My daughter SAID she only wanted me to read the first one, because a movie was in the works and she wanted to see it with me (yeah, she knows how to butter up her mother!). Of course, that movie is way, way far into the future (nothing significant is listed on IMDB). Still, she hasn't been wrong (too often) in what books are good to read, so I read the first one.
I liked it and (stupid me) went and asked for the second. She brought the whole series over (hmm… think she knows me well?). After reading the second, I didn't necessarily rush to read the third, but didn't wait too long, either. Ah, but after the third…well, I'll just say I'm not reading anything else until I finish this series. Thank goodness there are only six books. And the series ENDS (or so my daughter says – should I believe her?).
How the heck do I get so wrapped up in these books? I'd probably get so much more written if I wasn't obsessing (or reading). I only hope some day I have the same affect on my readers. Wouldn't that be something?
I must stop reading my daughter's books, though. I have so many of my own piled in the family room, waiting for me to read. I really need to hit those!
But even with all my reading, I am getting a considerable amount written. I finally wrote over 2000 words on Tuesday (haven't done that in ages). What's slowing me down is figuring out the next scenes and where I want the story to go. I'm sure if I outlined, it wouldn't be a problem, but I can't do that. I can only work on one scene at a time. I am having fun with Book #5, though. I just hope it all turns out okay. I always have my doubts when it comes to writing that first draft. I was sure Book #4 was horrible, because of all my distractions (see J.R. Ward, above) while writing it. So far ONE person likes it – I'm still waiting on my second critique partner to reply.
And Book #3 is almost ready to send out to the publisher who requested it (my daughter promises I should get it back this weekend). Once it's out the "door", I can then obsess over my e-mail (yeah, that's always fun, isn't it?).
I have made a decision regarding my vampire series (Books 1, 2, & 3). My unemployment runs out in December and if I don't have a job by then and I strike out with the small press publishers, I'll self-publish them. It's a scary thought, but why have them sit here when someone might just want to buy them and read them (and maybe make SOME money)? If that day comes, I might just be looking for some guidance from some of you.
Have a good weekend & happy reading!