7-7-7 Game!

Yeah! Playing the 7-7-7 game, where you go to p. 7 or 77 of your current manuscript, count down 7 lines, then copy the next 7 to your status. Here are my 7 lines from
p. 77 of “The Baby Symphony,” and coincidentally, one of my favorite scenes! Yay!     “Emilia, I’ll buy Bibi another door, but don’t make me break this one down.”
     I believe him. “I’d rather not take it to that level.” I say, acknowledging that I hear him. On quavering legs I force my weight over to the door and grasp the lock with sweaty fingertips. I am almost hit by the door as Devin bursts in and scoops me up in his arms.
… His smell makes me delirious as I am so desperate for it.
“I love you,” he whispers, pressing his face into me.
“But I don’t deserve it. I’m so sorry, Devin.” I bite my lower lip.

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When a Burden Comes a’ Calling

When a Burden Comes a’ Calling

     I sit here tonight very pensive under my covers with my laptop at my knees. I interviewed another friend tonight for my WIP, “The Baby Symphony.” I had not had the privilege of hearing her amazing story until tonight. I am 50,000 words into my manuscript and feel the overpowering sense that this book has so much more to say. Her journey to have a baby was one paved in tears, sadness, lost faith, and hopelessness, until one day… her life would finally be complete. I sat there at her cousin’s 7th birthday party, activity buzzing all around us, but I was immune to it. I was utterly fixated on her words, her eyes, her story. I watched her two young daughters zipping around the pizza place, and I was completely enamored. I will spend the rest of the night and probably into the morning with my WIP, with a deep burden, to do justice to these precious women’s stories, their very fingerprints in every part of this writing journey.

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

 

     Much thanks to Kay Rogal for tagging me to be a part of this blog hop! How it works: An author answers a set of questions about their current work-in-progress and posts it on their blog along with the names and links to the blogs of 4-5 authors they’re tagging. Then, the following Wednesday, those authors post their answers to the questions along with the 4-5 authors they are tagging and so on.

Here is my latest work in progress: “The Baby Symphony” and a little about the prequel, “The Marriage Symphony”…

 

What is the working title of your next book?

“The Baby Symphony” and “The Marriage Symphony”

 

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I have many people who I deeply care about who have struggled with conceiving or carrying children. My heart would ache for them. I couldn’t even begin to imagine feeling their pain. All I could relate it to was the fact that I had my babies, but the idea of ever not having them could kill me. As a writer, I wondered how I could convey their stories. With these friends’ permission, I began to interview them and began writing a love story about a couple who fought for their marriage amid the devastation of losing their beloved children to miscarriages.  

 

What genres does your book fall under?

Contemporary Romance – Marriage-Pregnancy

 

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Eeeks! When I write this book, I always have Ryan Gosling as the lawyer hottie husband and my all-time favorite romance gal, Rachel McAdams as Emilia. I just can’t seem to get past those two together in “The Notebook.” They were just amazing together and it would be a dream come true, beyond bucket list, to see these two together in my story…!!!  *Wipes away a tear*

 

What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?

With labored pasts, finally married Emilia and Devin are ready to start a family, but when their dream of having a baby fails them, can they hold strong after everything else they’ve been through?

 

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Still unsure!!

 

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
3 months

 

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

 

I love Nora Roberts and Nicholas Sparks so I’d love to say they inspire my writing.

 

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

 

My friends’ stories of struggle as well as all-healing love.

 

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

 

Devin is a lawyer, Emilia a violinist in the symphony. Her love of music is integrated into the piece. Emilia befriends her pregnant teenage neighbor and takes her under her wing. Emilia has no one but Devin and he has no one but her, and they become a family with this girl and her widowed mother. It’s a beautiful story of friendships and family and learning to be happy even on a hard road of misfortune. Oh! And there’s a Christmas surprise! Oh! Did I mention there’s also a newly written prequel: “The Marriage Symphony?” Looking forward to 2013!

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Here are the fabulous authors I’ve tagged to tell you about their Next Big Thing!

