Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I'm still here- Just busy


I'm sorry I've been AWOL for some time (over a month this time!). It seems like when it rains it pours, doesn't it?

I'm doing a catch up today and I'll be back later with a new guest. While you may know I submitted a full ms to Harlequin M & B Medical back in December, you also may remember that editor Flo sent me a revise and resubmit, R&R, in January. I've been hip-deep in said revisions since. Especially this past month when I jumped in naked and really got going  with necessary changes to a book I already love, love.

So how's that working for me? Well, I sent the first two chapters to my crit group a while back. My lovely Twinkies are loving the changes! Now I'm working on consistency to make sure the changes follow through as I patchwork the parts I'm keeping to the new parts. It's a lot like making a patchwork quilt (I attempted to make one once- tip: never start a new craft with a difficult pattern! I never finished the quilt.). The difference, besides the obvious words vs fabrics, is that it takes a lot more thinking to make words fit together to form a coherent pattern when you can't just eyeball your project and see the obvious with one glance.

Enough with the quilting analogy since that's all I know about that. I'm midway and it's going faster now that I'm more re-acquainted with the characters, who've undergone personality transplants to various degrees. The bold one is now shy while the broody, quiet one is more bolder- though more brooding I hope. And the child? Well, you'll have to wait and read it one day to find out about sweet Janna.

But revisions are getting done, will be done soon if nothing hops in front of the train.

On another note: I am in process of polishing HOME, the Vietnam era short story and one of a group effort series with other wonderfully talented Oklahoma Romance Writers of America- the Outlaws. I first brought this story to you last summer with a brief snippet to introduce you to gypsy gal, Poppy Tippen and her hunka-hunka doctor love, Sammie Callahan. Good news folks. I sent in the query and synopsis yesterday to The Wild Rose Press! I'll keep you informed when I hear news. I'm crossing everything- well, anything not needed to work on the other revisions- that they want to buy this sweet story. Please do the same!

What else am I working on? Heck, ain't that enough at one time? Well, no! Lol

I already have a second medical story brewing (not the one I mentioned before, but a better one!). I won't allow myself to write anything on it until this first book is out of my hands again though, so I won't share any of it yet. Soon... soon. I haven't forgotten my wolves either, though they are caged and waiting for me to feed them fresh meat. Sorry- this blog is what happens on less than a first cup of coffee.

So, tell me what you're up to since our last visit. What has your motor pumped and ready to steam ahead? Or what has you stumped to a crawl?



Sandy said...

You have a lot of irons in the fire, but also seem organized. I'm juggling too, but don't they tell us as soon as we get one ms. out there to start another? Just to keep us from getting bored while waiting for an answer, I guess.
Sandy B.

Calisa Lewis said...

They do tell us that, Sandy. I'm glad I 'sound' organized! lol I can't seem to wait until the first one is out there to begin the next. It's a force with me to refrain from starting another right now. Good luck with all your endeavors. :)

Maeve said...

Holy cow! I'm outta breath just reading about all the directions you're going in. Best of luck with ALL your projects and be fire to keep us posted. :-)

J. Coleman said...

Wow, I'm impressed. Me? Sometimes I feel like I'm on a treadmill, moving forward but going nowhere. If I step away for a few days, I recharge and dive back into the murky waters. One of these days, I'll find that buried treasure. Until then, I'm enjoying the search. Good blog, lady!

Nas Dean said...

All the best with all your projects!

Carly Carson said...

I just snuck over from the PRO Wordpress class to see your catchy phrase and, since I love it, I had to let you know. (This is not something I normally do. lol)

Calisa Lewis said...

Hi Maeve! I'm glad I didn't list everything I have going on this month! But I will keep you posted on progress.

Calisa Lewis said...

J- Move over and let me on that treadmill! I'm going so much I need to run in place just to let me catch up! But you have a lot on your plate too.

Calisa Lewis said...

Hi Nas! Thank you for dropping in. I know it's been a while since I blogged with the revisions and everything else going on. Nice to see you haven't jumped ship.

Calisa Lewis said...

Carly- I'm glad you came by. Thank you, I'm glad you like my phrasing. I will open the new blog and let you see it too, though I don't know if I'll add a new catchy title, keep this one or just my name and description yet. As Cyndi says- we'll get there! Come back anytime!


No worries, friends! I may reveal a new website/blog later in the year, but don't worry. You'll know where to find me! This is a workshop I'm taking right now. (one more thing on my list of over accomplishments I didn't mention in this post. ;)

Christina Wolfer said...

Great to see you at it, again. Been wondering, but now understand why there's been a lul.

Good luck with all those irons in the fire. Hope nothing important catches on fire. Or maybe I should say I hope they all catch fire.

Calisa Lewis said...

Yeah- just busy that got in the way Tina. Thanks for wondering honey. :)

Here's to settin' fires!

Gale Stanley said...

Wow, I'm exhausted just reading about all this. Good luck with all your ventures. It's only a matter of time - you're an amazing writer. And please don't forget about the wolves. I love John and it's a great storyline.

Calisa Lewis said...

Thanks Gale. And I love my Jon too!