: Who needs more coffee? 🙋🏼♀️