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Sunday Report Card
Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Real quick! You can still vote for Breaking Leather—see yesterday’s post just under this one!

First, thanks to everyone who bought True Heart and pushed it to #1 on the MBaM site! Woohoo!

And thanks to everyone who helped me get the word out about Ravished by a Viking. More than one person told me they’ve seen the book “everywhere”—let’s hope that translated to sales.

In the meantime, I’m working. Not as focused as I should be. Working on promoting those two books all week ate my lunch. I only accomplished about half of my goals for the week. But I wasn’t idle. When I got bored with one thing, I opened something else.

* I wrote three chapters of a cowboy story.
* I completed a synopsis for the follow-up to True Heart and sent it to my editor for approval.
* I resurrected a story I wrote and sold in 2005 to a publisher no one found. I’m hoping to resell the story, but first I want to do a little revising to make it more “me”.
* I pulled out two other half-written projects from under the bed, looking for quick wins.

Not a stellar week, but not a complete bust either. This next week, I will get in as much writing as I can, then on Friday, Sis and I are heading to Jackson, Mississippi to teach a plotting bootcamp, Friday through Sunday. Those are always fun and intense.

The red-headed hellion is no longer working nights, and is in fact looking for a job. In the meantime, we’ve been enjoying our evenings. We love to watch movies together—scary ones especially. She finds me endlessly entertaining because I grope the pillow and jump at the scary parts. This week we watched:

M.Knight Shaymalan’s Devil—too predictable for one of his films. I just love his Ah-Ha! moments, and this one didn’t have one you couldn’t see from a mile away.

Smoke Signals—my second time seeing this Native American, coming of age story. Still every bit as funny and poignant as I remembered.

Dark City—yeah, did anyone see that one when it came out? I found it in the $5 bucket at Walmart. I loved it. It was dark, and very, very different. Think, 1940’s Hitchcock crossed with Buffy’s “Hush” episode crossed again with a mass alien abduction. Yeah, very different.

DVD on Iceland from the Icelandic Tourist Board—did I mention that dd and I want to head there this August?

7 comments to “Sunday Report Card”

  1. Wesley Nichols
    · January 9th, 2011 at 8:33 am · Link

    Congrats on the Success of True Heart and the promotion of Ravished by a Viking, Delilah.

    I am also glad that you are looking at some of your older projects. Have any ideas for SOW or your Medieval fantasy novel popped into your mind?

  2. Delilah
    · January 9th, 2011 at 8:45 am · Link

    I’m trying to get the medieval in shape this month. I’m fine with the hero’s POV, but need to envision what the heroine “sees.” So, thinking, thinking.

  3. Viking Princess
    · January 9th, 2011 at 10:23 am · Link

    I want to go to Iceland too!!! You should rent or buy the movie Beowulf and Grendal (2005) it was filmed in Iceland and the scenes are beautiful and Gerard Butler sure is nice to loom at too. The scenes with them on the longboat are beautiful.

  4. Brandy W
    · January 9th, 2011 at 8:41 pm · Link

    Sounds like a decent week. I stalled on a project I was working on for a Samhain sub. I think I need to rethink a few things. I was more into the background and sub plot and didn’t do much with the hero and heroine.

    This week I plan on doing a re-think/re-write and see if I can still get it to work.

  5. Delilah
    · January 9th, 2011 at 10:21 pm · Link

    Princess! Thanks for the suggestions. I’ll get them ordered on Amazon. And who wouldn’t want to be stuck on longboat with Gerard? Um, maybe me, since I get seasick in small boats. 😳

    Brandy! Yeah, characters are pretty important. Sometimes, taking a little time to figure out what made them the way they are, who they are, can help you figure out their true conflicts, both inner and between the two characters.

  6. Fedora
    · January 10th, 2011 at 2:51 pm · Link

    Cool, Delilah! Glad you’re enjoying some good times together 🙂 No creepy movies for me though–I’d be screaming! (I’m NO fun to watch anything spooky with!)

  7. Delilah
    · January 12th, 2011 at 8:46 am · Link

    Fedora! You might not have fun, but dd and I would be watching you instead of the movie and laughing our asses off. I know. Not nice, but we can’t help it. Scary movies are supposed to make you toss your popcorn in the air at least once!

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