 

Angela Scavone http://angelascavone.com/

Tmonique Stephens http://tmoniquestephens.com/

Aliza Mann http://alizamannauthor.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

My “Duh” List Elicited by the Greatest of Post-Partum Hormones

    My “Duh” List Elicited by the Greatest of Post-Partum Hormones

     I’ve had baby on the brain since writing my latest book, The Baby Symphony. And with baby on the brain, I was thinking of the comedy of errors that came with all of my post-partum hormones. I’m not talking about Post-Partum Depression. That is serious, and it is a whole different thing. I’m talking about the after-baby rush of hormones that gives birth to insane emotions that make you do things that will have you looking back years later and nodding your head at yourself.

     My problem with all of this actually started with being a writer! Because in writer fashion, we’re avid readers, right? And as avid readers and writers, we also become researchers, too, right? So there’s no surprise that when I got pregnant, along with what was then called old-fashioned “journaling,” I read every book possible on being pregnant. And when the bundle arrived, I read every book on what to do with him. So with the overload of information raging along with those post-partum hormones, it’s no wonder that when I returned to work and realized I had to tell my baby goodbye, I went a little bonkers!

     Sweden and Norway give a hefty one-year paid maternity leave for mom and dad combined. Here, we get three sweet little months, and if you don’t have a job that pays you during this leave, we take even less time off. In the blink of an eye, it feels like you left the hospital bed to go to work. At least that’s what it felt like for me.

     My son and I were just getting to know each other. I knew his habits, his smile, his frustrations, his sleeping and eating patterns, how he smelled just after a bath, how he loved the sunshine. And just like that, my three months were over and done with.

     Blame it on post-partum hormones and emotions, or blame it on the fact that it was my first day back to work and I was devastated, I honestly don’t know why my momma didn’t bop me in the head when I showed up to her house on day one of back to work and handed her a list of instructions on how to take care of the most valued possession of my life. Couldn’t I just have thanked her sweet soul for taking on such a hefty responsibility and left?

     Mind you, my dear, sweet mother raised six children including twins of her own (thanks for that twin gene, mom!). But guess who suddenly thinks she knows more than the seasoned veteran mom? Ah… this girl… the one typing this. The one who had been a mother for a whopping three months. *Shrinks away.*

     I thought there were a few things my mother should…well… know… and I was kind enough to spend the entire evening before typing it up, highlighting, capitalizing and bolding important points! This list insultingly included directions for defrosting frozen breast milk, and how to make a formula bottle. Yeah, I think I’m so smart do I? Guess who packed cappuccino mix instead of formula into the formula dispenser? It was five in the morning! Plus, I was crying. It was rather easy to make that mistake!

     I’ll spare you the story about how I cried in between all of my presentations that day, and how I was almost arrested for a “hit and albeit unintentional run” that destroyed the front of my brand-new SUV. I’ll also spare you from the story of how I could not set up the pack and play unit at my mom’s which brought out the naughtiest of sailor mouths, and most of all, I’ll spare you the entirety of this list! But here are my favorite excerpts from my “Things You Need To Know About My Baby List,” or as I like to call it “My Duh List Elicited By The Greatest Of Post-Partum Hormones.”

  • Mom, WASH HANDS after EVERY diaper change. (Really?)
  • WASH HANDS BEFORE making a bottle, especially if you’re dipping your hands in the formula can. (Ah… really, really?)
  • Don’t put him to sleep WITH HIS BIBB ON. He can STRANGLE himself! (I swear I really capitalized all these key words for her. I even bolded some of them for further emphasis!).
  • NEVER LAY HIM ON HIS STOMACH! He can SUFFOCATE!
  • Don’t put pillows or blankets into the crib with him. He can SUFFOCATE!
  • Don’t let him get too warm. This causes SIDS!
  • DON’T give him WATER! This can thin out his blood!
  • KISS him A LOT!
  • HUG him A LOT!
  • TALK to him A LOT!
  • ANSWER THE PHONE WHEN I CALL OR ELSE I’LL PANICK!
  • IF I DON’T ANSWER TEXT ME!
  • THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!!!

Well, at least I said thank you, right??

     Six years and three babies later, I think I’m okay now. But it really just depends on who you ask, as I’m slathering sun-screen on them even on a winter day, or standing over them like a night-stalker to make sure they’re breathing. Oh… did I write that out loud??