Friday, June 01, 2007

Coffee Break 20

From the moment I picked up your book, until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. someday I intend reading it.

Groucho Marx

Feels very quiet this week on the blogosphere - lots of my favourite bloggers are on holiday or taking a break. Even Miss Snark has packed her trunk for good.
I, however, am busy but jolly after a very nice review in Heat magazine. I am Number Three in their charts, just behind Gordon Ramsay (oooh, er). This has made me very happy. I shan't repeat it all but what tickled me most was that they said the book "will please all Harrison fans..." The idea of having any fans at all amused me tremendously. My friend says she is now worried about going out in case we are mobbed (I know that the web doesn't do irony very well, so please do note that the previous sentence is a joke...)

I haven't achieved an awful lot on the writing front, though. I am trying to plan Book 6 and it's slow-going, somehow. One of my characters has a really different background to mine, so am researching that, plus as there's a shopping theme to the book, it feels like any time spent shopping could qualify as research...And I've had lots of university papers to mark.

But today being June 1, I am focusing once again - planning day today and then back to grindstone proper next week.

Today's topic is inspired by a survey in Glamour magazine, reporting that 28 per cent of their readers would like to be a famous writer/artist. Golly! I suspect that most of them would tend towards the former, too (more likely to be reviewed in Heat!). In the same survey, it said that 30 per cent of readers would like to relocate to a vineyard in Tuscany.

So...where would be your perfect writing location?

Oh, we have a new racer, too. Welcome to Judy Merrill Larsen...



Blogger Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Great quote. And I LOVE the idea of shopping as research. *makes mental note to write next novel about a shopaholic* Welcome Judy! I will put you on my sidebar when I do my next update.

I'd choose a Greek fishing village off the tourist track for my relocation, probably on the southern mainland.

I've eradicated a character this week, quite a sad process but I think necessary. Lots of room for growth now, and improvements will be made!

Have a good week, everyone!

9:49 am  
Blogger NoviceNovelist said...

Hope your planning day is going well kate - my ideal writing place would be by the sea somewhere a bit rugged - tucked up in a white washed beach house with a huge covered in verandah with a comfy chair to write in. There would also have to be a well stocked fridge near by and an endless supply of chocolate!I am clearning my mental and physical clutter today and starting the weekend with space for writing. Very excited about it! Hope everyone's writing is going well.

10:40 am  
Blogger Kevin said...

Finished. Last night around midnight. (It's now coming up on 5:45 AM my time.) Call it 101,000 words.

That's 5,000 words over contract, which in write-for-hire can be a problem. That's 5,000 words I don't get paid for, for one thing. Plus the danger that -- if they require the folks who produce the physical books to expend any money resizing something -- I'll be asked to cut them. (In which case I'll advise them to leave off the last two chapters.)

I'll be reading through the ms for the next few hours -- making sure Susan on page 47 isn't Sean on page 213 and such -- then it's e-mail this puppy to the editor in Seattle. Unless I find a mistake I need to fix or a hole that needs filling.

Those of you who visit my Live Journal will see no mention of this milestone for at least a day. (Between writing furiously and much drama in my life away from the keyboard there's been nothing of interest in my journal for weeks.) At any rate, don't bring it up until I do.

Ideal place to write? Well, up until a few weeks ago it would have been a rustic Caribbean island. Then an acquaintance of mine was in a car accident on I forget -- not St. Thomas, but one of the Virgin Islands. Spent two days strapped to a body board -- one of those things the paramedics use to keep your head and spine immobile -- while the clinic waited for the boat with the MRI to arrive so they could assess his injuries. So now my choice would be a rustic area on the coast of a Caribbean island with all the very up-to-date benefits of urban civilization about an hour's drive away.

10:46 am  
Blogger Rowan Coleman said...

Not a new word written this week, at least not on the new book. I've been taking in editorial notes on the 3rd Ruby Parker book and reading the page proofs for the U.S edition of The Accidental Mother. Jobs I am very pleased to do becuase I'm excited about both projects but I've missed the book I'm writing. So still on 50K and still planning to power ahead next week. The ideas are all bubbling I just need to ge them down! Rx

1:58 pm  
Blogger Rowan Coleman said...

P.S My ideal writing spot: a windy windswept beach off season. I'm inside with a view of the sea, and it's raining. there's a fire, tea and some chocolate!

2:00 pm  
Blogger sheepish said...

Must be great to get such good reviews, of course you need to finish a book before there is any possibility of a review!!!!!
Progress for me is a bit slow at the moment, a few personal problems have got in the way but I intend to be back to the page after the weekend. So words under the belt for next Friday's Coffee Break.
PS Have also lost my list of Novel Racers from my blog but hope to get it back soon.Welcome to Judy.

2:55 pm  
Blogger Nichola said...

Hello all!

Love the quote, he could be so cruel but in a funny way.

This week's been a bit slower than last on the writing front, but as some of you know I have a caffeine withdrawal headache and feel like death warmed up!

I have been getting some typing done, though - just have to update my progress meter at some point.

Have a few ideas for further stories bubbling away but I'll have to make notes and files them away - as I've started saying, "I don't want to be a Jill of all trades, mistress of none!" I have to concentrate on getting this WIP finished before anything else.

Kate, still loving TSPS. It's seen me through many an hour of caffeine cravings and bad headaches. I've replaced one addiction with another - fellow novel racers' books!

3:09 pm  
Blogger Helen said...

In a barn in Derbyshire with a roaring log fire, lots of chocolate and coffee. My desk would be in front of a huge window with fabulous views over the countryside.

I haven't done lots of writing on my novel this week due to half term but I am feeling incredibly positive and have been doing some of my non fiction work. I have however, reached the 70,000 word milestone which I'm really pleased about.

Well done to Kevin for finishing! I saw your review in Heat too Kate - well done.

5:06 pm  
Blogger ChrisH said...

Damn! Missed the coffee break today becuase of hordes of visitors this week. No new writing but new notes scribbled down when I've had a minute. My ideal writing place would be my own study with NO visitors!

5:45 pm  
Blogger B.E. Sanderson said...

Good job, Kevin. Way to go!

COngratulations, Kate.

If I could pick any place to write, I'd probably find myself a cabin in the middle of the forest in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. No sounds but the birds and the wind through the trees, and maybe a waterfall somewhere nearby. (With satellite internet access, of course.)

This week has been okay for my writing. I got some good words out on my WIP, got some good editing done for my two that need it, and I got a brainstorm for a new book. All in all not a bad week.

Keep up the good words guys. =o)

5:48 pm  
Blogger A. Writer said...

Hey Kate!

Thanks for the comment on my blog! I think a Novel Racers Meet would be good fun! I'm certainly up for it.

Feeling so much better about my writing now! I really want to write. I feel like a new writer again!

8:46 pm  
Blogger Caroline said...

Congrats on the review Kate.

Favourite writing location ... I'd like to be somewhere where is rains all the time. I like to write with the rain lashing down.


8:17 am  
Blogger JJ said...

Not late this week because I'm feeling miserable: late because we were away for a couple of days.

I'd choose ideal writing place to be somewhere rural with hills. (Aaahh, that's what the problem is in Bangkok... flat as a pancake and a city! No wonder my novel is static!)


10:49 am  
Blogger Rowan Coleman said...

Dear Nicola on a unrelated subject because I can't find how to message you directly (techno idiot) I wanted to tell you I gave up caffine in january and it was awful but now my life is a LOT better. so keep it up!!! (have not given up wine though or choclate, oops)

Also I've been looking at the other racers blogs and now I feel boring and sedate. Must think of a way to improve like all of yours.

7:35 pm  

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