Even though I know my day to post is coming up, I always procrastinate writing my piece. This week has been especially hard, as I have been dealing with an infected tooth, which has given me a lot a pain. So, here it is, the morning of the 14th and I am just now writing my post.
Actually, my life has been pretty busy all year and my writing has suffered. My muse has taken a vacation, along with my characters, who used to talk to me all the time. It’s rather odd not to have them in my head, wanting attention. Recently, however, a couple, literally, has returned.
My tag line is ‘Where Tumbleweeds Hang Their Hats.’ That’s because the last four stories I’ve had published have Western settings, one is historical, the other three are contemporaries with cowboys. Most of the stories I have started but not worked on in a while are also Western set.
There’s Kaitlyn and Gage, high school sweethearts who went their separate ways in college. This story is based on the Carrie Underwood’s song “Last Name,” where the gal wakes up married and doesn’t remember the name of the guy she was with the night before, let alone what her new last name is. Yep, Kaitlyn and Gage meet up in Reno or Vegas and tie the knot, while drunk and neither really remembers it. Another story is one I started about 5 years ago. Admittedly, I’ve never quite figured out Gordon’s GMC, but shouldn’t he be telling me that? Talking to me, explaining things? Nope, he’s as silent as a tomb.
Oh, and then there’s the historical story I want to write about the couple on the Wagon Train heading west. I’ve done a lot of research on this subject, as the class on Pioneering Women of the West I gave in August can attest. Are Garrison and Sam talking to me? No, they aren’t.
So, with all these Western stories in my mind, who is talking to me? Jane and Marcus, a Regency couple, that’s who! I love Jane and Marcus and I love their story, but I really want to write a western story right now. And a short western story would be even better. Jane and Marcus have a rather complicated romance. I’m not sure I can write it in a short way. But they are the ones who decided to take up residency in my head and my muse has decided to let them.
I really am glad, that after the dry spell, someone is talking. I will work on Marcus and Jane’s story, but I’m hoping for a simple, sexy cowboy story to show up, too.
I’m heading to the Northwest Houston RWA Chapter’s Lone Star Conference this weekend. I hope to get some spark there! Everyone have a great weekend!