Treading Water (an Update on my Works in Progress)

That’s what I’m currently doing around here.  Kids are sick again, so I’ve been focusing on taking care of them.  I got some words written but not as much as usual.   In case anyone’s been watching my word counts to the right side of this blog, that is why the numbers haven’t changed much.

Since my mind is a complete blank on writing a character interview or doing something else that’s fun, I’ll give an update on what I am doing. 

1.  To Have and To Hold is with the editor. 

And I am trying to think of a good plot for a third Dave and Mary book.  I don’t often have the inclination to write more than one book for a couple, but I do for this one.  I think I’d end it at book 3 and lump it as the Dave and Mary trilogy.

2.  I’m having a terrible time slipping into the Regency world. 

This isn’t surprising since it’s so different from the US historical western world I’ve grown accustomed to.  I’m still going through the Regency reference book and making notes, but when I go into the story, it’s slipping myself into the time period that is taking time.  I was talking to another author/friend who is having a similar trouble going from a post-apocolyptic world to a Greek mythology one, so I have come to learn this is normal when switching from one world to another that isn’t very similar to one another.

I do like the plot and the characters.  I especially like the hero’s friend who is the hero of book 2 who has a surprisingly good sense of humor.  The hero needs a friend like that since he’s so moody.  At the moment, the hero resents me for marrying him off because he assumes all women are after is a title, and lucky him, his older brother died so it’s up to him to get the heir.

Maybe I need to bring the hero in for an interview.  It might help get the ball rolling on getting accustomed to his world.  (The heroine, by the way, has developed an attraction for the friend, but I had to kill that right off because she’s meant for the hero.  Needless to say, she’s not going to be any happier to be with the hero than he will be to be with her.  But even so, they are meant to be together.)  I can already see the hero and heroine in this book giving me trouble.  😉

3.  Mitch’s Win is definitely going to be one of my favorites. 

It’s hard to explain why, exactly, except to say there’s a certain “feel” to the book I enjoy (similar to Eye of the Beholder, Bid for a Bride and Bride of Second Chances).   I suspect there will be some sad moments but overall, it’s a feel-good book.  The hero and heroine aren’t giving me any problems, which while it makes it easy to write the book also makes for no interesting interviews, so I have no idea if I could come up with an angle on interviewing them.  Weird, I know, but it’s the characters I have the most problems with that give me the best interviews.

4.  Bound by Honor, Bound by Love is going along okay.

I can only seem to manage 500 words a day max on this one.  It needs to go slower for some reason, even though I’m not having any significant problems with it.  Penelope and Cole (from A Chance in Time) have shown up with two orphaned Mandan children, and this does tie into the plot as one of the final decisions Citlali will have to make regarding the tribe’s future.  I suspect this will happen after the chief dies.  I expect the chief to die somewhere between 1/2 and 3/4 of the way through the book.

5.  Her Heart’s Desire is also creeping along.

For some reason, I can’t get more than 500 words a day out of this one either.  I can with Mitch’s Win, and I had no problem doing it with To Have and To Hold.  I don’t know if I can do it with The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife yet.  So far, I’m holding at 500 words a day for that book and doing a lot of fact checking along the way. 

6.  Lesson learned: books need to be written at their own pace.

I’ve come to the conclusion that some books are not going to be 1000/words a day books.  I might move Mitch’s Win up to that 1000-words-a-day slot.  I’ll give it two weeks and see how it goes.  I’m learning that I can’t put every book in that slot, which is actually surprising to me.  I expected that I could do that with any book.

So I might end up having to publish the books as they can get done.  This might look like this: Mitch’s Win, Her Heart’s Desire (because I’m already at 36,000 words), Bound by Honor, Bound by Love, The Earl’s Inconvenient  Wife, and Just Good Friends.   But I estimate that all of those books except for Just Good Friends can be published by September of this year.  Just Good Friends being a holiday romance will be in October.

I do expect to start Runaway Bride and The Earl’s Hasty marriage later this year, but I can’t say I will have them ready and published before Dec. 31.  My husband is due to retire at the end of next month, and the current plan is for him to stay home and watch the kids so I can get more writing in.  Not sure if that will happen, but it would help with my productivity.  I have more books to write than I have time for, and sadly, the more I write, the more books I have planned to write.  I remember when I started writing romances and thinking, “Once this book is done, I’ll take six months off before I write another one.” I used to do that for the other genres I’ve written, but I wasn’t able to do it for the romances.  I’ve long since given up on the notion that I’ll ever be able to stop writing romances.  They’ll have to bury me with my laptop or whatever writing device they have at that time.  😀

About Ruth Ann Nordin

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4 Responses to Treading Water (an Update on my Works in Progress)

  1. Rose Gordon says:

    I know how you feel about “getting into” other worlds/time, in regards to your Regency. Now that my two back to back series, which were both in the same world and same time period, have ended, it’s been really hard to start new doing another time, place, and genre. 

    Just keep at it though. There is so much to learn along the way, and it sounds like you have some wonderful characters steering your book. That should make it all the more fun.

    • I have a confession to make. I get a lot of criticism on my first historical, An Inconvenient Marriage, because it’s too modern. But it was my first historical and since it was, it was so hard to write it that I had to temporarily put aside the historical mindset to get it on paper. I tried modifying it to be more authentic, but the way I started out shows. I actually like that book a lot despite its flaws, but it was a learning curve and got me started on the road I’m on today. I don’t think I could have made it to historical US westerns had it not been for that book. So I expect the first Regency book will be a lot like that in that I am not fully in England yet (due to lack of experience) but will take this book as a learning curve. Fortunately, people who like An Inconvenient Marriage like it because of the story and the characters, so I’ll to work on my strengths and let my weaknesses get strengthened over time. That’s not to say I don’t care about getitng into the world, but I also have to realize it’s going to take time to get to where I finally got in the historical westerns. Hopefully, those who already enjoy my books will be willing to go along with me as I learn. 🙂

  2. dorothypaula says:

    “They’ll have to bury me with my laptop or whatever writing device they have at that time.” 😀 – This is among your best lines yet! One to use in one of your books, sometime. 🙂

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